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Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America
Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America
Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America
Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America
Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America
Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America
Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America
Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America
Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America
Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America
Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America

Supplier Leadership Series New!

Sunday, March 31, 2019

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Tuscany Ballroom | The Ritz-Carlton

This first session, in the newly developed WSWA Supplier Leadership Series, will provide answers to some of the most pressing distribution-related questions…read more

Wholesaler Leadership Series

Monday, April 1, 2019

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Tuscany Ballroom | The Ritz-Carlton

(Wholesalers and Invited Guests Only; Traditional Suite Listing will be available)

This series will help you take on the toughest challenges facing our industry while arming you with the information you need to engage in next-level strategic discussions…read more

WSWA Supplier Leadership Series

Sunday, March 31, 2019

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Tuscany Ballroom | The Ritz-Carlton

This first session, in the newly developed WSWA Supplier Leadership Series, will provide answers to some of the most pressing distribution-related questions including: brand building, how to stand-out in a sea of similar skus, alternative 3-tier compliant routes to market, finding venture capital, and navigating compliance and state laws. Hear from WSWA members and from industry leaders hand-selected to provide you with information that could dramatically impact how you do business.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Bruce Himelstein
Former Chief Marketing Officer, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company

MODERATOR
Louis Zweig
SVP Supplier Management, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits

PANELISTS
Kristen Bareuther
Managing Director, First Beverage Ventures

Cheryl Durzy
Founder and CEO, LibDib

Harry Kohlmann
Founder / Chief Executive Officer, Park Street

Ryan Moses
Executive Vice President, Best Brands

Brian Rosen
President, BevStrat

This session is included in the Convention Registration fee and can also be purchased as a separate ticket. For tickets to the Supplier Leadership Series click here.

WSWA Wholesaler Leadership Series

Monday, April 1, 2019

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Tuscany Ballroom | The Ritz-Carlton

(Wholesalers and Invited Guests Only; Traditional Suite Listing will be available)

This series will help you take on the toughest challenges facing our industry while arming you with the information you need to engage in next-level strategic discussions. Wholesalers feel the pressure to take charge of their future, and we are here to help lead the way.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Bill Newlands
CEO, Constellation Brands

New this year!

The Retailer and Consumer Day sessions are included in the Convention & Exposition Registration Fee and can also be purchased as a separate ticket. To purchase a separate ticket click here for online registration or download the Retail and Consumer Day registration form here.

Master Mixology Class New!

Sunday, March 31, 2019

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Tuscany Ballroom | Ritz-Carlton

In conjunction with WSWA Wholesaler
mixologists, this event will offer advanced
cocktail training…read more

Wine & Spirits MarketPlace New!

Sunday, March 31, 2019

12:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Tuscany Ballroom | Ritz-Carlton

Registered exhibitors may pour and
display their brands, products or
services…read more

Wine Seminar New!

Sunday, March 31, 2019

1:00 pm - 2:20 pm

Tuscany Ballroom | Ritz-Carlton

Join experts as they share the latest on
wines and wine trends…read more

Master Mixology Class

Sunday, March 31, 2019

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Tuscany Ballroom | The Ritz-Carlton

In conjunction with WSWA Wholesaler mixologists, this event will offer advanced cocktail training for those in the industry or for anyone who would like to mix like a pro. Learn about acid/base balance, flavor combinations and why using the proper techniques and glassware makes a difference.

The session will open with TED-like talk on trends in mixology followed by small group demonstrations segregated by spirit type: Gin, Vodka, Bourbon/Whiskey, Tequila. Attendees can pre-select and rotate between two spirit types. A planned marketplace will offer a selection of spirits related items such as books, bar tools, aprons, etc.

Sponsored by:


Our In-Market Distributor Partners:






     

Wine & Spirits MarketPlace

Sunday, March 31, 2019

12:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Tuscany Ballroom | The Ritz-Carlton

The Wine & Spirits MarketPlace is open to all registered attendees and is also available by a separate ticket. Registered exhibitors may pour and display their brands, products or services - there is a minimal fee of $50.00. Space is limited.

Non-registered brands, products or services may register on a space available basis. The fee to participate in the MarketPlace as a non- exhibitor is $500.00 per 6’ table.

For more information please contact: Kari Langerman, Kari@wswa.org.

Click here for the MarketPlace Table Request Form.

Wine Seminar

Sunday, March 31, 2019

1:00 pm - 2:20 pm

Tuscany Ballroom | The Ritz-Carlton

Join experts as they share the latest on wines and wine trends. The event, appropriate for those in the industry or those who would like to learn more about wine, will begin with a TED-like talk on trends in current consumption, what’s being planted, and influencers that drive consumer behavior.

Following the talk, our wine tasting will provide access to established brands and the opportunity to experience new brands that may not yet be in-market.

And of course, good wines don’t just come in bottles any more. Learn about innovative wine packaging including pouches, cans, and kegs. Experience the packaging for yourself and see if your palette is up to a blind tasting challenge.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Bob Bath, MS
Head Beverage Professor, Culinary Institute of America, Greystone, and COPIA Napa, California

Sponsored by:

Our In-Market Distributor Partners:




     

Monday, April 1

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Coquina Ballroom | JW Marriott

This two hour reception is one of the primary social events of the convention. A great opportunity to see old friends and meet new ones as this reception is historically attended by nearly 100% of all registered convention participants.

Sponsored by:

Opening General Session

Tuesday, April 2

8:30 am – 10:00 am

Coquina Ballroom | JW Marriott

  • WSWA Chairman’s Welcome Remarks
    • Sydney Ross, Vice Chairman
      Great Lakes Wine & Spirits
      Incoming WSWA Chairman

  • Lifetime Leadership Award Presentation
    • AWARD RECIPIENT
      Mel Dick, SVP and Wine Division President
      Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits

  • Keynote Speaker
    • Ice-T, Musician, Actor, and Author

General Session

Wednesday, April 3

8:00 am – 10:30 am

Coquina Ballroom | JW Marriott

  • WSWA President’s Remarks
    • Michelle L. Korsmo, President and CEO
      WSWA

  • Sidney Frank Innovation Award Presentation
    • AWARD PRESENTOR
      Jeff Popkin, CEO
      Mast Jägermeister

    • AWARD RECIPIENT
      Bill Goldring, Chairman
      Sazerac Company

Wednesday, April 3

8:00 am – 10:30 am

Brand Battle is a selective competition in which companies with a compelling story and strong business and marketing plan have the opportunity to pitch their brand to a WSWA panel of industry insiders in front of a live audience. Seven brands will be pre-selected to compete. For more information and entry instructions, Click Here.

The fee to attend Brand Battle is included in the WSWA 76th Annual Convention & Exposition registration fee.

Brand Battle

Learn more about Brand Battle by
clicking the button below!

BRAND BATTLE

Schedule of Events

For the full WSWA 76th Annual
Convention & Exposition schedule.

VIEW SCHEDULE

Photo Gallery

Check to see if you've made the
online galleries!

PHOTO GALLERY

New Videos

Check out all the action on our daily
video-updates of the convention!

YOUTUBE VIDEOS

Competition & Tastings

For up-to-date and detailed
information about the Wine & Spirits
Tastings and Mixology Competition,
click the button below.
CLICK HERE