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News Briefs for October 13, 2016

October 13, 2016

•Francis Ford Coppola Winery has extended its Sofia brand with the launch of Sofia Méthode Champenoise. Featuring a blend of Pinot Blanc, Muscat and Riesling, the new sparkler is made using traditional methods utilized in Champagne, France, where secondary fermentation takes place solely in the bottle. Sofia Méthode Champenoise will be available in limited quantities, retail priced at $23 a bottle. It joins the Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Blancs Mini, Rosé, Red, Riesling, Chardonnay and the non-alcohol Mr. Youree labels in Coppola’s Sofia range.

•Vintage Wine Estates announced its latest California expansion October 10, having purchased St. Helena-based Delectus Winery and Vineyards. The sale price wasn’t disclosed, but the deal includes the brand, tasting room and all case goods. The winery’s Knights Valley Estate vineyards were not included in the sale. Delectus founder Linda Butler will continue to manage Delectus’ hospitality and trade, while Chris Phelps, winemaker for Swanson Winery and Vineyards, which Vintage Wine Estates acquired in 2015, will take over winemaking duties for the brand. Wine Spectator has more.

•Beam Suntory has made an investment in at-home cocktail technology company Bartesian. Financial terms were undisclosed. Beam Suntory will serve as the exclusive spirits partner for Ontario-based Bartesian, whose at-home cocktail machine is intended to allow consumers to combine spirits with pre-mixed ingredient capsules to create more consistent cocktails. The Bartesian system, which is slated to launch in 2017, is currently available for preorder, priced at $299.

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