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News Briefs for June 26, 2018

June 26, 2018

•Opici Wines is adding Campania-based Vinosìa Aziende Agricole to its import portfolio on an exclusive basis. Vinosìa includes Falanghina, Fiano di Avellino, Greco di Tufo, Neromora Irpinia Aglianico, Rosato, and Taurasi wines retailing from $15 to $45 a bottle. The Vinosìa range is initially rolling out to seven East Coast markets, and will continue to expand into new territories over the course of the year. Opici’s Italian portfolio also includes Carpineto, Cesari, and Viberti, among others.

•Brown-Forman says it will hike prices on its American whiskies in key European markets by 10% over the next few months to blunt the effect of the E.U.’s new 25% tariffs on U.S.-made whiskies, which take effect next month. The company told Bloomberg that it has increased its inventory in markets where it handles its own distribution—like France, Spain, Germany, and Poland—ahead of their implementation. According to Impact Databank, Brown-Forman’s flagship Jack Daniel’s brand was up 3.6% to 770,000 cases in France last year and slipped 2.6% to 645,000 cases in Germany.

•Dutch tycoon Eric Albada Jelgersma, the owner of third-growth Bordeaux estate Château Giscours and fifth-growth Château du Tertre in the Margaux appellation, as well as the Tuscan winery Caiarossa, died peacefully at his home in Verbier, Switzerland, on June 21. He was 79. Wine Spectator takes a look at Jelgersma’s career in the wine business.

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