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.Established as one of the industry’s most prestigious bartending competitions, the MIB program, now in its 13th year, has scoured North America for the greatest undiscovered bartenders. New to this year’s competition the top 12 competitors will be

3 Pairing Tips To Upsell Your Customers

Your customers want advice. What goes with grilled meat, salads, tacos and pizza? 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 Winery about its edgiest label, OZV. This is possibly the most versatile portfolio for your bbq-ing customers, so keep it handy and upsell from that $10.99 price slot to $13, $15 and even $70.

The Bourbon Cocktail Upsell

Available in the following U.S. markets: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia. Coopers’ Craft is presented at 82.2 proof and is available at a suggested retail price of $21.99 to $24.99 for a 750ml bottle and Coopers’ Craft Barrel Reserve is presented at 100 proof and is available at a suggested retail price ranging from $29.99 to $32.99 for a 750ml bottle.

Beyond Pinot Grigio: Why You Need Collio Wines

Think of white wines from Northeast Italy and Pinot Grigio may come to mind. The Collio region in the southeastern corner of Friuli-Venezia Guilia makes intriguing Pinot Grigio while taking innovative steps to produce many other captivating white wines. During the renaissance of Italian wine during the 1970s, red Super Tuscans garnered major attention. Meanwhile in Collio, white grape growers chose to nurture their indigenous grapes and also gained renown as a quality wine region. At Press Club in San Francisco, wine director Mauro Cirilli states unequivocally that Collio is the top Italian white wine denomination…

U.S. Bartenders! Want To Compete in Ibiza, Spain?

When is a bartending competition not just a bartending competition? When it’s designed to bring people together in the spirit of the Mediterranean, celebrating both cocktails and food pairings. With this as its mission, Gin Mare has launched its US heat of the global Med Inspirations cocktail competition, which will send the winner on a trip to Ibiza to compete in the global final. The competition is now in its ninth year after having begun in Europe before expanding internationally and into the US three years ago. This year will see participants from Hong Kong, Singapore…

Founders Brewing Announces Más Agave

Founders Brewing Co. has announced that Más Agave will be the third release in the brewery’s Barrel-Aged Series. An imperial lime gose-style ale brewed with agave and aged in tequila barrels, Más Agave is the first tequila barrel-aged beer Founders has bottled. Más Agave (10% ABV) will be available in all markets beginning in early May in 4-packs (12oz bottles) and 750mL bottles. It will be available in both the Detroit and Grand Rapids taproom locations on May 3.

New Management Figures At Notre Vue Estate

Bob and Renée Stein, the owners of Notre Vue Estate and Balverne Wines, based in Windsor, Sonoma, California, announced several new key management figures who have joined the winery. Alex Holman has been named Winemaker; Kirk Tomiser has been named National Sales and Marketing Manager; Daniel Charles is the new Viticulturist. “We are thrilled that industry veterans of this caliber will be joining our operation,” they said, in making the announcement.”

Jack Daniels Releases No.27 Gold

After its initial launch as a travel retail exclusive item and select markets in Asia, Jack Daniel’s is officially introducing Jack Daniel’s No. 27 Gold Tennessee Whiskey to the United States.A double-barreled and double-mellowed expression of its classic Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey, the premium bottle brings a fusion between warm maple and toasted oak to create a rich and refined finish suited for today’s whiskey aficionado.

Lunar Lager Commemorates Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Schlafly Beer, the largest locally owned craft brewery in St. Louis, released Lunar Lager, a sampler pack of four exclusive lagers, brewed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. From the font selection to the lager styles, the collection celebrates the momentous accomplishment in American history. Lunar Lager will be available in 12-pack bottles, with three of each exclusive beer per pack, across Schlafly’s distribution.

Here’s How Champagne Reduced Its Carbon Footprint

At a time when the global fight against climate change is more urgent than ever, the Champagne region of France remains committed to sustainable development in winemaking. The houses and growers of Champagne are actively engaged in innovative techniques and initiatives to reduce their carbon footprint and mitigate environmental harms related to climate change. With Earth Day around the corner, I wanted to provide you with additional information about sustainability efforts in Champagne.

Dueling Pistols, Terlato’s Most Disruptive + Innovative Wine So Far

Terlato Wines debuted a new brand, Dueling Pistols, launched with a whole new approach to a campaign. Through a tension-filled label, episodic background story and through the wines themselves, The Dueling Pistol’s wine encompasses two blends from the Paso Robles and Dry Creek Valley regions of California, made of two bold, competing varietals in each bottle (thus the duel), a tension underscored by an origination story that will reveal itself over time.

With OZV, Can You Teach Consumers The ABCs of Lodi Zin?

It’s never a waste of time to educate consumers on what they’re drinking. Zinfandel is as misunderstood sometimes as the Lodi Region of California. If OZV is the ABC of Lodi Zinfandel, then these three letters which represent Old Zinfandel Vine, are pretty much the starting and ending point, for all things Zin produced in the Lodi region. The pioneering brand comes from a fifth-generation family grape-growers under the Oak Ridge umbrella.

Portugeuse Imports On The Rise

When it comes to Portugeuse wines, growth in value has grown consistently and internationally over the past couple of years; with the United States leading as major player in value exportations, as reported by ViniPortugal.In 2018, the total global exportations from Portugal grew by 3% in value, surpassing the previous €800 million barrier, achieving a sum of €803.335 million.

Bulleit Rye 12-Year Old Released In Select Markets

Bulleit announced this week the nationwide, limited availability release of Bulleit Rye 12-Year-Old Straight American Whiskey.Bulleit Rye 12-Year-Old Straight American Whiskey is the fifth addition to the Bulleit Frontier Whiskey family, as well as the first extension of Bulleit Rye, a whiskey with one of the highest rye percentages on the market.

The Meaning of Sake

Did you know that in the Japanese language the word ‘sake’ merely means ‘alcohol?’ It does not necessarily mean ‘rice wine’ like Western countries have mistakenly defined in our books and our laws.  In Japan the word ‘sake’ can refer to any wine, beer, or even distilled spirit. The Japanese word ‘sake’ is kind of like the colloquial word ‘booze,’ is for Western countries. The correct word in Japanese which refers to rice wine in particular is ‘Seishu.’

Aaron Nola Is New Yuengling Spokesperson

America’s Oldest Brewery, announced today its partnership with Philadelphia Phillies’ pitcher Aaron Nola. Aaron is one of the first active, MLB players to have a partnership with a beer brand.Yuengling has been a sponsor of the Philadelphia Phillies since 2017, and this new, individual, partnership with Aaron further strengthens the relationship between America’s Oldest Brewery and the Phillies.

