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News Briefs for July 26, 2017

July 26, 2017

•Poderi Gianni Gagliardo of Barolo in Piedmont has expanded its holdings, purchasing the 37-acre Tenuta Garetto estate in the Nizza appellation of Monferrato for an undisclosed price from the Garetto family. Based in La Morra, Poderi Gianni Gagliardo currently owns 50 acres of vines and produces about 12,500 cases a year. Wine Spectator has the full story.

•Washington-based Ste. Michelle Wine Estates has announced two new leadership changes within its national sales team. Raul Perez has been promoted to senior vice president and national sales manager, effective September 1. He succeeds Dan Heller, who was promoted to executive vice president, sales earlier this month. Perez, who has held various positions at Ste. Michelle over his 20-year tenure, most recently served as the company’s vice president, Eastern region. Concurrently, Ste. Michelle has named vice president, Midwest region Keith Gosda as Perez’s successor in the Eastern region.

•In September, Dublin’s Pearse Lyons Distillery will open its doors to the public. Pearse and Deirdre Lyons acquired the facility at St. James Church and the Liberties in 2013 and, since then, renovations have been underway to transform the location into an Irish whiskey experience. The facility will contain a boutique distillery that can produce up to 1,000 liters of whiskey per week, and the Lyons hope to draw up to 75,000 visitors per year. Once the Pearse Lyons Distillery is open, the couple plans to spearhead the development of an Irish whiskey trail based on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

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