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News Briefs for October 12, 2012

October 12, 2012

Wine Spectator reports that Jean Guyon, who owns several notable cru bourgeois wineries in Bordeaux, has bought Château Greysac, one of the region’s best-known cru bourgeois estates. Greysac will become part of Guyon’s company Domaines Rollan de By. The purchase price wasn’t disclosed. The sale includes 296 acres of vineyards on three separate estates—châteaus Greysac, Le Monthil and By—that produce the wine for the Greysac label. A European-based corporate partnership has owned Greysac since the 1970s and has sent a significant portion of its 50,000 annual case production to the U.S. market for many years. The 2009 vintage of Château Greysac earned 89 points on Wine Spectator’s 100-point scale; the wine typically retails for under $25 a bottle.

•Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits has launched HobNob’s entry into the red blend category, HobNob Wicked Red, as originally reported by Shanken News Daily on August 6. Wicked Red is a blend of Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Pinot Noir, priced at $9.99 a 750-ml. It joins a HobNob portfolio that includes Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz. HobNob (an Impact “Hot Prospect”) rose 15% to 173,000 cases last year.

BevMo will open its newest San Diego-area store in Santee on October 19. Located at 9755 Mission Gorge Road, the new 9,500-square-foot location will feature more than 1,900 wines, 1,700 spirits and 1,850 beers as well as gourmet foods, cocktail mixers and other items. BevMo will hold an opening day event with tastings from featured wine and spirits brands like Stella Rosa Winery, Coronado Brewing, Stone Brewing Co., Skinnygirl Cocktails and Jack Daniel’s. This is BevMo’s 123rd store in total across California, Arizona and Washington.

•Deming, New Mexico’s Southwest Wines is launching its recently renamed Soleil Mimosa in 187-ml. aluminum cans. They will sell for $10.99 a four-pack. Soleil Mimosa, originally called St. Clair Mimosa, has been available in the U.S. market for 25 years, and recently expanded distribution to 41 states across the country as well as received updated packaging for its bottled version (which sells for $10.99 a 750-ml.). The company predicts volume for Soleil to be more than 60,000 cases in 2012. Southwest Wines produces more than 300 wines, including 50 wines that are under their own brand and more than 250 under private or control labels for national retailers or wineries.

•Steve Hanson, founder and president of BR Guest Hospitality, has opened the second New York City location of Strip House, the steak house chain he acquired last year, as reported by Shanken News Daily on December 7, 2011. The new, two-story Strip House is located in Midtown Manhattan with seating for 200 guests and is currently open for dinner seven days a week, with lunch service to follow by the end of October. (Last month, BR Guest closed Primehouse, its New York steakhouse venue located on Park Avenue South.) BR Guest Hospitality owns and operates numerous other restaurant brands in New York, Las Vegas, New Jersey and Florida, including Atlantic Grill, Dos Caminos, Bill’s Bar & Burger and Blue Water Grill.

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