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News Briefs for June 14, 2021

June 14, 2021

•Dewar’s 19-year-old The Champions Edition, Booker’s 2021-02 “Tagalong Batch” and new entries from Westland and Midleton are among the offerings featured in Whisky Advocate’s latest weekly roundup. The magazine’s website has all the details.

•LibDib has introduced a web- and mobile-based market for purchasing spirits barrels, which the distributor says is the first of its kind in the industry. The new LibDib Barrel Market offers unique, small-batch aged spirits from producers located around the country. The marketplace is now live in California, and will be expanding into LibDib’s five additional markets (CO, FL, IL, WI, NY) shortly. Producers can sign up for free at LibDib’s website, then upload and price barrel offerings. Once all compliance requirements are met, restaurants, bars, and retailers are able to curate, shop, and purchase barrel picks via the new platform. LibDib adds a standard 14% mark-up.

•The distilleries of Bardstown, Kentucky, including Heaven Hill, the James B. Beam Distilling Co., Bardstown Bourbon Company, Preservation, and Log Still have come together to celebrate their shared history, with each distillery contributing whiskey to a new limited-edition line of Bourbon whiskies. Beginning in September, the new whiskies—all sharing the same bottle design and housed in a gold-embossed navy blue box—will roll out to the distilleries’ on-site tasting rooms. The release dates will be spaced to allow collectors to make trips to each distillery and complete the set. Whisky Advocate has more.

•David Pearson has announced he will resign as managing director of Napa Valley’s Meadowood Estate later this year. Pearson, who served as CEO of Opus One Winery in the Napa Valley from 2004-2020, left that job last year to take on the new role at Meadowood. According to a statement from Meadowood co-owner H. William Harlan, Pearson “has decided to reconnect with his winemaking roots in France and start his own project there.” He will stay on at Meadowood until a smooth transition has been assured. Damaged during last year’s Glass fire, Meadowood welcomed back members of its club beginning in the second half of May, and the hotel will again receive guests on the southern portion of the property in the coming months.

•Paul Hobbs Wines has named Tanya Beers as director of marketing. A veteran of Constellation and Wine.com, Beers will lead marketing efforts for the Paul Hobbs Wines and Paul Hobbs Selections portfolios throughout the U.S. and internationally, managing the company’s strategic brand planning and communications. She will be based at the winery in Sebastopol, California.

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