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News Briefs for December 12, 2019

December 12, 2019

•Japan’s Nikka Whisky Distilling Co. has launched two limited-edition, single malt whiskies to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Nikka’s Miyagikyo Distillery. The 2019 Yoichi Limited Edition single malt and the 2019 Miyagikyo Limited Edition single malt will both retail at $3,500 a 750-ml., with only 70 bottles of each available in the U.S. market. Both are blends of whiskies from each of the past five decades. San Francisco-based Hotaling Co. handles Nikka in the U.S.

•Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has partnered with Columbia Distributing to handle TWE’s brands in Oregon, effective January 2. The new agreement will bring 70 Treasury brands into Columbia’s statewide distribution network, including 19 Crimes, Sterling, and Penfolds, among many others. This partnership marks a further expansion into the wine market for Columbia, which prior to 2018 focused exclusively on beer. Last year, the distributor acquired the rights to distribute Constellation Brands’ wine and spirits portfolio in Oregon and Washington.

•Bardstown Bourbon Company has partnered with minority owner Constellation Brands to create a new whiskey finished in barrels from The Prisoner Wine Company. The whiskey is a 50% abv Bourbon sourced from Tennessee that’s bottled at 9-years-old, including an 18-month finishing period in French oak barrels used to age The Prisoner’s flagship wine. The collaborative whiskey will launch throughout the distillery’s footprint in January for a suggested price of $125. Over the next year, Kentucky-based Bardstown plans to expand into new markets including Washington, D.C., Maryland, Delaware, Colorado, Nevada, Texas, and Ohio.

•The Rhône Valley’s Cellier des Dauphins has launched a new Reserve range of Côtes du Rhône wines in the U.S., including red, white, and rosé offerings retailing at $15 a 750-ml. The Reserve portfolio hit the U.S. market last month, and is being followed this month by a Côtes du Rhône Villages lineup ($17-$19) featuring notable villages such as Puymeras and Plan de Dieu. Finally, in February, Cellier des Dauphins will unveil a Crus des Côtes du Rhône collection including the terroirs of Vinsobres, Cairanne, Vacqueyras, and Chateauneuf-du-Pape and retailing from $20-$60. Monsieur Touton imports Cellier des Dauphins’ wines on the East Coast, while Plume Ridge covers the West Coast and southern states.

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