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MODESTO, Calif., May 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- An affiliate of E. & J. Gallo Winery (Gallo) announced today that it has purchased 542 acres of the Sierra Madre property, a vineyard located near the western edge of the Santa Maria Valley appellation in Santa Barbara County. 

First planted to vineyard in 1971, Sierra Madre has a long, storied history of producing some of the highest-quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Santa Barbara County.  Located just 15 miles from the Pacific Ocean, Sierra Madre Vineyard is known for its sandy-loam soils and cool growing season, which allow the grapes to ripen slowly, while developing intense structure and flavor.

Today, the Sierra Madre property acquired by Gallo has approximately 151 acres planted to vine, and supplies grapes to about 35 wineries, ranging from small boutique wineries to large wine companies.  Sierra Madre Vineyard has continued to be an ideal location for premier grape growing, and over the years has been the source of many notable vineyard-designated wines.  As part of the agreement, Gallo will honor all grape contracts with existing Sierra Madre Vineyard customers.

"Our family has a 35-year history in agriculture on the Central Coast, and we remain wholeheartedly committed to the region," said seller Doug Circle of Circle Vision, LLC.  To that end, he added, "We feel blessed to have had the opportunity to shepherd this magical Central Coast vineyard for 15 years of its exceptional 47-year history, and are pleased that it is now passing to another family who will responsibly steward it into its next chapter."

According to Roger Nabedian, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Gallo's Premium Wine Division, "We are thrilled to add this impressive vineyard into our premium portfolio."  He added, "This purchase supports Gallo's commitment to continue making and selling luxury wines, while growing the finest grapes in Santa Barbara County." 

Gallo currently owns and operates Edna Valley Vineyard, Bridlewood Estate Winery, and Talbott Vineyards in California's Central Coast.

International Wine Associates served as the exclusive financial advisor for Sierra Madre Vineyard.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

 
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 9, 2018) – Redneck Riviera Whiskey (EAST: NASDAQ) has struck a chord with three of John Rich’s friends and fellow country artists – Gretchen Wilson, Granger Smith and Colt Ford. Rich has selected the three country stars to serve as Redneck Riviera Whiskey ambassadors, supporting the brand and its efforts to give back to veterans’ families through their social media channels, performances and beyond.  For further information on the brand, please visit http://redneckriviera.com/

This Redneck Riviera Whiskey partnership is a natural fit for these artists, as they’re fans of the whiskey and its American roots. Gretchen Wilson says, “When John and I wrote 'Redneck Woman' 15 years ago, little did we know there would be a Redneck Riviera Whiskey someday. While that changed my life, here’s to hoping this whiskey will change your attitude."

Portions of Redneck Riviera Whiskey sales benefit Folds of Honor, whose mission is to provide educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service members. John Rich says, "Folds of Honor is such an important organization to me so I knew I had to give back to them through this whiskey. I love that my friends also got behind it and are supporting a great cause." 

Rich has recently traveled throughout the Southeast meeting fans and signing bottles sold at select whiskey tastings. The efforts the ambassadors will put behind Redneck Riviera will continue to enhance the overall marketing of the brand.

“Redneck Riviera Whiskey gives me the opportunity to support a friend’s venture, our veterans’ families and its the smoothest whiskey around,” Colt Ford said.

Granger Smith added, “I’ve been known to sing a song or two about whiskey so I’m excited to support a friend and partner with John’s Redneck Riviera.”

Eastside Distillng announced on April 23 that Redneck Riviera Whiskey is now being distributed in 15 states, with the addition of Kentucky as the 15th. Grover Wickersham, CEO of Eastside Distilling, says "Eastside is thrilled at the trajectory of Redneck Riviera Whiskey and our partnership with John Rich. For him to bring some of his friends to help spread the word on whiskey is only a win-win for the team. We love to have brand extenders that truly represent the brand and its complex."

 
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MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 9, 2018 /CNW/ - Boston Pizza, Canada's largest casual dining restaurant chain, is adding MyRestaurant mobile payment functionality from MyCheck into its MyBP loyalty program app at select locations within the Greater Toronto Area, as part of a pilot. The enhanced pay-at-table experience will enable Guests to check-in with the MyBP app, redeem personalized rewards that are synchronized with each restaurant's point-of-sale system (POS), review their bill, split a bill, and pay a bill using Apple Pay or traditional credit cards.

"Boston Pizza is always looking for new ways to enhance our Guests' experience," said Cavin Green, Vice President, Business Technology, Boston Pizza International. "Adding the MyRestaurant pay-at-table functionality is something we know our Guests are going to love. Through this partnership with MyCheck, we are evolving MyBP from a loyalty app to a multi-feature platform, aimed at creating enhanced experiences. Today, Guests no longer have to wait for a server to bring them the bill. They can control their dining experience from their smartphones. This is the way of the future, and this is yet another way that Boston Pizza is looking to offer remarkable hospitality."  

MyCheck creates custom apps for restaurant groups and chains to extend the brand experience into the mobile world. MyRestaurant enables a seamless pay-at-table experience via direct integration to the Boston Pizza POS. Receipts are automatically emailed to the Guest's account and kept in the history for easy access at any time. This results in enhanced operations, higher server tips and faster table turnarounds.

"We are thrilled to expand our footprint into the Canadian market with Boston Pizza," said Cyndi Shepley, MyCheck VP of Sales. "This was a complex project with multiple integrations, but we could see their vision and understand the unique needs of their mobile-dependent customers. We are excited that Boston Pizza is embracing our mobile payment platform and we look forward to bringing our proven mobile payment and digital wallet technology to more restaurants in the Northern hemisphere."

