Talkin Tech: Getting Realistic About Social Media

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

I was recently asked what advice I would give an audience of wine store owners who want to use social media to increase sales. My response was not to bother, which reflected the experience of the retailers in the room, none of whom had an eCommerce website. My answer shocked me a little, as I’ve ... read more>

Wind From The East: The Ascent of Eastern European Wine

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

When two Feteasca Neagra varietal wines from Romania received high marks and recommendations in the 2012 Ultimate Wine Challenge in New York recently, not much notice was taken. But for winemakers and reps from former Soviet Bloc countries, the respectable showing is another small step in their effort to increase awareness and interest in the ... read more>

New Products & Promotions: July 2012 Edition

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

New Products & Promotions highlights new products, line extensions and brand ... read more>

The New Secret Ingredients: Apéritifs & Digestifs

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

No longer obscure, vermouths, quinquinas and amaros become a bar menu wild card. With romantic stories of secret formulas concocted in remote European villages and handed down through generations, most apéritifs and digestifs had no place in America until very recently. Rediscovered by bartenders and importers who traveled abroad and came back enamored by the ... read more>

Selling Organic: It’s Personal

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Green living is on the rise. Alongside increased consumer awareness of local, sustainable and organic food, organic wine consumption is rising incrementally. As a market minority, but one with growing appeal, how should organic wine be presented to the consumer? As it turns out, the answer is highly personal. No longer a fringe domain of ... read more>

21 Beverage Licensees Honored at ABL National Convention

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

On June 12, twenty-one retail beverage licensees were recognized as Brown-Forman Retailers of the Year at the American Beverage Licensees’ 10th Annual Convention in Las Vegas. Presented by Ralph Aguera, Vice President, Trade Relations for Brown-Forman, the awards symbolize these business owners’ contributions to the beverage alcohol industry. This is the tenth consecutive year that ... read more>

What America Spends On Booze

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Out of every $100 American consumers spend, about $1 goes to alcohol. That hasn’t changed much over the past 30 years. But where we spend our money on alcohol has changed quite a bit. We spend a bigger chunk of our booze money in bars and restaurants. We spend less money buying alcohol at the ... read more>

Slim Spirit Announces Distribution Partnership with M.S. walker of Massachusetts

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Continuing a program of rapid expansion, San Francisco’s homegrown Slim Spirit LLC announces a new distribution partnership with M. S. Walker of Massachusetts.  Adding Slim Vodka, Tequila, Rum, and Gin to its highly regarded portfolio, M. S. Walker ensures a position at the very forefront of the vibrant diet adult beverage market.The Slims remain the ... read more>

Ultimate Cocktail Challenge 2012 Announces Winners for Classic & Signature Cocktail Challenges

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Ultimate Beverage Challenge® (UBC), is proud to announce the results of the annual Ultimate Cocktail Challenge® (UCC) held at Astor Center in New York City, June 4 – 8, 2012. Ultimate Cocktail Challenge encompasses two distinct competitions – Classic Cocktail Challenge and Signature Cocktail Challenge. Hundreds of cocktails were tasted and rated over the course ... read more>

Rémy Cointreau Results Boosted by Cognac Sales

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

French alcoholic drinks company Rémy Cointreau SA RCO.FR +0.09% Tuesday said it is confident of continued steady growth as it posted a sharp rise in full-year net profit, bouncing back after being hit by a one-off write-down a year earlier. Chief Executive Jean-Marie Laborde said business is continuing to “grow strongly,” echoing the optimism of ... read more>
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