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News Briefs for June 23, 2015

June 23, 2015

•Anchor Distilling has launched Mezcal Amarás Cupreata in the U.S. market. Produced in the Mexican village of Mazatlán, the new 43%-abv unaged mezcal is made with 100% cupreata agave, a less common agave species that grows only on select mountain slopes within the Rio Balsas basin. Mezcal Amarás Cupreata, priced at $59.99 a 750-ml., marks the second expression from Mezcal Amarás, which debuted its flagship 100% espadín agave unaged mezcal in January.

•Could great Bordeaux mean Touriga Nacional rather than Cabernet Sauvignon within a few decades? During this fall’s harvest, Bordeaux researchers will be fermenting tiny batches of wines from an experimental vineyard growing 52 grape varieties largely unknown to the region. Their goal is to find grapes that can produce Bordeaux-style wines when, or if, climate change alters Bordeaux’s growing season significantly enough to knock the region’s traditional grapes out of the game. Wine Spectator has the full story.

•International Beverage has appointed 375 Park Avenue Spirits (part of Sazerac) as its exclusive U.S. importer. Effective August 1, 375 Park Avenue will handle International Beverage’s single malt Scotch whiskies Speyburn, Old Pulteney, anCnoc and Balblair, as well as Caorunn gin, Hankey Bannister blended Scotch whisky and Thai spirits Phraya Rum, BlackMask Pacific Spiced Rum and Mekhong. The 375 Park Avenue Spirits portfolio also includes Van Gogh vodka, Molinari liqueurs, Limoncello di Capri and Tap Whisky, among others.

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