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News Briefs for June 11, 2015

June 11, 2015

•Gruppo Campari has sold Piedmont’s Enrico Serafino winery to Krause Holdings, a U.S.-based diversified holding company. Krause paid €6.1 million ($6.9m) for Enrico Serafino, including its trademark as well as vineyards, vinification and production plants, inventory and real estate assets. The sale is part of Campari’s plan to shed non-core assets, and is the company’s third such disposal of 2015. Under the terms of the deal, Campari will continue to distribute Enrico Serafino wines both in Italy and abroad.

•Proximo Spirits’ 1800 Tequila has released a limited edition Essential Artist series with packaging featuring work by artist Keith Haring. The initiative will see six of Haring’s original designs featured on a limited run of 1800 bottles. The special edition 1800 packaging is rolling out currently to select markets, retailing at $30 a bottle. 1800, the fourth-ranked Tequila brand in the U.S., was flat at 1 million cases last year, according to Impact Databank.

•New York-based Vias Imports, known for its Italian wine portfolio, has added Puglia’s Giancarlo Ceci Winery to its stable. Specializing in organic wines, Giancarlo’s offerings retail from $13 to $47 a bottle. Concurrently, Vias is introducing three new spirits from Campania’s Nastro d’Oro distillery: a Sambuca, Nurchetto Apple Liqueur and Amaro San Costanzo, all retailing at $24 a bottle. Vias has sales of around $40 million annually.

•Los Angeles-based 21st Century Spirits has partnered with Sony Pictures Television to release a limited edition Blue Ice vodka range inspired by the TV show “Breaking Bad.” Rolling out at retail nationwide, the “Heisenberg” Blue Ice vodka lineup (around $27 a 750-ml.) includes three bottle designs, each featuring a different “Breaking Bad” quote. Produced in Rigby, Idaho, Blue Ice’s line also includes its core vodka ($23.95), as well as offshoots Blue Ice Organic Wheat ($26.95) and Blue Ice G ($17.99).

•New York restaurateur Jacques Capsouto is launching a new line of Israeli-sourced wines called Côtes de Galilée Villages. The Kosher portfolio, imported by Roadhouse Wine Merchants, includes an entry-level white and rosé labeled Cuvée Eva (both $19.99), an entry-level red Cuvée Samuel ($25), and two reserve wines, Cuvée Albert and Cuvée Marco. After a three-decade run, Capsouto’s Tribeca bistro Capsouto Frères closed after sustaining extensive damage during Hurricane Sandy.

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