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News Briefs for March 12, 2014

March 12, 2014

•The Fladgate Partnership is releasing two new Late Bottled Vintage Ports (LBVs), one each under its Taylor Fladgate and Fonseca brands. Taylor Fladgate 2008 Late Bottled Vintage Port and Fonseca 2008 Late Bottled Vintage Unfiltered Port retail at $25 and $24 a 750-ml. respectively. The LBV style, pioneered in 1970 by current Taylor Fladgate chairman Alistair Robertson, was designed to offer a vintage Port that could be consumed without laying down for added aging. “This is especially relevant for the U.S. market, in which about 80% of wines purchased are consumed within 24 hours, rather than ‘aged’ even for one day,” Fladgate notes, adding that the new Fonseca vintage will be among only a few unfiltered LBVs on the market. Fladgate’s Ports are handled in the U.S. by Kobrand.

•Total Wine & More is embarking on a new tasting and education series touting the wines, spirits and beers of Washington state. The retail giant’s Discover Washington series, running from now through March 23 and including 680 tastings and classroom events, will be held at select Total Wine locations in Arizona, Maryland, South Carolina and Washington. The series will include sessions exploring Washington wines like those of Arbor Crest and Precept Wines, as well as whiskies and gin from Dry Fly Distilling and craft brews from Redhook, Elysian and Pike breweries, among other producers.

•California-based importer and marketer San Francisco Wine Exchange (SFWE) has appointed Diego Lo Prete general manager, executive vice president. In his new role—which went into effect January 20—Lo Prete reports directly to SFWE president Hugh Thatcher. A 20-year industry veteran, Lo Prete joins SFWE from Barcelona-based Grupo Codorniu, where he was both head of global marketing and communications and a member of the company’s executive board.

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