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News Briefs for July 9, 2013

July 9, 2013

•Total Wine & More is set to open its sixth Washington state location in Olympia on July 18. The 21,000-square-foot space will stock more than 8,000 wines, 3,000 spirits and 2,500 beers, including 1,500 Washington wines, 80 spirits distilled in Washington or Oregon and 550 beers from the Pacific Northwest region. The outpost will also feature a “Brewery District” beer-tasting bar and growler station, offering 12 rotating taps of local craft brews. Total Wine & More’s seventh Washington store is slated to open in Spokane later this year.

•Napa-based Old Bridge Cellars is expanding into Chile as it adds Via wines to its portfolio. Old Bridge is now responsible for all sales and marketing activity in the U.S. market for the company’s three brands—Chilcas, Oveja Negra and Chilensis. The Chilcas range includes the single varietal Reserva tier ($11.99), the Single Vineyard tier ($18.99) and the Icons range ($34.99-49.99), while Oveja Negra Reserva includes its eponymous line ($10.99) as well as a Single Vineyard tier (SRP $16.99). Chilensis offers the Reservas ($9.99) single varietal expressions from Via’s various estates.

•Sugar-free and gluten-free vodka brand Devotion has added Wild Cherry and Coconut expressions to its flavored lineup. Priced at $19.99 a bottle, the two new offerings join Devotion’s existing sugar- and gluten-free Blood Orange, Black and Blue and The Perfect Cosmo flavors, as well as the brand’s flagship unflavored entry. Devotion vodka, which first launched in 2009, is currently available throughout 24 states both on- and off-premise, including in major accounts such as Applebee’s, Red Robin, Publix, Whole Foods and Total Wine & More, among others.

•Healdsburg, California-based Wilson Artisan Wineries has relaunched the Pezzi King wine brand into national distribution. The wines’ footprint expanded across the country beginning July 1. The range includes a 2012 Sonoma County Chardonnay ($17.99), 2011 Dry Creek Zinfandel ($23.99) and a 2010 Dry Creek Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($22.99), and extensions will soon include a Russian River Chardonnay and a Dry Creek Sauvignon Blanc, priced similarly to the others. They are targeting a production of 10,000 cases this year, according to the company.

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