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News Briefs for May 6, 2016

May 6, 2016

•Languedoc’s Domaines Paul Mas, imported by Palm Bay International’s Esprit du Vin division, is releasing a new wine, Astélia Rosé, ahead of the summer season. A blend of Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah sourced from Domaines Paul Mas’ 12 estates, Astélia Rosé ($18) is initially hitting New York and New Jersey ahead of a national launch this summer.

•Shaw-Ross International Importers is introducing two new offerings under the Glengoyne single malt Scotch brand, Cask Strength and Mini Tin. Glengoyne Cask Strength ($90) is a 58.8% abv expression from the Highland distillery, which is owned by Ian Macleod Distillers. The brand’s new Mini Tin includes 50-ml. bottles of Glengoyne 10-, 15- and 18-year-old and retails at $25. In addition to the new products, Glengoyne is launching fresh packaging on its 10- and 12-year-old malts.

•Former 42 Below and Panache Beverage executive James Dale is launching Cangria, a line of canned sangria cocktails. The 9%-abv brand includes Cangria Red—a Grenache and Syrah blend featuring blackberry, lemon and lime natural flavors—and Cangria Pink, a Viognier and Chenin Blanc blend with orange, apple and raspberry flavors. The wine is sourced from California’s O’Neill Vineyards. Cangria ($12-$13 a four-pack of 8.4-ounce cans) is debuting initially this summer in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, New Jersey, New York and Florida, with launches in Texas and Louisiana to follow.

•Pabst Brewing is suing MillerCoors, claiming the brewing giant has breached a long-term supply contract. Pabst says the alleged breach could cost it $400 million if unresolved, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports. MillerCoors and Pabst Brewing began negotiating an extension to their 2007 supply agreement last year (MillerCoors has been producing Pabst products since 1999). In the midst of those talks, MillerCoors announced it would close its Eden, North Carolina brewery, which produces Pabst labels. MillerCoors still offered to extend the Pabst deal beyond 2020, the Journal-Sentinel said, but only if the current fee is tripled. Pabst, which says it was previously assured that MillerCoors would have sufficient capacity to contract brew its beers into the next decade, asserts that the proposed increase amounts to a poison pill meant to scuttle any extension.

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