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News Briefs for January 17, 2019

January 17, 2019

•Glen Moray has introduced a new Speyside Scotch whisky to the U.S. market. The 40%-abv whisky is first matured in ex-Bourbon barrels before finishing for a number of months in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. The whisky is the sixth release in the producer’s Elgin Classic series, which includes a standard Speyside and a peated whisky, along with Port, Chardonnay, and Sherry cask finished varieties. Glen Moray Cabernet Sauvignon Cask Finish is rolling out now across the U.S. for a suggested retail price of $30 a 750-ml. Prestige Beverage Group handles Glen Moray in the U.S, where the brand was up 4% to 26,000 cases last year, according to Impact Databank.

•The Japanese wine industry is maturing, gaining new recognition and increasing sales thanks to improving quality. That’s led the government to take the first steps toward a true appellation system, noting on labels where grapes were grown. But that’s created a challenge for wineries, because most don’t own vineyards and many source fruit from multiple regions. And an aging population of farmers means that vineyard acreage is actually shrinking just as demand for local wines is growing. Wine Spectator has the full story.

•The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has approved the formation of a new American Viticultural Area (AVA) in Oregon. Situated within the larger Willamette Valley AVA, the Van Duzer Corridor sub-AVA covers 35.9 square miles and marks the 19th winemaking region in the state. Havlin Vineyard owner Jeff Havlin first brought the new AVA—which is home to nine wineries—to the TTB nearly eight years ago. Four additional Willamette Valley sub-AVAs, including Laurelwood District, Mount Pisgah, Tualatin Hills, and Lower Long Tom, are currently awaiting TTB approval.

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