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News Briefs for October 22, 2019

October 22, 2019

•Woodford Reserve Chocolate Malt, Elijah Craig Rye, and newcomers from Aberfeldy and Craigellachie are among the offerings featured in Whisky Advocate’s latest whiskey roundup. The magazine’s website has all the details.

•Vineyard Brands is adding to its portfolio with northern Rhone producer Domaine Stephane Ogier. Producing wines from 27 acres in Cote-Rotie, including in the Lancement, Cote-Rozier, and La Viallere areas, Domaine Stephane Ogier also produces a Condrieu, Saint-Joseph, Le Temps Est Venu Cotes du Rhone, and several Syrah and Viognier labels. Vineyard Brands’ Rhone stable also includes the wines of Famille Perrin, among others.

•Pernod Ricard has announced a series of limited-edition single cask bottlings of The Glenlivet. The releases will be available in six states across the U.S. Florida will receive a 17-year-old American oak aged whisky ($299), New York will receive a 16-year-old whisky aged in an American oak hogshead ($269), California and Texas will each get different 14-year-old whiskies aged in Sherry casks (both $299), and Massachusetts and Illinois will receive a 16-year-old whisky aged in American oak ($269) as well as a 14-year-old whisky aged in a Sherry cask ($299). Last year, the Glenlivet was up 2.3% to 429,000 cases in the U.S., according to Impact Databank.

•Gruppo Montenegro has partnered with Mark Anthony Wine & Spirits for distribution in Canada. Under the deal, Mark Anthony will handle Montenegro’s portfolio of Italian spirits, including Amaro Montenegro, Select Aperitivo, and Vecchia Romagna Brandy, exclusively in the Canadian market. Mark Anthony’s Canada portfolio also includes brands from Treasury Wine Estates and Henkell & Co., among others. In addition to its move in Canada, Montenegro aligned with Gallo for distribution in the U.S. earlier this year.

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