The Glenrothes’ Soleo 25-Year Old Rolls Out In U.S.

The Glenrothes, Speyside Scotch whisky, revamped its single malt offering and launched the Soleo Collection. The initial offering included a 10 Year Old, 12 Year Old, Whisky Maker’s Cut and 18 Year Old.  More recently the distillery’s award winning 25 Year Old whisky, the most mature expression in the collection, arrived to the U.S. Market.

Next Century Spirits Scales to 1,000 Proof Gallons Per Day Production

Next Century Spirits, an advanced technology company that specializes in the creation and processing of distilled spirits and wine for private label, bulk, and craft markets, announced today the scaling of its Durham, NC production facility to 1,000 proof gallons per day.

Established less than one year ago, Next Century produces oak-matured, high-quality spirits in hours rather than years.

Theobald & Oppenheimer Partners with LNJ Brands; Hires Kyle Harder

Theobald & Oppenheimer today announced a new distribution partnership with LNJ Brands to expand the presence of Single Prop Rum within the New York market. Complementing the partnership, Theobald & Oppenheimer announces a new hire, Kyle Harder, as Brand Director.

The rum, which is sourced from the Caribbean and blended with real coconut water, launched in the Pennsylvania market in April 2018.

Pahlmeyer Anniversary Label Released

Pahlmeyer Winery of Napa Valley released its 30th Anniversary 2016 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red, a red wine blend with a special commemorative label.

Vintner Jayson Pahlmeyer established Pahlmeyer in the 1980s with a string of successful vintages for his knockout, newcomer wines. His irrepressible spirit drove an unrelenting quest for the highest quality wine in every single vintage. “Everything worth doing is worth doing to excess,” is one of his favorite mantras.

Cocktail Solutions For Post Paddy’s Day Hangovers

St. Paddy’s Day is a big seller for the alcohol industry at both the on- and off-premise level. But what of Monday, March 18th? Well, that’s national hangover day, representing an opportunity to take care of your well-spent customers. How about a Recovery Cocktail Menu to reel in some business, and upsell the usual hair-of-the-dog solutions. Here are three recipes to offer hungover regulars: one with alcohol, and two without.

Olympic Standard Bar Menu Can Upsell Customers

The distinctly Japanese beverage program at the newly opened concept Inn Ann at Japan House Los Angeles, California is under the guidance of Executive Chef Mori Onodera. Inn Ann’s beverage program is a microcosm of Japanese cocktail and drinking culture, with a focus on Japanese riffs on classic cocktails and an extensive collection of sake and shochu.

Wine of the Week: : 2016 Murrieta’s Well The Spur, 90 Points

Though Livermore Valley has a long and enviable wine history dating back to the 1840s when grapevines went into the ground, it nonetheless has been overshadowed by its northern neighbors. That oversight is being corrected with a slew of exceptional wines.

Murrieta’s Well traces its heritage back to 1884, and though The Spur was only created as a blend in 2010, it shows what this Valley can produce.

Tussock Jumper Scores Mets Partnership

For New York locals and Mets fans eagerly awaiting the start of baseball season, there’s a new addition to the roster at Citi Field. International wine portfolio Tussock Jumper is proud to announce that they are now an ‘Official Partner of the New York Mets’ through 2020.

Imported into the United States by Tri-Vin Imports, ballpark guests will now enjoy quality wine varietals from around the world at each Mets home game, enjoying Tussock Jumper wines with ballpark dishes through their by-the-glass offerings.

J. RIEGER & CO. INTRODUCES NEW HOSPITALITY TEAM AND DESTINATION EXPERIENCE

J. Rieger & Co. has announced several key additions to their hospitality management team, as well as details about their new spirits destination experience. The distillery space will expand to 60,000 square-feet in Kansas City’s historic Electric Park neighborhood, allowing the team to complement their increased production capacity with one of the country’s most innovative cocktail and craft spirits experiences. The public opening is scheduled for mid-June 2019 and will include multiple bars, tours, a gift shop, classes and private event spaces.

Silverado Appoints Bianca Lucchetti NorCal Sales Manager

Silverado Vineyards has appointed Bianca Lucchetti as Northern California Sales Manager, reporting to Kimberli Rogers, Sales Director, West. “Lucchetti will be responsible for developing and maintaining strong relationships with these accounts in addition to working with our distributor partners and their sales forces to achieve targeted points of distribution for Silverado Vineyards,” Rogers said in making the announcement. “We are delighted to have Lucchetti join Silverado Vineyards”.

Phinney Pays More Than Lip Service To Rye

Layered and complex, Lip Service is the first release of Dave Phinney’s highly anticipated three year-old Rye Whiskey. Each barrel is hand-selected for its unique attributes by the man himself. The youngest rye in the blend is aged for a minimum of three years in new charred American oak barrels and then uniquely finished in wine barrels from Phinney’’s Grenache project in Maury, France.

House of Grand Marnier Releases Cuvée Louis Alexandre

In 1880, a legendary disruptor made his indelible mark on the world of spirits. That man was Louis-Alexandre Marnier Lapostolle – a Paris-based visionary who fully embraced the notion of living grand. Today the House of Grand Marnier, best known for its award-winning, French luxury liqueur, honors his memory, his boldness, and his joie de vivre with the launch of the eponymous Cuvée Louis Alexandre. This new VSOP expression joins the Cuvée Collection, a lauded selection of the world’s finest cognac-based liqueurs.

Cascade Brewing Announces Two Bottle and Draft Releases

Cascade Brewing has announced two upcoming bottle and draft releases for this month: Brunch Line on March 8, and Tropical Embers on March 15. Both projects will be available in 500ml bottles and on draft at Cascade’s two Portland pubs and through distribution.

In Portland, brunch lines are as much an institution as brunch itself, so Cascade made a beer dedicated to the rain-soaked hordes of brunch-goers who patiently stand in line for their weekend fare.

Ragged Branch Wheated Bourbon, 92 Points

Ragged Branch Wheated Bourbon Whiskey is the four-year-old brainchild of Alex Toomy (owner of Ragged Branch) and the late, great distiller, Dave Pickerell. The whiskey was released in September of last year and since then it’s received its share of positive reviews from consumer and trade journals. And it’s about to get another one from us.

90 proof, Ragged Branch Wheated Bourbon Whiskey includes 66% corn, and 17% malted barley and is distinctly Virginia.

Radeberger Launches Tastemaker Collective

As we continue to hone our focus on health and wellness, understanding where our products come from is key. That’s why Drink Me loves Radeberger Pilsner which still follows purity laws from Germany dictating the use of only four natural ingredients.  

