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News Briefs for April 20, 2021

April 20, 2021

•Thomas Rivers Brown, one of Napa’s top winemakers, has finalized terms to become the sole owner of Aston Estate, a Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir brand that he started in 2001 with vintner Fred Schrader, founder of Schrader Cellars, and Chuck Sweeney, co-founder of Vine Cliff. The acquisition price was not disclosed, but the sale includes the brand, inventory and 14 acres of prime coastal vineyard planted to Pinot Noir near Annapolis. Wine Spectator has the full story.

•Wyoming Whiskey National Parks, M&H Apex Series, and newcomers from Bladnoch and Sisterdale are among the offerings featured in Whisky Advocate’s latest weekly roundup. The magazine’s website has all the details.

•Sonoma County, California-based Siduri has launched its first Chardonnay, sourced from a selection of vineyards in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The grapes were selected from vineyards already used by Siduri for its Pinot Noir program, primarily Gran Moraine, Zena Crown, and Maple Grove. The 13.7% abv wine was 20% fermented in stainless steel tanks with the remainder fermenting in barrels. Siduri 2019 Willamette Valley Chardonnay is now available across the U.S. and online for around $35. Siduri is part of Jackson Family Wines.

•Our/New York, Manhattan’s first legal distillery since Prohibition, backed by Pernod Ricard, has partnered with Rethink Food to create a limited-edition basil-flavored vodka. The 35% abv spirit is distilled from corn and blended with a basil extract made using locally sourced basil by Brooklyn-based urban farm Square Roots. The new vodka is limited to 1,800 bottles that will be available to bars, restaurants, and retailers across New York City by April 22, just in time for Earth Day.

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