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.

WSWA Announces Executive Training and Development Opportunity Hosted in Heart of Oregon’s Wine, Beer and Spirits Region

Council for Leadership Development (CLD) Leadership Skills Conference Registration Open for July 12-14 Session in Portland
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – One of the wholesale industry’s most popular training and development programs for rising executives will be held in Portland, Ore., July 12-14 and will offer unique educational and experiential opportunities focused on this booming wine, beer, spirits and food region.
The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) Council for Leadership Development (CLD) Leadership Skills Conference offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity for professional development and education in a region that is driving innovation in the macro, craft and local spirits, beer and wine industries. The event is made possible because of partnership with the Oregon Wine Board, Oregon Craft Beverage Council (OCBC) and a host of Oregon wineries, restaurants, brewers and distillers.
WSWA’s CLD Leadership Skills Conference is designed to offer rising executives a program that will improve leadership skills, expand networking connections and grow industry knowledge. The program includes in-depth briefings on new and innovative products under development and coming to market; discussions with top wholesaler, supplier and retail sector experts; presentations from outside experts on topics such as marijuana legalization and new technologies; and presentations from WSWA staff members on government affairs programs.
Unique to the program this year is the support of and interaction planned with top Oregon food, wine, beer and spirits entrepreneurs and leaders. The Opening Night Reception is sponsored by the Oregon Wine Board and will feature wines from all of the Oregon wine regions. Following Monday’s presentations and educational sessions, the group will participate in an in-depth tour, tasting and briefing at Adelsheim Winery followed by a dinner and wine tasting at Sokol-Blosser Winery.
Tuesday’s program includes engaging panel discussions on craft beer trends and innovations following a product demonstration session focused on wine draft systems. The evening program includes a distillery tour and educational experience at several top Portland venues including Clear Creek Distillery, Bull Run Distillery, New Deal Distillery and House Spirits. It concludes with a dinner at Bridge Port Brew Pub.
“WSWA’s CLD conference is traditionally one of our more popular and successful programs—but the support of Oregon’s wine, beer, food and spirits industry has made this year’s event an incredible networking and educational opportunity,” WSWA President and CEO Craig Wolf said. “Oregon is a crucible of innovation and the area is a hub of both world class winemaking and cutting-edge spirits and brewing operations. For wholesaler executives looking to further their career development, this year’s CLD is a can’t-miss event,” Wolf added.
Attendees should plan to arrive on Sunday, July 12 in time for an evening reception and small group dinners. The program concludes and departures can be scheduled for early Wednesday, July 15. For interested attendees, an optional wine tour can be scheduled for Sunday, July 12 (additional fee applies). For those participating in this tour, Saturday arrival is required.
Most meetings will be held, and a special room rate is available for attendees at The Nines Hotel. Transportation to all events is included. Click here for a full event program and additional information, or contact WSWA’s Kari Langerman ( / 202 371 7516).

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