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News Briefs for April 6, 2021

April 6, 2021

•Stellum Spirits, Highland Park 50, and newcomers from Old Fitzgerald, Jack Daniel’s, and Chattanooga Whiskey are among the offerings featured in Whisky Advocate’s latest weekly roundup. The magazine’s website has all the details.

•Beam Suntory-owned Laphroaig has announced a new limited edition 10-year-old single malt Scotch whisky finished in Oloroso Sherry casks. The whisky is bottled at cask strength—48% abv—after spending 12-18 months finishing in Sherry casks. Laphroaig 10-Year-Old Sherry Oak Finish is rolling out now across the U.S. where it will retail for a suggested price of $90 a 750-ml. For this release, only 4,450 cases will be available globally.

•Opici Wines & Spirits is extending two of its Italian wine brands with new offerings. Alverdi, best known for Pinot Grigio, is launching its first DOC-appellated wine with a Piemonte Barbera retailing at $9. Meanwhile, Veronese wine brand Cesare is unveiling Justo, an appassimento-style wine with the grapes being dried for roughly 20 days before being pressed. Cesari Justo will sell for roughly $14. Both new wines will be available at restaurants and fine wine stores nationwide.

•Canned wine brand Wine Society is rolling out a 250-ml. variant of its California wines, joining the existing 500-ml. size. The new offerings include Tempt (a Syrah-based blend), Fate (Chardonnay-based blend), Chance Rosé, and Chance Bubbles, retailing at $20 a four-pack and $5 an individual can. They’re debuting this month at select retailers in California, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Texas, and Florida.

•Winebow has appointed Marty Collins as vice president of e-commerce and digital marketing, a new position within the company. Collins is tasked with developing Winebow’s business-to-business e-commerce platform and enhancing the company’s data capabilities. In addition, she will oversee Winebow’s overall digital footprint. She joins Winebow with over 15 years of digital marketing experience, most recently as the head of revenue and strategy at Zillow Group.

•Phillips Distilling has appointed spirits industry veteran Kevin Fennessey to its board of directors. Fennessey, whose career has spanned 35 years, previously served in key roles such as executive vice president, commercial operations at Southern Glazer’s, and president and CEO at Absolut Spirits Company. Minnesota-based Phillips’ portfolio includes its namesake brand, as well as UV Vodka, Prairie Organic Spirits, Revel Stoke Whiskies, Tomatin Scotch Whiskies, Trader Vic’s Rums, and Douglas & Todd Small Batch Bourbon.

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