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DENVER and SAN FRANCISCO, May 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Fresh off multiple wins at the New York World Wine and Spirits Competition and San Diego Spirits Fest, Yolo Rum's premier blend, Yolo Rum Gold, won a Double Gold Medal at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Yolo Rum Silver also took home a Bronze Medal.

"I guess these medals show that master rum blender Don Pancho Fernandez knows what he's doing," said Yolo Rum founder Philip Guerin. "But, seriously, Yolo Rum is a tremendous value considering it is a highly decorated boutique spirit. It seems like the more prestigious the competition, the higher we place."

Held in early spring at the Hotel Nikko, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition is one of the premier events of its kind, attracting entrants and attendees from all over the world. This year, over two thousand entrants participated in a variety of spirits categories. Ranked as one of the top cocktail festivals in America, SFWSC judges come from the ranks of top food and beverage buyers, writers, columnists, beverage directors, and sommeliers. This year marks the eighteenth anniversary of the competition.

Continuing an impressive, award-winning run at industry expositions and competitions, this win puts Yolo Rum's international medal count at 21. Yolo Rum has also received multiple wins from the New York World Wine and Spirits Competition, and taken home more gold medals at the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival. Now they add two more medals to their crowded trophy case.

At the heart of the Yolo Rum operation is master distiller Francisco "Don Pancho" Fernandez. Born in Cuba and operating out of the Republic of Panama, Don Pancho is the world's most-respected and honored ronero (that's "rum blender," for the layman). The recipient of hundreds of awards, Francisco "Don Pancho" Fernandez is acclaimed worldwide as the ultimate practitioner of his craft and recognized as a man who elevates the trade of rum making to high art. Yolo Rums are gluten free, with no added sugar or molasses and no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, and the company produces its products using revolutionary environmentally sustainable processes. Offering boutique quality at exceptional value, Yolo Rum is the ideal synthesis of ancient crafts and modern tastes.

Yolo Rum is exploring a possible equity crowdfund. This could be the opportunity to invest in an equity-based share of Yolo Rum. For information, visit

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VANCOUVER, May 15, 2018 /CNW/ - Koios Beverage Corp. (CSE: KBEV; OTC: SNOVF) (the "Company" or "Koios"), is pleased to announce the appointment of CoorsMiller executive Josh Luman to its Advisory Board. The Advisory Board's purpose is to advise the Company from time to time on issues as requested by the Company, including advising and assisting with business development by and for the Company, and facilitating introductions between the Company and third parties who may be in a position to assist in furthering the goals of the Company.

Luman, the general manager of CoorsMiller affiliate Blue Moon Brewing Company in Denver, Colorado, brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in the beverage industry to Koios. In addition to being an executive with the second-largest brewer in the U.S., Luman co-founded his own brewery, the River Dog Brewing Co. in Ridgeland, South Carolina. He has vast experience building and operating a company, helped by an MBA in marketing.

"We are very excited that Josh has agreed to join our Advisory Board," said Chris Miller, CEO of the functional beverage company. "He has built his own beverage brand and is an executive at one of the biggest beverage brands in the world.  His expertise, wisdom and industry experience are priceless for Koios. 

"Josh's presence on the team not only provides cutting-edge industry knowledge, but his connections in distribution and sales will hopefully open many doors for the Koios brand."

Added Luman: "The functional beverage market is exploding and I am thrilled to be coming along for that ride," he said. "This is the go-to drink-of-choice among a new generation of consumers who want low-calorie, nutrient-dense options. Koios's products are the best on the market and are delicious."

In connection with Mr. Luman's appointment, the Company entered into an Advisory Board Agreement dated May 15, 2018, whereby, among other terms, the Company agreed to grant Mr. Luman 50,000 stock options at the exercise price of $0.38 per common share until expiry on May 15, 2021.

Grant of Stock Options

The Company announces that it has granted 50,000 stock options to Mr. Luman for the purchase of up to an aggregate 50,000 common shares of the Company, pursuant to its Stock Option Plan, at a price of $0.38 per common share. Each option granted to Mr. Luman is exercisable until expiry on May 15, 2021. These stock options vest as follows: 12,500 stock options vest on November 15, 2018, 12,500 stock options vest on May 15, 2019, 12,500 stock options vest on November 15, 2019, and 12,500 stock options on May 15, 2020.

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SONOMA, Calif., May 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Enologix, Inc., Organizers of Bordeaux In America: The Climate Disruption, expect to draw 100 of the top winegrowers and climate experts to attend the inaugural climate conference on June 7, 2018 at Ramekins Event center in Sonoma, CA. Climatologist and Viticulture expert Greg Jones of Linfield College will present the keynote address.

The conference is intended to foster collaboration and develop solutions to the current and future impact of climate change on luxury winegrowing. This one day event will gather leaders in climatology, phenology, economics and winegrowing to predict future spatial distribution of temperatures, phenology fit of cabernet vines to future Napa Valley climate and bottled wine quality. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr. Greg Jones, Linfield College - Director, Evenstad Center for Wine Education Professor, Department of Environmental Studies
  • Dr. Elizabeth Wolkovich, University of British Columbia - Associate Professor, Forest & Conservation Science
  • Dr. Dan Sumner, UC Davis - Professor Agriculture and Resource Economics
  • Dr. Daniel Cayan, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, UC San Diego

"Our overall mission behind Bordeaux in America: The Climate Disruption is to find winegrowing solutions to problems we will face caused by increased Growing Season Temperature in Napa Valley and other famous California winegrowing regions," says Leo McCloskey, Founder of Enologix, Inc. "Eventually the varietal mix in Napa Valley will change, as will cultural practices and new vineyard installations. We want to show which varieties will leave and which will remain."

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SAN DIEGO, May 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Tequila enthusiasts can now raise a glass to celebrate a new launch of premium grade, 100 percent blue agave craft spirit: CaliFino Tequila. Sourced from Jalisco, Mexico, CaliFino Tequila is now available at select locations in San Diego. Custom created to achieve the best taste, scent and quality, CaliFino is setting a benchmark for tequila distilleries throughout the region.

Three distinct types of tequila, all with different tastes, are produced under the CaliFino brand; Reposado, Añejo and Extra Añejo. The conversation to launch CaliFino began after a decades-long search for a signature brand, and from there, the tequila formulas were born.

Each spirit has been carefully produced to be embraced by tequila enthusiasts across the country. All tequilas are aged in lightly toasted, American white oak barrels. The agave heads, known as the Piña, are slowly cooked in a stone oven. Produced and bottled in Mexico, every step that goes into producing CaliFino demonstrates a true "artesenal" style, from the professionally designed bottles, to the wood and cork stopper and varying color of ropes according to the type of tequila, hand-tied around each bottle.

The idea for CaliFino Tequila came about in 1975, when Don Jose Luna would travel to the Arandas Highlands in Jalisco to acquire the moonshine-style tequila that was not going to be sold under a label. Passing down the tradition through his family, the pure tequila samples were shared among friends who would always ask for "the family tequila." In 2014, the Luna family was inspired to ask the tequileria to create a specific formula for the finest tequila from Arandas. After several tasting trips to the region, the family found a unique taste that honors their legacy and from there, CaliFino Tequila was born.

CaliFino is delighted launch their custom tequilas in San Diego, with plans to expand to other markets in the near future. For a list of places where you can currently purchase a bottle of CaliFino Tequila, check out their website here.


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