Uncorkings: Off-Premise Sales of Domestic Table Wine Up 8% in August

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According to the SymphonyIRI Group, off-premise sales of domestic table wine increased by 8% in August 2012, compared to the same month last year. In the 52 weeks ending on August 5, Chardonnay took the biggest market share with 23%, while Cabernet Sauvignon followed with 14%.

Spirits company Rémy Cointreau has acquired the Islay single-malt Scotch whisky distiller Bruichladdich for $92.2 million. The total price included Bruichladdich’s share capital, worth $76.3 million, and $15.9 million of debt that Rémy will assume.

On Wednesday, September 12, Olivier Flosse, corporate wine and beverage director of A Voce Columbus in New York City—a Wine Enthusiast Magazine Best 100 Wine Restaurant—will pop and pour Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi’s 2007 Mormoreto from a Melchior, a large-format bottle that’s equivalent to 24 (750-ml) bottles. Diners can purchase a glass for $40, a quartino for $60 and a carafe for $199.

The Institute of Masters of Wine has awarded the master of wine title to three new individuals: Catriona Felstead, 36, direct and interactive marketing manager of Berry Bros & Rudd in London; Annette Scarfe, 51, an independent consultant in London, Hong Kong and Singapore, and Andreas Wickhoff, 35, managing director of Premium Estates of Austria in Salzburg.

Turley Wine Cellars in St. Helena, California, has purchased Karly Wines, a Zinfandel-focused producer in Amador County. Although the price was not revealed, the sale included the winery, the Karly brand and a 70-acre property in Amador’s Shenandoah Valley.

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