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News Briefs for July 23, 2020

July 23, 2020

•As Covid-19 cases spike throughout the country, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has issued new regulations for the state’s hospitality industry, including winery tasting rooms. Late last week, the governor’s office announced that licensed venues will only be allowed to serve guests alcohol if they also order and eat food. Guests at the bar must now be seated and socially distanced or separated by barriers. Wine Spectator reports on the new rules and the reaction from Empire State winemakers.

•Clase Azul Tequila is introducing a new high-end Gold expression. The new offering, limited to 6,000 bottles retailing at $300 each, is a blend of Clase Azul Plata and an eight-year-old extra añejo that was first aged in Bourbon barrels and then finished in Pedro Ximenez Sherry casks. It comes in a decanter that’s a combination of glass with high heat ceramic featuring a 24k gold trimming. The Clase Azul portfolio includes also includes Plata, Reposado, Añejo, Ultra Añejo, Mezcal, and La Pinta Pomegranate Liqueur made with Tequila.

•Online distributor LibDib has unveiled a new mobile app to serve restaurant, bar, and retail accounts. The app, which is a free download from the Apple store (with an Android version to follow), allows licensed buyers to purchase wine and spirits directly from their mobile device; create weekly, seasonal and special order lists; and receive SMS notifications for delivery updates and reorders, among other features. LibDib, which is partnered with Republic National Distributing Co. (RNDC), is a licensed distributor in six states.

•South Africa’s Lubanzi Wines is debuting a new canned sparkling rosé in the U.S. Lubanzi’s rosé sparkler is a blend of Rhone varietals produced via a second fermentation in-tank. The new entry is rolling out now in 250-ml. cans (retailing at $20 a 4-pack), and joins Lubanzi’s Chenin Blanc and Rhone-style Red Blend in its canned wine range. The brand is distributed across 30 states.

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