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News Briefs for June 27, 2014

June 27, 2014

•The Bardstown Bourbon Company LLC will begin construction this summer on a new $25 million, 45,000-square-foot distillery in Kentucky’s Nelson County. Expected to be operational by 2016, the new facility in Bardstown will produce Bourbon as well as other spirits using local ingredients and will include a visitor center and warehouses. Former Maker’s Mark distiller Steve Nally, a 40-year industry veteran, will serve as the master distiller, while entrepreneur David Mandell is the company’s president and CEO.

•California’s Ironstone Vineyards is undergoing a rebranding for its 2013 vintage, which will feature a quality upgrade and label redesign. Owners the Kautz family selected grapes from their family vineyards that sit on 6,500 acres and are now blending the red wines from Lodi sub-appellations. The labels of Ironstone’s Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Old Vines Zinfindel and Petite Sirah now play up the company’s status as “Fourth Generation Family Growers” as well as the Lodi designation. The 2013 Ironstone wines retail at $11.99 and will be available nationwide through Napa-based importer and marketer Quintessential Wines in September.

•Miami-based Friends Beverage Group has added two new expressions—Cabernet Coffee Espresso and Chardonnay Coffee Cappuccino—to its canned wine brand Friends Fun Wine. Cabernet Coffee Espresso blends Cabernet with espresso and chocolate flavors, while Chardonnay Coffee Cappuccino mixes Chardonnay with vanilla cappuccino and chocolate notes. Both 6%-abv entries will be available in Friends Fun Wine’s 250-ml. “slim” cans. They join the brand’s existing Red Sangria, White Sangria, Rose Moscato, White Moscato, Strawberry Moscato and Peach Moscato expressions, which launched into the U.S. on- and off-premise earlier this year. Friends Beverage Group specializes in low-alcohol and low-calorie canned wines.

•New York’s Athenee Importers is launching a kegged format of Karavitakis Winery’s Little Prince white wine in the U.S. Featuring a blend of Cretan grape varietals Vilana and Vidiano, Little Prince is packaged in recyclable 20-liter “slim key” kegs at the Karavitakis estate in Greece. The kegs, which debut with a 2013 vintage, are set to roll out on July 1 across Winebow distribution markets such as Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania. Located on the island of Crete, Karavitakis Winery launched a bottled version of Little Prince in the U.S. earlier this year.

•Hammonton, New Jersey-based Tomasello Winery has forged a new sales and marketing partnership with WineWave. Under the agreement, WineWave has taken over all sales and marketing for Tomasello’s portfolio across 20 states. Tomasello’s offerings include Palmaris Outer Coastal Plain Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ($48 a 750-ml.) and Cabernet Franc ($38), Tomasello Fruit Wines ($11.95) and Tomasello Fruit Moscatos ($12.95), among others. The winery, which is located in New Jersey’s Outer Coastal Plain AVA, also sources fruit for its Fruit Wine and Fruit Moscato ranges from Michigan, Massachusetts and the Pacific Northwest.

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