SOBE Wine & Food Festival 2012

Well, we had an amazing week in South Beach Miami for the South Beach Wine and Food Festival by Food Network.  This event has grown to a must attend gathering for anyone who loves wine, food and SOBE.  SOBEWFF was held February 23-26, 2012.  This year Paddington Brands became a major Silver sponsor with our Tequila 3 Amigos, Agoston Wines and we had the pleasure of pre-introducing the new Miami Cocktail Company owned by friends of mine Ross and Simon.  (Here is the sponsor page)

 

 

 

The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE is a national, star-studded, four-day destination event showcasing the talents of the world’s most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities. Hosted by Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida and Florida International University(FIU), the festival benefits FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center. To date, the Festival has raised more than $14 million for the School.

 

Our corner display in the Grand Tasting tent looked fantastic and was one of the highlights of the whole event.  We poured Tequila 3 Amigos Blanco, Reposado, Anjeo and Organic Blanco as well as our 3 Amigos Pineapple Serrano Pepper Margaritas which we have dubbed “Fire & Ice”.  Agoston wines both Tempernillo Cabernet and Granacha Syrah.  Miami Cocktails pre-introduced themselves with two of their flavors to fawning crowds.  We saw so many friends and met so many new people it is hard to capture here.

 

 

 

 

 

One of many cool things we participated in was Michael’s Genunie Food & Drink “Farm to Table” brunch sponsored by Whole Foods. This was an amazing organic brunch by Michael Schwartz of MGFD a James Beard Award winning chef and friend.  3 Amigos Tequila was the beverage of choice and we again served our 3 Amigos Pineapple Serrano Pepper Margaritas.  MGFD mixologist Ryan created what is now one of our favorite drinks with 3 Amigos

 

Cocktail Recipes:

 

“Fire & Ice”  3 Amigos Pineapple Serrano Pepper Margarita

Cut 1 Hawaiian “Gold” Pineapple into chunks (No Core) and blend with 1/2 Cup of Agave Nectar and 2 fresh Serrano Chiles (with the seeds and membranes removed) together in a blender.  Once the “Base” has a puree consistency and is flowing smoothly turn off the blender and place in a container.

  • 1.5 Ounces                 3 Amigos Blanco Tequila
  • 4 Ounces                     Margarita Mix
  • 1 TBSP                        Piña-Serrano Puree
  • 1 Scoop                       Ice

If you would like a little more sweetness you can add Superfine Bar Sugar to the rim of the glass.

 

 

 

 

 

The Caballero  by Ryan @MGFD

  • 2 oz Organic 3 Amigos Blanco Tequila
  • 1 Barspoon Roasted Poblano Agave
  • 1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 2 oz Red Bell Pepper Juice
  • Garnish w/ Cilantro & Bell Pepper slice

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Our partnership with POM Wonderful and Iron Chef Marc Forgione was a huge hit at the show.  Marc created the “POM Thyme 3 Amigos Margarita” … voted by many as best of show at the event.  Marc appeared for Food Network at the POM Wonderful stand prominently pouring 3 Amigos Tequila.  Here are a few shots.. and a copy of the recipe:

POM Wonderful- 3 Amigos Tequila -1003_miami_recipe_card

 

I know we will be back!  I hope you will join us next year!   And let me know if you try our recipes… they will be a hit with your guests!

 

 

Paddington Brands Launches 90+ Rated Agostón Spanish Red Wines Nationally Through Walgreens

Indianapolis, IN – July 12, 2011 – Paddington Brands announced today that it has launched its Agostón wine brand through Walgreens, the nation’s largest drugstore chain.  Bodegas Virgen del Aguila, the Spanish wine cooperative, confirmed Paddington Brands as the exclusive U.S. importer of Agoston wines.

 

Agoston Tempranillo Cabernet from Spain - now available at ALL Walgreens

“When we first tasted Agostón, we knew this was a wine that would appeal to American consumers,” said J. Smoke Wallin, chairman and CEO of Paddington Brands. “Year after year Agoston has been receiving 90+ points in the Penin Wine Rating Guide, which is Spain’s equivalent to Robert Parker ratings. We have worked with Walgreens in order to bring this savory wine to the United States at an affordable price.”

 

In April Paddington launched both a syrah/garnacha and a tempranillo/cabernet blend in more than 4,000 Walgreens stores. The wines, priced at $5.99 a bottle in most states, have become one of the drugstore chain’s top selling imported wine brands.

 

“Agostón is a great addition to Walgreens wine selection as our first Spanish wine,” said Dex McCreary, Walgreens divisional merchandise manager. “We look forward to working with Paddington Brands to promote this brand and make this quality import a success.”

 

Agoston Garnacha & Syrah

“We were immediately impressed with the knowledge, drive and ‘can do’ approach of the entire Paddington team,” said Jose Maria Andres, CEO of Bodegas Virgen del Aguila co-operative. “We are proud to work with Paddington to launch this wine with such an important retailer like Walgreens, a company that will advance the development of the Agostón brand.”

 

About Agostón

Agostón is named after the wild Spanish boar and is made by the Bodegas Virgen del Aguila co-operative. Located in the great wine-producing area of northern Spain we´re lucky to have a climate and terroir ideal for making quality wines full of character. Here we have 2,200 hectares of vines, planted with a good range of grape varieties, including the native Tempranillos and Garnachas, as well as international varieties, such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Our oldest vines date from the year 1906 and help create wines of superb intensity, such as our Agostón range.

 

Our vineyards are located in the scenic foothills of the Ibérico mountain range and we have a wide variety of landscapes and eco-systems within our demarcated area. Under half of our land is taken up by vines, the rest being undisturbed areas of rocky outcrops and forested mountain slopes, dry river beds, wild-flower margins and old almond groves. This makes it and its surrounding area a zone of high biodiversity and an ideal wildlife haven, something that we’re committed to safe-guarding.  The winery produces close to 10 million litres of wine a year, with a full range of styles, including young fresh whites and rosés, intense aromatic reds and complex oak-aged “Crianzas” and “Reservas”. The winery is modern, and fully equipped and the underground maturation cellars have 13,000 oak barrels.  

 

 

 

 

About Paddington Brands
Paddington Brands (www.Paddingtonbrands.com) manages a portfolio of owned and agency premiere import & craft beers, artisanal spirits and fine wines.  Paddington’s team and partners have extensive experience in the global beverage and consumer packaged goods industries. Paddington owns the Napa Smith Brewery & Winery and 3 Amigos Tequila.  Paddington is headquartered in Metro-Indianapolis, IN, with offices in the United Kingdom and Napa, CA and a sales team covering the U.S. market and select international markets. Join us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Paddington-Brands/220043258012149 and Follow us on Twitter @Paddingtonbrands

 

About Walgreens

Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) is the nation’s largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2010 sales of $67 billion. The company operates 7,733 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Each day, Walgreens provides nearly 6 million customers the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice in communities across America. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along with respiratory services. These services improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. Take Care Health Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that is the largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health centers and in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 700 locations throughout the country.

The Paddington Corp Announces Merger With Pelican Brands

Pleased to share this announcement – Paddington Corp Merges with Pelican Brands forming Paddington Brands, LLC

 

FOR RELEASE June 23, 2011

Media contact:

Heather Carden

001-317-574-6408

 

 

 

 

The Paddington Corp Announces Merger With Pelican Brands

Indianapolis, IN USA – June 23, 2011 – The Paddington Corporation today announced the completion of a merger with Pelican Brands, LLC.  The combined company will be known as Paddington Brands, LLC.  Paddington is based in Carmel, IN and also has offices in Napa, CA and 3rd party warehousing in NJ and CA. Paddington owns Tequila 3 Amigos, the Napa Smith Brewery & Winery, and is the exclusive Importer and U.S. sales agent for a prestigious portfolio of wine and spirit brands.

Since January, Paddington, through outside investors, has injected nearly $1 million into the business to expand Napa Smith Beer and Tequila 3 Amigos in multiple markets throughout the US.  The Company is committed to rolling out both brands nationally in 2011.

J. Smoke Wallin, Chairman & CEO of Paddington Brands said, “Paddington understands what today’s consumer wants– authentic, hand crafted brands with a great taste.  Our team has deep industry knowledge of the distribution and retail tiers of the business providing a rapid national route-to-market in all segments of beverage alcohol.”

Our Brands

  • Napa Smith Brewery & Winery: Napa Smith Beer, now available in 32 states, is a unique brand that brings the best of Napa Valley in quality and lifestyle to the fastest growing segment of the beverage industry, Craft Beer.  Our brew master, Don Barkley, has been brewing amazing craft beers since 1979. Napa Smith Winery has produced award-winning wines in the past three years and is sold primarily in the Western U.S.
  • Tequila 3 Amigos: Paddington’s partner in Tequila 3 Amigos is the Gonzalez family of Arizona and Mexico, where they have grown agave for generations. Paddington has announced partnerships for  Tequila 3 Amigos with major NASCAR venues including Talladega, Phoenix International Raceway, California’s Auto Club Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Kansas, and Michigan International Speedways.  Tequila 3 Amigos has had three named races in the past year including the 3 Amigos Tequila Talladega 250 ARCA race in April. The Company expects Tequila 3 Amigos to be distributed in over 25 states by year-end.
  • Chase Distillery: Paddington also imports the Herefordshire, UK-based Chase Distillery’s Chase Vodka and Elderflower Liqueur and has launched it in ten states in the U.S..
  • Paddington Wines: Since January 2011, Paddington has sold Agostón Wines from Spain into 4,085 Walgreens stores in thirty-one states. Agostón has also consistently received 90+ points in the Penin Wine Rating Guide.  Paddington Brands also represents: Calatrasi from Italy, award-winning Gemtree from McLaren Vale Australia, and Brent Marris’s newest venture, Marisco Wines – The Kings Series and The Ned.

