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News Briefs for May 13, 2020

May 13, 2020

•E.H. Taylor 18-Year-Old Marriage, a Hirsch relaunch, and new entries from Templeton and Balcones are among the offerings featured in Whisky Advocate’s latest whiskey roundup. The magazine’s website has all the details.

•M.S. Walker has announced three Italian additions to its stable of international brands. The Massachusetts-based importer has added Sardinian winery Cantina Santa Maria La Palma, which produces both sparkling and still wines, including Aragosta Vermentino ($15). Cantina di Carpi e Sorbara, an Emilia-Romagna-based winery, has also signed on with M.S. Walker, with offerings including Lambrusco di Sorbara Omaggio a Gino Friedmann ($15). Meanwhile, M.S. Walker also announced that Italian biodynamic producer Corte Sant’Alda, with wines including Ca’Fiui Valpolicella ($29), joined its portfolio in late 2019.

•Lodi, California-based Michael David Winery has launched alternative packaging for its Freakshow Chardonnay. Previously available in 750-ml. bottles, Freakshow Chardonnay is now available in 4-packs of 187-ml. cans ($18). The new format is the second such canned offering in the Freakshow portfolio, following on the heels of the launch of “Cab in a Can” in 2019. Freakshow grew 35% last year to 272,000 cases, earning Impact Hot Brand honors.

•Ireland’s Intrepid Spirits has taken a majority stake in Australian vermouth producer Regal Rogue for an undisclosed sum. The Regal Rogue portfolio includes Lively White, Daring Dry, Bold Red, and Wild Rosé vermouths, all made of organic wine blended with 17 aromatic herbs and native Australian spices sourced from Aboriginal farmers. Founder Mark Ward will continue to be heavily involved in developing the brand, which will launch in the U.S. later this year. Intrepid’s range also includes Egan’s Irish whiskey, Cocalero, and Mad March Hare Irish Poitín.

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