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News Briefs for October 21, 2015

October 21, 2015

•The Wine Group is adding a new dark red blend, Black Forest, to its Cupcake Vineyards brand. Launching nationally at a retail price of $10.99 a 750-ml., Cupcake Vineyards Black Forest is composed of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Petit Verdot and Petite Sirah sourced from a selection of coastal California vineyards. The Wine Group’s third-largest brand after Franzia and Almaden, Cupcake has been stable at 3 million cases in the U.S. in recent years, according to Impact Databank.

•Brown-Forman will unveil a new limited Woodford Reserve whiskey next month, Master’s Collection 1838 Style White Corn. To create the new Bourbon release ($100 a 750-ml.), Woodford Reserve master distiller Chris Morris drew from the production records of Oscar Pepper and James Crow, who made whiskey at the Woodford Reserve Distillery site in the mid-1800s. Rolling out in select markets in November, Woodford Reserve’s 1838 Style White Corn is billed as being a lighter-bodied whiskey, with a soft, sweet, fruit-forward profile.

•MGP Ingredients, supplier of distilled spirits and specialty wheat proteins and starches, is expanding warehouse capacity at its Lawrenceburg, Indiana distillery. The $16.4 million project will include refurbishment of existing warehouses and construction of new ones on the 20-acre campus adjoining the Lawrenceburg facility. The expansion will roughly double Lawrenceburg’s current barrel storage capacity. The first phase of the program, which will include the new warehouses, is slated for completion by year-end.

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