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News Briefs for August 6, 2019

August 6, 2019

•Wilson Daniels has added Châteauneuf-du-Pape Estate Domaine de Beaurenard to its national import portfolio. Domaine de Beaurenard has been producing certified biodynamic wines on more than 80 acres since 2010, and is also present in the Rasteau and Côtes du Rhône appellations with 60 acres and 25 acres respectively. Led by eight-generation owners the Coulon family, Beaurenard has already been a part of Wilson Daniels’ wholesale portfolio in New York, and is now joining its national import lineup.

•In case you missed yesterday’s news alert, Pernod Ricard has bolstered its whiskey portfolio with the acquisition of Texas-based Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co. Here’s the full story.

•Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) has named Jay Johnson as regional president of Young’s Market Company, a division of RNDC West. Johnson most recently served as RNDC’s regional president for the Southwest and has worked for the distributor since 1991. Johnson’s appointment follows the completion of the deal between RNDC and Young’s creating a joint venture between the two companies across Young’s 10-state western footprint. RNDC is managing partner of the joint venture.

•Disaronno International USA is extending its Walsh whiskey brand with a new expression, Writers’ Tears Double Oak. A blend of pot still and single malt Irish whiskies aged in both American and French oak, the triple-distilled, non-chill-filtered offering is at 45% abv and retails at $60 a 750-ml. Double Oak joins Writers’ Tears Copper Pot and Writers’ Tears Cask Strength as a permanent member of the Walsh lineup and is available nationwide.

•Wente Vineyards has debuted new packaging for its entire portfolio. The refreshed labels feature clean lines and a contemporary color palette, as well as the Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing logo and designations like estate-grown or single vineyard. Livermore, California-based Wente currently has annual volume of around 550,000 cases in the U.S., according to Impact Databank, spread across such brands as Wente Vineyards, Murrieta’s Well, and Entwine.

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