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News Briefs for November 16, 2017

November 16, 2017

•Pernod Ricard-owned Irish Distillers is launching Midleton Dair Ghaelach Bluebell Forest, the latest edition in its Virgin Oak Collection of single pot still Irish whiskies. The whiskey is made up of a selection of Midleton’s pot still distillates matured for between 12 and 23 years in American oak barrels. It was then finished in hogshead casks made from Irish oak grown in the Bluebell Forest of Castle Blunden Estate in County Kilkenny, and finally bottled at cask strength, between 55.3% abv and 56.3% abv. The new entry is rolling out this month, retailing at $280 a bottle.

•This morning at 12:01 a.m., Les Vins Georges Duboeuf honored tradition by releasing the first wine from Europe’s 2017 vintage, its annual Beaujolais Nouveau offering. This year, Duboeuf’s Beaujolais Nouveau label features a mixed-media piece by St. Petersburg, Florida-based Ari Azzopardi-Robin called “Candy Coated.” Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau is now available nationwide through importer Quintessential Wines at $11.99 a 750-ml. In 2016, the Georges Duboeuf brand depleted 154,000 cases in the U.S., according to Impact Databank.

•Stoli Group has relaunched its Stoli Gold super-premium vodka. The revamped Stoli Gold is bottled at 40% abv and is made from wheat grown on a single estate in Russia’s Black Earth region. The redesigned package is embossed on the top and bottom with a metallic label featuring content visible through the liquid. The redesigned Stoli Gold is now available in the U.S. and global markets as well as limited duty free distribution. In 2016, Stolichnaya depleted 1.7 million cases in the U.S., according to Impact Databank.

•Charleston, South Carolina–based Total Beverage Solution (TBS) has added Friulian winery Volpe Pasini to its import portfolio. Family-owned since 1596, Volpe Pasini is located in the Colli Orientali del Friuli DOC and primarily produces Sauvignon, Pinot Bianco and Merlot varietals. Total Beverage now carries three wines from Volpe Pasini’s flagship eponymous line—Friulano, Grivò and Ribolla Gialla—as well as three wines from its single varietal Zuc di Volpe range—Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon. The six wines retail from $16-$18 a 750-ml. TBS also imports Beni Di Batasiolo, Principe Corsini Wines and Kono among others.

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