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The Spirits are Calling. Will you answer? Join us July 15-19, 2015 as the international spirits community answers the call, returning for another spirited round of Tales of the Cocktail®.
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Audrey Fort

Domaine Select Wine Estates
EuroWineGate Portfolio Director
Greater New York City Area
Born and raised in France, “polished” in Russia, Paris and Cognac, Audrey now lives in the city that never sleeps, New York.
After a master in international trade in 1995, Audrey started her career in Moscow, as a Brand Manager for the main Russian importer of the luxury goods. 2 years in this vibrating, emerging city developed her fighting spirit and her interest for brand building (and to an unconscious degree at that time, her knowledge of the vodka category!).
Upon her return to Paris, she was recruited by Beauté Prestige International, Shiseido group’s French subsidiary representing haute couture and fashion designers Jean Paul Gaultier, Issey Miyake and Narciso Rodriguez fragrances. During 6 years of full dedication to mesmerizing smells and astonishing packagings, she took care of the European export, then set up and headed the operational marketing department for Europe, Middle East and Africa. There was only one small step from the intoxicating smells of perfumes to the exhilarating flavors of spirits.
In 2006, Audrey’s experience in the luxury industry and entrepreneurial mindset merged beautifully when she was headhunted by EWG Spirits & Wine (Eurowinegate), a dynamic, multi-cultural company specialized in groundbreaking grape-based spirits located in the heart of the Spirit Valley, Cognac, France, and was offered the tailor-made position of Marketing and Business Development Director. From 2006 to 2012, obsessed by quality and a strong sense of establishing long-term partnerships, she contributed with great success to the expansion of the company with the opening of 40 markets, the creation of 4 multi-awarded products -G’Vine Gin, June Liqueur, Excellia Tequila and La Quintinye Vermouth Royal- and the launch of the Gin Connoisseur Program (GCP), a prestigious pioneer on-trade educational program developed with Philip Duff. Stretched between the beautiful vineyards and the shining pot-stills of the Cognac region and her many travels throughout the world’s best bars, Audrey gained a first-hand knowledge of the production and quality that go into the craft of making and mixing great spirits. Her passion and expertise led her to moderate and contribute to numerous seminars about barrel-ageing and gin production (abandoning the vodka to its illustrious predecessor and tequila…) at Tales of the Cocktail, Berlin Bar Convent, Art of the Cocktails, Manchester Bar Show and about the economics of the spirits business at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic and the Annual Forums of the Spirit Valley.
In November 2012, Audrey joined Domaine Select Wine Estates, named the 2010 American importer of the year by Food & Wine Magazine, as the US Portfolio Director for her beloved EWG brands, joining the leading spirits market in the world. She continues spreading the love for innovation, craftsmanship and experience.

My Moderators Sessions

Thursday, July 16
 

12:30pm CDT