News Briefs for October 2, 2014October 2, 2014
•Beam Suntory’s Pinnacle vodka has re-introduced its Pumpkin Pie and Peppermint Bark flavors ahead of the holiday season. The pair, which are priced at around $12.99 a 750-ml., will be available nationwide for a limited time. Pumpkin Pie and Peppermint Bark join Pinnacle’s existing 40-plus portfolio. The brand was up more than 10% in the U.S. to reach 2.8 million cases last year, according to Impact Databank.
•California’s O’Neill Vintners & Distillers has added two new wines to its Austerity brand. Sourced from Monterey County AVAs, the pair includes the 2013 Austerity Arroyo Seco Chardonnay and the 2013 Austerity Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir. Both wines are priced at $17 a bottle. O’Neill Vintners, which currently has a branded wine volume of around 600,000 cases annually, acquired the Austerity brand—as well as portfoliomates Line 39, Backhouse, Exitus and Redtree labels—with its purchase of the Cecchetti Wine Co. earlier this year.
•Fishbowl Spirits’ Blue Chair Bay rum brand has released Coconut Spiced Rum Cream, a new limited edition extension. Featuring vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove notes, Coconut Spiced Rum Cream is targeted toward the holiday gift-giving occasion and, according to the company, can serve as a lower-calorie egg nog alternative. The 30%-abv offering joins Blue Chair Bay’s existing White, Coconut, Coconut Spiced and Banana entries. The brand, created and owned by singer Kenny Chesney, retails for around $19 a bottle.
•New York-based Athenee Importers is extending its distribution alignment with The Winebow Group to five new states. Effective immediately, Athenee’s portfolio—which specializes in wine, spirits and beer from Greece and Cyprus—will be handled by The Winebow Group subsidiary The Country Vintner in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North and South Carolina. Athenee was already aligned with The Winebow Group in New York, New Jersey, Washingto, D.C., Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Illinois.
•Pernod Ricard’s Dead Bolt wine range has partnered with tattoo artist David Hale to release a new limited edition package. Rolling out nationwide this month, the David Hale tattoo-inspired design will appear on Dead Bolt’s 2013 Winemaker’s Red Blend, sourced from California, its sole wine offering to date. The special package, which marks the brand’s first artistic collaboration, will be available through December. Launched in 2012, Dead Bolt retails at around $16 a 750-ml.
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