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News Briefs for September 16, 2019

September 16, 2019

•Del Maguey mezcal is introducing the first new core offering to its “single village” portfolio since 1996. The new bottling is made from Espadin agave in the palenque of Anastacio Cruz Antonio and his sons Rigoberto, Abel, and Pedro in the Oaxacan village of Las Milpas (the cornfields). Las Milpas joins San Luis del Rio, Chichicapa, and Santo Domingo Albarradas in Del Maguey’s single village range. Del Maguey rose 36% to 49,000 cases in the U.S. last year, according to Impact Databank. Pernod Ricard took a majority stake in Del Maguey for an undisclosed sum in 2017.

•Israel’s Yatir Winery has introduced two new offerings in the U.S., Yatir Creek and Mount Amasa White. Yatir Creek, retailing at $55, is a blend of 76% Syrah, 12% Tannat, and 12% Malbec, while Mount Amasa White is at $30 and is composed of 52% Chenin Blanc, 39% Viognier, and 9% Roussanne. The new entries join best-seller Yatir Mount Amasa Red, Rosé, Syrah, Petit Verdot, and the flagship Yatir Forest, among others, in the brand’s portfolio. Yatir, which produces about 13,000 cases annually, is imported by New Jersey-based Royal Wine Corp.

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