News Briefs for February 28, 2017February 28, 2017
•San Francisco-based Anchor Distilling Co. has added the New Zealand Whisky Collection to its import portfolio. Anchor will offer four entries from the New Zealand Whisky portfolio, including Dunedin Doublewood 16-year-old ($85 a 375-ml.), High Wheeler 21-year-old Single Grain ($95), Oamaruvian 16-year-old Cask Strength Double Wood ($115) and South Island 25-year-old Single Malt ($230). Based in Oamaru, New Zealand, the New Zealand Whisky Collection joins Taiwan’s Kavalan, Japan’s Nikka Whisky Co. and Scotland’s The Glenrothes in Anchor Distilling’s global whiskies stable.
•Sonoma-based Don Sebastiani & Sons has revamped its The Crusher wine brand, releasing a new label design, as well as a new California label designation, for the range. The updated look is running across all seven of The Crusher’s offerings, which include Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Petite Sirah, Merlot, Chardonnay, a red blend and a recently-launched unoaked Chardonnay. The lineup is available nationwide, retailing at around $16 a 750-ml. The Crusher is one of 14 wine brands in the Don Sebastiani portfolio, which also comprises the Smoking Loon, Pepperwood Grove, B Side and Big Smooth labels, among others.
•France’s Barton & Guestier has launched M de Magnol, a new AOC Bordeaux offering, in the U.S. Made using the same vinification guidelines as Barton & Guestier’s Château Magnol, M de Magnol is a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. The new expression, which is positioned to tap growing demand for “approachable and fruity” Bordeaux wines, is priced at $15 a 750-ml. Barton & Guestier is part of French beverage giant Castel Group.
•MillerCoors is bringing its clear malt beverage Zima back to the U.S. market after a nine-year absence. First offered by Coors Brewing in 1993, Zima was discontinued in 2008 in the face of falling sales. But the malt beverage category has been expanding lately, with the release of such labels as Not Your Father’s Root Beer, Anheuser-Busch’s Best Damn Root Beer and MillerCoors’ own Henry’s Hard Soda, all marketed to the same audience that Zima once targeted. Zima will compete most directly against Mike’s Hard Lemonade and A-B’s Bud Light Lime-a-Rita, a margarita-flavored beer that’s been on the market since 2012. Timing for the Zima relaunch, which is expected later this year, hasn’t been set.Subscribe to Shanken News Daily’s Email Newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning.