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Daily Archive: August 28, 2012

Interview, Part One: Ste. Michelle Wine Estates President and CEO Ted Baseler

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, a subsidiary of the Altria Group (formerly Philip Morris), was one of Washington’s pioneering wineries and remains by far the biggest, with sales of $516 million (+12%) and shipments of 7.32 million cases (+10%) last year. Ste. Michelle’s portfolio is anchored by its two core brands, Chateau Ste. Michelle (+8% to 2.5 million cases in 2011) and Columbia Crest (+0.1% to 2.1 million cases), and has benefited from the recent rise of Impact “Hot Brand” 14 Hands (+92% to 785,000 cases). Continue reading →

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News Briefs for August 28, 2012

Constellation Wines is prepping the launch of Clos Du Bois Rouge, a new red blend. Continue reading →

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Craft Brewing And Distilling News for August 28, 2012

•Downingtown, Pennsylvania-based Victory Brewing Co. will expand with the construction of a second brewery in nearby Parkesburg. Continue reading →

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