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News Briefs for August 17, 2017

August 17, 2017

•Online wine retailer Wine.com has debuted an updated website, as well as a new mobile app. Offering more than 17,000 wines, the revamped site features improved filtering capabilities, while the recently launched Wine.com mobile app comprises a label scanner, enhanced wine database and live chat capabilities. Wine.com reported growth of 25% for the quarter ended June 30, with the retailer’s annual revenue topping $100 million. The company, which is majority-owned by private equity firm Baker Capital, recently raised $15 million from existing investors to help fuel further expansion.

•Dennis Martin, whose career at California’s Fetzer Vineyards spanned 30 years, died Aug. 13 after battling prostate cancer. He was 69. Martin’s career at Fetzer began in 1985 when then-winemaker Paul Dolan hired him as his assistant. When the Fetzer family sold the business to Brown-Forman in 1992, Martin became director of winemaking, and he remained on board when Chile’s Viña Concha y Toro acquired Fetzer in 2011. He also launched his own small label, called Sanctuary. He retired as Fetzer vice president of winemaking in 2015. Wine Spectator has more on Martin’s life and career.

•C. Mondavi & Family has appointed David Brown as senior vice president of sales, effective immediately. Brown, who previously held executive sales roles with Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson and Treasury Wine Estates, joins the company from Pasternak Wine Imports (part of Taub Family Cos.), where he was chief sales officer. Concurrently, Mark Koppen has been named C. Mondavi’s vice president of marketing. Koppen comes to C. Mondavi from Delicato Family Vineyards, where he was most recently senior portfolio brand director.

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