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News Briefs for March 21, 2013

March 21, 2013

•Accolade Wines North America will introduce South Africa’s Flagstone wines to the U.S. market this spring. The launch will initially include four wines—Noon Gun ($14), a white blend of Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Nouvelle; Longitude ($14), a red blend of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec; Dragon Tree ($18), a red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Pinotage; and The Rumour Mill ($18), which is 100% Viognier. The Flagstone wines are expected to hit shelves in mid-April to early May. Accolade will initially import approximately 2,500 cases of each wine. Most will go to California, New York, Texas and Florida, as well as small amounts to 13 other states across the country.

•Santa Rosa-based Evening Land Vineyards has offloaded its vineyard and winemaking operations in the Santa Rita Hills and Lompoc to a group led by sommelier Rajat Parr. The assets acquired include a 40-acre vineyard on Hayes Ranch planted to California heritage Pinot Noir clones and a small-lot winery in Lompoc. Evening Land CEO Greg Ralston said the deal, which is expected to close in the second quarter, will allow the group “to more efficiently allocate our resources to our ongoing efforts in Oregon and Burgundy and to refocus our efforts in the Sonoma Coast appellation where we own the Occidental Vineyard, one of California’s great vineyard sites.” Evening Land’s Oregon and Burgundy holdings are in the Eola-Amity Hills and Bligny les Beaune respectively.

•Napa’s Clos Du Val Winery has released a new ultra-luxury Cabernet Sauvignon, JG’s Joie du Vin. The inaugural bottling is a 2009 sourced from a single block in the Stags Leap District and named for Clos Du Val founder John (J.G.) Goelet. Joie du Vin is bottled only in magnums, which are packaged in a laser-engraved rosewood chest, retailing for $400 apiece. Only 80 cases of the new luxury offering were made.

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