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News Briefs for April 27, 2017

April 27, 2017

•Napa, California-based importer The Sorting Table has added South Africa’s Neil Ellis Wines to its stable. The Neil Ellis portfolio, which features wines from the Stellenbosch, Darling, Durbanville and Elgin regions, includes the Neil Ellis Wines, Sincerely, The Left Bank and Aenigma labels. The winery marks The Sorting Table’s first South African offering, joining its lineup of French, Italian and New Zealand wines distributed across 45 states. The Neil Ellis lineup was previously handled in the U.S. by Vineyard Brands.

•Seattle-based August Wine Group has partnered with Provence’s Fabre family to launch the Fabre en Provence label, including two estate-grown rosés: a Côtes de Provence AOP rosé ($15) and a Côtes de Provence AOP Cru Classé rosé ($22). Both new Fabre en Provence rosés are rolling out nationally. August Wine Group expects to sell about 8,000 cases of the two wines this year, and to potentially double that total next year.

•Sapporo USA has named Yoshihito Kuzuhara as its new president, replacing Louis Orui. Kuzuhara, a 27-year company veteran, previously served as the general manager of the London Representative Office for Sapporo Holdings Ltd, responsible for market research and business planning throughout Europe. Sapporo USA’s portfolio includes Premium, Premium Light and Reserve variants, as well as recent addition Premium Black.

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