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News Briefs for January 20, 2015

January 20, 2015

•Napa Valley’s fabled Mayacamas Vineyards is reopening this month with a new team led by owners Charles and Ali Banks of Terroir, Inc. The winery will have a new interior, designed by Martin Waller of Andrew Martin International, and several redesigned spaces will accommodate a variety of tasting experiences on the 465-acre property. Charles and Ali Banks purchased Maycamas in July 2013 in partnership with Jay Schottenstein and his son Joey. The winery will be run by estate director Jimmy Hayes (formerly of Araujo Estate and Thomas Keller Restaurant Group); winemaker Andy Erickson; and hospitality director Artie Johnson. Viticulturist Phil Coturri is overseeing the replanting and regeneration of the vineyards.

•Exactly one year after Sonoma County’s winegrowers and vintners committed to becoming 100% sustainable by January 2019, the Sonoma County Winegrowers (SCW) commission has announced it is already one-third of the way to its goal. Along with its first annual sustainability report, part of the organization’s promise to be transparent about the process, SCW also unveiled the creation of a 100-year plan to preserve agriculture overall in the county, not just wine grapes. The wine industry will work with other agricultural, business and community groups, as well as government agencies, to find long-term solutions to potential problems, such as water and labor shortages, and determine areas of focus for research and innovation. Sonoma aims to be the first U.S. wine region to have all its vineyards and wineries audited and certified sustainable by an independent third party. Wine Spectator has more

•Shaw-Ross International Importers has launched a new rum brand, Guy Harvey, which is debuting with a spiced rum offering retailing at $15 a 750-ml. bottle. Developed in partnership with marine wildlife artist and conservationist Guy Harvey, the brand’s first product is 70-proof and distilled in the Caribbean. It’s initially launching in Florida, distributed by Southern Wine & Spirits, with entry into more markets upcoming. A second Guy Harvey rum, an aged blended Jamaican variant, is also in the works. A significant portion of net proceeds from the brand will benefit projects at the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, a non-profit that funds marine research and conservation programs.

•California’s Korbel Champagne Cellars has revealed a new limited edition Korbel Brut Rosé targeted toward Valentine’s Day celebrations. Limited to 13,500 cases, Korbel California Brut Rosé Romance is packaged in a special sleeved bottle, which features a white background with lip print and black lace imagery. The new entry is currently available nationwide, priced in line with Korbel’s regular California Brut Rosé bottling at $13.99 each. Korbel’s California Champagne portfolio is handled in the U.S. by Brown-Forman.

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