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News Briefs for September 1, 2021

September 1, 2021

•Wilson Daniels Wholesale has appointed Melissa Shea and Hristo Zisovski as the company’s new management team for the New York City metro area. Shea joins Wilson Daniels from E.&J. Gallo where she worked as a senior luxury portfolio consultant in the region. Prior to that, Shea was beverage director for Tao Restaurant Group. Zisovski comes to this new role the Altamarea Group, where he was the company’s corporate beverage director. In addition to his corporate experience, Zisovski also worked as chef sommelier at Jean Georges. As the New York leads, Zisovski and Shea will manage the company’s sales team and working relationships with accounts throughout the region.

•Winebow has expanded its distribution footprint for Silverado Vineyards, now offering the Napa wines in New York. The expanded partnership will give Winebow distribution rights for Silverado’s single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons; single vineyard wines including Mt. George Merlot, Vineburg Chardonnay, and Miller Ranch Sauvignon Blanc; the winery’s Estate wines, and the Borreo single vineyard Sangiovese and single vineyard Rosa of Sangiovese. In addition to New York, Winebow handles Silverado’s wines in Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

•M.S. Walker has been given exclusive distribution rights to New Zealand wine brand Mt. Beautiful in New York and New Jersey. Previously, M.S. Walker distributed Mt. Beautiful in Massachusetts and Rhode Island alongside fellow New Zealand brand Amisfield. Produced in the country’s North Canterbury area, Mt. Beautiful wines carried by M.S. Walker include its flagship Sauvignon Blanc ($19 a bottle), Pinot Noir ($28), Chardonnay ($24), and Riesling ($23).

•Versailles, Kentucky-based Woodford Reserve is partnering with home retailer Williams Sonoma on a program of cocktail mixers and consumer experiences. Available now, the line of cocktail mixers features drinks including the Old Fashioned, Whiskey Sour, and Mint Julep. They can be purchased at Woodford Reserve locations and on the Williams Sonoma website for $19 a 16-ounce bottle. Additionally, the partnership includes multiple online cocktail classes led by Woodford assistant master distiller Elizabeth McCall, with additional products and experiences to be announced in the coming months and years.

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