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News Briefs for September 1, 2020

September 1, 2020

•Winebow is splitting its import unit into two separate selling divisions, Heritage and Pioneer, under executive vice president Ian Downey, effective October 1. The Heritage division will represent Winebow’s fine wine-focused European portfolio, while Pioneer is dedicated to the importer’s Southern Hemisphere range. Under the new structure a number of company veterans are assuming new roles: Ted Campbell and Kathy Marlin will serve as SVPs of Heritage and Pioneer, respectively. Additionally, Liz Mathews has been named SVP of portfolio management and Diego Lo Prete has been appointed SVP of marketing and global brands.

•The Jolie-Pitt and Perrin families have collaborated on a new rosé Champagne house, Fleur de Miraval. Launching October 15, Fleur de Miraval will be exclusively devoted to rosé Champagne. Working alongside the Jolie-Pitt and Perrin families on this new project is the Péters family, who have roots in Champagne that date six generations back and currently own a 50-acre estate, with 40 of those acres dedicated to Grand Cru vineyards. Fleur de Miraval will be composed of 75% Chardonnay and 25% young Pinot Noir; the sparkler was aged for three years on the lees. Only 20,000 bottles of the new Champagne were produced for the first release.

•Jackson Family Wines’ Kendall-Jackson has teamed with United Way Worldwide to create the Grocery Worker’s Relief Fund. The winery is making an initial donation of $200,000 and is committed to donating $2 million by 2030. The fund will raise and disperse funds, primarily through cash cards, to grocery workers struggling amid the Covid-19 pandemic and, looking forward, respond to other challenges facing these essential workers. Any grocery employee can apply for emergency funds, which will be allocated based on need and availability. Workers can apply for relief beginning October 1, 2020 on the fund’s website, which will also accept donations to the fund.

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