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NEW YORK, May 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Russian Standard® Vodka, the world's #1 premium Russian vodka, is releasing a limited edition Fabergé bottle.  Russian Standard® is the finest expression of Russian vodka quality, combining rich vodka heritage with fine modern craft. The Russian Standard Fabergé Edition is the second in a series inspired by the beautiful and meticulous Fabergé art, highly prized by the Tsars of the Imperial Russian Court. The ancient technique uses intricate patterns incorporating enamels and gemstones used most commonly in jewelry-making and for decorating small objects.




Russian Standard® is partnering with to Pre-Sell the limited edition before it hits selective stores in US and Canada in June.  Consumers will be able to pre-order the Fabergé bottle at: <>


"Russian Standard® Vodka has a very loyal and devoted following in the US market – the Fabergé limited edition bottle highlights something unique and beautiful about Russian Standard's heritage," said Giulio Bertozzi, VP Marketing for Roust USA.  "It is our core mission to continue delivering authentic products and experiences to our consumer base."


For more information about upcoming product releases and promotions, please follow Russian Standard® Vodka on Facebook at <> , on Instagram @russianstandardvodka and on Twitter @russianstandard

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THORNBURY VILLAGE, ON, May 16, 2017 /CNW/ - Thornbury Premium Apple Cider, Ontario's number-one-selling Ontario Craft cider is enjoying a newly renovated home at the recently restored, historic apple storage building overlooking beautiful views of Georgian Bay and the Blue Mountains.  A grand opening celebration and ceremonial apple tree planting was held among local dignitaries and industry stakeholders on May 16th to celebrate the conclusion of the year-long renovation.


Jim Clark, President of Thornbury Village Craft Cider and Brew House commented, "We are thrilled to be able to open our doors to the public following our extensive renovations. Everyone involved in the project is proud of the results and we're confident that our historic location will become an important landmark in the area, both for local residents and tourists."


The century-old cider house is nestled in the heart of Ontario apple country, which has over 7,500 acres of apple orchards in the surrounding area.  Guests visiting the Craft Cider and Brew House can experience tastings of our premium craft cider and craft beers in addition to many unique small-batch, seasonal offerings only available at our tasting centre.  Locally-sourced cheese and charcuterie plates that pair perfectly with the craft cider and beer offerings are available for purchase and can be enjoyed during fair weather on the large patio.    


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May 17, 2017 (Vancouver, BC) - The Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon has been awarded a GOLD medal at the 2017 International Competition of Cabernets (Concours International Des Cabernets, or CIDC) in Paris.  This BC VQA wine was the only Canadian wine to achieve this ranking at this prestigious competition.


The Cabernets International Competition / Concours International Des Cabernets (CIDC) is devoted exclusively to all forms of Cabernet, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Dorio, Cabernet Blanc, and more.  At this year's event on Monday, April 24th an expert panel of 27 sommeliers, all of whom are members of the Union de la Sommellerie Française (UDSF), blind tasted 250 international wines made from Cabernet.


A total of 33 wines were awarded Gold medals at the event.  Burrowing Owl is thrilled that its wine was recognized as being among the best in the world, and the winery is particularly honoured to have crafted the only Canadian wine to earn Gold at the prestigious competition.  Consumers will have plenty of time to anticipate tasting the winning wine for themselves, however, as the winery won't be releasing the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon until October or November 2017.



Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

500 Burrowing Owl Place, Oliver BC

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TORONTO, May 17, 2017 /CNW/ - As Labatt is set to turn 170 years old this year, the brewery is raising a pint to toast Canada's 150th with the celebratory rebranding of one of the country's most beloved heritage brands, Labatt 50. This summer, Labatt 50 is being renamed "Labatt 150" to mark Canada's sesquicentennial. Limited edition commemorative cans of Labatt 150, featuring the official Canada 150 logo, will be available beginning mid-May throughout the summer.

"For as long as Canada has been around, Labatt has played a role in our nation's history. We've grown from a single brewery in London, Ontario into a national brewer with a strong presence in communities across the country," said Todd Allen, VP of Marketing, Labatt Breweries of Canada. "Labatt 50 is steeped in this heritage – it's our longest-standing brand and was Canada's best selling beer until 1979. It was a natural choice to refresh this iconic brand to celebrate such a monumental occasion for Canadians."

First launched in 1950, John and Hugh Labatt – grandsons of founder John K. Labatt – brewed Anniversary Ale (later named Labatt 50) to commemorate 50 years of their brewing partnership. The first light-tasting ale introduced in Canada, Labatt 50 was Canada's best-selling beer for almost 30 years. Today, with its new name, Labatt 150 is sure to become the beer Canadians raise in celebration of Canada's 150th birthday.

"As one of Canada's oldest breweries, founded before confederation, Labatt has been part of creating enduring memories and marking special occasions for Canadians," said Charlie Angelakos, VP of Legal and Corporate Affairs, Labatt Breweries of Canada. "For the past 170 years, we have proudly continued founder John K. Labatt's commitment to helping Canadians, giving back to our communities and brewing great tasting, quality beer."

Labatt 150 – brewed in London, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec – is now shipping to retail stores across the country and is available in six and 15-packs of 355 ml cans, and 24-packs of 473 ml cans. They'll be available throughout the summer in Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, British Columbia, Alberta, and Newfoundland.

Print and broadcast assets, including product shots, images and video of the Labatt 150 production line as well as vintage Labatt 50 television and radio spots are available here:

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May 16th 2017: Get Hot Tequila, the 100% agave, habanero-infused tequila reposado, is pleased to announce the official launch of its brand this spring at the USA Trade Tasting Conference (USATT) in Manhattan, NY. The perfectly balanced and perfectly spicy tequila reposado was selected from all beer, wine and spirit brands exhibited at the USATT 2017 event to be featured at the trade show’s Unique and Innovative Product platform. 

First brought to market from Jesus Maria, Mexico to California in March 2016, the bright-line importation date was the culmination of more than three years of hard work surrounding formulation, product testing, sourcing and compliance.

In just one year of test marketing, Get Hot Tequila has already achieved tremendous success, winning two medals for product quality, including a silver medal at the San Di’s top-rated infused tequila of all time (December 2016). Additionally, one of the most respected liquor chain store retailers in the country, BevMo!, has eagerly created shelf space to carry Get Hot in their California stores.

Bottled in the highlands of Jalisco, Get Hot Tequila entered into a relationship with a vertically integrated, family-owned distillery to distill and barrel its 100% puro reposado, leveraging the distinct floral notes associated with the Los Altos region. Get Hot Tequila also took time to find the right production methods, including selecting specific barrels for resting.  “We wanted to get certain flavor notes that we knew consumers would like. We tried nearly half dozen barrels before we decided on a specific type of oak,” says founder and company owner John Vasicek. Only after proper resting is the golden reposado infused with heat. This same distillery also produces Oro Azul tequila (SF Spirit Competition Double Gold Winner) and has been distilling tequila for more than 50 years.

The Get Hot Tequila journey began when Vasicek noticed an opportunity in the infused spirits market. Infused spirits were gaining in popularity, as was tequila, but no brand, big or small, had successfully brought an infused tequila to market. Vasicek headed south to Guadalajara and discovered that the right amount of heat not only complemented a fine reposado but also added to the tequila’s visceral experience.

Quality is a number one concern for Get Hot Tequila, which knows that consumers are willing to try almost anything, but getting them to become repeat customers is the pathway to brand success. “Consumers like new, they like fresh, but if the quality isn’t there, they won’t be back, so being a premium brand is where we wanted to be,” says Vasicek.


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