Rhône Odyssey Comes to Lower Manhattan

Posted on | June 24, 2015   Bookmark and Share
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Rhône Valley Wines led a memorable event on May 20th at the Sky Lobby of One World Trade Center. Guests enjoyed a range of Rhône Valley Wines—red, white and rosé—and a stunning panoramic view of New York City. The concept was a journey through time, exploring the past, present and future of the iconic region, led by Jonathan Ross, sommelier at Eleven Madison Park, and Caleb Ganzer of La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels. A variety of rooms presented the ever-changing landscape of the Rhône Valley over time.

Caleb Ganzer, La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels; and Sabine Pradella, Inter Rhône













Caleb Ganzer leading a group through the “future” of Rhône Valley wines










Before their guided experience, attendees tasted a variety of Rhône Valley Wines in the Sky Lobby

‘Harlem EatUp!’ Debuts in Upper Manhattan

Posted on | June 24, 2015   Bookmark and Share
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From May 14th–17th, the Bordeaux Wine Council  sponsored the inaugural Harlem EatUp! festival, co-created by Marcus Samuelsson of Red Rooster and Herb Karlitz of Karlitz & Co. to celebrate the culture, food and spirit of the historic neighborhood. On “Dine-In” night at Harlem restaurants, affordable red, white and sweet Bordeaux wines were poured for over 600 guests and paired with original dishes.Bordeaux also had a prominent booth during “A Sunday Afternoon in Harlem” where festival-goers could taste a wide range of the region’s wines and engage in games. 

Marcus Samuelsson, Red Rooster; Ted Allen, Food Network; and Herb Karlitz, Karlitz & Co.










Patrick Cappiello, Pearl & Ash and Rebelle









Marcus Samuelsson; Mary Gorman-McAdams, Vins de Bordeaux; and Herb Karlitz

Southern Wine & Spirits Stages Luxury Spirits Tasting at Citifield

Posted on | June 24, 2015   Bookmark and Share
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On Wednesday June 3rd the beautiful Delta 360 Club at Citifield was the back drop for Southern Wine & Spirits of New York’s first Luxury Spirits Tasting Experience. This exclusive tasting had over a dozen suppliers presenting their most high-end spirits to hundreds of guests. Attendees were also treated to authentic ball park food to enjoy with their luxury spirits.

. Brandon Marin, Campari America; Larry Goodrich, SWS; Kate McGee, Campari America; Garrett McGuiness, SWS; Rob Tornese, Campari America; and Teague Cameron, Campari America











Larry Romer, SWS; Donald Kumm, Five Towns; and Larry Goodrich










Konstantinos Zarkadas, Boca Kitchen; Bill DeSilva, SWS; Carlos Tavarez, Boca Restaurant; Carlos Tavares, Boca Restaurant; and Jeffrey Fernandez, Boca Kitchen










Mark Clemens, SWS; Allen Katz, SWS; Monte Sachs, Catskill Distilling; and Bill DeSilva










Patrick Langworth, Sidney Frank Importing; Joe Hannon, SWS; Alia Scelzo, Sidney Frank Importing; and Andrew Persaud, Sidney Frank Importing










Anthony Doyle, Beam Suntory; David Rose, SWS; Philip Pepperdine, Beam Suntory; Tracey Mellon, Gilroy; Jeremy Newcomer, The Gilroy; and Luis Serrano, Abbey Pub










Ryan Knab, Serralles USA; Michelle Escobar, Serralles USA; Stanley Goldshteyn, WL Discount Warehouse; and Vincent Melita, Serralles

Local NJLSA: Tee It Up!

Posted on | June 23, 2015   Bookmark and Share
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The 5th Annual NJLSA-PAC Golf Outing was not only a great time, but also a big success for helping raise much needed financial support for our legislative PAC fund. The weather cooperated and the event was SOLD OUT for the third consecutive year!

