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On September 20th, 2022, Empire Distributors, Inc. of Georgia customers and trade members were invited to our annual Beverage Showcase for the Atlanta area! The 2022 Atlanta Beverage Showcase brought together many of Empire’s suppliers with retail & on-premise beverage buyers from across the Atlanta, GA area. Read on to get a recap at some of the suppliers & brands that attended the event and their featured items available in the Atlanta, Georgia market.
About Atlanta Hard Cider & Distillery: Atlanta Hard Cider & Distillery started with founders Mark & Liz Deno home brewing hard cider in their garage. After much research, Mark decided that he wanted to learn all about making cider. He headed west to Portland Oregon where he took Oregon State’s cider making course and learned the craft from some of the best cider master’s in the world! Fast forward 6 years later and here were are making cider and now distilling it for all to enjoy.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Atlanta Distillery American Dry Gin and Vodka, Charred Barrel Apple Brandy, Eau De Vie Apple Brandy, Toasted Barrel Brandy; Atlanta Hard Cider Crisp Apple, Honey Bee, Pomegranate, Ginger, Rosé and Tiki Haze.
About Kurvball BBQ Whiskey: Kurvball puts the barbecue behind the bar as the Original Barbecue Whiskey. Shoot it, mix it or drink the savory & sweet flavors right out of the bottle like BBQ sauce.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: KURVBALL The Original Barbecue Whiskey
About Locke & Co Distilling: Remarkably smooth and flavorful, their small-barrel, Aspen- Aged craft spirit helps create the warmth and personal connection of good times and great memories. Aged, bottled and blended by sixth-generation Coloradans, Locke + Co. Whiskey results from the secrets and traditions of moonshiners on a mission: to make a whiskey among the best in the West.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Aspen Age Rye and Single Barrel Aspen Aged Rye Whiskey.
About El Guapo: El Guapo Bitters, Syrups & Mixers are hand crafted in New Orleans, are all-natural and made with love. Southern authenticity at its finest.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: El Guapo Barrel Aged Vanilla Bitters, Bloody Mary Mixer, Chicory Pecan Bitters, Creole Orgeat, Cuban Bitters, Cucumber Lavender Bitters, Falernum Syrup, Fuego Bitters, Hurricane Mixer, Lemon Drop Mixer, Love Potion Bitters, Mojito Mixer, Polynesian Kiss Bitters, Rose Cordial, Salted Paloma Mixer, Spiced Cocoa Bitters, Sweet Potato Syrup and Tonic Syrup.
About Soul Premium Cachaca: Soul Premium Cachaca has a history of making one of the finest artisan cachaca in the world. Using only the finest natural cane sugar from the heart of Brazil. Soul Premium Cachaca uses only the freshest natural cane, and contains no additives or preservatives, and gluten free.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Soul Premium Cachaca
About Chappellet: Since its first vintage in 1968, Chappellet has consistently set the standard for mountain-grown wines of rare depth, longevity and elegance. Embracing the diversity of Pritchard Hill, Chappellet crafts wines that authentically express the complexity and character of their mountainous origins.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Chappellet “Grower’s Collection” Calesa Vineyard Chardonnay, Chappellet “Signature” Cabernet Sauvignon, Chappellet Cabernet Franc and Merlot
About Bellissima: Bellissima is a premium wine brand providing Prosecco DOC, Zero Sugar Sparkling Wines, and Zero Sugar Still Wines that pair with a balanced lifestyle.All Bellissima Wines are made with 100% organic grapes, certified vegan, and created in Italy. Developed with the help of supermodel, actress, and activist, Christie Brinkley.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Bellissima Prosecco DOC Brut, Zero Sugar Brut Sparkling Wine, Zero Sugar Cabernet Sauvignon Still Wine, Zero Sugar Chardonnay Still Wine, Zero Sugar Merlot Still Wine, Zero Sugar Pinot Grigio Still Wine, Zero Sugar Rosé Sparkling and Zero Sugar Rosé Still Wine.
