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On January 18th, 2024, Empire Distributors, Inc. of Georgia customers and trade members were invited to our annual New Items Trade Tasting for the Atlanta area! The 2024 Atlanta New Items Trade Tasting brought together many of Empire’s newest 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 or coming soon to the Atlanta, Georgia market.
About Filthy Foods: Filthy Foods presents the only line of truly premium drink garnishes made specifically to be served with alcohol. For decades, oily, salty, salad olives have been re-purposed to garnish premium drinks. Filthy provides a delicious, balanced and memorable alternative that complements premium alcohol by not masking the subtle flavors of the cocktail, while adding to the overall drinking experience.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Filthy Black Cherry, Filthy Bloody Mary Mix, Filthy Blue Cheese, Filthy Black Cherry, Filthy Pickle, Filthy Pepper, Filthy Pimento, Filthy Margarita, Filthy Pitted Olive, Filthy Red Cherry
About Company Distilling: Established in 2020, Company Distilling makes straight bourbon whiskey that’s fully matured in oak barrels and finished with maple wood to produce a sip like no other. Company is on a mission to make spirits made for sharing, “meticulously crafted for the best of friends.”
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Company Distilling Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Company Distilling Straight Rye Whiskey, Company Distilling Straight Tennessee Whiskey, Ghost Rail Tennessee Dry Gin
About Lunazul: Hand-harvested and estate-bottled in the heart of agave country in Tequila, Mexico, Lunazul is backed by over 250 years of tradition for unparalleled smoothness, taste, and quality.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Lunazul Cristalino, Lunazul Humoso
About Empress Gin: Explore a new aesthetic of extra-sensory, extra-sensational spirits. Empress 1908 Gin is the perfect combination of exquisite taste, delicate aroma, soft texture, and remarkable presentation that provides the perfect base for cocktail innovation and enjoyment.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Empress 1908 Original Indigo Gin, Empress Elderflower Rose Gin
About Cultor: Celebrating the flavors and traditions of Latin America, Cultor is a premium ready-to-drink tequila cocktail. It is the first authentic bar made tequila cocktail, crafted by award winning mixologist and tequila expert, Shauna O’Neil.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Cultor Coco, Cultor Flora, Cultor Passion, Cultor Soul, Cultor Combo
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.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Spindrift Spiked Blood Orange Tangerine, Spiked Strawberry Lemonade, Spiked Variety Paradise Pack, Spiked Variety Pack Original Staycation, Pineapple Sparkling Water, Raspberry Lime Sparkling Water
About Bespoken Spirits: In an industry steeped in tradition, Bespoken is different from anything you’ve seen or tasted thanks to a refined yet creative approach; one that aligns purpose with passion. What we call Tailored Wood Finishing allows a hand-selected cultivar of bespoke flavors to erupt within each bottle, all while using less wood, water, and energy than any whiskey ever before.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Bespoken Bourbon, Bespoken Hell House, Bespoken Rye, Bespoken Spirits American Whiskey, Bespoken Uncle Chicken Bourbon
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.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Belle Glos Chardonnay Glasir Holt Sta. Rita Hills, 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.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Boen Russian River Pinot Noir
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.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Elouan Pinot Noir
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.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Quilt Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Threadcount Red Blend
About Maggio: After five generations the Maggio family proudly puts its name on bottles that reflect their long and uncompromising commitments to sustainable agriculture and winemaking excellence.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Maggio Family Vineyards Rose
About Old Soul: It’s a generational story. The seasons change and the swing sways, yet the oak tree remains. Growing ever taller, the roots deeper; it is the steward of the land, an old soul gently guiding the next generation, sharing its stories, experiences, and history.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Old Soul Sauvignon Blanc
About Blazon: Blazon stores, ages and transfers their wine in oak barrels to impart flavors from the wood and to improve the body and structure of the wine. This event also adds to the beauty and color of a wine-stained belt around the barrel and adds to the overall aesthetic of a nurtured and exceptional wine.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Blazon Cabernet Sauvignon, Blazon Chardonnay, Blazon Merlot, Blazon Pinot Noir