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June 2015: Wine Buzz

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Hold the Histamines, Please While most people blame sulfites or even tannins for their red wine headaches, the real culprits are most likely histamines. Defined as “compounds that cause dilation of the blood vessels (flushing, rash, itching) and increased mucus production (runny nose, cough), and bronchoconstriction (wheezing, cough),” histamines are much more prevalent in red ... read more>

June 2015: The Find

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Can Skyy ‘Barcraft’ Hack the Modern Cocktail? Vodka innovation has inspired some interesting twists and turns over recent decades. Skyy is hoping to steer consumers in yet another new direction with the launch of Skyy Barcraft.  These 60-proof “cocktail-inspired vodkas” in three flavors—Watermelon Fresca, Margarita Lime and White Sangria—are designed to deliver a quick, flavorful ... read more>

June 2015: New Products & Promotions

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

2013 Monterey Chardonnay From Garnet Vineyards Garnet Vineyards Monterey Chardonnay, grown in the cool- climate Monterey AVA, has aromas of ripe pear, lemon zest and honeysuckle, with bright Meyer lemon and fresh peach flavors. Aged for 10 months in French and American oak, it’s round, but with focused fruit and bright acidity. Winemaker Alison Crowe recommends ... read more>

South Africa’s Rising Tide

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Wine producers—new and old—ignite a quality ... read more>

Cocktail Corner: Summer ‘Tails

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

With the summer months comes a drastic (and welcome) change in cocktail choices—from warm and rich to cool and refreshing. Regardless of base spirit, whether its vodka, gin, rum or even whiskey, light and fresh ingredients are key to keeping summer cocktails enjoyable all season long.   Pineapple Ginger Caipirinha Backyard BBQs lean toward the ... read more>

Speakeasy: The Passed Baton

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

In March, Rocky Wirtz handed the reigns of his family’s $2 billion Chicago-based beverage alcohol distribution company, Wirtz Beverage Group, to his 38-year-old son, ... read more>

Two-Tier Tension

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

The relationship between distributors and retailers is often Rocky, but both sides profit from ... read more>

Brand Profile: Great Blue Wonder

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

With a touch of color and flavor, Blanc de Bleu turns heads, inspires toasts and pleases ... read more>

Bar Talk: Toque Time

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Chefs Club by Food & Wine—the New York follow-up to the Aspen original, tucked inside Nolita’s Puck Building—showcases distinctive dishes from an array of Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chefs past. To complement the imaginative menu, lead bartender Anthony Bohlinger infuses classic libations with just the right touch of ... read more>

Back Label Wisdom?

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

A study of back label terms vs. consumer perception holds clues for retail merchant ... read more>
 
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