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News Briefs for December 13, 2017

December 13, 2017

•Dreyfus, Ashby & Co. will add Chateauneuf-du-Pape’s Domaine de la Solitude to its import portfolio effective January 1. Domaine de la Solitude’s estate is a contiguous 100 acres, planted to 86 acres of red grapes and 14.8 acres of white grapes, with vines averaging 50 years of age. The winery’s Chateauneuf-du-Pape red and white wines retail at around $50, while its Secret Reserve is positioned at around $150. The white expression ranked 74th among Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2017. Dreyfus, Ashby’s French portfolio also includes Maison Joseph Drouhin, Chateau Petrus, Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue, Chateau Trotanoy, Chateau Belair-Monange, Champagne Drappier, and Chateau de Campuget.

•Paso Robles, California–based Rabble Wine Company has partnered with Sonoma’s Vintage Point to expand its reach across the United States. Effective immediately, Vintage Point will work to grow and scale all four of Rabble’s estate-grown brands, including the single-vineyard Rabble range, Tooth & Nail blends, small-lot Stasis line and Santa Maria–sourced Amor Fati wines. Vintage Point’s stable also includes Mionetto, Cigar Box, Nine Hats, SIP and DeLille Cellars, among other brands.

•California’s Vite USA is set to purchase Sullivan Vineyards and Winery for an undisclosed amount, with the deal to be finalized in January 2018. Vite USA will gain control of Sullivan’s 23 acres of vineyards and the company’s winemaking facility. The sale follows Sullivan Vineyards’ filing for bankruptcy in February and, according to Ron Oliner, an attorney for Sullivan, “will allow us to pay off claims in full”—a figure between $17 million and $20 million. Ross Sullivan, Sullivan’s current president, will remain as a long-term strategic advisor to Vite USA, and Jeff Cole, the winemaker, will retain his position.

•AB InBev’s High End division has launched Elevate, a program to promote best industry practices among its craft acquisitions. First, all of the High End’s breweries will print “best consumed by” dates on their packaged beers starting in 2018. The beer giant will also ensure that its craft acquisitions will reduce water consumption by 20% and switch to 100% solar- and wind-derived electricity by 2020.

•Connecticut-based importer Radeberger Gruppe USA has announced the launch of Schöfferhofer Pomegranate in the Pacific Northwest for January 2018. The beer, a blend of 50% German Hefeweizen and 50% pomegranate juice, clocks in at 2.5% abv and follows Schöfferhofer Grapefruit in the U.S. market. The pomegranate variant will be available in six-packs of 11.2-ounce bottles in retail locations in Oregon, Washington and Utah. It’s the first time Schöfferhofer Pomegranate will be available in bottles.Currently, the release is a draft-exclusive at Walt Disney World’s Epcot World Showcase.

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