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News Briefs for February 3, 2020

February 3, 2020

•Evaton, the U.S. subsidiary of Portuguese wine group Sogrape, is taking on U.S. import rights to Sogrape-owned brands Casa Ferreirinha and Ferreira Port, effective April 1. Casa Ferreirinha’s Douro White Papa Figos 2016 ranked No.-72 on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list in 2018, and Ferreira’s releases consistently score in the 90s. Both labels will transition from current importer Broadbent Selections. Stamford, Connecticut-based Evaton’s other brands include Sandeman, Mateus, Silk & Spice, Quinta dos Carvalhais Touriga Nacional, and Herdade do Peso, among others.

•Angel’s Envy has announced the second release in the Louisville-based distillery’s Cellar Collection, Angel’s Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Tawny Port Wine Barrels. The 55.8% abv whiskey was aged for 10 years before finishing for 10 months in Tawny Port barrels. Only 5,400 bottles will be available, beginning February 8. The limited release will be sold in Kentucky, California, Florida, Illinois, New York, and Tennessee, as well as the Angel’s Envy Distillery, at a suggested price of $250. Angel’s Envy is part of the Bacardi portfolio.

•NFL legend Terry Bradshaw is launching his own Bourbon brand. Bottled at 51.9% abv, Terry Bradshaw Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is sourced from an unnamed third-generation master distiller and will roll out nationally in the coming months, retailing at $40 a 750-ml. The brand is a collaboration between Bradshaw and Silver Screen Bottling Company, which has also partnered on spirits labels with franchises like Showtime series Ray Donovan, Star Trek, and the movie Predator.

•Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits has named Jack Brennan senior vice president and managing director, corporate development. Brennan, a 40-year company veteran, was previously executive vice president-general manager of Southern Glazer’s California. Company chairman Harvey Chaplin hailed Brennan’s early efforts in helping Southern Glazer’s to “expand in Northern California and establish ourselves as a statewide distributor. That really was a turning point, not only in California but for the company as a whole.” Brennan will be succeeded at the head of the California business by Steve Harden, a 30-year company veteran who most recently served as executive vice president of sales for California.

•Frescobaldi Toscana has appointed Michael Miller vice president of sales and operations for the U.S. market. Miller, who has been in the industry for three decades, was previously U.S. area manager for Frescobaldi. In his new role, he’s tasked with continuing to grow the business across importing, distribution, and sales, in addition to acting as liaison to Frescobaldi’s importers Shaw-Ross International, Slainte Wines (duty free), and Manicaretti (handling olive oil brand Laudemio). Frescobaldi’s portfolio includes seven estates totaling approximately 1,300 hectares (3,200 acres).

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