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News Briefs for September 13, 2021

September 13, 2021

•French-Swiss real-estate investor Jacky Lorenzetti has purchased Bordeaux’s Château Lafon-Rochet from the Tesseron family for an undisclosed sum. The St.-Estèphe fourth-growth is Lorenzetti’s fourth classified growth in Bordeaux’s Médoc region. “When you have already invested in St.-Estèphe and Pauillac, and a bank offers you an opportunity to buy an estate like Lafon-Rochet, you don’t say ‘no,’”said Emmanuel Cruse, the general manager of Lorenzetti’s estates and co-owner of Château d’Issan with his siblings and Lorenzetti. Wine Spectator has the full story.

•Compass Box has introduced a new blended malt Scotch whisky called Orchard House. Compass Box says the majority of the recipe is made from stocks of spirit purchased from distilleries known for their fruit-forward flavor. These spirits were then aged in a variety of casks including first fill ex-Bourbon barrels, Oloroso Sherry-seasoned butts, and French oak custom barrels. Retailing at $50 a 750-ml. and bottled at 46% abv, Compass Box Orchard House will be part of the brand’s core collection and will debut widely in October.

•Diageo’s Aviation gin has announced a new partnership with the NFL and will be featured as an official sponsor of the league beginning with the upcoming football season. The multiyear partnership will feature digital, social, and broadcast content, alongside on- and off-premise tastings, and the American Mule cocktail, an Aviation-centric take on the Moscow Mule. Last year, Aviation reached 86,000 cases in the U.S., according to Impact Databank.

•Wilson Daniels has named Scott Ehrlich as vice president of marketing and Jerred Wolff as senior vice president and general manager for Galaxy Wine Company, Wilson Daniels’ Oregon-based distributor. The new appointments take effect today. Ehrlich joins Wilson Daniels from Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits, where he served as vice president of marketing. Wolff joins the company with experience at Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, where he worked as director of trade development, and at Vehrs Distributing as vice president of sales and marketing. Both will report to Wilson Daniels president Rocco Lombardo.

•California’s legislature has approved cocktails-to-go privileges for restaurants through 2026, with Governor Gavin Newsom expected to sign the bill. The measure will leave bars that don’t serve food out of the mix, however, owing to a stipulation mandating that to-go drinks “shall be sold in conjunction with a bona fide meal, and shall be limited to two such drinks per bona fide meal.” According to the Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S., 16 states and the District of Columbia have now passed legislation to make cocktails to-go permanent, and 14 other states passed legislation to allow cocktails to-go on a temporary basis.

•Beam Suntory has released 100 bottles of the Yamazaki 55 Japanese whisky in select global markets. The 46% abv offering is a blend of whiskies distilled in 1960 and 1964, with the older whisky maturing in Mizunara oak and the younger whisky in white oak, before bottling in 2020. The whisky is available in the U.S., U.K., mainland China, and Taiwan, among other nations, for a suggested price of $60,000 a bottle. For each bottle released, Beam Suntory will donate $5,000 to the White Oak Initiative, a group focused on sustaining America’s white oak forests.

•Treasury Wine Estates has joined RE100, the global renewable energy initiative, pledging to use 100% renewable electricity for the company’s luxury portfolio by 2024. The pledge, which covers Penfolds, Beringer, Beaulieu Vineyard, and Sterling Vineyards, and is in line with TWE’s commitment to reach net zero emissions by 2030. While Beringer’s winery and TWE’s Paso Robles facility have been using solar power for over 10 years, the new pledge will see TWE increase energy efficiency across the board.

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