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Savage and Cooke

United States

Dave Phinney has a colorful, storied history in the craft beverage world. Twenty years ago, he took a friend up on an offer to spend a semester “studying” in Florence, Italy. This trip sparked what would become life long passions – history, agriculture, winemaking and the profound act of turning something from the earth into a beverage. So, in 1998 he founded his first brand with two tons of zinfandel and not much else. He spent the next decade making wine for others as well as himself and has since grown several companies into multinational brands. During this time, Dave also became increasingly interested in spirits. In 2016, Dave started the Savage & Cooke distillery. He applied all that he learned over the years in winemaking and took a very different approach, notably finishing his spirits in wine barrels from his collection of projects. Dave is thrilled to now have a full craft beverage portfolio that includes a range of Whiskies and wines from all over the world.