Now Radeberger Pilsner is activating The Tastemaker Collective, a chronicle of stories featuring incredible people who keep New York City’s bars running.

Eastside Distilling Starts Shipping Redneck Riviera Whiskey “Granny Rich Reserve”

Eastside Distilling, Inc. announced that the new reserve Redneck Riviera Whiskey, “Granny Rich Reserve,” has started to ship. Granny Rich Reserve is a premium priced blend of traditional corn whiskey, aged three years or more, blended with American single malt aged at least four years. It is designed to meet the expectations of the most critical whiskey drinkers, including Granny Rich herself.

6 Cupid Cocktails Your Margins Will Love

Valentine’s Day is one of those wonderful times of the year when consumers feel an inherent need to go out. Enter your opportunity to upsell your customers with creative cocktails like these…

Dustin Chabert Wins First-Ever “Best USA Sommelier”

Sommeliers and wine professionals from across the United States convened in Kansas City to battle for a coveted title – The Best USA Sommelier. After a challenging two-day competition, first place was awarded to Dustin Chabert, Illinois Market Manager for DNS Wines and Sommelier at Spiaggia.

Beyond being dubbed the best sommelier in the country at the inaugural 2019 competition,

Levendi Legacy 15th Anniversary Edition, Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, 97 Points

This deep cherry colored wine, with the most subtle hint of amber makes for a wonderful pour. We let this breathe for a bit and it paid off in spades. Blueberry, blackberry, and currant turn to subtle licorice on the back palate. Cedar on the aftertaste. The flavors glide along and the mouthfeel is exquisite. This is a robust but graceful wine. A wonderful trade-up for Napa cab-loving customers. Get this one on your wine menu.

Levendi Sweetwater Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2016, 96 Points

Dark cherry red in color, this wine sparkles, adding to the appearance of any restaurant dining table. First impression on the nose is clove (in careful measure). Dry delivery to the palate, dark fruit aromas, followed by restrained mocha. This wine layers flavor without piling it on. Upon second entry, we noticed distinct dark cherry and blackberry notes. Ready to serve, but solid acidity and overall balance make this an age-worthy wine.

Levendi Estate Chardonnay, Napa Valley 2016, 93 Points

Stunning clarity, in a straw crystal clear appearance, this chardonnay epitomizes what Napa fans hope for. Abundant ripe fruit on the nose in the form of dried pineapple is met with less-ripe flavors of apple to alert the senses that something wonderful is about to happen. You’ll spot the perfected balance on the palate, with that tropical fruit flavor bursting through, prompting immediate salivation. It holds back at the end though, so as not to build. Apple again on the aftertaste keeps it fresh. Upon each entry, the process starts again. This is a crowd-pleaser and a safe bet for any on-premise menu.

Texas Senate Bill To Promote Free Market for Package Store Ownership

Legislation introduced in the Texas Senate would remove a decades-old anticompetitive and unconstitutional limit on package store ownership and promote a free and fair market in Texas.

State Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, has introduced Senate Bill 645 that would remove the limit on package store ownership and the so-called “consanguinity loophole.”

Fortified Wine Cocktails To Strengthen Your Resolve This Winter

Being from Ireland, a Hot Toddy was the go-to remedy for all colds and cases of flu while I was a young woman, and a sherry-based nightcap was necessary on a cold night for anyone who was interested in sound sleep. These fortified-wine-based staples are becoming increasingly popular in the States now, and have been making their mark more indelibly over the past five to six years. We’ve seen a real shift in consumer attention to ports, brandies and sherries, perhaps in response to mixologists who are adopting them to create some truly outstanding cocktails.

8 Paddy’s Day Cocktails To Increase Till Totals

St. Patrick’s Day is No.2 in terms of alcohol sales volume in the United States, Fourth of July being No.1. Whether you’re an Irish bar or an Armenian restaurant, there is a place for you on March 17th. Elevate sales by creating a reason to spend. Think beyond the green-beer pitcher and trade-up customers with premium, themed cocktails that support a celebratory mood and increase margins, as well as repeat orders.

Here are 8 quick-to-make cocktails that won’t slow your service, but will increase your till totals.

OZV Is Refreshed and Ready For Roll Out

Lodi -based, Oak Ridge Winery announced a refreshed label for the OZV portfolio which features three expressions of Zinfandel: The OZV Old Vine Zinfandel 2016, OZV Rosé of Primitivo 2018 and its OZV Old Vine Red Blend 2016. OZV is the No.1 Zinfandel in California in its price point and No.4 in the United States, according to recent Nielsen data.

The new label, hitting shelves now, strengthens OZV among Oak Ridge Winery’s key brands including Maggio Family Vineyards, Old Soul, Moss Roxx, and Lodi Estates by recharging its brand identity as it looks to the future.

Bonfort’s WOW, Groth 2015 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

It was 1981 when Dennis and Judy Groth purchased a 121-acre parcel of land in Napa and from that day to this the focus has been on producing a handful of wines but specializing in Cabernet Sauvignon. Their 2015 Reserve Cabernet is such a comprehensive Cabernet, allowing the fruit to be the star power with support from 100% new French oak barrels. Harvested over a two-week period in Oakville, this lush fruit reaches out with blackberry, blueberry, cassis, black currant, plum, and cedar box with an acidity that belies the structure of the wine.

Fernet Branca Gets New CEO

Fratelli Branca announced the appointment of spirits industry executive, Steve Brecher to Chief Executive Officer of new venture Branca USA.  The appointment comes on the heels of the Milan-based company’s announcement to create their own import company in the U.S. in early 2019.

Brecher most recently was President of Infinium Spirits.  Previously, he held a series of senior marketing, commercial and strategy roles at Diageo in the U.S. and overseas.

Verve Focuses on California Consumers

“With the addition of Verve we now have a platform for Weekend to expand both its distribution and product offerings, THC by state where legal and CBD across the country. This distribution network will allow us to grow and manage indirect channel and big box placements nationwide for multiple brands in our portfolio,” said Mr. Paul Chu, Weekend President and CEO.

“Verve is a premium energy beverage with over $236 million USD in historical sales in the direct to consumer channel.

Bonfort’s Vodka Report 2018

According to the Distilled Spirits Council, vodka has become the backbone of the spirits industry, accounting for 32% of all volume. In 2017, 71.3 million 9-liter cases of vodka were sold in the United States, generating $6.2 billion in revenue for distillers.

The Council states that an important growth driver has been the continued popularity of flavored vodkas as they now account for around 21% of all vodkas sold in the U.S. Today, consumers can enjoy vodkas that have been infused with natural spices, refreshing citrus flavors, raspberry, vanilla and other alternatives.

