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News Briefs for September 18, 2018

September 18, 2018

•Craft + Estate, a division of The Winebow Group, has been appointed the exclusive U.S. importer for Chablis producer Domaine Louis Moreau. Craft + Estate will import a range of six Louis Moreau wines, including Petit Chablis, Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru Vaulignot, Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons, Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos, and Chablis Grand Cru Valmur. The Moreau family owns 124 acres of vineyards, including three 1er Cru and four Grand Cru vineyards, plus one family monopole. Domaine Louis Moreau was previously handled by multiple U.S. importers.

•Beverage alcohol companies have been quick to jump into the emerging cannabis space—with ConstellationSouthern Glazer’sBreakthru Beverage, and Molson Coors entering the business and Diageo rumored to be exploring a play—but they’re not the only large players eyeing the category. Yesterday, Canada’s BNN Bloomberg reported that Coca-Cola Co. is in talks with cannabis producer Aurora toward a potential deal to develop drinks infused with cannabidiol. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is the non-psychoactive ingredient in cannabis that is used for pain relief and medicinal purposes but not a recreational high. Coca-Cola said in a statement that it’s closely watching the cannabis space but hasn’t yet made any decisions regarding its potential entry.

•Taiwan’s Kavalan single malt whisky has launched Distillery Select in the U.S. The 43%-abv whisky aged in neutral casks for an undisclosed period and, according to the distillery, is a fruity and tropical whisky that still retains Kavalan’s full body and creaminess. Kavalan is imported by Hotaling & Co., whose portfolio also includes Old Potrero and J. H. Cutter American whiskies, Dingle Single Malt Irish whiskey, Nikka Japanese whiskey, Denizen rum, Hine Cognac, and Luxardo liqueurs, among others brands.

•Beam Suntory has released Booker’s Kentucky Chew, the third 2018 launch for the barrel-strength Bourbon brand. The 63.35%-abv whiskey is 6-years-old and, according to the company, is sweet and medium-bodied with notes of dried fruit and vanilla. The release is named for a way of sipping and swirling whiskey that allows drinkers to fully coat their mouths and taste all the flavors in the spirit. Booker’s Kentucky Chew is now available nationwide in limited quantities for a suggested price between $70-$75.

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