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News Briefs for August 25, 2017

August 25, 2017

•For Scotch lovers with deep pockets, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. Diageo has announced its 10 annual Special Release whiskies. Each of these rare whiskies is sure to be highly sought-after by collectors and enthusiasts. This year, for the first time ever, Diageo is releasing a blended malt that includes whisky from all 28 of its active single malt distilleries, Collectivum XXVIII. Whisky Advocate has all the details.

•Amazon has extended its alcohol delivery program—running through its Prime Now service—to the Portland, Oregon market. Consumers in Portland can order beer and wine through Prime Now for free two-hour delivery, or one-hour delivery costing $7.99. The service runs seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Amazon also delivers beverage alcohol through Prime Now in Seattle, Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio, and Richmond, Virginia. Earlier this week, Amazon gained shareholder and Federal Trade Commission clearance for its pending $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods, which will dramatically expand its brick-and-mortar presence—and its alcohol sales—throughout the country.

•Don Sebastiani & Sons has named Andrew Meyer global vice president, wine and spirits sales, reporting to president and CEO Donny Sebastiani. Meyer, who joined Don & Sons in 2009, was previously vice president, western region. Concurrently, Don & Sons has appointed Steve Pearce regional wine & spirits manager, west division, reporting to Meyer. Meanwhile, director of operations John Nicolette has been promoted to vice president, operations, and Greg Kitchens has been named director of winemaking. Both Nicolette and Kitchens will report to COO Tom Hawkins.

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