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News Briefs for January 12, 2017

January 12, 2017

•In the war over wine direct shipping, Michigan is picking another fight. On January 9, Gov. Rick Snyder signed a new measure into law that amends the state’s Liquor Control Code to make it easier for wineries and in-state retailers to ship to Michigan consumers. But the law also prohibits out-of-state retailers from shipping to Michigan consumers. The issue has divided factions within the wine industry, with wholesalers supporting it, national retailers calling it unconstitutional and wineries supporting some provisions and opposing others. Wine Spectator has the full story.

•California’s Vintage Wine Estates has acquired négociant Cameron Hughes Wine Inc. for an undisclosed sum. The purchase was made as part of a court settlement, following Cameron Hughes Wine’s entry into receivership on the order of San Francisco’s Superior Court in 2015 after racking up more than $15 million in outstanding debts to Union Bank. Vintage Wine Estates tells SND that the deal is expected to close January 18. Cameron Hughes, known for its strong direct-to-consumer business, joins brands such as B.R. Cohn, Clos Pegase, Cosentino Winery and Middle Sister, among others, in Vintage Wine Estates’ stable.

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