Beyond the Chocolate Martini: America’s Love for Chocolate Infuses Spirits and Wine

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

For fans of classic cocktails like the pre-Prohibition Brandy Alexander, with its dose of sweet, dark crème de cacao, and for legions of chocolate martini fans cultivated in the 1990s, chocolate and happy hour go together like Romeo and Juliet. The relationship of chocolate and beverage alcohol is clearly built on a passionate foundation, and ... read more>

Talkin Tech: Key Transitions in the Growth of a Wine Store Website

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Every year we review benchmark indicators for the retailer ecommerce websites we support. This is a valuable routine for us to catch outliers who are lagging, stores that should be doing better than their performance suggests. We need to find out whether the problem is technical or design related, or it might concern store personnel ... read more>

Rioja’s New Calling Card: Reservas Emerge as Fastest-Growing Wines from Spain’s Most Famous Region

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Rafael Momene of La Rioja Alta noticed a dramatic shift in his portfolio last year: U.S. sales of his Viña Alberdi Reserva wine doubled, and sales of his Viña Ardanza Reserva quadrupled. ... read more>

Small is Beautiful: What Small Shops lack in Size, They Make Up For in Service and Selectivity

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Americans are known for super-sizing just about everything, from hamburgers to SUVs. We’ve come to associate bigger with better, and often make purchase decisions at stores that offer the widest selection at the lowest price. And when it comes to alcohol, large club, grocery and regional chains tend to dominate certain markets. Because they buy ... read more>

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>
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