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News Briefs for June 7, 2018

June 7, 2018

•Wilson Daniels has added Brunello producer Val di Suga to its import portfolio on an exclusive basis, effective June 1. Wilson Daniels will import a number of Val di Suga wines in the U.S., including a Rosso di Montalcino ($26), Brunello di Montalcino ($67), and single-vineyard Brunellos Poggio al Granchio ($88), Vigna del Lago ($99), and Vigna Spuntali ($110). Val di Suga, which was previously imported by Palm Bay International, is part of the Bertani Domains family of wines that also includes Bertani in Veneto, Puiatti in Friuli, Fazi Battaglia in Marche, and Tre Rose and San Leonino in Tuscany.

•Bacardi Ltd.-owned Grey Goose vodka has debuted the latest iteration of its Riviera bottle series. French illustrator Quentin Monge designed the new bottle with the beaches of St. Tropez in mind, coloring the packaging with an array of blue-and-white parasols. The limited edition bottle—which aims to showcase Grey Goose’s French heritage—is now available nationwide, retail priced at $40 a 750-ml.

•Australian vermouth brand Regal Rogue has launched in the U.S. Established in 2011, Regal Rogue has four expressions, each made with native Australian aromatics and wine. Lively White is comprised of Hunter Valley Semillon, lemon myrtle, desert and finger limes, and thyme, while Daring Dry is made with Sauvignon Blanc from Southern Australia, anise myrtle, quangdong, and thyme. Bold Red and Wild Rosé variants join the two white vermouths in the lineup. The former is Barossa Shiraz-based and also features Hunter Valley Semillon and pepper berry, while the latter is Barossa Shiraz Rosé married with illawara plums, rosella, and strawberry gum. Currently, only Lively White, Daring Dry, and Bold Red (all retail priced at $27 a 750-ml.) are coming to the U.S., with Wild Rosé set to roll out in the fall.

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