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News Briefs for September 17, 2015

September 17, 2015

•With the 2015 harvest proving to be an excellent one in France’s Northern Rhône Valley, producers are enjoying seeing the fruits of their labors as picking draws to a close. But it seems some folks are enjoying the fruits of other people’s labors. On the morning of September 11, a harvest crew for E. Guigal arrived at a Condrieu vineyard to pick their grapes and found someone had already done part of the job. Wine Spectator has the story.

•St. Helena, California-based importer and marketer Wilson Daniels has added to its brand roster, agreeing to handle sales and marketing for Russian River Valley Chardonnay and Pinot Noir producer Arista Winery. Arista’s founding McWilliams family said the arrangement will broaden its distribution reach throughout the country. The deal, which took effect September 1, covers Arista’s Russian River Valley Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, as well as single-vineyard Chardonnays Ritchie and Banfield and single-vineyard Pinots Toboni and Ferrington.

•Côtes du Rhône’s Les Dauphins, which launched stateside in January, has named Thibaut Marquis national sales manager. Marquis was formerly national marketing and sales manager for David Family Wines. Handled by Monsieur Touton Selections in the East and Plume Ridge in the West, Midwest and Gulf states, Les Dauphins is targeting 100,000 cases within the next few years.

•CIL U.S. Wines & Spirits, the U.S. arm of Camus Wines & Spirits, has announced two key executive appointments. Jean Denis Voin has been named executive vice president, overseeing U.S. operations and reporting to the Camus board. Voin, who is also serving as group marketing and development officer of the parent company, has had a luxury and consumer goods career including time with Bacardi-Martini, Gucci and Unilever. Additionally, Alexandra Albu has been promoted from U.S. marketing manager to sales and marketing director of CIL.

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