News Briefs for June 27, 2022June 27, 2022
•Washington wine giant Chateau Ste. Michelle is continuing to shake things up, with news last week that it quietly put its 118-acre Woodinville property on the market. The site has been the winery’s home base since 1976, when the company built the iconic chateau that graces the wine’s labels. Wine Spectator has more.
•Wyoming Whiskey has announced the release of Powder River, a new limited-edition whiskey exclusively available in the brand’s home state. The 6-year-old Bourbon is bottled at 50.5% abv and is, like all of Wyoming’s products, made from grains grown in-state. Powder River carries a suggested price of $70 a 750-ml. and only 360 cases will be available.
•Kalaheo, Kauai, Hawaii’s Koloa Rum Company has entered the spirits-based RTD segment with a new line of sparkling cocktails. The 4.5% abv RTDs have launched in four flavors—Guava, Pineapple, Mango, and Coconut—and come in 4-packs of 12-ounce cans. Koloa’s RTDs are currently available in Hawaii, Texas, Illinois, Colorado, Arizona, and Nevada, with additional markets to follow.
•Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney, and Charlie Day—the creators of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia—have announced Four Walls, a new Irish whiskey brand. The trio are kicking off the brand with two releases: a 15-year-old cask strength, single barrel bottling, and a more accessibly priced whiskey that blends Irish whiskey with American rye. The 15-year-old whiskey retails for $999 (with only 755 bottles available) and the flagship Four Walls release goes for $89. All proceeds from the whiskies will go to the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association’s Hospitality Assistance Response of Pennsylvania program.
•Correction: In Friday’s story on RNDC’s new craft division The Artisan Group, we mistakenly referenced wine as being part of that portfolio. In fact, The Artisan Group will not include wine, only craft spirits.Subscribe to Shanken News Daily’s Email Newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning.