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News Briefs for February 13, 2017

February 13, 2017

•New Jersey-based Vision Wine & Spirits is releasing a new limited edition single cask Scotch whisky from Speyside producer Benromach. Matured for 41 years in a Sherry cask, Benromach 1974 is packaged in a decanter-style bottle and presentation box, and accompanied by a book detailing Benromach’s history. Vision Wine & Spirits will have 40 bottles of Benromach 1974 available, retail priced at $1,700 a 750-ml.

•California’s winegrape crush grew 8% to 4 million tons last year, according to preliminary figures from the California Agricultural Statistics Service. Golden State vintners crushed 2.3 million tons of red winegrapes last year, up 11% from the previous year, along with 1.7 million tons of white winegrapes, up 5%. Chardonnay, accounting for 16% of the total crush, was the largest single varietal, with Cabernet Sauvignon the biggest red variety, comprising 13% of the total. The average price per ton for California red winegrapes grew 14% to $899 last year, with white winegrapes’ average price reaching $594 a ton on 10% growth from the previous year.

•Martin Gold, co-founder of New York-based fine wine importer and distributor Martin Scott Wines, passed away on February 6. He was 81. Gold began his wine career at Frederick Wildman & Sons, eventually becoming president in 1986. In 1989, he founded Martin Scott Wines with Scott Gerber, which grew to serve the New York, Connecticut and New Jersey markets and represented more than 450 wineries from across several continents. In 2013, Gold retired after selling Martin Scott to The Vintner Group, now part of The Winebow Group.

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