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News Briefs for October 6, 2011

October 6, 2011

•Napa Smith Brewery has opened a new brewpub and wine tasting room, claiming it’s the first location in Napa Valley where visitors can go for a beer and wine tasting. The brewpub features eight different types of Napa Smith beer on tap and the wine tasting room offers Napa Smith and Bourassa wines. The brewpub and wine tasting room officially open Saturday, October 8, with an event open to the public from noon-4 p.m. Paddington Brands acquired Napa Smith Brewery in December 2010 and invested over $1 million to expand capabilities and production. Napa Smith beer is available in 30 states and will soon be nationwide.

•Restaurant and casino group Landry’s Restaurants of Houston has been approved to buy the assets of Eva Longoria’s bankrupt Las Vegas eatery, Beso, for $1 million. Longoria will continue to hold a 30% stake in the business that will use the restaurant. Landry’s is indemnifying Longoria against lawsuits filed by disgruntled investors since many disapproved of the deal, saying the restaurant was overvalued. Beso opened in late 2009 and filed for bankruptcy this past January when it ran out of cash, leading Landry’s to step in to manage the restaurant in August.

•The Institut National des Appellations d’Origine (INAO) has rearranged the vineyard areas in Burgundy, and changes to Beaujolais mean that 43 vineyards producing white wine have been removed from the Burgundy appellation. Instead of labeling their wines as Bourgogne Blanc, they must now use Beaujolais Blanc. Another 42 white wine producers in Beaujolais can continue using the Burgundy AOC on their wine labels. Red wine has also been affected by the change—now, if a wine contains over 30% Gamay it must be labeled as AOC Bourgogne Gamay instead of using the Burgundy AOC.

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