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News Briefs for December 21, 2021

December 21, 2021

•Philippe Cambie, one of the most influential winemakers in the Southern Rhône Valley, died Dec. 18, just a month shy of his 60th birthday. Cambie was consulting winemaker for dozens of wineries in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and the surrounding appellations of the Southern Rhône and in the Languedoc. He was also owner of his own Southern Rhône wine brand, Les Halos de Jupiter, and co-owner of two brands, the Provençal project Calendal and the California Pinot Noir project Beau Marchais. Wine Spectator has more on Cambie’s life and career.

•The Busker Irish Whiskey, part of the Disaronno portfolio, has named Caroline Martin as master blender. Martin takes over for John Ramsay at County Carlow’s Royal Oak Distillery and, besides maintaining the brand’s quality and flavor profile, she will also spearhead new releases for the brand. She joins the Busker with over 30 years experience in the industry, previously working on Diageo Scotch whiskies like J&B, Bell’s, Johnnie Walker, and Old Parr, as well as Irish whiskey Roe & Co.

•French spirits producer and distributor Maison Villevert has appointed Texas-based importer BCI as its exclusive U.S. import partner, effective January 1. Maison Villevert’s offerings include G’Vine Floraison gin, La Quintinye Vermouth Royal, Excellia Tequila, La Guilde du Cognac, and Cognac barrel-aged Nouaison Gin Reserve. The company also recently acquired Grosperrin Cognac and Celtic Whiskey Distillery, and has annual turnover of €80 million ($90m). Maison Villevert joins Suze Apéritif, Ostoya Vodka, Trois Rivières AOC Rhums Agricoles, Coquerel Calvados, Gabriel Boudier, Frerejean Freres, and Château Bonneté, among other brands, in BCI’s range.

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