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WINNIPEG, Aug. 22, 2017 /CNW/ - SkipTheDishes is excited to announce that GPS-tracked liquor delivery is now available in Winnipeg, alongside 400+ restaurant delivery choices. Headquartered in the Exchange, SkipTheDishes is leveraging its delivery technology and app to deliver beer, fine wines, and spirits to Winnipeggers. De Luca Fine Wines, Fort Garry Brewing Company, Ellement Fine Wines and Spirits, among others, are all participating in the pilot program. 

"With over a million meals delivered in Winnipeg, it made perfect sense to add liquor stores to our network," says Andrew Chau, SkipTheDishes Co-Founder. "Winnipeggers have been asking to get a bottle of wine or beer with their takeout, and now you can get both delivered within the SkipTheDishes app. Whether you're having a get-together with friends or a couple's night in, SkipTheDishes liquor delivery has you covered."

To order, customers must download the SkipTheDishes app for iOS or Android or go to the website and input their address to get a list of liquor stores that deliver to them.  Once the order is placed, customers are able to track their courier on a map while the delivery is in progress.  There are no minimum order requirements, and payment is made directly on the app or website. Customers must be of age to order and provide ID at the time of delivery.

"We're super excited to finally offer our wide variety of beer for delivery," says Orest Horechko, General Manager of Fort Garry Brewing Company. "With ales, lagers, and cider on the delivery menu, there's something for everyone – especially when it comes to pairing it with the great restaurant meals on SkipTheDishes."

With multiple liquor store partners on the SkipTheDishes network, Winnipeg liquor delivery is currently available from 11AM to 9PM every day, and the delivery fee starts at $3.49.  Pilot beer and wine stores include Kenaston Wine Market, La Boutique Del Vino, Calabria Market & Wine Store, Shrugging Doctor Brewing Company, Half Pints Brewing Company, Torque Brewing, Pembina Hotel, and more.  A nationwide roll-out of liquor delivery to other Canadian and US markets is planned for the coming months. 

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MODESTO, Calif., Aug. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- E. & J. Gallo Winery (Gallo) announced today that it has purchased Germain-Robin, California's first luxury brandy.




In 1981, Ansley J. Coale Jr. had a chance encounter along Highway 101 in Northern California with Hubert Germain-Robin of the Jules Robin family, Cognac producers since 1782. Hubert's desire at that time was to create a small distillery using traditional craft-method distillation techniques. In 1982, he and Ansley established Germain-Robin. The two men began making brandies from premium California wine grapes. By the late 1990s, when Germain-Robin's cellar had matured, their brandies gained attention as some of the world's finest spirits recognized for their elegant, complex and distinct taste.


Ansley Coale and Hubert Germain-Robin were pioneers in the creation of critically-acclaimed world class California brandies, as well as innovatively blending Cognac traditions and techniques with California winemaking and premium grape varieties.


Gallo's acquisition includes the Germain-Robin brand, the inventory of aged and aging brandies and all finished goods. These unique and irreplaceable aged inventories include brandy lots that are over 30 years old, crafted from a broad range of traditional Cognac and Armagnac grape varieties, as well as non-traditional varietals such as Pinot Noir and Zinfandel.


"It is a privilege to be entrusted with the stewardship of Germain-Robin's California brandy legacy," said Ernest J. Gallo, General Manager of Gallo's Spirits Business. "We are fortunate to have Ansley Coale and Joseph Corley, Hubert's apprentice and current Germain-Robin distiller and cellarmaster, remain involved as part of the acquisition.  We are pleased to continue delivering remarkable and unique California brandies that will appeal to whiskey and bourbon drinkers and other connoisseurs of brown spirits around the world."                      


"For decades, Germain-Robin has struggled to place brandy distilled from California wine where it belongs: a category, long overlooked, in fact worthy of inclusion at all levels among the world's finest spirits," said founder Ansley Coale. "We hope — indeed intend — that our unique knowledge and capabilities, supported and augmented by, and carefully integrated into, Gallo's deep experience and powerful resources in both production and marketing, will help bring brandy from California wine the recognition it so richly deserves."


International Wine Associates served as the exclusive financial advisor for Germain-Robin.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.


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