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News Briefs for January 7, 2013

January 7, 2014

•Terlato Wines has sold the vineyards and production facility associated with Sonoma-based Alderbrook Winery, while retaining the winery’s brands and inventory. The acquirer was Bernie Orsi, of Sonoma’s Orsi Papale Estate Wines. According to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, the deal included 60 acres planted to Zinfandel, a tasting room and production facility with capacity for 50,000 cases. Terlato says it’s currently negotiating the purchase of another, larger winery with vineyard holdings more focused on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with a deal expected in the next few weeks.

•Argentina’s Doña Paula is adding a new red blend, the Black Edition, to its Estate tier. Launching now into national distribution, Doña Paula Black Edition is composed of 60% Malbec, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot, grown on the El Alto Estate in the Luján de Cuyo region of Argentina, over 3,400 feet above sea level. Retailing at $14.99 a 750-ml., Black Edition joins Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Torrontés varietals in the winery’s Estate range. Doña Paula is handled in the U.S. by Trinchero Family Estates.

•Sonoma Valley estate winery B.R. Cohn has announced a family succession in which owner and founder Bruce Cohn is stepping down as CEO as his eldest son Daniel assumes the role. Daniel Cohn, 40, has been senior vice president and head of national sales at the winery for a dozen years, during which time B.R. Cohn’s volume grew nearly ten-fold to 84,000 cases. Prior to that, he gained industry experience with Young’s Market Co. As CEO, Cohn will look to grow the winery’s national wholesale and direct-to-consumer businesses, as well as renewing focus on B.R. Cohn’s Olive Hill estate and its ultra-premium wines. Bruce Cohn, who founded the winery in 1984, is stepping aside to concentrate on his duties as manager of musical group The Doobie Brothers, which he’s managed since 1970.

•Poughkeepsie, New York-based Half Time Beverage has opened a second location in Mamaroneck, an upscale suburb in New York’s Westchester County. The new store has 20,000 square feet of retail space and will carry 6,000 beer and non-alcoholic beverage labels. In addition to packaged beer, the new store offers 20 rotating brews on tap for growler sales. Half Time’s director of operations Jason Daniels said that Half Time—which runs a brisk online business—is planning a third store, though he declined to reveal the location.

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