New Amsterdam Reaches One Million Case Milestone

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

 New Amsterdam® Spirits announced today that it sold more than one million cases of New Amsterdam® Vodka in its first 12 months in market, making it the fastest spirits brand in history to do so. “We are thrilled to have met the one million case mark so quickly and are grateful to our distributor network ... read more>

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Acquires O Wines

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Washington state’s founding wine company, announced today that it has acquired the Woodinville, Washington-based O Wines brand, which currently sells its Chardonnay in the Northwest and several West Coast markets.   Ste. Michelle Wine Estates ultimately plans to release the brand nationally with future vintages. O Wines was established in 2006 by ... read more>

Brand Profile: Skinnygirl Has More Fun

Monday, September 10th, 2012

The Successful Line Continues to Expand, Broadening a Loyal Fan Base Skinnygirl Cocktails, created by entrepreneur and bestselling author Bethenny Frankel, exploded onto the spirits scene in 2009. Skinnygirl Margarita is the flagship product, a ready-to-serve revolution in a bottle. Beam Inc. acquired the brand in 2011, and set about expanding not only the geographic ... read more>

Brand Profile: Sunshine in a Bottle

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Soleil Mimosa Breaks New Ground In Sparkling Wine. The story of Soleil (formerly branded St. Clair) Mimosa is one of French ingenuity and American hard work. Winemaker Hervé Lescombes relocated from Burgundy, France to New Mexico in order to start a winery in 1981. Today, Southwest Wines, also called St. Clair Winery, is situated in ... read more>

Glenfiddich Unveils New Limited-Edition Expression: Malt Master’s Edition

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Today, Glenfiddich, the world’s most awarded single malt Scotch whisky, releases Glenfiddich Malt Master’s Edition. Only 18,000 bottles of this exceptional limited-edition, created by Malt Master Brian Kinsman, will be available in the United States. Glenfiddich Malt Master’s Edition encapsulates the fifth-generation family-owned distillery’s innovative casking techniques. It is the first expression to adopt the ... read more>

Talkin Tech: Search Results for Power Shopping

Friday, September 7th, 2012

An ongoing theme of this column is the discussion of design choices that will set your website apart. A previous column explored the possibilities for the item detail page; we now turn our focus to the search results page. While the potential of the product page is to convert interest into a sale, the search ... read more>

The Find: September 2012 Edition

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

INTRODUCING DZAMA: MADAGASCAR’S BEST RUM STEPS OUT To Americans kids, Madagascar is a land of animated animals; to many adults, it’s a prime source of vanilla and spices. In reality, of course, it is much more, and America is now getting a taste of Madagascar’s world-class Dzama Rum. Produced on the small island of Nosy-Be, ... read more>

Wine Watch: Upheaval in the Über-Premium

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

In today’s economy, trophy wines are losing some luster. hen having lunch with several sommeliers at a recent industry event, the subject of Screaming Eagle came up. Four of my fellow diners had just been offered an “exclusive” opportunity to increase their allocation of this notoriously sought-after label. Wow, I thought, how times have changed. ... read more>

Green Corner: September 2012 Edition

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

ESTANCIA PURSUES BALANCE Estancia Estates’ GM and Director of Winemaking Scott Kelley is committed to producing balanced wines at the Central Coast California winery known for its sustainable practices and consistent quality. In the pursuit of ‘uncommon balance,’ Estancia recently announced a new national ambassador in the form of Colleen Saidman, celebrity yogini. She is ... read more>

Wine Buzz: September 2012 Edition

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

PICTURE THIS: NEW CHEHALEM LABELS SHOW WINES’ ROOTS Quipping that “every 20 years or so you change things,” Chehalem founder Harry Peterson-Nedry recently unveiled a series of new labels for the Willamette Valley winery. Starting with the 2010 reds and ’11 whites, Chehalem wines will feature vivid color photos by Shawn Linehan. Not only are ... read more>
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