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Carmenere, The Unforgettable Grape of Chile

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

In Bordeaux, Carmenere has a long history as a second class citizen. Though the grape traces its origins to the famed French region (and is still grown there), it’s always been regarded as an inferior     variety—a blending grape at best—and has only recently begun to make its case for greatness in its adopted homeland, ... read more>

Cider Flexes Its Muscles

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Bret Williams is president and CEO of the country’s largest hard cider producer, The Vermont Hard Cider Co., which makes the Woodchuck brand. He agrees that times are good; for one thing, cider has slipped the grip of autumn and become a year-’round ... read more>

New Products & Promotions: September 2012 Edition

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

STOLI EXPANDS VODKA LINE WITH INDULGENT SALTED CARAMEL Stolichnaya has come out with the world’s first salted caramel flavored vodka, Stoli Salted Karamel. The second flavor after Stoli Chocolat Razberi in the brand’s indulgent flavor line, Salted Karamel is a balance of sweet and savory with the flavor of golden caramel enhanced with salt. The ... read more>

Bourbon’s New Frontier: The Innovation Path Leads to Growth

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Nearly all of the leading bourbon brands have introduced line extensions or new products to capitalize on this growing trend: Jim Beam, Evan Williams, Maker’s Mark, Early Times and Wild Turkey. Even top-ranked American whiskey Jack Daniel’s (technically a Tennessee whiskey) posted gains with flavors as part of its 10.6 million 9-liter ... read more>

Champagne Charles Heidsieck Celebrates 160 Years in the U.S. with New Brut and Rosé

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Charles Heidsieck, founder of Charles-Camille Heidsieck, is the inspiration for two new expressions, Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve NV (SRP: $65) and Rosé Réserve NV (SRP: $80), available nationally in September. Equal proportions of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, with a very careful selection from 60 crus (formerly 120), a 40% reserve wine base (the ... read more>

Beam & Courvoisier Celebrate Summer

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Summer Soirée event commemorates first anniversary of Courvoisier Rosé ... read more>

Kahlúa Gets a New Look

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Following the recent launch of their new cans to-go, Kahlúa, the original and number one selling rum and coffee liqueur in the world, announces it is giving its logo, bottle and shipper design a facelift. Kahlúa’s evolutionary new look, appearing on shelves and back bars beginning in September, will lend a more premium and modern ... read more>

Heineken USA Adds Strongbow Cider to Growing Upscale Portfolio

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Heineken USA today announced the addition of Strongbow cider to its portfolio beginning January 1, ... read more>

The Passing of Patrick Ricard

Monday, August 20th, 2012

The Ricard family, the board of directors and general management have informed us of the sad news of Patrick Ricard’s sudden death Friday. The staff of SA Paul Ricard as well as the 18 000 employees of Pernod Ricard group share the grief of the family. A tribute to him will be paid in the ... read more>

Last Call: The Year Was 1937

Friday, August 17th, 2012

What’s in a name when it comes to a cocktail? A lot, according to the New York State Supreme Court back in the freewheeling first years following the Repeal of Prohibition. During those struggling economic times, some bars and restaurants in New York City took advantage of consumers by substituting lesser-quality rums for Bacardi when ... read more>
 
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