The NJLSA Board of Trustees and Directors would like to thank the NJ Wine & Spirit Wholesalers Association for their support as Premier Event Sponsor; Miller Coors as Lunch Sponsor; Heineken USA as Cocktail Reception Sponsor; Opici Wines as Dinner Sponsor;  MillerCoors & Shore Point Distributors as the Beverage Cart Sponsor; Brown-Forman & Air Dynamic Systems as Practice Range Sponsors; Beam Suntory, Francis Coppola Winery & Hunterdon Brewing as Putting Green Sponsors; the accounting firm of Withum-Smith&Brown as GPS Cart sponsor; Gallo Wine Sales of NJ, Moët Hennessy USA, Proximo Spirits, Remy-Cointreau and Stoli Group USA for their support as Sampling Sponsors; as well as everyone who stepped up as a T-Sign Sponsor. And finally, we would like to thank all of the golfers who participated in the shot-gun tournament.

I also would like to acknowledge our NJLSA Golf Committee that included Committee Chair Bruce Hamilton, Vice Chair Juan Negrin, along with Mike Maro, Sunny Patel and George Wolfson. We look forward to doing it all over again next year on Monday, June 20th 2016 (the day after Father’s Day).


Sunny Patel was just awarded the Brown-Forman Retailer of the Year for the off-premise sector in New Jersey at the Annual Conference of the American Beverage Licenses (ABL) held in Washington, DC in June.

Sunny, who is the owner of Sunny’s Liquors in Passaic, has genuinely dedicated the last  two decades of his life to our industry while operating his store and traveling all over the state promoting the NJLSA mission to protect and defend our State’s off-premise licensees. Please join me in congratulating Sunny on his national recognition!


Hundreds of retailers and alcohol industry insiders from across our nation including several from the Garden State participated in the annual American Beverage Licenses (ABL) Conference. The big announcement: ABL, along with Wine & Spirit Wholesalers of America and the President’s Forum, formed an alliance across all three tiers of our industry to create the first bi-partisan “Congressional Hospitality Caucus,” which will provide a forum in which members of Congress can explore issues facing beverage alcohol retailers. The alliance is expected to expand with additional support from industry partners from all three tiers. Clearly, competitive issues ranging from private labels to license limit challenges are taking their toll on all three market tiers, and we have “all” finally found some common ground to share.

There is no doubt in my mind that if there was ever a time for retailers to come together in our industry’s retail sector—that time is now!

NJLBA: Picnic Wrap

Posted on | June 23, 2015   Bookmark and Share
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Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to the success of this years Wellhofer/Wilinski Scholarship Picnic which was held on June 24th at the Oak Tree Lodge in Wall Township. A great time was had by all.

Proceeds from the picnic are used to support future scholarships. Special thanks to our picnic sponsors:

We also want to thank Allied Beverage Group, R&R Marketing, Gallo Wine Sales of New Jersey, Opici Wine Group/American BD and High Grade Beverage for their generous contributions to the Scholarship fund  as well. 

The NJLBA Board of Directors would like to give a special thank you to everyone who volunteered their time to work at the picnic this year. Your support is greatly appreciated.  The picnic would not be the great success it is each year without the help of our volunteers, friends and family. 

The winners of the 2015 Wellhofer/Wilinski Scholarship are Aine Filler and John Walton Little. Aine Filler is the daughter of James Filler, a 30 year member of the NJLBA and owner of Dadz Bar and Grill in Lumberton, NJ. John Little is the son of NJLBA member John Walton Little III, owner of Little Brothers Beverage Outlet in Flemington, NJ. 

Sara Massa Visits New Jersey

Posted on | June 23, 2015   Bookmark and Share
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Sara Massa, brand manager and owner of Villa Massa Liqueur, was on hand to train off-premise licensees and their staff. She also conducted a seminar for the Allied Beverage Group management team regarding all facets of Villa Massa, including family history, lemon selection and production. 

