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News Briefs for July 16, 2014

July 16, 2014

•Pernod Ricard’s Irish Distillers unit has debuted the 2014 edition of its Midleton Very Rare whiskey. This year’s edition—the first from master blender Brian Nation, who recently took over for longtime Midleton master distiller Barry Crockett—is blended from single pot still and grain whiskies, which have been matured in specially-selected, ex-Bourbon casks that have been lightly charred on the inside for a complex taste profile. The whiskies in the blend have been aged for up to 22 years. Midleton Very Rare 2014 will hit U.S. store shelves in August, retailing around $125.

•Family-owned California producer Don Sebastiani & Sons has introduced a new Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon—Queens Peak. The new entry, named for the Sonoma County landmark overlooking the Russian River and Dry Creek Valleys, is made largely from grapes from Two Dog Ranch and Lost Acre Vineyard. Queens Peak is being released exclusively in the restaurant channel. It’s launching as part of Don & Sons’ renamed Fifth Generation Wine Collection—formerly known as its Appellation Wines—which also includes B Side Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Don & Sons Sonoma Signature Series Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, The Crusher Clarksburg Petite Sirah, Aquinas Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Il Donato Pinot Grigio.

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