News Briefs for February 25, 2019February 25, 2019
•Bayou Rum has launched XO Mardi Gras, a luxury priced line extension. The 40% abv spirit is distilled in copper pot stills and aged up to six years aging in Bayou’s solera system, whose barrels are comprised of ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks. Like all of Bayou’s products, the sugarcane used for the spirits is sourced from a southern Louisiana farm. XO Mardi Gras is now available across Bayou’s distribution footprint for a suggested price of $80 a 750-ml. In related news, Bayou’s brand-owner Stoli Group is extending its Canadian distribution partnership with Mark Anthony Wine & Spirits through 2023. Mark Anthony, formed in 2014, will continue to handle Stoli’s portfolio of Elit and Stoli vodkas, as well as Achaval-Ferrer wines, Bayou, and Cenote Tequila, among others.
•Ste. Michelle Wine Estates has launched Prayers of Sinners & Saints, a new pair of wines. A blend of 90% Syrah and 10% Merlot, Prayers of Sinners is aged in new and once-used barrels for 10-12 months prior to bottling. Prayers of Saints, meanwhile, is a 100% Chardonnay offering that includes 7% “Black Chardonnay”—so-called because the juice is oxidized before fermentation, thus reducing bitterness—and is aged in a combination of French and American oak barrels. Both wines will be available starting in March, retailing at $13 a 750-ml.
•Dundee, Oregon-based Dobbes Family Estate has extended its Joe to Go lineup of canned wines with a Pinot Noir. Joining Pinot Gris and Rosé offerings in the Joe to Go portfolio, the new Pinot Noir is Oregon-appellated and will be available for a retail price of $7 a 375-ml. Alongside the release, the canned brand has announced an expanded distribution footprint, rising from 14 markets to 32 markets across the U.S.Subscribe to Shanken News Daily’s Email Newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning.