News Briefs for July 6, 2016July 6, 2016
•Veteran drinks journalist Jeffery Lindenmuth has been named executive editor of Whisky Advocate, part of the M. Shanken Communications group of publications, effective August 1. He will work directly with Whisky Advocate editor and publisher, who said Lindenmuth “will help take the magazine to the next level and foster its growth.” Lindenmuth has nearly 20 years of writing experience within the M. Shanken organization, with his work appearing regularly in Whisky Advocate over the years. In addition to being involved in the creative aspect of the magazine’s editorial future, beginning with the upcoming fall issue, Lindenmuth will write a whisky cocktail column and review whiskies in the buying guide, as well as help to grow Whisky Advocate’s blog, website and other platforms.
•Wine Spectator has revealed its full slate of 2016 Restaurant Awards, recognizing more than 3,500 restaurants around the world whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers. With the 2016 edition, Wine Spectator has introduced a new searchable Restaurant Awards website, offering detailed info on the award winners as well as additional dining-related content.
•Domaine Select Wine & Spirits is launching Paul John Indian Single Malt Whisky in the U.S. Distilled in Goa, India, by John Distilleries Ltd., the Paul John brand is made from six-row barley grown in the Himalayan foothills. The Paul John whisky range includes Paul John Brilliance (retailing at $60 a 750-ml.), Edited ($65), Select Cask Classic ($95) and Select Cask Peated ($100).
•MacPhail Wines, part of Hess Family Wine Estates, has named Matt Courtney as consulting winemaker. Courtney will consult on MacPhail’s Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Sonoma Coast and Anderson Valley while continuing as winemaker for Sonoma’s Arista, as well as his own Ferren brand. Noting Courtney’s work with both Arista and Marcassin, where he previously spent eight years, Hess Family CEO Tim Persson called the move “a big step forward” for MacPhail.
•Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) has appointed H. Alan Rosenberg as vice president, legal and general counsel. Rosenberg was most recently vice president, legal & general counsel, Americas and global chief privacy officer for information management firm Recall Corporation. At RNDC, he will direct all legal matters, initiatives and strategies, reporting to RNDC president and CEO Tom Cole.Subscribe to Shanken News Daily’s Email Newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning.