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News Briefs for December 1, 2022

December 1, 2022

•Brown-Forman has expanded the role of Marshall Farrer to include the post of executive vice president, chief strategic growth officer. Farrer will also continue in his current role as the company’s president for the Europe region. “Marshall’s understanding of our consumers, the spirits industry, and the global market trends will help unlock new pathways to growth for Brown-Forman,” said Brown-Forman president and CEO Lawson Whiting, citing Farrer’s “expertise at advancing strategic initiatives, opportunities, and relationships, coupled with 24 years of global spirits knowledge.” Brown-Forman posted global sales of $3.9 billion on a 17% increase in its latest fiscal year, through April.

•Sonoma, California-based Cline Family Cellars is launching a Sonoma AVA Series. The new collection consists of four varietal wines sourced from various appellations within Sonoma County. The first is Hat Strap Chardonnay ($25 a bottle), which comes from the Cline family’s J. Poppe vineyard in Carneros. Next is Fog Swept Pinot Noir ($30), sourced from two Cline vineyards in the Sonoma Coast AVA near Petaluma. Eight Spur Zinfandel ($25) comes from Dry Creek Valley, and Rock Carved Cabernet Sauvignon ($30) is sourced from two vineyards in the Alexander Valley, one on the valley floor and another from the surrounding slopes to the south. Cline’s Sonoma AVA Series is distributed nationally.

•Lucas Bols USA has named Frank Barbagallo as U.S. sales director, amid a wider realignment aimed at improving the company’s route to market. Barbagallo, an industry veteran most recently with Trinchero, will help to spearhead the realignment—which sees Lucas Bols USA further developing its partnerships with RNDC and Breakthru Beverage—alongside managing director Brett Dunne. In addition to Barbagallo’s appointment, Bols has promoted Tim Campbell to sales director, control and independent states; Charlie McCoy has been promoted to sales director of Bols’ RNDC division; and Shawn Kirkpatrick has been promoted to sales director, Breakthru Beverage division. Lucas Bols has expanded its portfolio over the past two years with the additions of the Tequila Partida and Pallini Limoncello.

•Georgetown, Kentucky-based Blue Run Spirits is reprising its “12 Days of Bourbon” series from last year with the new Blue Run Winter Solstice Collection. It features a dozen single barrel, barrel-proof, high-rye Bourbons debuting one day at a time beginning today. Each expression in the series comes from a batch that was contract distilled by Blue Run liquid advisor Jim Rutledge at Castle & Key and bottled at proofs ranging from 117.2 to 129. In keeping with the solstice theme, they sport cosmic names including Meteor, Supernova, and Black Hole. The first will go on sale at 3pm Eastern on Blue Run’s website. Each bottling is priced at $180 a 750-ml. and the complete collection can be purchased for $3,000.

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