Brand to release a series of limited-edition, wood-finished Scotch blends
October 5, 2015
Johnnie Walker, a brand of Norwalk, Conn.-based Diageo North America, will introduce its newest Scotch whisky: Johnnie Walker Select Casks – Rye Cask Finish, a 10-year-old, 46 percent alcohol by volume (ABV), chill-filtered blended Scotch whisky. The new varietal is the first in a series of limited-edition, wood-finished Scotch blends to be released during the coming years, the company says. Each limited-edition whisky will feature a different wood finish crafted for today's whisky enthusiast, it adds.
Kraig R. Naasz will assume position in January 2016
October 2, 2015
The Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS), Washington, D.C., announced the selection of Kraig R. Naasz, 55, the current head of the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI), as its new president and chief executive officer.
Bourbon pays homage to Treasury Agent John E. Fitzgerald
September 29, 2015
Heaven Hill Brands, Bardstown, Ky., announced the one-time release of John E. Fitzgerald Very Special Reserve Bourbon. Comprised of 12 barrels of wheated bourbon produced at the Stitzel-Weller Distillery, original home of Heaven Hill’s Old Fitzgerald and ancestor of the Larceny brand, the ultra-rare release will offer an extraordinary sensory experience and a glimpse at the DNA of bourbon lore, the company says.
Book publisher launches Vintages by Harlequin line
September 24, 2015
Harlequin Enterprises Ltd., Ontario, Canada, one of the leading publishers of books for women, announced the launch of Vintages by Harlequin, a new line of three wine varietals, with vintage Harlequin branding, the company says.
Purchase includes all existing brands and inventory
September 22, 2015
Bill Leigon, president of Jamieson Ranch Vineyards, announced his purchase of the Napa, Calif., winery. The purchase was finalized Sept. 18. Purchase price was not disclosed. Bill Spear will continue to manage all sales and marketing and is taking the title of the winery's general manager and co-partner.