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News Briefs for July 19, 2017

July 19, 2017

•Champagne Pommery has unveiled a new brand, Louis Pommery, which is debuting with the launch of Pommery’s first California sparkling wine. The California sparkler is comprised of 96% Chardonnay and 4% Pinot Noir and retails at $24 a bottle. The Louis Pommery lineup will eventually expand to offer a range of sparkling wines from different regions around the globe. Champagne Pommery is part of the Vranken-Pommery Monopole portfolio, which also includes the Vranken, Heidsieck & Co Monopole and Charles Lafitte Champagne brands.

•Serrallés USA’s Don Q rum has launched its newest flavor, Don Q Piña. The new entry is a blend of rums aged 1 to 1.5 years and infused with pineapple juice. The 30%-abv rum will retail at around $14 a 750-ml. and is available nationally. Don Q Piña is the fifth flavor in the Don Q lineup following Coco, Limón, Mojito and Pasión. Don Q was up 4% to 270,000 cases in the U.S. last year, according to Impact Databank.

•Old Pulteney single malt Scotch whisky is introducing its Stroma malt whisky liqueur label into the U.S. market. Named after an Orcadian island off Old Pulteney’s location on the northeast Scottish coast, Stroma is bottled at 35% abv and has a retail price of $34.99 a 750-ml. It’s currently available in California, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, South Carolina, Texas and Washington, D.C., with more markets set to follow.

•Mississippi-based importer Vino Del Sol has released Tapiz Las Notas de Jean Claude, an Argentine Merlot blend created by Jean Claude Berrouet, formerly of Chateau Petrus. The wine is a blend of 91% Merlot, 3.5% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2.5% Cabernet Franc. The grapes are sourced from the San Pablo vineyard in Argentina’s Uco Valley. Tapiz Las Notas de Jean Claude retails at around $100 and is available in select markets across the U.S.

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