• Changyu, China’s biggest domestic wine producer has signed a deal with Chile’s Bethia Group after past acquisitions and investments in both France and Spain. The deal includes an 85% stake in the Bethia Group’s wine division, Bethwines, for US$50 million, to help the expansion of domestic demand for imported wines in China. 
Chile exported about 142.5 million litres of wine to China a year ago, with Bethwines being the eighth largest exporter. 
Changyu’s market value is evaluated at US$2.81 million which is more than that of Chile’s largest producer, Concha y Toro (US$1.185 million)

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  • For the first time ever, the iconic champagne brand has broken the order of its release and Richard Geoffroy, chef de cave has announced the next launch of 2009 @domperignonofficial before the 2008 vintage. The 2009 vintage is characterized by glorious fruit. Dom Pérignon 2009 would certainly not be what it is without the experience gained while producing Dom Pérignon Vintage 2003 says Geoffroy. The wine took seven years on its lees in the cellar before bottling and release. The last Dom Pérignon vintage released was 2006 (in 2015). Dom Pérignon did not produce a 2007 vintage. 
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  • Champagne Lanson has yet again shown its long haul sponsorship in Wimbledon tournament in travel retail and duty-free shops with special-edition bottles.  All through the late spring months, Lanson is highlighting its 75cl Rosé labels at several international airports. In June, it was showcased at Dubai and will be showcased in London City, Luton, Brussels and Frankfurt throughout July. Frankfurt airport will also witness displaying of the brand’s White label. 
Varying in style from earlier years, these bottles dressed in sleeves imitating the famous Wimbledon lawn courts, with two white court lines housing the labels. The promotional pouches flaunt The Championships and Wimbledon logo. Wimbledon-inspired merchandising and eye-catching point of sales will likewise support the promotion.

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  • For BLOOM Gin brand, Quintessential Brands has launched the first global travel retail activation, in collaboration with World Duty Free at London’s Gatwick airport. The activation will offer travelers Bloom Gin with tonic and strawberries. Bloom Gin was introduced in European travel retail a year ago and is currently conveyed all through the channel by World Duty Free and Heinemann. One-liter Bloom Gin bottles are on sale at Gatwick for £30.99. Made by ace distiller Joanne Moore, Bloom gin is a premium London Dry Gin, with a somewhat sweet, floral taste by a bespoke mix of three botanicals — honeysuckle, chamomile and pomelo.

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  • @woodfordreserve has extended its Distillery Series with the launch of a blended rye whiskey — the first of three rye whiskeys which are discharged under the range this late spring. 
The blend contains the pure 100% rye mash distillate, used in the Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Aged Cask Rye Expression, which was matured in used Woodford reserve bourbon barrels. 
Refined in 2004, select amounts of this rye were kept down to keep developing until 2017, when it was blended with the last of the original Distiller’s Select Straight Rye — a formula of 53% rye, 33% corn and 14% malted barley. Packaged at 45.2% abv, Woodford Reserve Blended Rye Whiskey conveys an age articulation of 11 years. 
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  • Ben Verhaert has been appointed as the new head by @anheuserbusch InBev in its India operations, taking place of Pedro Aidar. 
Anheuser-Busch InBev has been making @budweiser and @corona India beer for more than 15 years. Verhaert has held key positions within the sales and distribution team in Europe. This move of management shuffle took place when the second largest brewer in India is consistently losing share to rivals including Carlsberg.

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  • A new bottling series of limited-edition single malts has been released by Teeling Whiskey. The new series targets on creating a full-flavored experience which pays homage to the unique and particular role of braced wine barrels on the essence of Irish whiskey, says the Dublin-based firm. 
Only limited bottles of Series No 1 up to 12,500 bottles will initially be available in the Teeling Whiskey Distillery, Dublin Airport, and independent retailers within Ireland which will be priced at €78 per 70 cl. It is later anticipated to be likewise taken off to the Benelux, France, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, Australia and select Asian markets.

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  • The Lakes Distillery has added to its The One portfolio, a limited-edition expression — The One Pedro X. The Pedro Ximenez Sherry Cask Finish is an adequate blend of more than 18 distinct whiskies from over the British Isles, permitted to mature in oaken containers that once held the sweet, dark Pedro Ximenez sherry. The all new One Pedro Ximenez joins family expressions just like the One Tawny Port and The One Oloroso, which are also from the lakes distillery. 
Only limited bottles counting to 5,252 have been released with a suggested retail price of £39.95.

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