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News Briefs for July 29, 2019

July 29, 2019

•New Jersey-based retailer Gary’s Wine & Marketplace is expanding to the West Coast. Owner and CEO Gary Fisch has signed a lease to move into the former Dean & DeLuca space in St. Helena, and estimates that the new Gary’s location will be open by mid-September. Gary’s West Coast outpost will feature over 600 wine labels focused on the Napa Valley, as well as a diverse selection of imports. It will also carry over 250 spirits and beer products and 200 cheeses and other specialty food items. The St. Helena location joins Gary’s four existing stores in northern New Jersey.

•Old Bridge Cellars is set to relaunch the Greg Norman Estates wine brand, previously handled by Treasury Wine Estates, effective August 1. The new partnership will begin with the rebranding and re-appellating of the core Greg Norman portfolio as Old Bridge Cellars takes over sourcing, winemaking, planning, sales, and marketing for the brand. Currently, the Greg Norman portfolio includes wines from various appellations in California, New Zealand, Argentina, and Australia. The brand will join an Old Bridge portfolio that includes Leeuwin Estate, Innocent Bystander, Champagne Collet, and John Duval Wines, among other labels.

•Champagne Besserat de Bellefon has launched its prestige Cuvée BB 1843 in the U.S. market. The release is limited to just 1,843 bottles a vintage and is retail-priced at $300 a 750-ml. Cuvée BB joins a Besserat de Bellefon portfolio that includes Bleu Brut ($60), Rosé ($60), and Blanc de Blancs ($90). Besserat de Bellefon is handled by Winesellers, Ltd in the U.S. market.

•Brown-Forman has launched Woodford Reserve’s fifth permanent expression, a new wheat whiskey. Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Wheat whiskey is made from a mash of 52% wheat, 20% malt, 20% corn, and 8% rye. The recipe for the new label was influenced by historic wheat whiskies but adapted to Woodford Reserve’s house style. It’s bottled at 45.2% abv and is now available across the U.S. market at $35 a 750-ml. Woodford Reserve’s U.S. volume rose by 22.4% to 651,000 cases last year, according to Impact Databank.

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