News Briefs for May 22, 2023May 22, 2023
•Fuji Japanese Whisky, Jack Daniel’s Barrel Proof Rye, and newcomers from Kilchoman and Royal Salute are among the offerings featured in Whisky Advocate’s latest weekly roundup. The website has all the details.
•Non-alcoholic brand Cut Above Zero-Proof Spirits is launching its first whiskey. Developed over three years in partnership with mixologists and flavor specialists, it’s billed as having a Kentucky-style flavor profile. The brand’s portfolio already includes a zero-proof gin, agave blanco Tequila, and mezcal. Cut Above Whiskey is priced at $35 a 750-ml. and is available for purchase from the company’s website for nationwide shipping and at select retailers.
•The 2023 vintage will go down as one of the most tempestuous in Argentina and Chile’s modern era. For Argentina, the year brought widespread hailstorms, followed by a sweltering summer and then some frost near harvest time for good measure. In Chile, much of the country weathered the same summer heat, but a few regions also suffered devastating wildfires that burned historic vineyards and blanketed the region with smoke. Across both countries, yields are low. But for winemakers who were able to harvest fruit, they report quality is very promising. Wine Spectator has the full story.
•O’Neill Vintners & Distillers has appointed Tom Fantham as chief commercial officer, a newly created role at the company. Fantham spent 25 years at Trinchero Family Estates, including as vice president of sales, responsible for managing wholesalers and national accounts, and later as chief commercial officer. In his new role, he’ll lead commercial strategy and sales for O’Neill’s national brand portfolio and customer sales for the company’s private label program. O’Neill’s national brand range includes Line 39, Harken Chardonnay, Rabble Wines, Charles Woodson’s Intercept, FitVine Wine, Robert Hall Winery, Game Box, Allegro Cellars, BrandyLab, and Javelin Vodka.
•St. Helena, California-based winery Chappellet has appointed Brennan Anderson as vice president of marketing. Anderson joins from Folio Fine Wine Partners where he spent 15 years, the last eight as vice president of marketing, handling a portfolio of more than 40 brands and 400 SKUs with annual revenues above $100 million. At Chappellet, Anderson will manage the family-run winery’s marketing team, which oversees both trade and DTC channels, while also helping to guide brand strategy and communications.Subscribe to Shanken News Daily’s Email Newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning.
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