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News Briefs for June 4, 2018

June 4, 2018

•Argentina’s Valentin Bianchi, imported by Quintessential in the U.S., has unveiled a new winery project devoted to higher-end bottlings. Located in Vista Flores within the Valle de Uco, the renovated facility sits on 420 acres—including 100 planted acres of vineyards—that Valentin Bianchi acquired from the Benvenuto family in late 2016. Valentin Bianchi has invested to upgrade the winery—which has an annual capacity of 500,000 liters—and vineyards, and has appointed Silvio Alberto, formerly president and CEO of Achaval-Ferrer, to lead winemaking. Named for longtime winemaker Enzo Bianchi, the Valle de Uco winery will produce a new Gran Famiglia label ($30 a 750-ml.) as well as other upscale offerings. Valentin Bianchi’s main winery is located in San Rafael.

•González Byass USA has been named the U.S. distributor for Grupo Emperador’s Harveys Bristol Cream Sherry and Fundador Brandies, effective June 1. Harveys Bristol Cream Sherry ($15 a 750-ml.) is produced by Bristol, England-based John Harveys & Sons, while Jerez, Spain’s Fundador Brandy ($17) has produced brandy since 1874. Beam Suntory previously handled both brands stateside. Harveys Bristol Cream and Fundador join the Tio Pepe and González Byass Sherry brands and Presidente and Don Pedro brandies in González Byass USA’s existing lineup.

•Ella Brennan, the restaurateur who put multiple New Orleans dining icons on the map, including the Wine Spectator Grand Award–winning Commander’s Palace, died May 31 at her Garden District home. She was 92. Wine Spectator takes a look at Brennan’s life and career.

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