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Kelli Frizzell Joins Maritime Wine Trading Collective

Date: 08/14/13

Maritime Wine Trading Collective, a leading boutique wine import, négociant, sales and marketing company based in San Francisco, has announced the appointment of Kelli Frizzell to the position of southeast regional sales director. Frizzell’s responsibilities include management of the Maritime wholesaler network from Texas to Florida. She joins Elyse Imamura, West Coast sales director, Edwin Olivieri of the midwest, and Ted Picard of the East Coast.

Frizzell has significant wine industry wholesale experience as well as international perspective and wine expertise. She has traveled to 32 countries and worked harvests in Italy and South Africa.

Most recently, Frizzell was with Maritime’s Texas distributor, Serendipity Wines, where she was recognized for her leadership in the growth of Maritime’s flagship brands, Graham Beck Wines of South Africa and Jules Taylor of New Zealand.

“Kelli knows our brands and we know each other well,” commented Maritime CFO and co-founder Elijah Pfister. “Our recent partnership with Bacchus Capital Management has enabled us to enhance our ranks and hire top professionals like Kelli. We look forward to an exciting future together.”

“This is a natural move for me,” commented Frizzell. “Working with a team of vibrant, talented people, on brands I know and believe in, is the ideal opportunity.”

About Maritime Wine Trading Collective

Maritime Wine Trading Collective is a San Francisco based fine wine import, négociant, sales and marketing company, national in scope, dedicated to bringing to market a unique collection of critically acclaimed, artisanal and value-oriented fine wines from around the world. The company’s portfolio includes offerings from diverse destinations such as Portugal, Spain, Turkey, South Africa, New Zealand, Sicily, as well as small production sub-appellation offerings from California & Oregon. The company was founded by Chris Nickolopoulos and Elijah Pfister in 2009. Maritime is a Bacchus portfolio company.

Bacchus portfolio companies comprise: Andretti Winery, DeLille Cellars, Madrigal Family Winery, Maritime Wine Trading Collective, Panther Creek Cellars, Qupé, Sbragia Family Vineyards, and Wine by Joe / Dobbes Family Estate. The company previously had a successful financing with Cameron Hughes Wine.

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