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News Briefs for April 13, 2017

April 13, 2017

•Illinois-based TD Artisan Spirits has appointed JC Iglesias to the newly created role of vice president of marketing. Iglesias comes to TD Artisan from Chivas Brothers, where he most recently served as global brand director for the group’s English gins portfolio. Prior to that, he worked as director of marketing for Scotch and Cognac at Chivas parent Pernod Ricard. A joint venture between Terlato Artisan Spirits and Distell USA, TD Artisan Spirits markets Bunnahabhain Scotch, Amarula Cream liqueur, Angostura rum and amaro, Bain’s Cape Mountain whisky, Riazul Tequila and Greenhook Ginsmiths, among other brands.

•Basil Hayden’s, part of the Beam Suntory small-batch Bourbon portfolio, has released a limited edition rye whiskey. The new entry is made from a blend of four-year-old traditionally aged rye and a small amount of extra-aged rye whiskey that spent an additional seven years in quarter casks. The limited edition coincides with a spike in popularity for higher-end rye whiskies. Basil Hayden’s Rye is bottled at 40%-abv and available nationally, retailing at $44.99 a 750-ml.

•Online ordering and on-demand delivery platform Delivery.com has acquired alcohol delivery service Klink for an undisclosed sum. Established in 2013, Klink offers beer, wine and spirits delivery via its app and website, with a footprint including Florida, Texas and Washington D.C. Playing primarily in the food delivery space, New York-based Delivery.com is working to expand its alcohol, grocery and laundry verticals and operates in most major metro markets, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Washington D.C. and Miami.

•Opici Wines has debuted Âme du Vin, a luxury rosé from the Côtes de Provence. A blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Cinsault, Âme du Vin was grown and produced at the Caves du Commandeur estate near the village of Montfort-sur-Argens. The wine was fermented in cement tanks, then transitioned to stainless steel vats and saw five months of bottle aging prior to release. Âme du Vin, retailing at $17 a 750-ml., is rolling out nationwide.

•Boerne Cork and Keg, a new specialty wine and beer retailer, has opened in the Texas Hill Country just outside of San Antonio. Located in Boerne, Texas, the new concept is owned and operated by Tom and Kathy Geoghegan, who plan to make the store a hub for special-order beers and wines that consumers often struggle to find. Tom Geoghegan tells SND that the aim is to draw adventurous consumers with ‘discovery’ items, rather than trying to compete on selection with big box and grocery stores.

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