Jamaica’s very own Appleton Estate 12 Year Old Rum, Appleton Estate 21 Year Old Rum, and Wray & Nephew Overproof Rum, won six double gold medals in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The brands are a part of the wider Campari America premium portfolio.
Campari America, a wholly owned subsidiary of Davide Campari- Milano S.p.A., was honored with the Director’s Award at the prestigious 2014 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, in addition to picking up multiple Double Gold and Gold Medals across its premium portfolio.
The Director’s Award is presented to the spirits company with the competition’s most successful portfolio. The recognition solidifies Campari America’s position as an innovative, forward-thinking company featuring an unrivaled portfolio of high-quality spirits.
Entries were evaluated by judging panels comprised of nearly 40 spirits industry experts and led by Anthony Dias Blue, executive director and founder of the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Judges were from renowned restaurants and hotels, well-known spirits journalists, spirits buyers for large purveyors and spirits consultants.
Campari America earned medals for all 24 spirits it submitted to the competition. This includes six double gold medals for brands including Appleton Estate 12 Year Old Rum, Appleton Estate 21 Year Old Rum, Wild Turkey 101 Rye Whiskey and Wray & Nephew Overproof Rum. The company also took home six gold medals, for brands such as SKYY® Infusions and Russell’s Reserve®; ten silver medals; and two bronze medals from this year’s competition.
“It’s an honor to receive the Director’s Award from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition,” said Jean-Jacques Dubau, Managing Director – North America, Gruppo Campari. “It’s hard to believe that just a decade ago this company was focused squarely on SKYY Vodka. Now, Campari America has grown and evolved into a diverse company offering spirits from around the world. Campari America continues to experience success at all levels, and we appreciate this recognition from one of the industry’s most reputable international spirits competitions.”
The San Francisco World Spirits Competition is the first comprehensive, international spirits judging ever held in the United States on an annual basis. This year was the largest in the competition’s 14-year history with nearly 1,500 entries.