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News Briefs for February 12, 2019

February 12, 2019

•Following yesterday’s news that vintner Bill Foley has expanded his holdings in New Zealand with the $35 million purchase of Central Otago-based Mt. Difficulty, Wine Spectator caught up with Foley Family Wines president Hugh Reimers to hear about the company’s plans for the new acquisition.

•Chopin Imports has partnered with Koch El Mezcal, and will roll the brand out in the U.S. in April. Chopin will initially focus on building Koch El Mezcal’s core offerings: Espadín, Arroqueno, Tepestate, Tobala, Barril, an Ensamble blend, and a Karwinski blend. Koch’s mezcals retail from $40-$250 a bottle. Chopin’s portfolio also includes its namesake vodka and Dorda liqueurs.

•Vision Wine & Spirits, a division of Martignetti Cos., has added Dashfire bitters to its national portfolio. Encompassing aromatic, citrus, botanical, and other bitter varieties, Dashfire is led by Minnesota-based entrepreneurs Lee and Dawn Egbert. In addition to its bitters, Dashfire plans to launch a new range of high-proof, ready-to-pour cocktails this year.

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