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News Briefs for November 14, 2019

November 14, 2019

•Wine Spectator is in the midst of its annual countdown of the Top 10 wines of the year, leading up to the release of its full Top 100 Wines of 2019 list. Yesterday, the No. 6 and No. 5 wines were revealed, featuring a Châteauneuf-du-Pape and a California sparkler. Today, the No. 4, No. 3, and No. 2 wines will be unveiled, followed by the Wine of the Year tomorrow at 11am Eastern. Wine Spectator’s complete Top 100 Wines of 2019 will be published on Monday, November 18.

•Bacardi has extended its flagship brand with a ready-to-drink Coquito cocktail. The limited edition offering combines Bacardi Superior white rum with toasted spices, coconut cream, vanilla, and cinnamon, and is bottled at 13% abv. Retailing at $18 a 750-ml., Bacardi Coquito is rolling out to select retailers nationwide, and is recommended to be served over ice.

•Southern Glazer’s has named Scott Oppenheimer as president of its East Region, reporting to chief commercial officer John Wittig. Oppenheimer, who is currently regional president of control states and Canada, replaces Gene Sullivan, who was recently promoted to chief sales and marketing officer. SGWS has also appointed Mark Chaplin as vice president of sales and marketing, reporting to Sullivan. Chaplin, the son of Southern Glazer’s CEO Wayne Chaplin, is currently director of sales and commercial operations for the East Region. Both appointments are effective January 1.

•Shelbyville, Tennessee-based Uncle Nearest whiskey has appointed Victoria Eady-Butler as master blender. Going forward, she will oversee the blend for the core Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey and select the brand’s single barrel releases. Eady-Butler is the great-great-granddaughter of the franchise’s namesake Nearest Green, the first known African-American master distiller. Before joining Uncle Nearest in March, Eady-Butler spent decades at the Department of Justice.

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