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News Briefs for September 27, 2017

September 27, 2017

•Woodford Reserve has unveiled its annual Master’s Collection limited edition release. The new expression, Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Cherry Wood Smoked Barley, uses malted barley that was exposed to cherry wood smoke. The 90.4 proof Cherry Wood Smoked Barley hits retail shelves in November, priced $99 a 750-ml. It will be sold mainly in the U.S. market, with limited distribution internationally. It’s the 12th release of the Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection, which was launched in 2006.

•Industry veteran Martin Crane has been promoted to executive vice president, general manager, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of New York. Crane, who was previously Southern Glazer’s vice president, commercial operations for New York, will be responsible for managing the company’s day-to-day sales and operations functions throughout the state. In his new role, Crane reports to Larry Goodrich, who was recently promoted to senior vice president, managing director, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of New York.

•Iowa’s Templeton Rye Whiskey has introduced a new 1-liter format for its flagship 4-year-old whiskey. Previously only available in 750-ml. bottles, the larger format of Templeton Rye 4-year (40%-abv) is now available nationwide, with pricing dependent on location. Once the company opens its new 34,500-square-foot distillery and 54,688-square-foot barrel aging warehouses—both slated for completion in spring 2018—its size offerings and overall portfolio will further expand. Templeton Rye also makes 6-year-old and 10-year-old rye expressions.

•California-based C. Mondavi & Family has appointed Jeff Richardson as chief operating officer. Richardson, who has been with the company for nine years, was most recently vice president, operations, and before that was director of production. Among other initiatives, Richardson has helped C. Mondavi roughly double its production capacity in recent years, and also spearheaded renovations to the Charles Krug tasting room and developed it into a Napa Valley tourist destination. In addition to promoting Richardson, C. Mondavi & Family previously announced its appointment of Judd Wallenbrock as CEO; Mark Koppen as vice president, marketing; and David Brown as senior vice president, sales.

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