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News Briefs for October 4, 2018

October 4, 2018

•Pernod Ricard’s The Gin Hub unit has launched a new, strawberry-forward expression within the Beefeater lineup. Infused with natural strawberry flavors, citrus, and juniper botanicals, Beefeater Pink is currently rolling out across the U.S., retail priced at $20 a 750-ml. While Beefeater enjoyed global gains of 5% last year, it slipped by 0.5% to 470,000 cases in the U.S., according to Impact Databank. Pernod Ricard launched The Gin Hub as a stand-alone company within its Chivas Brothers subsidiary in July 2017.

•Woodford Reserve has added two new Bourbons to its Master’s Collection. The first, Select American Oak Bourbon, was matured in Ozark oak. The second new offering, Oat Grain Kentucky Bourbon, includes oat in the grain recipe, while minimizing the rye content, which the company says creates flavor notes similar to those of Irish whiskey. Both new Bourbons are at 45.2% abv and retail at $130 a 750-ml.

•Italy’s Luxardo has extended its lineup with a new Sour Cherry Gin. Imported by San Francisco-based Hotaling & Co., the newcomer is priced at $35 a 750-ml. The Sour Cherry gin is made from a base of Luxardo’s London Dry Gin and infused with Marasca cherry juice made from cherries harvested in the Veneto region of Italy. It is distilled to 37.5% abv. Founded in 1821, Luxardo is now in its sixth generation of family ownership.

•Trinidad and Tobago-based House of Angostura has debuted the latest entry in its Cask Collection. No. 1 Oloroso Sherry is a blend of rums aged up to 22 years and finished for nine months in Oloroso Sherry casks. Currently available in select international markets, the limited edition rum is set to launch in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2019. Only 16,200 bottles have been made. No. 1 Oloroso is the third release in the Cask Collection, following No. 1 First Fill Bourbon and No. 1 French Oak.

•Prestige Beverage Group has launched Yes Way Rosé Bubbles, a new sparkling extension for the rosé brand. The wine, a 100%-Grenache sparkler from the Méditerranée IGP in the south of France, comes in at 11.5% abv and is rolling out this month in limited quantities across the U.S. for around $15. This is the second wine in the Yes Way Rosé portfolio, following the launch of the core rosé in March.

•C. Mondavi & Family has named Randy Herron as head winemaker of the CK Mondavi and Family brand. A 22-year industry veteran, Herron joins the company after six years at Texas-based Messina Hof Winery, where he served as senior winemaker and operations manager. In his new role, Herron will oversee production of CK Mondavi and Family’s extensive lineup, which includes California-sourced Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Chardonnay, among others, retailing at around $7 a 750-ml. The brand sells about 1.3 million cases in the U.S. annually, according to Impact Databank.

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