Champagne Harvest Begins!

The Champagne region of France has announced the start dates for the 2019 harvest, with villages commencing harvest gradually beginning this week and into next week. The start dates vary by each village and grape varietal, ensuring that every plot is picked at the optimal ripeness. Every year, all the Read the rest

Why Sell Organic?

Alcohol is not where you go when trying to sell healthy products. This is true. However, that doesn’t mean we should tar all spirits with the same brush. Without doubt some spirits are murkier, poorly-made, and full of leftover chemicals that lead to that ferocious hangover your customer will never Read the rest

Wine Industry Looks To Millennials For Growth

Wine Access, a leading online direct-to-consumer wine retailer, announced today the findings of a recent internal study of sales data that shows Generation X holds greater immediate purchasing potential than Millennials, despite greater industry focus on wooing the younger generation. The data, which spans 2017 to 2019, supports recent Read the rest

Beaulieu Vineyard Celebrates 80th Anniversary of Georges de Latour

Beaulieu Vineyard has celebrated numerous milestones since founder, Georges de Latour and his wife Fernande, landed in Rutherford in 1900. This week, Beaulieu Vineyard will mark another significant milestone with the official celebration of the winery’s 80th anniversary of its first bottling of the notable Georges de Latour Private Read the rest

USDA Progam Awards $1,215,000 to DISCUS To Combat Retaliatory Tariffs

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) was awarded an additional $400,000 through USDA’s Agricultural Trade Program (ATP), which was set up specifically to assist those agricultural groups that are being adversely impacted by retaliatory tariffs.  This brings the total amount awarded to DISCUS to $1,215,000 since Read the rest

Vision Rolls Out Dashfire RTDs

Vision Wine & Spirits, the national sales and import division of Martignetti Companies, together with Dashfire, announced new editions to their line of bitters. Dashfire is a comprehensive bitters company based out of Minnetonka, Minnesota, founded by Lee and Dawn Egbert in 2012. 

Dashfire Ready-to-Drink (RTD) 6-pack 100ml cans and Read the rest

Bordeaux Wine Council’s Names Bernard Farges New President

The CIVB (Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux), the leading French wine trade association, held its General Assembly recently.

Its members, including 25 winegrowers (designated by the Fédération des Grands Vins de Bordeaux) and 25 négociants (designated by the Fédération des Négociants de Bordeaux & Libourne), elected Bernard Farges as Read the rest

375 Park Avenue Spirits Is U.S. Importer For Polish Wyborowa Vodka

375 Park Avenue Spirits has come to an agreement with Pernod Ricard to act as the exclusive U.S. importer for Wyborowa Vodka from Poland effective immediately.

“We’re extremely excited to be welcoming Wyborowa to the 375 Park Avenue Spirits family and in doing so adding another iconic global brand to

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Green Flash And Jameson Create Celtic Sun IPA

Green Flash Brewing Company, in partnership with Jameson Irish Whiskey, released Celtic Sun IPA, a refreshing beer crafted to perfectly pair with Jameson Caskmates IPA edition. 

Celtic Sun IPA is the first Jameson collaboration with a U.S. craft brewer to create a non-barrel aged beer to be sipped alongside Jameson Read the rest

How To Liberate Profits On Bastille Day

Consider pre-batching a D’USSE Fleur de Vie for a floral-forward cocktail bringing together sweet notes of elderflower, richness from cognac, and a splash of fresh champagne bubbles. To satisfy those whose taste buds favor something sweet, St-Germain’s Parisian Daiquiri is a perfect French twist on a classic cocktail. Grey Goose’s Read the rest

Riegele Named German Brewery of the Year

Riegele Brewery has been named Germany Brewery of the Year for the third year running, an unprecedented accomplishment. Considered the highest honor of the German brewing industry, the Golden Federal Honorary Award was presented to Riegele by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture.

Riegele also received the Bundesehrenpreis, Read the rest

Founders Comes To Utah

Founders Brewing Co. has partnered with General Distributing out of Salt Lake City and Wasatch Distributing out of Ogden to bring its lineup to Utah. Founders will be sending products to select Utah State Liquor Stores as early as July 2019.

“We’re very excited to launch Utah as our 49th Read the rest

Kim Crawford Partners with U.S. Tennis Assoc.

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) and Kim Crawford Wines announced a new partnership that names Kim Crawford Wines as the official wine of the US Open Tennis Championships. The new, multi-year agreement commences with the 2019 Open.

The No. 1-selling Sauvignon Blanc and leading New Zealand wine brand in Read the rest

4 Cocktails to Upsell This July 4th

It’s almost that time of year where we put on our red, white, and blue to celebrate the good ol’ USA. Upsell your customers with these ideas from William Grant & Sons portfolio.

