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News Briefs for September 20, 2016

September 20, 2016

•Duckhorn Wine Company has announced a gift to the Wine Spectator Learning Center at Sonoma State University’s Wine Business Institute.

Duckhorn joins a growing list of backers of the new educational facility, for which a groundbreaking ceremony was held on June 1, attended by California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, U.S. Congressman Mike Thompson, Wine Spectator editor and publisher Marvin Shanken and others. Duckhorn’s gift will help equip the facility with “advanced education tools to connect wine business scholars and professionals around the world, including state-of-the-art technology classrooms and multimedia venues.”

•Chivas Regal is set to debut a new limited edition of its 18-year-old blended Scotch whisky in partnership with Italian design firm Pininfarina. Rolling out globally next month, Chivas 18 by Pininfarina Chapter 3 is packaged in a metallic gift tin created by the design group and will retail at $75. Chivas Regal’s global sales declined 4% in brand owner Pernod Ricard’s fiscal year ended in June, but Pernod noted that recent innovation Chivas Extra has provided a boost of late. Additionally, the brand is prepping the launch of a new blended malt offering, Chivas Regal Ultis, also slated to appear next month.

•Guinness is extending its Brewers Project series of limited editions with two new beers, Antwerpen Stout and Rye Pale Ale. Antwerpen Stout has an abv of 8%, while Rye Pale Ale is at 5%. Both new Guinness brews will be on the market through December in six-packs of 11.2-ounce bottles, with Antwerpen retailing at about $10 a six-pack and Rye Pale Ale selling at about $9.

•France sees potential in South African wine. AdVini, the French group that owns more than a dozen wineries, has acquired a majority share in Stellenbosch wine brand Ken Forrester. AdVini bought 51% of the brand, adding to their South African portfolio, which includes L’Avenir Vineyards and the recently purchased Le Bonheur Wine Estate. Wine Spectator has the full story.

•New York-based Royal Wine Corp. is launching Boondocks American whiskey. Created by veteran whiskey maker Dave Scheurich, the brand includes a 95 Proof expression as well as a Cask Strength 127 Proof entry. The release of a limited edition whiskey is planned for later this year followed by another launch in 2017. The 95 Proof retails for $39.99, while Cask Strength 127 Proof is at $59.99. Boondocks American Whiskey is debuting in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York and Texas, with nationwide availability expected in October.

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