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News Briefs for January 7, 2020

January 7, 2020

•SPI Group has named Christophe Chauvet as the CEO of Tenute del Mondo, the group’s wine division. Chauvet’s experience includes two decades at LVMH as well as time at Castel Group, Diageo, and Pernod Ricard. In his new role, Chauvet says he plans to develop Tenute del Mondo’s portfolio by adding ultra-premium priced brands to the stable while following market trends like the growth of rosé. In the U.S., SPI’s Stoli Group USA unit imports the Tenute del Mondo portfolio, including Achaval-Ferrer and Arinzano.

•A special bottling of Glenfiddich 18-year-old and a new straight Bourbon from Nevada are featured in Whisky Advocate’s latest whiskey roundup. The magazine’s website has all the details.

•Vintners in the Adelaide Hills wine region of South Australia are assessing their vineyards and properties after a deadly bushfire swept through the region late last month. More than 60 vineyards and wineries have been impacted, with some vintners losing all of their grapes just a few months before the start of the harvest. Wine Spectator has a full report.

•Bowling Green, Kentucky-based Western Spirits Beverage Company has named Michael Dempsey as chief commercial officer for the company’s new RTD division. Dempsey joins from Ennoble Beverages where he served as executive vice president of sales for the RTD cocktail brand. In addition, Dempsey previously oversaw the launch of the Mike’s Harder line of products while working at Mark Anthony Brands. This is the second executive appointment for Western Spirits’ new RTD division, following the appointment of Mike Glennon as vice president of sales.

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