Pernod Ricard’s J.P. Wiser Whisky Named Official Spirits Sponsor of ESPN Fantasy Football

Make the Wiser CallNEW YORK–() — As preseason football heats up, North American Whisky brand J.P. Wiser’s® has announced it is the Official Spirits Sponsor of ESPN Fantasy Football for the 2014-2015 season. In conjunction with the sponsorship, J.P. Wiser’s will be launching its new marketing campaign, “Make the Wiser Call,” as well as a series of television and online advertisements, each of which will be bringing to life a “play” from “The J.P.Wiser’s Playbook.” The ads will help inspire and enlighten the everyday regular guy with ingenious ways to achieve their victories both on and off the field and suggest celebrating those moments with good company and a glass of J.P. Wiser’s Whisky. On the heels of their U.S. launch last fall, this is the first major domestic sponsorship for the J.P. Wiser’s brand.

“Before committing to this sponsorship, we of course looked into the key demographic of ESPN Fantasy Football fans and we found a lot of similarities with our J.P. Wiser’s drinkers. They both appreciate quality time with friends and family and share that desire for competitive camaraderie, so this makes so much sense to us,” said Richard McLeod, Brand Director for North American Whisky for Pernod Ricard USA. “It makes sense for consumers, too. Together with ESPN, we’re providing what players need for ultimate bro bonding.”

ESPN Fantasy Football is the most popular fantasy football game, growing more than 23 percent in 2013, as compared to the previous year. This new alignment will help grow the number of J.P. Wiser’s advocates in the United States by bringing new ads to the U.S. market. Beyond making fans laugh with its clever and humorous content, the ads will aim to engage with this large demographic to encourage players to give J.P. Wiser’s a shot as an alternative to beer this football season.

Produced at the Hiram Walker Distillery in Windsor, Ontario, J.P. Wiser’s is the best-selling whisky family in Canada. It draws everyone from whisky drinkers to seasoned whisky enthusiasts with its unique portfolio including J.P. Wiser’s Rye, J.P. Wiser’s Spiced, and J.P. Wiser’s 18 Years Old. J.P. Wiser’s Rye, in particular, is a smooth, approachable and versatile whisky that tastes great neat, but also pairs well with mixers, such as cola or ginger beer.

For regular updates on J.P. Wiser’s and ESPN Fantasy Football news and events, please visit Facebook.com/jpwiserswhisky.

J.P Wiser’s Rye (40% abv/80 proof) and Spiced (43% abv/86 proof) are available nationally in 750mL bottles for $22.99.
J.P. Wiser’s 18 Years Old (40% ABV/80 proof) is also available in limited quantities for $74.99 in a 750mL bottle.

About Pernod Ricard USA®

Pernod Ricard USA is the premium spirits and wine company in the U.S., and the largest subsidiary of Paris, France-based Pernod Ricard SA, which employs a workforce of nearly 19,000 people worldwide and is listed on the NYSE Euronext exchange (Ticker: RI).

The company’s leading spirits and wines include such prestigious brands as Absolut® Vodka, Chivas Regal® Scotch Whisky, The Glenlivet® Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Jameson® Irish Whiskey, Malibu®, Kahlúa® Liqueur, Beefeater® Gin, Plymouth™ Gin, Seagram’s Extra Dry Gin®, Martell® Cognac, Hiram Walker® Liqueurs, Pernod®, Ricard® and Avión™ Tequila (through a joint venture with Tequila Avión); such superior wines as Jacob’s Creek®, Kenwood® Vineyards and Brancott Estate®; and such exquisite champagnes and sparkling wines as Perrier-Jouët® Champagne, G.H. Mumm™ Champagne and Mumm Napa® sparkling wines.

Pernod Ricard USA is based in New York, New York, and has roughly 850 employees across the country. Pernod Ricard USA urges all adults to consume its products responsibly and has an active campaign to promote responsible drinking. For more information on this, please visit: www.acceptresponsibility.org.