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News Briefs for June 7, 2019

June 7, 2019

•Crown Royal has unveiled the latest offering in its Noble Collection, French Oak Cask Finished. The fourth installment in the Noble Collection, the limited-edition Canadian whisky is finished in French oak casks from the Vosges region. The 40% abv whisky is rolling out nationwide in limited quantities, retailing at $60 a 750-ml. Diageo-owned Crown Royal was up 4.6% to 6.3 million cases in the U.S. last year (including flavors), according to Impact Databank.

•Fetzer Vineyards has released three wines from Bonterra in 250-ml. cans for the first time. The company has canned its Sauvignon Blanc and rosé, and released a new blend called Bonterra Young Red. All three wines are made with organic grapes and are suggested to be served chilled. The three wines are available nationwide in 4-packs of 250-ml. cans for a suggested price of $20. Last year, Bonterra was at 419,000 cases, according to Impact Databank.

•Legend Vineyard Exclusives (LVE), a wine collaboration between the Boisset Collection’s Raymond Vineyards and musician John Legend, has added a new French sparkling rosé to its lineup. LVE Sparkling Rosé ($20 a 750-ml.) is the sixth wine in the LVE portfolio and the second rosé, following a still rosé from Côtes de Provence (also $25). It joins LVE Chardonnay ($45), LVE Cabernet Sauvignon ($85), and LVE Red ($50), among others. The LVE collection is distributed nationwide.

•Sonoma County-based Purple Wine + Spirits has launched three whiskies under its Redwood Empire label. The brand’s lineup now includes Pipe Dream Bourbon, a blend of whiskies that are 4-12 years old; Emerald Giant Rye whiskey, which features rye aged 3-5 years; and Lost Monarch, comprising 3-5-year-old rye and 4-12-year-old Bourbon. All Redwood Empire whiskies are retail priced at $44 a 750-ml. Nonprofit organization Trees for the Future will plant one tree for every bottle of Redwood Empire sold.

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