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Daily Archive: May 18, 2015

Interview, Part 1: Hess Family Wine Estates Managing Director Timothy Persson

Hess Family Wine Estates, part of The Hess Group of Switzerland, has undergone a strategic overhaul recently, offloading Australia’s Peter Lehmann Wines to Casella for $49.5 million last November, and making major investments in its flagship Hess Collection range, which includes Mount Veeder, Napa Valley and Select tiers. The company—whose other brands include MacPhail, Sequana and Artezin among others—has also revamped its leadership team, with Hess family member Timothy Persson named managing director in 2012, and John Grant—formerly managing director for Treasury’s Beringer brand—joining as COO last August. SND associate editor Christina Jelski recently met with Persson to discuss the company’s U.S. outlook. Continue reading →

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Domaine Select’s Rum Diplomatico Seeing Steady Growth At Super-Premium End

Since adding Venezuela’s Rum Diplomatico to its Classic & Vintage Artisanal Spirits subsidiary early last year, Domaine Select Wines Estates has seen the brand grow rapidly as U.S. consumers become increasingly aware of the premium aged rum category. Continue reading →

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Wine Spectator: Burgundy’s Domaine Leflaive Appoints Anne-Claude Leflaive’s Nephew As New Leader

The shareholders of Burgundy’s Domaine Leflaive have appointed Brice de la Morandière as the estate’s new managing director. Continue reading →

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News Briefs for May 18, 2015

•Florida-based Mahalo Spirits Group has partnered with Kentucky’s Bardstown Bourbon Company with plans to develop new Bourbon brands produced at Bardstown’s Nelson County distillery, which is currently under construction. Continue reading →

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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for May 18, 2015

•Full Sail Brewing has launched the latest entry in its Session Series, a Cream Summer Ale. Continue reading →

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