Brock Schulte’s 5 Holiday Menu Cocktails

Brock Schulte is the Bar Director of The Monarch in Kansas City. Brock is well-known in the business for creating inventive cocktails that are fun to make and even more fun to drink. Who better to ask for tips on how to upsell customers with holiday recipes than one of the country’s wisest creators of cocktails?

“I think guests, towards the holidays, start to get excited about warm cocktails and seasonal spices, things that remind them of their favorite desserts at family get-togethers like pumpkin pie, cherry pie, creme brulee and the like. Things that are great around the fire, chestnut, almond, praline, fig, and date.

Bonfort’s Top 100 Wineries 2019

Bonfort’s has ranked the 100 most powerful individuals and trends in the U.S. wine industry for 2018. The inaugural list ranks at #1 the global co-wine buyers from Amazon.com/Whole Foods, Doug Bell and Geof Ryan as the most powerful individuals in the U.S. wine industry. Other notables include, #3 Ernest J. Gallo, and #15 Alejandro Bulgheroni. Notable trends include, #4 Legal Marijuana and #16 Private Equity. All of the people and trends on the list have tremendous industry power and influence, and a direct impact…

What 8 Years in the Desert Really Represents

When Dave Phinney sold Prisoner Wine to Huneeus Vintners in 2010, the $40 million deal included a non-compete clause prohibiting the winemaker to work with that grape on other brands for eight years. Huneeus grew the Zinfandel-based red blend brand further and later sold it to Constellation Brands for a whopping $285. Over the those clause-cluttered eight years, Phinney wasted no time. Since The Prisoner sale he has created and sold his conceptual Locations Wine for a non-disclosed amount, as well as the Orin Swift brand–both to Gallo, and he remains the winemaker on both labels. Phinney also launched Savage & Cooke Distillery on Mare Island, off the coast of San Francisco…

States May Regulate Cannabis Taxes Based On Alcohol Model

Representatives of the Distilled Spirits Council recently participated on panels examining marijuana legalization and retaliatory tariffs placed on U.S. spirits at the 2018 National Conference of State Liquor Administrators (NCLSA) Central/Western Regional Conference in Pasadena, California. In a panel discussion on the rapidly changing landscape of cannabis legalization, Council Senior Vice President of Government Relations Mark Gorman stated, “Each of the nine states that has legalized cannabis since 2012 has declared they want to tax and regulate it just like alcohol…

Proper No. Twelve Runs Out Of Stock

Eire Born Spirits today announced that demand for Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey rapidly outpaced supply, resulting in an out-of-stock situation in its original release markets of Ireland and the United States. The situation is a testament to the quality of the brand’s first expression, a fine blend of Irish grain and single malt whiskey. Proper No. Twelve is becoming known all over the world as a brand that pays homage to Crumlin, Dublin 12 the neighborhood where company Founder, Conor McGregor, was born and raised.

Retaliatory Tariffs’ Impact On Alcohol Industry

The Distilled Spirits Council recently participated in two events to highlight the importance of export markets to the U.S. spirits industry.  
Distilled Spirits Council Senior Vice President for International Issues and Trade Christine LoCascio spoke at the Glass Packaging Institute’s annual meeting about the tremendous growth in U.S. spirits exports over the past two decades and the current trade issues of importance to the U.S. spirits industry, including retaliatory tariffs on U.S. whiskeys and other U.S. spirits…

Hertelendy Vineyards 2014 Signature Mountain Blend – 96 Points

A beautiful example of high mountain fruit, the 2014 offers a deep and complex nose that shows the high-quality fruit at its peak flavor. Deep black in color, the fruit shines through with a well-balanced but subtle wine with character. Impressive and balanced tannins, with dark stone fruit, blackberry and a hint of black cherry, create an elite wine that stands near the top. A beautiful example of high mountain fruit, the 2014 offers a deep and complex nose that shows the high-quality fruit at its peak flavor. Deep black in..

Hertelendy Vineyards 2014 Chardonnay – 95 Points

Intense oak floods the glass with an opulent aroma. If you like big, oaky chardonnay this is the wine for you. Fruit forward with beautiful straw color and clarity, the wine over delivers with a lush viscosity that encapsulates the palate. Layers of rich fruit includes gooseberry and melon. A superb and richly made wine. Intense oak floods the glass with an opulent aroma. If you like big, oaky chardonnay this is the wine for you. Fruit forward with beautiful straw color and clarity, the wine over delivers with a lush viscosity that encapsulates the palate.

Who Are the Most Powerful Players in the Wine Industry Today?

Bonfort’s has ranked the 100 most powerful individuals and trends in the U.S. wine industry for 2018. The inaugural list ranks at #1 the global co-wine buyers from Amazon.com/Whole Foods, Doug Bell and Geof Ryan as the most powerful individuals in the U.S. wine industry. Other notables include, #3 Ernest J. Gallo, and #15 Alejandro Bulgheroni. Notable trends include, #4 Legal Marijuana and #16 Private Equity. All of the people and trends on the list have tremendous industry power and influence, and a direct impact on how wine is bought and sold in the U.S.

Sazerac Just Bought 19 Brands From Diageo

The Sazerac Company, one of America’s oldest family owned, privately held distillers, is purchasing 19 brands from Diageo, a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands across the spirits and beer categories. The brands being purchased by Sazerac are Seagram’s V.O. Seagram’s 83, Seagram’s Five Star, Myers’s, Romana Sambuca, Yukon Jack, Booth’s, Goldschlager, Popov, Relska, The Club, Black Haus, Peligroso, Grind, Piehole, Parrot Bay, Stirrings, Scoresby and John Begg brands. “We are delighted to acquire these iconic brands from Diageo…

2013 Northstar Merlot: Finding True North

A silky smooth version from Washington State, this is a middle of the road Merlot, allowing non-Merlot folks to step towards this grape without sacrificing what they want in terms of flavor, structure and drinkability. There is plenty of boysenberry, blackberry, blueberry and black cherry, with back notes of resin, minerality, cedar and vanilla. 2013 Northstar Merlot is a blend in the truest sense of the word, Mainly Merlot with 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2% Petite Verdot, this is fruit from 10 different vineyards with vine age averaging…

Roust Introduces Roust New York In Self-Distribution Move

Roust USA has formed its own distributorship in the State of New York with the aim of serving Metro NY customers. Roust says it is seeing strong momentum for its brands in the metropolitan area and will harness their potential by expanding its portfolio distribution, providing excellent customer service, and fostering closer ties with NY Metro consumers. Roust New York will establish an experienced field sales force to ensure deep coverage in the On- and Off-Premise…

