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KANSAS CITY, Mo., Aug. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Tom's Town Distilling Co. announced today that its Tom's Town Corruption Gin earned the title of one of the Fifty Best Gins in America.

The Fifty Best, rating the world's finest in wines and spirits, recently hosted the world's largest gin tasting, where 62 contenders were evaluated for the distinguished "Best Gin" awards for 2017. Using standard industry criteria, the pre-qualified panel of judges blind-tasted the gins and rated them individually on a 1-5 point scoring system, with 5 being the best. After tallying the scores, medals were awarded based on the judges' impressions. Tom's Town Corruption Gin received a gold medal.

 "We set our sights on creating a world-class gin from the beginning, something different than a traditional London Dry," said David Epstein, Tom's Town co-founder. "Our distiller selected the 14 botanicals that make up Tom's Town Corruption Gin from a library of 70 different distillates. The result is a flavorful, spicy and botanical gin that people love. We knew we created something special, but the reaction from gin fans around the country is staggering. The demand is overwhelming." is a digital guide to wines & spirits, featuring rated listings from proprietary blind tastings judged by wine/spirits journalists, spirits professionals, retailers, mixologists, spirits consultants and connoisseurs. The Fifty Best achieves the highest standards of spirits evaluations by adhering to strict tasting rules and rigorous methodology. 

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VANCOUVER, BC – August 28, 2017 – Quini® (, the leader in real-time wine tasting sensory data and technology solutions, today announced that Surrey, BC based Vinoscenti Vineyards (, has deployed the company’s QUINI SOMM™ platform in its tasting room and on its website.

Wine enthusiasts of any experience level can now review and rate Vinoscenti’s wines online, on winery tablets, or on their own smartphones, following Quini’s intuitive 5-step, 0 to 100 point wine tasting and rating system.

Tasting room guests can learn how to taste wine methodically, save and share automatically generated tasting notes and ratings, and easily browse and pair Vinoscenti wines to match their dinner plans and personal palate. They can also check out peer wine reviews and compare wine ratings with critics scores, all in one place.

“Visionaries like Dr. Clinton and Vinoscenti Vineyards are re-inventing the world of wine making and the tasting room experience,” said Roger Noujeim, Quini’s chief executive officer. “Quini is enabling a future where the winemaker is closer to their consumer, speaks a language they can understand, seeks and relies on their honest feedback to guide their wine creations.”

“We’ve had great reception for our wines and open thinking,” said Dr. Lee, Vinoscenti’s co-founder. “Wine consumers trust their friends as much as they do wine critics, so we built our concept around this reality, with Quini. With QUINI SOMM we are always listening to our customers and wine club members. It’s a transparent, truly educational and fun forum where people can share their opinions and interact with our brand at will.

With a tap on their phone or in-store tablet, anyone can see and engage with Vinoscenti’s winemaker reviews, critic ratings and consumer scores, and openly share their own ratings.

Added Dr. Lee: “Transparency and a unified, consumer-friendly tasting system is how we build trust with consumers, truly help to educate them on wine, and generate valuable data to help us shape our product plans and marketing. Without spending massive amounts of money, time and resources for typical market research and surveys.”

“Real-time wine consumer sensory data is an opportunity every winery should take advantage of. I am not talking of simple star ratings, which don’t add up to much, for complex consumables like wine. I believe that real-time detailed sensory data acquisition using systems like Quini is the future and can help our industry to better serve the consumer. With that, we can continue to compete and grow, more efficiently and effectively.”

Vinoscenti Vineyards opened its doors on July 15 of this year and welcomes visitors and groups daily.

To request a 7-day trial QUINI SOMM account, please visit

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TORONTO, Aug. 28, 2017 /CNW/ - Douglas Harrison, President and CEO of VersaCold Logistics Services, is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Merrick as Senior Vice-President and General Manager of the CPX Business Unit, effective August 28, 2017.

Paul joins VersaCold with over 25 years of experience in operations management, supply chain and logistics, human resources, executive leadership, sales, and general management. Most recently, Paul was employed by Purolator Inc, where he held several senior positions including Vice-President of Field Operations, Director of Operations, General Manager for Western Canada and General Manager of British Columbia and Northern Alberta. Mike holds a Certificate of Executive Leadership from Queen's University and a General Arts Diploma from Humber College.

Paul is an accomplished business leader with strong change management, operations, sales and executive leadership experience. He has been recognized for his leadership, exceptional relationship management, and ability to lead and greatly enhance the performance of large teams.

"We are very excited to welcome Paul to VersaCold and are confident that his experience in developing high performance teams and effectively managing strong customer relationships will drive the success and continued growth of the CPX Business Unit," said Douglas Harrison, President & CEO of VersaCold. "The CPX team has been tasked with expanding its capabilities in Central and Eastern Canada, and Paul will be central in supporting and leading that growth. As Senior Vice-President and General Manager of the CPX Business Unit, Paul will be responsible for operations, growth, strategy and overall performance. We will lean on his tremendous track record of delivering high service levels to customers and creating great team work to ensure we are always delivering on our vision of enhancing our customers' success and being their most trusted, reliable, long-term partner." 


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