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News Briefs for February 22, 2016

February 22, 2016

•The owners of Napa Valley’s Realm Cellars have purchased Hartwell Estate Vineyards’ winery, caves and a portion of their vineyards,Wine Spectator has learned. Hartwell founder Bob Hartwell and his family will retain the brand, an onsite residence and the remaining vineyard parcels. The purchase price wasn’t disclosed.

•Blue Nectar Spirits is introducing a new Founders’ Blend anejo Tequila. Created by father and son co-founders B. N. Bahadur and Nikhil Bahadur and master blender Guillermo Garcia-Lay from estate-grown blue agave from the lowland region of Jalisco, the añejo offering (40%-abv) is aged between one and two years and blended with limited-production extra anejo Tequila. It’s available in select U.S. markets, retailing at about $59.99. The small-batch Blue Nectar Tequila brand also includes Silver, Reposado Extra Blend and Reposado Special Craft.

•Chicago sommelier Alpana Singh is preparing to open her third restaurant, to be called Terra & Vine and located in the northern Chicago suburb of Evanston. The 8,000-square-foot space, once home to a Wolfgang Puck restaurant, will serve a Mediterranean-themed menu in a dining room with seating for 115 flanked by a bar called Bar Terra with seating for another 40 customers. Singh, who already owns Boarding House and Seven Lions in Chicago, said the opening date and head chef haven’t yet been determined.

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