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News Briefs for July 17, 2018

July 17, 2018

•Birmingham, Alabama-based Vineyard Brands has announced the launch of La Vieille Ferme sparkling wines. Starting July 23, two new sparklers from the brand—Sparkling Réserve Brut and Sparkling Réserve Rosé (both $17 a 750-ml.)—will be available nationwide. The former is a Blanc de Blancs, made entirely from Chardonnay, while the latter is a blend of Grenache, Cinsault, and Pinot Noir. France’s Perrin family produces La Vieille Ferme, whose portfolio also includes still red, white, and rosé wines. The brand was up nearly 26% to around 472,000 cases last year, according to Impact Databank.

•Bacardi Ltd. is bringing its Bosford Rose liqueur to the U.S. Previously launched across Southern Europe, Bosford Rose is billed as a premium gin and strawberry liqueur, and is made with the same botanicals used to craft Bacardi’s Bosford London Dry Gin. The 37.5%-abv offering is targeted toward urban millennials and female consumers, with a focus on the cocktail occasion. Bosford Rose will initially be available in Maryland, Georgia, New York, Illinois, California, and Florida, retail priced at $15 a 750-ml.

•Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits has named Johnson Brothers as its new distributor in Hawaii, effective August 1, bringing the partnership between the two companies to five states. Deutsch and Johnson Brothers are also linked in the Minnesota, West Virginia, North Dakota, and South Dakota markets. Deutsch Family CEO Peter Deutsch said the company “looks forward to the same acceleration of growth in Hawaii that we’ve seen in every other state where we’ve partnered with Johnson Brothers.” Deutsch Family has previously been partnered with Southern Glazer’s in Hawaii.

•Italy’s Santi winery, part of the Frederick Wildman & Sons portfolio in the U.S., has launched Ventale, a new Valpolicella Classico Superiore DOC. A blend of 80% Corvina, 10% Corvinone, and 10% Rondinella, Ventale retails at $15 a bottle and is rolling out nationally. Santi is part of the Gruppo Italiano Vini family of wineries.

•Delicato Family Vineyards has named industry veteran Jon Guggino to the new role of executive vice president, marketing. Guggino has spent the last 19 years with Constellation Brands, where he was most recently vice president of super- and ultra-premium and import wines, leading marketing for brands like Kim Crawford, Ruffino, and Robert Mondavi. In his new role, Guggino will oversee Delicato’s marketing strategies and the brand marketing, direct-to-consumer, retail, hospitality, and communication teams.

•Genevieve Janssens has been named chief winemaker at Robert Mondavi Winery, a new position within the company. Janssens, who was previously director of winemaking, will be replaced in that role by Nova Cadamatre, MW, who is returning to the Constellation-owned winery after having previously served on the Mondavi winemaking team from 2013-2015. Cadamatre, whose career also includes time with Beringer, Chateau St. Jean, Souverain, and 240 Days, will now take over day-to-day management of Robert Mondavi’s winemaking program.

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