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News Briefs for August 28, 2012

August 28, 2012

Constellation Wines is prepping the launch of Clos Du Bois Rouge, a new red blend. Debuting with its 2009 vintage, Clos Du Bois Rouge combines classic Bordeaux blend varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with other grapes like Petite Sirah, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Charbano. The 14.5%-abv offering will be priced at around $15 a bottle. Acquired by Constellation from Fortune Brands in 2007, Geyserville, California-based Clos Du Bois specializes in red and white wines from Sonoma County’s North Coast, Alexander Valley and Russian River Valley appellations. Clos Du Bois Rouge’s rollout follows a pair of recently launched red blends from Constellation’s Blackstone Winery and Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi brands.

•Football legend Mike Ditka is partnering with Terlato Wines International to relaunch his eponymous wine brand. The company has created a brand new line of wines and will look to expand distribution of the label. The brand’s line features eight wines to highlight Ditka’s career—The Player (featuring a Merlot and a Pinot Grigio), The Coach (Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc), The Hall of Famer (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), The Icon (Cabernet Sauvignon) and The Champion (a red wine blend). They will be priced between $14.99-$49.99. The Mendocino Wine Company previously handled Mike Ditka Wines, which first rolled out in 2006. Terlato’s portfolio includes wine brands from other well-known sports names, such as Jack Nicklaus Wines.

•Joto Sake says it’s set to begin wholesaling spirits in the New York market this October, starting with its portfolio of shochus, which includes the Asahi, Seiko Udoko and Shima Senryo brands. Joto has been distributing its artisanal sake line through its wine license in New York state since 2005. The company will also be distributing American craft spirits in New York shortly, said Joto founder Henry Sidel, a veteran of Brooklyn Brewery and Millennium Imports, adding that he expects to add more imported spirits to Joto’s brand line early next year. While distributing its own brands in New York, Joto’s portfolio is handled by Southern Wine & Spirits, Republic National Distributing Co., Young’s Market, Wirtz Beverage and others across the country.

•New York City-based hospitality company The One Group is opening a Pan-Asian restaurant named Xishi in the space currently housed by the restaurant Little Buddha at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Little Buddha will close in two months to make way for the new concept, which will feature both casual and formal dining rooms. The One Group owns and operates more than a dozen restaurants and lounges internationally.

 

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