The Alcohol Industry Mourns Dave Pickerell

It is with heavy hearts we report Dave Pickerell, the much-loved master distiller behind such icon brands like Maker’s Mark, Whistlepig and Ragged Branch has died. Dave was a distilling legend, a bourbon & whiskey rock star and a teacher to all who loved whiskey. He was a luminary in the world of whiskey, and is widely known as the nation’s preeminent distiller. He was the the master distiller at Maker’s Mark for 14 years. He left in 2008 to become a consultant for the craft-distilling movement. In 2009, he helped create and was appointed Master Distiller at WhistlePig—a single estate farm distillery in Vermont…

LeVecke Takes on FOS Greek Mastiha

FOS Greek Mastiha liqueur and one of the largest spirit producers in the world, HM Leveque a subsidiary of LeVecke Corporation, have announced a partnership in which LeVecke will manage the import and distribution responsibilities for FOS throughout the U.S. market. FOS Greek Mastiha joins LeVecke’s portfolio of national brands as well as its collection of premium Greek wines and spirits. FOS Greek Mastiha has a unique sweet taste with herbal undertones and tree essences. These characteristics…

Johnnie Walker Allocates Rare 28 Year Old Midnight Blend

Johnnie Walker has launched the final and fifth edition in the John Walker & Sons Private Collection, 28 Year Old Midnight Blend. Only 3,888 limited-edition, individually numbered collectible decanters of this decadent Scotch have been released, with each containing rare and precious whiskies aged for a minimum of 28 years. 28 Year Old Midnight Blend features layers of butterscotch, caramel and toffee, balanced with a fruitiness and touch of spice. Johnnie Walker Master Blender Jim Beveridge said: “Whiskies aged for 28 years…

Karen Maley Is New GM, Robert Young Estate

Karen Maley has been named General Manager, Robert Young Estate Winery. “We are delighted to welcome Ms. Maley to the winery and look forward to her contributions to our future growth,” said Jim Young, CEO, Robert Young. “Ms. Maley’s leadership, marketing and general management experience are an ideal combination to continue to build  upon recent investments and focus in hospitality and winemaking,” Young added. “I am honored to join the Young family in the evolution of this historic premium estate winery,” Maley said.

Beer Brands Sponsor 89% Of All Alcohol Sports Deals

Alcohol and sport have long-been natural partners in sponsorship, with some of the world’s largest deals belonging to the sector. Annually, 30 of the world’s leading alcoholic beverage brands spend an estimated $764.5m on sports sponsorship representing 281 active deals, 89% of which are with beer brands, according to Sportcal, part of the GlobalData Group. Sportcal’s latest report, ‘Sponsorship Sector Report: Alcoholic Beverages, 2018’, analyses the activity of 30 of the biggest alcoholic beverage brands to track the latest…

Why Bartenders Love this 200-year-old Danish Liqueur

Eleven bartenders wait, nervously, in a tiny London pub for their turn at the bar. They’ve worked for the past year and a half to develop a concoction that features 200-year-old Danish liqueur, Cherry Heering, for a panel of industry legends at the 2018 Peter F. Heering Classic. Among the judges, sitting inches from the contenders’ shakers, is one of the world’s most renowned bartenders, Dale “King Cocktail” DeGroff, the man credited with launching the cocktail revolution. By DeGroff’s example, bartenders have skyrocketed to global…

Glencairn Named Official Whisky Tasting Glass of  Distilled Spirits Council

The Glencairn wee whisky glass has been selected by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States to be the esteemed organization’s official tasting glass for this year. The partnership will be showcased first at the Distilled Spirits Council’s Halloween media party at the end of October. Following this, the glasses will be featured at a number of high-profile Council tasting events, including events in New York and Washington, D.C. celebrating the 85th Anniversary of Prohibition Repeal. At these tasting events, and others throughout the remainder…

All Aboard The Day of the Dead Tequila Train

The Napa Valley Wine Train has partnered up with Tequila Casa Dragones for a third installation of the Tequila Train, commemorating Day of the Dead with a traditional Mexican menu from Criollo’s Chef Luis Arellano on Thursday, November 1, 2018. A one-night-only Napa Valley Wine Train takeover on Day of the Dead, the Tequila Train will greet guests onboard with a welcome Tequila Casa Dragones signature cocktail upon embarking on the festive three-hour train journey. The scenic three-hour rail tour will include four gourmet courses featuring…

Bonfort’s Wine of The Week: Dutton Goldfield 2015 RRV Chardonnay, 91 Points

Dutton Goldfield has had a stellar reputation with Chardonnay since they opened their doors in 1998. The Chardonnay, actually a Chardonnay musque clone from their Rued Vineyard site, provides more aromatics than other Chardonnay clones. There is certainly an obvious malolactic element evident on the nose and in the palate, but it is tempered with zesty fruit, lemon-lime, manuka honey, tropical fruit mélange, tangerine, crème brulee, even wisps of gardenia…

8 Vodka Cocktail Recipes That Increase Your Bottom Line

Noted as the one of the highest selling liquors in the United States, vodka boasts two great traits: its versatility as a flavor carrier and the many permutations available that never leave consumers bored. That represents endless potential flavor combinations. Here are 10 vodka cocktail recipes to help drive customers to the cocktail menu. Colada Limitada By Cîroc Summer Colada. Remind your customer of sunnier days with the Colada Limitada. Create this concoction at home by mixing these four simple ingredients…

The Somm’s Role in Building Relationships: Granville’s Christina Sherwood

New Jersey-born Christina Sherwood is the wine director at Granville Restaurants. The group spans locations in Studio City, Burbank, Glendale and West Hollywood, all located in California. We met Christina in the West Hollywood, Los Angeles location where the group was hosting a reminder for press of just how fantastic its food, wine, cocktail and beer menus are. Christina is a Certified Silver Pin Sommelier (North American Sommelier Association), since 2016 and much like the restaurant in which we met her…

Bacardi Ginger Launches in Market

Bacardi Rum, has just announced the launch of Bacardi Ginger, a golden rum infused with ginger flavours for a mouth-watering sweet and spicy taste. Demand for flavoured spirits continues to grow and is set to be the next big trend to hit the rum category, thanks in part to the recent surge in popularity of pink and flavoured gins. Bacardi Ginger offers a high-quality flavoured rum offering for spirits drinkers who are excited by innovative new tastes and experiences. “There is a real opportunity within the golden rum segment, which is growing faster than…

Distilled Spirits Council Gets New President

The Boards of Directors of the Distilled Spirits Council and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.Org) have named Chris R. Swonger, a long-time government affairs executive and industry veteran, the president and CEO of both organizations. The move is designed to more closely align the missions and activities of the two groups following a strategic review process that set out ambitious plans for the future of both organizations while identifying shared value opportunities to amplify the impact of their collective work.

