News Briefs for March 15, 2018March 15, 2018
•Terroir Selections—whose wine brands include South Africa’s Mulderbosch, California’s Qupé, and New Zealand’s Trinity Hill—has forged a new sales agreement with Sonoma-based V2 Wine Group. Effective April 1, V2 will handle sales and marketing operations for all three brands and serve as the U.S. importer for Mulderbosch and Trinity Hill. The Terroir Selections labels join Dobbes Family Estate, Mercer Wine Estates, Steelhead Vineyards, Toad Hollow Vineyards, and Torbreck Vintners, among others, in V2’s existing lineup. V2 is a joint venture between wine industry veterans Dan and Katy Leese and Delicato Family Vineyards, which acquired a significant stake in the company early last year.
•E.&J. Gallo has extended its Apothic brand with a new coffee-infused red wine. Rolling out in April, Apothic Brew is made with cold brew coffee and features flavor notes of mocha, red fruit, and toasted oak. The limited release, which can be served at room temperature or slightly chilled, is retail priced at $14. Apothic Brew joins the blend-focused brand’s existing Red, White, Dark, Crush, and Rosé labels. An Impact “Hot Brand” winner, Apothic was up 11.5% to 3.4 million cases in the U.S. last year, according to Impact Databank.
•Ireland’s Glendalough Distillery has launched a new range of Irish whiskies in the U.S. market. Imported by Mark Anthony Crafted Spirits, the new Glendalough whiskies include revamped versions of the distillery’s Double Barrel ($30-$35), 7-year-old ($55-$60), and 13-year-old ($110-$119). All three are first aged in Bourbon barrels, but under a new wood program the Double Barrel is finished in Oloroso Sherry casks, while the 7-year-old is finished in Black Pitts Porter barrels and the 13-year-old is finished in Japanese Mizunara oak. All three whiskies, as well as Glendalough’s Wild Botanical Gin and Poitin, also have been repackaged.Subscribe to Shanken News Daily’s Email Newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning.