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News Briefs for September 11, 2019

September 11, 2019

•Campari has released Cask Tales, a new expression of its flagship aperitif. The new entry features a base of classic Campari that’s finished in Bourbon barrels. Clocking in at 25% abv, Campari Cask Tales is now available on an extremely limited basis at a retail price of $70 a 1-liter. Campari’s U.S. unit recently announced growth of 11% in its first half, with ongoing gains for such brands as Campari, Wild Turkey, Espolòn, Grand Marnier, and Aperol.

•Bardstown, Kentucky-based Lux Row Distillers has launched Double Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Commemorating the distillery’s grand opening in April of last year, the 118.4 proof edition is a blend of two barrels of 12-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon. Only 6,000 bottles were produced, each labeled to note the number and age statements of the barrels used and topped with a solid copper cork. It carries a suggested retail price of $150 a 750-ml. and only will be available in Kentucky. Lux Row is part of the Luxco portfolio.

•Sonoma, California’s Vintage Point has entered a sales and marketing partnership with Nashville, Tennessee’s R.S. Lipman Company, bringing Lipman’s portfolio of domestic and imported spirits and wines under the purview of Vintage Point. The agreement names Vintage Point as the national distributor for Lipman’s brands, which include New Zealand’s Lonely Cow Wines, the U.S.’s Heroes Vodka, Old Hickory Bourbon, and Hidden Jewel California Wines, plus Italy’s Eros Spinozzi Selections. Vintage Point’s portfolio also includes Gary Farrell Winery, Nine Hats, and Alejandro Bulgheroni, among others.

•Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) has unveiled a new supplier portal within its eRNDC digital platform. Developed with RNDC partner LibDib, the initiative allows suppliers to manage their entire product portfolio across all markets, receive RNDC news and updates, and access sales and marketing materials, among other features. The wholesale giant initially launched eRNDC this summer as part of a push to digitally streamline its business.

•Flor de Caña has released a highly limited 30-year-old single barrel rum celebrating the family behind the historic brand. The 40% abv rum is called V Generaciones and is packaged in a custom black leather case packed with a replica of a turn of the 20th century Nicaraguan stamp, featuring the country’s volcanic terrain. The bottle itself is topped with a stopper made from locally sourced volcanic rock. Flor de Caña V Generaciones is now available in extremely limited quantities—411 bottles worldwide—for a suggested price of $1,200. The brand is part of the William Grant & Sons portfolio in the U.S.

•Los Angeles, California-based Revel Spirits has expanded into four new markets in the U.S. The company, which produces spirits from both steamed and roasted agave piñas, has partnered with Southern Glazer’s to expand into Nevada; Breakthru to add Maryland and Washington, D.C.; and Fedway Associates for New Jersey. This expansion brings Revel Avila to seven markets in all, including New York and California through Southern and Minnesota through Johnson Brothers. All three varieties—Blanco, Reposado, and Añejo—will be available in Revel’s new markets.

•Napa-based importer The Sorting Table has added Sassetti Livio Pertimali to its Italian stable. With 16 hectares (40 acres) of vineyards on the Montosoli hill north of Montalcino, Sassetti is known for Brunello di Montalcino and also has properties in Maremma and the Veneto. The Sorting Table will import three Brunello di Montalcino DOCG and Rosso wines from the third-generation Tuscany-based producer, as well as Montecucco DOC and Prosecco Superiore Valdobbiadene DOCG.

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