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August 2017

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58  /  the tasting panel  /  august 2017 AWARDS WENTE FAMILY ESTATES RECOGNIZES EXCELLENCE WITH ITS FIRST ANNUAL RISE AWARDS ente Family Estates has launched the RISE Awards, which honor the sales success of Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits (SGWS) as it helps in the continual growth and recognition of Wente brands. "RISE is the acronym we use for our core values at Wente Family Estates: Respect, Integrity, Sustainability and Excellence," explains Executive VP and Chief Sales Officer Tyson Overton. "Our RISE Award, specific to SGWS, and in light of our decades-long relationship, recognizes those markets and teams, exemplifying our core values in a way that supports sustainable growth for our portfolio." The RISE Awards are planned as an annual event. The first winners were announced in April during planning meetings hosted by SGWS Region Presidents John Wittig, East; Mike McLaughlin, Central; and Patrick Daul, West. "Wente's core values are listed on the first page of every presentation and discussed in all meetings, which reinforces their commit- ment to living the values. It's wonderful to represent a family-owned winery with strong principles and a clear vision for their brands," says Heather Alper, Vice President, Supplier Management, for SGWS. "The Wente Family has been a loyal partner for over 30 years, and we are grateful for their continued support and trust in SGWS." A Celebration of East Region RISE Award Winner: Florida recognizing Gene Sullivan and team Team Florida has sustainably grown the Wente Family Estates portfolio for more than ten consecutive years, says Wente VP of Sales, Southeast, Bobby Goodman. "2016 was another banner year for the team, accomplishing double- digit growth on Wente Estate Grown and Single Vineyard wines, in addition to another solid performance for the total portfolio, including growth in both entwine and Murrieta's Well for the year." Front: Gene Sullivan, EVP and GM, Florida, SGWS; Bobby Goodman, VP of Sales, Southeast, Wente Family Estates. Back: Patrick Cassidy, VP and GM, South Florida, SGWS; Chris Cataldi, VP of Wine Sales, SGWS; Mark Halpern, President, Brittany Sales Company; Bob Baranski, Managing Partner, Brittany Sales Company and Walter Cowell, Vice President of Commercial Operations, Florida, SGWS. RISE Awards 2017 Regional Winners PHOTO: BENJAMIN RUSNAK by Izzy Watson

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