Bar Tools: The Bartender’s Best Friends Behind the Stick

Friday, December 9th, 2011

We asked the country’s busiest bartenders to give us their must-have bar tools—easy to use, sturdy enough to withstand the weekend slam, and functionally superior to the basics. Here are some of their favorite items so you can pour, measure, muddle, stir, shake, strain and squeeze with ease.   click image to enlarge 1. Koriko ... read more>

Volt: A Celebrity Bar

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Greg Voss, Frederick, MD Leave it to Top Chef to make charming Frederick, MD, a culinary hotspot. Volt, the restaurant from Season #6 finalist Bryan Voltaggio, has been known for its inventive modern American cuisine since it opened, but the popular TV show has certainly spiked interest among the daytripping foodie set. While Voltaggio’s cooking ... read more>

New Products & Promotions: December 2011 Edition

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

  WARM UP WITH KAHLÚA CINNAMON SPICE A new offering from Kahlúa captures the American fondness for cinnamon—Kahlúa Cinnamon Spice is a variation on the classic taste fans of Kahlúa know and appreciate. This new portfolio addition is inspired by the traditional Mexican Café de Olla, which is a blend of coffee, cinnamon and brown ... read more>

A Sparkling Trio: With New Year’s Coming Into View, It’s a Good Time to Focus on Cava, Prosecco and Champagne

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

It happens every year. Despite heroic efforts by sparkling wine marketers to promote their bubbly wares as year ‘round beverages, it is the jingle of sleigh bells that get Americans to pay attention, and far be it from the industry to ignore this habitual seasonal demand. Indeed, the holidays bring out the bubblies in force—at ... read more>

Chinese Market Maturing Faster Than U.S.

Monday, December 5th, 2011

The Chinese market is maturing at a faster rate than the US market for fine wine did in the 1980s, auctioneer Richard Brierley says. Brierley, auctioneer for the new joint venture of California-based Spectrum Wine Auctions and London luxury drinks merchant Vanquish, is in Hong Kong for a Spectrum auction this weekend. The auction will ... read more>

Saké Steps Up, Branches Out: It’s New, It’s Different, It’s Catching On

Monday, December 5th, 2011

From P.F. Chang’s to The French Laundry and from BevMo to specialty wine retailers, saké is establishing a place on beverage lists and retail shelves around the country. Given the beverage’s flexibility—served straight up before or with dinner or mixed into cocktails—it’s no wonder importers have seen double-digit increases in saké sales. First, a few ... read more>

Book Report: November 2011 Edition

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

WINES FOR EVERYDAY 1,000 Great Everyday Wines, ($25, DK Publishing) is a compilation of over 1,000 suggestions for great everyday drinking wines—value wines that aim to please every level of wine drinker. Compiled by a group of wine writers from around the world, the book showcases value wines that have regional character. Covering reds, whites, ... read more>

94% of U.S. Wine Consumers Prefer Natural Cork

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Source: PR Newswire Half of Respondents Say Screw-caps Convey Low Quality Wine Natural cork remains the overwhelming choice for U.S. wine drinkers because it conveys higher quality than alternative closures, according to a recent survey by Tragon Corp., the Company announced today. According to the survey, 94% of respondents said they would be more likely ... read more>

Talkin Tech: As Online Wine Sales Grow So Do The Challenges

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Given the state of the US economy retailers are more than a little anxious that this upcoming holiday season will provide a much needed lift in sales. Somewhat ominously the NRF is expecting season sales to be little more than “average” with a predicted 2.8% increase over last year. Meanwhile, comScore expects eCommerce spending to ... read more>

New Products & Promotions: November 2011 Edition

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

MWITU WINES HIT SHELVES FOR HOLIDAY SEASON In time for the holidays, Mwitu, a new South African wine brand, is releasing its line of wines across the U.S. “Mwitu,” which means “wild” in Swahili, comes from the Western Cape—one of South Africa’s most popular growing regions. The range includes Pinotage, Shiraz, Chenin Blanc and Pinotage- ... read more>
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