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News Briefs for May 26, 2021

May 26, 2021

•Alejandro Fernandez, who revolutionized Spain’s Ribera del Duero region with his determination and his iconic wine, Pesquera, died May 22 in Santander. He was 88. Wine Spectator takes a look at Fernandez’s life and career.

•Lagavulin Offerman Guinness Edition, Heaven’s Door Redbreast Finish, and newcomers from E.H. Taylor and High West are among the offerings featured in Whisky Advocate’s latest weekly roundup. The magazine’s website has all the details.

•The UK is threatening to tariff U.S. wines as part of the ongoing trade dispute over steel and aluminum between the two countries. UK trade minister Liz Truss included wine on a list of potential tariff targets ahead of a six-week consultation period with businesses and other stakeholders, Reuters reported, adding that negotiators on both sides are hoping to deescalate the dispute. According to UK customs data, the country imported $317 million worth of U.S. wine last year.

•Scarsdale, New York retailer and auction house Zachys has announced plans to move to a new 70,000-square-foot facility in Port Chester, New York, in early 2022. The move will allow the company’s brick-and-mortar, e-commerce, auction, and storage business units to be housed under one roof for the first time. The site includes an enhanced 3,500-square-foot retail footprint that will allow Zachys to display more of the 7,000-plus wine and spirits SKUs that will be housed at the location, and will boost Zachys daily shipping capacity by 400%.

•Islay single malt producer Kilchoman Distillery has released the 2021 edition of Kilchoman Loch Gorm, its Oloroso Sherry cask-aged expression. The 2021 Loch Gorm is a vatting of 24 Oloroso Sherry butts that were filled with Kilchoman whisky in 2011. It’s at 46% abv and retail-priced at $125, the same as last year’s release. Some 17,000 bottles of the 2021 Loch Gorm have been released worldwide, with 2,040 bottles for the U.S. That’s up slightly from last year, when 15,000 bottles were released worldwide and 1,920 bottles went the U.S. Kilchoman has also unveiled Kilchoman PX Sherry Matured, a vatting of 33 casks—nine fully matured in PX casks and 24 finished in PX casks for 12-18 months. Kilchoman PX Sherry Matured is at 47.3% abv and retails at $125. Some 12,000 bottles were released worldwide, with 1,500 bottles for the U.S.

•Welsh distiller Penderyn has released Penderyn 10-Year-Old Ruby Port U.S. Exclusive Single Cask (PT 178). This whisky was casked in an ex-Bourbon barrel in November 2010, then transferred to an ex-Ruby Port cask in May 2013, and disgorged for bottling this past January. It’s at 61.1% abv and retail-priced at $150, with 231 bottles available. A second Penderyn Ruby Port finish, a 12-year old, will follow in the coming weeks. Penderyn is imported by South San Francisco-based Impex Beverages Inc.

•Myx Beverage, known for its Myx Fusions Moscato and Sangria offerings, is introducing Myx Light Chardonnay and Light Rosé. Aimed at the better-for-you wine segment, the new extensions are at 5% abv, have 75 calories a 5-ounce serving, and retail at $12 a 4-pack of 250-ml. cans. Myx has a sales partnership with New Jersey-based importer and marketer Royal Wine Corp.

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