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News Briefs for June 17, 2014

June 17, 2014

•Wine Spectator’s flagship WineRatings+ app, which provides quick access to around 300,000 expert wine reviews, is now available for the Android operating system, with a new version optimized for a wide range of current phone and tablet models. After first unveiling WineRatings+ for iPhones in 2012 and then iPads, Wine Spectator continues to expand the product to other popular platforms. For the full story, click here.

•Garrett Camp, founder of Uber and StumbleUpon, has reportedly raised $50 million to fund new projects under the umbrella company Expa, including a potential online restaurant reservation service named Reserve, according to Business Insider. The website for Reserve reads, “A new dining experience is coming,” to launch in the fall, with no other information currently available. The startup could compete with OpenTable, which was recently bought by Priceline for $2.6 billion. Foursquare co-founder Naveen Selvadurai was brought on to help with the new project—reportedly to serve as an East Coast partner for the San Francisco-based Reserve.

•Dublin’s Glendalough Distillery has launched its flagship Glendalough Poitín in the U.S. Introduced this spring, Glendalough Poitín is crafted using a traditional recipe for the ancient Irish spirit, which dates back to as early as 584AD. The brand is currently available across Boston and New York, with additional markets to follow. The Glendalough range includes Glendalough Mountain Strength Poitín ($35), Glendalough Sherry Cask Finish Poitín ($35) and Glendalough Premium Poitín ($30).

•Wente Family Estates CEO Carolyn Wente has been named board chairman of the Wine Institute for 2014/2015. Other board members elected were: Greg Coleman of E.&J. Gallo Winery, first vice chairman; Margie Healy of Korbel Champagne Cellars, second vice chairman; Steve Lohr of J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, treasurer; and Chris Indelicato of Delicato Family Vineyards, secretary. Robert P. (Bobby) Koch is president and CEO of Wine Institute.

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