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News Briefs for May 3, 2022

May 3, 2022

•Blackened Rye The Lightning, Glenrothes 36 year old 1978 Vintage, and newcomers from Stranahan’s and Village Garage are among the offerings featured in Whisky Advocate’s latest weekly roundup. The magazine’s website has all the details.

•After reducing carbon emissions by 24% since 2012, France’s Bordeaux region has set a new goal for a further 46% reduction by the end of the decade. The news comes amid a sustainability push across the region in recent years. As of 2021, 75% of Bordeaux vineyards are certified sustainable, as compared to 35% in 2014. Bordeaux’s organic vineyard area increased 43% in 2021, and today almost 20% of the region’s vineyards are fully certified organic.

•Mijenta Tequila has launched a new añejo expression, the first from the luxury-priced brand. The Tequila matured for 18 months in a combination of four different barrel types—American white oak, French oak, French acacia casks, and cherry barrels—before bottling at 40% abv. Mijenta Gran Añejo, created by author and Tequila Maestra Ana Maria Romero, is available in limited quantities, with only 2,160 bottles available for a suggested price of $199 a 750-ml.

•Seattle, Washington’s Westland Distillery, part of the Rémy Cointreau portfolio, has announced Colere Edition 2 American Single Malt Whiskey, the latest addition to the distillery’s Outpost Range of whiskies. The 50% abv whiskey is distilled from Talisman barley and matures in used oak casks, a decision the distillery made to highlight the grain over barrel influence. For the second edition of Colere, Westland has released 3,000 bottles to select retailers for a suggested price of $150 a 700-ml. bottle.

•Far Niente Family of Wineries & Vineyards has named Kate McManus vice president of marketing. She previously served in the same role at Distinguished Vineyards & Wine Partners. Prior to that, she worked as vice president of marketing at Delicato and Constellation Brands, where she led marketing for national and international wineries. In her new role, McManus will oversee consumer, digital, and trade marketing for Far Niente’s portfolio of brands, including Far Niente, Nickel & Nickel, Bella Union, EnRoute, Dolce and Post & Beam.

•Cardenxe is a new sotol brand launching this week. Sotol is a Mexican spirit native to the Chihuahua region distilled from the dasylirion plant, a member of the asparagaceae family. Cardenxe, whose name references both a historical music genre from the region and a cactus that often grows along with the sotol plant, is launching with two varieties: Sotol De La Sierra (40% abv, $90 a 750-ml) and Sotol De Desierto (45% abv, $60). It is available online and at select retail locations in New York City. The brand is imported in the U.S. by Park Street Imports.

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