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News Briefs for October 23, 2018

October 23, 2018

•California’s The Family Coppola has acquired Vista Hills Vineyard, located in Oregon’s Dundee Hills AVA, for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition includes Vista Hills’ 42-acre, Pinot Noir-dominant vineyard, as well as its Treehouse Tasting Room. Known primarily for high-end Pinot Noir, the Vista Hills lineup features a core range of various Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris wines ($18-$48 a 750-ml.), as well as a Reserve tier that includes a Blanc de Noir ($36) and two Pinot Noir offerings ($60). Vista Hills winemaker Dave Petterson will remain in his position. The purchase marks The Family Coppola’s entry into the Oregon wine category.

•San Francisco, California-based Hotaling & Co. is set to launch Dingle Irish whiskey in the U.S. by the end of this year. Dingle Single Malt Triple-Distilled Whiskey Batch No. 3 is a 46.5%-abv expression aged in Bourbon and Port casks. 600 cases of Batch No. 3 will be available for a suggested price of $100 a bottle. Hotaling will also release Dingle Original Gin and Vodka, each priced at $50 and bottled at 42.5% abv and 40% abv, respectively. Last year, Hotaling & Co., formerly Anchor Distilling, had total volume of just under 200,000 cases.

•The Wine Group has purchased the 7 Deadly Zins and 7 Deadly Red wine brands from Michael David Winery. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The wines, which retail around $16 a 750-ml., are sourced from the Lodi AVA and the Zinfandel is produced from certified sustainable old vine plantings. Last year, 7 Deadly Zins was up 4.5% to 315,000 cases in the U.S., according to Impact Databank. 7 Deadly Red is a newer offering that launched just last year.

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