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June 2016

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12  /  the tasting panel  / june 2016 INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT Attention All Scotch Lovers! H ere's some fun news in Scotch whisky whiskers: Meet VisitScotland's new Ambassadog, a one-year-old Golden Retriever named George from Glasgow. George and his owners will now have the job of being an ambassador for Scotland on social media, attend- ing red carpet events and generally being in demand as a VID (or Very Important Dog). Be on the lookout for this adorable pup at all the major events in Scotland over the next year. Call for Entries T he New York World Wine & Spirits Competition will be held August 25–26, 2016. Wineries, spirits producers and importers may submit their products to this prestigious judging event by August 15. Medals awarded at the Competition (sibling competition to the San Francisco International Wine Competition and San Francisco World Spirits Competition) are valuable marketing tools for any wine or spirit brand. We look forward to seeing and evaluating your wines and spirits in this year's judging! Full information and entry forms can be found at —Anthony Dias Blue Competition Director A Tribute to Frederick Brand L ong time industry veteran Frederick Brand passed away last month. He was 53 years old and left behind his wife Marcelle and his son Jake. Below is a tribute by his colleagues and friends. Mensch: A decent, upright, mature and respon- sible person. Freddy Brand was all of those and more. Freddy's career spanned from working for Southern Wine & Spirits, Shaw Ross, Great Western Brokerage and, most recently, he grew Beluga Vodka to where it is today. A fixture in the California market, Freddy was loved by many, adored by more and admired by everybody. Suppliers, distributors, sales people, admin- istrative people, retailers and warehouse people, all loved Freddy Brand and his loss is being felt by hundreds. He spent his whole life living in the same area he grew up in, raising a beautiful family, and his love for Los Angeles, sports and the L.A. area teams in particular was legendary and incredibly loyal. He treated everyone with a smile and respect. Our hearts and prayers go out to all his family. Please consider donating to his family at We will miss you, Freddy Brand. APPOINTMENTS P recept Wine Chief Executive Officer Andrew Browne announced last month the promotion of Alex Evans to Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. Formerly Precept's Chief Marketing Officer, Evans will oversee all company marketing, strategic accounts, distributor personnel and retail business. She joins Kirk Brewer, Co-Chief Sales Officer, who laterally oversees pricing, logistics, ship- ping, budgeting, forecasting and business intelligence/analytics.

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