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Recap: 2024 Savannah Trade Tasting

On February 29th, 2024, Empire Distributors, Inc. of Georgia customers and trade members were invited to our annual Trade Tasting for the Savannah area! The 2024 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.

Lobos 1707 Tequila & Mezcal

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.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Lobos 1707 Anejo Tequila, Extra Anejo, Joven, Reposado and Mezcal

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.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Atlanta Distillery American Dry Gin, Toasted Barrel Brandy, Atlanta Distillery Vodka, Atlanta Hard Cider Crisp Apple, Atlanta Hard Cider Granny Smith, Atlanta Hard Cider Peach and Tepache Pineapple Cider

Purity Vodka & Gin

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.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Purity Connoisseur 51 Reserve Vodka and Estate 17 Edition Vodka, Purity Mediterranean Citrus Spritz Vodka and Purity Signature 34 Edition Vodka, Purity Navy Strength Organic Gin, Nordic Gin and Purity Old Tom Organic Gin

Soul Premium Cachaca

About Soul Premium Cachaca: Soul Premium Cachaca has a history of making one of the finest artisan cachaca in the world. Using only the finest natural cane sugar from the heart of Brazil, Soul Premium Cachaca uses only the freshest natural cane with no additives or preservatives.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Soul Premium Cachaca

Levendi Winery

About Levendi Winery: Owned by the Gianulias family, Levendi Winery has a centuries long tradition of making wine in Greece – primarily Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. The name “Levendi” in Greek is a toast referring to a toast to “celebrate life” and wine’s memorable moments. 
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Levendi Cabernet Sauvignon Legacy Howell Mountain, Cabernet Sauvignon Sweetwater Napa Valley, Hillside Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay Estate Napa Valley

Tastings from Don Sebastiani & Sons

Flybird Cocktails

About Flybird: Flybird Cocktails are an authentic, premium Margarita experience crafted from 100% Mexican agave wine. This easy to sip, ready-to-drink, classic margarita cocktail is flavorful, bold, and kicks a serious punch, without any hassle.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Flybird Prickly Pear Margarita, Flybird Lime Margarita, Flybird Strawberry Margarita and Flybird Grapefruit Paloma

B Side Wines

About B Side: Founded in 2005 by the Sebastiani Family, fourth-generation Sonoma winemakers, B Side wines are crafted from California’s most treasured growing regions. B Side strives to make soulful wines that deliver true varietal character and expressive flavors.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: B Side Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir

Tastings from Copper Cane

Belle Glos Wines 

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 Balade, Belle Glos Chardonnay Glasir Holt Sta. Rita Hills, Belle Glos Las Alturas Pinot Noir, Belle Glos ODP Rose and Belle Glos Pinot Noir Taylor Lane

Elouan Wines

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

Quilt Wines

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 and Threadcount Red Blend

Tastings from Oak Ridge Winery

Maggio Wines

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 Estates Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay


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 and Pinot Noir

Tastings from Grain & Barrel Spirits

Dixie Vodka

About Dixie Vodka: Dixie Vodka, established in 2014, is on a mission: “to create an all-American premium craft vodka that represents the best of Southern flavor, craftsmanship, and hospitality.”
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Dixie Black Pepper Vodka, Citrus Vodka, Peach Vodka, Southern Vodka and Wildflower Honey Vodka

Elvis Tennessee Whiskey

About Elvis Tennessee Whiskey: Bottled in Elvis Presley’s home state of Tennessee, this whiskey brand features a photo of Presley on their labels with the hope of becoming “a highly sought-after collector’s item.”
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Elvis Midnight Snack Whiskey

Chicken Cock Whiskey Co.

About Chicken Cock Whiskey Co: Established in 1856 in Paris, Kentucky, a town tucked away in the heart of Bourbon County, the original Chicken Cock American Whiskey rose to popularity during the 19th century. Known as The Famous Old Brand, Chicken Cock Whiskey stays true to the rich 160-year-old brand identity while modernizing it just a touch.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Chicken Cock Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Kentucky Straight Rye, Chicken Cock Double Oak Whiskey and Chicken Cock Red Stave

Tequila Eterno Verano

About Tequila Eterno: A high-quality tequila made for adventurous souls, Eterno Verano tequila embodies the spirit of the classic surf film “The Endless Summer”. Handmade from a 100% Blue Agave blend, we age and harvest our plants perfectly, so they produce the smoothest tequila possible.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Eterno Verano Blanco and Reposado

Tastings from Constellation Brands


About Meiomi: California provides the perfect combination of earth and elements, contributing to each Meiomi wine, representing the best the Golden State has to offer. By combining California’s exemplary qualities into a single wine, Meiomi achieves unforgettable balance, complexity and richness of flavor. This approach of complementary blending achieves wines that are easy to love and hard to forget.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Meiomi Bright Lower Alcohol Pinot Noir, Meiomi Cabernet and Chardonnay, Meiomi Pinot Noir and Red Blend

Tastings from Oxbow Rum Distillery

False River 

About False River: In 1722, seasonal flooding cut off a sharp bend in the Mississippi River from its own meandering course. Left behind was a long, curved lake – the False River. This waterway serves as a reminder of the river’s mighty influence on the people of Pointe Coupée Parish, Louisiana.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: False River Barrel Aged Spiced Rum and False River Small Batch Spiced Rum

Oxbow Estate 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 Straight Rum, Rhum Louisiane and Oxbow Small Batch White Rum

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