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News Briefs for February 22, 2022

February 22, 2022

•I.W. Harper Cabernet Cask Reserve, Egan’s Legacy Reserve IV, and newcomers from Whiskey Del Bac and Eastside are among the offerings featured in Whisky Advocate’s latest weekly roundup.

 The magazine’s website has all the details.

•Johnson Brothers has agreed to acquire Service Distributing, Inc., one of the leading wine distributors in Virginia, for an undisclosed sum. “This acquisition continues to grow our geographic footprint across the country. Over the past few years, we have made strategic acquisitions in North Carolina, Indiana, and West Virginia. With this latest acquisition, we will significantly expand our presence in the Mid-Atlantic region,” said Michael Johnson, chairman and co-owner of Johnson Brothers, which now operates across 21 states. The deal is expected to close in the spring. Johnson Brothers had estimated 2021 revenues of $2.7 billion, according to Shanken’s Impact Newsletter.

•Australia’s Yalumba has announced a redesign of their Y Series, the collection of minimal intervention, vegan wines that are made through 100% wild fermentation and meant to be enjoyed young. Yalumba partnered with South Australian artist Cindy Durant to design the new labels, which highlight the natural ecosystem of the brand’s vineyards. Yalumba’s Y Series includes Viognier, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Sangiovese Rosé, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, and Shiraz Viognier (all $15 a 750-ml.). Yalumba is handled by Winebow Imports in the U.S.

•Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits has named new leaders for the mid-Atlantic region and for control states, effective immediately. The distributor has promoted Pat Pokorny to vice president and general manager for Maryland and Washington, D.C. In his new role, Pokorny will take the lead for the regions, developing the company’s sales and distribution strategy. He reports to Scott Oppenheimer, president, east region. Additionally, Kirt Clemens will take over Pokorny’s previous role as president, control states. Clemens is now responsible for leading SGWS in the U.S.’s 17 control states and Montgomery County, Maryland. He reports to the company’s CCO, John Wittig.

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