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News Briefs for September 25, 2018

September 25, 2018

•California organic wine label Bonterra, part of Concha y Toro’s Fetzer Vineyards portfolio, has extended its lineup with Young Red, a light-bodied red that’s meant to be served chilled. Retailing at $16 a 750-ml., Bonterra Young Red is made from organically grown grapes from Mendocino County. It joins Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Equinox Red Blend, and Rosé of Pinot Noir, among others in the Bonterra portfolio. Bonterra crossed 400,000 cases in the U.S. on 13% growth last year, according to Impact Databank.

•Spirits entrepreneur Jeff Menashe has launched Bertoux Brandy, a new collaboration with PDT’s Jeff Bell, and NoMad’s Thomas Pastuszak. The 40%-abv spirit is a blend of pot-distilled California brandies between three and seven years old that were aged in American and French oak. Bell and Pastuszak designed Bertoux as a high-quality cocktail base, and the initial launch is focused on cocktail bars and independent retailers, where it will retail for a suggested $45 a 750-ml. Bertoux, which is produced by Jeff O’Neill of O’Neill Vintners and Distillers, is distributed by Park Street in New York and California.

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