Wallin continued, “The new Paddington Brands is an exciting company that aligns an extremely talented group of industry leaders with explosive growth brands. We plan to build on our momentum as a brand investor and incubator.  We are also continuing to selectively and opportunistically make acquisitions providing us additional scale.”

About Paddington

 

The Paddington Corp. was built upon a rich tradition of some of the industry’s greatest brands.  In 1937, Charles Guttman founded the original Paddington Corporation, which became the exclusive importer of Justerini & Brooks Ltd. (J&B) scotch, and a very successful creator of brands including Bailey’s Irish Cream.  Paddington was acquired by several large conglomerates in the 1960s – 1980s and eventually became a division of Diageo, the worlds largest spirits company.  Diageo later folded the Paddington entity into its larger North American sales force and it has remained dormant until now.  The new Paddington Brands, LLC, though a completely independent and unaffiliated company, draws on this rich tradition of building brands over the long term that Charles Guttman started so many years ago.

Paddington is headquartered in Carmel, IN, with offices in the United Kingdom and Napa, CA and a sales team covering the U.S. market and select international markets. Paddington is actively seeking acquisitions in the wine, spirits, beer and non-alcoholic beverage space.   Follow us on Facebook http://on.fb.me/afmdBU and on Twitter @paddingtonbrands and on the web at www.paddingtonbrands.com

3 Amigos Tequila to partner with Michigan International Speedway

Hey all you race fans and all you tequila fans…. 3 Amigos is proud to announce our partnership with Michigan International Speedway!  Check it out!  Hope to see you at the Race this weekend!

BROOKLYN, Mich. (June 15, 2011) — It’s signed and official! Michigan International Speedway officials announced a partnership with 3 Amigos Tequila today.

3 Amigos Tequila will be the “Official Tequila of MIS” beginning with this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 race weekend.

 

“We’re pleased to partner with 3 Amigos Tequila and have them here during our upcoming race weekend,” MIS President Roger Curtis said. “We’ve had great relationships with beer and liquor companies over the years, so it’s fitting that 3 Amigos Tequila sees value in partnering with us for the 2011 season.”

Award winning 3 Amigos Tequila

Award winning 3 Amigos Tequila

3 Amigos Tequila was founded by Arizona resident Santiago Gonzalez and his family in 2007. The product is made from agave grown at his family’s farm in Mexico. The tequila is distilled and bottled in Mexico before being brought to the United States for distribution.

 

“3 Amigos is very excited to partner with Michigan International Speedway to introduce our brand to your great fans,” J. Smoke Wallin, Chairman & CEO of Paddington & Pelican Brands.  He continued, “We know how serious the Michigan fans are about auto racing, and we take our tequila just as seriously – it will be a perfect match!”

 

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets for the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 on Sunday and the NSCS 400 on August 21, both weekends featuring 3 Amigos Tequila, are now on sale and as low as $30. Visit MISpeedway.com or call the MIS ticket hotline at 800-354-1010 today to take advantage of great pricing for 2011 events at MIS.

 

Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan, Michigan International Speedway is a Great Escape, a venerable NASCAR national park where race fans and sports fans can get away and enjoy the very best in racing and camaraderie. It’s the fun of NASCAR and the thrill of a great time for guests and drivers alike.

 

You can also visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MISpeedway or Tweet with us @MISpeedway.

 

About The Paddington Corporation

The Paddington Corporation has a rich history in the branded spirits business. Today’s Paddington Corporation is a brand marketer, incubator and instigator. Its first brand of this century is 3 Amigos 100% agave hand crafted tequila.  www.paddingtonbrands.com

 

About Pelican Brands

Pelican Brands manages a portfolio of owned and agency premiere import & craft beers, artisanal spirits and fine wines. Pelican Brands’ team and partners have extensive experience in the global beverage and consumer packaged goods industries. A Pelican Brands led investment group recently acquired Napa Smith Brewery & Winery. Pelican Brands is headquartered in Carmel, IN, with offices in the United Kingdom and Napa, CA and a sales team covering the U.S. market and select international markets. www.pelican-brands.com and on Facebook http://on.fb.me/afmdBU And follow us on Twitter @pelicanbrands

 

About 3 Amigos Tequila

Tequila 3 Amigos is made by the Gonzalez family. 3 Amigos Tequila is grown and made in Tepatitlan, Jalisco, Mexico, located in the highlands of the state of Jalisco. Los Altos red rich soil, and high incline land produces the finest Weber Blue Agave. 3 Amigos Tequila is a young company with deep roots going back generations of growing blue agave for some of the finest tequila companies. 3 Amigos tequila is now rolling out around the US and will be available in your market soon. Visit us online at http://3amigostequila.com/html/casa.html or join us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/3-Amigos-Tequila/94710159983 where we will continue to update availability.

