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Kimberly Shannon has been in the wine and spirits industry for the last 16 years. She is currently a Corporate Beer, Wine & Liquor Specialist for a large independently owned grocery chain headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., and spanning 5 states. She holds the WSET level 3 advanced certification, along with the Certified Specialist of Spirits certificate from the Society of Wine Educators. She has also earned the title of Certified Cicerone and numerous other specialty certifications in areas such as Sherry and Agave-based spirits.
Her role at Giant Eagle includes shelf selection, staff education, and working with distributor partners to create and execute programming across the chain. She truly enjoys her time spent on the sales floor working directly with team members and assisting guests. When not at work, Kimberly enjoys traveling, cooking and hosting dinner parties, spending time with her family, and playing golf with her husband of 23 years. Founded in 1931, Giant Eagle is one of the 40 largest family-operated companies in the US and operates Giant Eagle, GetGo, and Market District stores.
The USA Wine Ratings competition, which is organized by Beverage Trade Network prides itself on working with preeminent judges that have direct buying responsibility in their roles. This competition that happens every year in San Francisco will see buyers assess wines by their quality, value, and package. Each panel when judging also has a Master of Wine giving the competition the highest standard of judging quality.
If you are a wine brand looking to get in front of the right buyers, USA Wine Ratings offers a great opportunity here. Judges of USA Wine Ratings are real trade buyers and Masters of Wine, they review products based on Quality, Value, and Package, exactly what their consumers want from them, and how they buy for their business.
Submissions are now open and you can enter your wines before the super early bird deadline of November 30, 2023. Get your wines in front of the right buyers and get critical market feedback, product score breakdown and professional tasting notes from the buyers.