About SimpleShots: SimpleShots strives to provide a better for you alcoholic beverage that emphasizes quality and transparency. Female founders, Dani and Makena, have combined organic juices, organic agave nectar, and premium spirits to create a modern shooter perfect for on-the-go drinking or at-home sipping.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Cran Lemon Vodka Shot and Ginger Lime Tequila Shot.
About Tenjaku: The Japanese characters for the skylark (hibari), the much-loved herald of spring in the East and West, and for this masterfully blended whisky. Like the clear, exquisite song of a small bird, it features an agreeably pure, mellow flavor. Carefully selected unprocessed whiskies and pure, natural spring water are expertly blended to create this distinctive whisky.
Products at Trade Tasting: Tenjaku Blended Whiskey, Pule Malt Whiskey, and Tenjaku Gin.
About Bumbu Rum: In Barbados, where Original Bumbu is made, rum isn’t just another spirit. It’s the original rum island, where rum was first created some 400 years ago. At Bumbu Rum Company rums are crafted from a blend of the finest sugarcane we can find, exceptionally balanced and smooth, without sacrificing the richness and complexity that makes our distilleries in Barbados and Panama the world’s best – even if we’re a little biased.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Bumbu Rum Crème, XO and Original.
About Luc Belaire: Luc Belaire is a family of sparkling wines from some of France’s finest winemaking regions. Established in 1898, sixth generation winemakers oversee production of each bottle of Luc Belaire, ensuring that the perfect balance is realized in each bottling, and creating the elegant, refreshing blend characteristic of our house.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Luc Belaire Bleu, Gold, Luxe, Rosé and Luxe Rosé.
About McQueen and the Violet Fog: McQueen and the Violet Fog is an extraordinary gin handcrafted in the hills of Jundiaí, Brazil, thousands of miles away from the traditional gin world. Twenty-one exotic botanicals used in the distillation process including many rarely found in gin like lemongrass, pomelo peel, orris root and jasmine flower.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: McQueen and the Violet Fog Gin.
About Villon Cognac: Crafted in the heart of beautiful southwestern France, Villon represents a revolution of France’s oldest and most renowned spirits. Villon is exquisitely blended with a touch of VSOP cognac, fine spirits distilled from French wheat and rich natural flavors. The result is something altogether extraordinary.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Villon VSOP Cognac.
About Lindquist Family: Lindquist Family Wines are made by master winemaker Bob Lindquist. Bob specializes in crafting balanced, elegant Rhone grape varietal wines and Chardonnay from the best cool climate vineyard sites on the Central Coast. The production is small and focused and produces wines with great finesse.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Lindquist Family 2020 GSM, Central Coast, Lindquist Family Wines 2020 Chardonnay, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Lindquist Family Wines 2020 Syrah, Central Coast
About Verdad Wine: Louisa Sawyer Lindquist has been producing small production, artisanal wines of great quality since 2000. She makes Spanish grape varietal wines from cool coastal vineyard sites and single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles, and has a special passion for making biodynamic wines. The wines have great structure, balance and pure flavors.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Verdad Wine Cellars 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles
About Don Fulano: Fruit of a family-owned company, Don Fulano Tequilas represents the legacy of five generations of AGAVEROS from the Highland region of Jalisco in Mexico.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Don Fulano Anejo Tequila, Blanco Tequila, Fuerte Tequila, Imperial Tequila, Reposado Tequila
About Faux Pas: A ready-to-drink canned cocktail made for keeping it real, Faux Pas is a crisp, clean line made with real vodka and real tequila. The products are all gluten-free and absent of any artificial flavors.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Faux Pas Lemon Mint, Spicy Margarita, Tequila Grapefruit Orange, Vodka Mule
About High Noon: Made with real vodka, real juice and sparkling water, these hard seltzers are only 100 calories with no sugar added.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: High Noon Lemon and Hard Seltzer Grapefruit, Hard Seltzer Peach, Hard Seltzer Black Cherry, Hard Seltzer Watermelon, Hard Seltzer Pineapple and High Noon Tailgate Variety Pack.
