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News Briefs for June 25, 2012

June 25, 2012

•A coalition of Initiative-1183 supporters, including Costco, the Washington Restaurant Association (WRA) and the Northwest Grocery Association, are suing Washington State’s Liquor Control Board (LCB) over several privatization regulations. The lawsuit challenges the LCB’s decision to restrict restaurants from buying more than 24 liters of wine and spirits from a retailer per day, as well as the imposition of new fees on certain spirits manufacturers. Also disputed are restrictions on delivery locations for spirits distributors and alleged discrimination against foreign spirits producers. According to a coalition statement, the recent rules are a “flawed interpretation” of the privatization bill, which will “chiefly benefit two large, out-of-state distributors by restricting competition, limiting product movement and availability and imposing unauthorized fees and restrictions.” Miami-based Southern Wine & Spirits and Orange, California-based Young’s Market Co. are Washington’s leading spirits and wine distributors.

•Hess Family Estates has named Derek Bromley as senior director of marketing for The Hess Collection. He will report to Gary Bulger, president of The Hess Collection. Bromley will be responsible for marketing, hospitality and direct-to-consumer efforts for all brands in the portfolio, which includes The Hess Collection, Artezin, MacPhail Family Wines and Sequana. He will also be in charge of domestic marketing for the Hess Family Estates international wineries, which includes Peter Lehmann from Australia, Colomé and Amalaya from Argentina and Glen Carlou from South Africa. Bromley most recently lead a team that managed the luxury brands portfolio at Treasury Wine Estates. Previously, he served as director of sales & marketing for Lynmar Estate in Sebastopol, and as a brand manager for LVMH/Domaine Chandon.

•Legendary rock group AC/DC has introduced its eponymous wine range to the U.S. market. Sourced from Southeast Australia and Marlborough, New Zealand, the new range features four varietals, including Back in Black Shiraz, Highway to Hell Cabernet Sauvignon, Thunderstruck Chardonnay and Hells Bells Sauvignon Blanc, with a fifth varietal, You Shook Me All Night Long Moscato, slated to follow. Currently available online at Vinport.com, the wines will also be distributed through select national, regional and local outlets—including featured Total Wine and More locations—priced at $17.99 a 750-ml. Produced by Australia’s Warburn Estate, the AC/DC brand is handled in the U.S. by Connecticut-based Votto Vines Importing Inc. According to Warburn, AC/DC The Wines have sold more than 50,000 cases since initially launching in Australia last fall.

•Award-winning Caesars Palace, Las Vegas restaurant Bradley Ogden, named for the acclaimed San Francisco chef, is shuttering on August 5 after 10 years. The Lark Creek Restaurant Group-owned eatery’s accolades include a Michelin star and a James Beard Foundation award for Best New Restaurant of 2004. In a press release, Lark Creek co-founder, president and CEO Michael Dellar said the company is considering other Las Vegas venues for a new Bradley Ogden-inspired restaurant. After August 5, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay will be taking over the Bradley Ogden space to open his second Las Vegas restaurant, a new casual gastropub concept.

•Todd English is partnering with the Dual Group, owned by brothers Derek and Daniel Koch, to open a new French restaurant in the Manhattan space that formerly housed his Crossbar restaurant, which closed last week. The new three-story wine bar and restaurant, called Chateau Cherbuliez, is English’s second French concept in New York City, joining his brasserie and lounge Ça Va, and will offer more than 300 different wines. Chateau Cherbuliez is slated to open within the next few weeks.


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