Olivia Travel Unveils “Scholartrip Program” For LBTQ University Students

Olivia Travel announced its Scholartrip program at the Aqua Foundation for Women Emerging Leaders Conference in University Park, Florida. Olivia Travel is the leading provider of cruise, resort, adventure and luxury vacations for the lesbian community and the only travel company that charters entire ships and resorts exclusively for its clientele.

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The Scholartrip program is designed to inspire, motivate, and empower the next generation of LBTQ leaders. The mission of the Aqua Foundation for Women is to serve and support the lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community in South Florida through grants, scholarships, and initiatives. The Foundation’s awards grants to local organizations addressing LBT interests, including equality, wellness, leadership, transgender issues and homelessness as it relates to LGBTQ youth. The Foundation is also dedicated to supporting secondary education, mentoring programs, cultural enrichment, leadership growth, community service, and civic interests. (Visit AFW online at www.aquafoundation.org)

Olivia’s Scholartrip program is open to students attending a U.S.-based four-year college or university. To qualify, they must identify as LBTQ and show an interest in and/or knowledge of the LBTQ community today. To apply go to www.olivia.com/scholartrip

Applicants will be asked to write a 750-word essay on defining the challenges and opportunities for a business or organization serving today’s lesbian community. The winning student will travel aboard Olivia’s Majestic Alaska Cruise in June 2017 and will benefit from mentorship opportunities as well as support for the publication of a relevant article in Curve, the nation’s best-selling lesbian magazine.

The application process will be open September 10th through November 20th, 2017. The winner will be chosen by a panel of judges, based on the quality of their essays and will be announced the first week of January 2017.

Judy Dlugacz, Founder and President of Olivia, long recognized as an advocate and builder of the LGBTQ community, has received many honors and recognitions for her work throughout the years. She states, “We’re thrilled to offer this hands-on learning experience with luminaries who’ve made a difference in our community and look forward to the valuable insights and contributions of tomorrow’s leaders.

I am very excited to partner with Olivia on this outstanding opportunity that can help bring the lesbian community together through this leadership opportunity,” says Silke Bader, Curve publisher, a lesbian business owner and leader for 25 years.

Editor- in- Chief Merryn Johns says she enthusiastically anticipates judging the entries, “It’s very important to hear from our newest leading lesbian voices so that we can enrich our community and steer it forward in these rapidly changing times.olivia-travel-logo

Since 1990, Olivia Travel has welcomed over a quarter of a million guests on specially planned getaways. While Olivia was originally established as a lesbian travel company for self-identified women, over the years they’ve seen a great diversity in the ways guests experience and express their sexual and gender identity, always feeling free to be themselves on their trips. If you like being around like-minded individuals, and enjoy and respect being in a space for self-identified women and lesbians, you’re welcome to join Olivia on any trip. Visit www.olivia.com for more information.

Curve is America’s best-selling magazine for lesbians, bisexual and queer women. With six issues per year in hard copy, an interactive edition for tablets, and a thriving website and social media presence, Curve spotlights all that is fresh, funny, exciting, controversial and cutting edge in our community. The magazine brings you the latest in lesbian-related celebrity interviews, news, politics, pop culture, style, travel, social issues and entertainment but it also tackles the hot topics, like the mainstreaming of lesbian identity, quality of life for older lesbians, the gender-queer and gender neutral revolution, the loss of lesbian spaces and events, lesbian health issues such as breast cancer, and the challenges facing queer youth. Plus, Curve profiles women who are making a difference, whether they’re famous like Ellen DeGeneres or “ordinary” women doing extraordinary things, every day, all across the country. Curve is a lesbian space that welcomes all. Read the latest issue at www.curvemag.com

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New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017 Shows Report: Betsey Johnson xox Trolls

Betsey Johnson Debuts her Latest Collection of Designs in Collaboration with DreamWorks Animation’s TROLLS

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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 07: Designer Betsey Johnson executing her signature Post-show split at the runway as Macy’s Presents Fashion’s Front Row kicks-off New York Fashion Week at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on September 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Macy’s)

Betsey Johnson xox Trolls was exclusively unveiled September 7th at the Theater Madison Square Garden at Macy’s Presents Fashion’s Front Row celebration during New York Fashion Week, featuring the must-have (See-Now, Buy-Now) Fall 2016 looks and with performances by Ariana Grande and Flo Rida.

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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 07: Models walk the runway wearing Betsey Johnson as Macy’s Presents Fashion’s Front Row kicks-off New York Fashion Week at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on September 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Macy’s)

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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 07: Models walk the runway wearing Betsey Johnson as Macy’s Presents Fashion’s Front Row kicks-off New York Fashion Week at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on September 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Macy’s)

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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 07: Models walk the runway wearing Betsey Johnson as Macy’s Presents Fashion’s Front Row kicks-off New York Fashion Week at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on September 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Macy’s)

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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 07: Models walk the runway wearing Betsey Johnson as Macy’s Presents Fashion’s Front Row kicks-off New York Fashion Week at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on September 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Macy’s)

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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 07: Models walk the runway wearing Betsey Johnson as Macy’s Presents Fashion’s Front Row kicks-off New York Fashion Week at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on September 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Macy’s)

The Betsey Johnson xox Trolls collection features quirky and eclectic pieces that are the perfect fusion of fashion and fun and includes a range of standout accessories, from pens and rings to handbags and hats. The collection will be available exclusively on Macys.com starting September 15th and at select Macy’s stores from and retails between $16 and $140.

Macy's Presents Fashion's Front Row - Show

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 07: Models walk the runway wearing Betsey Johnson as Macy’s Presents Fashion’s Front Row kicks-off New York Fashion Week at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on September 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Macy’s)

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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 07: Models walk the runway wearing Betsey Johnson as Macy’s Presents Fashion’s Front Row kicks-off New York Fashion Week at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on September 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Macy’s)

Wine Enthusiast Magazine Announces 2016 Wine Star Award Nominees

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Last year’s Wine Star winners gathered on the ballroom stage of the New York Public Library to celebrate their awards. / Photo by Scott Rudd (© 2015 Scott Rudd http://www.scottruddevents.com scott.rudd@gmail.com @scottruddevents)

Each year, Wine Enthusiast honors the individuals and companies that made outstanding achievements over the past year in the wine and beverage world. Below are the nominees in 15 categories for the 2016 Wine Star Awards. The winners will be announced in the Wine Enthusiast’s special “Best of Year” issue, and they will be honored at a black-tie gala in Miami on Monday, January 30, 2017, for the first time in the event’s history at Nobu Eden Roc.wine-enthusiast-magazine-logo-2

Person of the Year

Jim Bernau

After he founded Willamette Valley Vineyards in 1983, Bernau built the formerly little-known region into a contending wine-tourism destination. His vision was to take the winery’s ownership public. Today, it’s run by 7,000 owners and investors. Bernau’s reach continues: this year, he broke ground on Pambrun vineyard and winery in Walla Walla, Washington.

Joseph Carr

Carr, a sommelier who became an executive and winemaker, launched Josh Cellars Winery to honor his late father, Josh. His creativity has been integral in leading this fast-growing brand of California wines known for affordability and high quality. Carr also supports causes that Josh, a firefighter, would appreciate. He donates $1 of every bottle sold to the Gary Sinise Foundation, which honors and aids American first responders, veterans and their families.

Wayne Chaplin

President and CEO of Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Chaplin led his team to forge a historic and influential merger of the No. 1 and No. 4 largest distributors in America this year: Southern and Glazer’s. Creating the first national footprint for a distribution network with the newly formed “Southern Glazer’s,” the company’s reach encompasses 45 states, the Virgin Islands and Canada. Southern also recently signed an agreement to distribute in Cuba.

Stephanie Gallo

Gallo, vice president of marketing for E. & J. Gallo Winery (and granddaughter of co-founder Ernest Gallo), has taken an impactful lead with Gallo Family Wines andBarefoot and has increasingly become the modern face of the brand. She has masterfully advanced Barefoot into the largest bottled wine brand in the world, and she’s launched brands that include Naked GrapeVin Vault and Dark Horse.

Frederic Helfrich

A sixth-generation descendant of Helfrich Winery in Alsace, Frederic (along with his sister, Anne-Laure) now runs this historic business. In addition to producing an award-winning Grand Cru, Helfrich created Noble, a line of four wines (Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Blanc and Cremant d’Alsace) that retails at approximately $15 per bottle. Helfrich has been at the forefront of promoting Alsace as a competitive producer of available and accessible wines.

European Winery of the Year

Gonzalez Byass

Founded in 1835 as a Sherry bodega, this influential champion of quality Spanish wines is still family owned. In addition to its lauded signature Tio Pepe Fino Sherry, the company has incorporated wineries from all over Spain and offers dry and sweet amontillados, 
olorosos and rare old soleras that are a minimum of 30 years old and only available in small quantities.

