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News Briefs for November 19, 2021

November 19, 2021

•California-based importer and marketer Demeine Estates is adding Domaine de Montille of Burgundy and Racines Wines of Santa Barbara County to its portfolio in select U.S. markets. Known for its vineyards in the Côte d’Or, where it produces both red and white wines, Domaine de Montille joins Maison Legras & Haas in Demeine Estates’ growing French portfolio. Sister winery Racines Wines is a Sta. Rita Hills-based collaboration between Étienne de Montille, Rodolphe Péters, Brian Sieve (of Domaine de Montille) and Justin Willett, owner of Tyler Winery.

•Hopland, California-based Bonterra Organic Vineyards has received certification that its entire business is climate neutral. It published a full report on its climate footprint revealing that on average the production of a bottle of its wine creates 3.4 pounds of carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions (CO2E)—for comparison, growing an apple creates 0.09 pounds of CO2E while making a smartphone generates 131 pounds of CO2E. Bonterra’s total climate footprint for last year came to 9,823 tons of CO2E, which it offset using verified carbon credits while implementing a plan to reduce future emissions from its own operations and supply chain. “Everything with a price tag comes with a cost to the planet,” said Rachel Newman, vice president of marketing for Bonterra, which is part of Concha y Toro’s Fetzer Vineyards Co. portfolio.

•The Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore is releasing Guinness Chocolate Mint Stout Aged in Kentucky Bourbon Barrels. It’s a limited-edition expression developed as part of the fourth year of the brewery’s barrel-aged program. The new entry is brewed with dried mint leaves, aged in Kentucky Bourbon barrels, and conditioned with cacao, ultimately clocking in at 10.8% abv. It’s available now nationwide for a limited time in 4-packs of 12-ounce bottles for a suggested $20. The brewery also recently introduced Guinness Gingerbread Stout, available only on the eastern seaboard.

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