News Briefs for October 3, 2019October 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.Subscribe to Shanken News Daily’s Email Newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning.