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News Briefs for October 13, 2017

October 13, 2017

•Mionetto Prosecco is launching a new special release within its Luxury Collection. Mionetto Cuvée Anniversario Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Millesimato Brut Nature is a hand-harvested, 11%-abv expression celebrating the company’s 130th anniversary. The Cuvée Anniversario is now rolling out to retailers nationwide and sells for a suggested price of $25 a 750-ml. Only 10,000 bottles of the celebratory offering will be released.

•Accolade Wines has partnered with Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits for distribution across Canada. Under the deal, Southern Glazer’s will handle Accolade’s brands—including Geyser Peak, Haymaker, Hardys and DaLuca—in all 10 Canadian provinces and three territories. The new agreement marks an expansion of the relationship between Accolade and Southern Glazer’s, which were already linked in 29 markets throughout the U.S.

•Beam Suntory has promoted Marc André Tousignant to CFO, effective January 1. He succeeds John Owen, who recently announced plans to depart the company at year-end. Tousignant has been with Beam Suntory since 2014, most recently serving as CFO of the group’s Americas region. In his new role, he will report directly to Beam Suntory CEO Matt Shattock. Replacing Tousignant as CFO for the Americas is Karim Sadik-Khan, who is currently vice president, global finance planning and analysis.

•Italy’s Cotarella family, known for its Falesco winery, is transitioning its leadership to the next generation. Falesco was founded by brothers Riccardo and Renzo Cotarella in 1979. Now, their daughters Dominga (daughter of Riccardo) and Enrica and Marta (daughters of Renzo), will lead operations. Concurrently, the company will adopt a new name, Famiglia Cotarella. Imported by The Winebow Group in the U.S., Famiglia Cotarella’s wines include Vitiano ($12), Tellus ($16) and Est! Est!! Est!!! Di Montefiascone DOC ($10).

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