Union Wine Company Acquires Amity Vineyards

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Oregon’s Union Wine Company has acquired Amity Vineyards. Established in 1974, the brand is one of the state’s pioneering wineries. Union Wine Co. owner Ryan Harms plans to manage the winery as a separate brand and keep its focus on estate-grown Pinot Noir.

Guarachi Family Wines announced the purchase of the 62-acre Meadowrock Vineyard in Napa Valley’s Atlas Peak appellation. Meadowrock is the company’s second vineyard acquisition, following the purchase of Sun Chase Vineyard in the Sonoma Coast AVA in spring 2013.

Bacardi Ltd. has partnered with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver to educate home bartenders on cocktail techniques. Bacardi will be the exclusive spirits sponsor of a new Youtube channel, DrinksTube, the companion to Oliver’s FoodTube channel. Every Friday, the channel will feature various Bacardi brand ambassadors and their cocktails. The partnership will concurrently launch a new Bacardi Mixed Drinks Web site and smartphone app that features more than 400 recipes.

The Historical Vineyard Society has granted Chalone Vineyard’s 3.79-acre block of Chenin Blanc Historical Vineyard status. Originally planted in 1919, this block is widely regarded as the oldest vineyard in Monterey County, and was first planted by original owner Lucius Charles Tamm.

Craft distillery Hangar 1 Vodka announced Caley Shoemaker as its new head distiller. Shoemaker, previously of Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey in Denver, will lead all stages of the operation. Hangar 1 Vodka also announced its move to a new 32,500-square-foot microdistillery at Building 22 at the Alameda Naval Air Station in Alameda, California. The new facility will be functional starting this summer and a tasting room for visitors will open in Summer 2015.

Terlato Wines has announced that it will import the wines of Anselmi from Northern Italy’s Veneto region. The long-term agreement with Anselmi deepens Terlato's Italian portfolio with a collection of still wines from the Soave region, though owner and winemaker Roberto Anselmi has foregone the Soave name entirely, instead naming his wines after his vineyards. Terlato will feature four wines from Anselmi, ranging in price from approximately $18 to $50.

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