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News Briefs for August 21, 2017

August 21, 2017

•Moët Hennessy USA has unveiled Ardbeg An Oa, the first new permanent addition to the single malt Scotch whisky line in nearly a decade. Retailing at $60, Ardbeg An Oa will be released to the market in September. Whisky Advocate has the full story.

•Geyserville, California’s American Pioneer Wine Growers—a division of The Family Coppola—has launched Bee’s Box Wines, a line aimed at supporting bee conservancy organizations. Ten percent of proceeds from sales of Bee’s Box, which offers California-sourced Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, will be donated to associations that conserve, research and educate on bees and their habitats. Bee’s Box Wines ($19 a 750-ml.) are available now at the Virginia Dare and Francis Ford Coppola wineries, and will launch soon on Amazon as well.

•New York-based Turquoise Life has been named the U.S. importer for Parce Rum. Turquoise Life will import the Colombian rum’s full portfolio, including a 3-year-old ($35), 8-year-old ($40) and 12-year-old ($70). The rums are all bottled at 40% abv. Additionally, Parce has created a “One Bottle=One Tree” program to plant a tree in Colombia for each bottle sold. Currently, Parce is available in Illinois, Colorado, Texas, Kansas, Washington and New Jersey. On September 1, Turquoise Life will add five new markets—New York, Florida, California, Massachusetts and Washington D.C.—with a national rollout following in the next year.

•New Jersey retailer Gary’s Wine & Marketplace has appointed Brooke Sabel as wine director. Sabel will lead Gary’s wine buying team and revamp Gary’s wine education programs for both staff and customers. Sabel has previously been a wine consultant for Morrell & Co., lead sommelier at the Borgata in Atlantic City and wine director for New Jersey fine dining establishment Ninety Acres at Natirar Park. This year, Gary’s Wine & Marketplace is projected to reach $56 million in revenue.

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