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News Briefs for April 12, 2018

April 12, 2018

•Moët Hennessy is expanding availability of its Woodinville Whiskey brand, marking the craft label’s first foray outside of its home market of Washington State. Woodinville’s portfolio—which includes its core Straight Bourbon Whiskey and Straight Rye Whiskey offerings ($40 a 750-ml.)—will debut in California this month, where the brand will be handled by Southern Glazer’s Coastal Pacific Wine and Spirits unit. Entry into Oregon is slated to follow by mid-year. The Woodinville Whiskey Company was founded in 2010 and acquired by Moët Hennessy last summer for an undisclosed sum.

•Connecticut Distributors Inc., an affiliate of Breakthru Beverage Group, has acquired fellow Connecticut-based company New England Wine & Spirits. Headquartered in West Haven, New England Wine & Spirits operates as both a direct importer and wholesaler. The acquisition will see Connecticut Distributors gain statewide exclusive distribution of the Barefoot Cellars, Bogle Vineyards, and Wente Vineyards brands. Effective May 1, Connecticut Distributors will form a New England division, a new retail sales unit that will represent many of the brands currently handled by New England Wine & Spirits.

•San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants has promoted Scott Gingerich to senior vice president of restaurants and bars. Gingerich most recently served as vice president of the 28 restaurants and bars located across Kimpton’s western U.S. footprint. In his new capacity, he’ll manage a portfolio of 80-plus restaurants and bars in the Americas, develop key food and beverage initiatives, and expand Kimpton’s international reach, among other objectives. Kimpton currently operates more than 60 hotels and 80 restaurants, bars, and lounges throughout the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean.

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