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Ste. Michelle Reopens Stag’s Leap Trademark Dispute

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Ste. Michelle Wine Estates subsidiary Stag's Leap Wine Cellars has filed a trademark infringement suit against Treasury Wine Estate's Stags' Leap Winery over use of the word "Stag" on wines not sourced from the Stag's Leap District or Napa Valley. SMWE... Read more

Alert: Duckhorn Sold to Private Equity Firm

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The Duckhorn Wine Company has confirmed that private equity group TSG Consumer Partners has acquired it from from GI Partners. You'll recall, Duckhorn was rumored to be in acquisition talks with Constellation Brands in June [see WSD 06-21-2016] - a rum... Read more

Duckhorn Acquired By TSG Consumer Partners

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Weeks after denying rumors that it was set to be acquired by Constellation, Napa’s Duckhorn Wine Company has been snapped up by private equity TSG Consumer Partners, which also backs Pabst Brewing. The transaction includes all six Duckhorn wineries: Duckhorn … Continue reading

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Total Wine Under Investigation For Flouting Connecticut’s Minimum Pricing Rules

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Last week, Total Wine & More filed a federal lawsuit aimed at overturning Connecticut’s minimum pricing rules for wine and spirits. Now, the retail giant is under investigation by the state’s Department of Consumer Protection for openly advertising prices below the … Continue reading

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New Illinois Law Toughens Stance Against Direct Shipping

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Under a new Illinois law, retailers shipping wine into the state could face felony charges. Illinois governor Bruce Rauner signed Senate Bill 2989 into law on Friday. The legislation bolsters oversight and enforcement of shipping wine into the state and … Continue reading

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Fetzer Portfolio Boosts Concha y Toro In First Half

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Viña Concha y Toro is toasting a strong first-half performance for its Fetzer subsidiary, whose U.S. business grew by 9% during the period, including solid performances by the Bonterra (+3%), Little Black Dress (+3%), Anthony’s Hill (+14%) and Pacific Bay … Continue reading

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News Briefs for August 29, 2016

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•Mionetto USA is looking to capitalize on consumer interest in larger-format bottle sizes, launching its Prestige Gran Rosé Prosecco nationally in a 1.5-liter magnum bottle retailing at $28. Introduced in 750-ml. and 187-ml. bottles a year ago, Mionetto’s Prestige Gran … Continue reading

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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for August 29, 2016

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•San Francisco-based importer Maritime Wine Trading Collective has been named the exclusive North American marketer for Chicago’s Letherbee Distillers. Founded in 2011, Letherbee’s portfolio includes Original Label Gin, Barrel-Aged Absinthe, Autumnal & Vernal Gins, Bësk and Fernet. The craft distiller’s … Continue reading

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Heaven Hill releases limited-edition bourbon

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Heaven Hill Distillery, Bardstown, Ky., announced the 2016 limited-edition release of Parker’s Heritage Collection: a 24-year-old, bottled-in-bond bourbon.  Read more

UC Davis Professor of Enology, Emeritus Vernon Singleton Dies

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Professor Singleton spent more than four decades in the UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology, retiring in 1991. He published more than 220 papers and four books Read more