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News Briefs for September 21, 2022

September 21, 2022

•American whiskey brand Fortuna Bourbon is set to re-enter the market for the first time in over half a century. Fortuna is being revived by the team behind Rare Character Whiskey Co.: industry veterans Pablo Moix and Peter Nevenglosky, along with Andy Shapira, formerly of Heaven Hill Brands. The whiskey is a blended Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey bottled at 51% abv and aged a minimum of 6 years. Retailing at $85 a 750-ml., it’s available nationally online through Seelbachs and in California through K&L Wines.

•Casa Dragones has announced the fourth release in the brand’s lineup of luxury-priced Tequilas. The new offering, Casa Dragones Reposado Mizunara, is aged entirely in the rare Japanese oak. The barrels used for this Tequila were custom ordered from Japan’s only independent cooperage with a char level designed to complement the agave spirit. The 40% abv Tequila is rolling out this month and retails for a suggested price of $170.

•Diageo has teamed up with Social Hour canned cocktails once again, bringing the Harvest Whiskey Sour made with George Dickel back to market. The 20% abv canned cocktail is made with 13-year-old George Dickel Tennessee whisky, Honeycrisp apple, Meyer lemon, cardamom, and maple. The sour is packed in 250-ml. cans, which carry a suggested retail price of $28 a 4-pack. Social Hour Harvest Whiskey Sour is now available through the brand’s website and in New York City retail.

•Impex Beverages has added Indri Trini Single Malt to its import portfolio in the U.S. The Indian whisky, made in the foothills of the Himalayas, is bottled at 46% abv and is distilled from barley grown in Rajasthan, and blended from whiskies aged in first-fill Bourbon, French wine, and PX Sherry casks. Indri Trini is part of the Piccadily distillery group, which operates two other distillers in Patiala and Bawal in addition to the facility in Indri. The new single malt is available across the U.S. in select retailers.

•Fort Worth, Texas-based Vino del Sol has announced Retrato Por Jean Claude 2017, a new Bordeaux blend made in partnership with Bodega Tapiz and Jean Claude Berrouet, former winemaker at Chateau Petrus. The new blend is made from 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Cabernet Franc, 8% Merlot, and 2% Petit Verdot harvested from Tapiz’s estate vineyard in San Pablo, Argentina, located at the foot of the Andes Mountains. The wine will be available across the U.S. beginning in November.

•Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits has appointed Dean Silvers executive vice president, general manager, Coastal Pacific Wine & Spirits West Region (CPWS), effective at the beginning of next year. Silvers’ new purview covers California, Washington, Hawaii, Nebraska, and Alaska. He comes to this role with three decades of industry experience and 11 years at SGWS. He will report to Gerry Rivero, executive vice president, managing director CPWS.

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