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CDI Awards Staff, Hosts WSWC at November Meeting

By December 25, 2015Connecticut, Top News
The following CDI staff were recently recognized and awarded certificates for passing the WSET training. Back row: Michael Copeland, Certified WSET Instructor; Robert Atwood; Andrew Osolin; Scott Horwitz; Corrissa Wilson; Kevin Mahon; Tony Persechino, Certified WSET Instructor. Front Row: Dominic Marandino; Pete Masi; Jonathan Figliola; Paul Puhalla; Luis Suarez; Carrie Finley; Amanda Doll, Certified WSET Instructor. Not pictured, but also WSET Certified: Elizabeth Galins, Curtis Kusari and Stephanie Lamison.

During a sales meeting on November 6, 2015, Connecticut Distributors, Inc. (CDI) presented 14 employees with their Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) certificates upon successful passing of the course. After the WSET presentation, Edgar Garcia, CDI’s CFO and COO, introduced Larry Cafero, Executive Director of the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of Connecticut (WSWC). Cafero spoke about the importance of educating others about the wholesaler tier of distribution and about the WSWC’s role.

Following Cafero’s presentation, Ashley Rutter, Wholesale Manager of Trump Winery, launched Trump Wines in Connecticut with the CDI team. Winemaker Jonathan Wheeler crafts the wines from the 1,300-acre estate in Charlottesville, Virginia, 195 acres of which are grape vines that sit upon Monticello AVA. Trump Winery produces a 2009 Sparkling Blanc de Blanc, 2009 Sparkling Rosé, 2007 Sparkling Reserve, 2014 Chardonnay, 2014 Rosé, 2013 Meritage, 2012 New World Reserve, and Cru, a blend of 100-percent Chardonnay juice with Chardonnay brandy aged in American bourbon barrels.

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