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Recap: 2023 Knoxville Trade Tasting

On May 9th, 2023, Empire Distributors, Inc. of Tennessee customers and trade members were invited to our annual Trade Tasting for the Knoxville area! The 2023 Knoxville Trade Tasting brought together many of Empire’s brands with retail & on-premise beverage buyers from across the Knoxville, TN area. Read on to get a recap at some of the suppliers & brands that attended the event and their featured items available in the Knoxville, Tennessee market.

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 Stagecoach Vineyard Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon Sweetwater Atlas Peak, Chardonnay Estate Napa Valley, Rosé Of Pinot Noir Nicoletta Napa Valley

Woodinville Whiskey Co.


About Woodinville Whiskey Co.: The story of Woodinville doesn’t begin with a 100-year-old recipe or generations of family distillers. It begins with two best friends and a dream: a dream to  make the greatest craft whiskey in the world by bringing the time-honored traditions of bourbon production into a craft environment.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Woodinville 100% Rye Whiskey, Woodinville Port Finish Whiskey, Woodinville Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Faire La Fete

About Faire La Fete: Faire La Fête means to “throw a party” and we believe any reason is a good reason to celebrate. This French sparkler is made in the traditional way in Limoux, the birthplace of sparkling wine.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Faire La Fête, Crémant de Limoux Brut Méthode Traditionnelle, Faire La Fête, Crémant de Limoux Brut Rosé

Freshie Organic Tequila Seltzer (Coming Soon)


About Freshie Organic Tequila Seltzer: Freshie is a ready to drink tequila based seltzer made with organic, non GMO ingredients. The award-winning tequila seltzer is gluten free and sustainably farmed.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Freshie Organic Blood Orange Habanero Tequila Seltzer, Freshie Organic Grapefruit Guava Tequila Seltzer, Freshie Organic Lime Tequila Seltzer, Freshie, Variety Pack

New Riff

About New Riff: New Riff Spirits balances tradition with innovation to create a “new riff” on an old tradition.Inspired by the great Bourbon makers of the past and the wider tradition in Kentucky, New Riff crafts a range of whiskeys and a host of specialty recipes including the Kentucky Wild Gin.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: New Riff Bottled-in-Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, New Riff Bottled-in-Bond Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey, New Riff Bourbon Barrel Aged Gin, New Riff Kentucky Wild Gin, New Riff Single Barrel Bourbon, New Riff Single Barrel Rye, New Riff, Balboa Rye Whisky

Tastings from Hall Wines

Hall Wines

About Hall Wines: Since first working in her family’s Mendocino vineyards, Kathryn Hall dreamed of a place to showcase fine wines alongside expressive art and masterful architecture. Now, Kathryn and Craig Hall are creating an unrivalled destination in the Napa Valley – where winemaking excellence and innovation meets contemporary design to celebrate life and inspire the senses.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Hall Wines, Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Walt Wines

About Walt Wines: WALT Wines produces award-winning single vineyard and appellation Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the most prestigious vineyards spanning the pacific coast.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Walt Wines, Pinot Noir La Brisa Sonoma Coast

Tastings from Sovereign Brands

Bumbu Rum

About Bumbu Rum: In Barbados, where Original Bumbu is made, rum isn’t just another spirit. It’s the original rum island, where rum was first created some 400 years ago. At Bumbu Rum Company rums are crafted from a blend of the finest sugarcane we can find, exceptionally balanced and smooth, without sacrificing the richness and complexity that makes our distilleries in Barbados and Panama the world’s best – even if we’re a little biased.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Bumbu Rum Crème, Bumbu Original Rum and Bumbu XO Rum.

McQueen and Violet Fog Gin

About McQueen and Violet Fog Gin: McQueen and the Violet Fog is an extraordinary gin handcrafted in the hills of Jundiaí, Brazil, thousands of miles away from the traditional gin world. Twenty-one exotic botanicals used in the distillation process including many rarely found in gin like lemongrass, pomelo peel, orris root and jasmine flower.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: McQueen and Violet Fog Gin, Ultraviolet Hibiscus Berry

The Deacon Scotch (Coming Soon) 

About The Deacon Scotch: The Deacon blend is a masterful blend of both smoky Speyside and peaty Islay malt whiskies, making it a complex, rich, and smoky dram.
Product(s) at Trade Tasting: Deacon Scotch Whisky

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