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News Briefs for January 22, 2015

January 22, 2015

•Sogrape Vinhos will unveil a Sandeman single cask aged tawny Port, Sandeman Cask 33 Limited Edition, in the U.S. this March to coincide with the brand’s 225th anniversary. Featuring wines of up to 70 years old, Cask 33 was blended by Sandeman head winemaker Luis Sottomayor, who selected one cask out of 40 of the company’s oldest tawny stocks in its cellar. Cask 33 features spicy pepper, curry and nutmeg flavors. It’s packaged in hand-blown glass bottles bearing the initials “G.S.” and designed to resemble the English glass bottles used at the brand’s founding in 1790. Only 685 bottles will be released worldwide, with about 250 destined for the U.S. and retailing for about $750. House of Sandeman chairman George Sandeman recently told SND the U.S. market is trending toward high-quality ports, with the future of the category depending on educational efforts as well as food pairings. Sandeman is marketed in the U.S. by Pernod Ricard USA.

•Napa Valley-based wine producer Clos Du Val has made two key appointments to its executive team. Sue Furdek, formerly senior marketing manager for Jackson Family Wines’ Artisan Collection Napa Valley brands, has been named Clos Du Val’s director of marketing. Also, Sean Gallagher has been tapped as director of national sales. Gallagher, who has held key sales positions at Robert Mondavi Winery, Renwood Winery, Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy/Clicquot, Inc. and St. Supery Vineyards, was most recently national sales director at Flora Springs Winery. The appointments follow Clos Du Val’s appointment of Steve Tamburelli, formerly Flora Springs’ COO, as president and CEO last summer.

•Sonoma, California-based The Other Guys (TOG) has established a separate national sales division for its 35 Maple Street spirits portfolio. According to TOG and 35 Maple Street president August Sebastiani, the move comes as the group’s spirits stable experiences rapid expansion. The newly-created division will handle all national sales efforts for 35 Maple Street’s Masterson’s whisky, Uncle Val’s gin, Kirk & Sweeney rum and Bib & Tucker Bourbon brands. Meanwhile, TOG’s independent wine sales unit will manage the Hey Mambo, Leese-Fitch, Plungerhead, Pennywise, White Knight, Moobuzz and Gehricke wine brands. Concurrently, 35 Maple Street has bolstered its new sales team with the appointment of Chad Keeton, formerly vice president of sales for consulting group The Atlas Network, as eastern regional sales manager.

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