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News Briefs for May 4, 2017

May 4, 2017

•Oregon-based Union Wine Co. is launching Rosé Bubbles, a new canned wine offering. The 11%-abv sparkling rosé is 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay grown in Oregon. Underwood Rosé Bubbles is available in select stores across the U.S. Union Wine Co. also sells cans of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, rosé and sparkling wine. The 375-ml. cans of Rosé Bubbles retail at about $7 each.

•Importer Negociants USA has added a new Australian brand, Little Things, to its portfolio. Made and bottled in southern Australia, the Little Things lineup includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, rosé and a red blend, all retailing at $12.99 a 750-ml. The brand, which is rolling out nationwide, is intended as an entry-level offering for millennial consumers. Negociants USA’s other brands include Yalumba, Hill Smith Family Vineyards, Vasse Felix and Henschke among others.

•This month, importer Columbus Wine and Spirits will introduce Mery-Melrose Organic Cognac in the New York market through distributor Banville Wine Merchants. Mery-Melrose VS will retail at around $50 a 750-ml. and Mery-Melrose VSOP will sell at $65 a 750-ml. The new entries are said to be the first USDA-certified organic Cognacs from the Grande Fine Champagne region to hit the U.S.

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