The Connection: May 2012 Edition

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

On the heels of participating the music festival South by Southwest in March, Wines of Chile tapped into a couple other high-profile high-tech portals. Recent advances applied to its Facebook game “Terroir Hunting”(which allows participants to virtually experience what it takes to produce their own Chilean wines) were given prime exposure via the online hot spot Next Web. Plus, a Twitter #winechat led by Master Sommelier Fred Dexheimer generated 4,223,901 impressions, reaching an audience of 378,267 ... read more>

The Find: May 2012 Edition

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

COGNAC SO ELEGANT IT NEEDS NO LABEL Sometimes the simplest statements are the most profound. From the family-owned Cognac house founded in 1863, Camus Extra Élégance comes in a remarkable decanter—just metal and glass, no label—which is square, yet rounded in all its contours. The Cognac within is an exceptional blend of eaux-de-vie from the ... read more>

Wine Buzz: May 2012 Edition

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

CHILLING POWER: IT’S IN THE BAG As thoughts turn to al fresco fun, accessories that make beverage-chillin’ easier are definitely in season. Phoenix-based BellaVita Bags is offering a wide range of reusable, gel-filled “Chill It” bags, designed to pop into a freezer and become great outdoor carriers—for wine and more. With a variety of colors ... read more>

Brand Profile: Wine & Roses

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Sonoma's Most Famous Bachelor Heads Back to his Envolve ... read more>

Tasting Corner: Germany’s New Face in Wines

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Surprises are Coming in the Form of Dry Riesling and (Gasp) Pinot Noir. Germany has had a difficult time changing its wine image. Most wine drinkers—including myself, until I made a recent visit—regarded Germany as the home of fine Rieslngs, but believed that the great ones were sweet. As for Pinot Noirs, the thinking among ... read more>

Why Can’t the Post Office Ship Beer and Wine?

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

The latest proposal to save the financially strapped United States Postal Service would allow it to ship beer and wine, overturning a Temperance-era law that has been on the books for more than a century. On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate passed legislation designed to help stabilize the post office’s finances. The bill would open the ... read more>

Who is The New Beer Consumer?

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

The beer fridge at your local deli, liquor store, supermarket or bodega will tell you that people are drinking a wider variety of beers than ever. What the shelves don’t show is who’s drinking them. Stats are hard to come by, but the typical beer drinker seems to have become a moving target. “I think ... read more>

Loco for Local: Led by Consumers, The Trade Embraces Locally Made Wine

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

The Blue Duck Tavern in the Washington, DC, Park Hyatt hotel attracts a lot of international visitors, given its location. So what happens when they see 18 Virginia wines on the restaurant’s list? “They’re really not sure,” says German Broggi, the hotel’s beverage director. “When European travelers see a Bordeaux blend, they think it comes ... read more>

Doing More With More: Making Sense of Your Inventory Has Never Been More Important

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

With shifting liquor laws, the stubborn recession, customers that range from clueless to cocky, and a seemingly endless onslaught of SKUs, it’s a wonder anyone even reaches for a liquor license, let alone stocks the shelves. But stock the shelves you must if you are in the wine and spirits business, whether that means aisles ... read more>

Time for a Rosé Holiday: Start Thinking Pink (& Don’t Stop All Summer)

Monday, April 30th, 2012

For wine retailers, holidays help make the calendar go ’round. And for good reason: people—especially adults—are creatures of habit. Holidays, over the years, become exclamation points that enliven the comma-punctuated routines of our lives. Whether it’s the romantic promise of Valentine’s Day, the Kosher curve of Passover, or the gift-giving/party-throwing hoopla that stretches from Thanksgiving ... read more>
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