City Winery to Expand into Nashville

Plus other news and notes in the world of wine, beer and spirits.

Urban winery and music venue City Winery announced its expansion into Nashville. Slated to open October 1, City Winery Nashville will transform an existing 30,000 square-foot warehouse into a 300-seat concert hall, restaurant and private dining operation, and build the city’s first fully functional winery.

On Thursday, August 7, Rudy Kurniawan, convicted wine counterfeiter, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for selling counterfeit wines and defrauding a finance company. U.S. District Judge Richard Berman also ordered the 37-year-old to pay seven of his victims $28.4 million and to forfeit $20 million in property.

Planet Bordeaux, an organization representing Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur AOCs, announced Michael Madrigale as their United States ambassador. Madrigale is head sommelier of Manhattan’s Boulud Sud, a 2014 James Beard Award nominee and Wine Enthusiast’s 2012 Top Sommelier of the Year.

Winemaker and Malbec specialist Paul Hobbs and Bertrand Vigouroux, whose family has been producing wine in Cahors, France, since the 1860s, have announced a new partnership, Crocus Malbec de Cahors. Crocus blends a single Malbec clone grown on three historic Vigouroux properties, producing 1,250 total cases. The wine retails for $45, with Paul Hobbs Imports as the exclusive U.S. importer.

Last week, Charles Krug Winery announced the appointment of Aura Bland to the position of vice president, direct to consumer sales. Bland, who was most recently director of consumer sales and marketing at St. Francis Winery in Sonoma, will develop Krug’s programs at the winery’s newly renovated Redwood Cellar tasting room and hospitality center.

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