About Jura Whisky: Made by a tiny island community on the Isle of Jura, this island single malt whisky gives you a taste of Jura wherever you are in the world. The Jura Single Malt Whisky is a whisky that goes beyond baseline ingredients to honor the Island home and passion of a community in each and every bottle.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Jura 10 Year Old, Jura 12 Year Old, Jura 18 Year Old, Jura Seven Wood
About Pink Whitney: The Spittin’ Chiclets crew has taken over New Amsterdam Vodka to create a spirit inspired by Ryan Whitney’s favorite drink: a mix of award-winning New Amsterdam Vodka and refreshing pink lemonade. The result is an exceptionally smooth, great-tasting pink lemonade flavored vodka that’s “not a big deal.”
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Pink Whitney New Amsterdam Vodka
About The Dalmore: The Dalmore Distillery has been producing exceptional single malt whisky since 1839 and, for almost a century, was owned by the Clan Mackenzie. The clan’s defining influence on the distillery is still evident to this day, with the iconic royal stag’s antlers – taken from the Mackenzie family crest – adorning each and every bottle of The Dalmore.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: The Dalmore 12 Year Old, The Dalmore 12 Year Old Sherry Cask Select, The Dalmore 14 Year Old Pedro Ximenez, The Dalmore 15 Year Old, The Dalmore Cigar Malt Reserve, The Dalmore Port Wood Reserve
About Wildcard: Made with real vodka, these ready-to-drink canned cocktails from New Amsterdam offers three refreshing flavors.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Wildcard Hard Lemonade, Hard Punch and Hard Tea.
About Uncle Nearest: Uncle Nearest 1884 is the proud legacy of the Godfather of Tennessee Whiskey, Nearest Green. Each small batch comes from barrels chosen by our founders and each blend is curated by 5th generation Green descendant, Master Blender, Victoria Eady Butler. Victoria’s signature can be found on the back of every bottle of Uncle Nearest 1884 Small Batch Whiskey.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Uncle Nearest 1856 Premium Whiskey, Uncle Nearest 1884 Small Batch Whiskey
About Sorel: Born of the spice trade, versions of sorrel date back to the 1600s, when hibiscus flowers were first imported to the New World from West Africa and hibiscus- based beverages became a Caribbean tradition. Made with Moroccan hibiscus blended with Brazilian clove, Indonesian cassia, Nigerian ginger and Indonesian nutmeg, this bright red liqueur originally from Brooklyn is a modern twist on a timeless classic.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Sorel Hibiscus Liqueur
About 10,000 Hours: For 10,000 Hours, there are no shortcuts to making memorable wine. It requires focus, dedication and, some say, 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert at crafting this drinkable art form.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: 10,000 Hours Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
About Aquilini: Driven by passion and nurtured by family, Aquilini wines are inspired by Red Mountain. They are the product of old world craft and heartfelt passion to the art of making extraordinary wine.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Aquilini Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
About Be Human: Be Human wines are crafted for humanity to help us all get along and remind us of what’s important in life. Sourced from the renowned Horse Heaven Hills and Columbia Valley AVA’s, this family of luscious reds covers the spectrum from light, crisp and fruity to bold, rich and intensely aromatic.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Be Human Columbia Valley Red Blend
About Beautiful Drinks: A thoughtful and beautifully crafted collection of botanically inspired drinks, created to promote the importance and beauty of the natural world in nourishing our environment and our communities.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Beautiful Drinks Co. Sparkling Cucumber & Lemon Vodka Collins, Sparkling Grapefruit & Rosemary Gin & Tonic, Sparkling Lime & Ginger Margarita
About Block Head Whiskey: It’s a whiskey like no other. Combining delicious flavors of popcorn, rich peanut and sweet caramel, Block Head Whiskey provides a taste far from the usual.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Block Head Whiskey Caramel Popcorn Peanut
About Chasing Rain: Chasing Rain is a result of nature’s gift to wine. The Red Mountain AVA, where Chasing Rain grows their grapes, gets a mere 5 inches of rainfall annually, hence the name of the wine. With the scant amount of rainfall, the resulting wines are often highly structured and complex with intense notes of fruit.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Chasing Rain Red Mountain Merlot
About Roaming Dog: As best friends go, a good dog is tough to beat. Just like Blue, mascot of Roaming Dog Wines and official squirrel chaser of the vineyard. Roaming Dog Wines are the perfect companion, whether it’s a weekend brunch or simply chilling by the fire.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Roaming Dog Columbia Valley Chardonnay and Riesling.
