Paula Dezzutti Hewlette from Charleston, SC is the CEO of Local Choice Spirits, a family run award winning brand development and distribution platform combining the strength of super premium boutique spirits with experienced industry professionals, top-notch celebrity artists, and a pioneering beverage loyalty initiative. Their diverse premium brands, both in spirits and partners, is unmatched in the industry for quality and character, and includes Gas Monkey Cinnamon Flavored Tequila with Richard Rawlings, The Legendary Hatfield & McCoy Family Brand Whiskey, Gentry Bourbon from Bravo’s Southern Charm, Boosie Juice Strawberry Kiwi Flavored vodka, and Gold Star Vodka for Veterans. Local Choice Spirits have won over 40 awards in international blind taste test competitions and is driven by their vision statement to “Pour It Forward,” which marries philanthropy with daily celebration. $2 of every bottle purchased for a community event will be donated back to that community to match their efforts. So far this year we donated $20,000 to our Veterans!
Paula spent two decades as an expert in the financial and tax planning field before becoming a founding investor, brand manager, and director on the board of a cutting edge spirits technology company. Now having worldwide connections in the industry, her experience over the last several years resulted in her being featured in The Huffington Post, Yahoo Finance, Dow Jones Market Watch, Proof 66, Wine and Country Magazine, Whiskey Passion Magazine, and Entrepreneur Mind World. She has spoken at The American Distilling Conference, The American Beverage Consortium, The Los Angeles Brand Innovation Summit and The Confidence Factor for Women. Local Choice creates award-winning spirits for the hottest names in the music and TV industry. Their products have won over 40 awards at international taste test competitions, are enjoyed by customers in over 40 states and have been seen by over 10 million viewers on cable TV shows.
Paula was the first female judge at the San Diego Spirits Festival in August 2016 and took 7 additional medals with her entries and the only two Double Gold Awards in the entire competition! Her commitment and vision for the industry is contagious. New iconic American Folklore releases include the launch of Al Capone’s Private Reserve Rum and Tequila, Kurt Thomas’ Georgia Pecan Moonshine, Grizzly Adams’ Whiskey, Ladies of London, Marissa Hermer Watermelon flavored Vodka, Dwight Eubanks Gin Collection, Trina Braxton’s Bourbon line, a new product from Housewives of the Potomac with Ashley Darby and Countess Luann Delesseps vodka martini line fit for the royalty in all of us!
And here is a quote from Paula Dezzutti Hewlette: “Local Choice TerrePURE Spirits was founded as a socially responsible beverage company committed to excellence in its products, its partners and its community. To that end we proudly display the Local Choice Award Symbol and the Kosher symbol on all of our labels, because more than a representation that conforms to religious standards, it is viewed as a mark of quality and an added safeguard, tantamount to the famous “Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval”. Gone are the days when food and drink was purchased indiscriminately, merely on the basis of taste or eye appeal. Consumers examine the ingredient panel on products, as well as the nutritional information displayed on the label. They are extremely concerned about the products they consume, questioning manufacturing procedures, as well as the choice of ingredients used. The Kosher symbol, with the monitoring and care it represents, ensures the highest quality standards to the largest and most diverse consumer audience, and the Local Choice Awards symbol represents my commitment to the financial and spiritual well-being of our communities.” #PourItForward
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