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News Briefs for September 6, 2013

September 6, 2013

•The Wine Group’s Concannon Vineyard has partnered with Free Flow Wines to launch its first-ever wine-on-tap offering. Concannon’s 2011 Conservancy Cabernet Sauvignon is now available on-premise nationwide in 19.5-liter stainless steel kegs. The wine stays fresh for six weeks after being tapped, according to the company. Concannon’s Conservancy tier of wines—which also includes Chardonnay, Merlot, Petite Sirah and Crimson & Clover red wine, all retailing at $15 a 750-ml. bottle—is produced from the grapes of Livermore’s Tri-Valley Conservancy Land Trust, created to protect against urban development.

•Graham Mackay has returned to the role of non-executive chairman of SABMiller following a medical leave of absence due to a brain tumor diagnosed in April. In Mackay’s absence, deputy chairman and senior independent director John Manser had been serving as chairman of the beer giant. Meanwhile, former COO Alan Clark assumed the CEO title formerly held by Mackay, accelerating a planned promotion that was scheduled for July.

•Former Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines president and CEO Ray Chadwick has formed Chadwick Wine Consulting, a new firm offering expert advice to wineries, industry executives and wine investors. Based in Napa, California, Chadwick Wine Consulting will assist with a variety of issues including winery or vineyard acquisitions and sales, strategic planning, creating routes to market and financial sustainability. In addition to his experience at Diageo, Chadwick has also previously served as corporate EVP, wine for Young’s Market Co.; managing director for Barton & Guestier S.A.; and as a member of the finance unit at Seagram.

•California’s Castle Rock Winery has named Republic National Distributing Co. (RNDC) as its Texas distributor, effective October 1. Castle Rock previously was handled by Glazer’s in Texas. The winemaker and RNDC are also partnered in Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Nebraska, South Carolina and North Dakota. Castle Rock produces over 500,000 cases of wine annually, with a focus on various appellations of Pinot Noir, including Columbia Valley, Willamette Valley, Carneros and Mendocino County, among others, as well as a few additional varietals. Its wines are generally priced from $8-$14.

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