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News Briefs for July 1, 2014

July 1, 2014

•California’s Terra d’Oro Winery is extending its portfolio with a Clarksburg Chenin Blanc and Viognier Blend. The Chenin Blanc grapes were handpicked from the Clarksburg appellation in the Sacramento Delta. The Viognier grapes are from the Terra d’Oro Voteau Vineyard in Amador County. The new blend will be available nationally for a suggested retail price of $16. With more than 400 acres of estate vines, the portfolio from Terra d’Oro also consists of a Zinfandel as well as a number of Italian varietals, including Pinot Grigio, Barbera and Sangiovese. Terra d’Oro Wines is wholly owned by Trinchero Family Estates.

•Doug Lehmann, deputy chairman of Peter Lehmann Wines, passed away over the weekend at his Barossa home at the age of 62. The son of company founder Peter Lehmann, Doug Lehmann joined the family business in 1990, helping to open markets in the U.S. and Europe, and eventually becoming managing director. Following his retirement in July 2010, Lehmann maintained an active role with Peter Lehmann Wines as non-executive deputy chairman, working closely with his successor, CEO Jeff Bond, on the future direction of the winery. He is survived by Ingrid, his wife of 40 years, sons Michael and Harry, and daughter Annika.

•Freixenet USA has expanded its partnership with Glazer’s, appointing the Dallas-based wholesaler as its exclusive distributor in Indiana and Iowa. Freixenet USA, whose portfolio includes the Freixenet, Gloria Ferrer, Segura Viudas, Voveti, Tapena, and Mia brands, is now aligned with Glazer’s in nine U.S. states. The Freixenet lineup was previously handled by Monarch Beverage Co. in Indiana and Johnson Brothers in Iowa.

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