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News Briefs for November 9, 2016

November 9, 2016

•New York governor Andrew Cuomo has vetoed a bill that would have prevented the state’s Liquor Authority (NYSLA) from sanctioning licensees for violations of other states’ alcohol laws. Assembly Bill 10248 was written in response to a case involving retailer Empire Wine, which the NYSLA sought to penalize for shipping wine to consumers in states that do not allow direct-shipping. Cuomo, who vetoed a similar bill last year, said the bill “would allow State licensees to break other states’ laws with no fear of reprisal by the SLA … (and) essentially create a regulatory gap in which these entities would be immune from prosecution.”

•Rhône Valley producer Les Dauphins is launching two new wines in the U.S. market. The newcomers include a Les Dauphins Organic Côtes du Rhône Villages Rouge ($15) made from 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre and 5% Carignan, as well as a Côtes du Rhône Villages Puyméras Rouge ($18) composed of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre. Both new offerings are debuting this month, with Monsieur Touton importing the Organic Rouge and Plume Ridge handling the Puyméras Rouge.

•Auction house Hart Davis Hart netted $6.5 million at its recent “Celebration of Bordeaux” sale, held November 4-5 in Chicago. The event, which was 100% sold, featured 1,975 lots, with roughly 50% of the lots selling above their high estimates. Among the array of Bordeaux offerings spanning 130 chateaux and 59 vintages, sale highlights included a case of 1961 Château Palmer sold for $53,775 (est. $20,000-$30,000), as well as a dozen bottles of 1989 Château Haut-Brion sold for $21,510 (est. $13,000-$19,000) and six magnums of 1982 Château Lafleur sold for $59,750 (est. $40,000-$60,000), among others. Hart Davis Hart’s final auction of the year is slated for December 15-17.

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