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News Briefs for September 3, 2014

September 3, 2014

•Terlato Wines is augmenting its Italian portfolio with the addition of Tuscany’s Cecchi range, effective January 1, 2015. Under the terms of their agreement, Terlato will focus on a targeted range of six Cecchi wines: Chianti Classico DOCG; Chianti Classico Riserva di Famiglia DOCG; Coevo IGT Toscana; La Mora Vermentino DOC Maremma Toscana; La Mora Morellino di Scansano DOCG; and Sangiovese IGT Toscana. The wines range in price from $12 to $100 a bottle. Cecchi wines have been available in the U.S. for more than 25 years, and Banfi Vintners is the brand’s current importer. The brand sells roughly 50,000-75,000 cases in the U.S. annually, according to Impact Databank.

•Bacardi is launching its super-premium Facundo Rum Collection into the California market. The lineup, which currently features four limited edition aged sipping rums, will be available at select on- and off-premise accounts throughout Los Angeles and San Francisco this fall. The move marks the collection’s first market expansion, following its November 2013 debut in New York and Miami. Ranging in price from $45-$250, Bacardi’s Facundo Rum Collection includes Neo, a blended white rum aged for up to eight years; Eximo, a blended rum aged for more than 10 years; Exquisito, which is made with 7- to 23-year-old rums and finished in Sherry casks; and Paraiso, which is aged for up to 23 years and finished in Cognac casks.

•Beam Suntory’s Jim Beam Bourbon has added three new labels to its upscale Signature Craft range. Rolling out nationwide, Jim Beam Signature Craft Quarter Cask marks the collection’s third expression, as well as its second limited-edition offering. Quarter Cask, which is priced at $39.99 a 750-ml., is aged for a minimum of five years and finished with a variety of quarter cask Bourbons, then aged for at least another four years in smaller barrels. Concurrently, Jim Beam has launched its Signature Craft Harvest Bourbon Collection, a new series featuring six Bourbons made with different grains. Jim Beam has debuted Harvest Bourbon’s first two entries—Signature Craft Soft Red Wheat Bourbon and Signature Craft Brown Rice Bourbon, both of which retail for $49.99—with the series’ additional four expressions set to rollout throughout 2015.

Delicato Family Vineyards (DFV) is launching Juxtapoz, a luxury red blend from California’s North Coast. Winemaker John Killebrew used contrasting red grape varieties and growing regions—more than 76% of the grapes are from Napa Valley—for dimension and complexity, the company says. Juxtapoz is debuting with a 2012 vintage that features Syrah, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. “The wine consumer is constantly evolving, and we’re keen to keep up with consumer expectations,” DFV president and CEO Chris Indelicato recently told SND. “We’re never idle when it comes to new product ideation and development.” The 2012 vintage is available nationwide for a suggested retail price of $24.99.

•New Jersey-based Vision Wine & Spirits has added France’s Gabriel Meffre Winery to its import stable. Under the new partnership, Vision Wine & Spirits will handle the U.S. sales and marketing for Gabriel Meffre’s La Châsse brand, a collection of Rhône valley and varietal wines. Additionally, Vision Wine & Spirits will also take on a selection of the winery’s premium cuvées, including entries from the Gabriel Meffre range in Gigondas, Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Plan de Dieu; Gabriel Meffre’s single vineyards collection; and offerings from Gabriel Meffre’s Estates tier.

•Pernod Ricard is releasing a short film next week to support Kahlúa that will star actor Jeff Bridges. “The White Russian” will tell the story of a character encountering adventures while drinking the namesake cocktail and is meant to reinforce Kahlúa’s heritage and inspire “retro experiences.” The film is directed by Ivan Zacharias and will be available on September 9 on YouTube. In the 1998 film “The Big Lebowski,” Bridges starred as a character known as “The Dude” who was partial to White Russians. “The White Russian” is supported by digital content across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

•Brown-Forman’s Tuaca liqueur brand has partnered with the Green Bay Packers for the launch of the Tuaca Party Deck at Lambeau Field. The entertainment area, located in the Tundra Tailgate Zone on the east side of the stadium, will be open to the public four hours prior to kickoff and will feature live music and interactive game day activities. Tuaca will also be available throughout Lambeau Field and the tailgate zone. Tuaca, a 35%-abv vanilla citrus liqueur, sells around 125,000 cases annually in the U.S., according to Impact Databank, and retails for about $20 a bottle.

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