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News Briefs for October 13, 2020

October 13, 2020

•Paul Hobbs Wines has introduced its newest label.

Made in partnership with sixth-generation Galician winemaker Antonio Lopez, the new brand—Alvaredos-Hobbs—will source its grapes from Ribeira Sacra and Galicia, Spain, and is launching with the 2018 D.O. Ribeira Sacra ($50 a 750-ml.). Next spring, a 2019 Mencia will join the portfolio. Paul Hobbs owns a diverse array of wineries spread across seven continents.

•Brown-Forman has agreed to acquire Part Time Rangers Holdings Limited, based in New Zealand, for an undisclosed sum. Part Time Rangers produces spirit-based RTDs with all-natural fruit flavoring. The portfolio includes Lime Vodka, Passionfruit Apple Vodka, Apple Lime Rum, Strawberry Raspberry Gin, Ginger Lime Whiskey, and Apple Lemon Gin. Brown-Forman called the move a targeted investment that will complement its Jack Daniel’s RTD business in New Zealand and Australia. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions.

•Luxury Tequila brand PaQui has debuted across six U.S. states, including New York, California, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The new brand includes 100%-blue agave Silvera ($50 a 750-ml.), Reposado ($60), and Añejo ($70) expressions and is made by master Tequilero Gilberto Jasso in Jalisco, Mexico. PaQui means “to be happy” in the Aztec language, and its bottle design is inspired by an Aztec pyramid. Founder John Chappell is a veteran of Banfi, Boston Beer, and Labatt USA.

•Bisol1542 Prosecco, imported by Wilson Daniels, is launching its first Prosecco Rosé DOC. Jeio Prosecco Rosé DOC, a 2019 vintage Brut rosé bottling, retails at $17 a 750-ml., is composed of 85% Glera and 15% Pinot Noir, and carries an abv of 11%. Bisol is known for upscale Proseccos from Valdobbiadene Superiore DOCG crus.

•Edrington’s The Glenrothes has announced its oldest whisky so far, a 50-year-old single malt distilled in November 1968. The whisky matured in ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks before bottling at 48% abv. Each bottle is sold in a lacquered black case and the whisky comes in a numbered crystal decanter. Only 50 bottles will be available globally, retailing at $35,000. Buyers will be invited to the Glenrothes estate (typically closed to the public) and enrolled in a 50-member club with the other buyers, offering the chance to purchase exclusive malts in the future.

•California-based Distinguished Vineyards & Wine Partners has launched Dough Wines, a new brand that will support restaurant recovery, promote equality in the kitchen, and heighten food sustainability through a partnership with the James Beard Foundation. Dough Wines initially includes an Oregon Pinot Noir ($22), North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon ($22), North Coast Sauvignon Blanc ($19), and a Chardonnay ($19) from Monterey and Sonoma. Distinguished Vineyards’ portfolio includes Argyle Winery in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, MacRostie Winery and Vineyards in Sonoma County, Markham Vineyards, and Textbook in Napa Valley, as well as Wither Hills in New Zealand.

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