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News Briefs for April 29, 2019

April 29, 2019

•Michter’s 10-year-old Single Barrel Bourbon, Rebel Yell 100 Proof, and a number of new Scotch whiskies from MacNair’s and Mossburn are among the bottlings featured in Whisky Advocate’s latest whiskey roundup. The magazine’s website has all the details.

•Spain’s Familia Torres is set to establish its own U.S. import unit, effective at the start of June. Torres is parting ways with its current importer Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, which has handled its Spanish and Chilean portfolio of wines and spirits since 2014. Ste. Michelle and Torres will continue to partner in several international markets. Torres will still represent the Ste. Michelle portfolio in China and Brazil, and Ste. Michelle will continue to represent Torres with international cruise line and duty free customers. Going forward, Ste. Michelle’s U.S. import portfolio will include Marchesi Antinori of Italy, Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte of France, and Villa Maria of New Zealand.

•Southern Glazer’s has announced the launch of Proof, a new e-commerce platform. Proof allows customers to search the wholesaler’s portfolio, reorder, and discover new offerings. It features product ratings from Wine Spectator and Whisky Advocate, as well as customized product recommendations, food pairings, and other info. The digital initiative, which also includes a new “customer relationship management platform” supporting the Southern Glazer’s sales team, is currently available to customers in Indiana, Kentucky, and Washington, and will extend to Florida, Oregon, and South Carolina on May 20. Additional markets will be rolling out throughout 2019.

•Biagio Cru Wines & Spirits is releasing Rosé All Day Bubbly in canned format. Retailing at $15 a 4-pack, the Bubbly cans join a Rosé All Day lineup that also includes Rosé All Day Beaujolais ($15 a 75-ml.), Rosé All Day Sparkling ($15 a 750-ml.), and the Rosé All Day Grenache ($13 a 750-ml. or $15 a 4-pack of cans). Biagio Cru’s portfolio also includes Lolailo Sangria, Chateau de Maniban, Parxet, Tabali, 5OS, and De Restia.

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