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News Briefs for February 18, 2021

February 18, 2021

•California’s Bogle Family Vineyards is introducing a new on-premise brand, Twenty Acres by Bogle. The certified sustainable wines feature a portion of Bogle’s heritage varietals in their blend, with 15% Petite Sirah blended into the Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Chenin Blanc included in the Chardonnay. For the first vintage of Twenty Acres—referring to the original 20 acres of Chenin and Petite Sirah planted at the Bogle Home Ranch in Clarksburg—Bogle will donate $1 per case sold to the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation.

•Italy’s Ornellaia and Napa Valley’s Dalla Valle Vineyards are collaborating on a new Napa red that will launch in October. The upcoming bottling, DVO, is a Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine with a small addition of Cabernet Franc sourced from cooler Napa Valley sites in Coombsville, Mount Veeder and Oakville. DVO was created by second-generation winemaker Maya and founder and proprietor Naoko Dalla Valle, alongside winemaker Axel Heinz and CEO Giovanni Geddes da Filicaja of Ornellaia. Maya Dalla Valle interned at Ornellaia in 2013, with Heinz subsequently serving as her mentor.

•Edrington’s the Macallan has announced a new series of ultra-limited whiskies, celebrating British artist Peter Blake. The rarest whiskies, called Anecdotes of Ages, were all distilled in 1967 and are packaged in 13 handblown bottles with collages created by Blake. One bottle will be auctioned by Sotheby’s to support the Guggenheim museum’s diversity and inclusion initiatives. The distiller will also release 322 bottles of the same 1967 vintage whisky—called Anecdotes of Ages: Down to Work edition—that will be available globally for around $83,000. The collaboration also resulted in An Estate, A Community, and A Distillery, a more widely available (yet still limited) whisky that will retail for around $1,200.

•MGP Ingredients has announced plans to roll out Green Hat gin throughout its distribution network over the next few months. Green Hat, created by Washington, D.C.’s New Columbia Distillers, was acquired by MGP in March 2020 and is the first commercially available gin from the Indiana-based contract distilling giant. The company will make four varieties—Green Hat’s original gin, a navy strength variant, Citrus Floral gin, and Summer Cup Cordial—available across the U.S. with suggested retail prices of $30 for the original and two flavored releases, and $33 for the navy strength release.

•New Zealand’s Whitecliff Wines has introduced a rosé to its lineup. Sourced from estate vineyards in Hawke’s Bay, the new Whitecliff rosé is made primarily from Merlot. The rosy-hued wine is retail priced at $14 a 750-ml., and joins Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir in the Whitecliff lineup. Whitecliff—which debuted in the U.S. last year—is handled in the U.S. by California-based Palmateer Wine Group.

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