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News Briefs for July 5, 2016

July 5, 2016

•Wine Spectator has unveiled its Grand Award winners for 2016, honoring restaurants with extraordinary wine programs. This year seven restaurants earned the Grand Award for the first time. They join the ranks of 81 Grand Award winners that successfully renewed their title this year. Wine Spectator will reveal its full slate of Restaurant Awards for 2016 later today.

•Brazil’s Yaguara Cachaça is debuting two new offerings in the U.S. market, Yaguara Branca, a white cachaça (40.5% abv), and Yaguara Ouro (42% abv), a barrel-aged expression. Yaguara Branca ($30 a 750-ml.) and Ouro ($44) join the existing Yaguara Organic Blended Cachaça ($32) in the portfolio, which is distributed by Union Beer/Blueprint Spirits in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Florida.

•David Stewart, malt master for William Grant & Sons’ Balvenie single malt, has been honored by Queen Elizabeth II as a Member of the Most Excellent Order of The British Empire (MBE). Presented to individuals recognized for a significant achievement or outstanding service to their profession or community, the MBE was bestowed to recognize Stewart’s more than 50 years of dedication to the Scotch whisky industry.

•California-based Infinium Spirits has been appointed the exclusive U.S. importer for Kerrygold Irish Cream liqueur, effective immediately. Kerrygold, which is owned by Ornua, Ireland’s largest dairy exporter, was handled by Marie Brizard Wine and Spirits Americas (formerly Imperial Brands) from its 2014 launch up until May 9, when the two companies mutually parted ways. Kerrygold is a 17%-abv blend of natural Irish cream, oak-aged Irish whiskey, Irish spirit and chocolate.

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