13 Spirited Cocktails That Justify Top Price Points This Halloween

This year, Halloween falls on a Tuesday, “witch” gives your customers an excuse party on a weeknight. The second most important thing behind costumes on Halloween is, of course, cocktails. From bewitching cocktails to devilish sangrias, zero-calorie Sparkling Ice is a key tool to have in your bar, and it’s in some of the cocktails listed here. Be as creative as possible visually. Most customers are influenced by what they see, so go all-in for the fake blood and creepy eyes, again featured in some of the recipes below. But the main thing is to be prepared in whatever…

Bimber Distillery Strikes Again With Launch of a Craft Rum

There’s growing appreciation for Rum. No longer seen as a cheap and cheerful spirit, it’s now considered a sophisticated option to pricey whisky. Bimber Distillery has found that the typical millennial rum drinker is looking for something premium with unique flavours; but at an affordable ‘house pour’ price tag. Enter Bimber’s The London Classic Rum. The first accessible UK-distilled single blended rum, which is part of its iconic ‘London Classics’ range aims to challenge the mainstream global mass production of house pour spirits…

Gloria Rivera Joins Silverado Vineyards As Northeast District Sales Manager

Silverado Vineyards has appointed Gloria Rivera as Northeast District Sales Manager.  Reporting to Pamela Ford, Sales Director, East, she will be responsible for sales management for the states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia. “We are very excited to have Gloria join Silverado Vineyards as an integral part of the U.S. Wholesale Sales Team,” explains Pamela Ford. “Gloria brings a wealth of wine knowledge and wholesale…

Silverado Vineyards Moves to Pacific Southern Wine

Silverado Vineyards has appointed Pacific Southern Wine Company, based in Atlanta, to represent the winery in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee. “We are delighted to partner with Pacific Southern to enhance our market presence, particularly in key on-premise accounts, and also to increase share of mind within our current distribution network,” explains Pamela Ford, Sales Director, East, Silverado Vineyards. Pacific Southern will launch with all of Silverado Vineyards’ current releases, which consist of…

Hurricane Florence Destroys Blockade Beach

Among the many casualties to of Hurricane Florence is Blockade Runner Beach Resort in North Carolina. This landmark has been an icon of Wrightsville Beach for 55 years, and announced today it will close for renovations due to damages sustained from Hurricane Florence. “We made the decision following several weeks of analysis and assessments with engineers and experts,” said Mary Baggett, co-owner and operator of the resort with her brother William Baggett.” “The target date for re-opening is early Spring 2019.” Hurricane Florence made…

George Washington Distillery Turning Out Strong Volume

In 1797, George Washington’s farm manager, James Anderson, convinced his employer that producing whiskey made from corn and rye grown on the estate would be a natural complement to his milling business. Washington was initially skeptical but soon granted permission to build the 2,250-square-foot distillery, making it among the largest whiskey distilleries in early America. By 1799, Washington produced 11,000 gallons of whiskey, worth the then-substantial sum of $7,500. The distillery ceased operating in 1814 when the building burned.

Premium Spirits Spur Massive Growth

According to the Distilled Spirits Council, sales continue the dramatic upward trend with a record eighth consecutive gain of market share — capturing 36.2 percent of revenue compared to beer and wine. Distilled spirits supplier revenue is up four percent over 2016 driven largely by high-end and super premium spirits products. Consumers are embracing the cocktail scene with the innovation and experimentation that spirits invite. This trend is not just evident in the United States — U.S. spirits, particularly American…

From Boob Buns To Honey Shakes: Tips From The Brits for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Here’s an opportunity to make your on-premise customers happy and give them a reason to revisit your menu while raising some money for charity. We got some tips from the Brits on how to do Breast Cancer Awareness Month in style, while contributing to this wholly worth cause. Modern European inspired restaurant Aster islaunching boob buns and pink lattes throughout October in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Situated in Victoria, Aster will serve a unique twist on the traditional…

Rabble’s AR App Is Giant Draw For Customers

Rabble Wine Company, producer of unconventional wines from California’s Central Coast, launched its augmented reality (AR) app, which brings to life the company’s historic wine labels. The AR label series kick offs with the Rabble Wine Company Red Blend, which animates a colorful print of the city of Florence, initially shown as quiet and bright prior to its dark destruction by Apocalyptic comets. The sophistication of the app is remarkable and as high a standard of AR as anything out there created…

International Coffee Day Translates Into Broad-Appeal Cocktails

Today is International Coffee Day, and that means new ways to get your on-premise customers reading your cocktail menu. Coffee Day has, of late, turned in International Coffee Weekend which is now turning into International Coffee Week. This unofficial holiday celebrates of the world’s most highly consumed beverages which translates into broad consumer-base appeal for you, so have at it with these 7 enticing recipes we’ve procured for your bar’s quick inclusion. The award-winning Koskenkorva Vodka embodies the true spirit of the village in which its made…

Ravage Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, 88 Points

Lovely ruby red color. Immediate notes or raspberry and chocolate on the nose are reflected on the palate. A lot of vanilla in this one which will either really appeal to you or not. Super soft tannins sacrifice a little of the dimension, but do make for a gentle aftertaste which many consumers like. Blackberry and plum, mocha and ash/tobacco. For $12.99 this is a great value and since its label is also appealing, it’s a smart one to have on your shelf at this price point. 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 5% Petite Syrah, 5% Zinfandel, 3% Other Reds…

Wine of The Week: Louis Martini 2015 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon, 90 Points

For eight decades Martini has been at it pressing grapes and making wine. Its Sonoma expressions of Cabernet have always been consistent and provide a hallmark of quality from the Dry Creek Valley. The 2015 vintage is no exception. Comprising mainly Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot, Petite Sirah and Cabernet Franc, this is a rich and layered wine offering notes of blackberry, blueberry, boysenberry, and black cherry with a mild tannic structure that makes this extremely drinkable now and a great…

Champagne Henriot Brut Souverain NV, 94 Points

An excellent example of the endlessly effervescent bubbles that should be associated with all champagnes, is found in Champagne Henriot Brut Souverain NV. Immediately off to a wonderful beginning with an inviting straw yellow color, cream-like nose attributes as well as apricot, followed by a similar experience on the palate. Green apples, with a truly perfectly balanced measure of steel and mousse. Strongly recommend. Varietal Breakdown: 50% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir, 5% Pinot Meunier…