We have rounded up some of our favorites from Tullamore D.E.W., Hendrick’s Gin, Fistful of Read the rest

These Drinks Make For Peachy Margins

With peach season in full swing upon us, bartenders across the country are reaching for this fleshy  coveted farmer’s market staple for its subtle, versatile flavor profile that pairs well with all kinds of spirits – from vodka to bourbon. We have the top 5 cocktails to bring summer closer.… Read the rest

Spa Girl Cocktails Gets New CEO

Spa Girl Cocktails, a line of low-calorie, high-proof, ready-to-drink ultra-premium vodka martinis has announced the appointment of Alisa Marie Beyer as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.

Speaking from her sunny office in Palm Springs, the former Miss California finalist and Spa Girl Cocktails Founder Karen Haines remarked, “We are thrilled Read the rest

Launch of Eight Lands Organic Speyside Gin and Vodka

Set at the foot of the Ben Rinnes mountain, Glenrinnes Distillery is a new family-owned and run business producing super-premium white spirits from the finest Speyside spring water and 100% organic ingredients.

Meet Eight Lands: named after the eight different counties that are visible from the top of Ben Rinnes Read the rest

Cavit Goes Screwcap

Cavit Collection Wines is transitioning its still white wines to screwcap closure. Cavit’s iconic packaging, emphasizing the brand’s commitment to quality, modernity and authenticity, will remain otherwise unchanged. The range of high-quality, approachable and food-friendly whites includes Riesling, Oak Zero Chardonnay, Moscato and Pinot Grigio. The decision to move to Read the rest

Bartender Competition Deadline Closing In

Calling all bartenders! The chance to enter the Mediterranean Inspirations cocktail competition by Gin Mare is just around the corner.

Med Inspirations is reimagining the global cocktail competition by bringing people together over well-crafted cocktails inspired by the Mediterranean lifestyle. Competitors will share an experience with a group of professionals Read the rest

Meet the Malbecs From Cahors

Malbec is a well-known wine practically synonymous with Argentina. But who knew Malbec is named for Sieur Malbeck, an 18th century Bordeaux vintner who gained commercial fame with the grape?

“In France, most people know the birthplace of Malbec is Cahors, only a two-hour drive east of Bordeaux,” said Alexis … Read the rest

13 Negronis To Inspire Your Menu

It’s Negroni Week, and not just any Negroni Week. This cocktail celebrates 100 years this month. Bonfort’s acknowledges a century of imbibing the zesty, rindy, beloved Negroni with 13 of the best recipes designed to satisfy any cocktail lover.

Hendrick’s Unusual Negroni

Ingredients:

  • 1 Part Hendrick’s Gin
  • 1 Part sweet
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Crown Royal Noble Collection French Oak Cask Finished Now In Distribution

The Crown Royal brand is pushing the boundaries of innovation with different flavor offerings and finishing techniques, most recently highlighted by the introduction of the newest addition to the Noble Collection, Crown Royal Noble Collection French Oak Cask Finished. This limited-edition expression showcases Crown Royal Fine De Luxe, the standard Read the rest

Swedish Cider, Gluten Free and Higher Alcohol

Rekorderlig cider announced that all seven flavors are now vegan, just in time for summer. Rekorderlig has developed a new brewing process, which allows for the removal of gelatin as a filtering agent, to cater to the current market needs and consumer trends in health, climate change, and animal well-fare. Read the rest

Responsibility.org Staff Reshuffle

Ben Nordstrom, M.D., Ph.D., Executive Director of Responsibility.org announced today that its Board of Directors has appointed Marc Bromfeld, Director of Corporate Affairs, Social Responsibility and Charitable Giving at Edrington Americas, its new Chairman. Rick Wilson, Senior Vice President of Corporate Responsibility at Bacardi, will serve as Vice Chairman. Bromfeld Read the rest

Dallas Artist Wins 2019 Beaujolais Nouveau Label Competition

The yearly competition to find the best original art for the U.S. label of Georges Duboeuf’s world-famous Beaujolais Nouveau has ended with the highest levels of social media engagement to date, and an impressive number of submissions by talented artists from around the country. Over 600 pieces were entered, with Read the rest

New York Bar Accuses Tenn. Tourism Bureau of Fake Contest

Photo By: Julia D’Alkmin

Long Island Bartenders participated in the final round of the Long Island Iced Tea Challenge, a challenge to determine the origins of the famed Long Island Ice Tea drink between Kingsport, Tenn and Long Island, NY. They are calling an investigation by the City of Kingsport Read the rest

Andrea Hoover Named Bev. Director at Cameron Mitchell

Andrea Hoover has been named Beverage Director of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants (CMR), an independent, privately-held restaurant group based in Columbus, Ohio known for developing compelling restaurant concepts including the nationally-acclaimed Ocean Prime brand.

