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News Briefs for August 24, 2012

August 24, 2012

•The Charlie Palmer Group will close its Denver venues, District Tavern and Wazee Wood Fire Pizza, at the end of this month. Both restaurants opened in late 2011 and were Palmer’s first ventures in the Colorado market. District Tavern originally opened as District Meats and was rebranded in May in an effort to increase business, but this move proved unsuccessful. In a statement, Palmer explained that the restaurants “were unable to maintain the volume needed to remain open.”

Boisset Family Estates president Jean-Charles Boisset has launched a new Pinot Noir blend under his JCB brand. Known as JCB No.3, the blend features Pinot Noir from both California’s Russian River Valley (60%) and France’s Burgundy region (40%). The Russian River portion is sourced from the Maboroshi, Pennacchio and Starkey vineyards, located in the region’s Sebastopol Hills area, while the remainder is imported from three vineyards in Burgundy’s Côte de Nuits region. According to a report in the Napa Valley Register, Boisset has produced only 216 cases of JCB No.3’s debut vintage, priced at around $120 a bottle.

•International Beverage USA is releasing the 1975 vintage of its Balblair Highland single malt Scotch whisky in the U.S. market for the first time. Aged in American oak, ex-Sherry casks, Balblair 1975 is 46%-abv and sells for $365 a bottle. It’s currently in select retailers and on-premise venues. Balblair’s previous U.S. releases include 1989, 1991, 1997 and 2000. The brand claims to be the only single malt exclusively released in vintages. International Beverage—which also markets the Old Pulteney, AnCnoc and Speyburn single malt Scotch labels—is a subsidiary of ThaiBev.

•Robert Young Estate Winery has named Jessica Link as president. She will report to CEO Jim Young. Link has served as controller of the Robert Young entities since 2007, and held previous positions at Sonoma-Cutrer and Beringer Vineyards. Geyserville, California-based Robert Young Estate Winery produces 7,000 cases annually under its estate label, which consists of Merlot, Chardonnay and Alexander Valley Scion wines, among others.

•Actor Robin Williams has put his Napa estate on the market for $35 million, reports Wine Spectator. The 653-acre estate, Villa Sorriso, is nestled into the Mayacamas Mountains and includes 24 acres of vineyards and a 20,000-square-foot Italianate villa with temperature-controlled cellars, among other amenities.

 

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