Brand Profile The Castel Group: One of the World’s Largest Wine Producers You May Not Know

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Michel Haury is the Manager for the Americas at Castel, the largest wine producer in France—the largest in Europe, in fact—exporting to over 130 countries. The 100% family-owned Castel Group has vineyards in all of France’s key wine-growing regions and produces 640 million bottles of wine annually (when you throw in beer and soft drinks ... read more>

Corked Champagne “Costing Billions” – Solution Screwcaps?

Friday, May 11th, 2012

About 18 million bottles of Champagne are wasted each year due to cork taint, according to a top wine critic, who has welcomed Australian winemaker De Bortoli’s pioneering move to release the world’s first screw-capped sparkling wines. Wine writer Tyson Stelzer told journalists at this week’s launch of the new De Bortoli wines that about ... read more>

6th Circ. Sides With Maker’s Mark In Wax Seal Trademark Row

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

The Sixth Circuit said Wednesday that Maker’s Mark Distillery Inc.’s distinctive red wax seals were not a functional feature of the company’s whiskey bottles, striking down Jose Cuervo International Inc.’s argument that Maker’s Mark’s trademark for the seal was unenforceable. The appeals court upheld a Kentucky federal judge’s ruling that barred Cuervo from selling its ... read more>

Talkin’ Tech: Articulating Value in a Competitive Marketplace

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

There was a time when moving online for a wine store would lead to a lift in business based solely on the strength of the store’s inventory and pricing. However, the online wine marketplace has been an increasingly competitive space for several years now. These days, few stores are satisfied with the incremental sales that ... read more>

W.J. Deutsch & Sons Says “Family First” Announcing New Name: Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

W.J. Deutsch & Sons, Ltd., a leading wine and spirits company with more than 30 award-winning brands from around the world, is changing its name to reflect its values, business model and expansion into the spirits category. As of May 7, 2012, the company will be renamed Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits. “We have always ... read more>

Vodka Market Nears Bubble Territory

Monday, May 7th, 2012

When Beam paid $605m for vodkas of the marshmallow, whipped cream and gummy variety, investors could be forgiven for gulping. Some analysts believe vodka, America’s top-selling spirit which accounts for nearly a third of the market by volume and half of its growth, is moving into bubble territory. This is highlighted by an expanding range ... read more>

Lifting a Glass – Bill Goldring

Friday, May 4th, 2012

On any given day in New Orleans chances are your path will intersect with at least one facet of civic life that has been supported by the generosity of William Goldring. Touro Infirmary, Tulane University, City Park and the Audubon Institute are but a few institutions that have been helped by the Goldring Family Foundation. ... read more>

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>
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