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News Briefs for October 7, 2019

October 7, 2019

•In case you missed Friday’s news alert, Wine Spectator reported that Napa vintner Agustin Huneeus has received a five-month sentence, $100,000 fine, and 500 hours of community service for his role in the college admissions scandal dubbed “Varsity Blues” by the FBI. Huneeus, 53, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud on May 21, for his part in a nationwide scheme in which wealthy parents used fraud and bribes to get their children spots at some of the nation’s top universities. Wine Spectator has the full story.

•Benromach 50-year-old, Ardbeg Supernova, Jack Daniel’s Apple, and new whiskies from Few, Ben Milam, and Bardstown Bourbon Co. are among the offerings featured in Whisky Advocate’s latest whiskey roundup. The magazine’s website has all the details.

•Beam Suntory has launched a new Booker’s Bourbon batch called Country Ham. The 62.35% abv whiskey was bottled after six years, four months, and two days, and is named for Booker Noe’s appreciation for the art of curing and tasting country hams. Booker’s Country Ham is now available in limited quantities across the U.S. for a suggested price of $80 a 750-ml. Booker’s is part of Beam Suntory’s small-batch Bourbon collection.

•Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits has partnered with Sazerac and 375 Park Avenue Spirits for distribution in the U.S. Under the agreement, Sazerac and 375 Park Avenue will begin handling Marie Brizard’s brands—including Sobieski vodka, the Marie Brizard cordial line, Krupnik honey liqueur, and Gautier Cognac—in the U.S. effective January 1. Once a million-case brand, Sobieski is now estimated at around 700,000 cases in the U.S., according to Impact Databank.

•In the U.K., Pernod Ricard-owned The Glenlivet has unveiled The Glenlivet Capsule Collection, a collection of three edible cocktail capsules. Each capsule contains a 23-ml. cocktail using The Glenlivet Founders Reserve as its base. The three recipes, called Citrus, Wood, and Spice, were created by London cocktail bar Thayer + Elementary. The capsules are made of seaweed and were developed by London-based sustainable packaging startup Notpla. For now, the Capsule Collection is available only at Tayer + Elementary and at the London Cocktail Week exhibition until October 13. The initiative is part of The Glenlivet’s “Original by Tradition” global campaign.

•Weston, Missouri-based McCormick Distilling Co. has expanded its partnership with Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) to 25 markets. The new agreement consolidates McCormick’s brands with RNDC in Maryland and Washington, D.C., and also partners the two companies across the new markets of Florida, South Carolina, Michigan, Mississippi, and West Virginia.

•Verona, Italy winemaker Ferro 13 has launched its namesake wine brand in the U.S. Imported and distributed by Taub Family Cos.’ Independence Wine & Spirits in New York and New Jersey, Ferro 13 retails at $15-$17 and includes eight expressions: Nerd (Nero d’Avola Sicilia DOC); Hacker (Sangiovese Toscana IGT); Hashtag (Sauvignon Italia); Hipster (Negroamaro Puglia IGT); Gentleman (Pinot Nero Oltrepo Pavese DOC); The Lady (Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie DOC); The Boss (Prosecco DOC Millesimato Extra Dry); and Link (Brut Rosé Spumante Modena DOC Millesimato).

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