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Wine Buzz: June 2012 Edition

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

VOLÉRE: HOW YOU SAY ‘GAME-CHANGER’ IN ITALIAN There are a lot of premium varietal wines coming to the U.S. from Italy, but only one comes in its own “pocketbook.” Volére, from Cantina di Soave, has three tasty wines—Pinot Grigio, Merlot-Pinot Noir and Rosé—clearly aimed to catch the eyes of women shoppers. No wonder it was ... read more>

Bar Talk: The Artist

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Perez Klebahn of Rain’s Fun House in Baltimore, MD Visitors don’t flock to the American Visionary Art Museum just to scope out wacky exhibitions like All Things Round: Galaxies, Eyeballs & Karma. They are also compelled to dine at the equally playful Mr. Rain’s Fun House, where Perez Klebahn serves offbeat wines and makes dynamic ... read more>

Napa Valley Wine Auction Tops $8 Million

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Thanks to its own vintners’ open wallets, Napa Valley’s annual wine auction proved that giving begins at home. But those seeking signs that the world is parched for top-dollar Cabernet weren’t finding many under the big tent Saturday. The auction tally edged just past $8 million. While that topped last year’s $7.3 million total, it ... read more>

Brand Profile: Camus Cognac

Monday, June 4th, 2012

A rarity in any category, Camus is a fifth-generation and family-owned company. The Cognac house accurately markets itself as “A Living Tradition” as from father to son, over five generations since 1863, they have amassed expertise based on respect for the soil, the wines, the eaux-devie, and the creation of elegant Cognacs. Each company leader ... read more>

The Find: June 2012 Edition

Friday, June 1st, 2012

The Find is our monthly round-up of hot brand initiatives, product extensions and all-around industry cool ... read more>

How Sweet It Is

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Just a couple of years ago, sweet red wine inhabited the same place in the wine world that it had always inhabited—on the retailer’s bottom shelf, in the same purgatory with the big jugs and five-liter ... read more>

Tasting Corner: Greek Wines Go Mainstream

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Led by restaurants on both coasts, Greek wines are earning attention. Bucking the trend in the broader economy, but in step with America’s blossoming wine culture, wines from Greece are experiencing a dramatic upswing in the U.S. The New York trade office reports that Greek wine imports were up 5.6% in 2011, reaching value of ... read more>

Brand Profile: House Jam, It’s All About Fun, Inside and Out

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Brands aren’t created overnight—even if they spring from sudden inspiration. The genesis of WineWave’s House Jam line came back in 2007, out of owner Jack Cacciato’s desire to be bold and ... read more>

Brand Profile: Avión Reaches New Heights

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Wider Distribution and Television Campaign Play Key Roles in Brand Development “When it rains, it pours,” says Jenna Fagnan, referring—in this case—to all the good things that have been happening in avalanche succession for Tequila Avión, the brand that has turned many heads since it launched in July 2010. It started in Tucson, AZ, last ... read more>

Wine and Beer: Nielsen Data Analysis: Easter Sales Shift Drives Mixed Dollar Sales Trends; Wine -0.1% YoY, Beer +0.3% YoY

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Mixed Sales Trends for Beer and Wine Due to Easter Sales Shift – In the four-week period ended May 12, 2012, dollar sales in the wine category were down 0.1% YoY and volume sales were down 2.6% YoY, the result of an unfavorable comp as year-ago period included Easter sales, while the current period did ... read more>
 
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