Herman Merinoff, co-chairman of the board of wine and spirits distributor The Charmer Sunbelt Group, has died at the age of 77 after a brief illness.

He joined his father's company Charmer Industries, then called Blue Crest Wine & Spirits Corp, in 1959, with a vision of developing and expanding the business within and beyond New York State.
Over the next few decades, he grew the family distributing business to 15 states and the District of Columbia.
In the early years of his career, Mr Merinoff served as the chairman of the board and CEO for Renfield Importers, which imported brands such as Gordon's Gin, Martini vermouth and Piper Heidsieck to the US, and served as the chairman of the board for James McCunn & Co, which imported Tanqueray Gin and John Begg Scotch into the country.