News Briefs for July 11, 2014July 11, 2014
•Seattle’s Precept Wine has formed a new sales and marketing partnership with Albuquerque, New Mexico-based sparkling wine producer Gruet Winery. Gruet’s lineup, produced via the methode Champenoise, features seven non-vintage and three vintage entries retailing between $15 and $46. Currently available across 49 states, the family-owned winery produces around 125,000 cases annually. Gruet marks Precept’s first move in New Mexico, joining the company’s existing portfolio of wines from Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Australia, including the Waterbrook, Canoe Ridge, Apex Cellars, Willow Crest, St. Chapelle and Shingleback wineries, among others.
•González Byass has unveiled Nomad Outland Whisky, a new Scotch whisky finished in Jerez, Spain. Created by González Byass master blender Antonio Flores in collaboration with whisky distiller Richard Paterson, Nomad Outland is a blend featuring more than 30 whiskies aged five to eight years, sourced primarily from Speyside. The blend was matured in Sherry butts in Scotland for three years before being brought to Jerez to mature in Pedro Ximénez barrels for a minimum of 12 months. Nomad Outland is entering the U.S. in limited supply, imported by Vin Divino, González Byass’ wholly-owned U.S. import and distribution arm. Nomad Outland joins The London No. 1 gin, Original Blue gin and Druide vodka in the González Byass spirits stable.
•BevMo will open its 52nd store in the Los Angeles area and 153rd overall across California, Arizona and Washington on Friday, July 18th. Located at 5640 Sepulveda Blvd. in Culver City, California, the 8,600-square-foot unit will feature thousands of wines, spirits and beers, along with hundreds of gourmet food items, cocktail mixers, glassware, bar accessories and other items.