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Celebrate National Bourbon Heritage Month with Bourbon & Banter’s 30 Days of Bourbon Event

ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- In its ninth year, Bourbon & Banter's annual "30 Days of Bourbon Celebration" kicks off on September 1, 2022, marking the beginning of Bourbon Heritage Month. And, bourbon fans are quite simply beside themselves.

This sip-and-salute celebration of National Bourbon Heritage Month commemorates that auspicious moment on August 7, 2007 when the U.S. Senate declared September - National Bourbon Heritage Month. Why bourbon? Because it's the nation's native spirit - served straight up, on the rocks or in a cocktail and Bourbon & Banter has something new in store for each day of this celebratory month.

Visit: to find out what's planned.

If bourbon fans like what they see, Bourbon & Banter hopes that they'll share the page with their friends and invite them to join in on the fun. After all - drinking bourbon with friends is just more fun. Fabulous prizes are all part of the deal too.

Thanks to more than 20 generous distillery partners, Bourbon & Banter will raffle off multiple prize packages of swag and products. Leading this year's celebration are Breckenridge Distillery (Colorado); and Michter's Distillery (Kentucky) reflecting the spirit's popularity across the country.

Fans also can win prizes from Wyoming Whiskey, Milam & Greene Whiskey, Leiper's Fork Distillery, Laws Whiskey House, Blue Run, KO Distilling, Rabbit Hole Distillery and more.

In addition to prizes and swag, several lucky winners will receive a free membership to join Bourbon & Banter's innovative DrinkCurious community. And, DrinkCurious members will receive discounted access to unique, single-barrel bourbons, distillery swag, access to invite-only, virtual and in-person events, and more.

"We are the perfect community for bourbon lovers," Patrick "Pops" Garrett says.

There's a 30-day bourbon challenge too. To complete this deep dive into "drinking curious," participants must drink a different bourbon daily for the entire month. Not hard, right? Well, there is one rule - each day competitors need to drink a distinctly different bourbon, and sticking to that for a full month may prove to be quite the challenge after all. Different proof versions of the same bourbon don't count; and no repeats. Rye whiskey, Scotch or American malt whiskey are not allowed. It's all about the bourbon.

"But of course, supplementary sips of them are just fine," Garrett jokes.

Bourbon & Banter encourages people to share photos on their social media channels because they want to see what people are drinking. They're asking that competitors share their progress via updated calendars and photos on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, with the hashtags #30DaysOfBourbon #BourbonHeritageMonth and #DrinkCurious.

Bourbon fans can visit: to learn more.

About Bourbon & Banter:

Since 2011, Bourbon & Banter has spread the bourbon gospel. Through their shared love of bourbon, they've met new people, swapped stories and even starred in a few of their own. With a colorful cast of characters ranging from professional palates and cocktail connoisseurs to casual drinkers and bottom-shelf buyers, their collective mission is unanimous - to help others #drinkcurious.

"So, pull up a chair and let the banter begin," Garrett says.

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Dream Big Darling Announces 2022 ‘FLOurish’ Program

PASO ROBLES, Calif. -- Dream Big Darling and The Millinger Group today announced, "FLOurish 2022," a personalized assessment program for emerging women leaders in the wine and spirits industry. Qualified individuals are now invited to apply for one of 17 FLOurish scholarships that provide full-ride access to this innovative coaching and mentorship experience.

The FLOurish program was launched last year and proved to be an immediate success. "We saw amazing results in our first year of this innovative program," said Amanda Wittstrom-Higgins, founder of Dream Big Darling. "It was such a joy to see our scholarship participants come out of this experience with so much hope and momentum."

The FLOurish scholarships were created by Wittstrom-Higgins and Rona Millinger, founder and president of The Millinger Group. Millinger originally developed the FLOurish program in honor of her professional mentor, Florence Pramberger, a former human resources leader for Seagram's, Beam and Mast-Jägermeister-where she was known as the "FLOmeister."

"I believe that personalized coaching and development programs are one of the most effective ways to develop the leaders of tomorrow," Millinger said. "The FLOurish program not only accelerates professional success - it fosters personal growth in a way that's as personal and unique as each participant."

