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News Briefs for September 6, 2017

September 6, 2017

•Craft + Estate, part of the Winebow Group, has added Greek wine producer Estate Argyros to its import stable. Established in Santorini in 1903, Estate Argyros specializes in varietals indigenous to the island, including Assyrtiko. Craft + Estate will handle the winery’s Atlantis White, Atlantis Rosé, Atlantis Red, Aidani, Santorini Assyrtiko, Estate Assyrtiko, Estate Oak Fermented Assyrtiko, Vinsanto 4 Years Barrel Aged, Vinsanto 12 Years Barrel Aged and Vinsanto 20 Years Barrel Aged labels ($19-$150) in the U.S.

•Martinez Brands’ Kimo Sabe Mezcal is set to launch Kimo Sabe Añejo in the U.S. on September 15. The 41.5%-abv mezcal is matured for 18 months in American oak casks previously used to age Kimo Sabe Reposado. The Añejo is the company’s fourth mezcal released in the U.S.; it follows a Joven, Reposado and Cinco de Noviembre, a 700-bottle luxury release. Kimo Sabe Añejo will be available in California, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Tennessee, New York, New Jersey, Florida and Colorado.

•Champagne Bollinger has appointed Charles-Armand de Belenet general manager, effective immediately. De Belenet brings 20 years of sales and marketing experience to the position, most recently serving as international marketing director of Martell, Mumm and Perrier Jouët. He will report to Bollinger’s COO, Jérôme Philpon. Vintus LLC handles Champagne Bollinger in the U.S.

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