Warsteiner Holds ‘Perfect Pour Off’ in NYC

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Warsteiner celebrated bartenders and their beer pouring skills with their Perfect Pour Off on the rooftop of New York City’s citizenM Hotel on August 29th. The highlight of the evening was the pouring competition, during which the winners of the Warsteiner Perfect Pour social media challenge determined which bartenders creatively and technically poured the perfect ‘tulip’ glass of Warsteiner. The winning bartender, Harald Neuweg from Coral Gables, FL, will enjoy a trip to Berlin with a guest to tour the famed Warsteiner brewery. 

Harald Neuweg, winner of the Perfect Pour Off; Laura Sprengard, Warsteiner; Manny Busto Jr., Oak Beverages; and Rob Emmer, Warsteiner










Manny Busto Jr. and Harald Neuweg









Charles Perry, performer and emcee for the Perfect Pour Off

Cape Classics Celebrates MS Walker Partnership

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On August 19th, Cape Classics and M.S. Walker New York set sail on the NY Health and Racquet Club yacht to commemorate their partnership. The leading wine importer hosted a new vintage wine tasting of the South African and French labels within their portfolio, while enjoying Manhattan views at sea.

Patrick Geraghty, Dane Clark and Allison Lee, all M.S. Walker NY













Tim Jansen, Tom Ewing, Michael Allen, Jeff Allen, Rich Yannucci and Daniel Hubbard, all M.S. Walker NY













Molly Choi of Cape Classics

Tanqueray Bloomsbury Launches at Ai Fiori

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On August 24th Diageo and the Reserve division from Atlantic Wines & Spirits launched the new offering from Tanqueray: Bloomsbury Gin. The event was held at Ai Fiori at the Langham Hotel, where National Tanqueray Ambassador Rachel Ford educated and sampled the entire division.

Dan Paul, Atlantic Wines & Spirits; Stephan Collot, AWS; Robert Koechel, AWS; Ferrian Shapiro, AWS; Alex Tamborrino Sr., AWS; Brett Bodner, AWS; Rachel Ford, National Tanqueray Ambassador; Tom Maguire, AWS; Stefano Paganuzzi, AWS; Emily Pramer, AWS; Julie D’Ancona, AWS; Andres Lopez, AWS; Freddy Guitard, AWS; and Ray Bello, AWS













Rachel Ford

Atlantic W&S Kicks Off The NFL with Captain Morgan Cannon Blast

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On September 10th the Atlantic Wines & Spirits On-Premise team paired up with Captain Morgan to introduce the new offering, Captain Morgan Cannon Blast. The team celebrated opening night of the NFL season at The Main Event, where they educated the staff and sampled consumers who enjoyed the flavor balance of sweet and heat.

Roy Bamberger, Atlantic Wines & Spirits; Mike Konstantos, The Main Event; Gina Bavaro, The Main Event; Angelo Magliaro, AWS; Dave Schrader, AWS; Nicole Sheppard, AWS; Mike Penner, AWS; and Antonio Vagnone, AWS

French Montana Signs Bottles of Ciroc in the Bronx

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International recording artist French Montana, as part of the Cîroc Ultra-Premium Vodka Entertainment program, made a special appearance at Wine & Liquor Superstore in the Bronx on August 20th to sign bottles. For the Vodka Entertainment program, Cîroc partners with various entertainers, singers, DJ’s and influencers around the country.

Dan Moran, Atlantic Wines & Spirits; Truman Haskall, Wine & Liquor Superstore; Kevin Harrington, AWS; French Montana; Leslie Vazquez, AWS; Hector Diaz, AWS; Mike Arleo, AWS; and Greg Sherwood, AWS











French Montana signing bottles

Atlantic W&S and Diageo Celebrate New Innovation and Success

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On September 4th Atlantic Wines & Spirits’ off-premise wine division celebrated having won the National Diageo Golden Bar award for wines. The division enjoyed a BBQ lunch and tasted the new Diageo wines being introduced this year, including Woodwork Red Blend, Chateau La Paws Merlot and Cabernet; Honeyvine; and Cheese Board Cabernet and Chardonnay.