For more information on Boston Pizza, visit www.bostonpizza.com. For details on the MyCheck mobile payment platform, visit https://www.mycheck.io/.

 
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NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. — Diamond Estates Wine & Spirits Ltd. (Diamond) is set to launch a single serve, environmentally friendly plastic wine bottle under its iconic EastDell line of Ontario VQA Wines.

Diamond Estates has bottled three EastDell wines in this format including Pinot Grigio, Summer Rosé and their signature Black Cab (a unique blend of Cabernet and Baco Noir).  Diamond is the first 200mL PET bottle produced for the wine market that uses the Amcor Stelvin closure.

“At Diamond Estates we take pride in our sustainable winemaking practices and this new initiative will continue to allow us to reduce our carbon footprint,” says Tom Green, VP Winemaking at Diamond Estates Wines & Sprits Ltd. “These fun, single serve and shatterproof bottles are a great alternative for consumer over traditional glass bottles.”

“Wine lovers can now better enjoy their favourite drink at sporting events and outdoor venues, where glass is typically prohibited,” adds Green.

The new PET bottles also boast economic and environmental advantages.  At 1/6th the weight of glass, they reduce freight costs, reduce secondary packaging and almost eliminate breakage on the bottling line and in stores. They are fully recyclable, with a vastly lower carbon footprint versus glass counterparts - requiring much less energy to make and transport.

These advantages complement the unwavering attention to quality wines in every bottle. An oxygen barrier in the Stelvin enclosure protects the wine and provides up to a 12-month shelf life.

PET plastics are growing on the global market. Over the next five years, the single-serve PET wine market in the United States is expected to grow by 8% annually. Globally, the PET packaging market is projected to have grown by 28% between 2011 and 2021.

EastDell Pinot Grigio, Back Cab and Summer Rosé are 100% VQA Ontario wines. The single serve PET bottles are available for $4.95 each or in a case of 24 bottles for $118.80 at Diamond’s new wine boutique & tasting centre, The Lakeview Wine Company in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON.

Shop online at www.lakeviewwineco.com.  Stay engaged with Diamond Estates on Facebook at /diamondestates, follow it on Twitter @DiamondEstates and on Instagram @diamondestates

 
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NEW ORLEANS, LA, May 7, 2018 - Tales of the Cocktail Foundation (TOTCF) is thrilled to share details of its newly formed Grants Committee and present its seminar lineup for the 16th Annual Tales of the Cocktail® being held in New Orleans July 17th to 22nd, 2018.

Tales of the Cocktail Foundation’s Grants Committee is comprised of a dozen esteemed beverage professionals from across the country who will help allocate funds to support the industry and further the Foundation’s mission and core values. In 2018, TOTCF has committed to distributing $250,000 in grants to benefit the industry. The committee will work collaboratively to assess applications for grants and determine the best use of funding. This year’s committee is comprised of:

  • Colin Appiah, Bacardi
  • Tiffanie Barriere, The Drinking Coach & Drinking with the Girls
  • Eric Bennett, Carrigan's Public House
  • Cris Dehlavi, CAP White Coat
  • Angie Featherson, Drink Company
  • Alba Huerta, Julep
  • Nandini Khaund, Bar Manager
  • Don Lee, Cocktail Kingdom
  • Lynnette Marrero, Speed Rack
  • Morgan Schick, Bon Vivants
  • Kellie Thorn, Empire State South
  • Pamela Wiznitzer, Seamstress, USBG
  • Rocky Yeh, Maison Ferrand

“We are so grateful at the reception the newly formed grants program has received and feel lucky to have such a talented group serve as the first-ever committee,” said Caroline Rosen, Executive Director of Tales of the Cocktail. It is crucial to us that this program is designed for, governed by, and serving the industry to the best of its ability. With this group, we know it will surpass our hopes and expectations.”

Simultaneously, 59 compelling, original seminars have been curated that collectively best display Tales’ commitment to education, advancement, and support for the larger beverage community. This year’s seminar topics address virtually every aspect of the cocktail and spirits industries, and are presented by some of the industries’ most highly regarded professionals.

New to this year is a series of “101 seminars,” one-hour educational programming covering a foundational knowledge of particular spirits categories and offering a framework of knowledge specific to the topic. Typically taught by respected industry experts volunteering their time, 101s are aimed at both bartenders new to the profession, and experienced bartenders looking to hone in on a particular subject. 101 seminars will include tastings and category knowledge independent of sponsors. This new offering will be introduced at half-price in order to provide a greater range of access to educational offerings.

Seminars are chosen through a highly selective process by a panel of discerning judges hailing from countries across the globe. Philip Duff has headed the committee for five years in identifying thought-provoking seminars from different voices within the industry that cover a broad range of topics, ensuring that attendees will have the ability to construct a seminar schedule tailored to their specific desires and interests.

“Philip and the committee have shown great commitment to making sure this year’s seminar selection is reflective of what the industry has been asking for,” said Neal Bodenheimer, Board Member of Tales of the Cocktail Foundation. “They have been tremendous about consulting a seemingly infinite number of stakeholders in the cocktail and spirits community to create reflective, diverse offerings that embody our new mission and vision.”

Tickets are now on sale for the general public. All registered attendees with a NET ticket value of $150 or more in event tickets (after discounts, not including fees; excluding Spirited Dinners and Spirited Awards) linked to their RFID wristband have free access to all Tasting Rooms. Tasting Room access will also be available for purchase a la carte. To view the full list of seminar descriptions and find further information on the grants process, please visit TalesoftheCocktail.org

 

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