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News Briefs for September 10, 2015

September 10, 2015

•Delicato Family Vineyards is introducing a lineup of dark red blends under its Gnarly Head brand this fall, capitalizing on increasing momentum in the segment. Launches will include the return of Petite-Sirah-based Authentic Black ($11.99)—originally released as a seasonal in 2014—as a year-round offering. DFV is also debuting a new Gnarly Head limited edition, 1924 Double Black ($11.99), a Zinfandel-based blend that pays homage to the Delicato family’s first vineyard plantings in 1924. Gnarly Head earned Impact “Hot Brand” honors for its 12.3% rise to 744,000 cases in the U.S. last year.

•The Teeling Whiskey Co. has debuted Teeling Single Malt—the third addition to its range of non-age statement Irish whiskies—nationwide. Retailing at $65, Teeling Single Malt is made with malt whiskey aged for up to 23 years, which has been matured in five different types of casks, including Sherry, Port, Madeira, White Burgundy and Cabernet Sauvignon. The 46%-abv entry joins existing Small Batch and Single Grain labels in Teeling’s premium Irish whiskey portfolio, which is handled stateside by Infinium Spirits.

•Armand de Brignac Champagne has tapped luxury marketing veteran Bernadette Knight as chief marketing officer. Knight has more than a decade of luxury wine and spirits experience, including work on brands like Veuve Clicquot, Krug, Ruinart and Taittinger. Most recently she was U.S. director for Hennessy Cognac. In addition to the CMO appointment, Armand de Brignac—owned by Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter—has recently built a full U.S. sales team.

•The Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction earned its name this year—winemakers were picking and crushing grapes while bidders were raising paddles on September 6. The harvest results have yet to be tasted, but the auction raised a record $4.5 million, up from last year’s $4 million haul. The live auction capped off the annual three-day Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, which benefits local charities. About 650 bidders gathered on the lawn of Chateau St. Jean in Kenwood, where the theme was a recreation of the 1915 San Francisco World’s Fair. Wine Spectator has more.

•Bogle Vineyards has named Eric Ariyoshi director of marketing. Ariyoshi’s previous drinks industry experience includes time building brands with Campari America, DFV Wines and Treasury Wine Estates.

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