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News Briefs for March 2, 2020

March 2, 2020

•Amid the international spread of the coronavirus, ProWein has postponed its annual trade fair in Düsseldorf until further notice. Parent company Messe Düsseldorf said it will coordinate with partners to come up with a new date for the show, which was set to host 6,900 exhibitors from 64 countries and 60,000 trade visitors March 15-17. Additionally, Vinexpo Hong Kong has announced that it will move its 2020 event to July 8-10, from the previous date of May 26-28, also in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Vinexpo said feedback from exhibitors was clear that the show should be pushed back, adding that “a significant portion of companies have confirmed their participation on the new dates.”

•Mendocino County, California-based Fetzer Vineyards has released a Bourbon barrel-aged Chardonnay within its 1000 Stories portfolio. The new wine is sourced from a variety of California AVAs, among them Monterey County, and was aged in French and American oak prior to being finished in charred Bourbon barrels. Joining a portfolio that also includes Bourbon barrel-aged Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and a red blend, the new Chardonnay is now available nationwide, retail priced at $19 a 750-ml. Fetzer is owned by Chilean winery Concha y Toro.

•Rémy Cointreau-owned Mount Gay has revamped the blend of rums used in its Black Barrel and XO releases. The new blends were created by master blender Trudiann Branker. The new Black Barrel ($45) will now be made from rums aged three to seven years with more pot still rum included in the blend. The rum is finished in Bourbon casks for six months, up from four weeks. Mount Gay XO’s ($65) new recipe will use a wider range of aged rums—five to 17 years, as opposed to eight to 15—drawn from spirits aged in American whiskey, Bourbon, and Cognac casks.

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