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News Briefs for August 13, 2020

August 13, 2020

•Constellation Brands has taken a minority stake in Kerr Cellars, the San Francisco-based winery founded by pro golfer Cristie Kerr. The investment was made through Constellation’s Focus on Female Founders program. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Founded in 2013, Kerr Cellars specializes in small productions from its Napa and Sonoma estates, rarely producing more than 300 cases of a given label.

•Ireland’s West Cork Distillers has launched a new, limited release IPA Cask Finished Irish Whiskey in the U.S. The 40% abv whiskey is a blend of 75% grain whiskey, distilled from wheat, and 25% malt whiskey that matured for four years before blending and finishing for six months in casks that held Blacks of Kinsale’s IPA. Through M.S. Walker, West Cork Distillers IPA Cask Finished Irish Whiskey will be available across the U.S. for around $33 a 750-ml.

•The Vacheron family, owners of Le Clos du Caillou, have purchased the 33-acre Domaine de Panisse in Châteauneuf-du-Pape from the Olivier family. The deal came together during France’s COVID-19 shutdown but has just been announced, much like the Guigal family’s recent purchase of Domaine Les Clefs d’Or. The purchase price was not disclosed. Wine Spectator has the full story.

•Vanderpump Wines, in collaboration with Palm Bay International, has added two new offerings to its portfolio. Vanderpump Pink and Red Sangrias both feature a grape base blended with 100% natural fruit juice. Each sangria clocks in at 12.5% abv and retails at $14 a 750-ml. The Vanderpump Wines lineup, which also features a Provençal rosé and two California wines, is spearheaded by businesswoman, restaurateur, television producer, and philanthropist Lisa Vanderpump. Last year, Vanderpump Wines was at 32,500 cases, up 73%, according to Impact Databank.

•Austin, Texas-based Fifth Generation, Inc., owner of the Tito’s vodka brand, has named Alex Borbolla as international commercial manager. In this new role, Borbolla will lead sales and work with Tito’s distributors in Latin America/Caribbean, Europe/Middle East, Asia/Pacific, and global duty free. A veteran of Seagram and Jose Cuervo International, Borbolla will report to John McDonnell, Tito’s managing director for international.

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