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News Briefs for December 28, 2016

December 28, 2016

•Friulian wine pioneer Livio Felluga has passed away at the age of 102, according to multiple reports out of Italy. Born in 1914, Felluga served in World War II, and then proceeded to spearhead a winemaking renaissance in northeastern Italy’s Friulian countryside, buying vineyards in Rosazzo in the 1950s and planting local varieties like Picolit, Friulano and Refosco. Over the years, his efforts helped define modern winemaking in the region. The Livio Felluga estate—which produces more than 800,000 bottles annually—now extends over more than 160 hectares (395 acres) of hill country in the Collio and Colli Orientali del Friuli, with 155 hectares (383 acres) planted to vine. Imported to the U.S. by Mionetto USA, Felluga’s wines consistenly receive scores of 90 points or above from Wine Spectator.

•Antoine Moueix Propriétés, a subsidiary of French wine powerhouse Advini, has acquired seven Bordeaux estates from the Lapalu and Blasco families in the Médoc and Haut-Médoc, including Châteaus Liversan, Patache d’Aux and D’Hanteillan, for a total of 618 acres under vine. The company now controls 988 acres, or 7% of Bordeaux’s Cru Bourgeois annual volume, for a production of 150,000 cases. Wine Spectator has the full story.

•Shaw-Ross International Importers has appointed Nick Potter as vice president, Southeast region. Potter joined the company as a brand manager in 2003 and most recently served as portfolio director for Gato Negro and the Viña San Pedro range of Chilean wines. Shaw-Ross represents wines from Château D’Esclans, Marqués De Riscal, Real Sangria and Gekkeikan Sake, as well as spirits brands such as Ron Barcelo, Old Smuggler Scotch whisky and Cardenal Mendoza brandies, among others.

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