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News Briefs for May 27, 2016

May 27, 2016

•Diageo North America’s national accounts team is set to come under new leadership on June 1, as current senior vice president, national accounts, Brent Albertson has decided to leave the company. Albertson will be replaced by Mark Schulte, currently senior vice president of customer marketing and commercial capabilities. A replacement for Schulte will be named at a later date.

•Martin Miller’s Gin, part of the Reformed Spirits Co. portfolio, is extending its lineup with a new single-cask-aged gin, 9 Moons. Aged in single Bourbon casks for nine months, 9 Moons will launch later this year in a run of about 2,000 individually-numbered bottles. The 40%-abv cask-aged gin will be priced in the super-premium segment, retailing above the existing Martin Miller’s expressions, which include the flagship Martin Miller’s brand (around $28) and the higher-proof Westbourne Strength ($35).

•Minnesota-based Prestige Wine & Spirits has added a Red offshoot to its Kinky liqueur range. Featuring a blend of premium vodka with watermelon and strawberry flavors, Kinky Red ($20) marks the fourth entry in Kinky’s liqueur lineup, joining Pink, Blue and Gold expressions. The Kinky brand also comprises the Kinky and Extra Kinky cocktail ranges, as well as Kinky vodka, which Prestige says is on track to sell upwards of 100,000 nine-liter cases this year.

•Napa Valley Vintners, the region’s nonprofit promotional organization, will make its Far East debut later this year with the first Premiere Napa Valley Hong Kong auction, in partnership with Christie’s. The November 3 sale will feature 25 lots of five cases each created exclusively for the event, from Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) member wineries like Dalla Valle, Hall and Shafer. Wine Spectator has more.

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