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News Briefs for May 5, 2022

May 5, 2022

•Luxco has launched Alias Straight Rye Whiskey. Distilled at Luxco’s Ross & Squibb Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, Alias is bottled at 45% abv and is available starting this month. Alias Straight Rye Whiskey features a mashbill that is 51% rye, 45% corn, and 4% barley malt. The brand’s name pays tribute to American early female distilling pioneers, many of whom used their initials to hide their gender in order to own and operate distilleries. Luxco operates as MGP’s Brands Division and manages all MGP/Luxco brands.

•Roussillon’s Chateau St. Roch has appointed Carolina Wine Brands USA as its U.S. importer. Situated in the Agly Valley in the Roussillon, Chateau St. Roch holds 44 hectares (109 acres) of vines, some of which are over 50 years old. Carolina Wine Brands will import four of Chateau St. Roch’s offerings, including an old-vine white, an old-vine rosé, and two reds, ranging from $15-$20 a bottle. Established in 2006 as a partnership with Rich Scelfo and the Larrain family of Chile, owners of Santa Carolina wines, Carolina Wine Brands USA has volume of a quarter-million cases annually.

•Scottish gin Caorunn has launched its Highland Strength gin in the U.S. The 54% abv gin is made using a blend of Scottish botanicals—rowan berry, bog myrtle, heather, dandelion, and Coul Blush apple—and traditional gin aromatics, and is produced in a Copper Berry Chamber, an essential oil extractor originally designed for making perfume. Caorunn Highland Strength is now available across the U.S. for a suggested price of $40 a bottle. Caorunn is part of the Hotaling & Co. portfolio in the U.S.

•Riboli Family Wines has launched San Antonio Fruit Farm, a new line of semi-sparkling sweet wines. The brand is launching with three releases—Peach Passion Fruit, Strawberry Guava, and Blackberry Orange—made from Italian grapes like White Moscato, Brachetto, and Malvasia, all at 6% abv. The wines are made with whole fruit and without any artificial additives. The San Antonio Fruit Farm brand is now available in the midwest and California for $12 a 750-ml.

•Breakthru Beverage Group has expanded its partnership with Pride Mountain Vineyards into the Illinois market. Illinois is the sixth market where Breakthru distributes Pride Mountain’s portfolio. Florida, Illinois, and Las Vegas are served by fine wine division, Aspect, while Delaware, Maryland and Washington, D.C. markets are served by Breakthru affiliate Bacchus Importers, Ltd. Pride’s historic ranch sits at 2,100 feet of elevation on Spring Mountain and straddles the Napa-Sonoma county line. For this reason, the estate wines carry a Napa-Sonoma designation.

•Diageo has released Smirnoff Ice Poco Pico variety pack, the latest extension to the flavored malt beverage brand. The 12-pack contains Spicy Tamarind, Mango Chili, Pineapple Jalapeño, and Spicy Margarita-flavored drinks, all at 4.5% abv. The Smirnoff Ice versions of these flavor follow last fall’s Smirnoff Seltzer Poco Pico 12-pack, which contained the same flavors in hard seltzer form. The new 12-pack is available for a suggested price of $16.

•Texas-based Ranch Rider Spirits has launched a new Margarita RTD, the sixth release in the company’s portfolio of Tequila- and vodka-based canned cocktails. Ranch Rider’s Margarita comes in at 5.99% abv and is made with Reposado Tequila, orange and lime juices, sparkling water, and sea salt. Each 12-ounce can contains 129 calories and is available in 4-packs of 12-ounce cans for around $14. For 2022, the company projects that they’ll deplete 275,000 cases.

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