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News Briefs for March 14, 2016

March 14, 2016

•California-based importer Accolade Brands is adding the wines of Italy’s Casal Thaulero to its portfolio. Casal Thaulero had a significant U.S. presence years ago but has now been out of the market for many years. Focused on Montepulciano D’Abruzzo, Trebbiano, Pecorino and Passerina varietals ranging in price from $8-$36, Casal Thaulero joins an Accolade Brands stable that includes offerings from France, Spain, Germany, Chile and California. Accolade is led by former Liquor Barn owner and Market Watch Leader Mark Newman.

•Brown-Forman is launching a commemorative Kentucky Derby bottling of Woodford Reserve Bourbon nationwide this month. Retailing at around $44, the limited edition features work by equine artist Thomas Allen Pauly. Woodford, an Impact “Hot Brand,” is the official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby, which will be run on May 7 this year.

•Total Wine & More has opened a new location in Silverdale, Washington. The new store marks continuing expansion in the Puget Sound region for Total Wine, which now has eight stores in the area. Retail competitor BevMo is also active in the region, and has a store less than two miles away from Total Wine’s new Silverdale outpost.

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