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News Briefs for October 30, 2019

October 30, 2019

•Palm Bay International is adding Italian winery Beni di Batasiolo to its import portfolio, effective January 1. Based in Piedmont, Batasiolo comprises over 320 acres spread across nine estates, among them five cru Barolo sites. The winery’s portfolio includes Barolo DOCG, Barbaresco DOCG, Moscato d’Asti DOCG, Barbera d’Alba DOC, Dolcetto d’Alba DOC, and Gavi DOC wines, as well as Barbera d’Alba DOC Sovrana, Gavi del Commune di Gavi Granée DOCG, and Langhe DOC Nebbiolo offerings ($16-$42 a 750-ml.). A variety of icon wines hailing from Batasiolo’s cru Barolo vineyards will also come to the U.S., ranging from $80-$115 a 750-ml. Total Beverage Solution previously handled Batasiolo in the U.S.

•Michter’s has announced the 2019 release of its 20-Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon. The 57.1% abv whiskey launches in early November and is blended from a selection of barrels chosen by master distiller Dan McKee and master of maturation Andrea Wilson. Michter’s 20-Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon will be available across the U.S. in extremely limited quantities for a suggested price of $700.

•Champagne Bollinger, part of the Vintus portfolio in the U.S., is launching a new limited edition Vintage 2011 bubbly in tandem with upcoming James Bond film “No Time To Die.” Part of Bollinger’s 40-year partnership with the Bond franchise, Vintage 2011 is a Blanc de Noirs Champagne vinified in oak barrels and aged for seven years under cork. It will be sold in gift packaging that includes “a Bond-themed opening mechanism” and retails at $230.

•Bledsoe Family Winery has announced a new line of wines called Bledsoe-McDaniels, named for proprietor Drew Bledsoe and president and director of winemaking Josh McDaniels. The brand will focus on Pinot Noir from Oregon’s Willamette Valley and Syrah from Washington’s Walla Walla Valley AVA. Slated for next year, the first release will be a 2018 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir from the Ribbon Ridge AVA. Next year will also see the release of a 2018 Syrah from Bledsoe’s Lefore Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley.

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