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News Briefs for September 30, 2020

September 30, 2020

•Constellation is extending Meiomi with a Cabernet Sauvignon. Sourced from Meiomi’s signature tri-appellation regions of Sonoma, Monterey and Santa Barbara, the new Cab is launching nationwide in October, retailing at $25 a 750-ml. Meiomi was up 4% to 1.3 million cases in the U.S. last year, according to Impact Databank. In addition to the new Cabernet, its lineup includes Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and a Rosé.

•Pernod Ricard has taken a majority stake in Spain’s Vermutería de Galicia, adding St. Petroni vermouth to its portfolio. Produced in Padrón, in the northern region of Galicia, St. Petroni is made with Albariño grapes and 29 herbs and botanicals. The brand range includes three varieties: Vermu Rojo, Vermu Blanco, and Bitter. No financials were disclosed for the transaction, which Pernod made through its Pernod Ricard España subsidiary.

•Minnesota-based Phillips Distilling Co. announced the release of Douglas and Todd Small Batch Bourbon Cream Liqueur. As the name implies, the new product is made from the company’s Douglas and Todd Bourbon, aged a minimum of four years in new charred oak barrels, then blended with cream and vanilla bean flavors. It’s available now as a limited release retailing for $35 a 750-ml. at select retailers and coming soon to online sales. The Phillips Distilling portfolio also includes UV Vodka, Prairie Organic Spirits, and Revel Stoke Whiskies, among others.

•Mystic, Connecticut’s Prima Barista has launched a new ready-to-drink hard coffee, made with vodka. The 12.5% abv drinks come in two flavors—Mocha Hard Iced Frappé and Vanilla Hard Iced Latte—and contain roughly the same amount of caffeine as a 1-ounce shot of espresso per 200-ml. bottle. Prima Barista’s coffee cocktails are now available in Florida and Indiana at retail for around $19-$20, and for direct shipping to over 30 states across the U.S.

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