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News Briefs for May 12, 2017

May 15, 2017

•Australia’s Yalumba, imported by Negociants USA, has launched The Caley, a luxury Cabernet-Shiraz blend billed as a “Super-Claret.” The Caley was named in honor of Fred Caley Smith, grandson of Yalumba’s founder, Samuel Smith, who had a profound impact on Yalumba’s development in the 1890s. Sourced from Yalumba-owned Menzies Cabernet Sauvignon estates in Coonawarra and two old-vine Shiraz vineyards in Barossa, the “Super-Claret” retails at $350 a 750-ml. Today, Yalumba is helmed by fifth-generation proprietor Robert Hill-Smith.

•Beverage alcohol delivery provider Drizly is expanding its Texas footprint with entry into Houston and San Antonio. Offering on-demand delivery for $5 and free in-store pick-ups, Drizly has partnered with Goody Goody Liquor, Al’s Liquor, Posh Liquor, Premier Fine Wine & Spirits and Village Liquor in Houston; and Gabriel’s Liquor & Wine, Seazar’s Fine Wine & Spirits, Don’s & Ben’s Liquor, Live Oak Wine & Spirits, J&G Liquor and Five Palms Liquors in San Antonio. Drizly, which was already present in Texas’s Austin and Dallas markets, is now operating in more than 40 metro areas across the U.S. and Canada. The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America holds a minority stake in the company.

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