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News Briefs for September 28, 2016

September 28, 2016

•Pernod Ricard’s Kahlúa liqueur has extended its year-round lineup with the launch of Kahlúa Chili Chocolate. Blending chocolate with spicy chili pepper notes, the new 20%-abv expression is rolling out this fall, retailing at $19 a 750-ml. Kahlúa Chili Chocolate joins Original, Pumpkin Spice, Salted Caramel and Peppermint Mocha in the brand’s core and seasonal stable. While still one of the U.S. market’s top-selling liqueurs, Kahlúa continues to lose ground. After falling by around 4% to 815,000 cases last year, the brand is now roughly one-third smaller in the market than it was a decade ago.

•Mary Weber Novak moved to Napa Valley in 1972 with her husband, Jack, fleeing Southern California to live a more leisurely life. But Jack died just five years after they arrived, leaving Mary with five children and their shared dream of caring for a house and vineyard they had purchased in St. Helena. She pushed forward, taking over management of the property and founding Spottswoode Estate Vineyard and Winery, which became one of Napa’s elite Cabernet Sauvignon producers. Novak died Sunday, Sept. 25, at the age of 84. Wine Spectator looks at her life and career.

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