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British Merchant Purchasing 6,000 Cases Of Texas Wine

April 29, 1988

WASHINGTON (AP) _ A British wine merchant has purchased 6,000 cases of Texas wine in what is believed to be the largest single overseas shipment of a non-California wine, the House Agriculture Committee announced Thursday.

″This is an exciting event for the Texas wine industry,″ said committee Chairman Rep. Kika de la Garza, D-Texas. ″Our work over the past year in developing export markets is now beginning to pay off for the state’s wine industry.″

The committee said Douglas Henn-Macrae of London will import the entire wine inventory from Texas Vineyards Inc. in Ivanhoe.

″While this is only one sale, its size points to the untapped potential that exists in Britain and elsewhere for the entire Texas wine industry,″ said de la Garza, who has worked extensively in promoting Texas wines domestically and abroad.

Henn-Macrae had visited several Texas wineries for the first time earlier this year at de la Garza’s invitation.

De la Garza was also instrumental in securing official U.S. sponsorship of the first major exhibit of American wines at one of the largest wine trade shows in Europe, Vinitaly in Verona, Italy. Thirty-five U.S. wineries from seven states, including five Texas wineries, participated in the show earlier this month.

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