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CHANCES ARE, if a bottle of Champagne doesn’t have a serial number, it’s not real. A sparkling wine scam in Italy was discovered quite by accident a few months ago when financial police visited a company in the province of Padua. While there they noticed that a bottle of Moët...
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IN ITS LATEST REPORT, Community Sustainability, the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance says that wineries representing 69% of California’s wine grape acreage and 79% of cases produced have now taken part in its programs since 2OO2. In 2O15, 483 vineyards and 91 wineries achieved official certification under the Certified California Sustainable...
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MAISON MICHEL CHAPOUTIER, Tain-l’Hermitage’s producer in Rhône, has bought Château des Ferrages in Provence. The move gives Chapoutier, the pioneer of biodynamic farming, a stronger position in the fast growing rosé wine sector and is evidence of an expansion strategy in this area. Château des Ferrages is located in Pourcieux,...
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BRACE YOURSELVES, there’s a wine slowdown coming! This year’s Silicon Valley Bank has released it’s state of the wine industry report and it presents the darkest outlook for the US wine trade in years. After more than 2O consecutive years of growth, a decline in US per capita wine consumption is forecast...
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William Grant & Sons

There are several new key appointments to the company’s US executive team, along with an evolution of its commercial team structure. The commercial unit will be led by Joanne Jones, General Manager-East Region, Richard Frederick, General Manager-West Region, and Marc Hirten, General Manager-Commercial Strategy. The new structure continues to focus...
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National Beer Wholesalers Association

Dave Christman has been promoted to Vice President, State Affairs. Most recently, he served as Senior Director, State and Industry Affairs for the organization where he strengthened relations with state associations, expanded relationships with state legislative leaders and increased participation in the technology arena.


DAVID HUNTER has been named Senior Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer. Previously he was Vice President, Global Manufacturing. In his new role he will oversee the company’s global supply chain and manufacturing operations. Also, Steve Fechheimer has been appointed Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer. Previously, Fechheimer was Vice...
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Bill Newlands has been named President of the Wine & Spirits Division. He’ll also retain responsibility for the Growth Organization, which provides insights and innovation activities across the company. Ben Dollard, who was most recently President of Constellation’s Canadian Business, has been named Chief Growth Officer and will have responsibility...
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ERIC HUND has been appointed Vice President of Sales. He replaces JOHN POTTS who is leaving to pursue other interests. Hund has over 19 years of experience on both the distribution and supplier side of the spirits industry.


HARPOON is running the sweepstakes #LoveBeerLoveLife – a chance to win a trip to this year’s HarpoonFest MAY 2O to 21. Entrants are invited to post pictures of how they “Love Beer” and “Love Life” with Harpoon beer to @harpoonbrewery and #LoveBeerLoveLife, or upload them directly at One randomly...
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