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News Briefs for October 10, 2014

October 10, 2014

•Hiro Sake is expanding its distribution in the western U.S. this month by entering Arizona via Alliance Beverage. The brand also plans to launch in Illinois, Texas, Nevada and California over the next year. Meanwhile, Hiro is introducing special gift-box packaging for both its 720-ml. and 330-ml. bottle sizes for this holiday season. Hiro includes Red (Junmai) and Blue (Junmai Ginjo) variants that retail at $30 and $40 a 720-ml. respectively.

•Andegavia Cask Wines is adding three new Napa and Sonoma Valley varietals to its upscale portfolio of 3-liter wine casks. Newly launched is 2012 Bartlett Special Edition Napa Valley Merlot Blend ($78 a 3-liter)—97% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Petit Verdot—2013 Lundfelt Dry Creek Valley Sauvignon Blanc ($58 a 3-liter) and 2013 Merrill Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ($78 a 3-liter). The new releases join a Ruthven Napa Valley Red Blend, Ruthven Napa Valley Chardonnay and Nadalini Red Blend in the portfolio. Andegavia wines are currently distributed in Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York, as well as shipped to 35 states.

•Wisconsin’s Midwest Custom Bottling is introducing a new seasonal spiked eggnog, Chocolate Mint Holly Nog, in time for the holiday season. The new entry, retailing at $9.99 a 750-ml., is wine-based and made with Wisconsin dairy cream. It joins the original Holly Nog in the product line. Both brand variants are at 14% abv. Midwest Custom Bottling says Holly Nog shipments have doubled so far this year.

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