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News Briefs for July 27, 2017

July 27, 2017

•California’s Francis Ford Coppola Winery has released its Diamond Collection white wines in 250-ml cans. The brand’s Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are now available in four-packs for a suggested retail price of $19.99 at the winery, online and in select retailers and on-premise locations throughout the U.S. The new releases follow Coppola’s Sofia Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine and Sofia Rosé in cans; the former was the company’s first foray into canned wine, launched in 2004. The Diamond Collection was roughly flat at 1 million cases in the U.S. last year, according to Impact Databank.

•Guarachi Wine Partners has been named the exclusive U.S. importer for Italian sparkling wine range Cuvée Deor: The Gold Collection. The Deor lineup comprises Gold Extra Dry Sparkling, a blend of 90% Garganega and 10% Moscato, as well as Pink Extra Dry Sparkling, made up of 85% Merlot, 10% Raboso and 5% Moscato. Both expressions retail at $12.99 a bottle. Guarachi Wine Partners has plans to expand Deor into 25 new markets this fall, with a nationwide rollout slated for 2018. Currently, the brand is available throughout Georgia, Tennessee and Colorado.

•Mendoza, Argentina–based winery Familia Zuccardi has launched José Zuccardi Malbec. A blend of 90% Malbec and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from the Uco Valley, José Zuccardi Malbec was fermented in concrete vessels and aged in oak foudres prior to bottling. The new wine is an evolution of the Zuccardi Zeta line and an homage to winemaker Sebastian Zuccardi’s father, José Alberto. Imported by Winesellers, Ltd., the latest Zuccardi offering will be available nationwide this fall, priced at $45 a 750-ml.

•International Beverage Group has named Steph Ridgway as manager of brand education, North America. Ridgway was previously a brand manager/ambassador for Highland Park. In her new role, Ridgway will lead education efforts on International Beverage’s Speyburn, Old Pulteney, Balblair and anCnoc single malt whiskies, along with Caorunn Gin, working closely with importer 375 Park Avenue Spirits, a division of Sazerac.

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