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News Briefs for March 7, 2022

March 7, 2022

•Stoli Group has rebranded its namesake vodka and will no longer use the Stolichnaya moniker. In a statement released late Friday, the company said, “In direct response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the vodka will exclusively be sold and marketed as Stoli. The three driving factors behind the decision are the founder’s vehement position on the Putin regime; the Stoli employees’ determination to take action; and the desire to accurately represent Stoli’s roots in Latvia. In addition, Stoli Group says it has made a financial commitment to Jose Andres’ World Central Kitchen charity organization, which will directly support relief efforts in Ukraine.

•Nashville, Tennessee-based Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery, part of Constellation Brands, is launching Nelson Brothers, a new line of whiskey. Nelson Brothers will debut with two releases in Nelson Brothers Classic Bourbon and Nelson Brothers Reserve Bourbon. The former is a straight Bourbon blend, bottled at 46.6% abv, that will launch this spring priced at $37 a 750-ml. while the latter is at 53.9% abv and will be available nationally this month for $60 a bottle. The Nelson Brothers label will serve as the distillery’s premium brand going forward alongside flagship brand Nelson’s Green Brier Tennessee Whiskey.

•Teeling Irish Whiskey, part of the Bacardi USA portfolio, has announced Wonders of Wood Single Pot Still Chinkapin Oak Whiskey. The release is distilled from 50% malted and 50% unmalted barley, matured entirely in new Chinkapin American White Oak barrels, and was bottled at 50% abv. The Wonders of Wood releases see Teeling experiment with more unique varieties of wood, pushing Irish whiskey into new frontiers. Roughly 6,700 bottles of Teeling’s new whiskey will be available in the U.S. beginning in June and July for $99 a bottle.

•Retailer and auctioneer Zachys is set to relocate from its Scarsdale, New York base, which it has called home for the past 78 years. Its new home will be a state-of-the-art facility in Port Chester, New York, about 10 miles away from Scarsdale, and plans for a March 22 opening are on schedule. The 70,000-square-foot Port Chester space will house all of Zachys activities under one roof for the first time—including its brick-and-mortar, e-commerce, auction, and storage businesses. Zachys says the location will have the largest retail wine shipping facility in the Northeast, significantly improving delivery speed and scale. An expanded 3,500-square-foot retail store will create new display space for Zachys’ more than 7,000 wine and spirits SKUs.

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