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As Prosecco Pushes Past 4-Million-Case Mark, Marketers Aim For Trade-Up

While sparkling wine is showing impressive growth across the board, Prosecco is the category’s star, having posted an expansion that’s been nothing short of phenomenal in recent years.

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Posted in News on June 24, 2016

Barnes & Noble To Start Selling Wine, Beer At Several Stores

Bookstore giant Barnes & Noble is bringing beverage alcohol to several of its stores as part of a new concept aimed at reviving the company’s lackluster performance. Continue reading →

Posted in News on June 24, 2016

News Briefs for June 24, 2016

•California-based Hyde de Villaine (HdV) has purchased a 33.5-acre estate in Napa Valley that comprises 24 acres of vineyard, a 3,750-square-foot winery and residence. Continue reading →

Posted in News on June 24, 2016

Stoli Owner SPI Takes Aim At Fine Wine

A year ago, Stolichnaya vodka owner SPI Group tapped Moët Hennessy veteran Manuel Louzada to lead its newly formed Stoli Prestige Wine unit, comprised of Argentina’s Achaval-Ferrer, recent acquisition Arinzano (based in northeastern Spain) and SPI’s minority stake in Italian estates Tenuta dell’Ornellaia, Castelgiocondo and Luce della Vite (held in partnership with the Frescobaldi family and Michael Mondavi). SND senior editor Daniel Marsteller recently spoke with Louzada to discuss SPI’s plans for its growing wine stable. Continue reading →

Posted in News on June 23, 2016

News Briefs for June 23, 2016

•The future Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits has made a number of appointments, all effective on the closing of the group’s merger, which is expected at the end of June. Continue reading →

Posted in News on June 23, 2016

Craft Brewing and Distilling News for June 23, 2016

•Lexington, Virginia-based Devils Backbone Brewing Company is introducing a new variety “Adventure Pack,” comprised of five new beers—Ale of Two Cities Amero Kolsch-style ale (4.7% abv), Apple-achian Pie Stout (8% abv), Hot Shot IPA brewed with jalapeno peppers (6.2% abv), Space Fruit Pale Ale (4.6% abv), Tropical Thunder brewed with pineapple juice (5.3% abv)—as well as the brewer’s flagship Vienna Lager (5.2% abv). Continue reading →

Posted in News on June 23, 2016

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