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News Briefs for May 15, 2019

May 15, 2019

•Woodford Reserve has launched the latest edition of Batch Proof, a high-abv iteration of its flagship Bourbon. Released annually as part of the Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Series, Batch Proof is made with the same grain bill as the brand’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon. This year’s bottling clocks in at 61.6% abv and carries a retail price of $130 a 750-ml. Last year, the Brown-Forman-owned brand outperformed the super-premium Bourbon tier overall, rising by 22% to 651,000 cases.

•George Dickel is entering the Bottled in Bond category with George Dickel Bottled in Bond Tennessee whiskey, a limited release 13-year-old expression retailing at $36 a 750-ml. The whiskey, at 50% abv, comes from barrels that have matured since the fall of 2005. It will launch at Cascade Hollow Distilling Co. this Friday (May 17) and roll out nationwide later this month.

•Kendall-Jackson has launched an unoaked Chardonnay under its Avant label. The 13.5% abv wine is sourced from Monterey, Santa Barbara, and Mendocino counties and is fermented entirely in stainless steel. Avant Unoaked Chardonnay is now available across the U.S. for a suggested retail price of $17. It joins Vintner’s Reserve ($18) and Grand Reserve ($25), along with higher priced single vineyard bottlings ($40+), in Kendall-Jackson’s Chardonnay portfolio. Last year, Impact Databank estimates that Kendall-Jackson depleted 3.33 million cases, up 3%.

•The Dalmore L’Anima, a 49-year-old single malt Scotch created in a collaboration between The Dalmore master distiller Richard Paterson and acclaimed Italian chef Massimo Bottura, has sold at a Sotheby’s auction in London for £108,900 ($140,600). The hammer price exceeded its high pre-sale estimate of £100,000 ($129,000). The whisky, packaged in a Baccarat crystal decanter with a sterling silver collar and sterling silver stopper, was sold in an online auction. All proceeds from the sale will go to Food for Soul, Bottura’s non-profit organization that empowers communities to fight food waste through social inclusion. Bottura is famous for Osteria Francescana, his restaurant in Modena, Italy.

•Winebow has appointed Scott Edwards as general manager, California. Edwards comes to the role with over a decade of experience, beginning his career in Virginia for Forman Brothers (predecessor of RNDC) and as the mid-Atlantic region manager for Beringer Wine Estates. He began working in California for Treasury Wine Estates in 2003 and most recently served as COO and executive VP of sales at Foley Family Wines. Edwards will work out of Winebow’s Benicia, California office and reports Erle Martin, executive VP, wholesale west.

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