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News Briefs for January 23, 2018

January 23, 2018

•Spain’s Zamora Company has acquired a majority stake in Martin Miller’s Gin. Martin Miller’s, which includes an original gin ($27 a 750-ml.), Westbourne Strength ($36) and 9 Moons ($49), has a global volume of about 100,000 cases, with its U.S. presence at around 30,000 cases. In the U.S., the brand is part of the Blue Ridge Wine & Spirits portfolio. Blue Ridge also handles Yellow Rose whiskey, in which Zamora took a stake late last year. Martin Miller’s CEO Jacob Ehrenkrona will remain in his post looking ahead. Zamora, whose other brands include Licor 43, Villa Massa Limoncello, Ramon Bilbao and Cruz de Alba, has annual turnover of €160 million ($196m).

•California’s Fetzer Vineyards, part of the Concha y Toro portfolio, is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a limited release Cabernet Sauvignon. The 13.5%-abv wine is a California-sourced Cabernet Sauvignon blended with Petit Verdot, Merlot and Syrah. After harvest, the wine was aged in a combination of stainless steel and French and American oak for eight months. Fetzer sells about 1.1 million cases in the U.S. annually, according to Impact Databank.

•Bruno Giacosa, one of the greatest winemakers of Italy’s Piedmont region, known for beautiful Barbarescos, Barolos and Barberas, died peacefully after a brief illness on Jan. 22. He was 88. In a region where the wines were traditionally blends of grapes from different sites, Giacosa was one of the early proponents of expressing the unique character of individual vineyards. Wine Spectator has more on Giacosa’s life and career.

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