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The Kendall-Jackson owner adds a Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir and Chardonnay star to its expanding portfolio


Acquisition deepens company's exploration into Sta. Rita Hills


Both founders Cameron Hughes and Jessica Kogan will remain in leadership roles in the company; Cameron Hughes as Vintner and face of the brand and Jessica Kogan as the Chief Marketing Strategist and Innovation Officer. The majority of Cameron Hughes employees will retain their positions


Vintage Wine Estates of Santa Rosa has purchased Cameron Hughes Wine Inc. for $15.5 million as part of a court settlement, bringing one of the most innovative wine labels in recent years into its portfolio.


The wine giant expands its premium portfolio with a stable of quirkily labeled wines, including Kung Fu Girl Riesling


Sonoma firm continues to expand luxury wine portfolio with Napa Valley label


Linda Butler, who founded Delectus in 1995, will stay on to oversee hospitality, trade, private tastings, wine club and winery events. Chris Phelps, the brand's new consulting winemaker, most recently served as winemaker emeritus for Swanson Winery & Vineyards in Oakville, which Vintage acquired last year.


"My children are not interested in the business so it's time for me to move on and do something different," Willakenzie founder Bernard Lacroute told Wine-Searcher. "I've been at it for 25 years and it has been a really good ride and a wonderful experience. But I need more time for cycling and travel, so that's what I want to be doing. This year I went to Patagonia, and there's a lot more places I want to go."


Jackson Family Wines' latest purchase continues a trend of big corporate players entering Oregon's wine scene, but observers aren't worried the newcomers will dilute the industry


The acquisition includes the Orin Swift Cellars brand, related inventory, and control of the tasting room located in St. Helena.


"This opportunity will allow our family to focus our time, efforts and passions on those parts of the Penner-Ash business we find most rewarding and enjoyable, knowing the rest of the business is in the capable hands of a family with a shared vision."


The big California wine company continues its Oregon expansion with Lynn Penner-Ash's top-quality winery


Less than a year after buying Meiomi, the company sees potential in the red blend Dave Phinney created


facility spans more than 70 acres and has a grape-crush capacity of 30,000 tons with 4.6 million cases of bottling capacity and 8 million gallons of storage space


W. Clarke Swanson has retained the vineyards planted to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and other varietals located on his Oakville estate. Vintage Wine Estates will source from these vineyards for wines produced under the Swanson label. Mr. Swanson will serve as a consultant to Vintage Wine Estates for the foreseeable future


Founder Bruce Cohn says business costs were too much, hopes legacy of his brand continues under new ownership. "It's become a millionaire's sport to have a winery, and I don't have deep enough pockets."


In a deal that has been in negotiation for at least two years, winery owner and Sonoma Valley philanthropist Bruce R. Cohn announced the sale of B.R. Cohn Winery this week to Vintage Wine Estates, ending over 41 years of independent winemaking in Sonoma Valley


B.R. Cohn Winery founder Bruce Cohn announced today that his popular namesake winery in the heart of Sonoma Valley in Glen Ellen has been sold to Vintage Wine Estates. No selling price was announced. Cohn and his wife Laurie will continue to live on the Trestle Glen property adjacent to the famed winery property Olive Hill Vineyards which he purchased in 1974.


The deal represents two very different strategies from two of the biggest wine companies in the world. For Modesto-based Gallo, it represents another bet on the lucrative premium North Coast wine market, following on the heels of its purchase of J Vineyards and Winery in Healdsburg in March. ... Treasury will post a $7.5 million loss on the disposal of the assets when it reports its year-end earnings.


E. & J. Gallo Winery (Gallo) and J Vineyards & Winery announced today that Gallo has agreed to purchase the critically-acclaimed sparkling wine producer. Founded in 1986 by Judy Jordan, J Vineyards & Winery is located in Sonoma County's Russian River Valley and produces a wide range of prized sparkling wines, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. According to Roger Nabedian, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Gallo's Premium Wine Division, "We are very excited to add the J Vineyards & Winery brands to our premium portfolio of wines. The brand's contemporary elegance has a unique position in the marketplace." He added, "J Vineyards & Winery is well known for their award-winning sparkling wines and we look forward to carrying on the winery's reputation of making elegant, luxurious wines."

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