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News Briefs for February 24, 2017

February 24, 2017

•Spain’s González Byass is introducing La Copa Sherry Vermouth, created from a recipe dating back to 1896. The new vermouth, which retails for about $23, is made with a base of Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez Sherry that is macerated with a selection of wormwood, clove, orange peel, nutmeg, angelica, quinine and savory. González Byass has been actively expanding its portfolio of wines and spirits, most recently acquiring Mexican brandies Don Pedro, Presidente and Azteca de Oro from Pernod Ricard in a joint venture with Grupo Emperador Spain.

•New York-based importer Biagio Cru Wines & Spirits has added Armagnac producer Chateau de Maniban to its stable. Based in southwest France, Chateau de Maniban is owned by the Castarède family and operates a 16-hectare estate planted with Folle Blanche, Ugni-Blanc, Baco Blanc and Colombard grapes. Biagio Cru will handle Chateau de Maniban’s VS ($40 a 750-ml.), VSOP ($60) and XO ($85) expressions, as well as Chateau de Maniban 1989 ($135)—the brand’s oldest vintage—nationwide in the U.S. Chateau de Maniban marks the second brand in Biagio Cru’s spirits portfolio, joining Mexico’s Mezcal Iba range.

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