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News Briefs for April 24, 2018

April 24, 2018

•Ah-So, a new canned rosé wine from Spain, is making its U.S. debut this spring.

Produced by the Lopez de Lacalle Artazu winery in Navarra, Ah-So is a 100%-estate grown Garnacha rosé sourced from vines aged between 15 and 45 years. Initially rolling out across 22 states, Ah-So retails at $20-$24 a 4-pack of 250-ml. cans, depending on the market. The brand’s distributor profile includes Skurnik in the Northeast, Horizon in New England, Tenzing in Illinois, Victory Wine Group in Texas, and Synergy in the Southwest, among others. Lopez de Lacalle is also known for its Rioja property, Bodegas Artadi, and Alicante property, El Seque.

•Seattle-based spirits importer Back Bar Project is releasing mezcal brand Origen Raiz in the U.S. Produced at the El Ojo Vinata distillery in Durango, Mexico, Origen Raiz is a collaboration between Oaxaca’s Casa Cortés and Durango’s Saravia family. The 48%-abv offering is a double-distilled joven mezcal made with 100% wild Cenizo agave, retail priced at $80 a 750-ml. In addition to Origen Raiz, Back Bar Project’s import portfolio includes Casa Cortés’s El Jolgorio, Nuestra Soledad, and Agave de Cortés mezcals, as well as the Giffard liqueur, Vermouth Routin, and Angelisco Tequila brands, among other offerings.

•Napa Valley’s Opus One has named Nick Holmes as Northwest regional sales manager, responsible for nine northwestern states. Holmes was most recently regional sales director for the Western U.S. at Jordan Vineyard & Winery and prior to that was a regional manager with Jackson Family Wines. Opus One is jointly owned by Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA and Constellation Brands.

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