April 21, 2017 – Yolo Rum‘s premier blend, Yolo Rum Gold, won a gold medal in the 2017 Spirits Tasting Competition at the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America 74th Annual Convention and Exposition. Held at the Grande Lakes Orlando resort and hotel, the WSWA Convention and Exposition is the preeminent event of its kind in North America.
“We were looking to crash the WSWA party in a good way,” says Yolo Rum founder Philip Guerin, “and I think we did just that.”
WSWA is the trade association representing United States wine and spirits wholesalers. Its mission is to further the interests of its members through representation before Congress, courts, regulatory bodies, executive agencies and more. WSWA also provides lobbying at the state and federal level, public affairs initiatives, and networking opportunities for its membership.
No stranger to industry expositions and competitions, Yolo Rum has received multiple Best-of-Class wins from Spirits of the Americas, won multiple gold medals at the Denver International Spirits Competition and taken home more gold medals at the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival. Now Yolo Rum Gold adds another medal to the trophy case.
At the heart of the Yolo Rum operation is master distiller Francisco “Don Pancho” Fernandez. Born in Cuba and operating out of the Republic of Panama, Don Pancho is the world’s most-respected and honored ronero (that’s “rum blender,” for the layman). Yolo Rum also used the WSWA convention as an opportunity to unveil Don Pancho’s latest creation: Yolo Rum Clear. A bridge between top-shelf Yolo Rum Gold and ideal mixer Yolo Rum Silver, Yolo Rum Clear is splendid for mixing or solo consumption, with a smooth, lightly smoked sweet-oak taste. Offering old-world artistry in its production together with modern branding—all at a super value—Yolo Rum Clear is poised to make a significant impact in the wine and spirits market.
Yolo Rums are gluten free, with no added sugar or molasses and no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, and the company produces its products using revolutionary environmentally sustainable processes. Offering boutique quality at exceptional value, Yolo Rum is the ideal synthesis of ancient crafts and modern tastes.