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News Briefs for January 4, 2021

January 4, 2021

•California’s O’Neill Vintners & Distillers has acquired Rabble Wines, a Paso Robles-based producer, for an undisclosed sum. The deal, according to O’Neill, will give the company a stronger footing among younger consumers and expand its positioning in the market for wines retailing at $15 and up a 750-ml. Rabble’s portfolio, which contains a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Zinfandel ($25), as well as a red blend and a rosé ($16), will now be produced at O’Neill’s Paso Robles facility. In 2019, Rabble Wines was named an Impact “Hot Prospect,” reaching 75,000 cases that year.

•New Orleans cocktail syrup makers Cocktail & Sons have partnered with Louisiana bakery Gambino’s to form Sidewalk Side Spirits LLC. Sidewalk’s first product is Gambino’s King Cake Rum Cream. Created with help from Midwest Custom Bottling, the newcomer is a blend of Caribbean rum, Wisconsin cream, Louisiana sugarcane, and Cocktail & Sons King Cake Syrup. Gambino’s King Cake Rum Cream will be distributed by RNDC in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. The brand will be handled by National Distributing in Georgia, Best Brands in Tennessee, and Major Brands in Missouri.

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