CNI Brands was originally formed in 2007 to serve as the sole North American marketing and distribution company of Combier S.A.S.
Led by 3 brothers, Scott, Curt and Ryan Goldman, the company’s roots date back to 2002, when after a successful collegiate hockey career at Middlebury College, youngest brother Scott left the Green Mountains of Vermont with a hockey bag, a stick, a one-way plane ticket to Paris and a dream to play professional hockey in Europe. Two months and three training camps later, his dream became reality when he signed a one-year contract in the historic city of Tours in the heart of the garden of France – the Loire Valley.
Immediately on arrival, Scott was entranced by the spectacular farms, vineyards and distilleries that make the Loire Valley world famous, but one property in particular, nestled on the banks of the Loire River, stood out from the rest: La Distillerie Combier. Several visits later by all three brothers, the idea was born. The story of Combier had to come to North America.
Since the Goldman's acquired marketing and distribution rights for the Combier portfolio, CNI Brands has since grown into a leading boutique spirit importer representing high quality artisanal brands from around the world with U.S. distribution through our national network of outstanding wholesalers. The company’s vision remains the same: to build a portfolio of brands that stand the test of time. Based in New York City with employees in major markets across the U.S., the team partners with unique suppliers that share this same vision as well as the values of honesty, integrity, and hard work.
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