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News Briefs for November 9, 2018

November 9, 2018

•Bordeaux winemakers hoping for a big harvest in 2018, after France’s cataclysmic frosts of 2017, were disappointed. Heavy rains early in the season led to mildew, while hail in some areas also thinned the crop. Then, the weather dramatically changed course. “Sun, sun, sun,” is how Christian Moueix, who oversees several estates on the Right Bank, described the summer. Wine Spectator has a full report.

•Campari Group’s Appleton Estate has released a limited edition, 30-year-old rum. A blend of rums aged for a minimum of 30 years—with some in barrel for more than 50 years—the Appleton Estate 30-year-old clocks in at 86 proof and is retail priced at $495 a 750-ml. Of the 4,000 bottles available worldwide, 900 are set to come to the U.S. The new rum marks the first 30-year-old expression Appleton has launched since 2008.

•California-based importer Vine Connections has added shochu brand Rihei Ginger to its import portfolio. Made with 50% barley, 30% rice, and 20% Japanese heirloom ginger, the 38%-abv Rihei Ginger is made in Japan’s Miyazaki Prefecture at the Ochiai Distillery. The new spirit is currently rolling out nationwide with a retail price of $55 a 750-ml. The Vine Connections portfolio also includes premium saké and a number of Argentine and Chilean wine brands.

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