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News Briefs for February 19, 2020

February 19, 2020

•Moët Hennessy has unveiled two new wines from Terrazas de los Andes: Grand Malbec and Grand Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines are sourced from a selection of the company’s high-altitude vineyards in Argentina. Terrazas Grand Malbec 2017 was sourced from three vineyards above 3,500 feet located in Luján de Cuyo and the Uco Valley. The Grand Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from two vineyards in the same two regions. Both new releases from Terrazas de los Andes will retail for $65 beginning in March.

•Veneto-based Masi Agricola will join the Santa Margherita USA portfolio in the U.S. effective April 1. Masi, known for its Amarone and appassimento-style wines, was previously handled by Kobrand in the U.S. The brand joins Santa Margherita, Torresella, Kettmeir, Ca’ del Bosco, Cà Maiol, Feudo Zirtari, Lamole di Lamole, Tenuta Sassoregale, and Cantina Mesa in the Santa Margherita USA portfolio.

•Prestige Beverage Group has announced the U.S. debut of The Whistler Irish Whiskey, made at the Boann Distillery in Meath, Ireland. The partnership brings three Whistler labels to the U.S., all made with locally sourced Irish grains. First up is Whistler Double Oaked Irish whiskey, a 40% abv blend matured in ex-Bourbon and finished in Oloroso Sherry casks. The second release is Whistler Irish Honey Whiskey, a 33% abv blend of Irish whiskey and honey that was produced in the Boann owner’s family orchards. The third is Whistler Irish Cream, a 19% abv blend of whiskey and Irish cream. All three releases retail at around $30 a 750-ml.

•Argentine winery Bodegas Bianchi has debuted a new line of wines, Oasis Sur. Named for the “southern oasis” of San Rafael in Mendoza province, where Valentin Bianchi first opened a winery in 1928, Oasis Sur features Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon wines. Both offerings are retail priced at $16 a 750-ml., and will be available across the U.S., imported by Napa’s Quintessential Wines. The Bodegas Bianchi portfolio also includes Valentin Bianchi Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec.

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