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News Briefs for March 26, 2019

March 26, 2019

•Patrón Spirits global president and COO Dave Wilson will retire April 1, following Bacardi’s full acquisition of Patrón a year ago. Moving forward, Pete Carr, president of Bacardi North America, will lead both the Bacardi and Patrón organizations in North America. Wilson will continue as a senior advisor to Patrón. Meanwhile, Darren Doalson, senior vice president of U.S. Sales for Patrón Spirits, will now report to Carr; and David Rodriguez, director general of Patrón Spirits manufacturing operations in Mexico, will report to Jean-Marc Lambert, vice president of global operations for Bacardi. Lee Applbaum will continue to manage U.S. and global marketing for both Patrón Tequila and Grey Goose vodka, reporting to Bacardi Ltd. CEO Mahesh Madhavan.

•Another battle has broken out over who can use the name of Napa Valley’s most famous vineyard, To Kalon. The Vineyard House, a winery owned by Jeremy Nickel, son of the late Far Niente proprietor Gil Nickel, filed suit against Constellation Brands last week, claiming that a Constellation subsidiary, Robert Mondavi Corporation, fraudulently obtained a trademark of To Kalon and that Constellation has marketed it deceptively. Nickel also contends that a portion of The Vineyard House property is part of the original To Kalon Vineyard, and thus should be entitled to use the name for its own purposes. But historic documents suggest otherwise. Wine Spectator has the full story.

•A red wine barrel-finished whiskey from Jack Daniel’s, a super-aged Mortlach, a new batch of Booker’s, and US*1 Barrel Strength Rye from Michter’s are profiled in Whisky Advocate’s latest whiskey roundup. The magazine’s website has all the details.

•Diageo-owned Bulleit has added a new 12-year-old rye whiskey to its lineup. A blend of 95% rye and 5% malted barley, Bulleit Rye 12-year-old straight American whiskey is aged in new charred oak barrels for a minimum of 12 years prior to bottling. The new, 92-proof release is the first permanent addition to the Bulleit Rye portfolio—which originally launched in 2011—and will be available for a retail price of $50 a 750-ml. across Colorado, Illinois, New York, Ohio, Oregon, California, Kentucky, Texas, Georgia, New Jersey, Arizona, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.

•Luxco is launching Blood Oath Pact No. 5, the latest installment in its ultra-premium Bourbon series. Retailing at $100 a 750-ml., the 98.6 proof whiskey is a blend of 8-year-old ryed Bourbon rested in Caribbean rum barrels for six months, along with an 11-year-old wheated Bourbon and a 13-year-old ryed Bourbon. Blood Oath Pact No. 5 is launching globally in limited quantities next month.

•New York-based HB Wine Merchants is introducing a new Riserva Pinot Grigio from Peter Zemmer. The first Pinot Grigio from Alto Adige to carry the region’s Riserva certification, Peter Zemmer Pinot Grigio Riserva “Giatl” is debuting across 19 states, retailing at $38 a 750-ml. “Giatl” translates to “little vineyard” in the local dialect.

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