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News Briefs for October 29, 2020

October 29, 2020

•Chopin Imports is bringing Ron Carúpano rum to the U.S. Beginning this month, the Venezuelan brand is introducing its Ron Añejo portfolio and its Prestige Collection, including expressions from Ron Carúpano 6 to Ron Carúpano X.O., and Ron Carúpano Legendario, which range in price from $20 a 750-ml. to $500. RNDC and other distributors will make the brand available in 12 states including California, Florida, and Colorado. Chopin’s portfolio includes its namesake vodka, Gordon and MacPhail Scotch, and Terralta Tequila, among others.

•Quintessential Brands is launching a selection of whiskies from the Dublin Liberties Distillery in the U.S. The Liberties Irish Whiskey range focuses on single malts and unique cask finishes. The U.S. selection is composed of one blend and three single malts. The blend is called Oak Devil, aged five years in oak casks and retailing for approximately $45 a 750-ml. The single malt range includes Copper Alley 10-year old ($60), Murder Lane 13-year-old ($90), and Keeper’s Coin 16-year-old ($160). The whiskies are debuting at select retailers in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Colorado, Washington, Michigan, and Minnesota. Quintessential Brands holds a majority stake in the Dublin Liberties Distillery in partnership with Stock Spirits.

•Livermore Valley, California’s Wente Family Estates has named Tyson Overton as chief sales and marketing officer. Most recently, he served as executive vice president and chief sales officer. He’s been with the company since 2014 and will now be responsible for sales and marketing for the company’s global footprint. Concurrently, Aly Wente has been named director of marketing. Wente is a fifth generation family member who joined the company in 2019 after five years at Constellation Brands, where she managed a portfolio of super-premium and higher-end wines.

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