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News Briefs for July 23, 2019

July 23, 2019

•Laphroaig Cairdeas, NAS Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or, and new whiskies from Loch Lomond, Distell, and Leopold Bros. are among the offerings featured in Whisky Advocate’s latest whiskey roundup. The magazine’s website has all the details.

•Spanish drinks company Zamora is bringing a number of its brands under its own wing in the U.S., expanding the portfolio of its Dallas-based Zamora Company USA subsidiary. The brands set to transition to Zamora Co. USA on August 1 include Ramon Bilbao, Ribera Cruz de Alba, Mar de Frades wines, and Villa Massa Limoncello. All four were previously handled by Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits. They join a Zamora Co. USA portfolio that also includes Licor 43, Double Cross vodka, Yellow Rose whiskey, Martin Miller’s gin, and Lolea sangria. Zamora recently aligned with Southern Glazer’s across 41 U.S. markets.

•Oregon-based Hood River Distillers is relaunching the Easy Rider Bourbon brand, which it acquired last year. Hood River has changed Easy Rider’s liquid to a 4-year old, 40% abv Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, which is blended with glacier-fed spring water from Mount Hood. Easy Rider is relaunching on the West Coast this month, retailing at $25 a 750-ml. Hood River’s portfolio also includes Trail’s End Bourbon, Sinfire flavored whiskies, Lucid absinthe, and RRD vodka, among others.

•Résonance, the Oregon venture of Burgundy’s Maison Louis Jadot, has opened a tasting room in Carlton, Oregon, located near McMinnville in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. The new facility will offer casual tastings, private vineyard tours, food and wine pairing events, and small-lot, tasting room-exclusive wines for purchase. Résonance, marketed within the Kobrand portfolio, focuses on upscale Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

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