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News Briefs for July 21, 2016

July 21, 2016

•Tuscan winery Badia a Coltibuono has expanded its U.S. lineup with the launch of a 2011 Montebello IGT Toscana ($60 a 750-ml.). Made with organic grapes sourced from Chianti, Badia a Coltibuono’s Montebello IGT is a blend of nine Tuscan varietals: Mammolo, Ciliegiolo, Pugnitello, Colorino, Sanforte, Malvasia Nera, Canaiolo, Fogliatonda and Sangiovese. Badia a Coltibuono, which is owned and operated by the Stucchi Prinetti family, is handled in the U.S. by Napa-based direct importer Dalla Terra Winery Direct.

•Control state spirits volume rose 3.8% year-to-date through June, outpacing a gain of 2.8% during the same period last year. On a rolling 12-month basis, control state volume increased 2.8% on a selling-day-adjusted basis, while dollar value grew 5.2%. Meanwhile, control state wine volumes have risen 1.9% over the past 12 months.

•Ben Pearson, wine buyer at Santa Rosa, California retailer Bottle Barn for two decades, passed away over the weekend at the age of 56. A well-known fixture in the Sonoma County wine world, Pearson died of unknown causes while vacationing in Mendocino County.

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