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News Briefs for March 5, 2021

March 5, 2021

•Grand Brulot Cognac & Cafe has partnered with Blue Ridge Spirits & Wine Marketing to expand its distribution footprint as it aims to grow its U.S. presence. The 40% abv liqueur is made from a blend of Cognac and Robusta coffee and is inspired by the French tradition of spiking coffee with brandy, which is also popular in New Orleans. Currently in six markets across the U.S., the new partnership will boost Grand Brulot’s availability in the on- and off-premise nationwide.

•Napa Valley-based Markham Vineyards has unveiled a new top-end wine, The Character. A Merlot-based blend that also includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, The Character ($125) is sourced from Markham’s Yountville Ranch, Hopper House, Little Cannon and Rockerbox estate vineyards and will initially be limited to the winery’s membership list. Markham’s portfolio also includes a Napa Valley tier ($22-$48), District Series ($28-$60), and Marked Parcels ($50-$80).

•Constellation Brands is reintroducing Two Lane American Golden Lager, produced in conjunction with country music star Luke Bryan. The brew originally launched last year but production was subsequently put on hold. At 4.2% abv, it’s relaunching in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, both Carolinas, and Virginia, with plans to expand distribution in the future. The lager is joined by newcomer Two Lane Hard Seltzer, which comes in Cherry Limeade, Peach Tea, Blueberry Lemonade, and Watermelon Punch, all at 4.5% abv. Golden Lager is available in 6- and 12-packs of 12-ounce cans and the seltzer comes in a variety 12-pack; both 12-packs retail for a suggested $16.

•St. Paul, Minnesota’s Kinky Beverages has added a new Fruit Punch flavor to its lineup of liqueurs and RTD cocktails. Kinky Fruit Punch liqueur comes in at 17% abv and is a blend of cherry, orange, and pineapple flavors with vodka. The RTD version is a 5% abv malt-based beverage made with the same flavors and sold in 6-packs. The liqueur retails for around $20 a 750-ml. and the cocktails for around $9. Both are available across the U.S. Kinky is part of the Prestige Beverage Group portfolio.

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