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Barbara Messer Joins Biagio Cru & Estate Wines as Southwest Director of Sales and Marketing

Posted on June 09, 2016

New Hyde Park, NY, June 9, 2016 – Biagio Cru & Estate Wines, a family-owned importer of fine wines and spirits from across the globe, today announced that Terence Shiple has joined the company as Mid-Atlantic Director of Sales and Marketing, and Barbara Messer has been hired as Southwest Director of Sales and Marketing.

With more than 30 years of wine sales experience as well, Messer will play a key role in building Biagio’s presence in the Southwest region. In her position, she will be responsible for managing sales in Texas, Louisiana, Arizona, Colorado, Oklahoma, Kansas and New Mexico, while creating new opportunities for Biagio’s portfolio.

“Barbara and Terence each bring a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience to our growing team,” said Darren Restivo, a principal of Biagio Cru & Estate Wines. “Their dynamic expertise in business management and regional and national account sales will help take our company’s efforts in the Mid-Atlantic and Southwest regions to new heights. And on behalf of our entire team, we are thrilled to welcome them to the Biagio Cru family.”

Prior to Biagio Cru, Messer most recently worked for Merryvale Vineyards, and also served as Director of National On-Premise Accounts from Heck Estates, Sebastiani Vineyards, and Frederick Wildman & Sons. She is an active member of the Dallas Chapter of Les Dames d Escoffier, a world-wide philanthropic society of professional women leaders in the fields of food, fine beverage and hospitality.

About Biagio Cru and Estate Wines

Based in New Hyde Park, NY and founded in 1998, Biagio Cru is a family-owned importer of fine wines from across the globe.

Biagio Cru’s stable of wines includes the perennially popular Lolailo Sangria, which has received the Impact Hot Brand award for the fourth consecutive year.

De Restia Crianza from Ribera del Duero in Portugal, has been recognized with 89, 90, 91 and 93 Wine Spectator point ratings across multiple vintages, as well as the much coveted “Smart Buy” and “Savvy Shopper” nods. It was touted as “one of the most impressive values of the year” ranking #26 in the Wine Spectator Top 100 wines of the year.

Biagio imports the Parxet line of wines, which features the Cuvee 21, the only organic cava from the Alella region of Spain, garnering a Wine Enthusiast 90 point “Editor’s Favorite” rating. The Parxet line also includes a Reserve and a rosé called Titiana.

Herdade de Medeiros, from the famed Alentejano region of Portugal, also is part of the expanding Biagio Cru portfolio, boasting WE ratings ranging from 87-91 points and “Best Buy” and “Editor’s Choice” nods.

Biagio Cru imports the full line of Tabali wines,one of the most prominent and highly-regarded brands in Chile today, hailing from the unique Limari Valley. Tabali wines have received superior ratings from the world’s leading critics, Robert Parker and James Suckling, including a 94 for the Talinay Sauvignon Blanc, a 93 for the Syrah Reserve Especial, and a 92 for both the Tinto Reserve Especial and Talinay Chardonnay.

Biagio’s newest import, Sloane’s Premium Dry Gin, was awarded World’s Best Gin, Best White Spirit in a unanimous verdict at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The Dutch-distilled gin is hand crafted in small batches through a unique process that uses fresh citrus fruits and individually distilling each of the botanicals.

The wine importer’s latest venture also includes Miodula Honey Vodka. Famous for its lingering taste of rich honeydew honey from the Cieszyn region of Poland, Miodula was awarded World’s Best Flavored Vodka at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The brand also received the prestigious Teraz Polska Award for its superior quality, and is now presented in a presidential bottle in honor of the Polish President, who offers the honey vodka as a diplomatic gift.

Region: Southwest, USA
Job Function: Sales/Marketing

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