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News Briefs for August 20, 2020

August 20, 2020

•A small island nation with a cool, windy, and damp climate sits about 200 miles northwest of Scotland. It has a population of around 52,000 people and its main industry is fishing. And now it’s home to a new whisky startup. The Faroe Islands—which, despite their proximity to Scotland, are a self-governing territory within the Kingdom of Denmark—will soon welcome Faer Isles Distillery, which has just begun crowdfunding efforts. Whisky Advocate has the full story.

•Angel’s Envy has announced a new Bourbon finished in Mizunara oak casks. Launching in celebration of the brand’s 10-year anniversary, the 48.9% abv whiskey is a 50/50 blend of 4-year-old and 9-year-old Bourbon that married in the Japanese oak for an additional two years. Members of the company’s 500 Main club can now preorder the whiskey online and, following the presale, the remaining bottles (out of a total of 1,200) will be available at the Angel’s Envy distillery and in select Kentucky retailers for $350 a 750-ml. Angel’s Envy is part of the Bacardi portfolio and was up nearly 40% to around 115,000 cases in the U.S. last year, according to Impact Databank.

•Kosta Browne co-founder Michael Browne has launched Chev Wines, a new brand from his estate winery in the Russian River Valley. Initial offerings include a Russian River Valley Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, both retailing at $80. Chev joins the existing Cirq brand in the Browne Family Wines portfolio. Browne says the newly renovated estate winery will be open to host members by appointment next spring.

•The Long Drink, producer of Finnish-style canned cocktails, has announced two new minority investors in the brand, professional golfer Rickie Fowler and DJ Kygo. The pair join actor Miles Teller as co-owners of the brand and will support its marketing efforts. The Long Drink is distributed across Massachusetts, Connecticut, Georgia, Nevada, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, and Texas, and will launch in California, Florida, and Arizona in the near future.

•Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) is launching the second wine from its Domaine de Long Dai estate in China’s Shandong region. The new wine, Hu Yue, is a 2018 vintage blending Bordeaux varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot with more southern varieties such as Marselan and Syrah. “Hu” refers to a jade tablet used by farmers in ancient times to pray for a good harvest. “Yue” represents the five sacred mountains of China and links back to the sacred Mount Dai referenced in the name of the estate. Hu Yue is launching in China this month.

•Napa Valley-based Silverado Vineyards has promoted Pamela Ford to the newly created role of vice president of sales. Reporting to Ford will be Kimberli Rogers, who is being promoted to the new role of director of national accounts, retail and Western sales. Meanwhile, Nora Feeley has been promoted to the new position of vice president of marketing and DTC. Reporting to Feeley will be Lauren Martins, who is being promoted to the new role of marketing manager.

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