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News Briefs for October 19, 2016

October 19, 2016

•AdVini, a French wine company that owns more than a dozen wineries in France and South Africa, purchased the Burgundy négociant house Maison Champy on October 14. The deal also includes Domaine Laleure-Piot, which Champy acquired in 2010 but operates as a separate brand. The sale price wasn’t disclosed. Wine Spectator has the full story.

•375 Park Avenue Spirits, a division of Sazerac Co., is rolling out new packaging for its Van Gogh Vodka brand. French artist Joy Olney was commissioned to create 16 paintings inspired by each of the vodka’s expressions, which serve as the new labels. The brand’s new bottles are exclusive to the U.S. market. Van Gogh ($25) sells about 115,000 cases in the U.S. annually, according to Impact Databank.

•Louisville, Kentucky-based Michter’s Distillery is launching the second and final 2016 release of its Michter’s 10-Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon ($120) and the sole 2016 release of Michter’s 20-Year Bourbon ($600). Meanwhile, the company has named Pamela Heilmann as master distiller, succeeding Willie Pratt, who will become master distiller emeritus.

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