PURCHASE, N.Y., March 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Pernod Ricard USA, a leading producer, importer and marketer of prized spirits and wine brands in the United States, is honored to announce that its brand portfolio won an impressive 34 medals in the prestigious 2007 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Pernod Ricard Double Gold Medal winners include: Jameson(R) 18 Year Old, Redbreast(R) 12 Year Old and Midleton(R) Very Rare Irish Whiskies; The Glenlivet(R) 21 Year Old Archive and Aberlour(R) single malt whiskies; and Wild Turkey(R) Kentucky Spirit and Wild Turkey(R) Master Distiller Selection American Whiskies. In addition to receiving Double Gold, Redbreast, The Glenlivet 21 Year Old Archive and Wild Turkey Master Distiller Selection were selected to be poured in the competition's prestigious "Sweepstakes" tasting to determine "best of category and show," and Redbreast was named "Top Irish Whiskey." Held on March 17th and 18th at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in San Francisco, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition is the first comprehensive, international spirits judging held in the United States on an annual basis. 2007 marked the largest and most successful event in the competitions history with 701 spirits entries from 52 countries and 6 continents. Judging is based on blind taste tests and medals are awarded based on taste alone. "We're thrilled to have our premium products recognized with such high honors at this competition," said Patrick Piana, Senior Vice President, Spirits Marketing, Pernod Ricard USA. "These awards affirm that Pernod Ricard has developed one of the most highly regarded premium spirits portfolios in the industry, appealing not only to consumers, but also to the distributors, brokers and retailers who sell our brands." Following is the complete list of Pernod Ricard USA brands receiving Double Gold or Gold medals in the 2007 San Francisco World Spirits Competition: * Jameson(R) 18 Year Old and Midleton(R) Very Rare both won Double Gold, while Jameson(R) 12 Year Old received a Gold medal in the Irish Whiskey category. * Redbreast(R) 12 Year Old Irish Whiskey was named "Top Irish Whiskey" and won a Double Gold medal. * The Glenlivet(R) 21 Year Old Archive and Aberlour(R) 18 Year Old both won Double Gold in the single malt category while Aberlour(R) 12 Year Old took home Gold. * Wild Turkey(R) Master Distiller Selection and Wild Turkey(R) Kentucky Spirit both received Double Gold medals while Wild Turkey(R) 101 and Wild Turkey(R) Russell's Reserve won Gold medals in the American Whiskey category. * Ballantine(R) 12 Year Old won Gold in the Blended Scotch category. * Tevado(R) Reposado won a Gold Medal in its first year of entry in the tequila category. CONTACT: Jack Shea Pernod Ricard USA VP, Corporate Communications 914-848-4787 Jack.Shea@pernod-ricard-usa.com John Dooley Taylor Rafferty Media Contact 212-889-4350 John.Dooley@taylor-rafferty.com About Pernod Ricard USA Pernod Ricard USA, based in Purchase, N.Y., is a leading producer, importer and marketer of prized spirits and wine brands in the United States and is one of the fastest growing subsidiaries of the world's # 2 spirits company and #3 wine company, Paris, France-based Pernod Ricard, S.A. The completion of Pernod Ricard's acquisition of Allied Domecq in 2005 vaulted Pernod Ricard USA to the forefront of the U.S. spirits market, doubling the company's sales value and market share. The company is now the third largest in the U.S. spirits industry by sales value and the fourth largest by sales volume in the U.S. Pernod Ricard USA's leading brands include Kahlua(R) Liqueur, Chivas Regal(R) Scotch Whisky, Seagram's Extra Dry Gin(R), Malibu(R) flavored Rum, Stolichnaya(R) Vodkas, Jameson(R) Irish Whiskey, The Glenlivet(R) Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Wild Turkey(R) Bourbon, Beefeater(R) Gin, Hiram Walker(TM) Liqueurs and Martell(TM) Cognac, as well as Jacob's Creek(R) and Brancott Estate(R) wines, Perrier Jouet(R) Champagne, Mumm(R) Champagne and Mumm Napa(TM) wines, and Pernod(R) and Ricard(R) Liquors. Enjoy Pernod Ricard's brands responsibly and in moderation.
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