Foster’s Wine Estates Reviews Media

NEW YORK Foster’s Wine Estates has placed its domestic media planning and buying account into review, the client has confirmed.

The incumbent, Publicis Groupe’s Starcom, is not defending. The contenders include Aegis Group’s Carat and independent Horizon Media and possibly one undisclosed other agency, per sources.

Agency executives either could not be reached or declined comment.

The client spent slightly more than $15 million on advertising in 2005, according to Nielsen Monitor-Plus.

The review involves only the U.S. wine group, with a decision expected by year’s end.

Foster’s U.S. wine division is based in Napa City, Calif., and markets several dozen labels such as Beringer and Meridian.

The unit is a subsidiary of the Foster’s Group of Melbourne, Australia, which also distributes beer, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages.

Creative, handled by Publicis Groupe’s Hal Riney & Partners in San Francisco, is not being reviewed at this time.

This story updates a previously posted item with a revised list of contenders.