Protecting Your Blind Side: How to Keep Up with Changing Consumer Tastes

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Was it only a decade ago that we were all happily drinking our Merlot while barely giving a sideways glance at Pinot Noir? A time when few drinkers had ever heard of Malbecs from Mendoza? When we delighted in ripe, fruit-forward wines without ever objecting to their high alcohols? And who can forget a decade ago when Australian Shiraz was still a juggernaut? Oh yes, and a time when all the experts were predicting a boom in Riesling ... read more>

Season’s Menu: May 2012 Edition

Friday, May 4th, 2012

CHERRY LANE 1½ parts Grey Goose Cherry Noir¾ part Benedictine Liqueur1½ parts fresh lemon juice¾ part simple syrup1 dash bitters Mix all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with cherries on a cocktail pick. JALAPEÑO MARGARITA 1 oz. Tequila½ oz. premiumorange liqueur3 oz. ... read more>

Alcohol And Health Insurance Don’t Always Mix

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

In more than half of the country, if you get injured while you’re under the influence of alcohol, health insurers can refuse to pay for your medical care. And that could really add up, since as many as half of the patients who wind up in ERs or trauma centers have been drinking. When these ... read more>

Gin It To Win It: Renewed Interest in Gin Styles Both Old and New Invigorate the Category

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Perhaps more than any spirit, gin has enjoyed newfound attention as a result of the classic cocktail and craft distiller resurgence. Why? Gin has a colorful history worth retelling—from being coined “Mother’s Ruin” back in 18th century London to the bathtub version popular during Prohibition. Gin can adapt to many consumer tastes (via a smorgasbord ... read more>

The Connection: May 2012 Edition

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

On the heels of participating the music festival South by Southwest in March, Wines of Chile tapped into a couple other high-profile high-tech portals. Recent advances applied to its Facebook game “Terroir Hunting”(which allows participants to virtually experience what it takes to produce their own Chilean wines) were given prime exposure via the online hot spot Next Web. Plus, a Twitter #winechat led by Master Sommelier Fred Dexheimer generated 4,223,901 impressions, reaching an audience of 378,267 ... read more>

The Find: May 2012 Edition

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

COGNAC SO ELEGANT IT NEEDS NO LABEL Sometimes the simplest statements are the most profound. From the family-owned Cognac house founded in 1863, Camus Extra Élégance comes in a remarkable decanter—just metal and glass, no label—which is square, yet rounded in all its contours. The Cognac within is an exceptional blend of eaux-de-vie from the ... read more>

Wine Buzz: May 2012 Edition

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

CHILLING POWER: IT’S IN THE BAG As thoughts turn to al fresco fun, accessories that make beverage-chillin’ easier are definitely in season. Phoenix-based BellaVita Bags is offering a wide range of reusable, gel-filled “Chill It” bags, designed to pop into a freezer and become great outdoor carriers—for wine and more. With a variety of colors ... read more>

Brand Profile: Wine & Roses

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Sonoma's Most Famous Bachelor Heads Back to his Envolve ... read more>

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>
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