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News Briefs for October 3, 2019

October 3, 2019

•Sonoma County-based Verité, part of the Jackson Family Wines portfolio, has begun a multi-year effort to build a new winery, hospitality venue, and offices next to its current location in Healdsburg. The first phase will include construction of a new barrel chai and hospitality space and is slated for completion next fall. Phase two will include Verité’s new winemaking facility, and phase three will see the construction of a “Maison du Vigneron,” with production offices, areas for winemaker tastings and blending, and a reception space. Jackson Family didn’t disclose the size of the investment. Verité, part of the company’s high-end range, includes Merlot blend La Muse, Cabernet Sauvignon-focused blend La Joie, and Cabernet Franc blend Le Désir.

•Mount Gay Rum, part of the Rémy Cointreau portfolio, has announced Master Blender Collection: Pot Still, the newest limited release from the Barbados-based rum producer. The 48% abv bottling is a blend of rums distilled in double retort pot stills and finished in ex-whiskey casks for six months. The cask strength rum is rolling out in a release of only 4,920 bottles worldwide, with 1,002 dedicated to the U.S. market. The Master Blender Collection: Pot Still will retail for $170 a bottle when it hits shelves October 15. Last year, Mount Gay was at around 175,000 cases in the U.S., according to Impact Databank.

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