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News Briefs for May 8, 2015

May 8, 2015

•Constellation Brands is adding a Willamette Valley, Oregon Pinot Noir to the Mark West brand line. Part of Mark West’s Appellation Series (which also features Pinots from Carneros, Russian River Valley and Santa Lucia Highlands), the new Oregon offering retails at $25 a bottle. Constellation acquired the Mark West brand from Purple Wine Co. in 2012. The Pinot Noir-focused label sells more than 800,000 cases annually.

•Upstate New York’s Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards has extended its Red Cat wine brand with the launch of Red Cat and White Cat ready-to-drink sangrias. Featuring a blend of natural fruit flavors and spices, the pair will initially be available at Hazlitt’s Hector and Naples, New York-based tasting rooms and online, with retail and restaurant distribution to follow. The sangrias are priced at around $8.49 a 750-ml. and $13.99 a 1.5-liter. Red Cat Sangria and White Cat Sangria join Hazlitt 1852’s existing range of Red Cat and White Cat wines, as well as Cabin Fever wine, Bramble Berry wine and Cider Tree hard cider.

•St. Helena-based Joseph Phelps Vineyards has named Sam Burton vice president and director of operations. Burton comes to Joseph Phelps Vineyards from Diageo Chateau & Estate, where he was director of North Coast operations. In his new role, he will take operational responsibility for the Phelps family’s estate vineyards and wineries, including the Joseph Phelps Vineyards in Napa Valley (comprising nearly 375 acres of vines) and Freestone Vineyards on the Sonoma Coast (including 100 acres of vineyard property).

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