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News Briefs for June 6, 2018

June 6, 2018

•There was plenty of glitz and glamour at the 38th rendition of Auction Napa Valley, the Napa Valley Vintners’ (NVV) charity wine event, held May 31 to June 2. But there was also recognition of the trying times the region has faced since the devastating fires of last fall and of the many lives touched by the blazes. Overall, the weekend’s events raised $13.6 million for local charities that help community health programs and childhood education efforts. That was a drop from the $15.7 million raised last year. Wine Spectator has more.

•Bacardi’s Patrón Spirits has realigning its North American sales team, effective July 1. The company’s Northeast and Southeast regions will merge into one larger East region and the Patrón Central region will expand to cover the Great Lakes area and the Northwest. Teresa Herbert, Brian Sullivan, and Joel Selesnick will serve as vice presidents of sales for the East, Central, and West regions, respectively. In two newly created roles, Marc Roberts will become vice president of control states, Canada, and strategic accounts, and Danny Primo will oversee the development of national sales platforms as vice president, commercial excellence and execution. All roles report to Darren Doalson, the recently appointed managing director of North American sales for Patrón.

•California’s Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery is extending its partnership with Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, signing with the distributor in 15 new U.S. markets and Canada. Southern Glazer’s, which previously handled Ferrari-Carano wines across 19 U.S. markets, is now adding the brand throughout Alaska, Washington D.C., Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming, as well as all 10 provinces and three territories in Canada. Based in Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley, Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery is part of the Ferrari-Carano family of brands, which also comprises Mendocino winery Lazy Creek Vineyards, three wine production facilities, and more than 1,400 acres of vineyards, among other holdings.

•Brown-Forman is set to officially relaunch the King of Kentucky Bourbon brand with a new limited-release offering on June 29. The King of Kentucky label was discontinued in 1968, but will now be resurrected with a 62.5%-abv whiskey aged for 14 years and bottled at barrel proof. The new Bourbon will be exclusively available in Kentucky for a suggested price of $200. Roughly 1,000 bottles will be available in the inaugural release, with the proof, batch number, and age all handwritten on the label. Going forward, Brown-Forman plans to periodically release more single barrels under the King of Kentucky brand.

•Heineken USA has named Maggie Timoney as CEO, replacing Ronald den Elzen, who will transition to a global role with parent company Heineken NV. A 20-year company veteran, Timoney has been CEO of Heineken Ireland for the past five years. Prior to that she held a number of other senior roles with the company, including managing director of Heineken’s Canada business and senior vice president of human resources at Heineken USA.

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