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News Briefs for June 5, 2014

June 5, 2014

•Irvine, California-based G.K. Skaggs has been appointed as the U.S. importer for Spain’s Bodegas Lozano Family Winery. Under the new partnership, G.K. Skaggs will introduce the winery’s Oristan, Añoranza, Fonda Real and Nicoleta labels nationwide this summer. Based in the La Mancha region, Bodegas Lozano’s family-owned holdings include its La Carrasca and Los Salvadores estates, which collectively comprise nearly 1,000 hectares (2,500 acres) of vines. The Spanish winery joins G.K. Skaggs’ existing portfolio, which includes wines from France, Italy and New Zealand.

•Missouri wholesaler Major Brands is appealing a recent decision by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida finding that Bacardi USA’s 2013 move to terminate its relationship with Major Brands in Missouri was legal. The court’s decision asserted that the original agreement between Bacardi and Major was governed by Florida law rather than laws in Missouri, where franchise protections have historically limited the transfer of brands among distributors. In recent years, leading suppliers have increasingly challenged the Show-Me State’s franchise laws in bids to shake up their wholesaler profiles in the market. Among the changes, Bacardi (along with Diageo) has moved from Major to Glazer’s, while Pernod Ricard has partnered with Major.

•Virginia-based importer Grapes of Spain is releasing two new wines from Spain’s Isaac Fernandez Selección, Legado de Moncayo 2013 and Pingao 2013. Legado de Moncayo is made from 40-year-old Garnacha bush vines grown in Campo de Borja and is aged only in stainless steel tanks. Pingao is made from old vine Tempranillo grown at more than 750 meters’ elevation in Rioja Alta. After fermentation in stainless steel it was aged for a few months in barrels prior to bottling. Both wines retail at $12.99 a bottle. With the new releases, the Isaac Fernandez Selección portfolio grows to 12 wines from seven denominations of origin.

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