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News Briefs for September 18, 2020

September 18, 2020

•Beginning today, consumers in Oregon are able to order spirits for home delivery from state stores and approved third-party vendors. This new rule expands home delivery, which was previously limited to direct to consumer delivery from distilleries and breweries within the state. According to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, 32 states now allow for home delivery of spirits from liquor stores and other off-premise vendors.

•Napa Valley winemaker Pine Ridge Vineyards has unveiled its first sparkling wine, set to hit retailers and the winery’s online store on October 1. The new wine is made from Chenin Blanc and Viognier and serves as an offshoot of the winery’s popular CB + V white blend. It’s also the first new label for Pine Ridge in 25 years. The Chenin used in the blend is sourced from Clarksburg and the Viognier is from Lodi. Pine Ridge’s Chenin Blanc + Viognier sparkler will retail for around $18 on release.

•Huneeus Wines’ Quintessa has launched the first wines in its new library series Decade Release. The collection of wines is from the 2010 vintage and will be available on October 5 in 3-packs of 750-ml. bottles and 1.5-liter magnums in extremely limited quantities to wholesalers across the U.S. Previously the Decade Release was exclusively available to the winery’s Vineyard Circle. The 2010 Quintessa is made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Carmenère, and comes in at 14.5% abv.

•Chicago, Illinois-based High Road Spirits has added Italian malt whisky brand Puni to its import portfolio. The first and only Italian malt whisky, the Puni lineup ($90-$130 a 750-ml.) includes four expressions: Puni Gold, matured in first-fill, ex-Bourbon casks; Puni Alba, aged in Sicilian Marsala casks and finished in ex-Islay barrels; Puni Vina, a limited edition wine cask-matured whisky; and Puni Sole, finished for two years in Pedro Ximénexz Sherry casks. The whiskies will initially be available across Illinois, California, Minnesota, New York, New Jersey, Washington, Texas, and Florida, with more states to come.

•Famiglia Pasqua has debuted a new white wine, Hey French: You Could’ve Done This, But You Didn’t. The small-production Bianco Veneto IGT hails from the Soave Classico region, blends four vintages, and comprises three grapes: Garganega, Pinot Bianco, and Sauvignon Blanc. Hey French retails at $40 a 750-ml. and is currently rolling out nationwide; the wine is handled by the winery’s New York-based import arm Pasqua Wines USA.

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