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News Briefs for October 27, 2014

October 27, 2014

•M.S. Walker is launching the West Cork Irish whiskey range in the U.S. The new offering is produced in Skibbereen by West Cork Distillers, a family-owned distillery specializing in artisanal whiskies made with local ingredients. The brand’s U.S. lineup will include West Cork Original Classic Blend ($26.99 a 750-ml.), which is made with locally-grown grains and aged in Bourbon casks, and West Cork 10 Year Single Malt ($39.99 a 750-ml.), which is aged in first-fill, flame-charred Bourbon barrels. West Cork joins the Kennedy Irish whiskey and malt, Newfoundland Screech Caribbean rum and Grand Macnish Scotch whisky brands in M.S. Walker’s imported spirits portfolio.

•Eric Dunham, a pioneer winemaker in Washington’s Walla Walla Valley, whose Dunham Cellars wines consistently earned outstanding ratings, died last Thursday,Wine Spectator reports. He was 44 years old. His body was found in Cannon Beach, Oregon, 340 miles from the winery in Walla Walla. Local police told Wine Spectator that officers arrived at a motel he was staying at on the morning of the 23rd. Officers heard a gun fire shortly after knocking on his room’s door. They have classified the cause of death as a self-inflicted gun shot. Eric Dunham is survived by his wife, Kanae, son Hikari, and sisters Katy Dunham and Michelle Sikma.

•L’Chaim Kosher Wine has joined the portfolio of Florida-based Enovation Brands, Inc., a subsidiary Italy’s Enoitalia. The alliance will see Enovation handle marketing, sales and logistics for L’Chaim, while providing an enhanced distribution network to extend the brand’s reach nationwide. Currently, L’Chaim—which will introduce what it says is the first kosher bag-in-box wine next March—is available in major metro markets. The Enovation stable also includes Voga Italia, Luna di Luna, Lady Lola and Ca’ Montini among others.

•Charles Joly, acclaimed by many as the best bartender in America, is resigning as beverage director at The Aviary in Chicago, effective November 1. Joly will be succeeded by Micah Melton, who started at The Aviary as ice chef several years ago. Joly is the winner of a James Beard Foundation Award, was named best bartender and best cocktail menu at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans and in July won the Diageo World Class 2014 competition in London where he faced off against 48 other mixologists and won with a creation called Above the Clouds that featured a tiki cocktail theme. Joly will devote more time to his ready-made beverage line called Crafthouse Cocktails, which will soon have its own bottling facility in Michigan City, Indiana. He also intends to travel widely as a cocktail ambassador and contest judge.

 

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