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News Briefs for February 27, 2020

February 27, 2020

•Southern Glazer’s is adding the brands of Rémy Cointreau to its portfolio in the New York market effective April 1. The new agreement, covering both metro and upstate New York, expands the partnership between the two companies, which are also aligned in Nevada, Missouri, and Canada. Rémy’s brands have previously been handled by Empire Merchants in New York.

•Sonoma, California-based 3 Badge Beverage Corporation is launching a new whisky called Benjamin Chapman. Its first release is a blend of 51% 10-year Canadian rye and 49% 7-year Canadian prairie wheat retailing at $39 a 750-ml. and bottled at 45% abv. The rye component aged for 10 years in white oak casks, while the wheat spent seven years in American oak barrels. 3 Badge says the new brand’s name refers to “an enigmatic figure from the 1960s international jet set era.” 3 Badge has a diverse stable of spirits that also includes La Pivón Vermouth, Uncle Val’s Handcrafted Gin, Kirk & Sweeney Rum, Pasote Tequila, and Bozal Mezcal.

•Chicago, Illinois-based distributor Tenzing Wine & Spirits has appointed Patrick Witt as general manager and vice president of sales. Witt will begin his new role on March 1, leading sales and trade development programs for Tenzing. He previously worked as the company’s director of trade development and exceeded sales expectations. Tenzing is a subsidiary of Breakthru Beverage Group. Its portfolio includes Kavalan whiskies, Laws whiskies, Schramsberg wines, and Mayacamas Vineyards, among other wines and spirits.

•M.S. Walker has been named the exclusive distributor for Napa-based importer The Sorting Table in the New York market. The Sorting Table’s range includes brands like Triennes & Dujac, Bernard Moreau & Remoissenet, Castello di Ama, Sassetti Pertimali, Collazzi, Rizzi, Tiberio, Borgoluce, and Le Monde, among others. In addition to handling the importer’s labels in New York, M.S. Walker will also represent the full portfolio in New Jersey effective March 1.

•Rutherford, California-based St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery has made two additions to its sales team. Tami Richards has been named vice president, national sales manager and Elizabeth Parenteau has been appointed southeast regional manager. Richards joins following a 17-year tenure at RNDC-Florida, where she was most recently vice president of fine wine and luxury; she replaces Susie Owen, who is retiring. Parenteau previously served with Hahn Family Wines and Frank Family Vineyards; she replaces Jackie Campbell, who is also retiring. St. Supéry is owned by Chanel.

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