Vintage Wine Distributor awarded the “John T. Fleming” Distributor of the Year Award!

November 7th, 2018

     On September 10th, at the Wholesale Beer and Wine Association of Ohio Convention in Columbus, the Ohio Tavern News presented Vintage Wine Distributor with the “John T. Fleming” Distributor of the Year Award for 2018.

Vintage has been in business since the fall of 1972. Vintage has received this award nor has any company our size (or smaller), nor any company of our makeup, being predominantly a wine house.

It is an honor to receive this recognition.

Here is what our president Casey Forbes, had to say to the assembled beer and wine distributors in acceptance of the award.

“Thank you for this award. It is a tribute to the people of Vintage Wine Distributor past and present.       

46 years ago, my father, along with my sister, started Vintage Wine Distributor in an underground warehouse below a retail shopping center at Shaker Square. One of the first things he did was join the WBWAO. He believed that Trade Associations are a very important commitment. He was absolutely right.

Our association is a model for the rest of the country. The structure of our industry in Ohio is the envy of every other state. Sure – we don’t have the gigantic volumes that some states have – but our market is orderly and promotes competition, choice and convenience.

There are about 44 distributors of wine in Ohio, collectively, we service about 24,000 on and off premise permit holders and we each have about 4 zillion products to sell. That is a lot of wine!

Yes, we compete ferociously with one another, but we compete Face to Face.

Thank you for this honor. Thank you to Dick Lumpe, Dave Raber, Tim Bechtold, Sue Remy, and to all the members of the Association for making this a great industry within this great state.”

Thanks to our peers for recognizing our hard work! 

For more information about the Wholesale Beer and Wine Association of Ohio (WBWAO), please visit: 

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