Beverage giant Constellation Brands has agreed to purchase several wine brands from Charles Smith, the Washington state wine entrepreneur, for $120 million.Syrah, Eve Chardonnay and Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon.Smith will retain K Vintners, Wines of Substance, ViNO, Casa Smith, SIXTO, B. Leighton and Charles & Charles — a total annual production of about 350,000 cases.For a fixed term, he’ll continue to advise Constellation on the wines’ production.Constellation says retail sales of the $12 white wine grew 45 percent last year.The transaction is the latest in a string of high-profile acquisitions by Constellation, which appears to be bullish on the premium-price sector of wines.
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