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News Briefs for September 14, 2020

September 14, 2020

•Heitz Cellar owner Gaylon Lawrence Jr., who acquired the historic producer in 2018, is expanding his foothold in Napa Valley. Lawrence announced Friday that he and Heitz CEO Carlton McCoy Jr. are acquiring Burgess Cellars, located on Howell Mountain. The price wasn’t disclosed, but the deal includes the brand, winery, and tasting room, as well as 26 acres of estate vineyards. The Burgess Cellars brand will remain, and Meghan Zobeck will take over winemaking duties from Kelly Woods. Wine Spectator has more.

•Breakthru Beverage has named Chris Houk as vice president, national retail accounts. Houk will lead Breakthru’s efforts to grow market share across the national grocery, club, drug, mass, and convenience channels. He previously was vice president, client services, leading Breakthru’s national accounts efforts in trade marketing, customer analytics, and e-premise. Meanwhile, Joshua Phillips has been appointed vice president, business development for Breakthru’s United Division, dedicated to the Diageo and Moët Hennessy USA portfolios. Phillips is an 18-year veteran of Moët Hennessy USA, serving most recently as vice president and general manager for the New York market. The United Division has $1.5 billion in annual revenue.

•Winebow has announced that it is expanding its partnership with Crimson Wine Group and will now represent the producer in Illinois, Maryland, and Delaware. With this expansion, Winebow will now handle Crimson’s brands in ten states including Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. The distributor will be responsible for a variety of Crimson’s brands including Archery Summit, Chamisal Vineyards, Double Canyon, Malene Wines, Pine Ridge Vineyards, Seghesio Family Vineyards, and Seven Hills Winery.

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