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Hess Family Wine Estates Completes Southeast Region Team


Larissa Dubose, Melanie Nicolas Appointed Field Sales Managers

Nicolas and DuboseNapa, Calif. Hess Family Wine Estates has appointed two Field Sales Managers for the newly formed Southeast Sales region, completing the team reporting to Southeast Division Manager Wendy Lavoie, responsible for the Hess Family Wine Estates portfolio in 13 southeastern states.

Melanie Nicolas has been named FSM for Florida, a key market for Hess Family Wine Estates.  Most recently she served as a sales representative for Premier Beverage, which represents HFWE.  Earlier, she served as a Promotional Marketing Specialist for Team Enterprises, focusing on Bacardi, and worked in guest relations for the Tampa Bay Lightning, the local National Hockey League team.  A graduate of the University of Central Florida, she was named a Distilled Spirits Wholesalers of Florida Scholar.  She will be based in Florida, working from Boca Raton.

Larissa Dubose has been selected as the Field Sales Manager for Georgia, along with the Carolinas, Tennessee and Alabama.  She will be based in Atlanta.

DuBose arrives at HFWE from Reliable Churchill, another Hess distributor.  She had been serving as a portfolio manager focusing on Patron, but has broad experience in both on and off premise channels for wine and spirits.  She has managed restaurants and began her career as a sales consultant in health care.  Dubose is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Whittemore School of Business and Economics, and has undertaken extensive wine education training.

Hess Family Wine Estates produces terroir driven wines on four continents, including the wines of The Hess Collection from Mount Veeder in Napa, California; Artezin, from California’s North Coast; MacPhail Family Wines with Pinot Noir expressions from California’s greatest coastal growing regions; Peter Lehmann wines from Australia’s Barossa Valley; Colomé and Amalaya from the Calchaquí Valley near Salta, Argentina and Glen Carlou from Paarl, South Africa.

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