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News Briefs for July 14, 2022

July 14, 2022

•Terlato Wines is introducing two new wines from Campania-based Feudi di San Gregorio to the U.S. market, Visione Rose and Cutizzi Greco di Tufo. Visione, which translates to ‘vision’ in English, is sourced from different parcels of Aglianico grapes located in Feudi di San Gregorio’s Taurasi vineyards at altitudes ranging from 980-1,150 feet and retails at $35. Cutizzi, retailing at $38, is named for the vineyard where the bottling’s Greco di Tufo grapes are sourced, at an altitude ranging from 1,400 to 2,300 feet.

•Bardstown Bourbon Company has announced the latest two releases in its Discovery series of whiskies, #8 and #9. Discovery #8 is a blend of Kentucky Bourbon, Indiana rye, and Canadian whisky, bottled at 57.05% abv. It retails for $140 a 750-ml. and will be available beginning July 13 in 20 states across the U.S. Discovery #9 brings together craft Georgia Bourbon, 17-year-old Tennessee whiskey, Kentucky Bourbon, and Canadian whisky at 56.25% abv. The ninth release also retails for $140 and is set to hit shelves in September.

•Beam Suntory’s On the Rocks cocktail portfolio has expanded with a new Espresso Martini. The 20% abv cocktail is made with Effen vodka and espresso coffee liqueur, and comes in 375-, 200-, and 100-ml. sizes with the largest size carrying a suggested price of $13. On the Rocks Espresso Martini is now available nationwide and through e-commerce platform Drizly. In 2021, On the Rocks grew to 416,000 cases in the U.S., according to Impact Databank.

•Polish super-premium vodka brand Chopin is releasing Rye Organic, made from a heritage rye variety called Dankowskie Ruben that’s sourced from a farm within 20 miles of the Chopin distillery. The spirit is rested six months after distilling. The release follows the company’s commitment to organic products, which includes farming without fertilizers, pesticides, or GMOs. Chopin Rye Organic will be available for purchase online and at select retailers in California, Florida, Texas, Colorado, and Washington for a suggested $35 a 700-ml.

•Trinchero Family Estates has appointed Melissa Linehan as vice president, sales execution—east region. In her new role, Linehan will report to president and CEO Bob Torkelson, and will be charged with boosting growth and developing successful routes to market for Trinchero’s portfolio. Linehan spent 10 years at Pernod Ricard, where she served as a vice president of commercial marketing.

•Phil West has joined Conecuh Brands as vice president of marketing. Most recently he was with E.&J. Gallo working in brand marketing across both the wine and spirits businesses. West worked with Conecuh Brands CEO Roy Danis at Jose Cuervo International. He has also held senior marketing positions at William Grant & Sons and Allied Domecq. Conecuh Brands’ portfolio includes Clyde May’s Whiskey, Prospero Tequila, and McConnell’s Irish Whisky.

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