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News Briefs for September 13, 2022

September 13, 2022

•Louisville, Kentucky-based Angel’s Envy has named Owen Martin as master distiller, effective October 17. Martin joins the Bacardi-owned distillery from Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey where he worked for six years, most recently serving as head distiller. He is the first named master distiller for Angel’s Envy since co-founder and previous master distiller Lincoln Henderson passed away in 2013. Last year, Angel’s Envy grew nearly 50% to 223,000 cases and was named an Impact “Hot Brand.”

•Washington State’s wine community is grappling with the loss of respected winemaker Ross Andrew Mickel. The 47-year-old, along with his wife and young son, were among 10 people who were lost on Sept. 4 when a seaplane crashed near Whidbey Island in Washington State’s Puget Sound, just north of Seattle. The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search for the missing plane on Sept. 5; all the passengers are missing and presumed dead. Wine Spectator has more.

•Pernod Ricard’s Olmeca Altos has entered the ready-to-serve market with a new bottled Margarita. The 15% abv cocktail is made using Altos’ Plata Tequila, lime flavor, Triple Sec, and agave nectar, with each bottle containing five servings. Altos Margarita Classic Lime is now available across the U.S. for a suggested price of $20 a 750-ml.

•Brown-Forman has teamed up with e-commerce facilitator Thirstie to create a new digital storefront for BenRiach Single Malt Scotch. The store, the first dedicated online store created for a Brown-Forman brand, uses Thirstie’s three-tier compliant service to pair shoppers with local retailers who then fulfill the orders. The store is now live at shop.benriachdistillery.com where consumers in California, Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, and Washington can have BenRiach’s whiskies shipped directly to their homes.

•Proximo Spirits and BlockBar, the spirits-NFT marketplace, have partnered to release a limited edition of 1800 Colección Tequila bottled in a decanter designed by artist Leonora Carrington. While 15 decanters—titled El Rey del Tequila—exist, only one is up for auction through September 15. The opening bid is $25,000 and 50% of the auction’s proceeds will go to the Council of Leonora Carrington, an organization dedicated to preserving the artists works.

•Avaline, the wine brand founded by Cameron Diaz and Katherine Power, is adding a Cabernet Sauvignon to its portfolio. The new wine (14% abv) is available for $30 on the brand’s website. Avaline partnered with Tagaris Winery as the vineyard partner. The family-owned Washington winery has 2,000 acres of vineyards, some as old as three decades, and also produced Avaline Chardonnay, which launched earlier this year.

•Luxury Tequila producer Clase Azul México has announced a new hospitality arm, Clase Azul Destinations. Its first move will be to open the doors of Clase Azul Los Cabos, billed as “an expansive luxury destination which will include a boutique, restaurant, bar, omakase experience, and more,” located in San José del Cabo. The Los Cabos hospitality experience is slated to open next month.

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