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News Briefs for July 10, 2018

July 10, 2018

•Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand’s Marlborough region has helped make this small nation a wine powerhouse in recent years. American imports of New Zealand wines grew 7% in 2017, to 5 million cases, according to Impact Databank, and 375% over the past decade. Wines from Marlborough, located in the northeastern corner of New Zealand’s South Island and the source of about two-thirds of the country’s wine, have led the way. But there’s peril in popularity. Marlborough vintners are growing increasingly concerned about Sauvignon Blanc shipped abroad in bulk to bottling facilities around the world. They fear Marlborough’s reputation could be damaged. To address that fear, a group of local producers has launched Appellation Marlborough Wine (AMW). Dog Point Vineyard’s Ivan Sutherland is chairing the initiative. The organization has created a certification process for Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc that they hope consumers will see as an assurance of quality. Wine Spectator has the full story.

•The Winebow Group is adding to its Spanish portfolio, with its MundoVino division becoming the U.S. importer for Bodegas Borsao and Bodegas Alto Moncayo. Both wineries are located in Spain’s Campo de Borja region. Borsao encompasses 5,700 acres of vines, while Alto Moncaya has 250 acres, which climb to 2,400 feet in elevation. The Borsao lineup includes the namesake brand with white, rosé, and Garnacha expressions; Tres Picos Garnacha; Zarihs Syrah; Bolé, a Garnacha/Syrah blend; Monte Oton Garnacha; Viña Borgia Garnacha; and Berola, a blend of Garnacha, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Alto Moncaya features three different expressions of Garnacha. Spain’s bottled imports to the U.S. rose 14% to 4.8 million cases last year.

•Oregon-based King Estate Winery has appointed winemaker Brent Stone to the role of chief operating officer. In his new role, Stone will oversee the winery’s day-to-day operations, while retaining his duties as winemaker. Located at the southern end of the Willamette Valley, King Estate produces a flagship King Estate range, as well as its North by Northwest brand, which is sourced from both Oregon and Washington. This past spring, King Estate sold its Oregon-sourced Acrobat brand to Foley Family Wines for an undisclosed sum.

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