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News Briefs for February 8, 2018

February 8, 2018

•Foley Family Wines has forged a new strategic partnership with boutique California producer Banshee Wines. Established in 2010, Banshee Wines specializes in Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, producing both the Banshee ($20-$70 a 750-ml.) and Rickshaw (around $15) brands. According to Banshee co-founder and CEO Baron Ziegler, the company—which currently sources fruit from various growers—will benefit from access to Foley Family’s premium vineyards, as well as the company’s sizable sales and distribution network. For Foley Family Wines, the partnership bolsters their existing premium California wine stable, which includes the Chalk Hill, Chalone, Kuleto, Sebastiani and Foley Johnson labels, among others. Ziegler and his team will retain ownership of Banshee and Rickshaw.

•Banfi Vintners’ Cristina Mariani-May is transitioning into the role of president and CEO. Mariani-May had been serving as the company’s co-CEO since 2007, jointly sharing the title with fellow third-generation Banfi proprietor James Mariani, who has joined Banfi’s advisory board as principal. Concurrently, the company has named former Bacardi executive Rich Andrews as chief operating officer. Andrews, who most recently served as president and managing director for coffee company Lavazza, previously spent 13 years at Bacardi, where he held a variety of leadership roles, including that of chief commercial officer for North America and managing director for the U.K. & Ireland. Best known for its portfolio of Italian imports, New York-based Banfi Vintners has depletions of around 3.5 million cases in the U.S. market and generates annual sales of roughly $152 million.

•New Jersey–based Biggar & Leith has released Malfy Gin Originale, a new expression within its Malfy Gin lineup. Distilled in Moncalieri, Italy, Malfy Gin Originale is made with wild juniper and spring water sourced from Monte Viso, Piedmont’s tallest peak. The new offering is available nationwide and retails at $30 a 750-ml. The Malfy Gin portfolio also includes the flagship Malfy Gin Con Limone. Additionally, Biggar & Leith has named Infinium Spirits as Malfy’s new U.S. importer, effective immediately.

•St. Helena, California’s Joseph Phelps Vineyards has named Robert Boyd as its new president. Boyd joined the winery as vice president and CFO in 2011, before being named SVP and CFO in 2016. Prior to his tenure at Joseph Phelps, Boyd spent over a decade working in finance and auditing, with a focus on the wine industry. Joseph Phelps Vineyards is best known for Insignia, its flagship red blend, and farms 390 acres of vines in Napa Valley spread across eight estate vineyards.

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