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News Briefs for July 17, 2019

July 17, 2019

•Miami-based Zonin USA is rebranding as 1821 Fine Wines & Spirits, as it pursues an “expanded growth strategy and transitions into a diversified alcohol beverage company,” in the words of the company. Known for Italian offerings like its namesake brand and Castello del Poggio, Zonin’s U.S. portfolio has extended into new segments lately, with additions including Dos Almas wines from Chile, the Piatelli brand from Argentina, and most recently the Two Chicks brand of Tequila- and vodka-based RTD cocktails. Tim Matz, executive vice president and general manager of 1821, said the company is eyeing further acquisition opportunities to expand its U.S. range.

•Glenmorangie single malt Scotch whisky has revamped its Extra Matured range with new packaging and new recipes for its Port cask-finished and Sauternes-finished bottlings. The brand’s The Quinta Ruban Port Cask Finished offering will now spend an additional two years maturing and will be released as a 14-year-old whisky in a new green box with a matching label. Glenmorangie’s Nectar D’Or is shifting from a 12-year-old whisky to a non-age statement bottling, but will still be finished in Sauternes casks. The liquid for the brand’s 12-year-old The Lasanta expression is unchanged. Glenmorangie, which is owned by Moët Hennessy, was up 2.5% last year to 118,000 cases in the U.S, according to Impact Databank.

•Beam Suntory has released the 2019 edition of Laphroaig Cairdeas. The 59.5% abv single malt Scotch whisky was bottled at cask strength after maturing in ex-Bourbon barrels, quarter casks, and ex-Oloroso Sherry casks. Laphroaig Cairdeas is a yearly release (Cairdeas means “friendship” in Gaelic) and is now available for a limited time across the U.S. for a suggested retail price of $80 a 750-ml. Last year, Laphroaig depleted 73,000 cases in the U.S., up 2%, according to Impact Databank.

•Jackson Family Wines will introduce a special bottling of La Crema this fall. Created as part of La Crema’s 40th anniversary celebration, the special edition Russian River Valley Pinot Noir was made by current winemaker Craig McAllister in collaboration with La Crema’s founding winemaker Rod Berglund, now co-owner and winemaker of Joseph Swan Vineyards. It will roll out in limited quantities this autumn. La Crema will also host an anniversary celebration at the winery’s estate at Saralee’s Vineyard in the Russian River Valley on August 17.

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