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News Briefs for April 24, 2020

April 24, 2020

•The Fladgate Partnership has unveiled vintage Ports for 2018, including offerings from its Taylor Fladgate, Croft, and Fonseca houses. Taylor Fladgate’s Classic Vintage 2018 ($120) is historic, in that it marks the first time in 328 years that the house has declared a vintage three years in a row. That bottling is joined by a Fonseca Guimaraens Vintage 2018 ($60) and Croft Quinta da Roêda Vintage 2018 ($50). All three will be bottled in July and be available nationally in early 2021. Fladgate’s brands are handled by Kobrand in the U.S.

•With the Kentucky Derby postponed for only the second time in its history (now scheduled for September 5), Woodford Reserve and Churchill Downs are partnering to raise funds for Covid-19 relief efforts on May 2, the day the race was originally set to run. Programming across the Derby’s social channels will include a virtual horse race and a session with Woodford master distiller Chris Morris discussing the history that connects thoroughbreds, Bourbon, and the Derby. Beginning on April 30, fans may visit KentuckyDerby.com to choose a horse to win the virtual race and then join Churchill Downs in making a charitable donation to Covid-19 emergency relief. Churchill Downs will match up to $1 million of donations.

•Minnesota-based Prairie Organic Spirits has launched its first canned cocktails to retailers across the U.S. The launch consists of three flavors—Grapefruit, Cucumber Lemonade, and Minnesota Bootleg—made using Prairie’s organic vodka and gin; all three are at 5% abv and 120 calories per serving. Minnesota Bootleg is a throwback to a Prohibition era cocktail made using gin, mint, and lime. Prairie Organic Sparkling Craft Cocktails are now available in 4-packs of 12-ounce cans for around $13. Soon they will be available to order online in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

•Rutherford Wine Co. has named Nick Berube as director of marketing. Berube was previously director of marketing and direct-to-consumer for Grgich Hills Estate, and prior to that served with Fries Family Wines in the Pacific Northwest. In his new role, he’ll lead marketing efforts for Rutherford Wine Co., whose portfolio includes Rutherford Ranch, Scott Family Estate, Predator Wines, Rhiannon Red Wine, Lander-Jenkins, Silver Buckle, Four Virtues Wines, and Round Hill California wines.

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