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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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Leading malt whisky specialist Gordon & MacPhail is toasting success after receiving one of the top accolades in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC).


Gordon & MacPhail’s Rare Vintage Glen Grant 1954 single malt received a double gold award, the highest medal available, in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) after impressing forty-three spirit experts who judged a record-breaking 2,100 entries.


A beautifully full bodied, after dinner dram, matured in a first fill Sherry cask, Gordon & MacPhail’s Rare Vintage Glen Grant 1954 is bursting with fruity aromas and flavours. Deliciously smooth with hints of red apples and aromas of aniseed, its mild spices give way to flavours of fresh grapefruit and lemon.


David King, International Sales Director, said: “Receiving these awards from some of the industry’s most influential experts is testament our expertise in the selection of the finest casks for whisky maturation and acknowledgement of the hard work and dedication of everyone at Gordon & MacPhail.


“Since 1895, we have been carefully matching each cask to the new-make spirit before nurturing and maturing our whiskies into unique single malts. It is a craft that we have passed down through the generations. We are committed to seeking out and lovingly maturing unique spirits into an exciting portfolio of expressions to be enjoyed by whisky drinkers worldwide.”


Launched in 2000, the San Francisco World Spirits Competitions has become one of the most influential competitions in the spirits calendar due to the integrity and impartiality of the judging process. Scored by leading figures from across the industry, each sample is blind tested without producer or price point information being revealed.


For more information, please contact Annie Diamond on 0131 210 0059 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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VANCOUVER, BC – May 09, 2017 – Quini® (, the leader in real-time wine tasting sensory data and technology solutions, today announced that Best Western® Hotels & Resorts has named Quini a Best Western Endorsed Supplier of wine sales productivity technology solutions.
The certification will enable Quini to market its QUINI SOMM™ software platform to Best Western properties in Canada, under the chain’s comprehensive Endorsed Supplier marketing program.
The Best Western Endorsed Supplier program introduces Best Western property owners to qualified, world class products and solutions, at preferred rates.
“We are excited to have been certified as a Best Western Endorsed Supplier and by the response from property owners,” said Roger Noujeim, Quini’s chief executive officer. “Being part of the Best Western Endorsed Supplier program presents a significant market opportunity for Quini. We look forward to working with Best Western Hotels & Resorts and with all property owners to maximize their wine sales revenue and profits.”
“We are pleased to welcome Quini to our brand as a Best Western Endorsed Supplier,” said Priscilla Nesbitt, Director Supply and Studio Design, Canada, Best Western Hotels & Resorts. “Quini has created a new way for full-service restaurants and hotels to increase wine sales, including through in-room orders. We are excited to be the first hotel company to introduce Quini solutions; and we look to many of our properties to take advantage of the technology and expand their revenue and profits.”
An industry first, QUINI SOMM is designed to maximize wine sales in full-service restaurants, hotel room orders, wine retail, wholesale and wineries.
Easily deployable, the fully integrated software system re-invents wine training, communication, customer experience and decision making.
With a global network of 4,200† hotels in more than 100† countries and territories worldwide, nearly 2,200 properties in North America and 200 across Canada, Best Western is one of the top 10 largest hotel brands in the world.

Best Western properties interested in learning more, may contact Quini’s sales team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
A 14-day trial may also be launched directly at

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BC Best of Varietal Winner: 2014 Syrah

The Okanagan Wine Festivals BC Best of Varietal competition is part of the 23 annual Spring Wine Festival. Fourteen wine judges narrowed the selection of 550 wines to 141 finalists with one overall winner in each category declared the best of varietal. The Black HIlls Syrah was one such wine that won in its category against other BC Syrahs.


What others have said about the Syrah...



“The 2014 Syrah shows smoky, peppery notes of damson and black cherry precede a textbook palate of black pepper, spice and some savoury hints, with firm tannins, and managed oak through a lingering finish”

Tim Pawsey, North Shore News

92 points!“Such a pretty Syrah, with a wild side!” 

Rick Van Sickle, Wines in Niagara





Just released, 2016 Alibi wins silver

Black Hills signature white Bordeaux blend was awarded a Silver Medal as part of the BC Best of Varietal competition for White Blends over $19. This wine is 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Semillon.






Wines can be ordered in 6 or 12 bottle cases and you can mix & match your cases with any any other Black Hills wines. For any purchase of 24 bottles or more, we will provide FREE Shipping to your home or place of business anywhere in Canada.


Order by phone:  250.498.0666 | Order by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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