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News Briefs for February 2, 2022

February 2, 2022

•Tres Generaciones Tequila has launched Añejo Cristalino, a new ultra-premium release. It’s been triple-distilled from 100% blue weber agave and rested in American white oak barrels for a minimum of 12 months, then rock filtered and ultimately bottled at 40% abv. It’s available now nationwide for $65 a 750-ml. “Cristalino tequila is the fastest growing sub-category in the market,” said Rashidi Hodari, managing director Tequila at Beam Suntory, the parent company of Tres Generaciones.

•VSPT Wine Group has signed a new distribution deal with Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. Beginning in March, the distribution giant will handle a number of VSPT’s South American wine brands. The deal includes brands like Viña San Pedro, Cabo de Hornos, 1865, Viña Leyda, and Graffigna. Alongside the new partnership, VSPT will open a new Miami, Florida office. VSPT’s new U.S. team will be led by president Andrés Tauber, with Roberto Catalani as marketing vice president and John Dougherty as vice president, commercial strategist.

•New York-based Spritz Society’s line of wine-based sparkling cocktails is now available at retail, with the brand partnering with chains like Total Wine and BevMo. The move will immediately bring the cocktails to Florida and California ahead of a wider expansion plan for the rest of 2022. The brand, which launched last August through its DTC program, is projecting 2022 volume of 100,000 cases in the U.S. Spritz Society’s drinks are available in four flavors—grapefruit, blood orange, pineapple, and lemon—with each coming in at 6% abv and 120 calories per 8.4-ounce can.

•Bardstown, Kentucky-based Kentucky Owl is releasing a St. Patrick’s Day limited edition Bourbon. The expression was made in partnership with Louise McGuane, the founder of J.J. Corry Irish Whiskey. She helped select the whiskey blend used in the St. Patrick’s edition, which features Kentucky straight Bourbons aged 4 to 11 years. It’s at 50% abv and will retail soon at limited locations throughout the U.S. Kentucky Owl was acquired by Stoli Group in 2017.

•Foley Family Wines has named Jonathan Hollister as chief sales officer. Prior to his promotion, Hollister served as Foley’s vice president of sales for its west division. Before joining Foley, Hollister worked in sales roles for Stoli Group and Jackson Family Wines. Stepping into Hollister’s previous role is Len White, a veteran of Foley Family Wines and Southern Glazer’s. In addition, the company has promoted Rob Carruthers to a newly created role, senior vice president, strategic accounts. Finally, Crystal Crump and Joe Colangelo have been named directors, strategic accounts retail, for Foley’s east and west divisions, respectively.

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