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News Briefs for July 11, 2012

July 11, 2012

•Wine shipments from the Rhône Valley to the U.S. market were up 17% by volume and 27% by value last year, according to trade group Inter-Rhône. Globally, the region saw shipments rise 19% by value, with production at around 404 million bottles. Organic and rosé wines have been strong areas for Rhône wines lately. Production of Rhône rosés has doubled over the past six years, while organic vineyards now comprise 7.4% of the region’s total 188,700 acres of vines.

•Cecchetti Wine Co. is launching a new California wine brand, Exitus. Its debut wine is a red blend comprised of Central Coast Syrah, Mendocino Coast Petite Sirah and Lake County Merlot that will sell for $25 a bottle. Exitus is the first upscale launch for Cecchetti, whose other brands include California labels Redtree, Line 39 and Backhouse.

•RumChata cream liqueur has introduced new bottle sizes—50-ml., 375-ml., 1-liter and 1.75-liters—to accompany its standard 750-ml. size, which sells for around $19.95. The 13.8%-abv RumChata is a mix of five-times distilled Caribbean rum and Wisconsin dairy cream, produced and bottled by Agave Loco Brands of Pewauwee, Wisconsin. In the first six months of the year, RumChata shipped more than 1 million bottles (the equivalent of roughly 83,000 cases) in the U.S. market, benefiting from a diverse consumer base and carving out a place in various consumption occasions.

•The W Dallas-Victory hotel has announced that it will close celebrity chef Tom Colicchio’s restaurant Craft Dallas at the end of the summer. The hotel is partnering with restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Culinary Concepts Hospitality Group to open a new eatery in the former Craft Dallas space called Cook Hall, slated to debut in early fall. Cook Hall will be a modern American gastropub featuring a new bar connected to the hotel’s Living Room lobby lounge. Craft Dallas has been operating at the W Dallas-Victory since the hotel opened in 2006. In addition, the W Dallas-Victory will close its Ghostbar nightclub (also in operation since the hotel opened) by the end of this month. Plans to replace the Ghostbar space with a new concept are being finalized and will be announced in the near future.

 

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