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WSWA 73rd Annual Convention & Exposition Coming to Caesars Palace, Las Vegas

Registration Open, Website Launched, Award Winners Announced

Mark Your Calendar for April 18-21, 2016!

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The industry’s leading event for wholesalers and suppliers is headed to Caesars Palace, Las Vegas: registration for the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) 73rd Annual Convention & Exposition is now open. 

Whether you are a supplier looking to launch a new brand, take an existing product line to the next level, or broaden your distribution channels—the WSWA 73rd Annual Convention & Exposition is designed to deliver results for your business.

The event will take place April 18-21, 2016.  Visit for complete exhibitor and attendee information and pricing.

Highlights of the convention will include:

  • Two Exhibit Halls featuring the most innovative products
  • Lower Level and Traditional Hospitality Suites
  • Exciting Competitions, including the Wine and Spirits Tasting Competitions, the Call for Cocktails Mixology Competition, and the unique Wholesaler Iron Mixologist Competition - all hosted in partnership with The Tasting Panel magazine and the Somm Journal, emceed by Tony Abou-Ganim, The Modern Mixologist
  • Two General Sessions, sponsored by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States.  Day 3 features keynote speaker Aron Ralston, fearless adventurer and subject of the hit film “127 Hours”
  • The well-attended Opening Night Reception, sponsored by the Presidents’ Forum of the Distilled Spirits Industry
  • The popular Taste of the Industry, a grand tasting open to all registered exhibitors and attendees
  • An information-packed U.S. Beverage Alcohol Forum with sessions on marketing, succeeding within the three-tier system, and launching brands and rolling-out new extensions, among other relevant topics

WSWA will also recognize two industry giants: Tito Beveridge and Larry Ruvo.

The WSWA Educational Foundation will present Tito Beveridge, founder of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, with the Sidney Frank Award, given annually to a person who has made exceptional industry contributions in addition to noteworthy philanthropy and community service.  The award is named for Sidney Frank, a leading innovator who built a number of successful brands and an extraordinary philanthropist.

WSWA will present the Lifetime Leadership Award to Larry Ruvo, senior managing director with Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada, a 40-year veteran of the industry.  The award is presented annually to a wholesaler whose contribution to the association, the beverage industry, and the community defines excellence, inspires loyalty, and exemplifies leadership.

To register, view exhibit information, learn about sponsorship opportunities, or view current program information, please visit

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