Broker of the Year

Stacy Gabel, vice president of RNDC-Ohio, is surrounded by (l-r) Brown-Forman's Marc Satterthwaite and Alan Wise, Joe Gigliotti of RNDC, and B-F's Mike Pyser and Johnny Manuel as she accepts Brown-Forman’s Broker of the Year award, which includes a $5,000 check for the Ohio company to donate to the charity of its choice.

RNDC-Ohio Named B-F Broker Of Year

Published: 06/16/2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — An Ohio spirits broker was named Brown-Forman Broker of the Year last month during the company’s 19th annual awards dinner.

Republic National Distributing Company of Ohio was named the Broker of the Year Heavyweight Winner for fiscal year 2015, while Horizon Beverage of Maine was awarded Middleweight Winner. Both distributors were recognized at the annual Broker of the Year awards dinner prior to attending the annual NABCA conference in Phoenix.

Vinoklet's 'Brother Joe' Is Ohio's Top Wine

Published: 06/16/2015

REYNOLDSBURG — A Cincinnati winery provided the top wine in the recently completed 2015 Ohio Wine Competition.

Vinoklet Winery was awarded the competition’s overall Best of Show for its 2013 “Brother Joe” Cabernet Sauvignon/Chambourcin Blend.

22 Premises Cited In Gambling Sting

Published: 06/16/2015

COLUMBUS — Agents from the Ohio Investigative Unit last month issued more than 500 citations to 22 liquor permit premises in three counties as part of a multistate investigation into illegal gambling operations.

Drizly, WSWA Form Strategic Alliance

Published: 06/16/2015

BOSTON (PRNewswire-USNewswire) — A technology company and an affiliate of the nation’s largest wine and spirits wholesaler association have formed a strategic alliance to accelerate the adoption of technologies enabling on-demand delivery within the three-tier U.S. beverage-alcohol industry.

House OK's 'Sip And Stroll' Bill

Published: 06/16/2015

COLUMBUS — The Ohio House of Representatives last month approved legislation that would allow individuals to possess beer or intoxicating liquor on the premises of a publicly-owned market without violating the state’s open container law if the alcohol was purchased from an on-site permit holder.

House Bill 37 passed the House 92-3 on May 27.

California Wine Sales Grow Up In 2014

Published: 06/16/2015

SAN FRANCISCO - California wine shipments in the U.S. increased in both volume and value in 2014, according to the Wine Institute.

Wine shipments reached 225 million cases in 2014, up 4.4 percent from the previous year, with an estimated retail value of $24.6 billion, up 6.7 percent. California wine sales to all markets, both domestic and international, increased 3.7 percent by volume to 269 million cases in 2014.

U.S. Tables Wines Top Imports In Canada

Published: 06/16/2015

BURLINGTON, Ontario — For the first time last year, U.S. table wine reached a record 6.1 million cases and $1 billion in retail sales in Canada, surpassing Italy and France for the top spot among wine imports.

Over the past five years, U.S. wine sales in Canada have grown at a rate of 78 percent versus the overall wine market, which grew at 16 percent, according to the Canadian Vintners Association Monthly Reports. Of the top seven import sources, wine from the U.S. is the fastest growing category nationally, outpacing Italy, France, Australia, Chile, Argentina and Spain.