News Briefs for September 7, 2021September 7, 2021
•Republic National Distributing Company has announced a new sales division, LibDib@RNDC TX. The new Texas-focused division, like its name suggests, will bring the LibDib platform to Texas, allowing compliant alcohol producers and suppliers of all sizes to secure distribution in the Lone Star state. The new division is starting out by focusing on a select group of spirits producers already working with LibDib and RNDC and, in the coming months, will add a wine division and open LibDib@RNDC TX to all spirits producers. This is the first new sales division of its type for RNDC and LibDib and the distributor says that the division will serve as a model for other markets in the future.
•Moët & Chandon is launching a video series called “Through the eyes of…” whose first season stars tennis champion Roger Federer. Launched yesterday, the season features five episodes releasing weekly through October in which Federer visits the Moët & Chandon House and learns about biodiversity and sustainable viticulture. The series was directed by French photographer Eric Valli. Last year, Moët & Chandon reached 462,000 cases in the U.S., up 6.4%, according to Impact Databank.
•Terlato Wines has named Deja Harrington as director, hospitality and DTC. Harrington joins Terlato from Constellation Brands, and comes to her new role with decades of industry experience focusing on the hospitality and consumer experience worlds. In her new role, she will lead Terlato’s DTC programs, hospitality team, and manage the company’s events. In addition, Harrington will be responsible for developing new business for Chimney Rock Winery, Rutherford Hill Winery, Sanford Vineyards & Winery, and Klipsun Vineyards.
•Ornellaia has released the 2019 vintages of Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia and Poggio alle Gazze dell’Ornellaia, the Bolgheri winery’s second red and white wines, in the U.S. Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia is a blend of 54% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Petit Verdot, matured in barriques for 15 months. Poggio alle Gazze dell’Ornellaia is made from 78% Sauvignon Blanc, 16% Vermentino, and 6% Verdicchio, with 25% of the blend aged in new barriques, 25% in used barriques, and 50% in steel or concrete vats for 6 months on the lees, and 12 additional months after bottling. Both wines retail at $82 a 750-ml. Ornellaia is handled in the U.S. by Vintus.Subscribe to Shanken News Daily’s Email Newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning.