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News Briefs for December 20, 2018

December 20, 2018

•Jim Rutledge, former master distiller for Four Roses, has returned to the spirits world with Cream of Kentucky Bourbon, a revived heritage label, as well as plans for a new $25 million distillery.The new release is an 11-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon bottled at 51% abv. The Lexington Herald Leader reports that roughly 9,000 bottles will be released in Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Washington D.C., Colorado, and California. In addition to the revived Bourbon, Rutledge has plans to build a distillery in Oldham County, with construction slated to begin as early as next spring.

•Chopin Imports is adding to its spirits portfolio, agreeing to handle the range of Scotch whisky specialist Gordon & MacPhail in the U.S. The deal will add over 100 offerings to Chopin’s portfolio, including Gordon & MacPhail’s Discover, Connoisseurs Choice, and Distillery Labels, plus whiskies and gin from the Benromach Distillery. Chopin Imports’ lineup also includes its namesake vodka and Dorda liqueurs, among other brands.

•Don Sebastiani & Sons has named Omar Percich as COO, replacing Tom Hawkins, who is retiring at the end of the year. Percich, formerly Don & Sons’ CFO, joined the company last year after previously serving as CFO at Foley Family Wines. The Don Sebastiani & Sons portfolio includes wine brands B Side, Aquinas, and The Crusher, among others, as well as Contigo, El Fumador, and El Macho Tequilas.

•Chile’s Matetic Wine Group is relaunching its TerraPura label after a full revamp. Debuting in the U.S. early next year, the new TerraPura range will retail at around $12 a 750-ml. and will include a Reserva Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Merlot, all from the Curico Valley; a Reserva Pinot Noir from the Itata Valley; and a Carmenere and Cabernet Sauvignon, both from the Colchagua Valley. TerraPura is imported by Napa-based Quintessential Wines.

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