Scholarships Now Open:

A minimum of 17 full-ride scholarships to FLOurish 2022 are available, providing access to 10 virtual coaching and assessment sessions. The program kicks off on July 12 and concludes with graduation in February 2023.

Applications can be made here -

A full program outline can be viewed here (PDF) -

The value of each scholarship is $4,000.

Applications are open to women in the wine and spirits industry who are eager to learn, grow and make meaningful contributions to the industry. Applications must be submitted by May 31, 2022.

The graduates of last year's inaugural FLOurish program speak to the profound impact of the experience.

"I learned so many things about myself as a professional and how to apply those attributes to better myself and my career," said Caitlin Burdick, one of last year's FLOurish graduates. "The tools and insights I learned and developed are extremely valuable and are things that I will carry with me for years to come."

Added Marlena Blitz, another graduate, "The FLOurish scholarship was an invaluable growth tool that will teach me for years to come. I was able to feel confident in my potential, refine my processes and identify areas to become a more formidable leader in the industry."

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This year also marks the second year of Mast-Jägermeister US's six-year investment totaling $340,000 to support FLOurish, another mark of Florence Pramberger's enduring legacy. "Florence left us too early after a fight with cancer," Millinger said. "I want to continue giving what Florence no longer can: coaching, development and guidance for women looking to contribute and advance in their work and personal lives."

Added Wittstrom-Higgins, "I wish that I had access to a program like this when I began my career, which is why I'm so excited that Mast-Jägermeister stepped up in such a big way to help us mentor the next generation of leaders in our industry."

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Our mission is to engage, inspire and mentor the next generation of leaders in the wine and spirits industry. Visit

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The Millinger Group is a full-service woman-owned human resources consulting firm. Visit

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International Businessman, Kofi Nartey, Takes on Role as Brand Ambassador for New Award-Winning Armagnac Brandy, Cardinal Du Four

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Cardinal du Four, 21 Rébellion, a flagship spirit for the Armagnac world and the modern connoisseur's answer to Cognac, has partnered with international businessman, Kofi Nartey, as its first brand ambassador. After hosting several successful events together, the Armagnac maker and the Beverly Hills based real estate broker saw the alignment and knew a partnership was inevitable.

Cardinal du Four founder and creator, Christophe Namer, has set out to illuminate the Armagnac region of France, whose namesake spirit is actually 200 years older than Cognac. "France's best kept secret" as Namer has described Armagnac, will not remain that way for long with a strategic partner like Nartey.

"We are thrilled to align with a respected industry leader like Kofi. We are excited for him to carry our brand with him as he continues to take on the international real estate world through his work with developers, affluent individuals, sports and entertainment celebrities," said Namer.

The partnership intends to bring the Cardinal du Four Armagnac brand in front of Kofi's celebrity and luxury real estate clients with curated, thoughtful and memorable sensory experiences.

About Cardinal Du Four

Cardinal du Four (CdF), 21 Rébellion is a harmonious blend of vintage Armagnacs from 21 to 43 years of age, which is superior in quality while using innovative blending techniques to ensure that each sip is luxuriously smooth, balanced, and elegant. Founder and creator Christophe Namer, a native of Aix-en-Provence with over 20 years of experience in the wine and spirits world, turned his dream into a reality when he created this new elixir. CdF 21, Rébellion personifies complexity and power with elegance and finesse. Its brilliant amber color has floral aromas of jasmine and iris followed by secondary layers of nutmeg, dried fig, caramelized apples, along with elegant toasted wood vanilla flavors. The long and lingering finish imparts cacao beans and salted caramel. While relatively new in the market, CdF, 21 Rébellion has already received significant industry recognition and accolades including: GOLD MEDAL 2019 - CONCOURS GENERAL AGRICOLE PARIS; DOUBLE GOLD, 97 POINTS from Anthony Dias Blue, James Beard Award Winner⁠ saying "perhaps the most refined Armagnac I've ever tasted"; ⁠DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL⁠, San Francisco World Spirits Design Competition 2020. For more information, please visit our website:

