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News Briefs for February 1, 2017

February 1, 2017

•Glenmorangie has launched Bacalta, the latest release in its Private Edition series. Bacalta, whose name is taken from the Scots Gaelic word for baked, is finished entirely in sun-baked Malmsey Madeira casks. Non chill-filtered and bottled at 46% abv, Bacalta retails at $99.99. It’s the eighth release in Glenmorangie’s Private Edition series, which also includes Sonnalta PX, Finealta, Artein, Ealanta, Companta, Tùsail and Milsean.

•Following yesterday’s news that a U.S. district court judge in Northern California rejected Treasury Wine Estates’ motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Ste. Michelle Wine Estates (SMWE) over Treasury’s proposed use of “The Stag” brand name, Treasury tells SND it expects the case to go to trial. Asserting that the judge’s denial of Treasury’s motion to dismiss—as well as a similar ruling denying SMWE’s motion to dismiss Treasury’s countersuit—were essentially procedural moves, the company stated, “SMWE’s case is premised on early label designs that were never brought to market … We strongly deny the accusations that have been made, and as we made clear before SMWE filed this lawsuit, there is absolutely no connection between St. Hubert’s The Stag brand (from Australia) and Stags’ Leap Winery or the Stags Leap District.” Treasury added that it was “encouraged that the Court recognized, even at this early stage of the case when it has to assume the truth of SMWE’s allegations, that Treasury’s current label may well be ‘no longer capable of causing confusion.’”

•Rochester, New York-based LiDestri Spirits is introducing Cask & Crew, a new line of straight and flavored whiskies. Initial offerings include a straight rye whiskey blend (40% abv), as well Walnut Toffee and Ginger Spice (35% abv) flavors—all of which are a blend of 51% three-year-old Canadian rye and 49% barrel-aged American corn whiskey and priced at $24-$27. Cask & Crew’s first batch of 22,500 bottles is debuting in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Connecticut, Maryland and Kentucky, with more states to be added this spring.

•Tony Terlato II has joined Terlato Wines as Illinois regional manager-premier division. Terlato, the son of Terlato Wines CEO Bill Terlato and grandson of company chairman Tony Terlato, was previously with New York’s Empire Merchants. He will report to Philip Tardy, vp of sales for Terlato Wines’ central division.

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