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News Briefs for May 16, 2019

May 16, 2019

•Booker’s Bourbon has released Shiny Barrel Batch, the second whiskey in its 2019 Batch Collection. Before being bottled at 62% abv, the new Bourbon was aged for six years, five months, and one day. Booker’s Shiny Barrel Batch ($80 a 750-ml.) is available nationwide in limited quantities and follows Teresa’s Batch in this year’s Batch Collection. Booker’s, which is part of the Beam Suntory small batch portfolio, sold 24,000 cases in the U.S. in 2018.

•Pernod Ricard Winemakers has appointed Travis Fuller as the fine wine director for the global marketing team. Fuller joins the Sydney, Australia-based team from Accolade Wines, and brings over two decades of wine industry experience to his new role. As fine wine director, Fuller will work to drive growth and success for brands like Australia’s St. Hugo, New Zealand’s Church Road, Spain’s Ysios and Tarsus, and California’s Kenwood Jack London. Fuller steps into the role vacated by Lee James, who Pernod has appointed as market activation director for the Gin Hub division.

•Phillips Distilling has launched UVGO, a new line of canned cocktails made with UV vodka. The 5% abv RTDs will come in four flavors: Black Cherry, Blue Raspberry, Lemon Lime, and Pink Lemonade. UVGO canned cocktails are now available across the U.S. in 4-packs of 12-ounce cans for a suggested price of $10. In addition to UV vodka, Phillips Distilling’s portfolio consists of Prairie Organic vodka, Douglas & Todd Bourbon, and Revel Stoke Canadian whisky, among other spirits.

•An investment group led by industry veteran Hill Flynn has purchased New York’s Domaine Select Wine & Spirits for an undisclosed sum. The 20-year-old importer will remain under much of the same management with founder Allison Domeneghetti remaining in her role as president of Domaine Select Merchants, the company’s wholesale business in New York and New Jersey. In addition, Robert Falvo will remain in charge of the company’s national business with Hill Flynn stepping in as president of DSWS overall. Last year, Domaine Select’s sales were around $37 million.

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