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News Briefs for December 5, 2016

December 5, 2016

•Wine Spectator is set to reveal its full Top 100 Wines list for 2016 today at http://top100.winespectator.com/. The release of the full Top 100 caps a weeklong celebration in which the magazine unveiled its Top 10 Wines of the Year in a series of profiles last week, culminating in the naming of its Wine of the Year—a prestigious Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from the 2013 vintage—on Friday.

•Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has made several changes to its Americas leadership team, including naming Victoria Snyder to the role of senior vice president, U.S. sales, effective immediately. Snyder previously served as TWE’s senior vice president of operations. Concurrently, Ed LeMay has been appointed chief of staff for TWE’s sales team. A 30-year wine industry veteran, LeMay comes to Treasury from Constellation Brands, where he most recently held the title of senior vice president for marketing services. Lastly, TWE has expanded Rachel Ashley’s current position as vice president, grape resources and winemaking, adding the role of vice president, wine production to her purview.

•Brown-Forman Corp. added a new Tequila to Herradura’s Colección de la Casa limited-edition lineup. Herradura Colección de la Casa Reserva 2016 Port Cask Finished Reposado Tequila ($89.99 a 750-ml. bottle) was aged for 11 months in American oak casks and finished for two months in vintage Port casks. Available nationwide, the 40-percent abv offering has notes of tobacco, dried fruit, spice and agave.

•Global Spirits USA, a subsidiary of Eastern Europe’s Global Spirits, has partnered with M.S. Walker for distribution of Leaf Organic Vodka and Khortytsa Vodka throughout New England. M.S. Walker will carry the brands in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont beginning January 1. Khortytsa Vodka, from Ukraine, includes Platinum ($14), Honey Pepper ($14), Ice ($14) and De Luxe ($26) variants, while Leaf Organic retails at $19 a 750-ml.

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