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News Briefs for July 29, 2022

July 29, 2022

•AXA Millésimes, the wine subsidiary of French insurance company AXA, has purchased Platt Vineyard from Russian River Partners, a vineyard investment fund managed by Eric Flanagan of Flanagan Wines in Healdsburg. The 38-acre vineyard is located in the Sonoma Coast wine region near the town of Freestone. The price was not disclosed, but permits are in place for an additional 11 vineyard acres to be planted. Wine Spectator has the full story.

•Symington Family Estates is introducing a new white table wine from the Douro, Dow’s 2021 Vale do Bomfim DOC Douro White. The newcomer retails at $15 is produced at the Symington family’s high elevation Douro Valley vineyards that traditionally supply the Port house, Dow’s. The wine is a blend of indigenous grape varieties including 45% Malvasia Fina, 25% Rabigato, 10% Viosinho and 10% Arinto and 10% field blend. With this release, the brand—which also includes a Vale do Bomfim DOC Douro Red—is also updating its packaging to celebrate its long history in the Port wine trade.

•Charleston, South Carolina’s Grain & Barrel Spirits has launched Tequila Eterno Verano, a new high-end Tequila brand. The brand is launching with a range of three Tequilas—Blanco, Reposado, and Añejo—priced at $50, $60, and $70, and bottled at 40% abv, with the aged expressions maturing in whiskey barrels before bottling. The brand is inspired by the 1966 film “The Endless Summer” and is made by Arturo Fuentes. Tequila Eterno Verano is rolling out now in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, South Carolina, and Texas.

•Republic National Distributing Co. (RNDC) has named Scott Lammert executive vice president, supplier business development, wine and spirits. In his new role, Lammert will focus and align the overall supplier business development strategy across RNDC, reporting to chief commercial sales officer Jenn Engel. Lammert has been in the alcohol beverage industry for 32 years, gaining experience in wine and spirits brand/sales management, executive branch management, operations, and talent development.

•Brandy Presidente, part of the González Byass USA portfolio, is getting a makeover. The brand is billed as the national drink of Mexico, produced by Casa Pedro Domecq. Its new label and bottle showcases its heritage with the slogan “De Mexico Para Todos” (“From Mexico For All”) embossed on it, among other design elements. The new look will debut next month across the U.S., where Presidente will retail for $17 a 750-ml., as well as in 200-ml., 375-ml., 1-liter, and 1.75-liter formats.

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