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News Briefs for April 14, 2016

April 14, 2016

•Italy’s Tormaresca, part of the Antinori portfolio, has released Calafuria, a 100% Negroamaro rosato wine. Sourced from Tormaresca’s Masseria Maìme Estate in Puglia’s Salento region, Calafuria is aged in stainless steel and features floral, grapefruit and peach notes. The new entry is currently available both on- and off-premise in the U.S., retailing at $15 a 750-ml. Established by the Antinori family in 1998, the Tormaresca portfolio is imported in the U.S. by Ste. Michelle Wine Estates.

•Marchesi di Barolo, the historic Barolo estate owned by the Abbona family, has acquired the Cascina Bruciata winery in Barbaresco from vintner Carlo Balbo for an undisclosed price, Wine Spectator reports. The acquisition adds to the 185 total acres owned by Marchesi di Barolo, among them five in Barbaresco. Cascina Bruciata owns nearly 20 contiguous acres in the Rio Sordocru in Barbaresco. It’s planted to Nebbiolo, of which the oldest parcel is 85 years old, as well as Barbera, Dolcetto and Freisa.

•Held from April 10-13 in Verona, Italy, Vinitaly celebrated its 50th edition with a crowd of nearly 50,000 people, including notable attendees such as Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi and Alibaba founder Jack Ma. The four-day event drew 28,000 accredited buyers, which marked a 23% increase in international buyer attendance on the prior year. Much of Vinitaly’s buyer growth came from the U.S., which grew attendance 25% compared with last year, as well as Germany (+11%), the U.K. (+18%), France (+29%), Canada (+30%), China (+130%) and Japan (+21%). Central and southern Italy also swelled the ranks, with buyer attendance up by an average of 15%. The 51st edition of Vinitaly is scheduled to take place in Verona from April 9-12, 2017.

•Pisco Portón LLC is extending its namesake brand with a new variant, Portón Acholado. An acholado pisco is an expression of the Peruvian spirit made with a blend of two or more of the eight allowed grape varietals. Portón’s acholado is a mix of estate-grown Quebranta, Italia and Torontel grapes. The newcomer is hitting key U.S. markets this month, retailing at around $35 a 750-ml.

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