News Briefs for April 29, 2020April 29, 2020
•If Vintage Port is known for one thing, it’s the stringent way in which its producers choose to declare a vintage. Port houses typically only produce Vintage Port two or three times a decade. There were more than a few raised eyebrows when back-to-back general declarations (years in which essentially all the Port houses produce a Vintage Port) were made in 2016 and 2017. Now with a handful of houses declaring in 2018, history is being made. Wine Spectator has the full story.
•Louisville, Kentucky-based Michter’s has announced the 2020 release of its annual 10-year-old Bourbon. The whiskey will be available in limited quantities beginning in May for a suggested price of $130 a 750-ml. The highly allocated whiskey joins Michter’s Bourbon, Rye, Sour Mash, and American whiskey, plus limited releases, in the brand’s portfolio. Last January, Michter’s opened a new distillery and visitor experience in Louisville.
•Chicago-based Ritual, the company behind a range of zero-alcohol gin and whiskey alternatives, has entered a new category with alcohol-free Tequila. The spirits alternative is designed with Margaritas in mind and blends botanicals to create a drink that brings smoke, agave, peppers, lime, and guava flavors. Ritual’s spirits alternatives are available via Amazon and Ritual’s website for $25 a bottle. Diageo, via Distill Ventures, is a minority investor in Ritual.Subscribe to Shanken News Daily’s Email Newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning.