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Women & Whiskey

Free Monthly Series | Thursdays from 6PM - 9PM

In Partnership with Culinaria

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Whiskey isn’t just for Jack. Whether you consider yourself a whiskey connoisseur or just ready to try something new, we invite you ladies to pull up a chair and join us for our exclusive whiskey tasting. This dark spirit offers flavors that are smart, bold, and diverse with a history just the same. Come learn, taste, and enjoy all that whiskey has to offer – cheers!

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Presentations

MANISSE DAVISON

Bulleit | September 16, 2021

Native Texan, Manisse Davison is the Area Manager for Diageo at Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits. Her career is deeply invested in hospitality with a passion for Bourbon. As a Certified Bourbon Steward she continues to drive her knowledge through education and experience. Her travels to Kentucky allowed her in-depth time with some the worlds best Master Distillers. She continues to challenge both herself and her team to see past the label and enjoy what is in the bottle.

Ed Belfour, President & CEO

The ice rink may seem like a far cry from the distillery, but for Ed Belfour, they both feel like home.
Growing up in Carman, Manitoba, Ed started playing hockey in elementary school and, for much of his young adult time, went unnoticed as a goalie.
His fate turned around after one show-stopper game in 1981, catching the attention of coaches and scouts. Ed went on to enjoy a nearly 20-year career (playing in 1,124 games) with the National Hockey League (NHL). Today, he is one of only two hockey players to have earned these three major victories: an NCAA Hockey Championship, an Olympic Gold medal and the Stanley Cup. He ranks third on the NHL’s All-Time Win Leaders with 484 victories.
Along with a refined, natural palate for whiskey, Ed brings entrepreneurial spirit, a sophisticated sense of style, and powerful leadership to the company. From strategic business decisions to selecting barrels, he’s been “all in” from day one and plans to remain an active CEO.

Reaghan Belfour, Vice President, Finance & Operations
Reaghan Belfour contributes a valuable skill set in sales, finance, operations and leadership to the Belfour Spirits operation. Reaghan attended Southern Methodist University (SMU) and was accepted into the Cox School of Business during her first eligible year. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance in 2014.
Reaghan attributes her success to her fierce focus, dedication, and willingness to win, but overall she believes you are only as successful as the people with whom you surround yourself. Loyalty to family, friends and team is crucial. This is the spirit Reaghan brings to the game.

Dayn Belfour, Vice President
Dayn Belfour grew up playing hockey, first for fun, then, later, as a member of the U.S. Junior Hockey League, an award-winning college player at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and, ultimately, as a professional goalie in the Allsvenskan Division 1 League of Lindesberg, Sweden.
An injury brought Dayn’s hockey career to an abrupt end, but the lessons learned from the sport have found the perfect field of endeavor today at Belfour Spirits. He learned the meaning of dedication and its demonstration in selfless, collaborative teamwork. He also realized that his true passion is making connections across generations, gaining new perspectives, insights and knowledge from everyone he meets.

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CHRIS SEALS AND JOANNA SALINAS

Still Austin | July 15th, 2021

Chris Seals has lived all across Texas – everywhere from Houston to Amarillo – and he moved to Austin in 1993 to attend the University of Texas at Austin and fell in love with the beauty, creativity, and inclusiveness of the city. 

For most of his career Chris worked as an economist, until his father approached him in 2013 with the idea of opening a whiskey distillery together.  While he liked the idea of opening a whiskey distillery, he loved the idea of building a closer relationship with his dad.  Together with his father and other co-founders, Seals co-founded Still Austin Whiskey Company with a vision to make a bourbon whiskey that is a genuine expression of the spirit of Austin, Texas. 

Still Austin Whiskey Co. was born of a passion for quality whiskey that reflects the heart and soul of the city and state that it calls home. Joanna Salinas was one of the six company founders that came together to make that dream a reality. Joanna has spent the previous 25 years as a trial attorney and running a well-established and respected Austin law office. She was intrigued by the challenge and thrill of starting the first approved grain-to-glass whiskey distillery in the City of Austin. After utilizing the legal and conflict resolution skills to help get the company through the city, state and federal regulatory challenges and running strong, she now plays a more active role promoting the craft spirits and the whiskey movement here in Texas, as a representative of Still Austin and a member of the board for both the Texas Distilled Spirits Association and the Texas Whiskey Association.

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Heather Greeene, Marlene Holmes, & Marsha Milam

Milam & Greene | June 17, 2021

World-renowned whiskey expert, author and master blender, Heather Greene, leads the Provision Spirits business with direct oversight of product development, including blending her namesake, Milam & Greene Whiskey. After spending years on the road working and writing for distilleries, Heather decided to “pack it up” and throw her experience behind Provision Spirits in Blanco, Texas after falling in love with their passion, synergistic love of music (Heather is also a musician), and whiskey-making skills.

Kentucky native, Marlene Holmes, joined Provision Spirits in 2018, to help create and launch Milam & Greene. In her role as master distiller, Marlene oversees the distilling, aging, blending, batching, proofing, sourcing, finishing, and bottling of award-winning whiskies sold under the Milam & Greene Whiskey brand.

Texas entrepreneur Marsha Milam brought her passion for building successful ventures such as the Austin film-festival and “KGSR’s Unplugged at the Grove” to Provision Spirits after breathing in a quiet moment inside a Kentucky warehouse. “All that quiet, the beauty, and the irreverence of whiskey spoke to me. It sits in that barrel and does exactly what it wants to do. You can’t rush it.”

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Heather Greene, Marlene Holmes, and Marsha Milam

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MANISSE DAVISON

George Dickel | May 20, 2021

Native Texan, Manisse Davison is the Area Manager for Diageo at Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits. Her career is deeply invested in hospitality with a passion for Bourbon. As a Certified Bourbon Steward she continues to drive her knowledge through education and experience. Her travels to Kentucky allowed her in-depth time with some the worlds best Master Distillers. She continues to challenge both herself and her team to see past the label and enjoy what is in the bottle.

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ERICKA WAGNER

Elijah Craig | April 15, 2021
Native to Northern California, Ericka Wagner is new to San Antonio, but not new to the wine and spirits world. Ericka is currently an On Premise Sales Consultant for Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits here in San Antonio, representing brands such as Angel’s Envy Bourbon, Elijah Craig Bourbon, Patron Tequila, Grey Goose Vodka and Ilegal Mezcal. Prior to her move from California, Ericka worked in hospitality and events for E. & J. Gallo Winery, representing their vast portfolio of wine and spirits. She is a Certified Specialist of Spirits and has a passion for sharing the stories behind the brands she represents.

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RENEE GEORGE

Woodinville | March 18, 2021

Renee is the Woodinville Whiskey Co Brand Ambassador for the state of Texas. She has spent 13 years in beverage marketing & sales: including hydration, protein, on & off premise spirits/wine -supplier & distributor facets. Renee has a passion for representing women in craft spirits and launching brands from the ground up.

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MARK SORELLE

Saint Liberty Whiskey | February 25, 2021

Over 30 years of experience in the spirits industry & ranging from mixologist, distributor sales management, supplier management, chain management, national sales and marketing consultant, brand creation and development, importer to brand owner.  He has been creating new spirit brands  and consulting with spirit brands around the world for two decades. Saint Liberty is his passion project and was created to honor women in the industry, like his wife and women entrepreneurs.

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MARK SORELLE

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MARY GONZALES

Angels Envy | January 21, 2021

Mary is currently the Southern Glazer’s Central Texas Key Accounts Manager, representing Angel’s Envy bourbon, Elijah Craig bourbon, Patron Tequila, Grey Goose Vodka and Ilegal Mezcal. She is certified in several levels of the WSET (Wine and Spirits Education Trust) and working on her Certified Bourbon Professional (CBP) certification.

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