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News Briefs for July 11, 2019

July 11, 2019

•Paso Robles, California-based J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines has debuted a new red blend. J. Lohr Pure Paso Proprietary Red Blend ($27 a 750-ml.) consists primarily of two varietals—Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah—sourced from Paso sub-regions El Pomar and Estrella District, respectively. Small quantities of Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Malbec round out the blend, which was aged for 18 months prior to bottling. The Pure Paso Proprietary Red Blend is set to roll out in select markets starting in August. Across all wines, J. Lohr depleted approximately 1.7 million cases last year, according to Impact Databank.

•WhistlePig FarmStock, three new Kilchoman single malts, and a limited edition Bourbon from Chicken Cock are among the new offerings featured in Whisky Advocate’s latest whisky roundup. The magazine’s website has all the details.

•Don Julio has announced the launch of its second barrel-finished offering Reposado Double Cask. The newcomer is a limited-edition Tequila finished for two weeks in casks that previously held Lagavulin Islay single malt Scotch whisky. According to the company, master distiller Enrique de Colsa spent two years combing the Diageo portfolio for casks that would pair best with Don Julio’s Reposado, eventually settling on the Lagavulin casks. At 40% abv, Reposado Double Cask is now available nationwide and retails for $65 a 750-ml.

•Former Starbucks vice president Marc Farrell has entered the spirits world with Ten to One, a new super-premium rum brand. The brand has just launched in New York with two offerings, a white rum and an aged expression. Ten to One white rum ($29) is bottled at 45% and is a blend of Dominican column still rum and Jamaican pot still rum finished in ex-Bourbon casks. The aged release ($42) is a blend of Dominican, Trinidadian, and Barbadian rums with Jamaican pot still rum, finished in ex-Bourbon barrels and bottled at 40%.

•Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits has announced the retirement of Michael Jahn, the company’s executive vice president and general manager for Arizona and New Mexico, effective at the end of 2019. In his place, Tom Boyle, the current senior vice president and general manager for Phoenix, will be promoted to executive vice president and general manager of Arizona. Greg Templeton, currently New Mexico’s director of sales, will be promoted to executive vice president and general manager for New Mexico.

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