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News Briefs for August 26, 2020

August 26, 2020

•Los Angeles, California-based Riboli Family Wines has introduced the Riboli Estates Group, a new luxury wine division within its portfolio. The new tier consists of estate-grown wines that are sourced from sustainable vineyards across Paso Robles, Monterey, and Napa Valley; thus far, this includes Riboli’s San Simeon, Maddalena, Opaque, Riboli Family Vineyard, and Windstream brands, as well as a forthcoming new label, Highlands 41. Riboli Family Wines is best known for its Italian Stella Rosa label, which is on pace to cross the 3-million-case mark this year.

•Diageo has announced the latest limited edition for Blade & Bow, a 22-year-old Bourbon whiskey commemorating the 85th anniversary of Stitzel-Weller Distillery. The 46% abv whiskey will launch on September 1 in 12 states and at the Stitzel-Weller facility and includes a portion of the last whiskies distilled before the original distillery closed in 1992. Blade & Bow 22-Year-Old will be available in limited quantities in California, Texas, Georgia, Colorado, New York, South Carolina, Illinois, Kentucky, Washington, D.C., Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia for a suggested price of $450 a 750-ml.

•Third-generation vintners Ben and Jake Fetzer have appointed Misa Imports to handle sales, marketing, and distribution for their Masút Vineyard & Winery. Masút, whose Pinot Noir retails at $40, makes wine from the Eagle Peak AVA in Mendocino County, where the Fetzer brothers have a 40-acre vineyard and are the only winery in the appellation. Dallas-based Misa has a portfolio rooted in Bordeaux but imports wine from 14 countries and is present in all 50 states. Misa already handles the Fetzer brothers’ Rural Wine Co. brand, which retails at $25.

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