Mid-Size Mastery

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

With Almost 25 Years in Business, Pasternak Wine Imports is Reaping the Rewards of a Strategic Portfolio and a Flexible Approach to Market Nimble.It’s a word not typically associated with suppliers in an industry that is famously regulated and defined by a mandatory three-tier system. But that word—embodying both flexibility and speed—is precisely what has ... read more>

Tasting Corner: Portugal Aims for America

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Shifting Their Target Audience, Importers Make Progress For decades, Portuguese table wines that it to the U.S. were mostly bought by two groups of people: a few curious wine geeks, and a lot of Portuguese-Americans. Things have changed in the last seven years. Portugal exported 50% more table wine to the U.S. in 2011 than ... read more>

Campari Acquires a Controlling Stake in Lascelles deMercado

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Gruppo Campari announces it has signed an agreement (the ‘Agreement’) with members of the CL Financial Limited group of companies (‘CLF’) to acquire an 81.4% ownership in Lascelles deMercado & Co. Limited (‘LdM’), a publicly traded holding company, based in Kingston, Jamaica. Campari’s acquisition will be made through a formal tender offer to the LdM ... read more>

New Products & Promotions: Kosher Focus,September 2012

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

  Kosher Wines for High Holidays Kosher wines and spirits are available year-round, but there are times when demand rises. As Jeff Cohen of Tops Liquors in Brooklyn says, “Rosh Hashanah is really the kick-off for several successive important Jewish holidays. Cohen adds, “I’m so happy that my customers can come in and see such ... read more>

The Beverage Network’s 2012 10 Mixologists to Watch

Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

Just as the 2012 Tales was about to take off, our top 10 gathered at the Bellocq bar in the Hotel Modern New Orleans, the latest venture from Cure’s Neal Bodenheimer, Kirk Estopinal and Matthew Kohnke. The up-and-comers hail from all over, but they share a dedication, drink intelligence and enthusiasm that surely distinguishes ... read more>

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>
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