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News Briefs for June 24, 2016

June 24, 2016

•California-based Hyde de Villaine (HdV) has purchased a 33.5-acre estate in Napa Valley that comprises 24 acres of vineyard, a 3,750-square-foot winery and residence.HdV has operated on the site since 2003, but the company says the purchase represents its commitment to the region. HdV will retrofit the existing crush pad and replant sections of the vineyard over the next several years, adding Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Chardonnay and small amounts of Sauvignon Blanc while maintaining focus on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Hyde de Villaine is a partnership between Carneros-based Hyde Vineyard owners the Hyde family and the de Villaine family, owners of A&P de Villaine and co-director of Domain de la Romanée-Conti in Burgundy. HdV is handled by Napa Valley-based Wilson Daniels.

•Glazer’s, which recently gained full ownership of its brokerage operations in Alabama and Mississippi, plans to combine them with Southern Wine & Spirits’ own brokerage operations in both markets once the Southern-Glazer’s merger is finalized in the coming weeks. The new entity will operate in Alabama and Mississippi as Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits of Gulf Coast, LLC, and will be the largest brokerage operation in both states, according to Glazer’s. Alabama and Mississippi will be part of the future Control States and Canada Region for Southern Glazer’s, which will be led by Scott Oppenheimer.

•Vinexpo has updated the programming for its 2017 event in Bordeaux, set to be held June 18-21. The four-day event will feature a new “Hosted Buyers” program, in which Vinexpo will invite 200 new international buyers spanning a wide range of channels, including the e-commerce, travel retail, off-premise and on-premise sectors. These buyers, as well as all registered exhibitors, will be able to participate in the event’s “One to Wine Meetings,” which aim to connect exhibitors directly to pre-registered visitors. Additionally, Vinexpo will offer a new space dedicated solely to organic and natural wines, showcasing around 200 producers. The 2017 event, which is expected to draw 48,000 visitors, will mark the 19th edition of Vinexpo Bordeaux.

•Jägermeister has launched a new 20-ml. glass bottle format—dubbed the Mini Meister—in the U.S. Designed to be poured into a single beverage or consumed as a shot, the portable Mini Meister bottles are targeted toward travel, tailgating and summer party occasions. The Mini Meisters will be available in 10-count Prost Packs ($10 each) throughout select markets, including Colorado, Illinois and Massachusetts.

•Stella David, who spent 15 years as a Bacardi executive, has been appointed to the company’s board of directors. From 1994-2009, David held a variety of key positions with Bacardi, including CEO of the U.K., Irish, Dutch and African business; vice president, global operations; managing director, Asia Pacific; and global CMO. She left the company to head William Grant & Sons, where she was CEO from 2009 to February of this year. David is replacing Georgia Garinois-Melenikiotou on Bacardi’s board. Garinois-Melenikiotou, executive vp of corporate marketing at Estée Lauder, is retiring from Bacardi’s board after serving as a director of the family-owned company since 2012.

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