About Bass Phillip: The wines of Bass Phillip are endowed with vibrant fruit and considerable delicacy, and evolve and develop dramatically with aeration in a swirling glass or decent decanting. They are never excessive in tannins or alcohol in their youth, and with age, they blossom gracefully to develop an intensity of flavour in the finish framed by strong minerality and natural acidity.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Bass Phillip Premium Pinot Noir
About Chateau Armens: Known primarily for its exceptional blended red wines, the Chateau Armens St Emilion Grand Cru is rich and ripe on the palate with a velvety smooth finish.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Chateau Armens St Emilion Grand Cru
About Vincent Girardin: Aged in oak, the Girardin Meursault les Vielles Vignes is full-bodied, powerful and rich with aromas of toasted almonds, ripe apples, white flowers and honey.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Girardin Meursault les Vielles Vignes
About J. de Villebois: J. de Villebois is a family winery owned by Joost and Miguela de Willebois. Over the last 15 years, Villebois has become one of the leading Sauvignon Blanc producers in the Loire Valley with a unique range of Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir wines cultivated in its own vineyards.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: J. de Villebois Pouilly Fume Sauvignon Blanc
About Kings of Prohibition: From the great era of the roaring twenties, prohibition gave rise to the infamous ‘Kings of Prohibition’. During this dry period myths were born and the stories of bootleggers; such as Al Capone, Bugsy Siegel became legends and set the path for wine distribution around the world.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Kings of Prohibition Red Blend
About La Vieille Ferme: La Vieille Ferme has been popular with wine lovers for over 40 years. Produced in a peaceful and sunny region of the Southern Rhône, each color is an expression of its terroir. It’s the ideal wine for an enjoyable moment with friends and is a faultless food pairing.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: La Vieille Ferme Rose
About Lievland Vineyards: Lievland, directly translated, means “love land” and there are few who come to this farm that aren’t charmed by its bucolic beauty. Twenty years ago, Lievland was considered one of South Africa’s top estates. José Conde and Tyrrel Myburgh, partners in MAN Family Wines, purchased the farm in late 2017 with the goal of resurrecting it to its former glory. Today the winery produces a range of three wines: Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chenin Blanc.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Lievland Cabernet Sauvignon
About Maison les Alexandrins: Maison les Alexandrins crafts Northern Rhône wines in a style that is both contemporary and timeless. Based on exceptional terroirs discovered by Alexandre Caso, specialist in the terroirs of the Northern Rhône Valley, these wines are best described as “revisited classics”.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Maison les Alexandrins Crozes Hermitage
About Marques de Caceres: In 1970, Enrique Forner founded Marqués de Cáceres Unión Vitivinícola S.A., a historic alliance of growers in the village of Cenicero in the Rioja Alta subregion of Rioja. The enterprising Forner family has been devoted to the wine trade for five generations. Their search for the best vine growers and vineyards in Rioja and the introduction of a Bordeaux concept revolutionized the production and business model of the region. They work with one single objective: producing the highest quality wines. Today this obsession continues to be the leitmotif of Cristina Forner, the fifth generation of this distinguished wine family.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Marques de Caceres Cava Brut and Rioja Reserva.
About Famille Perrin: As the leading organic wine grower of the Southern Rhône Valley, Famille Perrin occupies the regions best terroirs. Their values have given them a worldwide reputation for excellence: absolute respect for the soil, a commitment to manual methods and a deep belief that organic viticulture is the only way to express the true essence of the terroir.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Perrin Châteauneuf du Pape Les Sinards
About Tablas Creek: Tablas Creek is the realization of the combined efforts of two of the international wine community’s leading families: the Perrin family, proprietors of Château de Beaucastel, and the Haas family of Vineyard Brands. Equally owned and run by the two families, the partnership begun in 1987 remains today as ever, even as the next generation of Haases and Perrins have stepped into leadership roles over recent decades.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Rouge