December 1933

21st Amendment Ratified, Prohibition Ended


December 5, 2017 marks 84 years since the United States ratified the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and paved the way for the modern three-tier beverage alcohol system.

We've Got Game: Will You Join the Action? WSWA Launches New Convention Website and Opens Registration for 71st Annual Convention and Exposition

(Washington, D.C.) Register today to take part in the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) 71st Annual Convention and Exposition, the wine and spirits industry's premier event. A newly-launched convention website ( is now available and provides a direct link to the registration portal. The convention website also includes detailed information on exhibit options, scheduling, sponsorship opportunities, competition entry and more.
Also available on the site is a special message from Agent 0071--see if you can decode the true identity of this undercover operative.
This industry-leading showcase and event will be held April 8-10 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
In addition to suppliers and exhibitors, registration is also now open for WSWA Wholesaler Members, WSWA Associate Members, and Non-Members. Non-Member Wholesalers interested in attending should contact WSWA's Bob Wiggans ( for eligibility requirements.
"Last year's convention and exposition set records for attendance and industry participation," WSWA President and CEO Craig Wolf said. "This year's event will be take that excitement, action and resources to the next level--with a little Las Vegas flash and energy added in," he noted. "Whether you are a supplier looking to build a new brand, establish or extend distribution or a wholesaler looking to grow your portfolio of products or services, the WSWA 71st Annual Convention and Exposition is a can't miss industry event sure to benefit your bottom line," Wolf added.
Convention highlights include three information-rich general sessions with speakers like noted business and motivation consultant Dan Heath of Duke University's CASE Center and Captain Richard Phillips subject of the current motion picture featuring Tom Hanks in the starring role. Attendees and exhibitors will also enjoy exclusive networking and socializing at the Taste of the Industry grand tasting and the Opening Night Reception.
The WSWA 71st Annual Convention and Exposition features a host of opportunities for suppliers, importers and exporters, as well as beverage industry product and service providers. Exhibitors can showcase their offerings to help launch, build and grow brands by reserving space in the Exhibit Halls, Lower Level or Traditional Hospitality Suites.
Brands, suppliers, wholesalers and mixologists can spotlight the best and brightest at one of the five hot competition and tasting events including: the Wine and Spirits Tasting Competition, Call for Cocktails Mixology Competition, Wholesaler Iron Mixologist Competition, the Hoptails Mixology Competition featuring beer and spirits together as cocktail ingredients, and the new Beer Tasting Competition.
Competitions are hosted in partnership with The Tasting Panel magazine, the country's most important and fastest-growing beverage industry publication, reaching over 100,000 hospitality professionals each month. Competitions are emceed by the talented Tony Abou-Ganim, a noted mixologist, speaker and author.
The schedule also includes the U.S. Beverage Alcohol Forum, an information-rich program that will provide attendees with practical knowledge and resources to succeed in the U.S. beverage market. These popular educational sessions are included in the WSWA Convention and Exposition fee but can also be purchased as a separate, one day stand-alone registration.
The WSWA Annual Convention and Exposition has traditionally drawn more than 2,000 attendees and is the highlight of the year for the beverage alcohol industry. It is organized and hosted by WSWA, a national trade association representing the wholesale tier of the wine and spirits industry. With more than 350 member companies across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, WSWA is the voice for wholesalers in Congress, the executive branch, courts, state legislatures and news media nationwide. More information about WSWA is available at

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