Wine Enthusiast

Fine Wine Importer Demeine Estates Nominated for "Importer of the Year" in Wine Enthusiast's 2022 Wine Star Awards

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Tuesday, October 4, 2022

NAPA VALLEY, Calif., Oct. 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ --Napa-based Fine Wine Importer Demeine Estates is thrilled to announce that they have been nominated for "Importer of the Year" by Wine Enthusiast as part of their 2022 Wine Star Awards.

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  • NAPA VALLEY, Calif., Oct. 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ --Napa-based Fine Wine Importer Demeine Estates is thrilled to announce that they have been nominated for "Importer of the Year" by Wine Enthusiast as part of their 2022 Wine Star Awards.
  • The Wine Star Awards are a 23-year tradition honoring changemakers and innovators in the Wine and Spirits Industry.
  • At under two years in business, this is a remarkable accomplishment for Demeine Estates and their producer partners.
  • A leader in luxury wines in the U.S., Demeine Estates sets the standard in exceptional marketing, fine wine sales, and distribution services.

JEFF O'NEILL WINS 'PERSON OF THE YEAR' 2022 WINE STAR AWARD FROM WINE ENTHUSIAST

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

LARKSPUR, Calif., Sept. 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Jeff O'Neill , Founder & CEO, O'Neill Vintners & Distillers, has been awarded the prestigious 2022 Person of the Year Wine Star Award by Wine Enthusiast magazine.

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  • LARKSPUR, Calif., Sept. 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Jeff O'Neill , Founder & CEO, O'Neill Vintners & Distillers, has been awarded the prestigious 2022 Person of the Year Wine Star Award by Wine Enthusiast magazine.
  • Jeff O'Neill, a forward-thinking leader with 40 years in the wine and spirits business, wins prestigious industry honor.
  • It's for this achievement, and many more, that Wine Enthusiast is honored to name Jeff O'Neill as the 2022 Wine Star Award winner Person of the Year."
  • O'Neill received the Green Medal Leader Award in 2021 by the Wine Institute and achieved B Corp Certification in 2022.

Aviation American Gin’s New Distillery Opens its Doors in Portland, Oregon

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Friday, September 23, 2022

Today, Aviation American Gin celebrates the grand opening of the highly-anticipated Aviation American Gin Distillery and Visitor Center in its hometown of Portland, Oregon.

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  • Today, Aviation American Gin celebrates the grand opening of the highly-anticipated Aviation American Gin Distillery and Visitor Center in its hometown of Portland, Oregon.
  • Were thrilled to announce that the Aviation American Gin Distillery is officially open for business in Portland, Oregon and everyone (21 years and older) is welcome, said Ryan Reynolds, Aviation American Gins Co-Owner.
  • Were proud to be opening the Aviation American Gin Distillery in the company's hometown, said Christina Choi, Senior Vice President at Diageo.
  • Created by a unique bartender / distiller partnership, Aviation American Gin operates a distillery, packaging facility and visitor experience in Portland, OR.

Aviation American Gin's New Distillery Opens its Doors in Portland, Oregon

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Friday, September 23, 2022

PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Aviation American Gin celebrates the grand opening of the highly-anticipated "Aviation American Gin Distillery and Visitor Center" in its hometown of Portland, Oregon. The state-of-the-art, nearly 33k sq. ft. facility features an intimate tasting room, exceptional draft cocktail bar and gift shop. As part of the interactive experience, visitors can get a sneak peek at co-owner Ryan Reynolds' office, which doubles as an escape room, inviting guests to solve a series of puzzles and identify various Easter eggs to get out.

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  • PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Aviation American Gin celebrates the grand opening of the highly-anticipated "Aviation American Gin Distillery and Visitor Center" in its hometown of Portland, Oregon.
  • We're thrilled to announce that the Aviation American Gin Distillery is officially open for business in Portland, Oregon and everyone (21 years and older) is welcome," said Ryan Reynolds, Aviation American Gin's Co-Owner.
  • We're proud to be opening the Aviation American Gin Distillery in the company's hometown," said Christina Choi, Senior Vice President at Diageo.
  • Created by a unique bartender / distiller partnership, Aviation American Gin operates a distillery, packaging facility and visitor experience in Portland, OR.

Wolverine, Buffalo Trace, and Huckberry collaborate to create a special-edition Wolverine 1000 Mile boot

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Thursday, September 22, 2022

ROCKFORD, Mich., Sept. 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Wolverine, the 139-year-old boot and clothing brand, Buffalo Trace, the flagship bourbon from the world's most award-winning distillery, and Huckberry, the men's online retailer, are coming together to launch a special-edition Wolverine 1000 Mile boot exclusively available on Huckberry.com. Designed in Michigan and handmade in Arkansas, the tan leather boot celebrates American craftsmanship and three American-born brands.

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  • The Wolverine 1000 Mile x Buffalo Trace for Huckberry Wedge Plain-Toe Boot incorporates the classic features Wolverine is known for combined with elements that incorporate all brands into one stylish boot.
  • The tongue of the boot is adorned with a gold foil Buffalo Trace logo while the back heel is stamped with the Huckberry tree icon.
  • "We are thrilled to collaborate with Wolverine and Huckberry for this truly one-of-a-kind boot," said Sara Saunders, Vice President of Global Marketing for Buffalo Trace.
  • Beginning today, the Wolverine 1000 Mile x Buffalo Trace for Huckberry Wedge Plain-Toe Boot is available in limited quantities on Huckberry.com for $425.

