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Governor Cuomo Proposes Aid for Beer, Wine Makers

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has drafted two bills he says will provide a boon to the state’s beer and wine industries. Under the first bill, the state would create a new licensing system for breweries, allowing those that meet specific requirements to be classified as “farm breweries.” This new classification, achieved by making beer almost entirely ... read more>

State of the Wine-Drinking Nation: General Outlook for U.S. is Good, With Some Caveats

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Few industries have enjoyed the robust growth that wine has experienced over the past two decades. According to Wine Market Council (WMC), the forecast is still mostly sunny, albeit with a few clouds gathering. Representatives of the council brought their annual presentation to New York City in late January, and gave a packed house plenty ... read more>

Talkin Tech: Supporting the Mobile Co-Pilot

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

In the build-up to the holiday season last year there was a lot of excitement about social commerce and how Facebook’s enormous user base was going to become a new force in the season’s retail business. Once the dust settled however, it turned out that social media didn’t have quite the direct impact some had ... read more>

New Products & Promotions: March 2012 Edition

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

BELVEDERE ADDS ZEST TO PORTFOLIO Belvedere Vodka has a new addition to its Macerated collection—Lemon Tea. Lemon Tea is distilled with eight exceptional ingredients including black and green teas, ginger, chamomile, lemongrass, honey and lemon. The result is a fresh, vibrant vodka, ideal for adding to iced tea or lemonade for an easy cocktail. SRP: ... read more>

Green Corner: March 2012 Edition

Monday, February 27th, 2012

NEWTON VINEYARD DOES ECO-CHIC For Newton Vineyard’s fourth annual “Eco- Chic” project, the sustainable Napa Valley winery selected contemporary American designers Bruce and Stephanie Tharp of Chicago-based studio Materious to design a tabletop piece. The result is 100 hand-crafted “Puzzle” trays inspired by Newton’s vineyards and meant to complement Newton’s Unfiltered line of wines. Each ... read more>

WineBuzz: March 2012 Edition

Monday, February 27th, 2012

AUSTRALIA RECONCEIVED IN TIC TOK Robert Oatley’s new TIC TOK label is a tribute to his great-great-grandfather James, who was among the earliest English citizens banished to the penal colony of Sydney. Fortunately for Jim, his clockmaking talents were his ticket out; hence TIC TOK. It’s a nice story, but most important for wine lovers, ... read more>

Brand Profile: True Blue, Blue Nun Gets a Package Upgrade

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Blue Nun is one of the longest-lived, best known and most widely distributed wine brands in the world. Why tamper with the highly distinctive package of such a successful brand?                                                                                                                                       “Blue Nun has maintained its position by constantly updating its appearance to remain relevant to the contemporary consumer,” explains Nick James, vice president, senior ... read more>

Moscato Mosaic: Moscato Sales Have Skyrocketed, Thanks to a Whole New Group of Wine Fans

Friday, February 24th, 2012

As robust as the U.S. wine market has been over the past two decades, it’s hard to remember a phenomenon even closely resembling the recent trajectory of Moscato. “Ten, 15% per year, that’s growth,” says Mordy Herzog, partner/VP of Royal Wine Corp., agents for leading import brand Bartenura. “We need a new word for what’s ... read more>

Consumers Pay More For Tongue-Twisting Wines

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Wine tastes better if a winery is difficult to pronounce, according to new research. In a study by Brock University professor, Dr Antonia Mantonakis, it found English-speaking wine consumers were more likely to buy wine from a winery with a difficult-to-pronounce name. Participants also rated wine more highly in a blind tasting, and were prepared ... read more>

Port Tries to Turn the Corner: Tawnies Lead Comeback Effort, As the Category Continues to Evolve

Friday, February 24th, 2012

When your business hasn’t been going that great, even a modest 3.2% uptick in sales growth can look awfully good. At least that’s the thinking these days in the tradition-laden Douro Valley of Portugal, where the last few years, while not the worst of times, have certainly been quite lean. Production of its primary product—Port—has ... read more>
 
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