First-Ever Wine Made from 100% Durian Created

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PhD students at the National University of Singapore, Christine Lee and Fransisca Taniasuri, have created the world's first wine from durian fruit. The wine, described as "creamy and buttery,” is 100 percent durian—a pungent spiked fruit with an aroma described as "smelling like rotting fish, stale vomit, unwashed socks and raw sewage," according to Drinks Business. The wine's creators, however, say the wine tastes nothing like the fruit. One hopes not.

The 133-year-old Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced Kristin Meadors as the group's first-ever Director of Governmental and Regulatory Affairs. Previously executive assistant, Meadors will be responsible for coordinating the Association’s governmental and regulatory affairs initiatives, working with federal officials on trade issues and expanding the Bourbon industry.

Quintessential has added Agricole Vallone to its portfolio of Italian wines. Initially, three of Agricole Vallone’s wines from its Flamino Estates in the Brindisi area will be represented: Vereto Salice Salentino Riserva D.O.C. (100% Negroamaro), Vigna Flaminio Brindisi Riserva D.O.C. (80% Negroamaro and 20% Montepulciano) and the Graticciaia Salento Rosso (100% Negroamaro).

Sugar-free and gluten-free vodka brand Devotion has added Wild Cherry and Coconut flavors to its lineup. The two new offerings join Devotion’s other sugar- and gluten-free vodkas, including unflavored, Blood Orange, Black and Blue and The Perfect Cosmo. Devotion is currently available in 24 states and is priced at $20 a bottle.

On the heels of its June acquisition by fashion executives Maurice and Paul Marciano, Wally’s Wine & Spirits has announced its creation of Wally’s Auction House. Newly appointed president and CEO Michael Jessen, who most recently headed Zachys auction division, will helm the expansion.

Laurent Lacassagne has taken up his new role as chairman and CEO of Chivas Brothers, the Scotch and premium gin division of Pernod Ricard. Lacassagne was chairman & CEO of Pernod Ricard Pacific from 2006 to 2008, when he became Chairman and CEO of Pernod Ricard Europe.

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