Stella Rosa® Enters Sprits Segment with the Launch of Stella Rosa Brandy

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Stella Rosa®, America's #1 imported wine, and its parent company Riboli Family Wines, breaks into the spirits sector with an inaugural launch of their premium imported flavored brandy portfolio: Stella Rosa Smooth Black, Tropical Passion, and Honey Peach Brandy (SRP: $29.99/750ml).

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  • The Stella Rosa Brandy portfolio includes:
    Stella Rosa Smooth Black Brandy (SRP $29.99): Blueberry, raspberry, and blackberry.
  • Stella Rosa Tropical Passion Brandy (SRP $29.99): Mango, pineapple, and passion fruit.
  • Stella Rosa Honey Peach Brandy (SRP $29.99): Ripe peaches and honey.
  • The Stella Rosa Brandy portfolio is now available in select markets: Miami, Los Angeles, Atlanta, New Orleans, Chicago, Baltimore, and Houston.

Vintner Bill Foley Receives Wine Enthusiast Lifetime Achievement Award

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

SANTA ROSA, Calif., Sept. 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Wine Enthusiast magazine has recognized William (Bill) Foley, founder and owner of Foley Family Wines (FFW), as its 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award winner.

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  • SANTA ROSA, Calif., Sept. 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Wine Enthusiast magazine has recognized William (Bill) Foley, founder and owner of Foley Family Wines (FFW), as its 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award winner.
  • Foley combines three of his greatest passions, world class wine, exquisite cuisine and experiences through the Foley Food & Wine Society , a membership-based luxury lifestyle community.
  • Established by Bill Foley in 1996, Foley Family Wines is a portfolio of highly acclaimed wines from some of the world's greatest vineyards.
  • See the FFW website for more information about Bill Foley and Foley Family Wines.

Humankind raises $4.2 million to connect real product experts with online shoppers via SMS

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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Humankind, a digital concierge and conversational commerce platform for e-commerce brands, has officially closed its seed stage fundraising round co-led by High Alpha Capital and Strand Equity for $4.2 million. Widespread industry support for customer experience enhancing technology driven by personalized shopping recommendations led to the successful close of their seed stage fundraising round. The platform enables retailers to connect product experts with online shoppers through scalable, 1:1 human-led conversations via SMS.

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  • The platform enables retailers to connect product experts with online shoppers through scalable, 1:1 human-led conversations via SMS.
  • Weissman shared, "Our technology is the first explicit customer experience and personalization enhancement product to hit the market like this.
  • Launched in 2021, the conversational commerce platform empowers brands to gather and garner data to be leveraged via SMS conversations between brand-based experts and curious shoppers.
  • Through bespoke landing pages which are crafted for individual shoppers and asynchronous messaging with product experts, the Humankind platform provides a new way for consumers to browse and buy online.

Sorel is the Most Awarded Liqueur of 2022

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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

NEW YORK, Sept. 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Sorel, the hibiscus liqueur inspired by sorrel, the ancestral Afro-Caribbean beverage, is the most-awarded liqueur of 2022. Sorel returned to shelves in October 2021 with the support of Fawn Weaver and the Uncle Nearest Venture Fund, which invests in BIPOC/minority-founded spirits businesses. The spirit swept every major beverage award this year with Gold honors or higher, and as Sorel approaches the first anniversary of its relaunch, founder Jackie Summers–acclaimed author, activist, entrepreneur, and self-taught distiller–reflects back on the last year to acknowledge the forces that brought this reincarnation to life.

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  • One year after its return to market, Sorel celebrates a spree of industry awards and explosive cross-country distribution, solidifying the trend prediction that 2022 is the year of hibiscus
    NEW YORK, Sept. 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Sorel , the hibiscus liqueur inspired by sorrel, the ancestral Afro-Caribbean beverage, is the most-awarded liqueur of 2022.
  • Sorel returned to shelves in October 2021 with the support of Fawn Weaver and the Uncle Nearest Venture Fund, which invests in BIPOC/minority-founded spirits businesses.
  • "The key to our success has been about putting values over valuations, which is an atypical approach, but it works every time.
  • Sorel Liqueur is an alcoholic rendition of sorrel, the 500+ year-old traditional hibiscus-based beverage brought to the Caribbean from West Africa.

DRINKS and Shopify Partner to Power the Next Era of Ecommerce For Wineries

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Thursday, August 11, 2022

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 11, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- DRINKS, the leader in ecommerce alcohol, today announced a partnership with Shopify, a provider of essential internet infrastructure for commerce, to introduce a regulatory solution that allows wineries and retailers in the United States – for the first time – to have real-time tax and compliance fully embedded within a native Shopify checkout experience.

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  • DRINKS' app empowers wineries and retailers to dramatically expand their Direct to Consumer (DTC) footprint and take full advantage of the powerful Shopify ecosystem to create, customize, scale, and monetize.
  • "The days of substandard technology stifling DTC growth for our industry are over," said Zac Brandenberg, Co-Founder and CEO at DRINKS.
  • "DRINKS' partnership with Shopify is a massive leap forward for tens of thousands of wineries and retailers who can now leverage DRINKS' regulatory technology seamlessly within the world-class Shopify ecosystem."
  • "With DRINKS joining the Shopify Plus Partner Program, and launching their app for Shopify Plus merchants, they're removing barriers to entry for wine producers and retailers."