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News Briefs for November 8, 2019

November 8, 2019

•Napa, California-based Crimson Wine Group has appointed Jennifer Locke as CEO, effective December 2. She joins from Treasury Wine Estates, where she was senior vice president focusing on direct-to-consumer sales and overseeing 180 employees. At Crimson, Locke succeeds Patrick DeLong, who left the company earlier this year after serving as CEO since 2014. Earlier in her career, Locke led northwest regional sales for Chalone Wine Group and managed global sales for WillaKenzie Estate in Oregon. Crimson manages approximately 1,000 acres of vineyards and has brands including Pine Ridge Vineyards, Seghesio Family Vineyards, Seven Hills Winery, and Archery Summit, among others.

•Diageo has introduced the final release in its line of Scotch whiskies themed after the HBO series Game of Thrones. Titled “Six Kingdoms,” the ninth and final Game of Thrones launch is a 15-year-old Mortlach single malt matured in Sherry casks and finished in American oak Bourbon casks. Whereas the previous releases were linked to specific noble houses and factions in the Game of Thrones story, the Six Kingdoms name is a tribute to the resolution of the series. It will be available in limited quantities in December for $150 a 750-ml.

•Beam Suntory has announced Canadian Club 42-Year-Old, the second release in the brand’s CC Chronicles limited edition series. The 45% abv whisky is named No.-2: The Dock Man and follows last year’s special edition, The Water of Windsor. Canadian Club 42-Year-Old is rolling out in very limited amounts to retailers across the U.S. at a suggested price of $300 a 750-ml. Last year, Canadian Club was at just under 1.2 million cases in the U.S., according to Impact Databank.

•Limestone Branch Distillery will launch Bowling & Burch, a new super-premium gin, next year. Debuting in key markets like New York, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, Bowling & Burch is made with 17 botanicals—some of them grown onsite at the Lebanon, Kentucky distillery—bottled at 96 proof, and packaged in a screen-printed apothecary-style bottle. The new entry will retail at $35-$40 a 750-ml. depending on the market. Limestone Branch was founded by Steve and Paul Beam in 2011, with Luxco taking a 50% stake for an undisclosed sum in 2014.

•Massachusetts-based importer and distributor M. S. Walker has debuted two new expressions within its St. Elder liqueur brand. St. Elder Pink Grapefruit and St. Elder Blood Orange are currently launching across the U.S., retailing at $20 a 750-ml. The two new offerings join the flagship Natural Elderflower liqueur in the St. Elder lineup.

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