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News Briefs for February 1, 2021

February 1, 2021

•Piratical Ardbeg, Bowmore 30 Year Old, and newcomers from Dewar’s, Ballantine’s, and Brother’s Bond are featured in Whisky Advocate’s latest weekly roundup. The magazine’s website has all the details.

•Major Food Group (MFG) expanded to Miami Beach, Fla., last week with the opening of its famed Italian restaurant, Carbone. The existing Carbone locations in New York, Las Vegas, and Hong Kong comprise three of MFG’s seven Restaurant Award winners, which include Wine Spectator Grand Award winner the Grill in New York. MFG plans to open “several additional projects” in South Florida this year. Wine Spectator has more.

•New York-based Tri-Vin Imports is introducing Tussock Jumper Sake. Tussock Jumper co-owner and president of Tri-Vin Imports Marc Oliveira sourced and developed the release from a producer in Kyoto, Japan. It is a Futsu-shu sake made from Koshihikari rice and bottled at 14% abv. It retails for a suggested $15 a bottle. Tussock Jumper’s portfolio encompasses 24 wines from 11 winemaking regions, in addition to the sake.

•New York, New York’s XED Beverages has launched Sesh: Cocktail Meets Seltzer, the debut offering from the company. The new RTD comes in at 6% abv with zero grams of sugar and 120 calories per 12-ounce serving. The launch lineup consists of four flavors—Gin & Tonic, Moscow Mule, Paloma, and Mojito—and will be available beginning in February through goPuff; select retailers like Binny’s, Total Wine, and Kroger; and DTC. XED is led by former Williams College classmates Zeke Bronfman and Nate Medow. Bronfman is the grandson of the late Edgar Bronfman, Sr., who for decades led drinks giant The Seagram Company Ltd.

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