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News Briefs for April 30, 2018

April 30, 2018

•Importer Europvin USA has launched Rimapere, a New Zealand wine brand owned by Compagnie Vinicole Baron Edmond de Rothschild. Sourced from Edmond de Rothschild’s 60 acres of vineyards in the Wairau Valley region of Marlborough, Rimapere means “five arrows” in the Maori language and nods to the Rothschild family coat of arms, which includes five arrows symbolizing the five sons of the dynasty founded by Mayer Amschel Rothschild. Rimapere includes a Sauvignon Blanc at $25 a 750-ml. and a Pinot Noir at $45. The launch marks the first Southern Hemisphere wine for Europvin, which is jointly owned by Spain’s Lustau, Cune, and Vega Sicilia wineries.

•Chilean winery Viña Koyle has introduced a new line of wines to the U.S. market. Sourced from the winery’s Los Lingues estate—located in the foothills of the Andes—the Cerro Basalto range currently comprises two red wines. One is a blend of the Monastrell, Garnacha, Syrah, and Cariñena varietals, and the other is a mix of Carmenere and Cabernet Franc. Both wines are certified biodynamic by Demeter. Viña Koyle is owned by Chile’s Undurraga family, who sold their eponymous winery in 2006.

•Western Spirits Beverage Co. has extended its Calumet Farm Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey brand with the release of a new 12-year-old offshoot. Calumet Farm 12-Year-Old Single Rack Black Bourbon is bottled at 94 proof and retail priced at $70 a 750-ml. The label, which is rolling out nationwide, joins existing 10-Year-Old Single Rack Black and Small Batch Bourbon expressions in Calumet Farm’s portfolio. In addition to Kentucky-based Calumet Farm, Western Spirits markets the Bird Dog, Lexington, Sam Houston, and Whitetail whiskey brands.

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