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News Briefs for June 14, 2019

June 14, 2019

•Treasury Wine Estates has launched three new wine spritzers under the Main & Vine brand. The 5.5% abv drinks contain 95 calories per 250-ml. can and are available in Blood Orange Mango, Pomegranate, and Pink Grapefruit. The company is marketing the spritzes as standalone drinks as well as for use in cocktails. The gluten-free spritzers are now available in individual cans and 4-packs, with the 4-packs retailing for a suggested price of $8.

•Seattle, Washington-based Precept Wine has added Davey & Browne to its portfolio. The Australian winery produces premium and luxury priced wines from the McLaren Vale region. The partnership will kick off with Precept marketing three wines in the U.S.: Gordon & Bitner Block Cabernet Sauvignon ($50); Davey & Browne Vortex Red Blend, blended from Cabernet Sauvignon (87%), Tempranillo (8%), and Grenache (5%) and retailing at $21; and Davey & Browne Black Bubbles, a 100% Shiraz sparkling red wine that will sell for $25.

•Lucas Bols has appointed Breakthru Beverage to handle Bols Liqueurs, Bols Genever, Passoa Passion Fruit Liqueur, Galliano, and Nuvo Sparkling Liqueur in the Canada market. The two companies are already linked in the U.S., where they’re aligned in 12 markets. Lucas Bols managing director for the U.S. and Canada, Brett Dunne, said the deal will expand the portfolio’s presence in Canada while complementing Breakthru’s existing range, especially in the on-premise.

•Trinity Hill, based in Gimblett Gravels region of Hawke’s Bay on New Zealand’s North Island, has appointed Mt. Beautiful USA as its U.S. importer. Mt. Beautiful, also based in New Zealand, is known for its Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. The Mt. Beautiful USA sales team will focus on Trinity Hill’s Chardonnay, Syrah, and red blend, “The Gimblett,” all retailing at $35. They will also have limited volumes of the high-end Homage Syrah, positioned at $120. Trinity Hill was previously part of the Terroir Life portfolio.

•Terlato Wines has promoted Kaitlin Connor to vice president, strategic accounts. Connor has been calling on Publix and other Southeast chains for the last two and a half years and was previously with Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits in Miami and Las Vegas. In her new role, she’ll add critical accounts like Kroger, Albertsons, Costco, Total Wine, Publix, Walmart, and Whole Foods to her purview.

•Intrepid Spirits has launched Cocalero Clásico, an herbal aperitif, in the U.S. The 29% abv liqueur is made with 17 botanicals and herbs including coca leaf, juniper, orange peel, ginseng, ginger, green tea, and lavender, among others. According to the company, the brand sold 92,000 cases globally last year, primarily in Japan. Cocalero Clásico is now available in Georgia, Illinois, California, Texas, Nevada, Massachusetts, and Oregon, retailing at $25. It joins Egan’s Irish Whiskey and Mad March Hare in the Intrepid Spirits portfolio, which is imported in the U.S. by LeVecke.

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