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News Briefs for December 23, 2021

December 23, 2021

•Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group will soon require guests to have received a Covid vaccine booster to dine inside. The company, which operates New York City restaurants including Gramercy Tavern and Maialino, and Anchovy Social in Washington, D.C., will institute the requirement for diners in mid-January. All staff and new hires also must receive their booster shots within 30 days of becoming eligible, effective immediately. The decision follows USHG’s July rule mandating initial vaccination for entry. “At this point, the science has changed,” Meyer said in an interview on CNBC.

•Spain’s Freixenet wine brand has reached an impressive global milestone, selling more than 100 million bottles (8.3m cases) in a calendar year for the first time, with total 2021 volume expected to reach 105 million bottles (8.75m cases). The cava-led brand is handled by Freixenet-Mionetto USA in the U.S. market, and is owned by European sparkling wine giant Henkell Freixenet. “The international expansion of the Freixenet brand has been given a big boost by the alliance between Henkell and Freixenet, as well as successful innovations such as Freixenet Prosecco and the Spanish and Italian still wines,” said Andreas Brokemper, CEO of Henkell Freixenet. “Last year alone we achieved more than 5% growth in Freixenet brand sales.”

•Napa Valley-based Stony Hill Vineyard has appointed Michaela Kelly as estate director. Kelly was previously assistant general manager at Press Napa Valley, and will now helm hospitality, DTC, the private tasting program, and other initiatives at Stony Hill. The high-elevation Spring Mountain estate was acquired by Gaylon Lawrence and Carlton McCoy, Jr. last December, becoming part of Lawrence Wine Estates.

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