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News Briefs for February 22, 2019

February 22, 2019

•Argentinian winery Domaine Bousquet has debuted its first natural wine brand, Virgen.A blend of 35% Malbec, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 30% Cabernet Franc, Virgen Organic Red Blend is currently rolling out nationwide, retail priced at $13 a 750-ml. The new wine features 100% estate-grown fruit, and has no added sulfites. Miami’s WISD Importing handles Domaine Bousquet in the U.S.

•Courvoisier Cognac will launch a new expression in the U.S, Courvoisier Sherry Cask Finish, which will be available for a limited time. After maturing in French oak casks, the liquid was transferred to Spanish sherry casks to absorb their character for four months. The 40% abv finished product will retail nationwide at $40 a 750-ml. Courvoisier is a part of the Beam Suntory portfolio.

•Trinchero Family Estates has added Spanish producers Finca Allende, Finca Nueva, Quinta Sardonia, and Terras Gauda to its imported wine lineup. The four estates are owned by two families: the Fonseca family, proprietors of Quinta Sardonia (Castilla y León) and Terras Gauda (Rías Baixas); and the de Gregorio family, who own and lead winemaking at Finca Allende and Finca Nueva (both located in Rioja Alta). The wines will be sold by Trinchero’s luxury-focused Heritage division. Trinchero’s import range also includes Angove Family Winemakers of Australia, Doña Paula of Argentina, Carmen of Chile, Avissi Prosecco of Italy, and Echo Bay of New Zealand.

•Target is expanding its own-label wine range with The Collection, which includes five wines retailing at $10 a bottle. The Collection, sourced from Delicato Family Wines, includes a Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Blend, Rosé, Pinot Grigio, and Chardonnay. California Roots ($5), another Target exclusive brand (sourced from Trinchero Family Estates), will add a Sauvignon Blanc to its range looking ahead.

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