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October 2012

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INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT International Plans for Opus One I n agreement with Baron Philippe de Rothschild, SA and Constellation Brands, Inc., partners and co-owners of Opus One, the winery's CEO David Pearson has appointed Laurent Delassus as VP of International Sales and Marketing. Delassus will maintain an offi ce in Bordeaux and oversee regional sales managers in Tokyo and Hong Kong. Since 2004, Opus One has been distributed outside the U.S. solely by selected Bordeaux négociants—the only California wine to be so represented. Through these preeminent négociants, Opus One is offered in Europe, Asia and emerging fi ne wine markets around the world. The 2009 vintage of Opus One is distributed in all 50 U.S. states and 65 countries worldwide. Grant Burge goes O OFFbeat FFbeat Brands of Petaluma, California has been selected by Grant Burge Wines of Barossa Valley as the Australian brand's exclusive importer in the United States. OFFbeat, which represents a small number of international wine properties under its Luxury Estates & Domains division, has also been named importer for Drift Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand. Laurent Delassus is now responsible for selling Opus One outside the U.S. Woodford Reserve still, circa 1807. "Grant Burge Wines is truly one of the icons of the Australian fi ne wine industry, a Barossa vintner with an authentic history of critically- acclaimed wines," says Mike Kenton, founder and CEO of OFFbeat brands. A 37-year veteran of the wine indus- try, Kenton was CEO at Artesa Winery and Aveníu Brands from 1996 to 2011. Kenton's partner, Xavier Batlle, is a European wine executive with over 20 years of experience in the global wine industry, includ- ing positions as Managing Director at United Wineries International S.A. in London and International Director at Codorníu S.A. in Barcelona. Long Lost Still A 10 / the tasting panel / october 2012 few years ago, workers at the Woodford Reserve Distillery found a 200-year-old still buried on the property. With all of its hand rivets, serial number and manufacturer's mark intact, Woodford took the 1807 still to Vendome to refurbish it. Master Distiller Chris Morris says they will place the artifact on display for Woodford tours. —Fred Minnick PHOTO: FRED MINNICK

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