 

Michigan International Speedway – 2011 Schedule

 

Thursday, June 16      Race Fest in Downtown Brooklyn – 1:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.

Friday, June 17           ARCA Racing Series RainEater Wiper Blades 200

Saturday, June 18      NASCAR Nationwide Series Alliance Truck Parts 250

Sunday, June 19        NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400

 

Friday, Aug. 19           Meijer Pole Day

Saturday, Aug. 20      NASCAR Camping World Truck Series VFW 200

Sunday, Aug. 21        NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

 

Sunday, Sept. 11        Spirit of America Blood Drive – 10th Anniversary!

 

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CONTACT:
Sammie Lukaskiewicz, MIS Director of Communications (517) 592-1208 or slukaskiewicz@mispeedway.com
Dennis Worden, MIS Manager of Public Relations (517) 592-1204 or dworden@mispeedway.com

 

 

3 AMIGOS TEQUILA NAMED OFFICIAL TEQUILA OF KANSAS & CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAYS

I’m pleased to announce two more major NASCAR sponsorships with Kansas and Chicagoland Speedways! These great venues expand our 3 Amigos Tequila footprint with Official Tequila designations at Talladega Superspeedway, Darlington Raceway, Auto Club Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway.

Look for our Trackarita Carts pouring 3 Amigos today at the Sprint Cup Race at Kansas –

Kansas Speedway Partners with 3 Amigos Tequila
6/1/2011

Kansas Speedway officials announced a partnership with 3 Amigos Tequila today.

“Both Kansas Speedway and 3 Amigos Tequila are young companies that want to provide a good time to our customers,” said Kansas Speedway President Patrick Warren. “I’m looking forward to a long partnership with the 3 Amigos Tequila brand.”

3 Amigos Tequila was founded by Arizona resident Santiago Gonzalez and his family in 2007. The product is made from agave grown at his family’s farm in Mexico. The tequila is distilled and bottled in Mexico before being brought to the United States for distribution.

J. Smoke Wallin, Chairman & CEO of Paddington & Pelican Brands said, “3 Amigos is very excited to partner with Kansas Speedway to introduce our brand to your great fans. 3 Amigos recently won “Best of Show” at the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America tasting competition. 3 Amigos is above all else, great tequila.”

Individual tickets are on sale now for remaining events at Kansas Speedway including the Oct. 8 Kansas Lottery 300 and the Oct. 9 Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. Tickets are available by calling 866.460.RACE (7223) or by logging onto www.kansasspeedway.com. Parking at Kansas Speedway is always free and fans may bring one 14x14x14-inch soft-sided cooler into the grandstands to enjoy their favorite food and beverages.

For those of you who watched the Nationwide race last night at Chicago – you probably caught a glimpse of our 3 Amigos Tequila sign on the inside of the track!


3 AMIGOS TEQUILA NAMED OFFICIAL TEQUILA OF CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY

6/1/2011

Joliet, Ill. – May 31, 2011 – Chicagoland Speedway today announced a partnership with 3 Amigos Tequila making it the official tequila of the speedway.

“We’re thrilled to partner with 3 Amigos Tequila and introduce our amazing fans to their award winning tequila,” said Scott Paddock, President of Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway. “We look forward to working closely with 3 Amigos Tequila to bring exciting opportunities to race fans in advance of our September race weekend when we host the kick-off to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, September 16-18.”

“3 Amigos is very excited to partner with Chicagoland Speedway and introduce our brand to the third largest media market,” said J. Smoke Wallin, Chairman & CEO of Paddington & Pelican Brands.

Tickets are on sale now for the 2011 events at Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway, including single-day tickets! To purchase tickets, please visit www.ChicagolandSpeedway.com or call 888-629-RACE (7223).

Chicagoland Speedway’s 2011 Schedule:

Date Event

June 4 STP 300 (NASCAR Nationwide Series)
Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 150 presented by Menards (ARCA Racing Series)

Sept 16 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Sept 17 Dollar General 300 presented by Coca-Cola (NASCAR Nationwide Series)

Sept 18 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Route 66 Raceway’s 2011 Schedule:

Date Event

June 10-12 Burndown at Sundown!

June 23-26 NMRA NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing

July 7-10 O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals (NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series)

Sept 15 *Traxxas Torc, The Off-Road Championship Series

*At the Route 66 dirt oval

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