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News Briefs for March 3, 2016

March 3, 2016

•Ireland’s Teeling Whiskey is launching 12 single barrel bottlings in the U.S. ahead of St. Patrick’s Day. The 12 individual casks of Teeling Irish single malt whiskey—matured in Bourbon barrels and finished in White Port barrels—have been hand-bottled for top American on- and off-premise accounts, including Total Wine, Binny’s, Liquor Barn, Argonaut Wine & Liquor, and the Bellagio and MGM casinos, among others. Teeling’s Single Barrel Series, imported by Young’s Market subsidiary Infinium Spirits, will retail at approximately $85 a bottle.

•Minnesota-based Prestige Wine & Spirits Group is expanding distribution of its Kinky vodka into several new markets this month, with plans to take the brand nationwide by the end of the year. For March, Kinky is set to launch in Texas, Oklahoma and the metro New York market, and expects to enter around 14 additional markets later on this spring. The expansion will be backed by a marketing campaign, which will run across print and digital platforms under the tagline “Unmatched Mixability.” The brand, which debuted last October as an offshoot of Prestige’s fast-growing Kinky liqueur range, is currently available in around 22 U.S. markets, retailing at $16.99 a 750-ml. According to the company, Kinky vodka is set to sell upwards of 100,000 nine-liter cases by the end of 2016.

•What is Brooklyn terroir? We may get a taste next year. In 2014, Wine Spectator reported on three wineries in the New York borough. None however, have grown a commercially viable vineyard there, sourcing grapes from the nearby Finger Lakes or Long Island regions instead. Now a new winery, Rooftop Reds, aims to be the first, with a vineyard planted with traditional Bordeaux grapes on a rooftop in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Wine Spectator has the full story.

•Wirtz Beverage Nevada has officially become Breakthru Beverage Nevada after a significant state licensing process. The new Breakthru Beverage Nevada, which employs 500 people, is led by Scott Blazek, vice president, who reports to Joe Marotta, Breakthru’s West Region president. Breakthru was formed via the merger of spirits and wine wholesale giants Charmer Sunbelt and Wirtz Beverage on January 1.

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