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News Briefs for July 20, 2016

July 20, 2016

•Craft + Estate, part of The Winebow Group, has added Australia’s Burch Family Wines to its portfolio. Burch Family’s lineup from Western Australia’s Margaret River and Great Southern regions includes the Howard Park, MadFish and Marchand & Burch brands, with retail prices ranging from $17-$90 a bottle.

•Napa-based importer and marketer Quintessential Wines is releasing new wines from Rioja’s Conde de los Andes. The new launches include a dry Blanco, a red Tempranillo, a Semi-Dulce white ($30-$50 a bottle) and limited amounts of a 2001 Tempranillo ($80). Based in Rioja Alta, Conde de los Andes was acquired in 2014 by the Murua family, owners of Quintessential portfoliomate Bodegas Muriel, who have renovated the winery and catalogued the cellar’s 400,000 bottles, the oldest of which date back to 1892.

•Kimo Sabe Mezcal has tapped former Walt Disney Imagineering chief creative executive Bruce Vaughn to join its brand team. Vaughn spent two decades with Disney. Concurrently, Kimo Sabe—which has launched in Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, San Francisco and Las Vegas, among other key markets—has named co-founder Ashley Walsh Kvamme as COO.

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