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News Briefs for October 26, 2015

October 26, 2015

•Minneapolis-based Phillips Distilling Co. is extending its Revel Stoke line with a Roasted Apple label due out in November, with distribution going national in January. Roasted Apple will be line-priced (at $15 a 750-ml.) with Revel Stoke’s three other flavored whiskies, the spiced, cinnamon and roasted pecan. Roasted Apple will also join the seasonal Revel Stoke Pumpkin Spiced, which is hitting retail shelves now ($15). Phillips vice president of sales Jason Connelly says the flavors are all viewed by management “as both shooter brands and also to be mixed in cocktails, though we expect the pumpkin spice may be mixed with cream and promoted as an after-dinner drink.”

•Verona-based Pasqua Vigneti e Cantine is extending its fast-growing Passimento brand with a new Bianco offering. Launching nationwide this month, Veneto-sourced Pasqua Passimento Bianco is 100% Garganega and retails at around $18 a 750-ml. It’s made using the appassimento technique of drying the fruit in wooden trays prior to starting the vinification process. Passimento Bianco joins the brand’s existing Rosso, which has been rising quickly in the U.S. In addition to Pasqua USA, which handles Passimento, the company is represented in the U.S. by Carolina Wine Brands USA, which handles the flagship Pasqua and Romeo and Juliet brands, which will acccount for around 65,000 cases this year. Overall, Pasqua’s U.S. business is at roughly a quarter-million cases.


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