News Briefs for July 30, 2013July 30, 2013
•Rémy Cointreau has named Luca Marotta as its new chief financial officer. Marotta replaces Frederic Pflanz, who is replacing Jean-Marie Laborde on October 1 as Rémy’s CEO. Marotta joins Rémy from the consumer products division of L’Oreal, where he’s been CFO since 2010. Pflanz also held the CFO position at L’Oreal’s consumer products unit before moving to Rémy in 2010.
•Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits and Adult Beverage Co. have unveiled Adult S’mores, a new dessert-flavored vodka liqueur. Intended to evoke the taste of the classic campfire treat, the 15%-abv entry features the flavors of marshmallows and chocolate blended with premium vodka. Set to roll out August 1, Adult S’mores is priced at around $16 a 750-ml. The new offering is the latest expression in Adult Beverage’s nostalgia-inspired range, which also includes Adult Chocolate Milk, Adult Limeade and Adult Strawberry Milk. The full lineup is distributed and marketed in the U.S. by Deutsch.
•Heaven Hill Distilleries has introduced new packaging for its Henry McKenna Bourbon and Henry McKenna Bottled-In-Bond Single Barrel Bourbon. The bottles for the 80-proof Henry McKenna Bourbon ($15.99 a 750-ml.) have been given a “bolder and more modern” look, with new labels in a deep brown color and subtle leather-like patterns behind them, as well as cream and tan accents and type. The brand logo itself has been updated with a more contemporary typeface and graphics. Henry McKenna Bottled-In-Bond Single Barrel Bourbon ($29.99 a 750-ml.), meanwhile, features the same “Henry McKenna” logotype as the 80-proof bottling, but uses cream typeface against a deep green background. It also contains an antiqued strip stamp and a booklet neck hanger telling the story of the brand’s namesake, Henry McKenna.
•Wayne Hogue, founder of Napa Valley’s The Terraces winery, died April 26, in McKinleyville, Calif., at the age of 89, Wine Spectator reports. Hogue bought 22 acres of vines located in the eastern foothills of Rutherford from the Werle family in 1978. He sold his first crop from the site, known as the Terraces Vineyard, to Caymus in the early 1980s. Tasting the grapes, owner Charlie Wagner told Hogue that he should be making his own wine. Soon after, Caymus produced a 1985 Zinfandel and a 1986 Cabernet, the first releases from the Terraces winery. Hogue eventually built his own facility, which opened in 1991. The wines received critical acclaim over the years. In 2001, Hogue sold the property to the Crull family, who owned the adjacent Quarry Vineyards, part of the original Werle property. The wines from the combined site are now sold as The Terraces at Quarry Vineyards.