Paul Jaboulet Aîné

In 1834, a full century before the introduction of the A.O.C. system, founder Antoine Jaboulet began to transform Northern Rhône into one of the world’s most important winegrowing terroirs. Since that time, Paul Jaboulet Aîné has put the once-quiet region on the map with the iconic Hermitage “La Chapelle.” The Frey family, best known for its work in Bordeaux, purchased the business 10 years ago and has grown the brand tremendously.

R & A Pfaffl

With its simple, succinctly labeled, affordable and widely distributed brands, this family-owned winery has been integral in making the once unknown Austrian wine category a force in the American market and beyond. Playful marketing—a Grüner Veltliner is called “Austrian Pepper,” a Zweigelt is dubbed “Austrian Cherry”—and consistently high-scoring value wines pack a winning punch.

San Felice

Set in a restored, centuries-old Tuscan village, San Felice is synonymous with excellent, well-priced Chianti Classico, CC Riserva and Gran Selezione. The San Felice Vitiarium experimental vineyard collects valuable genetic data about Tuscan grapes, pushing future innovation for the larger category of Italian wine.

Schloss Johannisberg

Known as the world’s first Riesling estate and a birthplace of late-harvest wine, this German winery has a 1,000-year history in the Rheingau. Today, the winery continues its legacy with some of the best Riesling bottlings in the world, modernizing its winemaking approaches while keeping a consistently excellent quality and style in its products.

American Winery of the Year

Bonterra

Based in Mendocino, California, Bonterra is the nation’s leading organic wine producer and at the forefront of organic farming in the U.S. for 20 years. Recently announced as the official wine of the Farm Aid benefit concert and charity, Bonterra uses just one-third the sulfur of conventional wines. It also employs biodynamic practices like planting cover crops and using sheep to “mow” the grass in the vineyards.

King Estate

This Oregon winery is the largest Pinot Gris producer in the country, and it also makes a wide range of excellent Pinot Noir and the value brand, Acrobat. King Estate was instrumental this year in expanding the Willamette Valley AVA, and recently announced its intention to be certified biodynamic.

Navarro Vineyards and Winery

In Anderson Valley, California, this producer makes consistently excellent Gewürztraminer and Pinot Noir, and  led the way growing the latter in the region. Most of its business comes from direct sales to consumers. The family has also opened a waste-free, sustainable dairy farm to complement its wine operations.

San Antonio Winery

Founded in 1917 by an immigrant from Lombardy, Italy, this urban Los Angeles winery will celebrate its 100th birthday in 2017. In addition to its creative approach to marketing, San Antonio brings a wide range of wines to consumers via a wine shop, restaurant, and banquet hall. Its original vineyards were located in Los Angeles, but the winery now sources grapes from Monterey, Napa and other California growing areas.

Wayfarer Vineyard

California wine pioneer Jayson Pahlmeyer first planted grapevines at this property in Sonoma’s Fort Ross-Seaview AVA in 2002. Under the stewardship of his daughter, Cleo, the vineyard has taken advantage of the coastal region’s ideal conditions to produce top-notch Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. The Pahlmeyers’ commitment to the vineyard and the regional brand has put the wine and AVA on the global map.

New World Winery of the Year

Alta Vista

Founded in 1997 and owned by the d’Aulan family, the former owners of the Piper-Heidsieck Champagne house, this Argentinean winery focuses on high-altitude, terroir-driven Malbec and Torrontes. Alta Vista was also the first winery to produce single-vineyard Malbecs in the country. Widely respected as one of the iconic quality wines of Argentina, it farms vineyards in Lujan de Cuyo and Valle de Uco, considered the best winegrowing areas within Mendoza and Cafayate.

Chambers Rosewood Vineyards

Founded by William Chambers in 1858, the family has been making wine at Rosewood for more than six generations. The only Australian producer of two 100-point wines, this winery also makes a uniquely Australian wine style for which it has gained international critical accolades: Rutherglen-fortified Muscat. The winery demonstrates consistency and quality from decade to decade.

Kim Crawford

Since its launch in 1996, the winery has been a standard bearer for the New Zealand wine community, offering flavorful, fruit-forward bottlings with broad appeal. Now owned by Constellation Brands, it has grown to be the top-selling brand of New Zealand wine in the U.S. Adding to its hallmark Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc brand, the winery has also innovated with its Small Parcel range of higher-tier wines.

