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News Briefs for November 14, 2016

November 14, 2016

•Guarachi Wine Partners has partnered with Italy’s Cielo e Terra to extend the Nobilissima wine range in the U.S. Slated to roll out this January, Nobilissima’s new Prosecco DOC and DOCG Chianti will be available nationwide, retailing at $13 and $15 a 750-ml. bottle, respectively. They join Nobilissima’s existing Pinot Grigio, sourced from the Delle Venezie IGT. Along with Nobilissima, Guarachi Wine Partners markets the Aila, Bodega Norton, Castillo de Monseran, Montes and Santa Ema brands, among others.

•Former Winebow COO Scott Ades has been named president of importer Dalla Terra Winery Direct. He replaces Dave Holt, who will become president emeritus of the company. Napa-based Dalla Terra, with a portfolio focused on Italy, has a business model that it says allows producers to skip the national importer level and sell directly to U.S. distributors.

•Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits has appointed James MacPhail associate winemaker on The Calling brand, its Sonoma County project in partnership with sportscaster Jim Nantz. MacPhail, founder of Sonoma’s MacPhail Wines (owned by Hess Family Wine Estates since 2011), will work with The Calling winemaker Dan Goldfield to further develop the brand’s single vineyard program. The Calling ($30-$65), which sells around 25,000 cases annually, features a Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley, a Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast and a Cabernet from the Alexander Valley.

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