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News Briefs for March 30, 2017

March 30, 2017

•The 2017 legislative season is currently underway in most states. And because the 21st Amendment to the Constitution delegates much of the power to regulate alcohol to the states, there are plenty of proposals under consideration that could change the way consumers interact with wine, spirits and beer across the country. Wine Spectator takes a state-by-state look at the legislative landscape.

•Concha y Toro’s Frontera wine brand, handled in the U.S. by Excelsior Wines, has launched a new philanthropic campaign aimed at empowering permanently injured U.S. veterans, servicepeople and first responders. Frontera has partnered with the Challenged Athletes Foundation on its Operation Rebound initiative, to which the brand will donate a portion of its 1.5-liter bottle sales. The Chilean range ($12 a 1.5-liter) sells more than 2 million cases annually in the U.S., according to Impact Databank.

•Florida-based Prost Beverage is extending Tim Smith’s Climax Moonshine with a second expression called Climax Wood-Fired Whiskey. Priced at $30 a 750-ml., with an initial production of 8,000 nine-liter cases spread among 16 states, Climax features a recipe developed by Tim Smith, star of the Discovery Channel’s show “Moonshiners.” Smith introduces a hot unaged liquid into charred and toasted oak and maple barrels to develop an unusually sweet flavor, according to the company. Distribution is scheduled to expand into Pennsylvania, Michigan and North Carolina this year. In non-control states, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits is the brand’s principal distributor.

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