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News Briefs for February 11, 2020

February 11, 2020

•Glenmorangie The Cadboll Estate, Bruichladdich Black Art, and new bottlings from Kilbeggan and Conecuh Brands are among the offerings included in Whisky Advocate’s latest whiskey roundup. The magazine’s website has all the details.

•Total Wine & More has announced plans for a Grand Rapids area store, the company’s first location in Michigan. According to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by local publication MiBiz, the company plans to lease a 34,000-square-foot space in Cascade Township from Edmark Development Co. The publication also reports that Total is still in the process of securing its licenses to sell liquor, wine, and beer. Total Wine operates over 200 stores in 24 states and is pursuing expansion in new markets, including Michigan and New York.

•Woodford Reserve is launching a new Batch Proof whiskey as part of its Master’s Collection series. The newcomer is made with the same grain bill and process as Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon and bottled at 123.6 proof. Retailing at $130 a 750-ml., the limited edition whiskey is rolling out in select U.S. and global markets. Woodford is part of the Brown-Forman portfolio.

•Winebow has partnered with the U.K.’s Halewood Wines & Spirits to bring two whisk(e)y brands to the United States beginning on March 1. First up is Crabbie’s Yardhead Single Malt Scotch, a 40% abv whisky distilled in the Scottish Highlands and matured in ex-Bourbon barrels. The whisky is positioned as an entry-level malt for drinkers first discovering the category and will retail at around $25 a 750-ml. Winebow will also handle distribution for Peaky Blinder Irish Whiskey, a 40% abv blended whiskey matured in Sherry casks. Peaky Blinder will retail at around $19 a 750-ml. Both whiskies will be available in 750-ml. and 1-liter bottles.

•Online retailer Wine.com has debuted spirits sales in California. The retailer has a selection of roughly 2,000 spirits for its initial launch, including 160 single malt whiskies, 100 añejo Tequilas, and 80 aged rums alongside larger brands like Tito’s. Wine.com also sells spirits in New York, New Jersey, and Florida. Last year, Wine.com’s revenue grew by $20 million to surpass $150 million.

•New York-based importer Cape Classics has announced two changes to its leadership team, as the company’s founder and one of its long serving executives step into new roles. André Shearer, Cape Classics’ founder, has taken the new role of executive chairman following 28 years as CEO at the company. Rising to CEO is longtime president and COO Robert Bradshaw, who will also retain the title of president. Known for South African wines, Cape Classics has more recently broadened its range with a number of French offerings.

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