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News Briefs for February 23, 2018

February 23, 2018

•California’s Clos du Bois, part of the Constellation portfolio, has launched Lightly Bubbled Rosé and Chardonnay wines. Made from Sonoma-sourced grapes, the new line of frizzante wines will begin rolling out nationwide in March, both retail priced at $13 a 750-ml. The Clos du Bois portfolio also includes still wines from Sonoma County’s North Coast, Alexander Valley, and Russian River Valley appellations. Clos du Bois depleted 1.9 million cases in the U.S. in 2017, down 2%, according to Impact Databank.

•New Jersey’s Royal Wine Corp. has unveiled Herzog Lineage, a new range from California-based sister company Herzog Wine Cellars. Sourced from Clarksburg, Lake County, and Paso Robles, The Herzog Lineage lineup features six offerings, including a Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, rosé, and Choreograph, a red blend made with a dozen varietals. Each expression is retail priced at $20 a 750-ml. Herzog Wine Cellars—which also produces the Baron Herzog, Herzog Late Harvest, and Herzog Special Reserve ranges, among others—specializes in kosher wines.

•Sonoma-based Don Sebastiani & Sons has extended its Simple Life wine brand with a new rosé. Sourced primarily from Lodi, Simple Life Rosé is made with Syrah, Mourvedre, and Barbera and retails at $13 a 750-ml. The offshoot joins existing Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon labels in the Simple Life portfolio, which first debuted in 2012. In addition to Simple Life, Don Sebastiani & Sons’ stable includes the Smoking Loon, Pepperwood Grove, Don & Sons, and Sivas-Sonoma brands, among others.

•100%-blue agave Tequila exports to the United States increased by 12% in calendar year 2017 to surpass 10 million cases for the first time, according to the Consejo Regulador del Tequila (CRT). The U.S. is by far the world’s largest market for Tequila, accounting for over 80% of all exports last year, according to the CRT. 100%-agave shipments now comprise more than half of all Tequila exports to the U.S., and upscale brands have driven category growth in recent years. Impact Databank estimates that the luxury Tequila segment ($40 and over a 750-ml.) posted an 11% gain last year, to 3.66 million cases, with more than two-thirds of that volume coming from Patrón.

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