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News Briefs for December 28, 2017

December 28, 2017

•The opening of the Lindores Abbey Distillery on August 30th, in the county of Fife—and its first spirit run on December 13th—was a step back into Scotch distilling history—way back. Lindores features in the first recorded evidence of Scotch distillation in the Exchequer Rolls of 1494/95, noting in translation from the Latin: “Eight bolls of malt to Friar John Cor wherewith to make aqua vitae.” Today, the ruins of Lindores Abbey are in the ownership of the McKenzie Smith family. The new Lindores Abbey Distillery, with husband and wife Drew and Helen McKenzie Smith at the helm, is located in the converted and expanded abbey farmstead that was built using stone from the original abbey. Whisky Advocate has the full story.

•Napa-based importer The Sorting Table will add Piedmont’s Rizzi winery to its portfolio effective January 1. The 18th century estate has been producing cru Barbaresco wines since 1974 from its 16 hectares (40 acres) of Nebbiolo vines in the Rizzi, Nervo and Pajoré zones. The Sorting Table will import the three Barbaresco cru wines, a single-vineyard Riserva, as well as Rizzi’s Dolcetto D’Alba, Langhe Nebbiolo, Barbera D’Alba and Moscato D’Asti offerings. Rizzi joins Castello di Ama, Collazzi, Borgoluce, St. Michael-Eppan, Tiberio and Le Monde in The Sorting Table’s Italian range.

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