About Kofi Nartey

A leading authority on luxury real estate and development, Kofi Nartey is the go-to broker for affluent clientele, celebrities, and prominent sports figures around the globe. He is the founder of GLOBL Real Estate + Development, a private real estate firm based in Beverly Hills, with global reach. He regularly appears on national television and in print media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, CBS, CNBC, Fox Business News, ESPN, CNN Money, and The Insider. He was recently named to the LA500, as one of the most influential business leaders in Los Angeles. Kofi leverages his exposure, reach, professional sports and acting experience, MBA business acumen, and his desire to unlock potential in every business and person he engages. For more information, please visit our website:

Social media: @CardinalDuFour #21rebellion #globlred


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Appalachian Gap Distillery Becomes Country’s First Climate Neutral Certified Distillery

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- In response to the urgency of the climate crisis, Appalachian Gap Distillery is delighted to announce that it is officially Climate Neutral Certified. All of its brands -- AppGap, Split Spirits, and Vermont Creemee Liqueurs -- proudly share the certification.

"Doing the right thing has always been at the core of who we are across all of our brands," says distillery co-founder Lars Hubbard. "We love that our spirits are made from grains sourced as close as possible to the distillery and support our local farmers." These spent grains are then turned into clean power at a local biodigester, which supports the local green economy.

Lars adds that "when people come visit our tasting room, they pass six solar arrays that provide the majority of our electricity and symbolize our commitment to sustainability." These panels help to minimize emissions from direct operations.

The carbon footprint measurement process revealed there was an opportunity to reduce emissions from powering the steam system, which uses natural gas. As a result, Appalachian Gap Distillery has already made the switch to using renewable natural gas derived largely from local farms to further reduce its direct emissions.

"We've done a tremendous amount to make energy efficient decisions to keep our operation's' climate footprint small," says co-founder Chuck Burkins. "In order to give our customers the confidence of knowing that each bottle is truly carbon neutral from grain to glass, we rigorously measured emissions within our supply chain and offset those we cannot control directly."

Appalachian Gap Distillery offset 59 metric tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent by supporting nature-based projects like encouraging sustainable agriculture and protecting important ecosystems. In order to further reduce supply chain emissions, the distillery has switched to using 100% recycled glass bottles that have not had their natural greenish hue bleached with harmful chemicals and high heat processes.

Will Drucker, AppGap's Head of Hustle, was drawn to join Appalachian Gap Distillery because of the distillery's commitment to sustainability and the exceptional quality of their spirits. "It was evident that they adhered to the highest standards of quality and took great care throughout the entire spirit production process, and that this care extended to the natural environment and the community as a whole," says Will.

"Appalachian Gap Distillery and our other Climate Neutral Certified brands are leading the global shift to a net-zero economy by doing what all companies should be doing immediately: measuring, offsetting, and reducing their carbon emissions," says Climate Neutral CEO, Austin Whitman. "Our label helps consumers identify these brands. It's a recognizable and trusted symbol that turns everyday purchases into meaningfully positive climate action."

Climate Neutral's certification is based on internationally recognized standards for carbon measurement, neutrality, and offsetting. Each brand must measure Scope 1, 2, and 3 cradle-to-customer greenhouse gas emissions for the prior calendar year. Then a brand must buy verified carbon credits to offset its entire footprint. This directs investment into critical carbon sequestration projects such as forest conservation, renewable energy, and carbon capture technologies. Finally, brands commit to a reduction action plan to cut future emissions within a 12-24 month timeline, reporting progress on those plans annually. All of the brand's data is publicly available on Climate Neutral's website. The process is repeated annually when companies must re-certify.


Climate Neutral is a nonprofit organization working with brands and consumers to decrease global greenhouse gas emissions. The label, Climate Neutral Certified, is the universal standard in carbon neutrality. It is earned by brands who measure, offset, and reduce their entire carbon footprint, making it easy for consumers to shop with concern for the global climate. Learn more about Climate Neutral and browse all of the certified brands at


Appalachian Gap Distillery hand crafts sustainable spirits with Vermont character, in Middlebury, VT. Quality, creativity and a deep respect for the environment are the driving forces behind Appalachian Gap's products. To learn more about Appalachian Gap Distillery, visit


Appalachian Gap Distillery Contact: Will Drucker, 773.726.0954

Climate Neutral Contact: Torie Dye, 614.315.2042

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Appalachian Gap Distillery Commits to Become Climate Neutral Certified

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Appalachian Gap Distillery is proud to announce it has committed to become Climate Neutral Certified. The company will be working with Climate Neutral, an independent non-profit organization that helps companies measure their carbon footprint, offset it in its entirety by purchasing quality carbon credits, and reduce emissions moving forward.

