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News Briefs for July 31, 2019

July 31, 2019

•Wine.com is adding spirits to its offering across four major U.S. markets. The online retailer has already launched spirits sales in New York and Florida, and New Jersey and California will be added in August and September, respectively. Wine.com’s spirits selection has over 2,000 labels—including whiskey, vodka, Tequila, mezcal, gin, rum, brandy, cordials, and liqueurs—with a focus on premium offerings. Similar to its 15,000 wine listings, the retailer’s spirits pages feature descriptions of the product’s style, the distillery and region of origin, and serving and mixing suggestions will be added in the future. Wine.com posted revenues of $130 million last year.

•Woodford Reserve Wheat Whiskey, Uncle Nearest 1884, and the 2019 edition of Parker’s Heritage Collection are among the new offerings featured in Whisky Advocate’s latest whisky roundup. The magazine’s website has all the details.

•New Zealand’s Invivo Wines has debuted the first wine in its partnership with actress Sarah Jessica Parker. Made with grapes sourced from Marlborough, the new Invivo X, Sarah Jessica Parker Sauvignon Blanc ($20 a 750-ml.) will start rolling out across the U.S. in September. Eventually, a rosé from southern France is set to join the lineup as well. Invivo X, Sarah Jessica Parker will be exclusively imported by Taub Family Selections in the U.S.

•Diageo Beer Company USA’s Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore has seen 400,000 visitors since opening a year ago, the company reports. About 65% of guests were from within Maryland, but all 50 states were represented. As part of its first anniversary activities, the Baltimore brewery is introducing a Barrel-Aged Grand Cru available exclusively on-site. The 10.5% abv offering—a blend of an imperial stout aged in Bourbon barrels and a Belgian-style golden ale aged in rum barrels—is being launched on draft and in 12-ounce cans for takeaway. The Guinness brand was down 0.9% to 13.2 million (2.25-gallon) cases in the U.S. last year, according to Impact Databank.

•Beverage alcohol delivery provider Drizly has expanded its Connecticut footprint with five BevMax stores, bringing its total number of retail partnerships in the state to 29. Since October 2018, Drizly has increased its total store count in Connecticut by 500%, and posted year-over-year sales gains of 700%. Drizly is minority-owned by the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America and currently counts more than 1,400 stores in over 100 markets within its network.

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