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News Briefs for June 29, 2017

June 29, 2017

•Concha y Toro’s Fetzer has launched a new national wine label, Adorada, with a California rosé and Pinot Gris. The wines, made from grapes sourced from Mendocino County, are crafted to be especially floral and fragrant and are packaged in wax-dipped bottles. The company is aiming for upscale off-premise occasions, like bridal showers. Adorada Pinot Gris and rosé are now available across the U.S. at a suggested retail price of $19.99 a 750-ml.

•Eugene, Oregon-based King Estate Winery has introduced Next, the inaugural wine brand from its newly formed King Vintners division. King Vintners, which will debut a total of five brands, was created to showcase different growing regions from across the Pacific Northwest. Rolling out this week, Next offers a Pinot Gris ($20), Red Blend ($30) and Pinot Noir ($40), with initial production of each varietal limited to 1,500 cases. The brand is currently available for purchase on Amazon.com. In addition to Next, King Estate’s portfolio comprises its flagship King Estate range ($10-$29), as well as King Estate Domaine ($30-$140), Vineyard Designate ($22-$55), Acrobat ($13-$20) and North by Northwest ($15-$55) offerings.

•Beam Suntory has released limited edition Black Bowmore 1964 50-year-old single malt Scotch whisky. Aged in Bowmore’s No. 1 Vaults for 50 years, the new offering is the fifth and final whisky in the Black Bowmore 1964 collection. The 41%-abv whisky is debuting in a global release of just 159 bottles, retailing at $25,000 apiece.

•Chopin Imports has named D’Shawn Kerrins to the newly created role of national accounts manager. She will oversee on- and off-premise national account chains across the U.S., reporting directly to Chopin Imports COO/EVP Dana Chandler. Kerrins is a 20-year veteran of the industry with experience in both the supplier and wholesaler tiers. Chopin’s marketing portfolio includes the Chopin Vodka, Clase Azul Tequila, Adirondack Whiskey and Portobello Road Gin brands.

•ROK Stars PLC, co-founded by U.S. billionaire John Paul DeJoria and U.K. entrepreneur Jonathan Kendrick, has appointed Tara Moreland vice president, sales and business development, Rok Drinks North America. Moreland was most recently vice president of sales for Partida Tequila and also served in the drinks industry with Asombroso Tequila and Leblon cachaça. The Rok Drinks portfolio includes ABK Beer, Bogart’s Gin, Bogart’s Vodka, Graffiti Wine and Bandero Tequila.

•California–based Dutton-Goldfield Winery has named Peter Heyworth as president. The newly created position will see Heyworth overseeing sales and marketing at Dutton-Goldfield, with the long-term goal of keeping the family-owned and -operated winery independent. A 25-year industry veteran, Heyworth previously held senior management positions at Diageo, Allied Domecq, Vincor, Fosters and Independent Distillers. Dutton-Goldfield specializes in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay sourced from the Russian River Valley.

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