1026 Beverage Company was founded by two long-time friends who met in the mid-80s while working for Gallo, then the Benziger family at the genesis of the fighting varietal revolution. Since, they have developed and launched some of the biggest and most successful wine & spirits, and non-alcohol CPG brands in the country.

Consumers and the wine trade need suppliers to bring more than the same old wines with the same old go to market strategy, all wrapped in a new flashy label. We have the balanced experience to deliver what is needed.

John Ormiston is a long time industry executive with for over 30 years of experience.  He has worked for Gallo, Benziger, Brown Forman, and White Rock Distilleries.  He has worked with many great brands through the years including Jack Daniels, Sonoma Cutrer, Benziger, and Korbel to name a few.  He has significant experience in distributor management, national account management, and strategic planning.  John resides in southern California.

Tom Lynch started his career with Gallo Wine Company before moving to Benziger.  In 1994, Tom created a digital marketing firm and over the ensuing 12 years developed brand strategies and marketing campaigns for companies including Kraft Foods, Mentos, Coca-Cola, Bloomin Brands, ING, Ameriprise, Dominos Pizza, and Auto Trader.  He began importing wines from South Africa and Argentina in 2006 before creating 1026 Beverage Company.  Tom resides in Atlanta.

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