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News Briefs for March 24, 2016

March 24, 2016

•Spain’s González Byass has agreed to acquire D.O. Rías Baixas-based winery Pazos de Lusco. Located in Salvaterra do Miño, Pazos de Lusco is known for Albariño. With the purchase, González Byass is now present in nine notable Spanish wine regions—Rioja, Jerez, Cadiz, Cava, Penedés, Rueda, Somontano, Castilla and Rías Baixas—with key brands including Bodegas Beronia, Cavas Vilarnau, Finca Constancia and Finca Moncloa, among others.

•Constellation is extending Impact “Hot Brand” wine franchise The Dreaming Tree with a Sauvignon Blanc varietal. The Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc retails at $15 a bottle and is launching nationwide. Like the rest of The Dreaming Tree lineup—which Constellation created in collaboration with musician Dave Matthews—its bottle is about a quarter pound lighter than the average wine bottle and sports a label made with 100% recycled paper.

•Midwest Custom Bottling is taking its Tippy Cow Rum Cream brand national after a successful test-market run. The cream liqueur brand’s flavors include Orange Cream, Chocolate, Vanilla Soft Serve and Shamrock Mint. Retailing at around $17 a 750-ml. bottle, the 28-proof Tippy Cow will be in on- and off-premise national distribution by April 1.

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