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News Briefs for February 6, 2019

February 6, 2019

•The Wonderful Company—owner of California wine brands Justin Vineyards and Landmark Vineyards—has launched a new luxury wine label, JNSQ Wines. Consisting of a French-style rosé and a California Sauvignon Blanc, JNSQ Wines are made with grapes from California’s Central Coast and uniquely packaged in circular bottles that have glass stoppers. The new wines are currently rolling out nationwide for a retail price of $29 a 750-ml.

•Symington Family Estates is relaunching Dow’s line of aged Tawny Ports with new blends by master winemaker Charles Symington. The revamped range includes Dow’s 10-, 20-, 30-, and 40-Year-Old Tawny Ports (retailing at $37, $65, $140, and $210, respectively). Symington says the changes include components that have been aged longer in small seasoned oak vats, resulting in fuller-bodied wines with additional concentration and structure. In line with the relaunch, Dow’s Tawnies have been repackaged and now feature the same look as the brand’s Vintage Ports.

•Lawmakers in South Carolina and Texas are considering legalizing Sunday alcohol sales. In Texas, House Bill 1100 would permit Sunday sales from noon to 10 p.m., while allowing retailers to open earlier and close later by one hour, at 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. the other six days. Additionally, as written, the bill allows wholesalers to make Sunday deliveries to retailers. The South Carolina proposal would allow local jurisdictions to sanction Sunday spirits sales by ordinance or referendum. Both states have considered and rejected amending the law in the past.

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