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News Briefs for July 14, 2020

July 14, 2020

•California has again shut down bars and indoor dining statewide, as Covid-19 cases continue to surge in the state. The moves comes following similar shutdown orders in large states like Texas and Florida in recent weeks. All three of those states have seen rapidly increasing numbers of infections lately. In addition, Oregon has banned indoor gatherings of more than 10 people and mandated face coverings, Nevada has closed indoor bars without food service in multiple areas including Las Vegas, and Louisiana has mandated face coverings and restricted bars to to-go service.

•Republic National Distributing Company and Young’s Market Company have bolstered their partnership with Frederick Wildman and Sons. Under a new deal, RNDC-Young’s will handle selected Wildman brands as of September 1 across 25 markets: Arizona, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming. The deal covers what Wildman president Marc Hirten called the company’s “volumetric brands,” including Riunite, Bolla, Folonari, Maschio Prosecco, and Cavicchioli Prosecco.

•A private barrel selection bottling of Michter’s 10-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon sold for £166,000 ($209,462) at a charity auction in London on Sunday night. The online auction, entitled 50 Best For Recovery, was organized by publisher William Reed as a charity effort for the global hospitality industry. The hammer price far exceeded a record set for a Bourbon lot in 2016, when 34 bottles of Single Barrel Blade & Bow 24-year-old (distilled at Stitzel-Weller Distillery in 1991) sold for $78,000 at Christie’s in New York.

•Illinois-based importer and marketer Winesellers, Ltd. has added a new natural offering from Argentinian winery Santa Julia to its portfolio. A Mendoza-sourced Malbec, El Burro is made from certified organic estate vineyards, and has no added sulfites. The new wine retails at $18 a 750-ml. and will be available nationwide. Santa Julia is currently at approximately 190,000 cases in the U.S.

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