Mission Hill Family Estate

Owned by Anthony Von Mandl (who also owns Mike’s Hard Lemonade), Mission Hill is the acknowledged leader in Canadian Okanagan viticulture. Von Mandl has made Mission Hill a destination winery, with fine art, outdoor theater, fine dining and concerts.

Undurraga

Established in 1885, this is one of the largest producers in Chile, based outside of Santiago in the Maípo Valley. Lauded as one of the great old names of Chilean wine, it’s kept a modern approach with young, internationally trained winemaking talent and an emphasis on terroir-driven quality.

Wine Region of the Year

Champagne

Sales hit record highs this year, and the U.S. has become the largest export market for Champagne. With its UNESCO world heritage designation last year, Champagne has evolved effectively and competitively to cement its position as the finest sparkling wine in the world. It continues to demonstrate exquisite quality, growing its reach without losing its identity.

Crete

One of the world’s oldest wine regions, dating back about 3,500 years, this Greek island has recently begun to gain international acclaim for its quality and affordable pricing. A Phylloxera outbreak followed by very limiting laws about which grapes could be planted held the region back, but it has solidly hit its stride with unique island wines and a burgeoning wine-tourism industry.

Provence

With rosé becoming ever more popular, all eyes are on Provence. For 11 consecutive years, exports of rosé wines to the U.S. have grown at double-digit rates. What makes Provence rosé the gold standard? Heritage, place and production standards.

Sonoma County

The California region’s wine industry continues to grow, with auction sales breaking records at every turn. Tourism to the area received a boost this year as the region’s winegrowers, vintners and tourism groups were an official partner of Super Bowl 50, hosted in Santa Clara. A new Community Connection Initiative will help quality remain high.

Willamette Valley

In the 50 years since the first Pinot Noir vines were planted here, Willamette Valley has blazed ahead as a world-class region, encompassing six sub-AVAs, hundreds of wineries, and an outstanding range of wines besides Pinot Noir. Big name wineries from France (Jadot), California (Jackson Family) and Washington (Precept) are moving into the region, and the tourism experience continues to evolve.

Winery Executive/Innovator of the Year

Susana Balbo

The first female oenologist in Argentina when she began her career in 1981, Balbopioneered the Torrontes variety in Salta and continues to innovate in her Mendoza winemaking. She experiments with fermentation methods and vessels, as well as with regional terroir. Her consistent success and commitment to high standards lead to her election as president of the Wines of Argentina international trade organization.

Alejandro Bulgheroni

The energy magnate planted his first vines in his native Argentina in 2007. Since then, he’s expanded operations to 12 vineyards in locales like Tuscany, Bordeaux, Australia and California, and he’s still growing. This year, he opened Bodega Garzón in Uruguay, a sprawling, ultramodern winery and restaurant with a luxury hotel in the works, as well as a wine club that lets members create their own wines.

Michael Clarke

After rejecting two low-priced offers to buy out Australian Treasury Wine Estates, as CEO, Clarke off-loaded redundant infrastructure and sold off low-priced brands while emphasizing premium offers. He also further expanded the company’s prestige by acquiring two jewels of the wine world, Sterling Vineyards and B.V.wines from Diageo. Share prices and profits have doubled under Clarke’s leadership.

Bertrand Girard

Girard is the CEO of Vinadeis, the largest French wine business and the nation’s No. 1 co-op group formed by combining Val d’Orbieu and Uccoar. And through Girard’s leadership, Vanadeis has increased its market presence in a serious way over the past few years. The company has also partnered with winemaker Robert Eden of Château Maris  to create a new subsidiary, Vinadeis Bio. It’s committed to making exceptional organic and biodynamic wines in the Languedoc.

Greg Lambrecht

The inventor of the Coravin system changed the way we drink wine both at home and in restaurants. The system makes tasting of valued wines and vintages more accessible by plunging a needle through the cork and replacing the poured wine with argon gas to maintain freshness. The Morton’s Steakhouse chain recently introduced the Coravin to its 70-plus restaurants.

Winemaker of the Year

Francisco Baettig

The winemaker for Chilean brand Viña Errázuriz is involved in Grand Cru plantings and creating iconic luxury wines from a country best known for value. He’s blending Carmenère with Pinot Noir for a distinctly Chilean flavor, and also producing quality Chardonnay.

