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News Briefs for October 8, 2014

October 8, 2014

•Accolade Wines has offered an update on the status of its North American leadership team in the wake of former managing director Tim Matz’s departure to take the helm at Zonin USA. Accolade Wines’ chief financial officer Steven Gorst is leading its North American business on an interim basis until a new manager is appointed. Accolade was formed in 2010 from the former Constellation Europe and Australia businesses now owned by CHAMP Private Equity. In addition to California brands Geyser Peak, Atlas Peak and XYZin, its portfolio includes Australian brands Hardys and Banrock Station, among others.

•Beam Suntory is introducing a new expression of its Auchentoshan single malt Scotch whisky to the U.S. market ahead of the fall and holiday seasons as a permanent addition to the core Auchentoshan portfolio. Matured exclusively in first fill ex-Bourbon casks, Auchentoshan American Oak features flavors of vanilla, caramelized sugars, coconut and oak spices, the company says. The 40%-abv entry retails for about $39.99 a 750-ml. bottle and is meant to serve as a gateway Scotch whisky for Bourbon drinkers. American Oak joins Auchentoshan 12-year-old, 18-year-old and limited release 21-year-old in the Auchentoshan portfolio.

•Diageo’s Baileys liqueur has extended its lineup with the launch of Baileys Chocolate Cherry Irish Cream. Featuring a blend of chocolate and cherry flavors, the female-focused entry is targeted primarily toward the shot occasion. This month, the offshoot’s launch will be supported by Baileys’ second annual “Stylish Shots on the Go” event in New York City, where the brand will host a pop-up “selfie station. Baileys Chocolate Cherry is currently available nationwide, priced at around $21 a 750-ml.

•CIL U.S. Wines & Spirits has been named the U.S. importer of Glencadam single malt Scotch whisky. Distilled in the county of Angus in the Highlands region of Scotland, Glencadam’s offerings include 10-year-old ($55), 15-year-old ($85) and 21-year-old ($199) Scotches, all of which are non-chill-filtered and 46% abv. In October, CIL will introduce Glencadam to Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, California, Nevada, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Massachusetts. New York, Texas and Georgia are slated to come online next year. CIL, based in West Palm Beach, Florida, is a subsidiary of Camus Wines & Spirits.


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