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News Briefs for November 7, 2018

November 7, 2018

•Total Wine & More co-owner David Trone is heading to Congress. Yesterday, Trone, a Democrat, defeated opponent Amie Hoeber to become the U.S. Representative for Maryland’s 6th District, succeeding fellow Democrat John Delaney. Trone invested nearly $16 million of his own money in the race, the Washington Post reported. Also in Maryland, former Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America CEO Craig Wolf, a Republican, was unsuccessful in his bid to become the state attorney general, as incumbent Brian Frosh won re-election.

•Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits has named Jon Tepper as executive vice president of sales and commercial strategy, effective December 3. In this newly created role, Tepper will handle Deutsch’s distribution management, field sales force, and training department, as well as the company’s national on-premise accounts. Tepper will be joining Deutsch’s senior leadership team and will report directly to company president Tom Steffanci. Prior to joining Deutsch, Tepper was Diageo’s senior vice president and general manager for the company’s Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits Division.

•Francis Ford Coppola Winery has introduced Apocalypse Now Red Blend in celebration of the namesake film’s 40th anniversary. A blend of Sonoma County-sourced Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Malbec, the new wine features a label that, when scanned by a smartphone, reveals rare videos related to the production of Apocalypse Now, including commentary from director Francis Ford Coppola. The 2015 Apocalypse Now Red Blend ($30 a 750-ml.) is a limited edition offering that will be available online and at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery tasting room in Geyserville, California starting November 10.

•Sonoma-based 3 Badge Beverage is extending its Gehricke brand with a Sonoma Valley Petite Sirah. Retailing at $30, the new wine was aged for 18 months in French and Hungarian oak. Gehricke’s portfolio also includes a Russian River Valley Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Los Carneros Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley Zinfandel, and Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Founded in 2009 by August Sebastiani, 3 Badge’s other wine labels include Leese-Fitch, Plungerhead, Moobuzz, and The White Knight, among others.

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