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News Briefs for March 18, 2019

March 18, 2019

•Winebow’s Leonardo LoCascio Selections (LLS) has been named the exclusive U.S. importer of Italy’s Damilano. Based in Piemonte, Damilano is known for its four Barolo single-vineyard crus—Cannubi, Brunate, Cerequio, and Liste. Among the wines Winebow will import to the U.S. are Arneis Langhe, Vino Rosato, Barbera d’Asti, Barolo Chinato, Barolo Cannubi, Barolo Liste, Barolo LeCinqueVigne, Nebbiolo Langhe Marghe, Barolo LeCinqueVigne Riserva, and Barolo Cannubi Riserva “1752.” Damilano was previously handled in the U.S. by Vias Imports. Aside from the winery, the Damilano family also operates Massimo Camia, a Michelin-starred restaurant in La Morra.

•Barton & Guestier is launching a new Côtes de Provence rosé in the U.S. Retailing at $18 a 750-ml., the newcomer is a blend of Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah. The rollout is being backed by a social media campaign, “Win a Wine Lover’s Trip to France,” including visits to Chateau Magnol, B&G’s headquarters, and the Food & Wine Academy in Bordeaux. Barton & Guestier sold approximately 200,000 cases in the U.S. in 2018, in line with the previous year.

•Westborough, Massachusetts-based BJ’s, which operates membership warehouse clubs on the East Coast, has released five wines from its private label brand, Wellsley Farms. The new releases include Argentinian Malbec Gran Seleccion, Italian Prosecco DOC Treviso Extra Dry, Italian Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie, Californian Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles, and a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. The label starts at $7 a 750-ml. and is only available from BJ’s outlets, which are located in 16 states from Maine to Florida.

•Maison Tessendier has debuted a new Mizunara oak-finished Cognac within its Cognac Park collection. Sourced exclusively from Cognac’s Borderies region, the Park Borderies Mizunara was aged in French Limousin oak barrels for four years, and then finished in Japanese Mizunara oak casks for six months. The 43.5% abv expression is rolling out nationwide at $60 a 750-ml. Maison Tessendier has also announced the U.S. launch of Saison Rum. A blend of aged rums distilled in Barbados, Trinidad, and Jamaica, Saison Rum is matured in French oak barrels that once held Cognac. The 42% abv label ($26 a 750-ml.) is now available across the U.S.

•California-based retail chain BevMo has named Jeff Feist as its new category leader for spirits. Feist joins BevMo from Gérard Bertrand, where he served as vice president of sales for the U.S. Before that, he spent 16 years at Phillips Distilling in a variety of roles including executive vice president, vice president of sales, and national sales manager.

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