In this role, Hoover will oversee the development of all beverage-related programs, partner relationships,  training and staffing Read the rest

BACA Targets New-To-Wine Consumers With Rosè Cans

BACA Wines, a modern California Zinfandel brand spearheaded by Director Jennifer Brown and Winemaker Alison Frichtl Hollister, has announced the launch of the wine portfolio’s newest wine, 2018 BACA Ring Around the Rosé, a Rosé of Zinfandel.

“We believe the bright fruit flavors and crisp acidity make this debut vintage Read the rest

Armit Releases Gran Reserva 904 2010

Armit Wines released of its Gran Reserva 904 2010 from La Rioja Alta S.A. Rioja Alta’s Gran Reserva 904 stands out for its complexity and outstanding ageing potential. It is a classic Rioja which is only released in exceptional vintages.

Head winemaker Julio Saenz says: “The 2010 vintage, rated Excellent, Read the rest

Dinner With Paul Hobbs?

Photo Credit:  Courtesy of Paul Hobbs Winery

Presented by Culina & Vinoteca at Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, the Culina & Vinoteca Winemaker Dinner with Paul Hobbs is a limited ticketed and luxurious evening hosted by Culina & Vinoteca Sommelier David Gary with Guest Speaker, Winemaker Paul Hobbs Read the rest

Coppola’s 140-Year Old Inglenook Expands Cave Capacity

Francis Ford Coppola, proprietor of Inglenook, says the historic winery will mark its 140thanniversary by significantly expanding its caves. The major expansion will accommodate the addition of 122 stainless steel fermenting tanks, each dedicated to one of Inglenook’s 122 vineyard parcels.

“Since it was founded in 1879 by Read the rest

Janelle Monáe Releases Limited Edition Belvedere

Belvedere Vodka debuted its limited-edition bottle with GRAMMY-nominated musician, actor, and activist Janelle Monáe, available in-store globally beginning June 2019.

The metallic collage design, with an aesthetic aimed to peel back the layers and reveal the beauty within, illustrates the multifaceted character of both Monáe and Belvedere. The final punctuation Read the rest

Alcohol Trade Groups Call To Remove Spirits and Wine From Retaliatory Tariffs

Photo by Chuttersnap

Trade groups representing several beverage alcohol suppliers, wholesalers, importers and retailers, submitted comments to the United States Trade Representative (USTR) urging the removal of spirits, wine and non-alcoholic beer from its draft list of European Union (EU) products being targeted for proposed retaliatory tariffs.

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Scholarship For San Fran Hospitality Kids

Photo: Josh Harris and Morgan Schick

Josh Harris and Morgan Schick of Bon Vivants Hospitality are pleased to announce the creation of the The Bon Vivants Scholarship at ScholarMatch, a non-profit organization founded by acclaimed author Dave Eggers. To be eligible for The Bon Vivants Scholarship, a student must have Read the rest

John Donegon Wilson Joins Round Pond

Round Pond Estate has appointed John Donegon Wilson as Winemaker, according to an announcement by owners Miles and Ryan MacDonnell.

Wilson will be responsible for the oversight of all aspects of winemaking for Round Pond’s esteemed portfolio of wines. “We’re thrilled to welcome John to our team,” said the MacDonnells, Read the rest

Crowns & Hops Exceeds Crowdfunding Goal

Teo Hunter and Beny Ashburn, the co-founders of Crowns & Hops Craft Beer Brand announce they have exceeded their US crowdfunding campaign goal. The 30-day campaign launched March 6, 2019 on the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform included a US tour with promotional events in several key markets such as Los Angeles, Read the rest

Livermore Valley Wine Country Defines 12 Sub-Districts

Results of two scientific studies commissioned by the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association (LVWA) with funding from the California Department of Food and Agriculture show that there are 12 identifiable growing districts within the 260,000-acre Livermore Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA). Analysis of topography, soils and micro climates across the region Read the rest

Are You Bombay’s Most Imaginative Bartender?

The 2019 Most Imaginative Bartender Competition (MIB) presented by Bombay Sapphire will officially accept submissions now until June 30. Over the next three months,emerging bartenders from across North American can once again submit their most imaginative cocktail creations for the chance to compete amongst the nation’s top mixology talents.

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3 Pairing Tips To Upsell Your Customers

(Four minute read)

Your customers want advice. What goes with grilled meat, salads, and tacos? Get-togethers mean simple foods that people can share and the summer months certainly bring out the barbeques. Zin, particularly Lodi Zin, is a great all-round wine for most summer occasions so we asked Oak Ridge Read the rest

The Bourbon Cocktail Upsell

From the bourbon cosmopolitan to an egg white coffee cocktail and a bourbon-based yogurt tipple, this brown spirit is not just for the cold months. It’s an inspiration for summer cocktails you can be proud to list, and even upsell your customers on the basis of innovation.

Three Dots &

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