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News Briefs for October 29, 2019

October 29, 2019

•Glenlivet Single Casks, WhistlePig Boss Hog VI, High West’s A Midwinter Night’s Dram, and new bottlings from Hanson of Sonoma, Glen Scotia, and Few are among the offerings featured in Whisky Advocate’s latest whiskey roundup. The magazine’s website has all the details.

•Spanish winemaker Marqués de Cáceres has released the first wine from its Ribera del Duero-based Bodegas Finca la Capilla. Made from 100% Tempranillo, La Capilla Crianza 2015 ($33) was aged for 12 months in a combination of new and second-use French oak and American oak barrels. Marqués de Cáceres acquired the single vineyard, 125-acre Bodegas Finca la Capilla in March, marking the winery’s first holding in the Ribera del Duero DO. Vineyard Brands handles the Marqués de Cáceres portfolio in the U.S.

•Florida Caribbean Distillers is launching a new French rosé label, Le Roséy. The newcomer is rolling out nationwide in 750-ml. bottles ($9-$10) and 375-ml. cans ($4). Imported in bulk from Nîmes, Le Roséy is bottled at Florida Caribbean’s Auburndale, Florida facility, and thus will escape the recent 25% U.S. tariffs imposed on wines from France, Spain, Germany, and the U.K., which apply only to shipments imported in containers of two liters or less. Florida Caribbean intends to follow Le Roséy with a French Sauvignon Blanc offering.

•Aventura, Florida-based importer Enovation Brands is launching Vegania, a line of vegan wines. The winemaking process for Vegania eschews the use of animal products, substituting vegan alternatives where necessary. Each bottle carries a seal certifying its vegan status. The new label initially offers a Pinot Grigio and a red blend of Frappato and Syrah, both from Sicily and retailing at $13 a bottle. The Enovation Brands portfolio also includes Impact “Hot Prospect” Gemma di Luna, which rose 22% to 85,000 cases last year.

•Highland single malt Scotch whisky The GlenDronach has debuted two new limited releases, Cask Strength Batch 8 and Master Vintage 1993. Cask Strength Batch 8 is aged for 10 years and bottled at 61% abv, with a suggested retail price of $95 a 750-ml. bottle. Master Vintage 1993 is from casks laid down in 1993 and bottled at 48.2% abv, with a suggested retail price of $350. Both were matured in Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso Sherry casks and selected by master blender Rachel Barrie. GlenDronach is part of the Brown-Forman portfolio.

•Fort Worth, Texas-based beer distributor Ben E. Keith has acquired the assets of Dallas-based Artisanal Beverage Distributors for an undisclosed sum. The move furthers Ben E. Keith’s expansion into spirits, giving it a statewide spirits distribution footprint and an additional 20 suppliers from the whisk(e)y, gin, Tequila, rum, vodka, and liqueurs categories. Artisanal founders Jeff Daniels and Mark Monfrey will stay with the company. “This strengthens our foothold in the space and complements our largest supplier partner Anheuser-Busch’s growth into spirits,” said Ben E. Keith president Kevin Bartholomew. Anheuser-Busch acquired San Diego-based Cutwater Spirits earlier this year.

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