For Immediate Release: April 11, 2012

National Wine Retailers Organization Chooses New Officers and Sets Policy Agenda

(Sacramento, CALIF)—The National Association of Wine Retailers (NAWR) today announced the election of a new Board of Directors and officers of the national retailer advocacy group for the 2012-2013 term. Daniel Posner, owner of Grapes the Wine Company in New York, was elected the NAWR’s new president. Keith Wollenberg of K&L Wine Merchants was elected to serve as Vice President.

Founded in 2006 to advocate for fairly regulated wine markets, NAWR new board has set a policy agenda aimed at educating policy makers and the trade of the benefits of modernized alcohol regulations that take account of current market conditions, rather than those of the 1920s.  Additionally, the Board has put in place a long-term plan to extend its member benefits package.

A member of the NAWR Board since 2008, Posner leads one of the most dynamic specialty wine shops in America, Grapes the Wine Company located in White Plains, New York. Posner founded Grapes The Wine Company in 2007. It has become one of the most progressive wine retailers in the country. Wollenberg of K&L Wine Merchants has served on the NAWR board since the association’s inception. He is K&L’s Wine Merchants’ Burgundy specialist and has been very involved in NAWR’s legal efforts to over turn discriminatory wine shipping laws.

The new NAWR Board of Directors also will include James Arnold—CEO of Arnold Consulting Group,  Larry Dutra—CEO of Adams Wine Group, John Hinman—Partner at Hinman & Carmichael, Stacie Hunt—Du Vin Wines, and Simon Littler—Executive Vice President of Global Wine Co.

“NAWR is led by an exceptionally competent and motivated board of directors, all of whom understand the necessity of representing the growing contingent of progressive retailers across the country that are too often stymied by profoundly out-dated alcohol regulations that have become protectionist, rather than useful to the marketplace,” noted Posner. “We believe there is a growing understanding in the alcohol beverage industry today that recognizes the necessity of serious reforms to outdated laws that will benefit both retailer and consumes. The goal at NAWR is to help those changes come to fruition.”

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NAWR is a national organization of brick and mortar and Internet retailers, wine clubs and auction houses that seek a fairly regulated national marketplace for the sale of alcoholic beverages. For more information see http://www.nawr.org.