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News Briefs for January 26, 2018

January 26, 2018

•Boca Raton, Florida–based Esprit du Vin, part of the Taub Family Cos., has been named the exclusive U.S. agent and importer for Tuscan producer Tenuta Il Palagio. Owned by the musician Sting and his wife, film producer and director Trudie Styler, the Tenuta Il Palagio estate comprises 65 acres of vineyards from which its certified-organic, estate-grown wines are produced. The winery’s portfolio includes Roxanne Rosso ($21) and Bianco ($17) Toscana IGTs, as well as When We Dance ($18), a Chianti DOCG. Two other Toscana IGT reds—Casino Delle Vie ($33) and Sister Moon ($55)—are also part of the portfolio. Tenuta Il Palagio was previously imported to the U.S. by Maritime Wine Trading.

•The latest winery deal in the Pacific Northwest doesn’t involve investors from California or Burgundy. Oregon’s Willamette Valley Vineyards, known for Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, has purchased Maison Bleue, which makes wine in Oregon and Washington, for an undisclosed amount. The deal includes the winery’s brand and inventory, as well as a tasting room it currently shares with Willamette Valley Vineyards in downtown Walla Walla. Founder Jon Meuret will continue to make the wines. Wine Spectator has more.

•Rock musician Jon Bon Jovi and his son, Jesse Bongiovi, have partnered with French winemaker Gérard Bertrand to release Diving Into Hampton Water, a new premium rosé brand. Featuring a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Mourvèdre sourced from southern France, Diving Into Hampton Water is slated to launch this spring, retailing at $25 a 750-ml. Gérard Bertrand USA will serve as importer for the label. In addition to the new rosé, Bertrand produces his namesake wine brand, which sells about a quarter-million cases in the U.S., according to Impact Databank.

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