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News Briefs for March 9, 2018

March 9, 2018

•Vinexpo, the massive wine and spirits trade show, returned to New York City this week for the first time in 16 years. More than 500 vintners from 23 countries, nearly 3,500 American importers, distributors, retailers, and journalists gathered at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan for two days to make deals and discuss the evolving U.S. wine market. Wine Spectator has a full report.

•Palm Bay International is launching two new limited edition wines under its Cavit label. Cavit Rosé, which is rolling out nationally now, is made from a proprietary blend of native Trentino red grapes and retails at $9 a 750-ml. Cavit Prosecco, retailing at $15, is comprised of 100% Glera grapes and will hit national distribution on April 1. Cavit, based in northeastern Italy’s Trentino region, is the top-selling Italian wine in the U.S. by volume, led by its Pinot Grigio varietal.

•California’s Boisset Collection has partnered with Kapil Sekhri, co-founder of Fratelli Wines, to debut J’Noon, an Indian wine brand, in the U.S. Launching this summer, J’Noon includes JCB No. 47 Brut Akluj ($50), a 100% Chardonnay sparkler, White Akluj ($40), and Red Akluj ($60). J’Noon is billed as the first collaboration of its kind to create wines from Indian soil that cater to the global market. The grapes are sourced from Fratelli estate-owned vineyards in Akluj, a town in the Solapur district of Maharashtra located on the right bank of the Nira River.

•Portugal-based Sogrape has bolstered its Spanish wine portfolio with the acquisition of Bodegas Aura from Pernod Ricard for an undisclosed sum. Based in Rueda, Aura has 40 hectares (99 acres) of Verdejo-planted vineyards and a winery capacity of 100,000 9-liter cases. Bodegas Aura will join Sogrape’s Spanish wine stable, which also includes Bodegas LAN—a producer of both Rioja and Rias Baixas wines, among others—which Sogrape acquired in 2012.

•Nicolaus Hahn, the founder of California’s Hahn Family Wines and a pioneer of Monterey County’s Santa Lucia Highlands wine region, died March 2 at his home in Zurich, Switzerland. He was 81. Hahn was instrumental in gathering his growing group of vintner neighbors and achieving appellation status for the region in 1991. The family business has grown to owning and farming 650 vineyards within Santa Lucia Highlands—10% of the total planted acreage in the region. The Hahns also own and farm two vineyards in Arroyo Seco in southern Monterey County. Wine Spectator has more on Hahn’s life and career.

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