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News Briefs for October 5, 2016

October 5, 2016

•Breakthru Beverage has agreed to acquire Toronto-based wine broker B&W Wines. B&W, which will integrate into Breakthru Beverage Canada, has a portfolio including wines from Australia, Italy, France, Spain and the U.S. Breakthru will absorb all of B&W’s staff, including founders Howard Wasserman, Jordan Bender and Jim Lisser.

•Anchor Distilling is launching Luxardo Bitter Bianco, billed as the first white Italian bitter in the U.S., in select markets this month. Produced from a distilled infusion of bitter herbs and aromatic plants such as rhubarb, thyme and bitter orange, Bitter Bianco is 30% abv and retails at about $27 a 750-ml.

•Scotch whisky producer The Lost Distillery Company has introduced three blended malts in the U.S. market. Joining the distiller’s Classic Selection range, the trio includes the new Benachie, Lossit, and Towiemore labels, all retailing at around $43 a 750-ml. They join existing Classic Selection whiskies Stratheden, Auchnagie, Jericho and Gerston. The Lost Distillery Company, whose offerings are handled in the U.S. by Miami-based Park Street, specializes in recreating historic whiskies from across Scotland’s Highland, Speyside, Lowland, Campbeltown and Islay regions.

•Sonoma’s Jordan Vineyard & Winery has partnered with France’s Champagne AR Lenoble for the limited release of Jordan Cuvée, a non-vintage brut Champagne. The bubbly is a blend of 30% grand cru Chardonnay from Chouilly, 35% premier cru Pinot Noir from Bisseuil and 35% Pinot Meunier from Damery. Jordan Cuvée is a limited release of AR Lenoble’s Brut Intense bottled exclusively for Jordan Winery. The limited release Jordan Cuvée ($45-$50) will be available in spring 2017 for direct-to-consumer purchase from the winery, with no immediate plans for a wider release.

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