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September 2017

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14  /  the tasting panel  /  september 2017 INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT E . & J. Gallo Winery announced it has been awarded the exclusive rights to distribute New Zealand's Saint Clair Family Estate wines in the United States, effective immediately. "Saint Clair Family Estate is well known around the world and we are excited to introduce this award-winning Sauvignon Blanc to American consumers," says Roger Nabedian, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Gallo's Premium Wine Division. Owners Neal and Judy Ibbotson first planted vines in 1978, and were among the early family pioneers of the Marlborough wine industry. Today, Saint Clair Family Estate owns 15 vineyards located throughout the Wairau, Awatere and Omaka valleys of Marlborough, as well as in Hawke's Bay. "Saint Clair Family Estate is thrilled to have entered into a partnership with E. & J. Gallo Winery as the exclu- sive national distributor for the Saint Clair brand in the U.S.," says founder Neal Ibbotson. "We share many of the same values—family, passion and quality—and the move is an exciting opportunity for us to further develop our brand in the U.S. market." The Saint Clair Family Estate Sauvignon Blanc will retail for $28. While the wine is already available in select states, the national rollout is scheduled for Q1 2018. Brian and Johnine Talley, owners of Talley Vineyards, celebrate their thirtieth anniversary of winemaking. E. & J. Gallo Winery to be Exclusive U.S. Distribu- tors of New Zealand's Saint Clair Family Estate Disaronno International USA Merges Wine Brands into New Corvo Wines Division E ffective August 1st, Disaronno International, the U.S. sub- sidiary of Illva Saronno Holding S.p.A., will integrate Illva's iconic wine brands Corvo, the Star Collection and Duca di Salaparuta into its portfolio with the creation of the Corvo Wines Division. "We have a world-class Italian wine portfolio with Corvo and Duca di Salaparuta. This represents a great opportunity for Disaronno International to partner with existing distributors and key trade partners to drive incremental volume in the excit- ing and growing Italian wine category," says Ray Stoughton, Executive Vice President/General Manager of Disaronno International. Founded in 1824, the Duca di Salaparuta winery has been family-owned for more than 150 years. Corvo is the best-selling brand in Italy in the $5–$15 category, with a state-of- the-art winery and more than 1,400 hectares of vineyards under its control. "We're thrilled to integrate our organization into Disaronno International as it gives us access to resources and route to market synergies not usually available to a small company such as ours," says Robert Walsh, U.S. Director of Wines at Illva Saronno Holding S.p.A. "Our team will continue to work as a wine-dedicated organization, and to have the support of the Disaronno infrastructure and national account capabilities opens a whole new dimension of opportunities for us." The portfolio is currently available in 29 U.S. states. A rgentinian winery Achaval Ferrer will launch its new Malbec blend ADF by Achaval Ferrer on September 1st. Made by winemakers Manuel Louzada and Gustavo Rearte, the blend is composed of 85% Malbec, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Fermented 50% in concrete tanks and 50% in stainless steel tanks, the wine is then aged six months: 50% in three-year-old French oak barrels and 50% in concrete tanks. Target pricing will be $10–$11. Achaval Ferrer Launches New Malbec Blend

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