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News Briefs for July 16, 2020

July 16, 2020

•Frederick Wildman & Sons has created a new, separate selling division dedicated to its fine wine and spirits portfolio, including brands like Champagne Pol Roger, Famille Hugel, and Domaine Pascal Jolivet. Under the new alignment, the fine wine unit will continue to be handled by Southern Glazer’s and M.S. Walker as well as Wildman’s own distributorships in New York and New Jersey. The company’s “volumetric” portfolio, meanwhile, includes Riunite, Bolla, Folonari, Maschio Prosecco and others. It will be consolidated among RNDC-Young’s, Breakthru Beverage Group, and Empire Merchants. Earlier this week, RNDC-Young’s announced a deal to handle Wildman’s larger brands across 25 states effective in September.

•Booker’s Bourbon, part of the Beam Suntory portfolio, has released its latest small-batch offering. Booker’s Boston Batch is named after the production site in Boston, Kentucky—now known as Booker Noe Distillery—where master distiller Booker Noe got his start in the industry. Retailing at $90 a 750-ml., the 126.5 proof Bourbon was aged for six years and three months and is rolling out nationally in small quantities. Booker’s depleted 23,000 9-liter cases in the U.S. last year, according to Impact Databank.

•Domaine Carneros by Taittinger has appointed Remi Cohen as CEO. She will join the company next month from Lede Family Wines, where she currently serves as COO. Cohen takes the reins from Eileen Crane, the founding winemaker and CEO of 33 years. Domaine Carneros comprises six estates in the Carneros AVA, totaling around 400 acres, 125 of which are planted to Chardonnay and 225 planted to Pinot Noir.

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