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News Briefs for October 6, 2016

October 6, 2016

•Francis Coppola is planning to open a third Bay Area restaurant, slated to debut in November. The new eatery will join Coppola’s casual full-service restaurant Rustic, located in Sonoma, and his Café Zoetrope brasserie in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood. Further details about the new launch have yet to be released.

•New York-based importer Biagio Cru Wines & Spirits is set to launch Mexico’s Mezcal IBÁ in the U.S. Produced in Oaxaca, the Mezcal IBÁ range features three varieties, including 40 Organic ($65), 55 ($85) and 40. The three mezcal offerings will be available nationwide. Mezcal IBÁ joins Sloane’s Premium Dry Gin and Miodula Honey Vodka in Biagio Cru’s existing spirits stable.

•Bronco Wine Company is unveiling new “helix” packaging for its Red Truck wine brand. Said to be the first of its kind to roll out in the U.S. wine market, the helix packaging features a twist-open, recloseable cork stopper that works via an internal thread built into the neck of the glass bottle. The technology was developed by Amorim Cork and O-I. Red Truck ($11 a 750-ml.) will bring its new helix bottle to market beginning in January.

•Michigan has gained approval from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau for its fifth American Viticultural Area. It’s called Tip of the Mitt and encompasses 2,760 square miles within a six-county area in the northern part of Michigan, in a region bordered by water on three sides. The Straits Area Grape Growers Association had applied for the designation in November 2013 after two earlier, unsuccessful attempts. The area, too cold for vinifera grapes, is home to newer hybrid varieties including Frontenac Gris, Marquette and La Crescent, which thrive in its sandy soils. Michigan’s first AVA, Fennville, was established in 1981 in the southwestern part of the state, followed by Lake Michigan Shore and Leelanau Peninsula. Its last AVA to be approved before Tip of the Mitt was Old Mission Peninsula in 1987.

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