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News Briefs for February 1, 2019

February 1, 2019

•Louisville, Kentucky’s Angel’s Envy will launch a Sherry cask-finished Bourbon in limited quantities on February 15. The 50% abv whiskey ($200) is blended from Bourbon aged between four and nine years before spending an additional two to three years finishing in Oloroso Sherry casks. Only 3,600 bottles of Angel’s Envy Finished in Oloroso Sherry Casks will be available at the brand’s distillery and in select retailers in Kentucky. Bacardi acquired Angel’s Envy in 2015.

•Raeburn Winery, part of the Purple Wine + Spirits portfolio, has released its first rosé. The new entry is a blend of 66% Zinfandel, 26% Pinot Noir, and 8% Grenache that retails for $20 a bottle and is rolling out nationwide. Raeburn leapt 46% to 73,000 cases last year, according to Impact Databank. In addition to Sonoma-based Raeburn, Purple Wine + Spirits’ portfolio includes Avalon, Four Vines, and Scattered Peaks wines, as well as Benham’s Sonoma Dry Gin and Redwood Empire Whiskey.

•Illinois importer and marketer Winesellers, Ltd. has introduced a new rosé to its Le Charmel brand. Made in partnership with Master Wines—a California-based, family-owned wine company—the Le Charmel Rosé de Loire AOP is a blend of Loire Valley-sourced Cabernet Franc and Gamay. The new offering is retail priced at $13 a 750-ml. and joins Pinot Noir, Touraine Sauvignon AOP, Syrah Grenache Costières de Nîmes AOP, and Cotes de Provence AOP Rosé wines in the Le Charmel lineup.

•Following an on-premise pilot program last fall, Heineken will take Dos Equis Mexican Pale Ale (MPA) into wide release. The 5.5% abv brew will be available this month in both 12- and 6-packs. Heineken is rolling out the MPA in off-premise accounts nationwide with a focus on its core markets of Texas and New Mexico. In addition to Dos Equis and the flagship Heineken lager, Heineken imports Tecate, Amstel Light, and Bohemia beers.

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