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News Briefs for January 5, 2021

January 5, 2021

•Ron Abuelo has announced the launch of XII Años Two Oaks, Selección Especial, the latest release from the Panamanian rum brand. The release is blended from rums aged between eight and 40 years (with an average age of 11 years) that matured in ex-Bourbon barrels before a nine month finishing process in new American oak barrels that have been scored and charred twice to achieve a unique amount of barrel char and exposed wood. Ron Abuelo XII Años Two Oaks, Selección Especial is now available in select markets across the U.S. for around $60 a 750-ml., with a national expansion continuing through 2021. Ron Abuelo is available in the U.S. through Total Beverage Solution, SC.

•Gold Hill, Oregon-based Del Rio Vineyards has added new wines to its Jolee and Rock Point brands. Joining the Jolee lineup is a frizzante Pinot Gris ($12 a 750-ml.), which will roll out in Oregon this month, with national distribution by the end of 2021. The Jolee range currently includes red and rosé wines. Rock Point, meanwhile, is extending its range with a Pinot Noir Rosé ($13); the new wine will be available in ten states come February. The Del Rio Vineyards portfolio also includes its namesake, estate-grown label.

•Anheuser-Busch is launching a new brand in partnership with musician Travis Scott. Cacti Agave Spiked Seltzer was inspired by Scott’s love of Tequila and is brewed in Los Angeles with 100% blue agave from Mexico. It is a product of Anheuser-Busch’s Beyond Beer innovation unit. Cacti will launch in the spring and will start with lime, pineapple, and strawberry flavors (all 7% abv), available in a 9-can variety pack and single 16- and 25-ounce cans for lime and pineapple only.

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