Stateways March April 2011

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DA TELINE New Hampshire Announces Industry Award Winners T he New Hampshire Liquor Commission recently announced the recipients of its 2011 awards, given for industry leadership and outstanding profes- sional service. The winners are: New Product of the Year: Pinnacle Whipped Vodka (White Rock Distilleries) Individual Supplier Representative Service: Matthew Tabenken (Northern New England Market Manager, Moet Hennessey USA) Supplier Service Excellence: Pernod Ricard (For Absolut Vodka) Business Briefs Trinchero Family Estates was named U.S. importer/marketer for the Dona Paula Winery of Argentina and Carmen Winery of Chile, part of the Claro Group of Wineries….Seattle-based Precept Wines has acquired Canoe Ridge and Sagelands from Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines. The acquisi- tion also includes the Canoe Ridge estate vineyard located in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA (153 planted vinifera acres).…Palm Bay International was named exclusive U.S. agent for Voli light vodkas, low- calorie, fruit and fusion flavored vodkas from the Cognac region of France….Gemini Spirits & Wine has added the full line of Del Maguey Single Village Mezcals to their portfolio of spirits…. W.J. Deutsch & Sons has been named exclusive sales and marketing agent for three brands from the Vintage Wine Estate portfolio: Girard Winery, Sonoma Coast Vineyards and Windsor Sonoma Winery. The company also announced the appointment of Mike McGill as president, W. J. Deutsch Spirits Division… Liquidity, Inc., has announced that its superpremium Pinky Vodka brand is being managed in North America by Whyte & Mackay…. Suriya Parksuwan has been named CEO at Remy Cointreau USA. He had been managing director at Remy Cointreau South East Asia…. Mark Hubler was named president, Open States, and Greg Armstrong was named President, Control States and National Accounts, for the U.S. Spirits division of Diageo North America….Heineken USA appointed of Lesya Lysyj as the company’s new chief marketing officer….Mike Kenton was named CEO at Ascentia Wine Estates; he had been President & CEO at Artesa Winery and Aveniu Brands….Beam Global Spirits & Wine appointed Donard Gaynor as senior vice president, corporate development…. Russian 8 Standard Vodka has named Sumindi Peiris as vice president of marketing…. The Washington State winery Mercer Estates has appointed Chris Jones as national sales and marketing manager…. Fetzer Vineyards, a long-time supporter of environmental organizations and initiatives, is celebrating 25 years of pioneering earth-friendly winemaking practices by releasing a limited-edition Earth Day bottle, a 2010 Chardonnay, available beginning April 2011 for a SRP of $8.99. In addition, Fetzer is donating $10,000 to Leave No Trace, an organization dedicated to the responsible enjoyment and active stewardship of the outdoors….Multiple Grammy nominee and chart- topping country music star Dierks Bentley is head- lining the 2011 Jagermeister Country Tour kicking off March 17. The 30-city tour, the brand’s 20th, runs through mid-May and will feature special guest Josh Thompson and brand new A&M/Octone duo Miss Willie Brown. Each concert will also feature a local Jägermeister-sponsored country act…. After 50 years, Sky Ranch for Boys is slated to close. Sky Ranch for Boys has been helping troubled youth since the early 1960s, primarily on a campus and ranch owned by Sky Ranch Foundation on the South Dakota/Montana border. The Foundation has contributed more than $20 million through the years to help these at-risk kids. In a somewhat related development, The Board of Directors of WAABI (World Association of the Alcohol Beverage Industries, Inc.) has voted to dissolve the 67 year-old volunteer group, citing declining membership and corporate support. WAABI was perhaps best known for extensive charity work, especially on behalf of Sky Ranch for Boys, as well as for dozens of other good causes. WAABI’s final act of charity and support for industry priorities will be to donate the remaining funds in the national and chapter treasuries to Sky Ranch Foundation. StateWays   March/April 2011 The NHLC serves more than 9 million customers a year through its retail locations and at www.liquorand- The commission is headed by Chairman Joseph Mollica and Commissioners Mark Bodi and Earl Sweeney.

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