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News Briefs for June 29, 2018

June 29, 2018

•Three weeks after Napa’s June 5 election, the Napa County Registrar of Voters has finally certified the results of the tight race on Measure C, the ballot proposal that could have restricted vineyard development in Napa’s watersheds. The controversial measure was voted down by a slim margin of just 641 votes out of 35,707 cast. But the war over Napa’s future is far from over. C supporters have promised to propose a new ballot initiative. Opponents are asking for both sides to work with county officials to address any concerns over the wine industry. Wine Spectator has the full story.

•Southern Glazer’s has named Patrick Cassidy executive vice president, general manager of Florida, effective July 1. He replaces Gene Sullivan, who was promoted to the role of president, East Region earlier this year. Prior to the appointment, Cassidy most recently served as Southern Glazer’s South Florida vice president and general manager. Cassidy will report directly to Sullivan in his new role.

•The Wine Group’s Cupcake Vineyards has added Cupcake Butterkissed Chardonnay to its permanent lineup. The wine, which first launched as a limited edition offering in 2015, is a more buttery and heavily oaked version of Cupcake’s flagship Chardonnay. Retail priced at $11 a 750-ml., Cupcake Vineyards Butterkissed Chardonnay is available nationwide and joins 11 other wines in the year-round Cupcake portfolio.

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