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News Briefs for December 4, 2018

December 4, 2018

•The man behind the famed super Tuscan wine Oreno has been confined to his villa near Arezzo by Italian authorities, accused of taking part in money laundering, bank fraud, and tax fraud schemes. The Guardia di Finanza, Italy’s financial crimes force, has placed Antonio Moretti, the owner of the Sette Ponti winery in Tuscany and the Feudo Maccari winery in Sicily, under house arrest, along with his son Andrea, as it investigates crimes related to Moretti’s clothing brands and its retail chain, according to Italian media reports. Wine Spectator has the full story.

•The Nevada Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit over marijuana distribution filed by a group of state alcohol distributors, declaring the petitioners’ grievance moot. Kurt Brown, of the Capitol Beverage and Paladin companies, and the Independent Alcohol Distributors of Nevada, filed the lawsuit when the state’s taxation department began to permit distributors outside the alcohol industry to handle cannabis. Initially, Nevada’s law allowed only alcohol distributors to work with marijuana—with the caveat that, after November 15, the state would be able to expand distribution permits to other companies as well if there wasn’t enough interest from alcohol wholesalers. After few alcohol distributors filed for cannabis distribution permits, the state began to issue them to other operators, and the Supreme Court found in the state’s favor since the November 15 deadline has passed.

•Leonardo LoCascio Selections (LLS), part of the Winebow Group, has become the exclusive U.S. importer for Barolo producer Achille Boroli. The winery, founded in 1997, has vineyard holdings in Castiglione Falletto, Barolo, and La Morra, with winemaking and production at the family’s Cascina La Brunella facility. In addition to its holdings around the DOCG, Boroli owns the 6.7-acre vineyard at the crown of Villero hill, which has been designated a Menzione Geografica Aggiuntiva and also has holdings in the Villero MGA and Cerequio MGA. LLS will import Boroli’s Barolo DOCG, Cerequio Barolo DOCG, Villero Barolo DOCG, and Brunella Barolo DOCG to the U.S.

•Dundee, Oregon’s Wine by Joe and Dobbes Family Estates has added the company’s first vice president of marketing to its leadership team and hired a new cellarmaster for Wine by Joe. Sarah Pearson joins the company from 3 Badge Beverage Corporation of Sonoma and brings nearly two decades of marketing and sales experience within the industry. Prior to 3 Badge, Pearson had stints at Hess Family Wine Estates and Constellation Brands, among others. Wine by Joe’s new cellarmaster, Doug Vuylsteke, comes to the company from Sokol Blosser Winery of Dayton with over 25 years of experience.

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