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News Briefs for September 23, 2021

September 23, 2021

•New Orleans restaurateurs felt a mix of relief and despair after Hurricane Ida passed through the city, devastating southern Louisiana and causing widespread damage from the Gulf of Mexico to New England. The city’s protective levee system held during what was the biggest storm to come so close since Hurricane Katrina made landfall 16 years earlier to the day. But the category 4 storm struck another economic blow on restaurants after more than a year of pandemic-inflicted pain. After the hurricane, many chefs decided to put aside their own problems and work toward providing relief for their neighbors. Wine Spectator has more.

•The Dalmore has launched a new, ultra-limited, 30-year-old whisky in the U.S. The Dalmore 2021 Edition is bottled at 42.8% abv and matured in ex-Bourbon barrels before finishing in Tawny Port pipes from Graham’s. Only 200 bottles of the 2021 Edition will be released in the U.S., available at retailers like Total Wine, Wally’s, and Wine.com, among others, for a suggested price of $5,500. In the U.S., The Dalmore, part of the Whyte & Mackay portfolio, is handled by E.&J. Gallo.

•Moët Hennessy-owned Belvedere has opened a new biomass capture facility on-site at its distillery in Poland. The new facility will start producing 100% renewable energy, and subsequently reduce Belvedere’s energy related CO2 emissions by 95% by 2022. Additionally, in line with its Made With Nature platform, Belvedere has set goals to transition to being fully organic beginning in 2023, reduce use of plastic by 50% by 2025, and reduce wasted water disposal by 40% by 2025, among other environmental measures.

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