News Briefs for July 2, 2014July 2, 2014
•Beam Suntory is planning the launch of a host of new whiskies under its Jim Beam Signature Craft brand. In September, the Signature Craft line will add a “Harvest Bourbon Collection,” including Soft Red Wheat and Brown Rice Bourbons, both at 45% abv and retailing around $50 a 375-ml. bottle. The Harvest Bourbon Collection will continue to be expanded through next year with upcoming Rolled Oat, Triticale, High Rye and Six Row Barley whiskies. The Jim Beam stable is also set to gain a Signature Craft Quarter Cask limited edition in September, which is at 43% abv and retails at $40 a 750-ml.
•Luigiterzo Bosca, honorary chairman of the Bosca international wine family, passed away at his home in Canelli, Italy on June 23. He was 70. A pioneer in sparkling wines, he focused on innovation while at the helm of Bosca S.p.A.—such as with the 1970s introduction of Canei, a light, low-alcohol sparkling wine that was eventually sold to Pernod Ricard. In the early 1990s, he found success with Verdi, a malt-based Spumante which is the winner of 13 Impact “Hot Brand” honors. Verdi’s fruit-flavored extension Sparkletini has also found a strong following, winning six Hot Brand awards. In addition to his commercial endeavors, through the Bosca Foundation he created start-up initiatives in the academic world such as the Institute for Mediterranean Studies at the Lugano University-Switzerland as well as the laboratory for intercultural Mediterranean studies in Sicily.