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News Briefs for May 5, 2017

May 5, 2017

•Bacardi Ltd. has issued a recall in Canada for 1.14-liter bottles of its Bombay Sapphire gin. According to the company, the decision follows a consumer complaint and quality assurance checks indicating that a select number of 1.14-liter bottles of Bombay Sapphire contain an incorrect alcohol content of 77% abv, versus the standard 40% abv listed on the brand’s label. The affected stock is estimated to total around 1,000 six-bottle cases, with only a few of those cases believed to have over-proof product. Bacardi tells SND that the incident is isolated to Canada’s Ontario, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Alberta, Quebec and Saskatchewan provinces and does not impact any other markets, including the U.S.

•The Manhattan Cocktail Classic is gearing up for a relaunch next week in New York City. Last held in 2015, the festival will run from May 11th to May 17th—spanning a full week rather than five days—and will be headquartered at The New Yorker hotel. The opening night Gala—hosted by Bill Murray—is moving from the New York Public Library to The Loeb Central Park Boathouse. Market Watch has more.

•The Wine Group’s Cupcake Vineyards has launched two new rosé offerings. Cupcake Vineyards California Rosé, retailing at $12.99 a 750-ml., is a blend of Grenache, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Merlot and will be a permanent addition to the lineup. At $15.99, Cupcake Vineyards Sparkling Rosé is a seasonal entry made from Chardonnay and Pinot Nero grapes in Italy. It will be available from April through September. Both new Cupcake rosés are rolling out nationwide.

•New York-based importer Dreyfus, Ashby & Co. is debuting three new expressions from Alsatian winemaker Dopff & Irion. Dopff & Irion’s Grand Cru Schoenenbourg Riesling ($28), Grand Cru Vorbourg Pinot Gris ($30) and Crémant d’Alsace Elegance Cuvée Prestige ($25) will be available in limited allocations across the U.S. Along with the Dopff & Irion range, Dreyfus, Ashby’s Alsatian portfolio also includes the G.E. Massenez and Griottini distilleries.

•The Winebow Group has named Mary Masters as vice president and general manager of Winebow New England, overseeing distribution operations in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Masters will be based in Winebow’s Boston office and report to Arjun Dewan, senior vice president and general manager of the Northeast region. Masters was most recently the vice president of Classic Wine Imports and the vice president of sales for Martignetti Companies in Taunton, Massachusetts.

•St. Louis-based supermarket chain Schnuck Markets Inc. has appointed former Anheuser-Busch president Dave Peacock to the role of president and COO. Peacock, who served as president of A-B from 2008 to 2012, will cede his current position on Schnuck Markets’ advisory board in order to take on his new duties. Established in 1939, Schnuck Markets operates roughly 100 Schnucks stores across Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa.

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