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News Briefs for June 15, 2022

June 15, 2022

•Minneapolis, Minnesota’s O’Shaughnessy Distilling Co. has launched its second whiskey—Keeper’s Heart Bourbon + Irish—in limited retail and on ReserveBar. The new whiskey is a continuation of the distillery’s inaugural release, which blended Irish pot still and grain whiskies with American rye. The new release, like its name suggests, uses Bourbon in place of rye but keeps the Irish whiskies. The blend is bottled at 46% abv and will be a permanent addition to the Keeper’s Heart line. It carries a suggested retail price of $45 and sells for $55 on ReserveBar.

•Evan Williams Single Barrel, the only vintage-dated, single-barrel whiskey from Heaven Hill, will now become a Kentucky-only label, the company has confirmed. Once current inventory sells through, this rye-recipe Bourbon will be unavailable anywhere but the Bluegrass State. The move was prompted by the rapid growth of Evan Williams 1783, Evan Williams Bottled in Bond, and other products that draw from the same barrel inventory. That put pressure on Evan Williams Single Barrel, whose packaging—hand-bottled and wax-sealed—makes it significantly more expensive to bottle. Whisky Advocate has the full story.

•Italian winemaker Mezzacorona has announced two distinct lines for Rotari Metodo Classico Trentodoc, one focused on vintage wines and aimed at the on-premise, and a non-vintage line aimed at retailers. The on-premise focused line will include 2016 Rotari Platinum and Blossom, sparkling white and rosé wines, respectively. The off-premise wines include Rotari Brut and Rosé, two more affordable expressions made from grapes grown in the foothills of the Dolomites. Rotari grew by more than 50% to 35,000 cases in the U.S. last year, according to Impact Databank.

•Bonterra, part of the Concha y Toro-owned Fetzer Vineyards portfolio, has unveiled a new canned sparkling line, Bonterra Bubbles. The wines—a Brut white blend made from Viognier and French Colombard, and a rosé made from Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Malbec—are at 12% and 12.3% abv, respectively, and come in 250-ml. cans for around $5. Last year, Bonterra was up 5% in the U.S., approaching 500,000 cases, according to Impact Databank.

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