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News Briefs for September 30, 2019

September 30, 2019

•Brown-Forman has appointed Sophia Angelis as the company’s new managing director, Jack Daniel’s, effective January 1, 2020. In her new role, Angelis will lead and guide the marketing strategy for the Jack Daniel’s family. Angelis come to this role with nearly 20 years experience at Brown-Forman where, most recently, she was senior vice president and marketing director for the company’s international division. Prior to that, Angelis worked in marketing leadership roles across the company’s portfolio. Current Jack Daniel’s managing director Matias Bentel will now become Brown-Forman’s chief brands officer.

•Portuguese wine company Esporão AS has purchased the historic Quinta do Ameal estate, in the heart of the Vinho Verde appellation. With this move, Esporão continues its strategy of expansion from its original home in southern Portugal’s Alentejo region to more northern regions like Douro and Minho, the home of Vinho Verde. “(Our ambition) is to make great wines with identity and a sense of place, but also to challenge the region’s traditional status quo,” Esporão CEO João Roquette told Wine Spectator. Find the full story on Wine Spectator’s website.

•On October 1, Kentucky’s Bardstown Bourbon Company will release three new whiskies in its Collaborative Series. Two whiskies continue Bardstown’s partnership with Copper & Kings: The first is an 11-year old Indiana Bourbon finished in apple brandy barrels for 20 months. The 60.2% abv whiskey—denoted Bardstown Bourbon Company Copper & Kings Apple Brandy—will retail for $125 a 750-ml. The second collaboration, Double Muscat Mistelle, is a limited-release 10-year-old Bourbon finished for 18 months in Muscat Mistelle barrels before a second finishing in new charred American oak for 19 months. This whiskey will only be available at the Bardstown gift shop for $350. As for the third release, Bardstown has teamed up with Goodwood Brewing Company to create an 11-year-old Bourbon finished in Brandy Barrel Honey Ale casks for 18 months. The whiskey is bottled at 55.05% abv and retails for $125.

•Benromach Distillery has introduced a new, 50-year-old expression. Originally laid down in 1969, Benromach 50 Years Old single malt Scotch has aged in the ex-Sherry cask No.-2003 for the last half century, making it the oldest expression in the brand’s portfolio. Only 125 decanters are available for purchase, retail priced at $10,000 a 750-ml. Benromach, which is owned by Scotch whisky independent bottler and distiller Gordon & MacPhail, is handled in the U.S. by Chopin Imports.

•Boston-based Latitude Beverage has announced new wines for two of its brands: 90+ Cellars and Iron Side. First up is a new Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from Latitude’s Iron Side family of wines. The wine is from the 2017 vintage and was sourced primarily from vineyards in Alexander Valley, according to the company. The Reserve Cabernet retails at around $22. Latitude has also launched a quartet of new wines in its 90+ Cellars French portfolio: Lot 176 Julienas ($17), Lot 177 Bourgogne Chardonnay ($22), Lot 178 Côte de Nuits-Villages ($22), and Lot 160 Bourgogne Pint Noir ($26). All four 90+ Cellars releases are from the 2018 vintage.

•Flor de Caña has partnered with the New England Patriots to become the official rum of the Foxborough, Massachusetts-based team. The rum, part of the William Grant & Sons portfolio in the U.S., will be featured in bars and other consumer experiences at Gillette Stadium during football season. The multiyear partnership will also include fan giveaways and a signature cocktail, the Flor Ginger.

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