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News Briefs for February 10, 2017

February 10, 2017

•Tuscany’s Castello di Gabbiano has launched Dark Knight, a new red blend, in the U.S. Retailing at $17 a 750-ml., Dark Knight IGT Toscana is comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sangiovese sourced from estate and premium vineyards. The expression is intended to tap growing U.S. demand for IGT Italian red wines, as well as for Italian red blends, which were up 15% by volume and 19% by value in the 52 weeks through October 23 in IRI channels. Castello Di Gabbiano is marketed in the U.S. by Treasury Wine Estates.

•New York-based importer Biagio Cru & Estate Wines is adding Moscatino, an Argentine sparkling rosé, to its portfolio. Produced with Muscat grapes in Mendoza, Moscatino is rolling out at select Whole Foods Markets nationwide for about $11 a 750-ml. Biagio Cru & Estates’ import stable also includes Tabali wines from Chile, Herdade de Medeiros and De Restia Crianza from Portugal, and Parxet cava and Lolailo Sangria from Spain, as well as Mezcal IBÁ.

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