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RNDC Indicted On Federal Smuggling Charges, But CEO Proclaims Company’s Innocence

Republic National Distributing Co. (RNDC), the country’s second-largest spirits and wine wholesaler, has been indicted on federal liquor smuggling charges, but RNDC president and CEO Tom Cole insists the company—and the three employees who were also indicted—are innocent. Continue reading →

Posted in News on May 25, 2016

ABI-SABMiller Deal Gets EU Approval, But Is Delayed In U.S. Amid Distribution Concerns

Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI) has gained approval from European regulators to proceed with its $107 billion acquisition of top rival SABMiller, but as part of the pending deal’s review in the U.S., regulators are reportedly questioning some of the brewing behemoth’s incentive policies for distributors. Continue reading →

Posted in News on May 25, 2016

News Briefs for May 25, 2016

•Before Donn Chappellet set his sights on producing powerful, age-worthy wines, he made a fortune distributing coffee vending machines. Continue reading →

Posted in News on May 25, 2016

Craft Brewing and Distilling News for May 25, 2016

•San Diego-based craft brewer Ballast Point—which was acquired by Constellation Brands for $1 billion late last year—has unveiled plans to build a new East Coast brewery in Botetourt County, Virginia. Continue reading →

Posted in News on May 25, 2016

Antinori’s Antica Napa Valley Venture Reaches Critical Mass

Italy’s Antinori family released the first estate wines from Antica Napa Valley, its property in the Atlas Peak AVA, in 2007. Since then, the company has invested aggressively in Antica’s vineyards, growing production from about 1,600 cases the first year to its current 10,000 cases, focused on estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. The Antica wines, which thus far have garnered scores in the high 80s and low 90s from Wine Spectator, are distributed in the U.S. by Antinori partner Ste. Michelle Wine Estates (Ste. Michelle also handles Antinori’s Italian wines in the U.S., and the two companies are joint venture partners in Napa Valley’s Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars and Washington’s Col Solare). SND recently interviewed Antinori California estate manager Glenn Salva to find out where the Antica Napa business is headed. Continue reading →

Posted in News on May 24, 2016

DFV Ups Monterey Presence With Santa Lucia Highlands Vineyard Buy

Delicato Family Vineyards (DFV) has acquired River Road Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands from the McFarland family. Continue reading →

Posted in News on May 24, 2016

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