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Recap: 2023 Atlanta Beverage Showcase

On September 20th, 2023, Empire Distributors, Inc. of Georgia customers and trade members were invited to our annual Beverage Showcase for the Atlanta area! The 2023 Atlanta Beverage Showcase brought together many of Empire’s brands 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.

Atlanta Hard Cider & Distillery

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.
Products at Trade Tasting: Atlanta Distillery American Dry Gin, Atlanta Distillery Toasted Barrel Brandy, Atlanta Distillery Vodka, Atlanta Hard Cider Pomegranate, Tepache Pineapple Cider

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.
Products at Trade Tasting: Hess Collection Chardonnay, Hess Collection Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon, Iron Corral Cabernet Sauvignon, Lion Tamer Cabernet Sauvignon, Maverick Ranches MVRK Cabernet Sauvignon, Panthera Chardonnay

Spindrift Spiked

About Spindrift Spiked: Spindrift’s story starts in 2010, when they created America’s first sparkling water made with real squeezed fruit – no fake stuff. Spindrift has created a spiked sparkling water made from an ultra-filtered cane sugar base and real squeezed fruit. Instead of artificial flavors, sweeteners, and additives, the only thing you’ll find in Spiked are real ingredients with nothing to hide; It’s the Spindrift fans already love, plus a bit of ABV.
Products at Trade Tasting: Spiked Blood Orange Tangerine, Spiked Strawberry Lemonade,  Spindrift Spiked Variety Paradise Pack, Spindrift Sparkling Water Pineapple, Spindrift Sparkling Water Raspberry Lime, Spindrift Spiked Variety Pack Original Staycation

Thirteenth Colony

About Thirteenth Colony: As the original Georgia distillery, Thirteenth Colony aims to make unique southern spirits that are affordable and delicious for our customers. We do this by sourcing local and regional materials whenever possible: everything from using corn from our own private farm and water from the oldest aquifer in the southeast. We strive to bring these amazing resources together to create a unique taste of the south in every bottle.
Products at Trade Tasting: 13th Colony Southern Bourbon, 13th Colony Southern Gin, 13th Colony Southern Rye Whiskey, 13th Colony Southern Vodka

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 Connoisseur 51 Reserve Vodka, Purity Estate 17 Edition Vodka, Purity Mediterranean Citrus Spritz Vodka, Purity Navy Strength Organic Gin, Purity Old Tom Organic Gin, Purity Signature 34 Edition Vodka

About Alexander Valley Vineyards: After purchasing the historic Cyrus Alexander homestead, Harry and Maggie Wetzel strived to create a thriving agricultural lifestyle on the property. Decades later, the fourth generation of their family is growing up amongst vineyards and next door to the working winery that is known around the world as “AVV”.
Products at Trade Tasting: Alexander Valley Vineyards Cabernet Reserve School House, Alexander Valley Vineyards Cyrus, Alexander Valley Vineyards Dry Rose of Sangiovese, Alexander Valley Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley Vineyards Estate Chardonnay, Alexander Valley Vineyards Estate Merlot, Alexander Valley Vineyards Homestead Red Blend, Alexander Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir, Alexander Valley Vineyards Zinfandel

About Hemingway Rum Co.: In conjunction with Ernest Hemingway’s estate, Hemingway Rum Co. LLC developed Papa’s Pilar super-premium rum, which was inspired by the author’s spirit of adventure, the company says. The name of the rum also represents Hemingway, with “Papa” referring to his nickname and “Pilar” referring to his fishing boat.
Products at Trade Tasting: Hemingway Rye Whiskey Signature Edition, Papa’s Pilar Blonde Rum, Papa’s Pilar Dark Rum, Papa’s Pilar Rye Finished Rum, Papa’s Pilar Sherry Finished Rum

About Belle Glos: Belle Glos showcases, under one label, the distinctive Pinot Noirs we produce from top growing areas in California. Each wine is crafted to distill the purest essence of the vineyard into elegant expressions of California Pinot Noir. Winemaker Joseph Wagner chose the name Belle Glos (pronounced BELL GLOSS) to honor his grandmother, Lorna Belle Glos Wagner, a co-founder of Caymus Vineyards.
Products at Trade Tasting: Belle Glos Dairyman, Belle Glos Las Alturas Pinot Noir, Belle Glos ODP Rose, Belle Glos Pinot Noir Taylor Lane

About Böen: Böen is an exploration in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, highlighting the unique attributes of California’s most sought-after winegrowing regions. BÖEN, with its ripe fruit flavors, bright acidity and hints of toasty oak, is the purest expression of Joe Wagner’s signature style.
Products at Trade Tasting: Boen Pinot Noir, Boen Russian River, Boen Tri-Appellation Chardonnay

About Elouan: Elouan is the result of California winemakers venturing up to Oregon, one of the world’s renowned Pinot Noir regions. The goal: to produce Pinot Noir with depth of flavor, vibrancy and suppleness. Elouan brings together fruit from three regions along Oregon’s coast: Willamette, Umpqua and Rogue Valleys, which harmonize beautifully when blended together.
Products at Trade Tasting: Elouan Chardonnay, Elouan Pinot Noir, Elouan Rose

About Quilt: Classic yet complex, romantic but not ostentatious, Quilt is Joe Wagner’s tribute to the character of Napa Valley and its rolling patchwork of vineyards. Each wine in the collection is crafted from vineyards hand-selected by Joe, a native of Napa Valley and fifth-generation winemaker.
Products at Trade Tasting: Quilt Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Quilt Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and Threadcount Red Blend

About Rosa Regale: Since the times of Cleopatra, this sparkling red wine made from Brachetto d’Acqui has been love at first sip.  Legend has it that both Julius Caesar and Marc Antony presented Cleopatra with several wine skins filled with Rosa Regale, Cleopatra’s favorite. The empress then had her lovers drink the wine in order to unleash their passion, and the rest is history.
Products at Trade Tasting: Rosa Regale Rose

About Castello Banfi: Castello Banfi is a family-owned vineyard estate and winery located in the Brunello region of Tuscany.  This award-winning estate was founded on the philosophy of blending tradition with innovation, and is recognized as a pioneer in elevating the standards of Italian winemaking.

Products at Trade Tasting: Banfi Aska Cab, Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino, Banfi Chardonnay Fontanelle, Banfi Chianti Classico, Banfi Chianti Riserva, Banfi Cum Laude, Banfi San Angelo Pinot Grigio Winemaker’s

About Rainstorm: Rainstorm Oregon Pinot is on a mission to bring all of Oregon’s vibrant character to life. Sourced from the Willamette Valley, Rainstorm produces balanced and approachable, yet complex Pinot Noir.
Products at Trade Tasting: Rainstorm Pinot Noir

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