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News Briefs for March 3, 2020

March 3, 2020

•Blanton’s Gold Edition, Barrell Cask Strength Rye, and newcomers from Kentucky Peerless and Copper & Kings are among the offerings featured in Whisky Advocate’s latest whiskey roundup. The magazine’s website has all the details.

•Palm Bay International, a division of Taub Family Cos., is adding Italy’s Fazi Battaglia to its portfolio. Located in the Marche region, Fazi Battaglia is known for estate Verdicchio, with 247 acres planted in the Castelli di Jesi DOC. The winery’s U.S. range includes Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC Classico and Rosato IGT (made from 100%-estate Montepulciano), both of which are rolling out nationwide, retailing at $11 a 750-ml.

•San Antonio Winery has scored an early victory in an alleged trademark infringement case over its Stella Rosa brand. Last week, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida issued a temporary restraining order preventing Florida-based Enovation Brands from launching a wine brand called Bella Rosa, which lawyers for San Antonio Winery successfully argued is likely to cause consumer confusion. Enovation did not respond to a request for comment by press time.

•No. 3 London Dry Gin, part of the Hotaling & Co. portfolio, is getting a packaging refresh. The updated bottle features turquoise glass along with clean lines and a minimalist, text-heavy label beneath the brand’s prominent key logo. The name and key are a reference to the home of the brand’s creator, Berry Bros. & Rudd, at No. 3 St James’s Street in London. The 46% abv spirit is produced in Holland at the De Kuyper distillery and imported by Hotaling, retailing nationally for $40 a 750-ml. The new packaging is available now in select states, with additional distribution to come.

•Highland single malt Scotch whisky The GlenDronach has unveiled a new visitor center at its distillery in Aberdeenshire. The new facility includes a tasting room, whisky bar, lounge area, and retail space. GlenDronach’s new visitor experience also includes a “distillery-exclusive Hand Fill,” which allows guests to fill, seal, label, and sign their own cask strength bottle of The GlenDronach from a choice of two Sherry casks. Brown-Forman acquired The GlenDronach in 2016 as part of its $416 million purchase of The BenRiach Distillery Co.

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