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News Briefs for February 24, 2020

February 24, 2020

•Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits has promoted Dan Kleinman to senior vice president of marketing, a newly created role. Kleinman joined Deutsch three years ago as vice president of marketing for Josh Cellars. In his new post, he’ll report to company president Tom Steffanci and join Deutsch’s senior leadership team, leading the company’s marketing efforts for all brands including Yellow Tail, Josh Cellars, and Layer Cake, among others. Before joining Deutsch, Kleinman spent 15 years in a variety of marketing roles at Diageo.

•Mel Dick, senior vice president and president of the wine division at Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, has been knighted Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (OMRI). The OMRI is awarded for achievements in the fields of literature, the arts, economy, public service, and social, philanthropic, and humanitarian activities. In bestowing the award on Dick, Armando Varricchio, Ambassador of Italy to the United States, noted, “Thanks to his hard work, Italian excellence, quality, traditions, and innovative techniques in the wine industry are increasingly appreciated and valued throughout the U.S.”

•Craft + Estate, a division of Winebow Imports, has been appointed exclusive U.S. importer of Burgundy’s Maison Chanzy. Located in Bouzeron, the northernmost village in the Côte Chalonnaise region, Chanzy has 66 hectares (163 acres) planted to vine. Craft + Estate will import the following wines from Chanzy: Bourgogne Chardonnay Les Fortunés ($25), Bourgogne Pinot Noir Les Fortunés ($27), Bouzeron Les Trois 2017 ($26), Bouzeron Clos de la Fortune ($29), Rully Blanc En Rosey ($32), Rully En Rosey Rouge ($32), Mercurey Clos du Roy 1er Cru Blanc ($55), Mercurey Clos du Roy 1er Cru Rouge ($55), Mercurey Les Bussières 2018 ($38), and Santenay Premier Cru Gravières ($75).

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