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News Briefs for January 28, 2020

January 28, 2020

•Tincup Rye, Jack Daniel’s Oatmeal Stout Cask-Finished, and two newcomers from Firestone & Robertson are among the offerings featured in Whisky Advocate’s latest whiskey roundup. The magazine’s website has all the details.

•Sonoma-based Vintage Point has added Napa Valley’s Hindsight Vineyards to its portfolio. Under the partnership, Vintage Point will handle sales and marketing for Hindsight, whose 20/20 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has established a presence in the $20 by-the-glass segment in the on-premise, according to Vintage Point president David Biggar. The Hindsight portfolio also includes a 20/20 Retrospective Red Blend and a Napa Valley Chardonnay, with a Sauvignon Blanc slated to be added this spring.

•When word surfaced in August that the vine-killing louse phylloxera had been positively identified in several Walla Walla–area vineyards, the reaction in much of the Washington wine industry was a mixture of shock and denial. But by November, three of the state’s top viticultural experts had independently verified the presence of the pest in the Walla Walla appellation, a small but prominent region in the southeastern corner of the state. Now vintners and researchers are moving forward with ambitious plans to confront phylloxera head-on. Wine Spectator has the full story.

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