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News Briefs for February 5, 2019

February 5, 2019

•Last month, SND reported that Portuguese wine group Sogrape Vinhos acquired Quinta da Romeira, a winemaker in Bucelas, Portugal, situated just 15 miles outside of Lisbon. Wine Spectator has taken an in-depth look at the deal and what it means for Sogrape, as well as the future of Portuguese wine. Read the full article here.

•The U.S. and U.K. have signed an agreement to ensure that reciprocal protection for “Bourbon,” “Tennessee Whiskey,” “Scotch Whisky,” and “Irish Whiskey” will continue uninterrupted when the U.K. leaves the European Union (E.U.). The deal means that only U.S.-made products will be recognized as “Bourbon” and “Tennessee Whiskey” in the U.K. market, in keeping with E.U. regulations that went into place in 1994. In 2017, the U.K. was the largest single market for American whiskey exports, totaling almost $150 million, according to the Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S.; American whiskey exports to the 28 members of the E.U. were valued at $667 million.

•Winebow is now the exclusive distributor for Rombauer Vineyards in Florida. The addition of Florida pairs the companies in seven total markets, also including Connecticut, Georgia, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. The distributor will handle Rombauer’s Carneros Chardonnay, Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Diamond Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Merlot, and California Zinfandel. Previously, Breakthru Beverage handled Rombauer in Florida.

•Trinidad and Tobago rum brand Zaya Gran Reserva has debuted refreshed packaging for its flagship label. A blend of rums aged up to 16 years and bottled at 40% abv, Zaya Gran Reserva’s packaging now features a more streamlined design, a longer neck, and a cork closure. Zaya Gran Reserva rum is available nationwide for a retail price of $30 a 750-ml. The brand is handled in the U.S. by California-based importer Infinium Spirits.

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