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News Briefs for March 22, 2022

March 22, 2022

•Kendall-Jackson has released two limited-edition wines celebrating the 2022 Kentucky Derby and marking the second year in the partnership between the winery and the race.

The wines—a Chardonnay and a Cabernet Sauvignon—come adorned with Derby-themed art. The 2020 Chardonnay is sourced from Mendocino County and comes in at 14.5% abv, retailing for around $17. The 2019 Cab is sourced from vineyards in Napa Valley and is blended with Merlot (9%) and Cabernet Franc (1%). At 14.5% abv, it carries a $28 suggested retail price. Kendall-Jackson’s owners, the Jackson family, also own Stonestreet Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, one of the world’s top thoroughbred breeders.

•Brown-Forman’s The GlenDronach has announced three new single-barrel releases for the U.S. market, all pulled from casks filled between 1992 and 1994. The whiskies, collected as the GlenDronach Cask Bottling Batch 19, are all at barrel strength and there are 12 casks in the whole batch. The first U.S. release is 1992 Cask 217, a 55.4% whisky matured in an Oloroso Sherry cask. Only 383 bottles are available across Georgia, Maryland, New York, and New Jersey for $820 apiece. The second bottling—1992 Cask 6052—is at 50.8% abv and aged in a PX Sherry cask; it retails for $720 and 658 bottles are available in 17 states. Finally, 1994 Cask 5080 is a 54.3% abv whisky aged in an Oloroso cask. It retails for $600 and 667 bottles are available in 11 states.

•A dedicated American whiskey auction held this past weekend at Sotheby’s topped $1 million, marking a new milestone for the auction house. The hammer price totaled $1,307,450, and included the American Muscle Collection, which commanded $902,400, as well as the Three Continents Collection Part III, which reached $161,400. A bottle of LeNell’s Red Hook Rye 24 year old barrel #4 achieved the top hammer price of $35,000—one of the additional lots outside the main collections. Some 75% of the lots sold exceeded their high estimates, Sotheby’s said. North America-based collectors acquired 93% of the sold lots, and nearly 60% of the sale’s buyers were new to Sotheby’s. Also noteworthy was that 42% of buyers were under 40 years old, Sotheby’s added.

•Mike’s Hard Lemonade has debuted a new line of slushy-flavored RTDs, all based on flavors popular in the 1990s. The line, which comes in four varieties—Blue, Red, White, and Pink Freezes—are all at 5% abv and will be available in variety 12-packs of 12-ounce cans and as individual 23.5-ounce cans. To support the launch, the company has kicked off a new 90s-themed and nostalgia-driven ad campaign featuring era-appropriate boy-band music dedicated to the new drinks.

•Watertight Cocktails, a new brand of agave wine-based RTDs, has launched in Texas. The new RTDs come in three flavors—Beach Margarita, Guava Paloma, and Mango Sipper—and are all at 6% abv and 130 calories per 12-ounce can. Watertight Cocktails are made with sparkling water and fruit juices, in addition to the agave wine. The new brand is now available in 4-packs of 12-ounce cans in grocery, convenience, and liquor stores across Texas for around $10.

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