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News Briefs for November 26, 2019

November 26, 2019

•William Grant & Sons has launched The Balvenie Fifty: Marriage 0197, a new ultra-luxury offering. The bottling is a selection of liquids aged 50 years and over in American oak casks and married by Balvenie malt master David Stewart. The limited-edition whisky, which is at 42% abv and retails at $38,000 a bottle, is packaged in a hand-blown crystal decanter and housed in a wooden tube comprised of 50 layers, 48 of walnut and two of brass, made by Scottish wood craftsman Sam Chinnery.

•Japan’s Hiro Sake has debuted a new packaging format for its Red sake label. The 15% abv Junmai expression is now available in single-serve, 180-ml. cups, which retail for $6.49. The Hiro Sake cups are currently rolling out in southern Florida to on-premise accounts, with retail placements set to follow, alongside expanded distribution in the U.S. Imported by New York-based Hiro Sake USA, the Hiro Sake portfolio also includes Hiro Blue, a Junmai Ginjo, and Hiro Gold, a Junmai Daiginjo.

•BevMo has expanded its partnership with delivery provider Drizly to 10 additional stores in the Northern California market. With the additions, BevMo is bolstering its delivery footprint in the Sacramento market and adding stores in Lake Tahoe to the Drizly partnership, which now covers a total of 55 BevMo locations. Drizly is minority-owned by the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America.

•Siduri, part of the Jackson Family Wines portfolio, has named Matt Revelette as winemaker. Revelette joined Siduri’s winemaking team from Sojourn Cellars in May after previously serving with producers like Williams Selyem and Kosta Browne. Now he’ll assume all winemaking responsibilities at Siduri, whose founding winemaker Adam Lee is transitioning to a consultancy role, focusing on Pinot Noir across the Jackson Family portfolio. Siduri is known for upscale Pinots from California’s Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast, Anderson Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands, Sta. Rita Hills, and Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

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