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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>

Brand Profile: Folie Takes Sonoma

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Napa Valley's successful Folie à Deux brand moves to the appellation next ... read more>

New Products & Promotions: June 2012 Edition

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Our monthly round-up of hot new products and brand ... read more>

Liquor Giants Plug Into Social Media

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Europe’s liquor giants are increasingly plowing cash into social media to promote their brands and gather valuable data on drinkers. Thirst for whisky, rum and vodka in Latin America, Africa and Asia has accelerated as adult populations have expanded and incomes have risen, and companies see the improved online access in developing markets through laptops, ... read more>

Good Pour Choices: On-Premise Has a Host of Solutions for Serving Popular Wines by the Glass

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

On-premise has a host of solutions for serving popular wines ... read more>

What Happened in Vegas… New Products Headline the 69th WSWA Annual Convention

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Las Vegas is the perfect setting for the annual Wine & Spirits Wholesalers Association convention. There, in the clockless, sin-friendly confines of America’s gaming capital, beverage alcohol is warmly embraced for what it is: real-world entertainment. In Vegas, fantasy is the order of the day (and night). But for our industry, the 24/7 din of ... read more>

Spirits Take Flight: Thematic Groupings of Small Pours Are Not Just For Wine Anymore

Monday, May 28th, 2012

The “flight” concept began with wine, where restaurants or bars offered small pours of wines under a unifying theme—variety, producer, specific region, etc. Given wine’s myriad offerings, the concept was a natural, delivering organized education and a touch of intrigue for wine enthusiasts of varied levels of experience. As the popularity of specialty spirits has ... read more>

Chile’s Cooler Side: Coastal Regions in Chile are Turning Out Some of the Country’s Best White Wines

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Reliably delicious, readily available and remarkably affordable are words that have become associated with Chilean wine. But cool-climate? Not so much. While we tend to think of the South American country as a hot, arid place ideally suited for heat-loving red varieties like Cabernet and Carménère, in reality Chile is heavily dominated by the cooling ... read more>
 
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