About Us

Liquor Industry Experts in Brand Development

Spirits, Beer, Wine Sales, Marketing, Distribution and Importation

About Speakeasy Wine & Spirits

Speakeasy Wine & Spirits are brand development experts for Wine, Craft Beer and Spirits. Collectively, we have been in the beverage industry for over 30 years providing “Out of the Ordinary Brand Development” for a select group of clients. 

We represent a handful of suppliers by choice, which allows Speakeasy Wine & Spirits to provide exceptional customer service and deliver superior results.  Our services include brand and sales development, importation services, distributor management, PR/Media management and promo/demo/hand-sell services.

We “tailor-make” our services for each supplier’s individual vision for the future growth of their brands. Speakeasy Wine & Spirits can manage the US Market, regionally or state specific.  Consider us your “Out-Sourced Supplier Reps” without the payroll taxes nor employee expenses.

Chris Stevens-Managing Partner

Chris StevensUpon graduation from the University of Arizona, Chris Stevens worked in the world of banking and finance before finding his way into the wine & spirits industry a decade ago. Chris has worked in several aspects of the industry, including distribution and supplier roles. During his time at Baroness, Chris managed seven territories throughout Colorado, including Aspen, Vail, Denver Metro, and Colorado Springs. As Chris evolved into the supplier segment, his role as National Sales Director for Nexus Brands, allowed him to implement a multi-state promotions division, develop chain sales (Kroger, Whole Foods, Safeway, along with several regional retailers), and expand Nexus Brands into Canada and Japan.

The recent partnership with Alicia at Speakeasy Wine & Spirits has allowed Chris the opportunity to utilize his experience to assist with fantastic family owned brands and expand their footprint throughout the United States.

Alicia Vargo-Managing Partner

Alicia VargoSpeakeasy Wine & Spirits offers growth for distinctive beverages, with exceptional brand development for everything Grapes, Grains, Hops and Ciders. Alicia Vargo-Managing Partner, has a varied and accomplished career in the Beverage Industry.  Her experience runs deep rooted in wholesale.  Her father was a wholesale cheese broker, so it only made sense for Alicia to go into the wholesale wine industry. Speakeasy is also a proud member if the USBG, US Bartenders Guild. Alicia, over the years has been fortunate to have been acknowledged for her philanthropy humbly winning awards for “Outstanding Business Woman of the Year”, Denver Business Journal, “Top Women owned Businesses”, CO Biz Magazine, and more. Alicia states “When I take a moment to reflect on how I personally affect small businesses in a profound way each and every day, my day is well spent!”

Alicia’s Beverage Industry Accomplishments

•Alicia has 20+ years of beverage industry experience in the Colorado Market, and surrounding states. Here are a few of her accolades over the years:
•Department of Agriculture Board Member, assisting Colorado Wineries and Distillers
•Sales Manager of the year for Beverage Distributors Corporation
•Orchestrated a public Vintage Wine Club with Joshua Wesson (bestselling author and retailer), Bill St. John, Pat Miller, and John Meredith
•Speaker at Aspen Wine and Food Classics and many other wine-related events
•First woman to rise to a Sr. Vice President level in the western United States in the Beverage Industry
•One of the fastest promotions in Gallo history (worked at Gallo 1986-1988) as a Key Account Manager, also worked closely with the National Accounts division