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News Briefs for January 30, 2020

January 30, 2020

•Minnesota-based Prestige Beverage Group has added the wines of Argentina’s Doña Paula to its import portfolio. Retailing from $10-$100 a bottle, Doña Paula is known for Malbec but also has plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Cabernet Franc across its 1,700 acres of vineyards in Mendoza’s Luján de Cuyo and Uco Valleys. The brand is part of the Santa Rita Estates portfolio. Trinchero previously imported Doña Paula to the U.S. Prestige Beverage’s wine range also includes Risata Wines, Yes Way Rosé, Le Grand Noir, and Astoria Wines.

•Boisset has launched a luxury Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon under its newest wine brand, 1881 Napa. The 100% Cabernet Sauvignon was aged in 40% new American oak for 12 months and is available nationally, retailing at $40 a 750-ml. The brand shares its moniker with Boisset’s 1881 Napa wine history museum and tasting salon in Oakville, which opened last summer.

•In fall 2017, leading Washington winery Cayuse informed its customers that faulty corks had ruined the majority of its wines from the 2015 vintage. The winery did not release the affected bottles and worked with its insurance company to reimburse its customers. Now its insurer is suing the cork producer, Lafitte Cork & Capsule, for the more than $3.5 million for damages it paid out. Wine Spectator has the full story.

•Gatlinburg, Tennessee’s Sugarlands Shine has launched a new limited edition corn whiskey in partnership with Daytona International Speedway. The 50% abv whiskey is distilled from corn and packaged in a mason jar with a Daytona-themed label. This is the second NASCAR-themed limited edition from the company, following last year’s Talladega Superspeedway 50th Anniversary release. Sugarlands’ Daytona Corn Whiskey is now available in limited quantities across the U.S. and at the company’s Gatlinburg distillery for around $25.

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