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News Briefs for August 9, 2022

August 9, 2022

•California wine brand Bread & Butter has expanded its lineup, adding a new Pinot Grigio to the portfolio. The new wine is sourced from vineyards in California and comes in at 13% abv. Bread & Butter Pinot Grigio is available now across the U.S. for $16 a 750-ml. and sits alongside Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, rosé, and Prosecco in the brand’s portfolio. Last year, Bread & Butter reached 1.16 million cases in the U.S., according to Impact Databank, earning “Hot Brand” honors.

•Prestige Beverage Group has announced Rinna Wines, a new line made in collaboration with actress Lisa Rinna. The new brand is kicking off with two sparkling releases—Brut and Brut Rosé—both sourced from Provence. Both wines will retail for a suggested price of $25 a 750-ml. and will launch in select markets in October ahead of a national push scheduled for early 2023.

•Utah-based High West, part of the Constellation portfolio, has announced Protect the West, a new sustainability and environmental protection initiative. Over the next three years, High West has pledged $1 million to support groups working to keep the western U.S. habitable. The first donation of $150,000 will be split three ways, with portions going to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation (WFF), Protect Our Winters, and American Prairie. In addition, in celebration of the release of High West Campfire, the company will match consumer donations to the WFF, up to $50,000. Last year, High West reached 145,000 cases in the U.S., up 10.4%, according to Impact Databank.

•Dreyfus Ashby & Co. is adding Jules Taylor Wines to its import portfolio. Based in the Marlborough region of New Zealand, Jules Taylor is known for Sauvignon Blanc as well as Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Grüner Veltliner, and Chardonnay. In the Dreyfus Ashby portfolio, Jules Taylor joins a lineup including Maison Joseph Drouhin and its properties in Oregon—Domaine Drouhin and Roserock—as well as Chateau Petrús, Chateau Trotanoy, and Belair-Monange from Bordeaux; Ulysses, Rubicon and Inglenook from Napa; Champagne Drappier; Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue; and Château de Campuget among others.

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