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News Briefs for December 31, 2015

December 31, 2015

•Sonoma, California’s V2 Wine Group has extended its sales and marketing agreement with Healdsburg-based Toad Hollow Vineyards. The two companies first forged their exclusive partnership in 2010. The Toad Hollow portfolio includes a Russian River Pinot Noir and Merlot, Sonoma County dry rosé of Pinot Noir, Lodi AVA Cabernet Sauvignon and two French sparkling wines. Established by Dan and Katy Leese and Pete and Terri Kight in 2010, V2 Wine Group focuses on wines retailing between $15-$50, and also markets the Bouchaine Vineyards, Cameron Hughes, La Follette, Steelhead Vineyards, Torbreck and Vindicated brands, among others.

•Jean-Louis “Charly” Foucault, co-owner of Clos Rougeard, the iconic Cabernet Franc vineyard in France’s Loire Valley, passed away Dec. 29. He was 66. Together with his brother, Bernard “Nady” Foucault, Charly produced wines from a 25-acre organic vineyard south of Saumur. The brothers marked the eighth generation to helm the vineyard, which has been in their family since at least 1664. Wine Spectator has the full story.

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