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News Briefs for September 26, 2019

September 26, 2019

•Total Wine & More’s appeal of a ruling denying its bid to enter Westchester County, New York with a store in Hartsdale has been rejected by a state supreme court justice. According to local outlet The Journal News, the appeal was denied September 16, allowing the State Liquor Authority’s (SLA) rejection of Total’s application to stand. Total originally filed its application to open the Hartsdale store in August of last year, but ran into opposition from local liquor store operators, and the SLA ruled against its bid, noting that the location would be “10 times the size of the closest store and over twice the size of all the stores within two miles of the proposed location.” Total, which has a store in Westbury, Long Island, is also eyeing a potential opening in College Point, Queens.

•Laurent Perrier US is launching two new iterations of its high-end Grand Siècle Grande Cuvée. The Grande Cuvée wines, which are always made from 55% Chardonnay and 45% Pinot Noir, are both multivintage blends: No. 24 is a blend of the 2007, 2006, and 2004 vintages, and is available in 750-ml. bottles for $150. No. 22 is a blend of wines from 2004, 2002, and 1999, and is debuting in 1.5-liter bottles for $400. The company is also adding a new non-vintage Champagne to its portfolio: Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature. The $90 bottling is now available in limited quantities throughout the U.S. Last year, Laurent-Perrier jumped 11.7% in the U.S., to 34,000 cases.

•Bacardi rum is rolling out a limited-edition Superior Halloween package for the fall season. The glow-in-the-dark, jack-o-lantern-themed bottle retails at $14 a 750-ml., and is launching nationwide on October 1. Bacardi will pair the LE glow-in-the-dark bottle with cocktails geared toward the Halloween season. Bacardi rum sells approximately 6.4 million cases in the U.S. annually, according to Impact Databank.

•Champagne Palmer & Co has debuted Grands Terroirs 2003, a new limited edition cuvée. Made from a combination of premier and grand cru vineyards in the Montagne de Reims subregion, the new sparkler was aged for 12 years on the lees prior to bottling. Only 1,703 magnum bottles of the Champagne are rolling out, available online and at select accounts across the U.S. at a retail price of $400. Champagne Palmer is part of Constellation Brands’ luxury wine division, Tru Estates and Vineyards.

•Israel’s Carmel Winery is introducing a new Private Collection Series in the U.S.The new offerings include a Winemakers Blend red composed of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Shiraz (all $15 a 750-ml.). Founded by Baron Edmond de Rothschild in 1882, Carmel is among the largest wineries in Israel, with roughly 3,500 acres of vineyards. The brand is imported by Royal Wine Corp. in the U.S.

•Winebow has named two new vice presidents in their spirits division, one each for the eastern and western wholesale regions. Monique Huston, who previously served as Winebow’s national director of spirits, has been promoted to lead the wholesale spirits team for the West. Jessica Partington, an outside hire who previously served with Heaven Hill Brands, has been appointed as Winebow’s new spirits VP for the East. Both Huston and Partington will report to Richard Driscoll, Winebow’s executive vice president, supplier relations.

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