John Logan, Atlantic Wines & Spirits; Gary Farkash, AWS; Steve Hutchinson, AWS; Vincent Keegan, AWS; Matt Johnson, Diageo; Stewart Eisinberg, AWS; Scott Dein, AWS; Ann Marie Cooleen, AWS; Olivia Wong, AWS; Charles Weinschreider, AWS; Noami Freeman, AWS; Courtney Rodriguez, AWS; Dexter Freeburg, AWS; Cesar Recio, AWS; and Rory Blask, AWS

William Grant & Sons Celebrates Milagro Summer Program

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On August 30th, William Grant & Sons and the Empire Merchants Spirits division celebrated the robust distribution and volume growth of Milagro Tequila in Metro New York. The WG&S team thanked the Empire team with a tasting and lunch at the Saratoga racetrack. Great food, fancy hats and horse racing were enjoyed by all.

Patrick Driscoll, William Grant & Sons; Dana Driscoll, WG&S; Tammy Coluccini, Empire Merchants; Gary Coluccini, Empire Merchants; Marcela Flanagan, WG&S; John Montana, WG&S; Kristin Montana, WG&S; Brent Turlington, Empire Merchants; Lauren Holmes, Empire Merchants; Matt Forsaith, Empire Merchants; Lisa Forsaith, Empire Merchants; Jenny Heredia, Empire Merchants; Alex Heredia, Empire Merchants; and Andrew Tapia, Empire Merchants

John Devin Honored by Boys’ and Girls’ Towns of Italy

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On September 10th, Boys’ and Girls’ Towns of Italy held their annual Wine and Spirits International Dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. This year’s honoree was John Devin, President and CEO of Empire Merchants North. Event proceeds went toward BGTI’s goal to fund child care centers in Italy and reach a goal of creating a brighter future for at-risk youth across the globe.

John Devin, Empire Merchants; Steve Bellini, Sidney Frank Importing Co.; and E. Lloyd Sobel, Empire Merchants










Donna Buoscio, Allied Beverage Group; John Devin; and Carlos Ferrandiz, ABG













John Devin; Vincent Fyfe, UFCW Local 1D and 2D; and Jason Glasser, Beverage Media Group










Kevin Krapels, Fedway Associates; Neil Barnett, Fedway Associates; John Devin; and Rob Felton, Fedway Associates










Donald Kumm, Five Towns Wines & Liquors; and Kurt Roth, Southern Wine & Spirits










Garrett McGuinness, Southern Wine & Spirits; and Michael Correra, Metro Package Store Association










Guests enjoyed an Italian feast during the BGTI Wine and Spirits International Dinner

Star Industries & Empire Merchants Kick-Off Casaleo Wine in Astoria

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Empire Merchants celebrated the kick-off of Casaleo Wine as a part of their portfolio on August 28th in Astoria. The event started with an Italian lunch to complement the brand. Star Industries presented the three Casaleo varietal wines, Sangiovese, Montepulciano and Pinot Grigio, to the sales force.

Martin Silver, Laurie Silver, Phyllis Valenti, Jack LaSala, Tony Bonavita, Ronnie Mannelino and Vinny Muffoletto, all Empire Merchants

Belvedere Celebrates ‘Spectre’ Partnership at the Freedom Tower

Posted on | September 22, 2015   Bookmark and Share
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Belvedere Vodka hosted a private event at the One World Trade Center Observatory to celebrate its partnership with the highly anticipated 24th James Bond movie Spectre, due for release on November 6th, 2015. Belvedere previewed a global advertising campaign featuring Mexican actress Stephanie Sigman revealing the intricacies of the legendary martini cocktail, as well as the Belvedere 007 Spectre bottle and the Belvedere 007 Silver Saber.

Charles Gibb, President of Belvedere Vodka, holding the Belvedere 007 Spectre bottle













Stephanie Sigman, who will play the role of Estrella in the upcoming 007 movie













The Belvedere Spectre 007 Martini bar

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