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News Briefs for November 13, 2014

November 13, 2014

•Drew Barrymore has partnered with Jackson Family Wines’ Carmel Road Winery to launch a new Pinot Grigio. Barrymore by Carmel Road Pinot Grigio, sourced from Monterey, will be available nationally in time for the holiday season, retailing at $14.99 a bottle. More varietals are expected to be added to the line next year. The actress’s Barrymore Wines had previously launched an Italian Pinot Grigio in 2012 with Wilson Daniels.

•Wirtz Beverage Group has named Scott Blazek senior vice president of its Nevada unit. In his new role, Blazek will report directly to Kevin Roberts, senior vice president of national sales & marketing for Wirtz Beverage. Blazek joins Wirtz from Heineken USA, where he most recently served as senior vice president of sales. Prior to his time with Heineken, he spent 10 years at Diageo, in a variety of roles spanning the wine, spirits and beer categories.

•Texas-based Zodiac vodka has appointed industry veteran Dan Liguori as CEO. Since 2006, Liguori has been with Russian Standard Vodka, most recently as vice president, market strategy and business development. Launched in the Texas market through Glazer’s last month, with more states planned for early next year, the Idaho-distilled Zodiac is part of the Aveníu Brands portfolio.

Heineken USA’s Newcastle Brown Ale has partnered with Scottish brewery Caledonian to launch a limited edition collaborative brew. Made using traditional British brewing methods, Newcastle Scotch Ale is brewed with whole-flower hops at Caledonian’s Edinburgh-based brewery, which utilizes copper kettles dating back to 1869. The 6.4%-abv entry will be sold in select markets through February, available in 6-packs, 12-packs and on draft. Newcastle Scotch Ale marks the first expression in Newcastle’s new Collaboration Series, which will feature brews made in partnership with historic European breweries.


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