Sara Massa of Villa Massa Liqueur












Left: Tom Rose, Allied Beverage Group; Bob Thomas, Deutsch Family W&S; Sara Massa; Howard Jegar, ABG; Justin Peckorsky, ABG. Right: Kevin Scanlon, ABG; Brett Madrack, ABG; Ryan Polt, ABG; and Justin Lotter, ABG

Vias Showcases World of Wines & Spirits at 32nd Annual Grand Tasting

Posted on | June 23, 2015   Bookmark and Share
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On May 11th, Vias Imports held their 32nd annual grand portfolio tasting at the Frank Gehry-designed IAC Building in Chelsea, Manhattan. A total of 95 producers from 25 Italian wine regions, six Italian spirits producers and several hand-selected wineries from France, Spain, Austria, Argentina and the U.S., gathered to showcase the best of Italy and the world’s small-batch wines and spirits. More than 700 guests, including members of the trade and wine media, attended the tasting throughout the day.

Deena Miskiel, Luca Bigerna and Giuseppe Capuano, all of Vias Imports










Guido Damilano, Damilano









Stefano Marangon, Bisol












Romina Togn, Gaierhof












Guido Damilano; Roberto Broglia, Broglia Winery; and Bruno Broglia, Broglia Winery










Line-up of Pelligrini wine



UJA Federation Honors Bryan Fry at 50th Anniversary Dinner

Posted on | June 23, 2015   Bookmark and Share
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If you do the same thing for a few years in a row, it becomes a tradition. But when you come together as a community for 50 years running, it becomes an institution. To mark the 50th anniversary of the UJA-Federation of New York’s Wine & Spirits Division dinner, industry leaders gathered on May 28th at the JW Marriott Essex House in Manhattan to honor Bryan Fry, President and CEO of Pernod Ricard USA. Accepting the Samuel Bronfman Memorial Award, Fry spoke about visiting the Educational Alliance, one of UJA-Federation’s beneficiary agencies, to see the work they do firsthand.

William Slone, Bryan Fry, Wayne Chaplin, Hy Hochberg









Bobby Harmelin, William Slone









Richard Leventhal, Charlie Merinoff, Ed Block












Peter Deutsch, Bryan Fry, William Deutsch












Joe Lehane, Hy Hochberg, Ken Austin









Lester Eber, Larry O’Rourke, Marc Taub, Matt Munn









Jody Slone-Spitalnik, William Slone, Hy Hochberg, Jason Glasser










Brad Vassar, Marty Crane, Garrett McGuinness, Wayne Chaplin










William Slone, Jeff Grindrod









Martin Silver









Jim Clerkin









Roy Danis, Jay Davis, Bryan Fry, Carmine Martignetti









Mel Dick, Bryan Fry, Larry Goodrich

Opici Family Distributing Kicks off Summer with a Spirited Beach Party

Posted on | June 23, 2015   Bookmark and Share
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Opici Family Distributing held a Night Beach Party on May 13th at Bar Anticipation in Belmar, showcasing Opici’s blossoming craft spirits portfolio and exciting cocktail program for the summer season. Attendees were treated to a putting green with single malt whiskeys from Distell Inc.; a tiki bar featuring Brinley Shipwreck Rums; a gin and tonic bar showcasing Opici’s craft gins; and cabana bottle-service and oyster shots hosted by VDKA 6100.

Mermaids, sailors, golfers and Southern belles add to the fun
of the event









Zach Brinley with Shipwreck Mermaids












Craft gin and tonic bar featuring craft gins from Uncle Val’s, Greenall’s, Bloom and Opihr

Allied Employees Run 5K Fun Run at Meadowlands

Posted on | June 23, 2015   Bookmark and Share
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Allied Beverage employees sneakered-up for the North Jersey 5K Corporate Fun Run at the Meadowlands Race Track in East Rutherford on May 28th. The post-race party took place at “The Backyard” in the outfield area, and was fully stocked with beer and barbecue. All proceeds from the race went to the Meadowlands YMCA.

BACK: Lou Healey, Boguslaw Gumowski, Eric Mandela, Melissa Antigua, Christopher Elling, Jamie Jotso, Alexander “Sandy” Primavera and Julie Saliter FRONT: Rosemary Elling, Bhavesh Patel, Lucelly Delgado, Luisa Felipe, Samira Moore, Ashley Simeone, Josephine Buckner and Donna Buoscio, all from Allied Beverage

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