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News Briefs for October 21, 2019

October 21, 2019

•Frederick Wildman & Sons is taking the Champagne Valentin Leflaive brand nationwide. Previously available only in select regions and limited quantities, Valentin Leflaive will now be distributed across the U.S., beginning this month. The brand includes an Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs and a Brut Rosé, with both wines positioned at $75 a 750-ml. Made with Chardonnay grapes from Cote des Blancs and Pinot Noir grapes from Montagne de Reims, the label is a collaboration between Burgundy producer Olivier Leflaive and Champagne producer Erick de Sousa.

•Cognac Ferrand is launching a new offering, 10 Generations, in tribute to the legacy of the Ferrand Cognac-making family. A premier cru Cognac, 10 Generations is made exclusively from Ugni Blanc grapes and aged in French oak casks, of which 20% are Sauternes barrels. The 46% abv bottling retails at $60 and is rolling out nationwide next month. Cognac Ferrand is produced by master distiller Alexandre Gabriel, whose other brands include Plantation rum, Citadelle gin, Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao, and Mathilde liqueurs.

•Napa Valley’s Rutherford Wine Company has named Keith LaVine as general manager, domestic operations. LaVine comes to Rutherford following previous roles at Sonoma-Cutrer, Artesa, Lynmar, and Aveniu Brands. Concurrently, the company has appointed Rebecca Geschwender as vice president of sales, national brands. Most recently director of sales at Grgich Hills Estate, Geschwender’s career also includes time with Diageo Chateau & Estate and Wine Warehouse.

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