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News Briefs for July 8, 2016

July 8, 2016

•Wine Spectator has launched a free Restaurant Awards app for iPhone and iPad, allowing consumers to search more than 3,500 award-winning restaurants to find the ultimate wine experience. The app locates Wine Spectator Restaurant Award-winners near a user’s location, and also allows users to look up the perfect dining spot in any city, state or country, choosing by wine strengths, cuisine type, pricing and more. Each restaurant’s profile page provides details on the wine list, cuisine and people. In addition, reservation numbers and directions are available with the touch of a button.

•Ste. Michelle Wine Estates is debuting a new on-premise-only Central Coast wine brand, Canon 13. Launching nationwide in on-premise accounts this month, Canon 13 includes a Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The brand takes as its inspiration the Soledad Mission, the 13th mission located along the El Camino Real, the historic 600-mile stretch connecting dozens of missions and pueblos beginning in the late 1700s.

•Total Wine & More has extended its alliance with delivery provider Instacart to the North Carolina market. Through Instacart, Total Wine will offer delivery of wine and beer to consumers in Charlotte, Raleigh and Durham in as little as an hour. The addition of North Carolina follows successful partnerships between Instacart and Total Wine in Florida, Texas and Massachusetts.

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