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News Briefs for October 10, 2019

October 10, 2019

•Total Wine & More’s first Illinois location opens today in Fairview Heights, a suburb of St. Louis. The new location will have roughly 15,000 SKUs spread across wine, spirits, and beer, plus a walk-in humidor and space for in-store wine classes, according to St. Louis Business Journal. The 20,000-square-foot store will have around 50 employees. Total Wine currently has 199 locations in 23 states.

•Gary’s Wine & Marketplace has officially opened its first location outside New Jersey, unveiling a new store in St. Helena, California. Gary’s West Coast outpost features over 380 Napa wines, 40 sparkling wines, and 280 international wines. It also carries over 250 spirits and beer products and 200 cheeses and other specialty food items. The St. Helena location joins Gary’s four existing stores in northern New Jersey.

•Stolen Spirits is launching its Stolen X cocktail label in 100-ml. cans. Rolling out across Stolen’s 25-market distribution footprint, which includes Breakthru Beverage Group, Young’s Market, and RNDC, among other wholesalers, Stolen X’s cans retail at $3 and are hitting both on- and off-premise accounts. Stolen X is a 40%-abv take on the Rock & Rye cocktail, made with straight American rye whiskey blended with organic raw honey and orange peel. The brand is part of the Spirits Investment Partners portfolio.

•Alain Junguenet, founder of prominent Chateauneuf-du-Pape importer Alain Junguenet Selection, passed away October 7 following complications from Parkinson’s. After his first career as a race-car driver on the European circuit, Junguenet moved to New Jersey in 1983 and founded his own company focused on wines like Bosquet des Papes, Le Vieux Donjon, Henri Bonneau, and Clos des Papes, carving out a niche as a leader in promoting the wines of the Southern Rhone. Today, Junguenet’s son John leads the family company.

•Integrated Beverage Group (IBG), whose portfolio includes Great Oregon Wine Company, Rascal, Duck Pond, Swing Set, and other wine brands, has named Andrew Smith as chief sales officer. A 30-year wine industry veteran, Smith spent more than a decade in senior sales roles with both RNDC Texas and, most recently, Palm Bay International. IBG CEO Ari Walker said Smith’s experience and industry relationships will allow the company to expand its reach in the marketplace.

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