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News Briefs for June 30, 2015

June 30, 2015

•Little Rock, Arkansas-based importer and distributor The Triton Collection has launched several new South American wines. Included is the Kenos brand, produced by Chile’s Villaseñor Vineyards, with a Cabernet Franc, Carignan, Syrah and Tempranillo ($9.99 a 750-ml), and a Reserve Syrah ($11.99). Triton has also introduced VinEcol Malbec ($13.99) and Santa Irene Malbec ($11.99) made by VinEcol Organic Wines in Mendoza. Triton’s newcomers are available in select U.S. markets.

•Campari America is extending its X-Rated Fusion Liqueur brand with a new Peach Blush flavor. A fusion of ultra-premium vodka and peaches mixed with citrus and honey, X-Rated Peach Blush is 34 proof and seeks to capitalize on the current popularity of peach-flavored offerings across the consumer products market. It’s launching now in 750-ml. ($24.99) and 1-liter sizes ($35.99), and joins X-Rated’s Original (mango, blood orange and passion fruit) and Tropix (pineapple and coconut) expressions in the brand portfolio.

•Chile’s Santa Ema, part of the Guarachi Family Wines import portfolio, has named renowned Santa Barbara vintner Joey Tensley as consulting winemaker. Known for his namesake Tensley Wines label, Tensley is now advising Santa Ema—known for its popular Reserve Merlot—with his first input coming on the winery’s 2012 Catalina blend and 2013 Reserve and Amplus tiers, which are now available nationwide.

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