News Briefs for April 9, 2014April 9, 2014
•Cognac Ferrand is debuting the Citadelle Gin Reserve Solera 2013 to the U.S. market this month. The French company’s latest release from its gin range is aged in three different casks for between two and five months and is then poured into a main solera vat before being bottled to achieve solera aging, the first gin to be produced in this method, according to the company. The casks used are ex-Cognac, ex-Pineau des Charente and American oak casks. The 44%-abv Citadelle Gin Solera Vintage 2013 is available nationwide in the U.S. for a suggested retail price of $34.99 a 750-ml. Cognac Ferrand proprietor Alexandre Gabriel first released aged Citadelle Gin Reserve Limited Edition in 2008.
•Ste. Michelle’s Washington state-based Snoqualmie Winery has unveiled a package redesign. Currently available nationwide, Snoqualmie’s new bottles, which are made with lightweight, sustainable materials, use 25% less glass than a traditional wine bottle and require less fuel to transport. Their labels, meanwhile, are printed using 100% post-consumer waste materials and feature an updated, more contemporary design. Concurrent with the packaging change, Snoqualmie Winery has simplified its lineup, renaming its “Naked” range to “ECO” and color coding each tier to create better differentiation. Snoqualmie, which recently relocated its production facility to Paterson, Washington, claims to be the state’s largest certified organic vineyard.