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Brand Profile: WhistlePig Rye: 100% Rye, 100 Proof, Hand-Bottled in Vermont

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

With craft bottlings competing with commercial favorites, it takes a lot for a whiskey to stand out these days. Especially when it’s a new entrant in a category steeped in tradition. WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey, launched in 2010, has earned its spot on back bars and retail shelves the old-fashioned way: with top quality and ... read more>

Wine’s 2011 Report Card

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

The Wine Market Council and Nielsen present their annual report on the state of wine in the U.S. The results are in-the wine industry is looking up. That’s according to the seventh-annual study on wine consumption in the U.S. conducted by the Wine Market Council and Nielsen Marketing in 2011. The optimistic findings were announced ... read more>

Beyond the Chocolate Martini: America’s Love for Chocolate Infuses Spirits and Wine

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

For fans of classic cocktails like the pre-Prohibition Brandy Alexander, with its dose of sweet, dark crème de cacao, and for legions of chocolate martini fans cultivated in the 1990s, chocolate and happy hour go together like Romeo and Juliet. The relationship of chocolate and beverage alcohol is clearly built on a passionate foundation, and ... read more>

Talkin Tech: Key Transitions in the Growth of a Wine Store Website

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Every year we review benchmark indicators for the retailer ecommerce websites we support. This is a valuable routine for us to catch outliers who are lagging, stores that should be doing better than their performance suggests. We need to find out whether the problem is technical or design related, or it might concern store personnel ... read more>

Rioja’s New Calling Card: Reservas Emerge as Fastest-Growing Wines from Spain’s Most Famous Region

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Rafael Momene of La Rioja Alta noticed a dramatic shift in his portfolio last year: U.S. sales of his Viña Alberdi Reserva wine doubled, and sales of his Viña Ardanza Reserva quadrupled. ... read more>

Small is Beautiful: What Small Shops lack in Size, They Make Up For in Service and Selectivity

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Americans are known for super-sizing just about everything, from hamburgers to SUVs. We’ve come to associate bigger with better, and often make purchase decisions at stores that offer the widest selection at the lowest price. And when it comes to alcohol, large club, grocery and regional chains tend to dominate certain markets. Because they buy ... read more>

The Connection: February 2012 Edition

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Bacardi Serves Up Tennis Ace Rafael Nadal As part of its “Champions Drink Responsibly” social responsibility campaign, Bacardi Limited has launched an international prize competition. Get the chance to “Ace Rafa,” as in Bacardi’s Global Social Responsibility Ambassador Rafael Nadal. Fans who participate in an online virtual reality game and successfully “ace” the Grand Slam ... read more>

WineBuzz: February 2012 Edition

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

MALBEC GETS CHEEKY Some industry watchers call Malbec the new Shiraz, thanks to its red-hot sales and consumer-friendliness. As new brands continue to emerge, is anyone surprised to see labels display a little more attitude to complement the Andean altitude? The 100% varietal Battle Axe Malbec, imported by Liquid Brands, is sourced from estate vines ... read more>

Bar Talk: Think Drink, Too

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Owen Thomson, Washington, D.C. While we hear much about the food from chef José Andrés at restaurants spanning The Bazaar in LA, China Poblano in Las Vegas and Zaytinya on his home turf of DC, the cocktails are equally impressive thanks to ThinkFoodGroup’s roving barman, Owen Thomson. THE BEVERAGE NETWORK: ThinkFoodGroup decided to close D.C.’s ... read more>

New Products & Promotions: February 2012 Edition

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

ABSOLUT CELEBRATES 2012 WITH TWO NEW FLAVORS Absolut is known for innovation. The two newest members of the Absolut family are Absolut Miami and Absolut Gräpevine. Absolut Miami is the brand’s sixth limitededition, city-inspired flavor; it combines citrus flavors like passion fruit and orange blossom. Absolut Gräpevine offers the true taste of white grape, balanced ... read more>
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