NYU Stern School Takes Top Prize at Left Bank Bordeaux Cup US Playoffs

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New York University’s Stern School of Business and Yale Law School took first and second place, respectively, at the United States Playoffs of The Left Bank Bordeaux Cup—an international wine tasting competition between business schools from North America, Asia and Europe. Both schools beat out six other teams, including Harvard Business School, in a series of multiple-choice questions and wine tastings judged by a jury of wine estate owners, journalists and members of the Commanderie du Bontemps. The two teams will compete in Bordeaux against six other teams representing France, Europe and Asia, at Château Lafite Rothschild, in June.

As co-host of the Super Bowl (alongside New Jersey Governor Chris Christie), New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will be promoting “Taste NY” wine, food and spirits products from New York at events leading up to the game. In total, 100 New York vendors will be featured at six Super Bowl Host Committee events, with a focus on promoting tourism in Upstate New York.

Over the weekend, the Naples, Florida Winter Wine Festival raised more than $13.5 million for the Naples Children & Education Foundation. This year’s fund-a-need theme was “Beautiful Minds, A Children’s Mental Health Initiative,” which raised $1.4 million. The festival featured 66 lots and was attended by total of 550 guests. The top lot—four double magnums from Staglin and Domaine Michel Lafarge and a six-day trip to Paris and Burgundy—fetched $400,000 total to two bidders, after a second identical lot was donated.

Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Founders Brewing Co., is introducing a 15-pack canned offering of its All Day IPA, beginning March 2014. Dubbed a “Brewer’s Dozen,” the pack will be offered at the same price as the existing 12-pack.

Winebow President and CEO Jon Moramarco is stepping down as head of the importer and distributor effective January 31. In the interim, Chairman Leonardo LoCascio will serve as CEO until a permanent successor is hired.

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