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News Briefs for December 4, 2020

December 4, 2020

•Frankfort, Kentucky-based Castle & Key has launched Restoration Rye, its first whiskey offering. Alongside Restoration Rye ($40 a 750-ml.), Castle & Key will also release Roots of Ruin Gin ($33) and Sacred Spring Vodka ($27), all in newly designed bottles. The new releases will be available in Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, South Carolina, Texas and Georgia beginning this month. Founded in 2014 by partners Will Arvin and Wes Murry, Castle & Key is based in the former Old Taylor distillery, which Arvin and Murry restored and opened to visitors in 2018.

•Willamette Valley-based Bryn Mawr Vineyard has partnered with Palmateer Wine Group to spearhead sales and marketing and expand the audience for its cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay offerings. Perched atop the steep western crest of the Eola-Amity hills, Bryn Mawr opened a new winery facility in 2018 and added a tasting room last year. In addition to Burgundian varietals, Bryn Mawr produces Riesling ($25), Pinot Blanc ($25), Dolcetto ($35), and Tempranillo ($25), and currently has distribution across eight states.

•Italy’s Pasqua has launched a 2019 Prosecco DOC Rosé. Retailing at $16 a 750-ml., the newcomer is rolling out nationwide, with a 2020 vintage to follow next spring. The new Prosecco DOC Rosé is the latest addition to Famiglia Pasqua’s PassioneSentimento line, also including a Red, White, and non-vintage Prosecco Brut, line priced at $16.

•Pernod Ricard North America has announced a $300,000 donation to the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation and the Bartenders Benevolent Fund from the company’s Pernod Ricard USA and Canadian Corby Spirit and Wine Limited divisions. The donation to the RWCF will go to support policy advocacy as well as direct support from the organization’s Covid-19 Emergency Relief Fund. The Bartenders Benevolent Fund will allocate its share of the donation to hospitality workers across the nation, based on need. These donations build on the $500,000 from Jameson and a $50,000 donation from Corby earlier this year.

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