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News Briefs for November 7, 2016

November 7, 2016

•Federal agents arrested a former Napa winemaker November 2 on federal charges of fraud. Jeffry Hill, 38, of Clovis, California, was indicted by a federal grand jury in a San Francisco court for mail and wire fraud. Hill is accused of misrepresenting the geographic origin and grape variety of wines and wine products sold by his bankrupt winery, Hill Wine Company. According to the indictment, unsealed the morning of the arrest, Hill allegedly sold bulk grape juice, bulk wine and bottled wine labeled as products of the Napa Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA), even though the grapes came from other areas.Wine Spectator has the full story. 

•Maison Ferrand has extended its Plantation rum range with the launch of Plantation O.F.T.D. Overproof rum. Featuring a blend of rums from Guyana, Jamaica and Barbados, the 69%-abv high-proof offering is intended for use in cocktails and punches. Plantation O.F.T.D—which stands for “Old Fashioned Traditional Dark”—is rolling out nationwide this month, retailing at $31.99 a 1-liter bottle. The new expression joins Plantation Pineapple Stiggins’ Fancy, 3 Stars White, Original Dark, Grande Reserve 5-year-old, 20th Anniversary XO and a collection of single-country vintage-dated rums in the existing Plantation stable.

•Napa Valley’s Cuvaison Estate Wines is launching a limited-edition Andy Warhol by Cuvaison Collection ahead of the holiday season. The first of three installments in Cuvaison’s Warhol series includes a 2014 red Bordeaux blend from Mount Veeder and a 2014 Chardonnay from Carneros, packed in a box set featuring screen prints commissioned by the winery from Andy Warhol in the early 1980s. The new Cuvaison-Warhol box set is launching at select retailers nationwide, priced at around $250.

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