News Briefs for December 5, 2019December 5, 2019
•F. Korbel & Bros. is launching a Prosecco, produced and bottled in the Prosecco DOC under the Charmat method and made of 100% Glera grapes. Some 10,000 cases of the new Korbel Prosecco will be released this year, retailing at $15 a 750-ml. and initially available in Colorado, Florida, Texas, New York, New Jersey, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, and South Carolina. A national rollout is planned for next year.
•Bacardi-owned D’Ussé Cognac is launching 1969 Anniversaire, a new limited edition bottling to celebrate rapper Jay-Z’s 50th birthday. Initially, 50 bottles will be given as gifts from Jay-Z to his family and friends, with a limited run expected to be released to the public late next year. The special bottling is drawn from a single barrel of 100% Grande Champagne Cognac, which was filled with a single eau de vie. Last year, D’Ussé surged 80% to 305,000 cases in the U.S., according to Impact Databank, and the brand was up 17% in control states in the current year-to-date through December.
•Heavensake sake has partnered with Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits for distribution across California. Starting in January, Southern Glazer’s will handle Heavensake’s Junmai Daiginjo ($95 a 750-ml.), Junmai Ginjo ($45), and Junmai 12 ($28) in California, with a focus on growing the brand beyond Asian fusion and Japanese restaurant accounts. French cellar master Régis Camus created Heavensake in collaboration with a number of Japanese sake breweries; Southern Glazer’s also handles the brand in Nevada, while its fine wine division Lauber Imports distributes it in New York.Subscribe to Shanken News Daily’s Email Newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning.