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News Briefs for June 8, 2020

June 8, 2020

•As Scotland takes its first steps out of lockdown, Bonhams, Edinburgh is making a welcome return with an enticing sale for the single malt lover on June 10. After last year’s run of hit and miss sales, Bonhams has put together an accomplished and compact sale of quality whiskies which will be conducted live but “behind closed doors” with the auctioneer marshaling absentee bids against the incoming phone and online bids. On offer are 395 bottles in 183 lots, which Bonhams estimates to be worth $294,000–$354,000. Whisky Advocate has a preview.

•Dallas, Texas-based Zamora Co USA has announced Don Papa Rum as the latest spirits brand to join its portfolio. Owned by U.K.-based Bleeding Heart Rum Company, the Philippines-made rum is anchored by its 7- and 10-year-old expressions. Last year the brand shipped 170,000 cases to 25 markets worldwide, with 3,000 cases going to three test markets in the U.S.: New York, California, and Massachusetts. Don Papa joins Licor 43, Martin Miller’s gin, Double Cross vodka, Yellow Rose whiskey, Lolea sangria, and Villa Massa limoncello in Zamora’s U.S. portfolio. Last year, Zamora signed a 41-market distribution agreement with Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits (SGWS). Zamora also works with Horizon Beverage Group in the Northeast.

•The New Hampshire Liquor Commission has expanded curbside pickup to a host of stores across the state, with more to follow soon. On June 3, the NHLC began allowing curbside and in-store pickup to Hampton NH Liquor & Wine Outlet on Interstate 95 South and the Hooksett NH Liquor & Wine Outlet on Interstate 93 South. The expansion follows last month’s moves, when the NHLC opened the Hooksett Outlet on Interstate 93 North and at the Hampton Outlet on Interstate 95 North for curbside and in-store pickup. The NHLC plans to continue the reopenings on June 11, when pickup will come to the Pembroke NH Liquor & Wine Outlet, the Manchester NH Liquor & Wine Outlet in the North Side Plaza, and the Londonderry NH Liquor & Wine Outlet at 16 Michel’s Way.

•New Jersey wineries, which have been open exclusively for curbside pick-up and direct shipping since the onset of Covid-19, will reopen their doors on June 15. Moving forward, wineries will have to follow guidelines put in place by the New Jersey Department of Health, as well as by the Garden State Wine Growers Association. These guidelines include enforcing social distancing and an enhanced sanitation protocol, as well as having all employees wear masks. Guests will also be required to wear masks when entering a winery tasting room or visiting the bathroom. The Garden State Wine Growers Association is a coalition of over 50 wineries, vineyards, grape growers, and industry-related companies within New Jersey.

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