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News Briefs for October 20, 2022

October 20, 2022

•Beam Suntory-owned El Tesoro Tequila is celebrating the 85th anniversary of La Alteña distillery with a new limited-edition extra Añejo Tequila. The spirit is also a collaboration between El Tesoro’s distiller Carlos Camarena and Beam distiller Freddie Noe, with the spirit aged in barrels used to make Booker’s 30th Anniversary Bourbon. El Tesoro 85th Anniversary Limited Edition is matured for at least 36 months before bottling at 42.5% abv and carries a suggested price of $500 a 750-ml. It will be available in select locations across the U.S. beginning in November.

•Louisville, Kentucky’s Michter’s has announced that the latest bottling of Michter’s 20-year-old Bourbon will hit shelves in November. The barrels for the release were selected by master distiller Dan McKee and master of maturation Andrea Wilson with the whiskey among the oldest expressions released by Michter’s. The whiskey is bottled at 57.1% abv with a suggested price of $1,200 a 750-ml. and will be available in limited quantities across the U.S.

•Châteauneuf-du-Pape winery Château La Nerthe has released a new label, Les Cassagnes de La Nerthe Blanc. A wine of the Côtes-du-Rhône appellation, this new white blend uses Grenache Blanc (30%), Viognier (30%), Roussanne (30%), and Marsanne (10%). Of Château La Nerthe’s 227 acres of vineyards surrounding its château, the grapes for Les Cassagnes de La Nerthe Blanc are planted on the highest terraces in the Domaine de la Ranjarde vineyard in the Côtes du Rhône appellation, where average vine age is over 25 years old. The newcomer retails at $24 a bottle and is imported by Kobrand.

•New York’s Skurnik Wines & Spirits has partnered with Republic National Distributing Company in the Texas market. The move will see Skurnik’s portfolio—including its grower Champagnes, German and Austrian wines, and the domestically produced Pinot Project, among many others—distributed alongside RNDC’s vast portfolio, increasing Skurnik’s reach in the Lone Star State. The partnership kicked off at the beginning of the October.

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