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News Briefs for September 22, 2020

September 22, 2020

•A revamped Hudson Whiskey and newcomers from Templeton, Stranahan’s, St. George, and Garrison Brothers are among the offerings featured in Whisky Advocate’s latest weekly roundup.

The magazine’s website has all the details.

•“My parents instilled in us to work hard and be sincere,” said Elizabeth Valdez, winemaker for Valdez Family Winery. Elizabeth, 29, is the oldest daughter of the late Ulises Valdez Sr., one of Sonoma’s most renowned vineyard managers. When Ulises passed away unexpectedly in 2018 at the age of 49, it was a horrible shock for much of the Sonoma wine community. For his family, it was devastating. But it was also a time for resilience and courage. Elizabeth, who had already taken on the role of winemaker for the family brand in 2016, needed to keep the small brand going. Wine Spectator has the full story.

•Vermont-based WhistlePig Rye has introduced the latest iteration of its limited edition The Boss Hog whiskey. Featuring a base of straight rye whiskey that’s aged for 17 years in American oak, then finished in rare Spanish oak, and finished for a second time in South American teakwood casks, The Boss Hog VII: Magellan’s Atlantic is bottled at 52.6% abv-53.9% abv and retail priced at $500 a 750-ml. Like the six editions of The Boss Hog that came before it, Magellan’s Atlantic will be available at high-end retail shops and on-premise accounts across the U.S.


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