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News Briefs for July 27, 2020

July 27, 2020

•Johnnie Walker is introducing four new offerings coinciding with the brand’s 200th anniversary.The first is Johnnie Walker Blue Label 200th Anniversary Limited Edition Design, which features special packaging illustrating some of the key scenes in the brand’s history. Johnnie Walker Blue Label Legendary Eight is a new blend of whiskies from eight legendary distilleries that all existed in 1820, including some whiskies from long-closed “ghost” distilleries. John Walker & Sons Celebratory Blend is billed as a complex Scotch inspired by the flavors found in the Walker family’s grocery store during the 1860s, and a blend of whiskies from distilleries operating at that time. Finally, John Walker & Sons Bicentennial Blend includes whiskies from ghost distilleries such as Pittyvaich, Cambus, and the soon to be re-opened Port Ellen, all aged at least 28 years. The new expressions will launch in October.

•Industry veteran John Grant has been named CEO of Cline Family Cellars. Grant was most recently CEO of Hess Family Wine Estates. He succeeds founder Fred Cline, who’s stepping away from day-to-day operations but will continue to guide the long-term vision for the company. Prior to Hess, Grant spent time with Treasury Wine Estates, Constellation Wines Australia, and Kendall-Jackson across a 30-year career in the wine business. Best known for Zinfandel, Sonoma County-based Cline Family Cellars also has vineyards dedicated to Rhone varietals as well as Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Chardonnay.

•Italy’s Casa Vinicola Sartori has appointed Francesco De Alessi sales and marketing director. De Alessi comes to Sartori from Santa Margherita, where he spent the past four years as global export director. Based in Valpolicella, Sartori is known for Veronese offerings like Amarone, Ripasso, Valpolicella, and Soave.

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