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News Briefs for July 12, 2017

July 12, 2017

•Napa, California–based Locations Wines, led by Dave Phinney, has debuted a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. Sourced from Marlborough’s Wairau, Awatere and Waihopai Valleys, the Locations New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is a blend across appellations, in line with Locations’ mission to produce wines that represent the best of the their respective countries of origin. The 13.5%-abv New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is available nationwide, retailing at $20 a 750-ml. Locations’ portfolio also includes blends from Spain, France, Italy, Argentina, Portugal, Corsica, California, Oregon, Washington and Texas.

•Freixenet USA’s Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards is launching its 2010 Anniversary Cuvée this month. The cuvée is a blend of 67% Sonoma County Pinot Noir and 33% Chardonnay, fermented for six months before blending and bottle-aged for five-and-half years before being disgorged. Retailing at $40 a bottle, the new offering will roll out in limited quantities nationally this month.

•M.S. Walker has appointed Tom Conte to the newly created role of director of on-premise national accounts. He will oversee on-premise sales for M.S. Walker’s St. Elder Natural Elderflower Liqueur, West Cork Distillers, Pogues Irish Whiskey and Mezcales de Leyenda offerings, among others. A 40-year spirits industry veteran, Conte has previously held regional and national positions with Schenley Industries and Distilleria Stock, and most recently served as regional sales manager and director of national on-premise accounts at Serralles USA.

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