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Season’s Menu: February 2012 Edition

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

MALIBU BLACK & GINGER 1 part Malibu Black2 parts ginger ale Serve over ice in a tall glass.   DESSERT FIZZ (created by The Cocktail Guru, Jonathan Pogash) 1 ½ oz. Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate Vodka1 large strawberry, chopped1 tsp. agave nectar¼ oz. fresh lemon juice3 oz. Champagne or sparkling wineHandful of mint leaves Muddle ... read more>

More Than Malbec: Argentina Looks to Torrontés, Bonarda and Beyond

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

You might not realize it from scanning the Argentina sections of American wine shops, but only a third of Argentina’s red wine grape plantings are Malbec. Indeed, Malbec has the hot hand; exports to the U.S. have been rising consistently for the past several years, accounting for almost 60% of their wine exports (red and ... read more>

New York: Cuomo – WIGS Out

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Gov. Andrew Cuomo hasn’t included selling wine in grocery stores (known as WIGS) in either of his two budgets and now we know why: He thinks it’s bad for small businesses. “I think it would be disruptive to many stores, mom-and-pop shops,” he said. “I don’t think the benefit outweighs the cost.” It was Cuomo’s ... read more>

Starbucks Expands Wine and Beer Sales to GA, IL and CA

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Starbucks Expands Wine and Beer Sales to GA, IL and CA Starbucks, the company that proved there’s no such thing as paying too much for a cup of coffee, is expanding its experiment with wine and beer. The company said [on January 23rd] that it will start selling wine, beer and “premium” foods, like small ... read more>

Poll Shows Support for Liquor Privatization in Utah

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

A new poll could add fuel to the debate over privatizing liquor in Utah. A poll released Friday by the political website UtahPolicy.com claimed 58% of registered voters think Utah should not control liquor sales. Only 37% insisted the state keep control, said the poll conducted by Dan Jones & Associates. “We were a little ... read more>

Obama to Seek Authority to Merge Agencies

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

President Obama’s plan to split up Alcohol & Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau, giving its tax collection mission to the Internal Revenue Service and its “protect the public” functions to Food & Drug Administration is part of a larger plan to be unveiled this morning. Excerpt…. President Obama’s plan to split up Alcohol & Tobacco ... read more>

Coors Light Becomes No. 2 Beer

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

The iconic Budweiser brand continues a long slide out of favor with American drinkers, falling to third place. If Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD 0.00%) isn’t panicking yet, it should be. This is the first time in nearly two decades that Anheuser-Busch hasn’t controlled the top two beers in the country. The King of Beers is on ... read more>

Did The Treasury Defend Its Bureau?

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

As reported last year, President Obama’s Office of Management & Budget is plotting to split up Alcohol & Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau, moving TTB’s “protect the public” functions – which include label approvals, formula review, product testing and similar duties—to the Food & Drug Administration and its tax collection responsibilities to Treasury’s Internal Revenue ... read more>

New Products & Promotions: January 2012 Edition

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

COCKBURN’S PORT HAS A NEW LOOK Cockburn’s Port (pronounced Co-burn) has introduced an updated look. A longer neck is inspired by the brand’s original bottle, and the Cockerel embossing is now bolder and larger. The label is in a brighter white and underscored with a red line to increase visibility on store shelves. SRP Cockburn ... read more>

Big, Bold & Beautiful: Cask Strength Variations Reward Spirits Lovers

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

In the simplest terms, the proof of a distilled spirit in the U.S. is the percentage of ethanol in the solution multiplied by two: 40% alcohol by volume = 80 proof. But beyond the basic math, proof can be an factor in flavor, a mark of value, a marketing strategy and even a defining characteristic ... read more>
 
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