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News Briefs for July 20, 2017

July 20, 2017

•California’s Foley Family Wines has secured the exclusive rights to import and market Lucien Albrecht’s Alsatian wines in the U.S. Foley Family Wines will import six wines from Albrecht, including a Blanc de Blancs ($24) Brut Rosé ($24), Pinot Blanc Reserve Cuvée Balthazar ($15), Riesling Reserve ($17), Pinot Gris Reserve Cuvée Romanus ($19) and Gewürztraminer Reserve ($21).

•Heaven Hill Distillery has unveiled the latest annual release in its Parker’s Heritage Collection. Slated to roll out in September, the 2017 Parker’s Heritage Collection Limited Edition Bottling ($129.99 a 750-ml.) is an 11-year-old single barrel Bourbon bottled at 122 proof. The Parker’s Heritage Collection is named for the late Parker Beam, who served as Heaven Hill’s master distiller emeritus and was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in 2010. Heaven Hill will contribute $10 from each bottle of 2017 Parker’s Heritage Collection sold to the ALS Association.

•Washington’s Ste. Michelle Wine Estates has promoted Dan Heller to the role of executive vice president, sales, effective September 1. He succeeds Frank Genovese, who is retiring after nearly 18 years with the company. Since joining Ste. Michelle in 1985, Heller has held a variety of roles, most recently serving as senior vice president, national sales manager.

•Heineken Americas Export has appointed U.S. Beverage to import a range of globally produced beers to the States. This partnership will bring specialty brews like Gosser (Austria), Bintang (Bali), Zajecarsko (Serbia), Cruzcampo (Spain) and Alfa (Greece) to U.S. consumers for the first time. U.S. Beverage will also take over the rights to Dragon Stout (Jamaica), Krusovice (Czech Republic) and Zagorka (Bulgaria), which are already available in the U.S. Heineken Americas Export and U.S. Beverage will work together to market and distribute the brands nationwide.

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