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News Briefs for January 10, 2020

January 10, 2020

•Baron Philippe de Rothschild Chile has appointed New York-based Monsieur Touton Selection as the exclusive U.S. importer for Chilean wines Escudo Rojo and Mapu. Touton founder and president Guillaume Touton says his company has seen significant increases in demand recently for Chilean wines in the $15-$20 price band, and will look to capitalize with Escudo Rojo and Mapu. Monsieur Touton has a national distributor network covering 46 states—with direct distribution in 10 states—and revenues of approximately $200 million.

•Napa-based importer and marketer Quintessential Wines has added Santa Barbara’s Lucas & Lewellen Estate Vineyards to its portfolio. Lucas & Lewellen owns 380 acres of estate vineyards across Santa Barbara County’s Santa Maria, Santa Ynez, and Los Alamos Valleys. Quintessential will handle the winery’s Goodchild “High 9” Pinot Noir as well as its Estate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rosé of Pinot Noir, and Hidden Asset red blend wines ($17-$35 a 750-ml.).

•Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits has promoted Kim Scarpone to lead the company’s Pennsylvania business. As executive vice president and general manager for the state, Scarpone will report directly to Pat Pokorny, SGWS’s executive vice president and general manager, control states. Prior to her promotion, Scarpone was vice president, control states for the distributor’s Lauber Fine Wine & Spirits division, where she managed the casino, national accounts, and grocery retail business in Pennsylvania. Scarpone has been with Southern Glazer’s since 2007.

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