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News Briefs for May 18, 2017

May 18, 2017

•Joe Wagner’s Copper Cane Wine & Provisions has extended its Quilt wine brand with the launch of a new Chardonnay and Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Sourced from the Carneros AVA, Quilt’s Napa Valley Chardonnay ($35 a 750-ml.) sees 15 months in French oak barrels. The Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ($100) features fruit from a variety of Napa vineyards and, after cold fermentation and extended maceration, is put in French oak for a secondary fermentation. The two additions join the brand’s existing Quilt Cabernet Sauvignon.

•The Gerber Group has opened The Campbell in New York City’s Grand Central Terminal, a revival of the former Campbell Apartment venue. The historic property, first used in 1923 as American financier John Campbell’s office space and reception hall, was initially converted into a bar and lounge in 1999. The Gerber Group’s full restoration of the property pays homage to its history as a place of entertainment with three distinct venues: The Campbell Bar, the main indoor bar area; The Campbell Palm Court, an indoor lounge with a view of the main terminal; and The Campbell Terrace, an outdoor veranda with a full-bar. Classic cocktails, signature house drinks, wines and local craft beers are served alongside upscale bar food.

•Russian Standard vodka has released a new limited edition Fabergé art-inspired bottle. The Russian Standard Fabergé Edition will initially be offered for pre-sell on Reservebar.com at $23, with availability in select U.S. and Canadian stores to follow in June. It marks the second iteration in Russian Standard’s Fabergé bottle series. Owned by Roustam Tariko’s Roust Corp., the Russian Standard brand grew 3.1% to 3.3 million cases globally last year, according to Impact Databank.

•New York-based Seaview Imports has added New Zealand’s Invivo Wines to its portfolio. Invivo Sauvignon Blanc ($19), Pinot Noir ($40) and special edition Graham Norton’s Own Sauvignon Blanc by Invivo ($19) are now available at Kroger, as well as in select on- and off-premise accounts in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and California. Seaview’s portfolio also includes Sonoma’s Wilson Artisan Wineries, François Lurton (including French, Spanish and Argentine offerings) and France’s Charles Sparr among others. The company was formed in 2013 by former Pasternak Wine Imports president and CEO James Galtieri.

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