New Belgium and Knob Creek Roll Out Oakspire

New Belgium Brewing and Knob Creek Bourbon have banded together to launch Oakspire Bourbon Barrel Ale, creating an entirely new style of bourbon barrel ale. Oakspire Bourbon Barrel Ale is a highly-drinkable bourbon-inspired ale which uses Knob Creek Bourbon-soaked oak spirals and barrel char to impart big, full flavor into New Belgium’s high rye base ale. “We could have simply barrel-aged some ale, or rested beer on barrel staves, but that wouldn’t have given us the amazing freshness…

Josh Diercks Takes First Place in Shipwreck Rum’s Cocktail Competition

High-profiled mixologists competed for first place in the Brinley Gold Shipwreck Rum Cocktail Competition which took place on high seas off the coast of California. Well, they were calm seas in the idyllic Marina Del Rey, in Los Angeles but the evening was pretty exciting either way. Josh Diercks, a bartender at A&O Kitchen and Bar in Newport Beach. Josh Diercks, a bartender at A&O Kitchen and Bar in Newport Beach nabbed first place with his  creation, Prestige Worldwide…

Southern Glazer’s Corporate Training Now Includes French Wine Scholar Program

Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, the largest wine and spirits distributor in North America, has adopted the Wine Scholar Guild’s French Wine Scholar study & certification program to train its employees on the wines of France. Currently, 23 Southern Glazer’s employees have earned the FWS title and post-nominal with 140 more mid-study. “France is one of the most important wine-producing countries on earth,” states Eric Hemer, MW, MS, Senior Vice President and Corporate Director of Wine, Southern Glazer’s.

5 Cocktail Recipes To Upsell Your Menu On National Vodka Day

Like all good things vintage, vodka is making a resurgence (although it remains the world’s most popular spirit) and is officially trending for fall—just in time for National Vodka Day (10/4/18). We’ve got the Top 5 List of Autumnal Vodka Cocktails that will get your customers in the fall and spendy mood. So, take this opportunity to capitalize on National Vodka DayThursday October 4th by changing up your menu and offering something new and for a limited time, to pique customers’ interest and get them grading-up to handcrafted cocktails.

A New Age Of The Glenrothes Nationally Distributed For Retail

Award-winning Speyside Scotch distillery The Glenrothes has unveiled a striking new range celebrating the rich and colorful origins of the whisky-making journey and its most defining part, the sherry seasoning of the oak casks. The Soleo Collection signals a departure from vintages and reserves to age statements and features five entirely new whiskies: 10 Years Old, 12 Years Old, Whisky Maker’s Cut, 18 Years Old and 25 Years Old. The creation of a single-malt whisky goes through many stages. From the selection of the right raw materials…

Michael Brown On Taking Back CIRQ

CIRQ, the winery created in 2009 by renowned pinot noir winemaker and Kosta Browne founder Michael Browne, has kicked off a new chapter with his own estate winery in the heart of the Russian River Valley. The winery, which has made some of the most beloved pinots in the region over the last decade, moves forward under Browne’s sole leadership, a big deal for the winemaker and consumers alike. “Taking back CIRQ has profound meaning for me,” says Browne. “Launching this brand paid respect to both my family’s colorful…

CAMUS XO Borderies Family Reserve Cognac Released in Time For OND

CIL U.S. Wines & Spirits, the American subsidiary of independent and family-owned CAMUS Wines & Spirits, announced, just in time for OND, the release of CAMUS XO Borderies Family Reserve cognac. Handcrafted from grape to bottle, XO Borderies Family Reserve is a single-estate cognac produced exclusively from the Camus family’s private vineyard in the Borderies cru. “Every step that has gone into creating this unique and exceptional Cognac – from cultivation in family-owned vineyards…

Coca-Cola Refutes Rumors of CBD-Infused Soda Development

Coca-Cola was, earlier in the week deemed to have shown interest in the CBD (cannabidiol) category, per a statement on Monday that said it was in talks with Canada’s Aurora Cannabis Inc. to develop drinks infused with cannabidiol (CBD), the non-psychoactive chemical found in marijuana. However, now the soft drink giant states it has no interest in developing CBD-infused beverages. “We have no interest in marijuana or cannabis. Along with many others in the beverage industry, we are closely watching the growth…

Wine of The Week: Dalla Valle 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, 94 Points

Dalla Valle’s nearly iconic Napa vineyard is surprisingly just 15 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon. From that they are able to extract excellent fruit and consistently craft excellent wines. Supple and earthy with restrained fruit and a surprising acidity, this 2014 fires on all cylinders. At first there are soft notes of black cherry, blackberry, blueberry, bing cherry and raspberry. As the wine graces the palate you pick up notes of cedar, wet earth, cocoa, resin and light tobacco smoke.

Seagram’s Launches Tropical Pineapple Flavor

Seagram’s Vodka, announced the launch of Tropical Pineapple Vodka as the newest addition to the American-made brand. True to the versatility of the Seagram’s Vodka product line, the pineapple flavor is highly mixable and is sure to be the perfect ingredient for gatherings large and small. Enjoy hints of pineapple in a refreshing cocktail, sipped neat, or over ice. Seagram’s Vodka is five-times distilled and produced with high-quality American grain to ensure a clean, extra smooth taste and no burn.

Jen Yuengling Flies Red, White And Blue For Veterans

Today Yuengling’s Jen Yuengling, sixth generation brewer of America’s Oldest Brewery will make a mark for Team Red, White & Blue, a nonprofit dedicated to enriching the lives of veterans through physical and social activity, as a partner for its Lagers for Heroes program that supports active military, veterans and their families. In celebration of the partnership, Jen is participating in Team RWB’s 5th Annual Old Glory Relay, a 4,300-mile journey where veterans and supporters carry the flag across America to honor and connect those who served our country.

