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News Briefs for June 12, 2019

June 12, 2019

•Apothic Wines, part of the E.&J. Gallo portfolio, has debuted its Apothic Red in 2-packs of 250-ml. twist cap aluminum bottles, which will retail for $10. They are now available nationwide. Apothic has been experimenting with unconventional offerings recently, having debuted Apothic Inferno, which is aged in whiskey barrels, and Apothic Brew, infused with cold brew coffee. The brand sells above 3.4 million cases annually in the U.S.

•The 2019 edition of Brown-Forman’s Old Forester Birthday Bourbon will launch on September 2. The 52.5% abv whiskey ($100) is sourced from 120 barrels distilled on May 15, 2008 and aged for 11 years. The annual release celebrates brand founder George Garvin Brown’s birthday. This year,1,100 cases 9-liter cases will be available across the U.S. Last year, Old Forester reached 223,000 cases on 18% growth, according to Impact Databank.

•New Jersey-based importer Opici Wines has added LaLuca Prosecco Superiore Valdobbiadene DOCG to its portfolio. The ultra-premium offering is made with Glera grapes that grow on steep hillsides of the Valdobbiadene region. At $23 a 750-ml., it joins the extra dry LaLuca Prosecco DOC Treviso in Opici’s catalog and will be available at restaurants and fine wine stores nationwide. LaLuca was up 15% to 58,000 cases last year, according to Impact Databank.

•Louisville’s Kentucky Peerless Distilling Company will launch its first Bourbon since the distillery’s 2015 revival on June 22. The barrel-proof Bourbon was aged for four years and will launch in Kentucky before expanding into California, Florida, Illinois, New York, Texas, and Washington, D.C., this fall. Kentucky Peerless Straight Bourbon will retail for a suggested price of $70. Peerless’ rye whiskey was awarded the No.-15 spot on Whisky Advocate’s Top 20 Whiskies of 2017.

•Martignetti Companies’ Vision Wine & Spirits has partnered with Barr an Uisce to bring two new releases from the County Wicklow, Ireland-based distillery to the U.S. Vision will now import the Bourbon barrel-matured Barr an Uisce 16-year-old single malt (46% abv) and Barr an Uisce Wicklow Hills, a blend of grain and malt whiskies aged three to four years and finished for three months in Oloroso Sherry casks, to its 20-plus state distribution footprint. The two new releases join Barr an Uisce 10-year-old (46% abv, matured in Bourbon barrels) and Barr an Uisce Wicklow Rare (4-year-old grain whiskey finished in Oloroso Sherry casks blended with 10-year-old single malt) in the U.S. market.

•Shaw-Ross International has promoted Vinny Ferrone to senior vice president, Eastern region, responsible for all states from Maine to Florida. Additionally, Tom O’Hara has been promoted to vice president, Northeast. O’Hara was previously general manager of New York, and Ferrone was previously vice president of the Eastern region. Ferrone has been with the company for 18 years, while O’Hara joined in 2017 after time with Gallo, Charmer Sunbelt, and Banfi/Excelsior.

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