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News Briefs for May 19, 2020

May 19, 2020

•Vanderpump Wines is introducing two new California offerings in collaboration with Palm Bay International. The newcomers include a Chardonnay ($22), a 100% estate grown wine from the Sonoma Coast AVA, and Cabernet Sauvignon ($27), a Bordeaux-inspired Cabernet made from grapes grown in the Sonoma Valley and Alexander Valley AVAs. Vanderpump, whose initial offering was a Côtes de Provence AOP rosé that debuted in 2017, is led by businesswoman, restaurateur, television producer, and philanthropist Lisa Vanderpump.

•San Francisco-based Hotaling & Co. has added The Arran single malt Scotch whisky to its portfolio. Effective June 1, Hotaling will be the exclusive importer of The Arran’s entire lineup, which includes the Robert Burns Malt; 10-, 18-, and 21-year-old whiskies; and a variety of cask-finished expressions, with retail pricing ranging from $40-$246 a 750-ml. The Arran was previously imported by Castle Brands, which was recently acquired by Pernod Ricard. Hotaling also added the Old Pulteney, Balblair, Speyburn, and anCnoc single malts to its range in recent weeks.

•Premium Port Wines, the California-based importer of Symington Family Estates, has launched an online retail space called Vintage and Fine Wines. Launch activities include special packages of wines with preferred pricing and the option for consumers to sign up for a virtual tasting with San Francisco-based Hugh Symington, a member of the fifth generation of the Port producing family. Vintage and Fine Wines is currently shipping within the California market. The Symington portfolio includes Port houses Graham’s, Cockburn’s, and Dow’s, as well as table wines like Quinta do Vesuvio, Prats & Symington, and the recently introduced Quinta da Fonte Souto.

•Sailor Jerry has unveiled a new limited-edition commemorative bottle in partnership with the United Service Organizations (USO). Retailing at $15 a 750-ml., the special edition pays homage to the brand’s namesake, Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins, who served in the Navy, and will be distributed nationally through the summer season. As part of the launch, Sailor Jerry and Anchor Media are donating $150,000 to the USO, adding to Sailor Jerry’s total contribution of $1 million supporting the USO and other military organizations since 2016. Sailor Jerry is part of the William Grant & Sons portfolio, and has annual U.S. volume of approximately 650,000 cases, according to Impact Databank.

•Breakthru Beverage Group has named Barry Thompson as executive vice president of Breakthru South Carolina. Thompson joined the company in 2011 as vice president-general manager for its United Division in South Carolina. Prior to that he held roles of increasing responsibility at Diageo North America and Pepsi. He replaces Sean O’Connor, who was recently appointed executive vice president of Breakthru Florida. Breakthru South Carolina had revenues of $262 million last year, according to Shanken’s Impact Newsletter.

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