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News Briefs for December 2, 2015

December 2, 2015

•The Fladgate Partnership is releasing a Croft Reserve Tawny Port, produced with grapes from the Quinta da Roêda vineyards in the Douro Valley and aged for about seven years. Intended to be served both on its own and in cocktails, Croft Reserve Tawny Port (20% abv) carries a suggested retail price of $19.99. Kobrand Corp. imports the Fladgate Partnership’s brands in the U.S.

•Charles Chevallier, the iconic winemaker at Bordeaux’s Château Lafite Rothschild, will step down at the end of this year. Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) announced that beginning Jan. 1, Chevallier will assume a new role as a senior advisor and brand ambassador for the company’s wineries. Eric Kohler, who has worked at various DBR properties since 1994, will take over the technical management of Lafite Rothschild as well as Château Duhart-Milon, Château L’Evangile and Château Rieussec. Wine Spectator has the full story.

•Campari America has unveiled new packaging across the Wild Turkey range. Concurrently, the brand has renamed its core Wild Turkey 81 expression Wild Turkey Bourbon, with the signature of recently-promoted Wild Turkey master distiller Eddie Russell now prominently featured on that label’s package. The redesign, which has made its debut across the brand’s Wild Turkey Bourbon, Wild Turkey 101, Wild Turkey Rye and Wild Turkey 101 Rye expressions, will be extended to Wild Turkey’s Kentucky Spirit and Rare Breed offshoots in 2016.

•Piedmont’s Ricossa Antica Casa winery, part of the MGM Mondo del Vino group, will extend its U.S. portfolio early next year with the launch of a Barbera Appassimento, a style made with dried grapes and more commonly associated with the Veneto. Retail pricing has yet to be determined on the upcoming Barbera Appassimento, which joins Ricossa’s Barbera d’Asti DOCG ($16.99). California’s Touchstone Wines is the U.S. importer for the Ricossa range, which also includes Barolo, Moscato, Gavi and Brachetto offerings.

•Brown-Forman has released a new limited edition holiday bottle for Woodford Reserve. Featuring the artwork of Louisville artist Thomas William Foerster, the holiday packaging is hitting select U.S. markets this month, priced at $43.99 a 1-liter bottle.

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