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News Briefs for October 30, 2018

October 30, 2018

•Pernod Ricard’s Irish Distillers unit has released a new whiskey within its Powers brand. A triple-distilled, single pot still whiskey made from a mash of malted and unmalted barley, Powers Three Swallow is first matured in American Bourbon barrels, then finished in aged Sherry casks prior to bottling. The new expression, which joins the Gold Label and John’s Lane whiskies in the permanent Powers portfolio, is currently rolling out nationwide at a retail price of $48 a 750-ml.

•Italy’s Biondi-Santi has named Giampiero Bertolini as CEO. Bertolini spent the last 16 years with fellow Italian producer Marchesi de Frescobaldi, most recently as global marketing and sales director for Frescobaldi, Attems, Luce della Vite, and Danzante. He succeeds Olivier Adnot as CEO of the prestigious Brunello producer, which joined the wine portfolio of France’s EPI Group 18 months ago. Wilson Daniels handles the Biondi-Santi portfolio in the U.S. Wine Spectator featured a four-vintage vertical tasting of Biondi-Santi Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Greppo Riserva going back to 1983 at its 38th New York Wine Experience earlier this month.

•Industry veteran Dennis Delaney passed away Sunday at the age of 75 from complications of Alzheimer’s. Formerly president of Veuve Clicquot USA and Codorníu USA, Delaney spent the last 21 years of his career as senior vice president of sales at Palm Bay International before retiring in 2014. During Delaney’s tenure, Palm Bay’s sales team grew from eight people to 165, and the company credits him with playing “an instrumental role in driving the impressive growth and strategic expansion that solidified Palm Bay’s reputation as a leading importer in the United States.”

•Kentucky’s Bardstown Bourbon Company, minority-owned by Constellation Brands, has named Herb Heneman as vice president of brand sales and marketing. Heneman most recently oversaw Sazerac’s largest sales division, leading the company’s sales representatives and wholesale network. Prior to Sazerac, he helped launch the craft and import division of MillerCoors. Heneman has been tapped to lead sales and marketing ahead of the 2019 launch of Bardstown’s new namesake range of products.

•The Winebow Group has named John McFadden senior vice president and general manager of the Winebow Wholesale Southeast division. McFadden was previously vice president and general manager of Stacole Fine Wines, Winebow’s Florida distribution house. In his new role, he will add South Carolina and Georgia to his purview, and report to Arjun Dewan, executive vice president, Winebow Wholesale East.

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