Renowned winemakers and whiskey aficionados Steve Matthiasson (Matthiasson Wines) and Bob Cabral (formerly William Selyem) have signed on to the new team, continuing the legacy of winemaker-crafted spirits. Both winemakers have achieved Winemaker of the Year honors—Matthiasson from Food & Wine Magazine (2012) and the San Francisco Chronicle (2014) and Cabral from Wine Enthusiast (2011). Cabral is also noted for having made the first American Pinot Noir to be awarded 100 points from a major wine publication. Both Steve and Bob are excited to expand Splinter's offerings in the near future.
"The winemaker voice is essential to the authenticity of these brands," explained Pat Roney, President and CEO of Vintage Wine Estates. "We are thrilled to have two of the industry's most distinguished winemakers join the project."
Splinter Group craft spirits have been available primarily at prestige, on-premise accounts. The new partnership, which includes Splinter senior management, will continue to focus on small-batch, artisanal spirits while expanding offerings in the near future.
Mary Ann Vangrin,
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SOURCE Vintage Wine Estates