Bacardi To Acquire Remainder of Patrón Tequila

Bacardi Limited, the largest privately held spirits company in the world, announced today a definitive agreement to acquire 100% ownership of Patrón Spirits International AG and its Patrón brand of tequila.

WSET Honors U.S. Graduates and Award Winners

More than 500 wine and spirits influencers and professionals from across the world gathered last Monday at the Guildhall in London to celebrate the annual Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) awards and graduation. Fifty-three graduates from the U.S. received a WSET diploma.

Three WSET candidates from the U.S. also received awards for outstanding results.

Report: Direct Wine Shipping Will Top $3 billion In Sales In 2018

Direct-to-consumer (DtC) sales from U.S. wineries are expected to reach $3 billion in 2018, according to a newly released report by ShipCompliant and Wines & Vines Analytics.

RNDC and Breakthru Beverage Announce Huge Industry Merger

Republic National Distributing Company and Breakthru Beverage Group—both members of the Forbes list of “America’s Largest Private Companies”—today announced the execution of a Letter of Intent to combine their assets and operations.

Breakthru and Allied Merge in New Jersey

Breakthru Beverage and Allied Beverage Group announced that they have signed an agreement to merge their wholesale beverage companies in New Jersey. The integrated company will operate under the name of Allied Beverage Group and continue to be the state’s leading distributor with annual revenues exceeding $1 billion.

Convivium Brands Brings Home Best-in-Show Riesling, 13 Other Medals at WSWA 2017

Convivium Brands LLC owner Steve Seltzer was walking by the display case at the rotunda in the JW Marriott in Grande Lakes, Orlando, Florida on a recent Wednesday night when one of his suppliers pointed to the case and said, "Isn't that one of your German wines?".  It was: the Tina Pfaffmann Riesling Feinherb, which won Double Gold and Best in Show: Riesling at the recent WSWA convention.  

Tina Pffamann's decorated wines

But even more of a surprise was the stack of manila envelopes awaiting the suppliers at their table that Thursday morning: a total of 9 silver medals, 3 gold, 1 double gold and 1 best in show.  

Medals were awarded by a distinguished panel of 18 tasting judges representing the buyer's, educators, suppliers and distributor's point of view.  The tasting was organized  by region, grape varietal, and appellation,   Each group of judges tasted a selection of the wines blind and voted on their rankings.  Highest-ranked wines were then tasted by the other groups, and all votes were gathered to determine the double-gold and Best In Show wines.

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