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News Briefs for August 13, 2021

August 13, 2021

•Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, has officially unveiled Teremana Tequila’s Añejo expression, previously teased in SND, which will launch in October. The spirit is aged in American oak (like Teremana’s Reposado) and features a black label and a black wax-dipped cap. Last year, Teremana reached 230,000 cases in the U.S., in its first partial year on shelves, according to Impact Databank. In its first full 12 months, the brand shipped 400,000 cases, and has continued to see rapid growth this year.

•Mark Tarlov, who produced movies for directors like John Carpenter, Sidney Lumet and John Waters before founding Evening Land and other wineries in Oregon’s Willamette Valley and Central California, died July 31 at his home in New York after battling cancer. He was 69. “He was brilliant and inspiring and a visionary,” said Larry Stone, who consulted with and later worked for Tarlov at Evening Land before starting his own winery, Lingua Franca. “And like most visionaries, he was often misunderstood.” Wine Spectator has more on Tarlov’s life and career.

•Republic National Distributing Co. (RNDC) has closed its deal to partner with Heritage Wine Cellars, marking its entry into the Illinois market. Originally announced July 1, the deal marks the 33rd market nationwide for RNDC, the second-largest wholesaler of spirits and wine nationally with projected 2021 revenues of $12.5 billion, according to Shanken’s Impact Newsletter.

•Beam Suntory has announced the fifth release in the Little Book series of limited edition whiskies. The new edition is called “The Invitation” and blended from 2-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon, 3-year-old malted rye whiskey, 5-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon, and 15-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon. Little Book Chapter 5 is bottled at 58.4% abv and is rolling out now in limited quantities across the U.S. with a suggested price of $125 a 750-ml.

•Heaven Hill has announced Hpnotiq Freeze Pops, a new RTD extension for the French liqueur. The pops come in at 6% abv and are rolling out now in Georgia, South Carolina, Texas, and Florida. Hpnotiq Freeze Pops come in boxes of ten for a suggested price of $20. Last year, Hpnotiq was up 8% in the U.S. to 371,000 cases, according to Impact Databank.

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