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News Briefs for May 25, 2016

May 25, 2016

•Before Donn Chappellet set his sights on producing powerful, age-worthy wines, he made a fortune distributing coffee vending machines. But in 1967, seeking an escape from the hustle of Beverly Hills, he and his wife Molly moved to Napa Valley and founded Chappellet Vineyards, part of Napa’s quality revolution and the winery that put Pritchard Hill on the map. Chappellet died May 22 after a long illness, according to his family. He was 84. In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family has suggested donating in the name of Donn Chappellet to the Wildlife Rescue Center of Napa County or to the St. Helena Hospital Foundation.Wine Spectator has more on Chappellet’s life and career.

•Canadian Club is launching its 100% Rye whisky in the U.S. Produced by Beam Suntory’s Calgary-based partner distillery Alberta Distillers Ltd., Canadian Club 100% Rye is aged in three different types of barrels, including new American oak, once-used Bourbon and Canadian whisky casks, and then blended. The 40%-abv expression is rolling out across the U.S. this month, retailing at $20 a 750-ml. Canadian Club 100% Rye joins Canadian Club 1858, Reserve and Classic 12-year-old expressions in the brand’s U.S. portfolio.

•Total Wine & More and delivery provider Instacart have extended their alliance to the Boston market. The two companies first partnered in Miami Beach last fall, and also linked in the Texas market this spring. Total Wine’s delivery area in the Boston area will initially include parts of Cambridge, Charlestown, Somerville and downtown Boston.

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