Maison Perrier-Jouët Cellar Master Passes Baton After 35 Years

Maison Perrier-Jouët announced the upcoming arrival of Séverine Frerson, who will be working alongside Hervé Deschamps, the Maison’s Cellar Master, who is preparing for his succession after 35 years at the Maison. Hervé Deschamps arrived at Maison Perrier-Jouët in 1983. A decade later, he became the seventh Cellar Master since the Maison was founded over 200 years ago. As a guardian of Perrier-Jouët’s style, he has maintained the floral and…

Conor McGregor Launches Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Champion and one of the world’s most iconic athletes, Conor McGregor, has Launched Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey with Eire Born Spirits. Available in Ireland and the United States, Proper No. Twelve’s global launch expression is a blend of golden grain and single malt. Twelve is complex and sophisticated yet smooth and approachable with hints of vanilla, honey and toasted wood. “I come from a place called Crumlin, in Dublin 12. It’s a place dear to my heart…

Virginia Distilleries Claim September In Shared Consumer Campaign

Governor Ralph Northam has declared September as Virginia Spirits Month, marking the third annual celebration designed to educate consumers and travelers about Virginia distilled spirits. “Virginia is the birthplace of American spirits, and our 70 licensed distilleries are a part of the fastest growing sector of the beverage business,” said Governor Ralph Northam.  “Distilleries brought more than $163 million into our economy in 2017…

2014 Ladera Howell Mtn. Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is Howling Triumph

Howell Mountain is one of the notable places in Napa for quality Cabernet Sauvignon fruit. The area consists of two types of specific soil; a volcanic ash and iron-rich red clay, and these come to bear in the Ladera Cab. There’s also a provenance to Howell Mountain as it has been producing wine since the 1880s. Ladera’s Reserve Cabernet generously reflects both of these. Comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon and just 3% Petite Verdot, the wine was aged in all new French Oak for nearly two years, which is indeed extensive…

Similar Nonconformists? Rabble Wine Co. And Jennifer Jones of Albertsons/Safeway

“It’s an interesting time for wine,” says Jennifer Jones, Vice President, Alcohol for Albertsons/Safeway, and recipient of the Bonfort’s 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award. “Domestic sales are steady,” she adds. “Consumers want a new experience, a unique label and to be introduced to new names in winemaking.”Jennifer has earned a reputation as a proactive and trusted advisor and leader on the teams she runs. During her career…

Bodegas LAN Brings the Best of Rioja Stateside to Meet US Demand

As a renowned benchmark producer within the Rioja region of Spain, Bodegas LAN is committed to meticulous vineyard management and winemaking. The winery’s signature character is featured throughout its portfolio, which showcases both classic and single vineyard wines that are continuing to please consumer palates all across the US. As distribution has increased on the East and West Coasts…

MillerCoors On Albertsons/Safeway’s Jennifer Jones: Unorthodox, Creative, Strategic

“Jennifer Jones stands out as a leader in our industry because she is constantly working to gain a competitive advantage. She has an uncanny ability to embrace unorthodox thinking and find creative solutions to any issue or challenge,” so says Shannon Bennett, Team Lead Albertsons Companies at MillerCoors. Jennifer Jones, Vice President Alcohol Sales at Albertsons/Safeway will receive the first Bonfort’s Lifetime Achievement Award on September 14th for outstanding performance in alcohol retailing, and MillerCoors thinks that sounds about right.

Bounty Hunter’s Blake Van Treese Joins Last Bottle Wines

Blake Van Treese has joined Napa-based Last Bottle Wines as the company continues to expand its offerings amid steady growth. “Blake’s skills in wine buying, marketing, and management, along with and deep roots in the Valley are a perfect complement to how we acquire and sell wine,” said co-owner Cory Wagner of Last Bottle, “And we are excited to have him with us as we launch our newest venture.”

Bonfort’s Wine of The Week: 2011 Roederer L’Ermitage – 90 Points

Mendocino’s Anderson Valley has made a name for itself with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Roederer Estate takes advantage of that using only estate sourced fruit for their premier sparkler, L’Ermitage. The Mendocino winery was founded in 1981, and this wine is overseen by winemakers from both Anderson Valley and the Roederer Estate in France. L’Ermitage is comprised of 52 percent Chardonnay and 28 percent…

Beach Whiskey Makes Four Major New Hires

The Beach Whiskey Company has announced four new major hires. “We continue to be encouraged by the response to Beach Whiskey and American Harvest Organic Vodka from retailers, distributors and consumers,” said Chuck Trout, CEO of the Beach Whiskey Company. “As a result of our success with national chains in the on- and off-premise, we’ve expanded our sales leadership and are thrilled to announce three new additions to the Beach Whiskey Company team.”

Nine Banded Whiskey: An Expression of Austin Culture

Nine Banded Whiskeyhales from Austin, Texas, a product of the city’s creativity and originality. Like Austin, NIne Banded prides itself on being able to bring people together, and to that end it brought Kyle Herman, President of the brand, and me together where I got to grill this spirits veteran on his new product, the shape of the industry today and what’s coming next for the ever-growing American whiskey category?

Clyde May’s Straight Rye Whiskey Prepares Roll Out

Conecuh Brands will release Clyde May’s Straight Rye Whiskey on September 1st of this year.  The newest addition to the Clyde May’s line up is aged a minimum of 3-years and bottled at 47% ABV. “Right now, Clyde May’s Straight Rye Whiskey is at its peak in terms of flavor profile and taste.  Given the excellence of the product and current market trends, this is the perfect time to release this new expression,” says Roy Danis, President and CEO Conecuh Brands.

How Pernod Ricard Conceived Absolut Grapefruit

They ignited a new wave of vodka culture with their eye-popping ad campaigns in the late 1970s and ‘80s. They introduced a new spectrum of flavor possibilities to the spirit category and drove a Cosmo-ic frequency in the 1990s. They pinpointed ways to make vodka seem cool again to the hot hands of craft bartending in the early 2000s. How can Absolut Vodka drive category innovation in the second decade of the 2000s? Instead of forcing a premium upgrade…

You Can Take It with You! Ah-So Rosé for Your Labor Day Escape

Labor Day is a few weeks away, and the holiday weekend is considered the last official summer getaway for wine lovers all across the U.S.A. Planning an escape wouldn’t be complete without the ideal beverage to accompany your trip. Whether it’s lounging by the pool, a beachfront barbecue, enjoying some gourmet grilling on the patio or just sitting and sipping in the sun, rosé pairs perfectly with so…

Wine of The Week: 2016 Calera Mt. Harlan Chardonnay- 92 Points

In 1975 Calera’s first wine made its way to the public. Calera, which is Spanish for “lime kiln” – a reference to the limestone kiln still on the property today – is located in the Gavilan Mountains, east of Monterey Bay in San Benito County. This site was chosen to plant Chardonnay specifically because of its limestone soils, which is clearly evident in this wine. What’s so compelling is the zesty-ness…

Steven Grasse Is At It Again

Spirits maverick Steven Grasse (creator of the Hendrick’s Gin brand), and his Tamworth Distilling and Mercantile team are on a mission to make the newly launched Old Hampshire Applejack Whiskey the official state spirit of New Hampshire. With a TV campaign across television, radio, print and digital media proposing Old Hampshire Applejack as the official New Hampshire state spirit…

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