Climate Neutral has set rigorous certification standards that all companies must meet before being granted the Climate Neutral Certified status.

"Consumers today are yearning for evidence that companies are aware of their contribution to climate change and committed to erasing it," said Climate Neutral CEO Austin Whitman. "We're thrilled to have Appalachian Gap Distillery commit to this journey. Soon they will join our growing list of certified companies that are proving that we're living in a new era of leadership on climate by top brands."

For Appalachian Gap Distillery, the decision to join this movement was a natural next step in the distillery's journey to reduce the impact of making quality craft spirits. "Doing the right thing, whether making delicious spirits with integrity or distilling in a way that was easier on the planet, has always been part of our ethos as a brand," says distillery co-founder Lars Hubbard. "The first thing people see when they visit our distillery are six solar arrays that provide all of our electricity and are symbolic of our commitment to sustainability."

Other actions the distillery has taken to reduce its environmental impact are less visible but equally important. "We renovated the building with high-performance building standards in mind, by ensuring the distillery was highly insulated, installing efficient heating and cooling equipment, installing daylighting skylights and double-insulated windows, and equipping all lighting with motion sensors" co-founder Chuck Burkins explains. "Another thing we're proud of is that all our spent grains, which are mostly sourced from local farmers, are sent to a biodigester to be turned into clean power." The distillery has made its operations so clean that it is no longer required by the Town of Middlebury to have an industrial discharge permit; the distillery is adding less liquid waste to the system than a residence does over the course of a month.

The distillery still relies on natural gas to power a high-efficiency steam system for their processes, and this is an area the team has identified as an opportunity for further reducing its reliance on fossil fuels that contribute to climate change and are switching over to renewable natural gas (RNG).

The environmental case for reducing carbon has been well understood for years and now the business case for committing to climate neutrality is more compelling than ever. "Customers care about how products are made and are supporting brands that commit to operating responsibly," says Will Drucker, head of sales and marketing at Appalachian Gap Distillery. "I'm proud to work with a brand that has made sustainability a core value and am excited to offer our customers products that address the climate crisis in addition to being delicious to drink. Given the choice, more people want to do good by drinking well."

Over the coming months, the distillery will be compiling information about its carbon footprint, including direct operations, upstream sourcing and downstream shipping in order to create a comprehensive accounting of emissions. Once this is complete, Appalachian Gap will offset its emissions as necessary and commit to actions to further reduce its climate impact in the future. "We will be certified Carbon Neutral this year, which is the last step in our journey towards having our operations reflect our values, one of which is responsibility to the planet and its inhabitants." said Lars Hubbard. "It is the right thing to do."


Appalachian Gap Distillery hand crafts sustainable spirits with a unique Vermont character, in Middlebury, VT. Quality, creativity and a deep respect for the environment are the driving forces behind Appalachian Gap's products. To learn more about Appalachian Gap Distillery, visit


Climate Neutral is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to decrease global carbon emissions by creating a trusted net-zero certification for consumer brands using a standardized process which makes it easier for companies to estimate their greenhouse gas footprint, identify credible carbon offsets, and prioritize measures to reduce their emissions. To learn more about Climate Neutral, visit

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Suzuki-Marketing Introduces ‘The Mikuni’ Blended Japanese Whisky to the US

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Suzuki-Marketing, Incorporated, a South San Francisco-based wine and spirits importer and marketing company, is introducing "The Mikuni" blended Japanese whisky to the U.S. Market.

The Mikuni is a blend of malt whisky, grain whisky, and fresh mountain water drawn from 250 meters (821 feet) underground, filtered through porous, volcanic rock, and blended by Master Blender Kenji Wantanabe. The whisky is then aged three years in bourbon barrels. The distillery faces Mt. Fuji, and is located in Yamanashi Prefecture, at the foot of Japan's Southern Alps.

Jimmy Sai, Mikuni's president, credits the worldwide popularity of Japanese Whisky for inspiring The Mikuni. "We could see that Japanese whisky is very well-received in the U.S., but that a lot of people are intimidated by the prices. Our goal was to create a whisky that reflects Japan's whisky heritage, but that was also affordable to people trying Japanese whisky for the first time. And, of course, it had to taste really good."

