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News Briefs for May 29, 2019

May 29, 2019

•Balvenie Stories, Woodford Reserve Baccarat, a new GlenDronach, and a Littlemill 27-year-old are among the new offerings featured in Whisky Advocate’s latest whisky roundup. The magazine’s website has all the details.

•A question mark hangs over the future of Vinexpo Bordeaux in the wake of the recent announcement that its sister show, Vinexpo Paris, will merge with rival trade show Wine Paris for a fair in the French capital in February 2020. Will Vinexpo return to Bordeaux in 2021? The answer is yes, for now. While this year’s Bordeaux event delivered a strong program, with a more focused list of distributors and a symposium on climate change that drew rave reviews, attendance was down 30% from 2017. Wine Spectator has a full report.

•Ménage à Trois is adding a Bourbon Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon to its lineup. Retailing at $15 a 750-ml., the limited edition wine is 91% Cabernet, 7% Merlot, and 2% Petite Sirah, and spends three months in barrels that formerly held 6-year-old Kentucky Bourbon. Part of the Trinchero Family Estates portfolio, Ménage à Trois’ other recent innovations have included Decadence Cabernet Sauvignon, Luscious Pinot Noir, and Lavish Merlot.

•Winebow has been named the exclusive distribution partner for California’s Hahn Family Wines in New York state. The agreement gives Winebow distribution rights to brands across the Hahn Family portfolio, including the Hahn, Hahn SLH, Hahn Estate, Lucienne, Smith & Hook, and Boneshaker labels. Winebow now handles Hahn’s wines in 12 markets across the U.S., including California, Maryland, and Illinois, among others.

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