Ten years of sipping with Select Brands | Food


The distributor of wines and spirits Select Brands celebrates its 10th anniversary. The company opened its doors and the palaces of The Rock to a wide range of beverages on November 11, 2011, when industry veterans Andrew Desnoes and David McConnell joined forces to make their dream one of the leading companies. of wines and spirits in the Caribbean.

In one of the many celebrations planned for the 10-year milestone, a small group of guests, including Food, were invited to ‘Sip With Select’ and explore Italy through wine and bites on November 23 at Uncorked Too in Kingston.

A sparkling delight of delicate aromas of pear and apple with a crunchy finish in the form of Santa Margherita Prosecco, greeted guests upon arrival. Once seated at the Constant Spring Road location, to whet an appetite, guests indulged in a shot of rich and flavorful tomato gazpacho, followed by the antipasti (appetizer) of seared scallops with a salad of tangy apples that paired so perfectly with the Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio, which embodies the scents and flavors of golden apples and citrus.

For the primi piatti (first plate), the guests enjoyed a roasted salmon with a reduction of rosemary balsamic vinegar served with a comforting black rice pudding and buttered green beans with cracked pepper that paired impeccably with a Santa Margherita Rosé.

The tour of the European republic continued with a secondi piatti (second plate) of steak medallions with a herbed mushroom tapenade, served with a parmesan reggiano purée accompanied by a Sassoregale Sangiovese, a red wine from Tuscany.


Last on the menu was dolce (dessert), which was a vanilla bean and limoncello panna cotta that would make even the sternest Italian grandmother smile. Coupled with a Caravella Limoncello, a bright and refreshing Italian spirit made with fresh juice and pie, earthy lemon zest from the Amalfi Coast, once dinner was over all the attendees had nothing but praise for the Uncorked Too staff and Debra Taylor -Smith, Select Brands luxury portfolio manager, thanked everyone for attending.

Over the past 10 years, Select Brands has diversified the appreciation of Jamaicans, becoming distributors of imported brands that many have grown to love. From Stone’s Ginger Wine to Usain Bolt’s favorite champagne, GH Mumm, the Select Brands brands have had a good decade. “To say that I am grateful and touched by the growth of our team over the past 10 years would be an understatement,” Desnoes says. “We have a dedicated, loyal team committed to the success of our business, and we are grateful to them. While it’s an accomplishment for any business to turn 10, it’s especially important for Select Brands and its more than 90 team members. “This step is not ours only; we have assembled a team of highly qualified wine and spirits specialists in every department, ”says co-founder McConnell. “It was an amazing thing to see. Bravo to 10.

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