Delicato Installs Solar System at Black Stallion Estate Winery

Delicato Family Vineyards completed installation of a Solar Electric Energy System at its flagship winery in Napa Valley.  The 347.93 kW PV system includes more than 1,000 panels and was installed by Sunworks on the building roofs at Black Stallion Estate Winery.

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Cîroc to Launch French Vanilla Globally in October

The new variant pairs the rich and creamy taste of French vanilla with smooth texture of Cîroc, resulting in what Cîroc Global Brand Director Natalie Wills calls an “intensely indulgent and versatile flavor profile that lends itself incredibly well to the hottest trending cocktails, perfect for celebrating.”

The all-year celebration flavor is being launched with a hero Cîroc-Star Martini serve, tapping into the ever-growing popularity of the Porn Star Martini.

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Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Drizly Sweeps Offers a Party

To kick off the sweepstakes, one unsuspecting Drizly user and Mike’s Hard Lemonade fan in Brooklyn, N.Y. received a surprise serving of happiness with his Drizly order. Lil Dicky, who accompanied a driver from a Drizly partner store, arrived at the user’s house and delivered plenty of smiles and laughter as he dropped off a few cases of Mike’s. Continue reading

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Gloria Ferrer Seeks ‘Most Glorious Appetizer’ Recipe

Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards is willing to pay $5,000 to get the nation’s most glorious appetizer recipe to pair with its Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut.

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Who & What –

Hennessy names Renaud Fillioux de Gironde as the eighth generation Master Blender. Renaud apprenticed under his uncle, seventh generation Master Blender Yann Fillioux. The passing of the Master Blender title and responsibilities continues a lineage that has remained unbroken for more than two centuries and is unique in the world of Cognac.

National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) hired Amanda DeBard as Communications Director. Most recently, DeBard worked as a communications consultant for Washington trade associations and public relations firms, including National Association of Manufacturers and Keybridge Communications.

Brewers Association (BA) hired Ann Obenchain as marketing director    Obenchain replaces Barbara Fusco, who announced she was stepping down after more than seven years. Previously Obenchain served as marketing and development director at the Colorado Chautauqua Association, where she led all marketing and communications campaigns, oversaw year-round programming and created various development funding strategies.

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New Belgium Brewing Leads Group Acquiring Magnolia Brewing

A group led by New Belgium Brewing Co. agreed to purchase the assets of San Francisco’s Magnolia Brewing for $2.7 million as part of a bankruptcy proceeding.

The newly formed partnership will be a majority-owned subsidiary of New Belgium, with Elysian Founder Dick Cantwell and Belgian lambic producer Oud Beersel as minority partners. The Continue reading

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