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News Briefs for November 6, 2013

November 6, 2013

•Single malt Scotch The Dalmore Selected by Daniel Boulud is being extended into national distribution. The 44%-abv malt developed in collaboration with the renowned chef retails around $200 a bottle, of which 1,000 are making their way to market. It’s also on offer for $50 a glass at each of Boulud’s six New York City restaurants, where it first appeared in a limited rollout this spring. The Dalmore is part of the Whyte & Mackay Americas portfolio.

•Italy’s Salcheto has released a new wine label, Obvius, which takes as its mission a commitment to sustainable production. Obvius Rosso di Montepulciano is 100% Sangiovese and retails at $19 a bottle. Billed as Salcheto’s first wine made “from grapes only,” it’s vinified, aged and bottled in a specialized process that Salcheto says eschews the need for selected yeasts, sulphur and other interventions. Salcheto’s other wines include Chianti Colli Senesi ($10), Rosato ($14), Rosso di Montepulciano ($17), Vino Nobile di Montepulciano ($24) and Salco Vino Nobile di Montepulciano ($70). The portfolio is handled in the U.S. by Massanois Imports.

SPI Group has named John Karem as North America duty free director, responsible for driving growth for Stolichnaya and Elit vodkas in the channel. Karem was most recently principal at Bibo Mundi, specializing in identifying wine and spirits merger and acquisition opportunities. Prior to that he was director of global business development at Phillips Distilling Company. In his new role, Karem will be based in Miami and report to Jean-Philippe Aucher, SPI’s global duty free and travel retail director.

•Brazil’s Avuá Cachaça has expanded its presence in the U.S. First launched in New York in April, the single-estate, small-batch brand has since entered the Boston, Washington D.C., San Francisco and Los Angeles markets. The range currently includes Avuá Cachaça Prata ($35 a 750-ml.), which is rested in steel tanks for six months prior to bottling, and Avuá Cachaça Amburana ($50 a 750-ml.), aged for up to two years in Amburana wood casks. The brand is self-imported by New York-based Avuá Imports.

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