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News Briefs for March 12, 2018

March 12, 2018

•The Winebow Group is launching Amble + Chase, a new premium canned rosé. Sourced from sustainable growers in Provence, France, Amble + Chase features a blend of 40% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 30% Cinsault. The wine will be available in 4-packs of 250-ml. cans, retail priced at $18 a 4-pack. Amble + Chase’s debut follows The Winebow Group’s rollout of a canned Pinot Grigio ($13 a 4-pack of 250-ml. cans) from Italian import Stella late last year.

•Stoli Group has officially launched Cenote, a new ultra-premium Tequila brand. Made with 100% agave, the Cenote Tequila lineup features Blanco, Reposado, and Añejo expressions aged in American oak Bourbon barrels. The Blanco is finished in barrels for three weeks prior bottling, while the Reposado and Añejo are aged for three months and one year, respectively. According to Stoli Group global CEO Hugues Pietrini, the range—which retails at $45-$65 a 750-ml.—will be targeted toward younger urban consumers. Stoli Group’s portfolio also includes the Stolichnaya vodka, Elit vodka, Bayou rum, Kah Tequila, and Kentucky Owl Bourbon brands.

•Pearse Lyons, founder of Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling in Kentucky and the Pearse Lyons Distillery in Ireland, passed away last week at the age of 73 due to complications from heart surgery. An Irish entrepreneur and scientist whose Alltech company is active in agricultural products for both livestock and crop farming, Lyons worked as a biochemist with Irish Distillers early in his career and later acquired Lexington Brewing in 1999. He subsequently began distilling at both Lexington, whose Town Branch Distillery offshoot produces a variety of whiskies and is a member of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, and The Pearse Lyons Distillery in Dublin, which opened last year.

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