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Wine Trends: By The Numbers 2012

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

1. Red Blends RollApothic, Ménage à Trois, Red Velvet, RedVolution and the like aren’t making many of the critics’ 2012 “best of” lists, but who cares? Certainly not the legions of people lapping them up, nor the merchants selling them. Smooth, juicy reds—some actually sweet—have been red hot all year. 2. MoscatoEvery generation has its ... read more>

Small Gets Bigger: The Craft Distillery Movement Keeps Growing

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

It may be a dark and chilly winter in most of the country about now, but for the small distillers of the country, things definitely have the feel of spring. All over, little buds of growth are evident, as new ventures slowly emerge, and established small distillers expand their portfolios and survive to distill another ... read more>

Tito’s Handmade Vodka Partners With American Red Cross for Sandy Relief

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Spirits Brand Announces launch of “Restore the Shore” program to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy. AUSTIN, TX (December 4, 2012) – Tito’s Handmade Vodka, a Made in U.S.A. Certified vodka brand, today announced the start of their “Restore the Shore” program with the American Red Cross within the areas hit by Hurricane Sandy: Connecticut, Massachusetts, ... read more>

Book Report: January 2013

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

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Wine Buzz: January 2013 Edition

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

INDABA: ALL DRESSED UP FOR THE NEW YEAR Like an old friend who suddenly knocks on your door and looks like a million bucks, the 2012 vintages of Indaba are set to hit the U.S. sporting a new look. The makeover was inspired by the idea that South Africa is an especially “green” wine region, ... read more>

The Find: January 2013 Edition

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

A round-up of cool industry "finds," new releases and ... read more>

Somm Sez: Mediterranean Destination

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Debut of new feature profiling top sommeliers, first with Hristo Zisovski, Beverage Director/Chef Sommelier, Ai Fiori, New York ... read more>

Upselling: The Art of the Sale On-Premise

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

“You’re salespeople, not order-takers.” Probably every server in America has heard that from their managers at some point or another. It’s a simple principle: Don’t just bring the guests what they ask for; sell them something. Upsell them. In the strictest sense, an “upsell” means convincing guests to have a higher-priced version of something they ... read more>

New Products & Promotions: January 2013 Edition

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

WINTER TREAT FROM KOBRAND: WRAY & NEPHEW RUM CREAM Kobrand Spirits has released Wray & Nephew Rum Cream for the winter season. The rich and smooth Rum Cream beloved in Jamaica combines award-winning Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum with cream and all-natural flavors. With notes of cocoa and malt on the bouquet, Rum Cream ... read more>

Tasting Corner: Simplifying Red Bordeaux Today, A Modernized Overview

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

Here in the U.S., we largely view Bordeaux as an elite category of wine. No doubt this maritime region in southwest France produces some of the globe’s most coveted bottles. Yet, as the world’s largest wine-producing region, most of its juice is produced for everyday drinking. There are good reasons to change the American paradigm ... read more>
 
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