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News Briefs for August 18, 2020

August 18, 2020

•Westland Outpost Collection, Sagamore Manhattan Finish, and newcomers from Bardstown Bourbon Co. and Rogue Spirits are among the offerings featured in Whisky Advocate’s latest whiskey roundup. The magazine’s website has all the details.

•Joe Wagner is opening a new Quilt & Co. tasting room in downtown Napa. Located next to Wagner’s restaurant Avow, the Quilt & Co. tasting room will feature Wagner’s Napa Valley Quilt Wines as well as the other wines in his portfolio, including Belle Glos, Böen, Elouan, and small-batch experimental wines bottled exclusively for Quilt & Co. Offerings include wine flights, sharable charcuterie boards and food and wine pairings in collaboration with Avow. The new tasting room opens August 27th at 807 Main Street. Quilt & Co. will open its doors initially in accordance with social distancing guidelines with reservation-only appointments.

•California’s J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines has named second-generation co-owner Lawrence Lohr COO of vineyards, effective immediately. Lohr started at J. Lohr in the 1980s, working at the winery’s San Jose bottling line before taking a hiatus, during which he attended UC Berkeley. He returned to the winery in 2002; since 2014, he has worked exclusively with the vineyards. In his new role, Lohr will work with all vineyard staff, managing operations and vineyard development, with special emphasis on optimal farming, redevelopment, and sustainable practices.

•Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits has named Adrian Ruiz as vice president of chains, California. Ruiz will report directly to Steve Harden, Southern Glazer’s general manager for the state. Ruiz has worked for the company for 24 years and most recently served as Southern Glazer’s vice president of merchandising for Southern California. Prior to that, he held various roles managing sales for the distributor’s chain business.

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