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ST. LOUIS (June 23, 2022) – In response to the devastating floods impacting Yellowstone National Park and surrounding areas, Lebanon, Kentucky-based Limestone Branch Distillery – makers of Yellowstone Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey – has donated $25,000 each to the National Park Service (NPS) and to the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) for long-term support of flood-relief efforts.

Additionally, Limestone Branch distillery has agreed to match up to $50,000 in donations made in conjunction with a fundraising event benefiting the Southwest Montana Flood Relief Fund – a joint effort between the Park County Community Foundation (PCCF) and Greater Gallatin United Way – and the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation. The event, hosted by National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), will be held June 28 at the Rialto in Bozeman, Montana.

 “We were saddened to learn of the devastation caused by flooding at and around Yellowstone National Park. Our Yellowstone Bourbon brand shares a long, storied history with the park, and our master distiller Stephen Beam has been an avid supporter of – and visitor to – our country’s national parks for many years,” said Limestone Branch Distillery Brand Manager Caitlin Palmieri Jackson. “We are prepared to match up to $50,000 in donations to support the immediate recovery effort made at the fundraiser event hosted by NPCA in Bozeman, Montana, and we already have donated $25,000 each to the National Park Service and to NPCA in response to this tragedy.”

Yellowstone Bourbon also has set up a website (www.limestonebranch.com/about/yellowstone-gives-back) to provide additional information about fundraising efforts as well as links to vetted support organizations, where consumers can learn more about donating and other ways to help.

The only independent, nonpartisan organization devoted exclusively to advocacy on behalf of the National Park System, NPCA is hosting a June 28 fundraising event in Bozeman, Montana, to rally the community around the immediate flood response and recovery efforts related to the flooding in and adjacent to Yellowstone National Park. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Southwest Montana Flood Relief Fund – a joint effort between the Park County Community Foundation (PCCF) and Greater Gallatin United Way – and the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation for immediate needs like emergency shelter, drinking water, food, clothing and will also help with clean-up and rebuilding efforts. For more information regarding the fundraiser in Bozeman, Montana, visit https://e.givesmart.com/events/rJK/.

In addition to helping ensure the communities and impacted areas of the region who need support the most receive it at this time – NPCA will advocate for the long-term recovery of the park. Assisted by the funds donated by Limestone Branch Distillery, NPCA will further its bipartisan efforts to help fund recovery efforts and advocate for federal funding for park repairs as the park assesses the full scope of the need on its road to recovery.

As the federal agency responsible for managing U.S. national parks – including Yellowstone National Park, The National Park Service is currently engaging with more than 1,000 partners to assess damage from the flooding, briefing impacted communities and the public at large, assisting with reopening strategies and short- and long-term recovery planning. Funds donated to NPS will assist in these endeavors.

Limestone Branch Distillery’s recent donations and fundraising efforts in response to the flooding at Yellowstone National Park are in addition to its support of the NPCA over the past several years. Earlier this year, the distillery donated $30,000 to NPCA through proceeds from sales of its Yellowstone Select whiskey.

 
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(SAN FRANCISCO, June 22, 2022)Crescere Wines, the luxury, small-production winery from Sonoma known for its site-specific wines and “farming first,” philosophy, today announces the release of their newest vintage of single-vineyard wines, Platt Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019 and Chardonnay 2019 (SRP $120 and $100). Founded in 2016 by the Reynoso family in collaboration with renowned winemaker Philippe Melka, Crescere’s highly-limited 2019 vintage of Platt Vineyard wines reflect a moderate growing season that ultimately brought harvest dates back to their typical mid-October timeframe, following many vintages of extreme heat that continued to pushed harvest dates earlier in the season.

 

“The 2019 season was one of a kind,” says Crescere co-founder and proprietor, Joe Reynoso. “Our goal at Crescere has always been to showcase the place, and both of these wines do a phenomenal job at achieving that. We’re proud to reveal the Platt Vineyard 2019 wines, and thrilled that the abundant spring rainfall and lack of extreme heat in 2019 allowed us to create such extraordinary wines that so clearly express the distinct terroir of Platt.”

