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News Briefs for April 24, 2014

April 24, 2014

•Austin, Texas-based Twin Liquors Fine Wine & Spirits, currently under investigation by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC), opened its 75th store in the state earlier this week. To celebrate the occasion, the store hosted a grand opening attended by customers, political figures and industry leaders, such as Tito Beveridge of Tito’s Vodka and Charles Granger of Capitol Beverage, among others. Twin president David Jabour and his sister, Twin executive vice president Margaret Jabour, filed a lawsuit onMarch 18 against the TABC saying Twin has been denied access to documents and prevented from questioning witnesses regarding the commission’s investigation into possible links between Twin and convicted drug traffickers. In April 2013, a joint task force made up of state and federal agents raided Twin’s headquarters but its stores have remained open during the investigation.

•Custom crush and winemaking company Rack & Riddle has expanded with a new facility in Healdsburg, California. Slated to be fully operational by August 1, the 120,000-square-foot location will focus largely on sparkling wine production, as well as wine bottling and alternative wine packaging. The move is part of Rack & Riddle’s efforts to transition out of its original Hopland location, which was acquired by St. Helena-based Duckhorn Wine Co. in August 2013. In addition to the new Healdsburg site, Rack & Riddle also operates a crushing and fermenting facility in Sonoma’s Alexander Valley, opened in January. Last year, Rack & Riddle produced more than 1 million cases of wine for more than 100 clients.

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