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News Briefs for November 9, 2015

November 9, 2015

•Cape Classics is launching a new wine brand, Terre Brûlée Chenin Blanc, in partnership with Loire Valley producer Vincent Carême. Retailing at $14.99 a bottle, Terre Brûlée is sourced from Carême’s Jacklesfontein vineyard in South Africa’s Swartland region, marking Cape Classics’ first wine from that area. The new entry will be available through Cape Classics’ national distribution network.

•Epic Wines & Spirits, the California distributor owned by Bill Foley, has appointed a new president, Scott Edwards. Edwards was previously executive vice president of Foley Family Wines. A 30-year veteran of the industry, he has served in the distributor and supplier tiers with companies including Forman Distributing, Beringer and Foster’s Wine Estates. He takes the helm as Epic, which Foley acquired in 2013, unveils its new Black Knight Fine Wines & Spirits luxury division, which will officially open for business on January 1, with a focus on building upscale brands in key accounts.

•Patrón Spirits is debuting a limited-edition 1-liter bottling of its Patrón Silver Tequila for the holiday season. Targeted to the gifting occasion, the 1-liter bottle—a first for the Patrón franchise—sports a pewter rendering of the Patrón Tequila bee icon, is topped with a glass stopper and is enclosed in an acrylic display case. The gift set will retail at about $79.

•Cupcake Vineyards has moved its Chardonnay offering to a Monterey County appellation for the newly released 2014 vintage, and is also now 100% barrel fermented. Previously, Cupcake Chardonnay ($10 a 750-ml.) fell under a Central Coast appellation. Part of The Wine Group portfolio, Cupcake sells 3 million cases annually in the U.S. market.

•California-based importer Accolade Brands (unaffiliated with Accolade Wines) has been appointed national agent for the Maximus wine brand, produced by Italy’s Cantine Due Palme. Maximus includes a white blend and a red blend sourced from Apulia. Accolade Brands—led by 1989 Market Watch Leader Mark Newman, formerly owner of Arizona’s Liquor Barn—counts over 20 labels from Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Chile and California in its portfolio.

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