Opportunity to Join Chateau St. Michelle Florida Team Lures ‘Champagne Wayne’ to Supplier Tier
Wayne Ballard who has been with Southern Wine & Spirits for over 15 years and for the last two has been the West Coast Area Manager has resigned his position. Reports that has accepted a position to represent Chateau St. Michelle portfolio as well as Nicholas Feuillate Champagne which features prestigious Cuvée Palmes d’Or Champagne have been confirmed.
Ballard covered the territory from Marco Island to North Fort Myers and oversaw all sales of Wine and Spirits for Southern Wine & Spirits. SWS services Lee & Collier Counties from their Miami office, and as Area Manager Wayne Ballard was responsible for all on-premise sales managers and account representatives.
Prior to his time in Southwest Florida Wayne represented SWS on Florida’s East Coast, and replaced Stephen Rosenfeld who returned to Southern Wine and Spirits as an Area Manager in Broward County. During his stay Ballard made great strides closing the gap created when this territory was switched to a Miami-based administrative arm after being serviced from Tampa since the formation of the company here in Florida.
No successor has been named and the position is currently open and posted on the Southern Wine & Spirits website.
Southern Wine & Spirits is the largest distributor of spirits in Florida and the United States, and is the exclusive distributor of Chateau St. Michelle and Centre Vincole-Nicholas Feuillatte Champagne so the move keeps him within the Southern Wine & Spirits family of brands but moves him from the duties of distributor to the duties of a suplier representative.
Chateau St. Michelle is Washington state’s oldest and most acclaimed winery that features an impressive selection of award-winning wines. Located in Woodinville, Washington, 15 miles northeast of Seattle, Chateau Ste. Michelle is one of the top visitor and historic attractions in the Puget Sound area.
Nicholas Feuillate is one of the most admired French Champagnes in the world and the brand is celebrating their 35th Anniversary in 2011. Jean-Pierre Vincent has been honored as the Head wine-maker at Centre Vincole-Nicholas Feuillatte and his blends are the is preferred sparklers of Champagne aficionados and is the Champagne poured by Air France. Their range is vast with quality in every category including Non-Vintage Brut, Vintage, Grand Cru, and oak-aged Champagnes.
Beverage Underground raises a glass…a flute to Wayne Ballard wishing his congratulations and good luck. We will keep you up to date on the replacement of the Area Manager position for Southern Wine & Spirits in Southwest Florida.