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News Briefs for December 2, 2022

December 2, 2022

•Tony Parker isn’t content to merely collect and enjoy wine, he also wants to make it. The French-American former NBA star has been busily investing in projects throughout France since retiring from the San Antonio Spurs in 2019 at the age of 37. On the heels of his 2022 partnership with Château La Mascaronne in Provence and Champagne Jeeper, Parker just announced his purchase of Château St.-Laurent in the Rhône Valley. Wine Spectator has more.

•Accolade Wines has announced a new national alignment with Republic National Distributing Co. (RNDC). Under the deal, Accolade will be partnered with RNDC across 25 U.S. markets, including top wine-consuming states like California, Florida, New York, and Illinois. With global volume of above 30 million cases, the Accolade portfolio includes Anakena, Banrock Station, Da Luca, Echo Falls, Hardys, Haymaker, Grant Burge, House of Arras, J-Shed, Mud House, Petaluma, St. Hallett, Stones Ginger, and Tracker’s Crossing.

•Breakthru Beverage is set to represent the Delicato Family Wines portfolio in Pennsylvania and Delaware, adding to a partnership that already included the Missouri market. The move is effective early next year. The Breakthru deal follows last week’s announcement that Delicato has aligned with RNDC across 25 markets—including 12 new states—and added three new states to its partnership with Johnson Brothers, which now has the portfolio in five U.S. markets.

•Clermont, Kentucky-based Knob Creek is offering a special in-person distillery experience called Behind the Craft. The daylong event, scheduled for February 3, 2023, will take place at the James B. Beam Distilling Co. distillery in Clermont and will be hosted by Knob Creek master distillers Fred and Freddie Noe. The experience will include making a barrel selection that will be used for future releases, a cocktail making class, previews of upcoming Knob Creek offerings, and a dinner with the Noes, along with a holiday box. Tickets go on sale December 9 at 12pm Eastern at Behind the Craft’s website, priced at $500 for two guests. Knob Creek is part of Beam Suntory.

•Diageo has announced the return of George Dickel 17 Year Old Reserve, now bottled in full-sized 750-ml. bottles. The 46% abv whisky is made from Dickel’s signature mash of 84% corn, 8% rye, 8% malted barley, and was initially released in 2016 in 375-ml. bottles. The new edition is assembled from barrels selected by Cascade Hollow general manager and distiller Nicole Austin and is rolling out now in select markets across the U.S. for a suggested price of $250 a bottle.

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