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News Briefs for October 12, 2011

October 12, 2011

•Odom-Southern of the Pacific Northwest, a joint venture between Southern Wine & Spirits and the Odom Corporation, has acquired Seattle, Washington-based Cavatappi Distribuzione, a fine wine wholesaler that covers the entire state of Washington. Terms of the deal, which closed on September 30 weren’t disclosed. Cavatappi will operate as an independent division of Odom-Southern. Cavatappi founder and president Peter Dow will oversee the new joint venture, while sales manager Jon Marvin, will continue to manage the day-to-day business. Elsewhere, Southern Wine & Spirits of California has named Patrick Daul to the newly created role of senior vice president-sales and marketing. Daul will report directly to Jack Brennan, SWS of California executive vice president-general manager.

•A rare bottle of 1883 Glenlivet Scotch whisky sold for £18,750 ($29,800) at auction in Edinburgh, Scotland this month. The Scotch was distilled in May 1883 and bottled in December 1931, according to Bonhams, the company that sold the bottle. The whisky had an initial list price of £15,000 ($23,700) to £20,000 ($31,600).

•Boston-based Legal Sea Foods is conducting a Wines of South Africa promotion at all of its 30 locations from October 31 to November 27. The list features nine wines by the bottle ($26-$49), six of which can be purchased by the glass ($7.95-$12.50) and three of which are available as a flight of 2-ounce pours ($9.50). The wines include 2010 vintages of the Raats Family “Original” Chenin Blanc, Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc, De Morgenzon “DMZ” Chardonnay, Mulderbosch Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon and Ken Forrester “Petit” Pinotage Stellenbosch. Also included are the 2008 De Morgenzon Chenin Blanc, the 2009 Kanonkop Pinotag, the 2009 Rustenberg “R.M. Nicholson” and the 2006 Klein Constantia “Vin de Constance.”

•Nomacorc, producer of alternative wine bottle closures, has launched its new NomaSelector software that recommends a bottle closure tailored to specific wine types. Nomacorc said the new software features a specially-designed algorithm to find the best closure for a wine type to age correctly, based on factors including varietal type, region and winemaking style.

•Online wine retailer Wine.com has reported revenue of just over $60 million for its fiscal second quarter ended September 30, up 25% over the prior 12-month period and the same quarter last year. Wine.com said its iPad sales currently comprise 7% of revenue and are growing steadily. Wine.com currently ships wine to U.S. consumers in 42 states through its network of licensed warehouses.

•Georges Deboeuf has teamed up with Brooklyn artist Michael McLeer, a.k.a. Kaves, to support Deboeuf’s launch of the 2011 Beaujolais Nouveau. Specializing in graffiti, tattoo, music and film, Kaves is currently leading the Nouveau Expression-Be Heard online art competition. The work of 10 finalists will be exhibited at a New York-based launch party, to be held November 17. Kaves, Les Vins Georges Duboeuf co-proprietor Franck Duboeuf and CEO of importer W.J. Deutsch & Sons Peter Deutsch will host the event. The 2011 Beaujolais Nouveau will be priced at $10 a 750-ml.

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