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News Briefs for April 5, 2016

April 5, 2016

•E.&J. Gallo has added a new edition to its fast-rising Viniq liqueur range with the launch of Viniq Glow, a blend of vodka and Moscato with hints of peach and apricot. Glow joins the strawberry and red berry-flavored Ruby and the core Original offering in the Viniq line. Introduced in mid-2014, Viniq recently received Impact “Hot Brand” honors after selling 225,000 cases in 2015.

•New York’s Dreyfus Ashby & Co. is launching French pear liqueur Golden Eight in the U.S. Produced by Alsace-based distiller G.E. Massenez, Golden Eight is made with Pear Williams eau-de-vie that has been aged for eight years. The 25%-abv entry is available in a gift-boxed 750-ml. bottle. In addition to Golden Eight, Dreyfus Ashby handles a variety of G.E. Massenez liqueurs, including its Crème de Peche, Crème de Cassis di Dijon, Crème de Fraise des Bois, G.E. Massenez Poire Prisonnière and G.E. Massenez Calvados Vieux, among others.

•Luxco has detailed plans to open a new distillery along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail in Bardstown, Kentucky. Construction on the project is slated to begin this summer, with the 18,000-square-foot facility set to feature six barrel warehouses, a tasting room and event space. The distillery, which is expected to be operational by late 2017, will help Luxco keep pace with growing demand for its Bourbon portfolio, which includes the Rebel Yell, Blood Oath and Ezra Brooks brands.

•A. Hardy USA has become the exclusive importer for Prince de Polignac Cognac. The Des Plains, Illinois-based importer will be handling the entire Polignac range, which was recently repackaged in a fashion that celebrates the brand’s history. A. Hardy USA currently markets another Cognac line—Hardy—as well as an array of other spirits and wine brands.

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