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Tasting Corner: Germany’s New Face in Wines

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Surprises are Coming in the Form of Dry Riesling and (Gasp) Pinot Noir. Germany has had a difficult time changing its wine image. Most wine drinkers—including myself, until I made a recent visit—regarded Germany as the home of fine Rieslngs, but believed that the great ones were sweet. As for Pinot Noirs, the thinking among ... read more>

Why Can’t the Post Office Ship Beer and Wine?

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

The latest proposal to save the financially strapped United States Postal Service would allow it to ship beer and wine, overturning a Temperance-era law that has been on the books for more than a century. On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate passed legislation designed to help stabilize the post office’s finances. The bill would open the ... read more>

Who is The New Beer Consumer?

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

The beer fridge at your local deli, liquor store, supermarket or bodega will tell you that people are drinking a wider variety of beers than ever. What the shelves don’t show is who’s drinking them. Stats are hard to come by, but the typical beer drinker seems to have become a moving target. “I think ... read more>

Loco for Local: Led by Consumers, The Trade Embraces Locally Made Wine

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

The Blue Duck Tavern in the Washington, DC, Park Hyatt hotel attracts a lot of international visitors, given its location. So what happens when they see 18 Virginia wines on the restaurant’s list? “They’re really not sure,” says German Broggi, the hotel’s beverage director. “When European travelers see a Bordeaux blend, they think it comes ... read more>

Doing More With More: Making Sense of Your Inventory Has Never Been More Important

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

With shifting liquor laws, the stubborn recession, customers that range from clueless to cocky, and a seemingly endless onslaught of SKUs, it’s a wonder anyone even reaches for a liquor license, let alone stocks the shelves. But stock the shelves you must if you are in the wine and spirits business, whether that means aisles ... read more>

Time for a Rosé Holiday: Start Thinking Pink (& Don’t Stop All Summer)

Monday, April 30th, 2012

For wine retailers, holidays help make the calendar go ’round. And for good reason: people—especially adults—are creatures of habit. Holidays, over the years, become exclamation points that enliven the comma-punctuated routines of our lives. Whether it’s the romantic promise of Valentine’s Day, the Kosher curve of Passover, or the gift-giving/party-throwing hoopla that stretches from Thanksgiving ... read more>

New Products & Promotions: May 2012 Edition

Monday, April 30th, 2012

W.J. DEUTSCH ADDS FLIRT RED BLEND TO PORTFOLIO With red blends proving to be solid sellers, W.J. Deutsch & Sons recently unveiled Flirt, a 2010 California red blend of Syrah, Zinfandel and Tempranillo, created through a joint venture with Vintage Wine Estates. The playful POS materials invite consumers to try Flirt, using the tagline, “Your ... read more>

Blended Scotch Comeback? A Struggling Category Sees Salvation Through Premiumization

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

For decades, it appeared that blended Scotch whisky, the stuff of highballs and whisky sours, would end not with a bang but a whimper, suffering steady declines at the hands of an aging consumer base, the white spirits boom and aspirational young drinkers. According to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), in ... read more>

US Scanner Data Results

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Key trends for US tracked channel scanner data for the four-week period ending 4/14 are as follows. Note: we would focus on market share trends or 2-yr avg. sales growth for this Nielsen cycle given this year’s 4-week period included Easter, which was not in last year’s, which particularly distorted results for beverages. Alcohol: Beer ... read more>

State Taps Into Brewers

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

In a blow to New York’s growing number of small beer crafters, the state has quietly ended tax and fee exemptions for in-state brewers after it was sued by an out-of-state distributor. The announcement stunned local brewers, many of whom learned in an email that two treasured exemptions-worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to some ... read more>
 
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