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News Briefs for September 9, 2021

September 9, 2021

•Spanish sparkling wine producer Raventós Codorníu is releasing a limited edition Cava paying homage to the Catalan modernism movement. Codorníu Limited Edition is a brut reserva Cava made from Macabeo, Xarel·lo, and Parellada grape varietals traditional to the Penedès region along with Chardonnay. Its bottle features gold floral and pomegranate motifs on matte black to highlight the connection between Catalan modernism and Codorníu, whose winery was designed by Puig y Cadafalch, a leading architect of the era. The new Cava is available now nationally for $13 a bottle.

•E.&J. Gallo has launched a new 19-year-old expression in the Germain-Robin family of brandies. The 41.4% abv single barrel brandy is distilled from Pinot Noir grapes from the Anderson Valley in Mendocino county and matured in Limousin oak barrels. Germain-Robin Pinot Noir Single Barrel is now available at the company’s California Brandy House in Napa for $250. It will soon be available in other select locations across the U.S.

•William Grant & Sons is backing its Monkey Shoulder blended malt Scotch with its biggest consumer-facing campaign to date. The “Stick it to Stuck Up” push is centered on a partnership with actor Joel McHale that will target digital dating platforms like Tinder as well as other social platforms including Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook. On Monkey Shoulder’s website, consumers can share their tales of “stuck-up” dating experiences—and McHale will crash the next first date of the author of the winning entry.

•Oregon’s Sokol Blosser has extended its Evolution wine brand with two new boxed offerings. They include a Willamette Valley Chardonnay ($28 a 1.5-liter box) and Big Time Red ($21 a 1.5-liter box), which includes grapes from both Oregon and Washington and is composed of Syrah, Sangiovese, and Montepulciano, plus a small amount of Evolution’s Lucky No. 9 White. With the new extensions Evolution has also seen a packaging redesign, with the boxes now featuring a “by Sokol Blosser” tagline beneath the bold Evolution brand name, as well as an “Oregon” icon and reference to Sokol Blosser’s B Corp status.

•Rothes, Scotland’s the Glen Grant Distillery is celebrating the 60th anniversary of distiller Dennis Malcolm with a new 60-year-old single malt whisky. The Dennis Malcolm 60th Anniversary Edition is bottled at 52.8% abv and is drawn from a single ex-Oloroso Sherry cask filled in October, 1960. Only 360 Glencairn decanters are available in select global retailers with each bottle selling for €25,000 (roughly $30,000). Glen Grant is part of the Campari portfolio.

•Stoli Group has named Nik Keane as ultra-premium portfolio leader, overseeing the company’s upscale brands including Kentucky Owl Bourbon, Bayou Rum, and Tulchan Gin. Keane was previously global brand director for Captain Morgan at Diageo. Stoli has also appointed Tim Szonyi as global innovations leader. A 20-year drinks industry veteran, Szonyi has spent time with Diageo and Australia’s Tribe Breweries, as well as Mars and Levi Strauss.

•Breakthru Beverage appointed Tom Parker as vice president, commercial excellence for the United Division, which is dedicated to Diageo and Moët Hennessy brands. Previously director of trade development, the company veteran will lead a newly formed team within the United Division aimed at enhancing capabilities in key areas such as digital marketing/e-retail, net revenue management, supply chain planning, and purchasing.

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