Crescere maintains that a site-specific strategy is key for achieving wines with pure varietal expression, and leans on their decades of farming experience in Sonoma to determine which sites are ideal for each variety. For Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Crescere is proud to source from Platt Vineyard, one of the most heralded vineyard sites in all of California, and considered by many to be a Sonoma “Grand Cru.” Its close proximity to the Pacific Ocean, fine sandy loam soil, elevation above the fog line, and influence of Pacific Coast winds combine to create terroir that is particularly well-suited for growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

“Our Platt Vineyard wines have a signature minerality and raciness resulting from the influence of the Pacific Ocean, which is only three miles from the vineyard,” says Reynoso. “The mild vintage conditions in 2019 yielded Platt wines that are particularly Burgundian in character, with complex layers of floral notes and incredibly soft tannins defining the Pinot Noir; while the 2019 Chardonnay is bolder and more expressive than previous vintages while still maintaining its signature freshness.”

Tasting Notes

Crescere Platt Vineyard Chardonnay 2019

14% ABV, 750ml, $100 SRP, 92 cases produced, 93 points (Jeb Dunnuck)

Notes of nectarine, pear and melon mix with thai basil, acacia, lanolin and wet stones rise from the glass. On the palate, citrus with orange and lemon are underlined by hazelnut, fresh button mushrooms and basil. The longer the wine is open, the more the fruit moves to the back palate and the wine becomes increasingly savory. Shale and toasted nuts on the finish.

Crescere Platt Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019

14.6% ABV, 750ml, $120 SRP, 70 cases produced, 94 points (Jeb Dunnuck)

Heady aromas of mulberry, blueberry, plum and pine, opening up to notes of rose petal and carnation with a tinge of wet gravel; eventually giving way to cinnamon and ginger. On the palate, notes of Rainier cherry mixed with tarragon and marjoram mingle with an earthy, mossy undertone, along with baking spice notes of cinnamon and ginger.

Crescere Platt Vineyard Chardonnay 2019 and Pinot Noir 2019 are available for direct purchase here and here.

 
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A collection of bourbon whiskies from past and present American greats is set to go under the hammer on Independence Day by specialist whisky auction site, Whisky Hammer.

A unique selection of bourbon and other sought-after American whiskies will be put up for auction on Monday 4th July as part of Whisky Hammer’s The Spirit of America Whiskey Auction – coinciding with Independence Day.

With one bottle valued up to £25,000, many of the desirable expressions hold an illustrious position in American whiskey history from brands such as Pappy Van Winkle, Old Forester, Stitzel-Weller, EH Taylor and Willett Family Estate.

E.H Taylor Old Fashioned Sour Mash will also go under the hammer, with a price estimate of £13,000. This bourbon was created by Buffalo Trace retirees using a method used for making ‘old fashioned sour mash’ whiskey – a technique used by Edmund Haynes Taylor Jr in the late 1800s.

Private sellers can add bottles to the auction by getting in touch with Whisky Hammer before the submission deadline of Monday 27th June – contact details can be found at www.whiskyhammer.com.

Daniel Milne, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Whisky Hammer, said: “This is an exciting collection for us to be auctioning – and not just because of the variety of bourbon on offer. Some of the stories behind these bottles are fascinating and give an insight into different time periods in American whiskey.

“Many bourbon collectors have never taken part in an auction before, so this is their chance to bid on and secure a drop of bourbon history.”

Online whisky auction business Whisky Hammer was started in 2016 by brothers Daniel and Craig Milne who are originally from Macduff, near Speyside, an area renowned for the production of Scotch whisky.

Whisky Hammer re-located in 2019 to a new, purpose-built facility in Aberdeenshire, which is also home to Still Spirit – a whisky shop, e-commerce site and dram bar offering over 100 rare whiskies to taste while overlooking the beautiful Scottish countryside.

The business hosts monthly auctions dedicated to whisky and other fine spirits, which attract more than 200,000 buyers and sellers from every corner of the globe. It has auctioned a wide range of whiskies, both bottles and casks, recently achieving the world record for the highest value cask ever sold at auction.

The Spirit of America Whiskey Auction will go live on Whisky Hammer from 7pm (BST) on Monday 4th July. For further information or to register interest, visit whiskyhammer.com.

 
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TORONTO, June 15, 2022 /CNW/ - On June 16th, all Corby Spirit and Wine and Hiram Walker & Sons employees will dedicate a whole day to learning, sharing, and having a positive and meaningful impact in their communities. First launched in 2011, Responsib'All Day is when employees act as frontline ambassadors to the 2030 Sustainability & Responsibility roadmap 'Good Times from a Good Times' and achieve real impact. The focus this year is helping to protect and restore nature and biodiversity, in line with the companies' commitment to nurturing the land.

