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News Briefs for July 13, 2017

July 13, 2017

•Palm Bay International has added France’s Champagne Boizel to its import portfolio. Established in 1834 and based in Épernay, Boizel is known for a house style that blends Chardonnay and Pinot Noir sourced from Grand and Premier Cru vineyards with Pinot Meunier. The winery’s offerings include its Brut Réserve NV ($44 a 750-ml), Rosé NV ($60), Blanc de Blanc NV ($85), Ultime NV ($90), Grand Vintage 2007 ($100) and Joyau de France 2000 ($150). The Boizel lineup will be available nationwide.

•Anchor Distilling has extended Hirsch Bourbon with a new Small Batch 8-year-old High Rye Straight Bourbon. The 46%-abv entry is a blend of two different mash bills—including one with 21% rye and another with 36% rye—and matured in oak barrels. Hirsch Small Batch 8-year-old, which retails at $52 a bottle, joins the brand’s existing Small Batch Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey in Anchor’s stable. The Hirsch brand is distilled in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

•MillerCoors has appointed Pete Marino as the president of Tenth and Blake, the beer giant’s craft and import division. Marino also will remain the company’s chief communications and public affairs officer. To support Marino in his expanded role, MillerCoors promoted Julie Kubasa to senior director of communications and Jody Moore to senior manager of internal communications. Additionally, MillerCoors has partnered with AriZona Beverages to create an alcoholic Arnold Palmer iced tea lemonade. Details are scant but the companies are planning a limited release for later this year with a national rollout in 2018.

•The Coleman brothers, part of the third winegrowing generation of the Gallo family, have partnered with DrinkSpace Partners to create French Bar, a new brand of Northern California wines. The estate-grown brand will launch with a Petite Sirah on September 1, with a red blend and a Cabernet Sauvignon to follow in winter. The brand will be certified under the “Lodi Rules” for sustainable and green winegrowing. The Colemans are the sons of Sue Gallo (Julio’s daughter) and are striking out to expand the family legacy. The French Bar Petite Sirah and red blend will be distributed nationally at around $20 a 750-ml.

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