The Connection: February 2012 Edition

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Bacardi Serves Up Tennis Ace Rafael Nadal As part of its “Champions Drink Responsibly” social responsibility campaign, Bacardi Limited has launched an international prize competition. Get the chance to “Ace Rafa,” as in Bacardi’s Global Social Responsibility Ambassador Rafael Nadal. Fans who participate in an online virtual reality game and successfully “ace” the Grand Slam ... read more>

WineBuzz: February 2012 Edition

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

MALBEC GETS CHEEKY Some industry watchers call Malbec the new Shiraz, thanks to its red-hot sales and consumer-friendliness. As new brands continue to emerge, is anyone surprised to see labels display a little more attitude to complement the Andean altitude? The 100% varietal Battle Axe Malbec, imported by Liquid Brands, is sourced from estate vines ... read more>

Bar Talk: Think Drink, Too

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Owen Thomson, Washington, D.C. While we hear much about the food from chef José Andrés at restaurants spanning The Bazaar in LA, China Poblano in Las Vegas and Zaytinya on his home turf of DC, the cocktails are equally impressive thanks to ThinkFoodGroup’s roving barman, Owen Thomson. THE BEVERAGE NETWORK: ThinkFoodGroup decided to close D.C.’s ... read more>

New Products & Promotions: February 2012 Edition

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

ABSOLUT CELEBRATES 2012 WITH TWO NEW FLAVORS Absolut is known for innovation. The two newest members of the Absolut family are Absolut Miami and Absolut Gräpevine. Absolut Miami is the brand’s sixth limitededition, city-inspired flavor; it combines citrus flavors like passion fruit and orange blossom. Absolut Gräpevine offers the true taste of white grape, balanced ... read more>

Speakeasy: Brown-Forman’s Michael J. Keyes

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Michael J. Keyes, Brown-Forman President, North American Region The Beverage Network sat down with Brown-Forman’s Mike Keyes, to discuss the longevity of flavored whiskey, the changing dynamics of social responsibility and opportunities in the crowded vodka category. On Whiskey The Beverage Network: With your long experience in working in the whiskey business, what untapped potential ... read more>

The Find: February 2012 Edition

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

BOURBON TO HANG YOUR HAT ON Dating back to 1865, the Stetson hat tradition is legendary. The uncompromising character and standards represented by John B. Stetson’s motto—“Make things right and the best they can be”—are now at work in the spirits world. Working with Vision Wine & Spirits, the company has crafted an 84-proof Kentucky ... read more>

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>
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