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News Briefs for February 28, 2019

February 28, 2019

•The new 49-year-old whisky from Dalmore master distiller Richard Paterson, new single malts from Ardbeg and Teeling, and a permanent addition to the Balcones portfolio are all featured in Whisky Advocate’s latest whisky roundup. The magazine’s website has all the details.

•California-based importer Folio Fine Wine Partners has added Burgundy’s Maison Champy to its portfolio. The Burgundy house produces wine from 21 hectares (52 acres) of vineyards, including holdings in premier and grand cru vineyards. Folio will bring 15 wines to the U.S. ranging from Cuvée Edmé Bourgogne Rouge ($30) up to Mazis-Chambertin Grand Gru ($550). Maison Champy is Folio’s first partnership in Burgundy.

•New Zealand-based Invivo Wines has partnered with actress Sarah Jessica Parker on a new wine brand. Slated to launch this summer, SJP x Invivo will initially include Sauvignon Blanc and rosé wines. Parker, an Invivo shareholder, is the second public figure to collaborate with Invivo; U.K. talk show host Graham Norton has both wine and gin labels under the Invivo umbrella. New York importer Seaview Imports handles the Sauvignon Blanc- and Pinot Noir-dominant Invivo portfolio in the U.S.

•Pernod Ricard is extending Kahlúa with a new Espresso Style Martini RTD cocktail. The 4.5% abv offering is a blend of Kahlúa, coffee, and vodka, and will roll out to select retailers in 4-packs of 200-ml. cans this spring. Each can contains a “smart nitrogen widget,” which forces bubbles to the surface as soon as the can is opened to form the creamy foam of the Espresso Martini cocktail.

•Davos Brands is rolling out Iichiko Saiten, a high-proof shochu made from barley, to select markets in the U.S. The spirit is bottled at 43% abv—higher than the typical 25% abv—to suit mixologists’ needs and stand up in cocktails, according to the company. Iichiko, which will also be released to independent retailers for around $30 a 750-ml., is rolling out in New York, California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Texas, Colorado, Nevada, and Washington. In addition to Iichiko, Davos Brands handles Aviation Gin, Sombra Mezcal, Astral Tequila, and Tyku Sake in the U.S.

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