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News Briefs for June 10, 2016

June 10, 2016

•Sonoma-based Buena Vista Winery, part of the Boisset Collection, is introducing two new wines: Château Buena Vista Napa Valley Cabernet and La Victoire Champagne. Retailing at $50, Buena Vista’s new Napa Cabernet honors the history of the Buena Vista estate—which in the 1860s stretched some 6,000 acres from Sonoma into the Lovall Valley in Napa—and the contributions of founder Count Agoston Haraszthy to California wine. According to Boisset, Buena Vista was also one of the first wineries to produce methode champenoise sparkling wine in California. With its new La Victoire Champagne—a blend of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay sourced from 1er Cru vineyards in Montagne de Reims and Grand Cru vineyards in Mesnil-sur-Oger and Chouilly—Boisset says Buena Vista is now the first California winery to make Champagne in Champagne. Buena Vista’s new wines are rolling out nationally both on- and off-premise.

•The Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux (UGCB) and Vinitaly have renewed their accord to coordinate the dates of Bordeaux’s en primeur tastings and the Vinitaly exhibition. The new four-year deal aims to avoid any overlap between the two events. Under the agreement, Bordeaux’s en primeur week will be held on the following dates: April 3-6, 2017; April 9-12, 2018; April 1-4, 2019; and March 30-April 2, 2020. Vinitaly will be held on April 9-12, 2017; April 15-18, 2018; April 7-10, 2019; and April 5-8, 2020.

•Ireland’s West Cork Distillers has launched a pair of limited release whiskies—West Cork Black Reserve and West Cork Barrel Proof—in the U.S. The two new entries are limited to 4,800 bottles each, with Black Reserve retailing at $40 a 750-ml. and Barrel Proof at $55 a 750-ml. Concurrent with their launch, West Cork has refreshed the packaging for its full Irish whiskey lineup, which also includes the brand’s Original Classic Blend ($27) and 10-year Single Malt ($40). The West Cork portfolio is handled in the U.S. by M.S. Walker.

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