 

"Our company mission is to unlock the magic of human connection by bringing good times from a good place. Responsib'All Day is a perfect demonstration of how we bring this to life with our employees around the world," said Nicolas Krantz, President, Chief Executive Officer of Corby. "After two years of not being able to host Responsib'All Day, we are delighted to be able to roll up our sleeves and get back into our communities, to play our part in a true spirit of convivialité. As Créateurs de Convivialité, we all have a role to play in building a more sustainable and responsible world."

The teams will be joined by 18,500 global employees of its majority shareholder, Pernod Ricard, in various community projects like planting trees in natural conservation areas, renovating green urban spaces, and collecting waste from beaches and rivers.

"Throughout the pandemic, we have continued to accelerate our S&R roadmap to nurture the land and its biodiversity. Responsib'All Day is a way of ensuring our employees understand the importance of preserving nature for our business and for the communities around them," adds Craig Dryburgh, Vice President, North America Manufacturing at Hiram Walker.

All Corby and Hiram Walker products come from nature and rely on well-functioning ecosystems to continue to produce the iconic brands now and for generations to come. However, the losses in the bee industry are expected to surpass the billion-dollar mark this year in Canada – a severe impact to the whole agriculture industry. In response, employees are building beehives to provide a safe space for bees to store food reserves and keep colonies healthy and strong.

In total, 66 hives will be built and donated to local beneficiaries where they will host colonies of bees, which serve an important role in biodiversity. Each colony can range from 10,000 bees in the spring to up to 80,000 in the summer, and are essential for the pollination of flowers, fruits and vegetables. Beneficiaries include:

  • Niagara College
  • Essex County Beekeepers Group
  • Dare to include! / Pleins Rayons
  • City of Kingsville
  • Calgary Beekeepers Association
  • University of British Columbia / BCB Honey Farm
  • Feeder Flower Farm

Beehive building and other Responsib'All Day activities will be taking place across Canada in Halifax, NS; St. John's, NL; Cowansville, QC; Windsor, ON; Niagara, ON; Winnipeg, MB; Regina, SK; Edmonton, AB; Calgary, AB; Richmond, BC; Kelowna, BC; and Victoria, BC. Employees across the country will take part in initiatives to raise awareness of the importance of restoring nature and promoting biodiversity.

 
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To many whisky aficionados, the term "Barrel Proof" is synonymous with high proof, premium whisky offerings, regarded for their quality. Today, Cascade Hollow Distilling Co.'s General Manager and Distiller Nicole Austin is challenging that perception with the release of Cascade Moon 15 Year Old Barrel Proof, which is launching in select U.S. markets this month.

 

The new Cascade Moon offering is a pleasant, sophisticated spirit that originally entered the barrel at 115 proof, where it was aged for 15 years in Cascade Hollow's single story rickhouses. As a result of the curious conditions experienced by these barrels, the proof of the offering dropped to 79.8, below the minimum standard to be classified as a whisky.

Since the line's inception in 2020, the mission of the Cascade Moon Series has been to further conversations around the American whisky category while bringing consumers a variety of beautiful and small-batch liquids. As a surprise twist on barrel proof, this Cascade Moon release offers drinkers a unique tasting experience by bringing a barrel proof spirit distilled by grain to consumers and providing an opportunity for more discussion around the relationship between proof and quality in the category.

"With each Cascade Moon release, I've had the chance to share a variety of different offerings based on my inspirations at the time," said Austin. "One thing that drew me toward releasing something like Cascade Moon 15 Year Old Barrel Proof is how it perfectly demonstrates the balance of approachability and quality possible with a lower proof spirit. I hope this release helps change the way the category perceives lower proof spirits, while also providing whisky fans with access to an elegant spirit."

Cascade Moon 15 Year Old Barrel Proof is a complex and sophisticated spirit with a surprising depth of character. This intricate liquid offers an aromatic and tropical nose, with a finish of leather and oak and can best be enjoyed neat or on the rocks.

The release of Cascade Moon 15 Year Old Barrel Proof comes off the heels of Cascade Moon 13 Year Old Rye winning Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition last month. Overall, the Cascade Moon Series pays homage to the distillery's history, while continuing to set the tone for the future of the whisky category. Starting now, Cascade Moon will be available in select markets for consumers to purchase for a limited time at a suggested retail price of $124.99.

As with all whiskies in the Cascade Hollow Distilling Co. family, your friends at Cascade Hollow encourage you to sip this new offering the same way it's made – slowly and responsibly.

 

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