Wine Buzz: October 2012 Edition

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Spotlighting new wine releases and innovations in the ... read more>

Bar Talk: She’s Fresh

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Kristin Almy, Bar Manager, Grand Café, San Francisco Just five years ago it would have been hard to imagine a bar serving cocktails on draft. Now we’ve entered an era where even green Chartreuse flows from a tap—at least at Grand Café at the Hotel Monaco in San Francisco, the first establishment in the country ... read more>

Sidney Frank Importing Company Named Exclusive U.S. Importer and Distributor Of VnC Cocktails

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Sidney Frank Importing Company, Inc., and VnC Cocktails Ltd. jointly announce that Sidney Frank Importing Company Inc. will become the exclusive importer and distributor of the entire VnC line of ready-to-serve products in the United States, as well as Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, effective immediately. New Zealand based VnC Cocktails was established in 2007 ... read more>

The Find: October 2012 Edition

Monday, October 1st, 2012

SIDES OF THE AISLE This year’s election will soon be history, but the politics go on… Still trumpeting the political spirit are Filibuster Bourbon and Rye. Each starts with a “bi-partisan” blend: the bourbon combines whiskies from 2002 ’04 and ’08; and the rye gets a dash of bourbon. Then, using a “Dual Cask” process, ... read more>

Australia Grows Up: A More Mature Australian Wine Industry Finds Sustainable Growth

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Chuck Hayward’s Australian wine sales have remained steady—robust, even—over the last half-decade. At California’s Jug Shop and then at JJ Buckley Fine Wines (where he is now the wine educator and Australian buyer), he reports, “We never saw a decline in sales because we had a diverse selection, we knew the category and we never ... read more>

Craft Beers Go “Mega” in America: Food Tie-Ins and Thirst for New Styles Drive Record Sales

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Craft beer sales have definitely blown up in the last three years,” says Nick Anderson, beer buyer at Arrowine & Cheese in Arlington, VA, not far from the Central Intelligence Agency. But, happily, there’s nothing covert about the growing appeal of small-scale beers. Americans not only have discovered the pleasures of craft-brewed ales, porters, stouts ... read more>

New Products & Promotions: October 2012 Edition

Monday, October 1st, 2012

New Products & Promotions serves up new and interesting products hitting the ... read more>

Talkin Tech: A Coming of Age for Online Wine Sales

Monday, October 1st, 2012

The online selling of products appears to be entering a new period of maturity where it can no longer fly under the radar. Two recent events have highlighted that eCommerce has become a significant part of consumer activity in the US. The first is that Amazon has agreed to collect sales tax for a number ... read more>

Mezcal Steps Up: Meet Tequilas Crazy Agave Kin

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Of all the effects wrought on the spirit world by the 21st century cocktail revolution, none was as unpredictable and as fascinating as the emergence of mezcal as a quality ... read more>

Chile: Momentum Through Innovation

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Diversity, quality and novelty keep the Chilean wine industry moving forward. Call it the “I” word: Innovation. Granted, the term is easy to fling around—not unlike politicians use the word change. But in the case of Chilean wine, so much is happening in so many areas that it is reasonable to say that innovation is ... read more>
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