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News Briefs for July 25, 2016

July 25, 2016

•Australia’s Casella Family Brands has made another acquisition play, purchasing countrymate Morris Wines from Pernod Ricard for an undisclosed sum. Based in Rutherglen, Victoria, Morris is known for its fortified wines, which Casella says it sees opportunity to expand. The deal includes the Morris of Rutherglen brand, winery, cellar door and 80 hectares (198 acres) of vineyards. Pernod Ricard had announced last month that it intended to shutter the winery. This is the third domestic Australian acquisition for Casella in less than a year. The family-owned winemaker purchased Brand’s Laira last December and Howcroft Estate Vineyards in January.

•Napa-based Quintessential Wines is expanding its Portugal offering with the addition of Casa Agricola Alexandre Relvas. Quintessential will initially import a range of Alexandre Relvas wines from the Herdade de Sao Miguel, Sul, Art Terra and Herdade da Pimenta brands, ranging in price from $12 to $80 a bottle. Relvas, which has two wineries in Portugal’s southern Alentejo region, farms 240 acres of estate vineyards.

•Luxco is extending its Ezra Brooks brand with a seasonal Bourbon Cream offering this fall. Ezra Brooks Bourbon Cream is at 25 proof and will retail at $13-$15 a 750-ml. bottle. Meanwhile, Luxco is introducing new packaging across the Ezra Brooks brand, which also includes a Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Blended Whiskey and Seven-Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Luxco’s Bourbon portfolio also includes the Rebel Yell and Blood Oath labels. The company expects to finish work on a new 18,000-square-foot distillery along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail by late 2017.

•Winebow has appointed Arjun Dewan as senior vice president and general manager of Winebow Northeast, overseeing distribution operations in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Dewan most recently led corporate wine sales for Allied Beverage Group as vice president of wines. Prior to that he served as director of sales for Terlato Wines International. Dewan will report to Scott Ades, COO of The Winebow Group.

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