Richard Bischoff, Suzuki-Marketing's vice-president of business development, first became aware of Japanese whisky in the summer of 2011. "We were visiting a wine store in Wakayama and had just finished dinner with our colleagues," he said, "when somebody poured me a glass of 12-year-old Japanese whisky. Like many Americans, my first reaction was 'Japan makes whisky?' After my first sip, my second reaction was, 'where have you been all my life?' So, when Quinton Jay, at Bacchus Wine & Spirits, introduced us to Jimmy, we became very excited about this opportunity to bring this whisky to the U.S."

Quinton Jay is the owner of Bacchus Wine & Spirits in Millbrae, California. "As a consumer, I love to drink Japanese whisky, and we love selling it at the store," he said. "I've been looking for an "every day," Japanese whisky that my customers could enjoy without breaking the bank. When Jimmy introduced me to The Mikuni, I found a whisky that was affordable and versatile. You can enjoy this straight-up, on the rocks, or in a traditional Japanese highball, and be really happy with the taste and quality."

The Taste

The Mikuni is a clear, amber whisky, with aromas of smoke, spices, pear and dried fruit. Upon tasting, there's a little bite on the first sip, but then flavors open up and create a smooth, pleasant taste of honey, vanilla, brown spices and dried figs. It finishes nicely with a hint of white oak and a spreading sweetness. This is a versatile whisky that can be enjoyed on its own, in a traditional Japanese highball, or in the cocktail of your choice.

About Suzuki-Marketing

Based in South San Francisco, California, Suzuki-Marketing, Incorporated was founded by Yuko Suzuki in 2004. In addition to importing spirits and sake, the company also exports fine wine and spirits to Asia-Pacific, and provides marketing and distribution support. Ms. Suzuki was former Asia-Pacific marketing director for Gallo Wines, and is a Japan Sommelier Association Certified Wine Advisor, WSET Advanced, and Certified Wine Specialist (Society of Wine Educators).

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Recovery Rye Whiskey Raises Over $15,000 For Hospitality Workers Across Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Nationally Syndicated Radio Host Tony Katz, Blend Bar Cigar proprietor Corey Johnston and Crossroad Vintners' Nolan Smith have raised over $15,000 for hospitality workers in Indiana with the 2020 release of their rye whiskey, "Recovery Rye."

Recovery Rye is an Indiana grown and distilled straight rye, available in restaurants and retail locations across Indiana. Proceeds of every bottle sold goes to the Indiana Restaurant and Lodging Association (,) which provides grants to bartenders, servers and other hospitality workers who are experiencing financial hardship during the shutdowns associated with Covid-19.

This month, INRLA was presented a check for $15,810.

"Recovery Rye has been a success beyond my wildest dreams," says Katz. "We've started a second run, and we're thinking about how we can keep up this pace, and be even more helpful."

Said Johnston, "Anytime you have a quality product and a clear mission, you're going to be successful. And Hoosiers from across the state of Indiana made sure it was!"

Recovery Rye is 45% ABV (90 proof) aged 27 months and is described as, "An exceptionally smooth rye with Midwest sublime sweetness that was grown and distilled in Indiana." As of now, Recovery Rye is only available in Indiana.

"We look forward to doing this again," said Katz. "The hospitality industry has a long way to go before it's back at full strength. We hope everyone in Indiana continues helping. Buy a bottle of Recovery Rye, and enjoy a drink responsibly this Christmas and New Year's."

Get more information and find a location near you at

About Recovery Rye:

Based in Indiana, Recovery Rye is an Indiana grown and distilled rye whiskey that benefits hospitality workers across Indiana who have been financially impacted by Covid-19. Developed by Blend Bar Cigar owner Corey Johnston and Tony Katz, host of the nationally syndicated 'Eat! Drink! Smoke!' radio program, in conjunction with Crossroad Vintners, Recovery Rye is donating proceeds from every bottle sold to the Indiana Restaurant and Lodging Association ( which provides grants to servers, bartenders and hospitality workers in need.

Recovery Rye is 90 proof (45% ABV) aged for 27 months and works perfectly neat, on the rocks or in your favorite cocktail.

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