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News Briefs for January 3, 2017

January 3, 2018

•New York-based Skurnik Wines and Spirits is now the exclusive U.S. importer for South Africa’s Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines. The importer will bring Mullineux’s flagship Syrah to the U.S., along with select single terroir Chenin Blanc and Syrah, as well as Straw Wine, a dessert wine. Skurnik will also import Mullineux & Leeu’s new Leeu Passant, including two Chenin Blancs and a red blend. Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines will be available in the U.S. through Skurnik beginning this month.

•M.S. Walker, Inc. has launched Amaro dell’Etna, a Sicilian liqueur, in 20 U.S. markets, with 10 more states to follow in early 2018. The 30%-abv Italian digestif is a blend of 26 Sicilian herbs and aromatic plants that’s matured for two months before bottling. According to the importer, Amaro dell’Etna tastes like bitter citrus, orange peel, rhubarb and licorice. M.S. Walker debuted the Amaro in late 2017 in one-liter bottles for a suggested retail price of $39.99 and its expansion will continue through 2018.

•Milbrandt Management is set to open a $6 million bottling facility in George, Washington by the end of this month. Ancient Lake Wine Co., a subsidiary of Milbrandt, will be able to bottle 10,000 cases a day—up to 2.2 million cases annually—in its 60,000-square foot plant. The facility will be used to produce and bottle wines to sell to other companies for private retail labels. This completes the second of four investments Milbrandt Management is making in Ancient Lake Wine Co. Additional fermentation tanks will be installed next year to raise production capacity to 50,000 tons of grapes. The final phase, with a timeline to be announced, will cap off the project with a 45,000-square foot barrel room.

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