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News Briefs for June 26, 2020

June 26, 2020

•Stoller Wine Group and 2 Towns Ciderhouse, both based in Oregon, have collaborated on a new canned wine brand. The new product line is called Bold Leaf and will launch in July with a Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and rosé. Each varietal will be sold in 2-packs of 375-ml. cans retailing at $10. The brand’s messaging will focus on an active, engaged lifestyle. Bold Leaf will launch in Oregon and will use 2 Towns’ distribution to expand shortly thereafter to Washington, California, Idaho, Illinois, Montana, Minnesota, Hawaii, and Alaska.

•The Equiano Rum Co. has launched its flagship expression in the U.S. A blend of rums from two distilleries—Gray’s in Mauritius and Foursquare in Barbados—Equiano retails at $60. At Gray’s, the rum is made from local molasses and barreled for a minimum of 10 years in a combination of French Limousin oak and ex-Cognac casks; the finished product is then sent to Barbados to be married and barreled with rum from Foursquare. Equiano is named after Nigerian-born writer, entrepreneur, and abolitionist Olaudah Equiano, and will be giving 5% of profits to freedom and equality projects.

•Washington’s Goose Ridge Estate Vineyard and Winery has entered the spirits market with Vido vodka. The 40% abv spirit is made from wine grapes and distilled using a 24-plate column still; then, the spirit rests for five days before a two-part filtration process that happens over two weeks. Vido is currently available for a suggested price of $34 a 750-ml. in Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, and Alaska ahead of a planned national push.

•Peter Michael Winery has appointed Robert Fiore as winemaker. Fiore most recently spent three years working with Tim Mondavi as part of the small winemaking team creating Continuum Estate wines. Peter Michael Winery is known for its Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon blends from its three estates—Knights Valley (Sonoma County), Seaview (Sonoma Coast), and Oakville (Napa Valley)—and has 201 acres under vine.

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