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News Briefs for November 8, 2018

November 8, 2018

•Brent Hocking, founder of DeLéon Tequila and Virginia Black whiskey, is introducing a new Champagne brand, Mod Sélection. The brand will include a variety of different expressions, among them Non-Vintage, Vintage, Rosé de Saignée, Vintage Rosé de Saignée, Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs, Vintage Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noirs, and Estate-Grown Tete de Cuveé. Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits will exclusively handle Mod Sélection in the U.S. and Canada. The brand’s core wines will sell at $300-$400 a bottle.

•New Jersey-based Royal Wine Co. has added two new Albariño wines to its portfolio. The newcomers include a Herzog Special Reserve Albariño from California’s Edna Valley and a Ramon Cardova Albariño from Spain’s Rias Baixas region. The Herzog Special Reserve retails at $30 a 750-ml., while the Ramon Cardova bottling retails at $22. Both new Albariños are kosher. Royal Wine’s portfolio also includes Bartenura, an Impact “Hot Brand,” which grew 17% to 635,000 cases last year.

•Champagne Billecart-Salmon has named seventh-generation family member Mathieu Roland-Billecart as CEO. Roland-Billecart will assume his new role in January, succeeding his cousin François Roland-Billecart, who has headed the company since 1992. Meanwhile, Billecart-Salmon is launching a new Bicentenary Cuvée to commemorate its 1818 founding. A Pinot Noir-dominant blend, the luxury cuvée is limited to 1,818 magnums worldwide and retails at $2,000. The brand is imported by T. Edwards in the U.S.

•California’s Preiss Imports has named Steve Fox to the newly created role of national sales manager. Fox has spent the last seven years as national sales manager at Pacific Edge Wines & Spirits. The Preiss Imports portfolio includes Charron Armagnac, La Fée Absinthe, and Hunter Laing & Co. Scotch whiskies, among other brands.

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