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News Briefs for February 28, 2018

February 28, 2018

•William Grant & Sons’ Tullamore Dew Irish whiskey has launched a new permanent expression, Caribbean Rum Cask Finish. Rolling out nationally, the new entry is finished in barrels previously used to age Demerara rum and is bottled at 43% abv. It will retail at $26-$29 a 750-ml., joining a Tullamore range that already includes Tullamore Dew Original, 12-year-old Special Reserve, 15-year-old Trilogy, and 14- and 18-year-old Single Malts as well as the seasonal Tullamore Dew Cider Cask. William Grant has had success with its 14-year-old Caribbean Cask offering under its Balvenie single malt Scotch brand, and will now look to leverage the Caribbean theme in the Irish whiskey category. Tullamore Dew rose 12% to 240,000 cases in the U.S. last year, according to Impact Databank, and reached 1.2 million cases globally, also on 12% growth.

•Folio Fine Wine Partners has forged a new sales and marketing agreement with Tuscan winemaker Ricasoli, effective March 1. Folio will handle eight wines from the Chianti Classico producer, including Ricasoli’s Toscana IGT ($12 a 750-ml.), Chianti DOCG ($14), Brolio Chianti Classico DOCG ($22), Rocca Guicciarda Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG ($25), Brolio Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG ($30), Castello di Brolio Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG ($70), Colledilà Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG ($70), and Casalferro Toscana IGT ($70). The range will be available across the U.S. at fine wine restaurants and retail.

•New York-based Cape Classics has added François Lurton’s Sauvignon Blanc-focused Les Fumées Blanches range to its import portfolio. Starting April 1, Cape Classics will begin handling Les Fumées Blanches Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé, and Domaine Les Fumées Blanches labels in major U.S. markets. The core Sauvignon Blanc, as well as the rosé—which is made with Gris de Sauvignon—are priced at $15 a 750-ml., while the Domaine Les Fumées Blanches, sourced from two vineyard sites in Côtes de Gascogne, retails at $18. The lineup marks Cape Classics’ second brand from Lurton, joining Mas Janeil, and the 16th French offering in the company’s stable. French wines account for around 10%-12% of Cape Classics’ 300,000-case-plus business.

•MillerCoors and AriZona Beverages have launched Arnold Palmer Spiked Half & Half. The 5%-abv flavored malt beverage is a non-carbonated blend of iced tea and lemonade based on the popular non-alcoholic AriZona product. To promote the new offering, MillerCoors has placed Arnold Palmer Spiked at events, like the TPC Scottsdale golf tournament, and music festivals across the U.S. Arnold Palmer Spiked is now available nationwide in 24-ounce cans and in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans.

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