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News Briefs for December 12, 2018

December 12, 2018

•Shaw-Ross International is adding Italy’s La Scolca to its import portfolio, effective January 1. Based in Gavi on a 40-acre estate, La Scolca is led by sixth-generation family owner Chiara Soldati. Known for white wines based on the Cortese grape, La Scolca’s range includes a White Label bottling at $18 and a Black Label at $45. Shaw-Ross’s Italian portfolio also includes Frescobaldi and Danzante, among others.

•Leonardo LoCascio Selections (LLS), part of The Winebow Group, has been named the exclusive U.S. importer of Italian wine brand Aldo Rainoldi. Based in the Lombardy region, Aldo Rainoldi’s lineup includes Nebbiolo Alpi Retiche IGT, Rosso di Valtellina DOC, Prugnolo Valtellina Superiore DOCG, Grumello Valtellina Superiore DOCG, Sfursat di Valtellina DOCG, and Fruttaio Ca’ Rizzieri Sfursat di Valtellina DOCG, among others. The family-owned winery, now in its third generation, farms 24 acres of south-facing, terraced vineyards in the province of Sondrio, a mountainous valley in the Italian Alps.

•Folio Fine Wine Partners has added Portugal’s Quinta do Crasto to its import portfolio, effective January 1. Located in the Douro Valley, Quinta do Crasto offers a diverse lineup of still wines—ranging from Crasto DOC Red and DOC White ($20 a 750-ml.) to the luxury Vinha Maria Teresa ($240)—as well as a number of Port expressions. Folio, led by Michael Mondavi, will handle 15 of Quinta do Crasto’s wines in the U.S. These are the first Portuguese offerings in the importer’s portfolio, joining a range of brands from California, Italy, Spain, France, Argentina, and Austria.

•7-Eleven is joining the canned wine craze with Roamer, a new private label brand. Roamer will come in Rosé and Chardonnay varieties priced at $5 a can. Canned wine sales have been expanding markedly in the U.S., with the category up 43% in the 12 months through June, according to Nielsen. Roamer joins Trojan Horse Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio and Voyager Point wines in 7-Eleven’s private label portfolio. 7-Eleven operates, franchises, or licenses more than 67,000 stores worldwide, with 11,800 in North America.

•Frederick Wildman & Sons has announced that Martin Sinkoff, the company’s longtime vice president and national director of Bordeaux sales, will be departing effective December 31. Sinkoff, whose drinks industry career spans four decades, has been with Wildman since 2008, when he joined the company as director of marketing for fine wine. Sinkoff’s career also includes time with Glazer’s and Pasternak Wine Imports. Sinkoff tells SND he will remain in the industry through his marketing agency, Martin Sinkoff Associates, with offices in New York and Tel Aviv.

•Davos Brands, the company behind Aviation gin, Astral Tequila, and Tyku Sake, has appointed a new national senior vice president of sales, as well as a vice president of sales for the company’s central region. Richard Fein, the new SVP for the U.S., has over three decades of experience in the industry and, for the last six years, served as Davos’ VP of sales for the East. Matthew Ellis-Escobar has been appointed VP of sales for the Central region and has spent more than 20 years in the food and beverage world, including time at Patrón before joining Davos in 2015 as a regional manager.

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