Here’s some of the latest news from the Wine and Spirits world.
  1. New York state craft distiller Dutch’s Spirits is set to introduce a new label, Dutch’s Spirits Sugar Wash Moonshine ($23 a 750ml), crafted as a tribute to the company’s namesake—Prohibition-era gangster Dutch Schultz. Sugar Wash Moonshine joins Dutch’s Spirits Peach Brandy ($50 a 750ml) and its Colonial Cocktail Bitters ($18 per 4-oz. bottle) in the portfolio, which is currently available both on- and off-premise in the New York metro market.  Dutch’s, led by co-founder and president Ariel Schlein, is employing upstate contract distillers until its own Pine Plains, New York distillery—to be housed on a historic 400-acre estate that harbored a clandestine bootlegging operation bankrolled by Schultz—is constructed. About 1,000 bottles each of the Peach Brandy and Sugar Wash Moonshine were made for the first batch, by contract producers Still The One and Mazza Winery respectively. A Dutch’s spokesperson told Shanken News Daily today, “Dutch’s is currently building a temporary distillery on their site to pick up production while they build the main distillery, whose completion is targeted for the fall. They anticipate this temporary distillery will be complete around June.”
  2. Duckhorn Wine Co. is partnering with Ruth’s Chris Steak House for the release of the new 2009 vintage of its Paraduxx Z Blend Napa Valley Red. The vintage will be introduced at the Duckhorn Portfolio Wine Dinners held at 81 Ruth’s Chris locations across the country on March 1. The dinners (priced at $110 per person) will feature a four-course meal with pairings of four wines from the Duckhorn Vineyards portfolio—Migration Russian River Valley Chardonnay, Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir, Three Palms Vineyard and the Paraduxx Z Blend. The 2009 Paraduxx blend is already available at retail in limited markets in the U.S. for $48 a 750-ml.
  3. New York City-based Panache Beverage, Inc. expects to release its new Alibi American Whiskey to the U.S. market in the second quarter of 2012. The company said it has already received pre-orders reaching 22,000 nine-liter cases. Priced around $25.95 a 750-ml., Alibi is distilled from American grain and aged for four years in new American oak barrels. It’s the first foray into the brown spirits market for Panache, whose portfolio also includes Wódka Vodka and Alchemia Infused Vodka.
  4. Whisky Advocate has named Macallan Royal Wedding Limited Edition (46.8%-abv, £150/$237 a bottle) as its Speyside Single Malt Whisky of the Year. Individual winners from the 18th annual installment of the Whisky Advocate Awards are being unveiled one day at a time through February 13 at, and will also be featured in the magazine’s upcoming Spring edition, due out March 1.
Source: Shanken News Daily

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