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News Briefs for January 13, 2012

January 13, 2012

•Delicato Family Vineyards (DFV) is launching a new wine brand, the HandCraft Artisan Collection, across the U.S. market this month. The collection includes four wines—Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Petite Sirah—all priced at $14.99 a 750-ml. Created by Cheryl Indelicato, a third-generation winemaker at the family-owned company, the line was “tailored to fit the lifestyle of busy, modern women.” HandCraft will donate $1 for every bottle sold in 2012 (up to $100,000) to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. DFV has seen impressive growth across its portfolio of late, earning Impact “Hot Brand” awards for its two biggest brands, Bota Box and Gnarly Head, and “Hot Prospect” awards for Noble Vines and Irony in 2011.

•New York City-based nightlife and hospitality player EMM Group has announced plans to open a Miami outpost of its popular Meatpacking District restaurant, Catch. A seafood concept helmed by Top Chef winner Hung Huynh, Catch will be expanding to the lobby level of Miami’s The James Hotel and is expected to open this November. EMM is also taking over a 19,000-square-foot space on Manhattan’s Lower East Side that will become its sixth New York venue. Slated to open September 2012, it’s a new restaurant that will feature a basement jazz lounge, front-of-house bakery and Asian fusion menu created by executive chefs Huynh and Franklin Becker. Founded in 2006 by Eugene Remm, Mark Birnbaum and Michael Hirtenstein, EMM has emerged as one of New York City’s leading hospitality groups. Its venues include Tenjune, The Chandelier at the W Hoboken, SL and SL East, Abe & Arthur’s and Lexington Brass.

•Evening Land Vineyards (ELV) has named Greg Ralston as its CEO, effective January 23. Ralston will oversee development of the company’s Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards and its winemaking operations in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Santa Barbara County’s Santa Rita Hills and Burgundy, France. Prior to joining Evening Land, Ralston was senior vice president at Wilson Daniels. He previously spent more than 20 years at Napa Valley-based Chateau Montelena—the last 10 years as managing director. Founded in 2005, Evening Land has received a number of scores in the Classic (95-100) range from Wine Spectator.

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