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News Briefs for May 28, 2021

May 28, 2021

•Glenmorangie is launching Grand Vintage Malt 1997, a new limited-edition offering. After aging for almost a decade in Bourbon casks, a parcel of the whisky was transferred to Château Montrose red wine casks from the Saint-Estèphe appellation of Bordeaux, while another portion was finished in Oloroso Sherry casks. The seventh offering in the single malt Scotch brand’s Bond House No. 1 series, Glenmorangie Grand Vintage Malt 1997 will debut on ReserveBar on June 1, retailing at $900 a bottle.

•Argentina’s Tilia, part of the Winebow Imports stable, is unveiling a new look. Created by design and branding company Stranger & Stranger, Tilia’s repackaging showcases its focus on sustainability, with key components of its approach to caring for the environment and community called out on the label. Tilia includes a Malbec, Malbec-Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Bonarda, Chardonnay, and Torrontés retailing at $11 a 750-ml. The new look will debut nationally on July 1. Argentina’s bottled table wine shipments to the U.S. rebounded last year, increasing 3.5% to 5.1 million cases.

•Lede Family Wines has named Dina Clark as senior director of national sales. A 25-year industry veteran, Clark was most recently Midwest regional director of sales for the Boisset Collection. In her new role, Clark will oversee national sales and distribution for both Cliff Lede Vineyards in the Stags Leap District and FEL Wines from the Anderson Valley.

•Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits has released a new Josh Cellars Reserve Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon. This year’s edition is from the 2019 vintage, and $1 from every bottle sold will go to benefit charities for firefighters across the U.S., with Deutsch committing $250,000 to charities nationwide. The wine retails for around $20 a 750-ml. and is now available nationally. In addition to the donations, Josh will host dinners at select firehouses to say thanks to local firefighters.

•Branded coconut supplier CoCo & Co is debuting Sunboy, a line of RTD cocktails made with coconut water and fruit. The company has previously provided coconut cocktails at music festivals and other events in partnership with Diageo and Pernod Ricard. The drinks, all at 5% abv, come out June 1 in Passion Fruit, Pineapple, and Tangerine flavors, and in variety packs. Sunboy products contain no added sugar or artificial flavors, and are gluten free.

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