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News Briefs for January 9, 2014

January 9, 2014

Anheuser-Busch has reportedly agreed to acquire Portland, Oregon-based distributor Morgan Distributing, one of the largest independent beer distributors in the state. According to reports out of St. Louis, Morgan has been an exclusive A-B distributor for more than a decade, and its territory sits adjacent to that of Eugene-based Western Beverage, which A-B acquired from Missouri’s Major Brands in 2011. Terms of the deal, which is expected to close shortly, weren’t disclosed.

•New Jersey-based Vision Wine & Spirits has added two highly-rated wine brands to its import portfolio on an exclusive basis. The first, Quinta da Romaneira, is one of the largest properties in Portugal’s Douro region, at 1,000 acres. Led by Bordeaux veteran Christian Seely, who acquired it with a team of investors in 2004, Quinta da Romaneira’s wines include red blends Liceiras ($14.99), Tinto ($44.99), Sino da Romaneira ($34.99), Tinto Reserva ($79.99) and a newly declared 2011 Vintage Port ($89.99). Vision’s second newcomer, Tenuta Rocca, is a 37-acre estate based in the Langhe district of the Piedmont. Its offerings include a Dolcetto d’Alba DOC and Barbera d’Alba DOC (both $19.99), Barbera d’Alba DOC Superiore ($29.99), Nebbiolo d’Alba DOC ($29.99), Langhe Rosso DOC ($29.99), Barolo DOCG ($59.99) and Barolo DOCG San Pietro ($69.99). Both Quinta da Romaneira and Tenuta Rocca have earned more than 15 scores of 90 points and above from Wine Spectator over the years.

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