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Monthly Archive: December 2011

Piedmont Pioneer Batasiolo Aims To Drive Barolo To New Heights

Fiorenzo Dogliani, CEO of Piedmont wine producer Beni di Batasiolo, was among the first to bring Barolo wines to international prominence in the 1970s. Continue reading →

Posted in News on December 23, 2011

SND To Reveal Cigar Aficionado’s Top Cigars Of 2011

Shanken News Daily will be ringing in 2012 with a smoking new feature. During the first week of the new year, we’ll be revealing sister publication Cigar Aficionado’s exclusive list of the Top 10 Cigars of 2011, a day at a time. Continue reading →

Posted in News on December 23, 2011

News Briefs for December 23, 2011

•W.J. Deutsch & Sons, Ltd. has agreed to become the exclusive importer of upscale Spanish liqueur Licor 43, effective March 1, 2012. Continue reading →

Posted in News on December 23, 2011

Interview: Wayne Chaplin of Southern Wine & Spirits

Southern Wine & Spirits is the nation’s largest spirits and wine distributor, with estimated revenues of more than $9 billion for calendar year 2011. The company now has operations in 34 states and Washington, D.C., and also has a distribution license for the state of Texas, although it has yet to make a move in the Lone Star state. It’s always a busy time at Southern—even if 2011 has been relatively quiet on the deal-making front, the company is constantly on the move. Shanken News Daily recently spoke with Wayne Chaplin, Southern’s president and COO, about the company’s performance in 2011 and the strategic issues that lie ahead. Continue reading →

Posted in News on December 22, 2011

News Briefs for December 22, 2011

•Morton’s Restaurant Group, Inc. has been hit with a lawsuit from an investor who claims that the recent agreed takeover of Morton’s by Landry’s CEO Tilman Fertitta for $117-million is insufficient. Continue reading →

Posted in News on December 22, 2011

Sean Combs Looks To Enter Tequila Category

Sean “Diddy” Combs—already a player in the spirits industry through his 50/50 partnership with Diageo on Cîroc vodka—says he will likely enter the Tequila category within the next year. Continue reading →

Posted in News on December 21, 2011

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