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News Briefs for July 7, 2015

July 7, 2015

•New Jersey retail chain Gary’s Wine & Marketplace has opened a new full-service store in Hillsborough, nearby its temporary pop-up location in the central Jersey town, which has operated since December. The Hillsborough location joins Gary’s units in Wayne, Madison and Bernardsville, and stocks thousands of wines, spirits and beers, as well as cheeses, charcuterie, wine accessories and other items. Market Watch magazine’s 2014 Retailer of the Year, Gary’s has annual revenues of above $50 million.

•Guarachi Wine Partners has launched Evil Eye, a red blend of Spanish varietals. Produced by Castillo de Monseran in Cariñena, Spain, Evil Eye features Garnacha, Tempranillo and Carignan, and is partially aged in oak. The entry, currently available nationwide, retails at $9.99 a bottle. Evil Eye joins Castillo de Monseran’s core Garnacha and Old Vine Garnacha labels in Guarachi’s existing stable.

•Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits has aligned with Johnson Brothers Liquor Co. for distribution in Minnesota, effective August 1. Southern Wine & Spirits has previously handled Deutsch’s business in the state. The new exclusive agreement with Johnson Brothers—the U.S. market’s seventh-ranked wine and spirits wholesaler with revenues of more than $1.5 billion—runs for five years.

•Luxury Champagne brand Armand de Brignac will release two new offerings, a Blanc de Noirs and a Demi Sec, this fall. Produced by Champagne Cattier, the Blanc de Noirs is 100% Pinot Noir while the Demi Sec is a blend of 40% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinot Meunier and 40% Chardonnay. Armand de Brignac’s Blanc de Noir and Demi Sec will retail at $759.99 and $359.99 a bottle, respectively. Last November, a group led by rapper and entrepreneur Shawn “Jay Z” Carter acquired the interest in Armand de Brignac formerly held by New York-based Sovereign Brands. Jay Z has been affiliated with the brand since 2006.

•Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based Griffon Brands LLC has launched a new premium boxed vodka brand, Griffon Vault, to a handful of U.S. markets, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The brand is packaged in 1-liter boxes, which are made from 100% recycled materials and have a 70% smaller carbon footprint than glass vodka bottles. Griffon Vault is produced in Lawrenceburg, Indiana and is currently available in Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Iowa and Minnesota. The company expects to reach 17 states within the next year. Griffon Vault vodka retails at about $15 a 1-liter.

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