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News Briefs for April 26, 2019

April 26, 2019

•The starting gun for the 2018 Bordeaux futures campaign officially sounded last week with the release of Château Angélus, one of St.-Emilion’s most recognizable names. With the VinExpo convention in Bordeaux set for May 13-16—about a month earlier than in previous years—and the crystal ball on market perception looking slightly murky, producers are likely to try and strike fast. Wine Spectator is tallying Bordeaux futures prices for all the top chateaux as they’re released.

•Campari America is extending Skyy vodka’s Infusions flavor lineup with a Cold Brew Coffee expression. Retailing at $14 a 750-ml. and $17 a 1-liter, the newcomer is at 35% abv. Riding the cold brew coffee trend, the vodka is infused with Arabica coffee beans and joins a Skyy Infusions range that also includes Sun-Ripened Watermelon, Citrus, Blood Orange, Pineapple, Bartlett Pear, Honeycrisp Apple, Tropical Mango, Texas Grapefruit, Pacific Blueberry, Georgia Peach, Vanilla Bean, Wild Strawberry, Cherry, and Raspberry. Skyy ranked seventh among all vodka brands in the U.S. last year, according to Impact Databank, despite slipping 4.6% to 2.5 million cases.

•Bud Light will add a new Lemon Tea line extension for the summer, launching on Monday. Brewed with lemon peels and aged over black tea leaves, the 4.2% abv ale joins Bud Light Lime and Orange in AB InBev’s seasonal portfolio. Billed as a light and sessionable brew, the beer is debuting in 12-packs of slim cans, in addition to 6- and 12-packs of bottles. The cans and bottles will be labeled with ingredients and serving facts, as well as icons advertising that it was made without corn syrup—in a nod to Bud Light parent company AB InBev’s ongoing feud with MillerCoors.

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