Bill Easton

A “Rhône Ranger” at Domaine de la Terre Rouge in Amador County, California, Easton has been quietly making the best Rhône-styled wines in the state since 1986. He also has started producing Zinfandel under his own label, Easton Wines.

Jonathan Maltus

One of the original garagiste small wine producers in Bordeaux, Maltus is also owner of Château Teyssier in St.-Emilion, the region’s largest brand in the U.S. He owns micro-estates like Le Dôme, Les Asteries, Vieux Château Mazerat—all in prime spots in St.-Emilion.

Andrea Mullineux

After studying at UC Davis and working in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, this acclaimed winemaker returned to her native South Africa with her husband, Chris. There, in 2007, the two co-founded Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines in the buzzworthy Swartland region. It’s part of the prestigious Cape Winemaker’s Guild, and by 2015, her wines were receiving awards and top marks.

David Ramey

Ramey started his career in Bordeaux before he helped launch Dominus in the Napa Valley. Now, the great Chardonnay and Cabernet producer is opening his first estate winery this year, Ramey Wine Cellars, in the Russian River Valley. This comes after he successfully launched Sidebar Cellars for a younger generation of fans, featuring such under $30 wines as a Kerner from Lodi, Sauvignon Blanc from Lake County and Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre blends from Russian River. Continue reading

Jim Beam Distillery To Debut New Cocktail Experience During Kentucky Bourbon Fest

Jim Beam® Bourbon makes history this month with the rollout of a best-in-class cocktail experience at the Jim Beam American Stillhouse in Clermont, Ky. The cocktail program is among the first of its kind at a leading Kentucky bourbon distillery since the enactment of Kentucky Senate Bill 11 (SB11).

It’s a great day for tourism and bourbon cocktails here in Kentucky,” said Fred Noe, seventh generation master distiller. “For decades, we’ve immersed guests in my family’s distilling traditions with a hands-on mashing, distilling, barreling, bottling and tasting experience. Now, we’re giving visitors from across the world a chance to enjoy our whiskies in a new way at the Jim Beam American Stillhouse – with delicious cocktails.”

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This summer, SB11 modernized Kentucky’s 1930s-era alcohol regulations to aid surging interest in bourbon, craft beer and small-farm wine products. SB11 not only increases the sample size, but also makes it possible for distilleries to apply for a NQ-3 license, which permits the sale of cocktails by the glass. Jim Beam was recently among the first bourbon distillers in the state to receive its NQ-3 license. As such, the distillery created a signature bourbon cocktail program that offers guests of legal drinking age a new way to learn about America’s native spirit at the home of the world’s No. 1 bourbon.

“Bourbon has grown to a $3 billion industry for the Commonwealth of Kentucky,” Kevin Smith, vice president of Kentucky Beam Bourbon Affairs said. “SB11 allows distilleries to meet consumer demand and provide a unique cocktail experience in a responsible way through on-premise education programs for both long-time fans and curious newcomers. For Jim Beam, this means we’ll be pushing the creative boundaries on cocktail education with a variety of hand-crafted cocktails, which in turn enhances the experience on The Kentucky Bourbon Trail™ and promotes responsible drinking.

The new Jim Beam Bourbon Bar at the American Stillhouse isn’t just a place to sample a cocktail,” added Noe. “It’s where guests come as a friend and leave as family.

Featured Jim Beam Bourbon cocktails will rotate monthly, presenting guests with a variety of traditional and modern drink options that showcase the complete Jim Beam family of brands.

The Jim Beam Bourbon bar opens to the public September 14 just in time for National Bourbon Heritage Month and the annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival. Hours of operation will be Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Drink tokens must be purchased in-person by those of legal drinking age at the front desk of the Jim Beam American Stillhouse. Daily token limits apply.

For more information on Jim Beam, please visit www.jimbeam.com, www.facebook.com/jimbeamus, or @jimbeam.

Provence Nominated For Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s 2016 Wine Star Award For Wine Region Of The Year

Just as harvest is getting underway in the region, Wine Enthusiast has named Provence, France as a nominee for Wine Enthusiast‘s 2016 Wine Star Award for Wine Region of the Year. This marks the second nomination for the region, represented by Wines of Provence. Known for setting the gold standard for rosé wine where it has been produced for 26 centuries, Provence is the birthplace of France’s first wine and the world’s largest wine region specializing in dry rosé wine.

