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Posted on  | July 21, 2014   Bookmark and Share
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The Brown-Forman Retailer of the Year Awards Honors New York and New Jersey Merchants

For the 12th year, Brown-Forman sponsored the Brown-Forman Retailer of the Year Awards, presented at the 2014 American Beverage Licensees Conference in Washington, D.C. Eligible men and women are nominated by their local state affiliate associations.

ABL President Harry Klock and Marc Sattherthwaite, VP & Director of Sales Operations for North America at Brown-Forman recognized 21 retailers for outstanding success and dedication to the industry. Among the honorees from across the country, three local stores were recognized:

Stefan Kalogridis (center) of Colvin Wine Merchants, with son Nicholas and wife Nelli

Stefan Kalogridis
Colvin Wine Merchants, Albany New York

Stefan Kalogridis grew up in the wine and spirits industry, as his father James owned a liquor store in Albany. James came out of retirement in Florida to help open Colvin Wine Merchants with Stefan. James, who just turned 90, still works at the store, where both men are now joined by Stefan’s elder son Alex. Colvin Wine Merchants proudly offers a wide selection of New York State wines, local craft spirits and is adding more organic wine selections.

Kalogridis has been an active member of NYSLSA and community organizations including the American Hellenic Education Progressive Association, which has provided Sandy relief and donates to the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center. Kalogridis appreciates how the associations unite local retailers to successfully fight wine in grocery stores and other relevant issues.



Heather Hamilton, Long’s Wines & Liquors, displays some of her New York State selections

Heather Hamilton
Long’s Wines & Liquors, Brooklyn, NY

Long’s Wines & Liquors has been a Bay Ridge, Brooklyn institution since 1983, started by Mike and Tom Long. Heather Hamilton switched careers from being a Broadway and national theater touring manager to take over Long’s in 2008. In 2013, the store was named “Best Liquor Store in Brooklyn” by L Magazine. The store stocks many local New York State wines and spirits and has a great selection of Greek wines and spirits.

Hamilton completed the American Sommelier Association Viticulture & Vinification sommelier certification course and is a METRO board member. she wishes to thank Brown-Forman for its support of New York’s wine and liquor retailers and to thank her fellow merchants on the METRO board for their wisdom and dedication.

Juan Negrin, Super Wine Warehouse; and Harry Klock, ABL President

Juan Negrin
Super Wine Warehouse, Paterson, NJ

Juan Negrin has been a part of the Super Wine Warehouse team since 1982, starting as a stock clerk and quickly moving up to management. In 1998, Negrin and a partner took over the store from its original owners, and he has been a partner in stores in Bayonne and Ridgewood, NJ as well. Interacting with the community for so long, Negrin and the store have supported numerous charitable events and institutions serving the greater Paterson community.

Juan also currently serves as President of NJLSA and has long been an active industry member advocating for his fellow retailers. Negrin is honored to be recognized by Brown-Forman for his many years of service to the New Jersey liquor industry, working to preserve its integrity and welfare.


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