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The Vintner Group Acquires Florida's Selected Brands

May 29, 2012

The Vintner Group, a wholesaler and national importer of fine wines based in Ashland, VA, announces the acquisition of Selected Brands (SBD) of Deerfield Beach. By integrating SBD with the company’s Stacole Fine Wines unit, an extraordinary, world-class portfolio of fine wine and craft spirits is consolidated in the country's second largest wine and spirits market. SBD executives Shai and Terri Froelich will assist and help lead this initiative together with Stacole VP/GM Laura DePasquale, MS.

“I have such great respect for the work Terri and Shai Froelich and team have done in Florida. Like our companies The Country Vintner and Stacole Fine Wines, they lead with education and embody partnership selling, which we believe is critical for success in today’s fine wine and craft spirit market. I am excited to welcome Selected Brands into our group, as we strive to improve our service to both buyers and suppliers,” said David Townsend, President and CEO of The Vintner Group.

The Vintner Group dates from 1980, then operating as The Country Vintner in Virginia. Through organic and financed growth, Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida have been appended to the wholesale footprint, and a national import arm, Craft + Estate, now services 30 states. Additionally, The American Still Life Collection, a craft spirit portfolio, was launched in 2011 and is also sold nationally.

“We are as excited to be a part of The Vintner Group. We look forward to working together to promote and build the fine wine and craft spirit category in the state of Florida,” said Terri Froelich, CEO of Selected Brands.

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