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Wines of Provence, known in France as the ConseilInterprofessionnel des Vins de Provence, is an organization representing 600 wine producers and 40 trade companies from the Provence region of France whose mission is to promote and advance the wines of the region’s primary appellations. The organization’s members together produce 96 percent of Provence’s Appellation d’Origine Protégée (AOP) wines.

The other nominees for Wine Region of the Year include: Champagne, France; Crete, Greece; Sonoma County, California and Willamette Valley, Oregon.

Provence’s nomination recognizes the significant contributions the region has made to the industry, illustrated by the premium rosé category’s impressive growth over the last decade. For the 12th straight year, exports of rosé wines from Provence to the United States have grown by double digits. As the American appetite for rosé climbed, the iconic dry rosé wines of Provence achieved an astonishing 58% increase in sales volume over the last year, and an even more impressive 74% increase in value, according to the French customs agency and the CIVP/Vins de Provence.

It is an incredible honor to be nominated for such an important award by Wine Enthusiast,” says Eric Dufavet, Director of Wines of Provence. “We have worked to deepen an understanding of primary markets and expand distribution channels. Our market success could not have been achieved without the collective work of the many wonderful producers inour region. In 2008 Wines of Provence had only 32 producers in the US market, now there are more than 150. We are delighted with this nomination and look forward to sharing more about Provence’s delicious wines and category leadership.”

The Wine Star Awards are regarded as some of the most important in the wine industry. Each year, the editors of Wine Enthusiast honor individuals, companies and regions that have made outstanding achievements and contributions in the wine and spirits world. The magazine will announce the winner on November 8, and the Wine Star Awards gala will be held on January 30, 2017 at the Nobu Eden Roc in Miami, FL.

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Jim Beam® Unveils Groundbreaking “Drinkable Wearable,” Jim Beam® Apple Watch

A new way to enjoy a refreshing shot of Jim Beam® Apple, from the innovators behind the World’s No. 1 bourbon

Technology fans all over the world woke up this morning anticipating some truly revolutionary technology news, and Jim Beam®, the world’s No. 1 Bourbon, provided it by sharing its latest innovation: the Jim Beam® Apple Watch. (Not to be confused with the Apple Watch)

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The Jim Beam(R) Apple Watch, a product over 200 plus years in the making, is a multi-functional device that will pour a perfect, refreshingly crisp shot. (PRNewsFoto/Beam Suntory Inc.)

A preview of the first generation Jim Beam Apple Watch, the world’s most innovative “drinkable wearable” can be viewed on YouTube, and is available for pre-order on www.JimBeamAppleWatch.com. It’s a slick, stylish accessory that conveniently packs a 1.5 oz. shot glass right on your wrist, allowing you to connect with friends over refreshing shots rather than refreshed newsfeeds.

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Each Jim Beam Apple Watch is aged in a rackhouse at the Jim Beam® American Stillhouse in Clermont, Ky., alongside barrels of bourbon. The watch’s streamlined interface opens and closes manually on demand. And, while it doesn’t tell time, it does save time, eliminating the need for a last-minute shot glass search.404429-2

Critics may ask, ‘What good is a watch that can’t tell time?’ ” said Fred Noe, Jim Beam’s 7th Generation Master Distiller.We actually think we’ve created a watch that helps you make time. Who doesn’t want to make time for friends, family and a refreshing Jim Beam Apple shot or cocktail?jim-beam-apple

Released in 2015, Jim Beam Apple has quickly become one of the most successful line extensions in the seven generation history of Jim Beam, delivering refreshingly crisp cocktails in record numbers to bourbon drinkers, bartenders and now, Jim Beam Apple Watch users.

For a limited time only, the Jim Beam Apple Watch will be available for pre-order at: www.JimBeamAppleWatch.com while supplies last. Priced the same as the suggested retail price of a delicious 750mL bottle of refreshing Jim Beam Apple, the Jim Beam Apple Watch costs just $17.99.

Jim Beam Apple marries the taste of crisp, green apples and Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, resulting in a perfect balance of apple and delicious bourbon, with a light, juicy twist. Jim Beam Apple is sold at the suggested retail price of $17.99 for 750mL, and in bars and retail locations nationwide. Price varies by market and product size, which includes 50mL, 100mL, 375mL, 750mL, 1L and 1.75L.

For more information on the Jim Beam Apple Watch, check out the video and visit www.JimBeamAppleWatch.com. To learn more about Jim Beam Apple, visit the Jim Beam website, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter pages.