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News Briefs for June 25, 2014

June 25, 2014

•California wine producer J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines is making two of its labels available on tap throughout California and Nevada through a partnership with Free Flow Wines. J. Lohr Estates Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir and J. Lohr Estates Flume Crossing Sauvignon Blanc are now being distributed in reusable stainless steel kegs which hold the equivalent of 26 750-ml. bottles or 130 five-ounce pours. Wine Warehouse is distributing the kegs in California, while Wirtz Beverage is handling them in Nevada. J. Lohr says the wine-on-tap format provides an efficient and environmentally conscious delivery system, which eliminates the oxidation and spoilage problems that can hamper traditional by-the-glass programs in the on-premise.

•Symington Family Estates has released a rare 1882 Graham’s Tawny Port in a limited edition of 656 bottles. Graham’s Ne Oublie Port, named for the Graham family motto (which translates to “do not forget”), dates to the arrival of Andrew James Symington in Portugal in 1882. The current release represents one of three remaining barrels of the old tawny; the other two barrels won’t be released until 2025 at the earliest. Ne Oublie—retailing at €5,500 ($7,480)—is packaged in a handmade crystal decanter and individually numbered. Aged tawny Port has been growing by double-digits in the U.S. market of late. Symington Family joint managing director Rupert Symington recently told SND, “When I started selling in the U.S. 20 years ago, about one bottle in 10 was old tawny. Now it’s about one bottle in four.”

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