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On February 21st, 2023, Empire Distributors, Inc. of Georgia customers and trade members were invited to our annual Trade Tasting for the Savannah area! The 2023 Savannah Trade Tasting brought together many of Empire’s brands with retail & on-premise beverage buyers from across the Savannah, 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 Savannah, Georgia market.
About The Hess Collection Winery: Recognized as one of the premier family-owned and family-led companies in the world of wine, Hess stands committed to pushing boundaries and elevating standards to craft wines of distinctive character. Each of the family’s wine brands – The Hess Collection on Mount Veeder and the Lions Head Collection of Napa Valley—produce outstanding, highly acclaimed wines committed to sustainable farming and winemaking practices.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Hess Collection Iron Corral Cabernet Sauvignon, Hess Lions Head Collection-Lion Tamer Red Blend, Hess Lions Head Collection: Lion Tamer Cabernet Sauvignon, Hess Maverick Ranches Cabernet Sauvignon, Hess Shirtail Ranches Chardonnay, Hess Shirtail Ranches Pinot Noir and The Lioness Chardonnay.
About Lobos 1707: Backed by LeBron James and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lobos 1707 is an independent spirits producer that marries heritage and innovation. Their tequilas and mezcal are finished in PX wine barrels, following a 400 year legacy of tradition.
Products at Trade Tasting: Lobos 1707 Tequila Extra Anejo, Joven, Mezcal and Reposado.
About Purity Vodka: Purity Vodka & Gin aims to create spirits “crafted for the Connoisseurs.” Purity spirits are 100% organic, gluten-free and handcrafted in small batches in Southern Sweden.
Products at Trade Tasting: Purity Estate 17 Reserve Organic Vodka, Connoisseur 51 Reserve Vodka, Signature 34 Premium Vodka, Navy Strength Gin, Old Tom Gin and Vodka Spritz.
About Tequila Komos: Tequila Komos creates “luxury tequila, refined.” Each Komos expression uses a specially crafted Blanco as its base. Agave from the highlands and lowlands of Jalisco is roasted in traditional stone ovens, then marries with spring water after which the juice is then twice distilled in copper pot stills.
Products at Trade Tasting: Tequila Komos Anejo Cristalino, Extra Anejo and Reposado Rosa.
About Saltwater Woody: Saltwater Woody is a 100% American made rum, handcrafted in small batches and cut to proof with saltwater.
Products at Trade Tasting: Saltwater Woody Original, Grilled Pineapple, Real Grapefruit and Real Lemon.
About Delicato Family: Delicato Family Wines is one of the fastest growing wine companies in the U.S., and a family-owned winery with nearly a century of history of farming grapes in California and crafting superior quality wines. Anchored by a long-term focus, the Delicato Family has infused their culture of integrity, hard work and high standards into the fabric of the dynamic wine company they’ve built.
Products at Trade Tasting: Coppola Diamond Cabernet Sauvignon Paso, Pinot Noir Santa Barbara, Prosecco and Prosecco Rose, Sauvignon Blanc, Directors Cabernet Sauvignon and Directors Cut Cabernet Sauvignon AV.
About Spindrift Sparkling Water: Our philosophy is simple: taste is everything. To us, nothing tastes better than real squeezed fruit. So we go all-out to source the best-tasting real fruit, keep it delicious, and let it shine in everything we make.
Products at Trade Tasting: Spindrift Sparkling Water Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Raspberry Lime, Pineapple, Variety Pack Original Staycation and Variety Pack Paradise.
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, Bumbu Rum The Original Rum, Bumbu XO Rum
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, Rose, Luxe Rose
About McQueen and Violet Fog Gin: 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 Violet Fog Gin
About Villon: 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 False River: Distilled from sugarcane grown on the riverbanks of False River in Pointe Coupée, Louisiana, this small batch spiced rum is blended with a proprietary recipe of natural botanicals, with hints of orange and vanilla. The 88-proof rum is best enjoyed slowly…over ice or in a cocktail.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: False River Spiced Rum
About Oxbow Estate Rum: These fine sipping rums embody the essence of Louisiana sugarcane. Oxbow uses two incredibly rare and coveted ingredients: fresh-pressed cane juice and Grade A molasses. Unfiltered and distilled in small batches, Oxbow Estate Rum has no sweeteners or additives.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Oxbow Barrel Aged Louisiana Straight Rum, Oxbow Rhum Louisiane (unaged Agricole), Oxbow Small Batch Estate Rum
About Aquilini Wines: Aquilini is led by the belief that they “have yet to make our best bottle of wine.” Their wines are nurtured by hand and designed exclusively with Red Mountain, Washington fruit.
Product at Trade Tasting: Aquilini Cabernet Sauvignon
About Be Human: Be Human’s family of wines are sourced from the renowned Horse Heaven Hills and Columbia Valley AVA’s, creating what they call “wine for humanity—for our tapestry of voices and choices. With the recognition that what makes us different, makes us wonderful.”
Product at Trade Tasting: Be Human Red Blend
About Block Head: 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 at Trade Tasting: Block Head Flavored Whiskey
About Chasing Rain: These elegant wines reflect the ideal climate of Red Mountain, Washington, where scant rainfall is controlled by our winemakers to blend red wines that are vibrant and delicious.
Product at Trade Tasting: Chasing Rain Cabernet Sauvignon
About Roaming Dog: Roaming Dog Wines call themselves “the perfect companion” for weekend brunch, your next tailgater, or simply chilling after a long day. They are crafted exclusively with grapes from Washington’s panoramic Columbia Valley AVA, they’re easy going with just the right notes of fruit and oak.
Products at Trade Tasting: Roaming Dog Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Riesling.
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