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News Briefs for July 15, 2016

July 15, 2016

•Westland Distillery, marketed by Anchor Distilling, has unveiled the inaugural whiskey in its new limited-edition Native Oak Series. Rolling out nationwide this month, Westland’s Garryana American single malt whiskey is matured in Quercus garryana wood, a rare species of white oak found in the Pacific Northwest. The 56.2%-abv entry is limited to 2,500 bottles, retailing at $125 each. Westland, which specializes in American single malts, expects to release more whiskies to its Native Oak series next year.

•Illinois-based Winesellers Ltd. has added Portugal’s Faisão to its import portfolio. The brand’s U.S. offerings include a white and rosé sourced from Portugal’s Vinho Verde DOC, as well as the Faisão Dão Tinto red blend, mixing Tinto Roriz, Alfrocheiro and Touriga National grapes from the Dão DOC. The three wines retail at around $8 a 750-ml. Faisão joins Quinta de la Rosa in Winesellers’ Portuguese wine stable.

•Diageo group strategy director Anna Manz is leaving after a 17-year tenure. Manz, who has led Diageo’s group strategy since 2013, will become group finance director at sustainable technology firm Johnson Matthey. Her successor will be the subject of a future announcement, Diageo said.

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