News Briefs for March 29, 2022March 29, 2022
•GlenDronach Cask Bottling Batch 19, Old Line 5 year old Bottled in Bond, and newcomers from Brush Creek and Corsair are among the offerings featured in Whisky Advocate’s latest weekly roundup. The magazine’s website has all the details.
•Dayton, Oregon’s Sokol Blosser winery has expanded its partnership with Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), bringing the alliance to 18 states. The companies’ partnership has its roots in the 1980s, when the winery first signed on with Texas’ Block Distributing, now a part of RNDC. Most recently the alignment has extended to Illinois, Washington D.C., Maryland, California, Hawaii, Arizona, and Florida. In addition to the states above, RNDC handles Sokol Blosser wines in Alaska, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming.
•Online distributor LibDib has entered the New Jersey market, marking its 10th state of operation. Producers can sign up for New Jersey distribution via LibDib now, with web and mobile app purchasing by restaurants, bars, and retailers to follow soon, according to the company. LibDib, which is partnered with RNDC, is also present across California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, New York, Texas, and Wisconsin.
•Don Sebastiani & Sons’ Flybird Cocktails, a line of agave wine-based RTDs, has added two new flavors and now offers two of its original releases in cans. The new flavors—Piña Colada and Mojito—come in at 15% abv and are available in 750-ml. bottles for around $13 each, joining Passion Fruit, Watermelon Cucumber, Blood Orange, Prickly Pear, and Paloma, plus Baja Lime and Strawberry Margaritas in the brand’s portfolio. Additionally, the brand has released Flybird cans, 8.45-ounce versions of its Margaritas at 9% abv.
•Napa, California’s CK Mondavi and Family has added two new releases—Buttery Chardonnay and Dark Cabernet Sauvignon—to its collection of California wines. The Chardonnay comes in at 13.5% abv and features a color changing label that indicates when the wine is at the proper serving temperature. CK Mondavi’s Dark Cabernet is also at 13.5% abv and the pair will be available for around $7 a 750-ml. and $14 a 1.5-liter bottle across the U.S.
•Providence, Rhode Island’s Narragansett Beer has released this year’s Del’s Shandy variety pack, the latest collaboration between the brewery and the frozen lemonade maker. This year’s box contains four 12-ounce cans each of the original Lemon Shandy and Del’s Watermelon Shandy, and also marks the return of Del’s Black Cherry Shandy. All three brews are at 4.7% abv and will be available on the eastern seaboard from North Carolina on up, as well as in Kentucky and Ohio. The 12-pack retails for between $17 and $19, depending on the market.Subscribe to Shanken News Daily’s Email Newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning.