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July 2018

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12  /  the tasting panel  /  july 2018 INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT Rhone Rangers Announce New Executive Director T his June, the Board of Directors for the Rhone Rangers—a national nonprofit dedicated to wine education and the promotion of American Rhône varietals— named Kim Murphy-Rodrigues as their new Executive Director. Rodrigues is an industry veteran with experience in general management, new business development, and marketing in both the wine and produce industries. She has worked with notable wineries such as Wild Horse, Robert Hall, and Summerwood Winery & Inn. "As the Rhone Rangers celebrate 20 years of promoting American Rhône wines, I am thrilled to share their mission in educating wine enthusiasts about the incredible nuances of Rhône varietals and opening doors to the next generation of winemakers, viticulturists, and wine business professionals," Rodrigues said in a statement. Michter's to Hold First 10 Year Rye Release in More Than a Year M ichter's Master Distiller Pamela Heilmann has approved the 2018 release of Michter's 10 Year Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Rye. Shipments of the 2018 release began in early July amid a continu- ing shortage of Michter's whiskey. "We have been expanding our operations, but great whiskey takes time," says Michter's President Joseph J. Magliocco. "At Michter's, we've made a conscious decision to continue to take the costly and time-consuming steps we do rather than adopt practices that would increase our supply more quickly." The suggested U.S. retail price for a 750-milliliter bottle of Michter's 10 Year Rye is $160.

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