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Gemini Named ‘Importer Of The Year’ At San Francisco World Spirits Competition

March 29, 2011 (Chicago, IL) – The San Francisco World Spirits Competition held its 11th annual competition this March 18-20. This year’s panel of 33 judges from across the industry tasted and scored a record number of entries, 1,106 products from 61 countries. The esteemed judges awarded Double Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze medals to the participating brands, as well as three special awards to honor outstanding achievements from the year.

Gemini Spirits and Wine took home a total of 34 medals from this year’s competition and was named ‘Importer of the Year’ honoring its exceptional portfolio of agave spirits, whiskeys, liqueurs and several other brands. The recent addition to the Gemini family, Del Maguey Single Village Mezcals, also walked away with a top award, being named ‘Distiller of the Year’!

“We are honored to receive this year’s distinction of ‘Importer of the Year’ and are thrilled to have several award-winning spirits in our portfolio,” commented Ken Kwarta, General Manager of Gemini. “It is with great pride that we represent these exceptional brands.”

Gemini Spirits and Wine earned eleven Double Gold Medals, the highest honor awarded to a select few entrants. The following is a complete list of the Gemini products recognized by this year’s judges:

  • Double Gold Medals: Corazón Blanco, Siete Leguas Blanco, Pueblo Viejo Añejo, Del Maguey Vida, Del Maguey Minero, Del Maguey Chichicapa, Connemara Cask Strength, Tyrconnell 10 Yr Madeira Finish, Tyrconnell 10 Yr Port Finish, Forty Creek Confederation Oak
  • Gold Medals: Pueblo Viejo Reposado, Del Maguey Santo Domingo Albarradas, Kilbeggan 15 Yr Old, Connemara Peated Single Malt, Connemara 12 Year Old, Tyrconnell 10 Yr Sherry Finish
  • Silver Medals: Siete Leguas Reposado, Pueblo Viejo Blanco, Carmessí, San Matías Gran Reserva, Rey Sol, Del Maguey San Luis Del Rio, Forty Creek Canadian Whisky, Forty Creek Double Barrel, Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey, Connemara Turf Mor, Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey, Greenore 15 Year Old Single Grain
  • Bronze Medals: Orgullo, Penderyn Single Malt Madeira Welsh Whisky, Greenore 8 Year Old Single Grain
For a complete list of results, go to: www.sfspiritscomp.com.

About Gemini Spirits and Wine
Gemini Spirits and Wine is the fastest growing spirits and specialty brand development company in the United States. Gemini is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Sazerac company and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Gemini operates as an autonomous company and is focused on nurturing its portfolio of brands. The company will be further expanding its portfolio with additional announcements scheduled for later in the year. For more information, visit www.geminispiritswine.com.



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