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News Briefs for July 23, 2015

July 23, 2015

•South African producers are nearly universal in their effusive praise for the 2015 growing season—rare for a wine-producing country with myriad climates that are home to a wide range of grape varieties. Very dry weather persisted all season long, but temperatures remained relatively cool, leading to an early harvest across the Cape. Wine Spectator has a full report.

•Sonoma-based B.R. Cohn Winery has been acquired by fellow California wine group Vintage Wine Estates for an undisclosed sum. Producing ultra-premium Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot and Pinot Noir, B.R. Cohn scaled back its annual volume recently from about 80,000 cases to around 50,000 cases to refocus on Sonoma Valley Cabernet from its Olive Hill estate. Founder Bruce Cohn, who has led the company for more than four decades, will continue to live adjacent to the Olive Hill property with his wife Laurie following the sale, but will now focus on his other career as manager of rock band The Doobie Brothers.

•San Francisco importer Maritime Wine Trading Collective has added Burgundy’s Badet-Clement & Co. to its stable. Badet-Clement & Co.’s wines include the Les Jamelles brand, as well as the Domaines et Vins de Propriété Burgundy and Rhône estates lineup. Maritime, which also markets the Graham Beck, Jules Taylor and Quinta Nova brands, among others, is part of the Bacchus Capital Management portfolio.

 

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