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News Briefs for August 10, 2016

August 10, 2016

•Healdsburg-based Williams Selyem has purchased the 33-acre Saitone Vineyard in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley. The property has 26 planted acres, including 12 acres of more than 100-year-old Zinfandel vines. Williams Selyem’s estate vineyards also includes the Russian River Valley’s Drake Estate Vineyard, Lewis MacGregor Estate Vineyard and Williams Selyem Estate Vineyard, as well as the Vista Verde Vineyard located in the San Benito appellation. The winery plans to produce the first single vineyard bottling from the Saitone Vineyard this year.

•Italy’s Santa Maria alla Pieve Winery has launched Pragal, a new Verona-sourced blend of estate-grown Corvina, Syrah and Merlot. Pragal ($18 a bottle) joins Soave Lepia ($18), Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso ($30), Amarone Classico ($90), Chardonnay Torre Pieve ($30) and Merlot Decima Aurea ($45) in Santa Maria alla Pieve’s existing lineup. Owned by the Bertani family, Santa Maria alla Pieve wines are imported into the U.S. by Grapes On The Go.

•Santa Barbara County-based Sea Smoke has acquired the 201-acre Rita’s Crown Vineyard—including 61 acres of high-density Pinot Noir and Chardonnay—from Santa Colina Vineyard, LLC. Contiguous with Sea Smoke Estate Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA, Rita’s Crown will be transitioned to organic farming. The property, which is a source of vineyard-designate wines made by Babcock, Ken Brown and Sandhi, will be farmed on behalf of Sea Smoke by Atlas Vineyard Management. Sea Smoke doesn’t intend to use Rita’s Crown grapes in its own wines.

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