WineBuzz: March 2012 Edition

Monday, February 27th, 2012

AUSTRALIA RECONCEIVED IN TIC TOK Robert Oatley’s new TIC TOK label is a tribute to his great-great-grandfather James, who was among the earliest English citizens banished to the penal colony of Sydney. Fortunately for Jim, his clockmaking talents were his ticket out; hence TIC TOK. It’s a nice story, but most important for wine lovers, ... read more>

Brand Profile: True Blue, Blue Nun Gets a Package Upgrade

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Blue Nun is one of the longest-lived, best known and most widely distributed wine brands in the world. Why tamper with the highly distinctive package of such a successful brand?                                                                                                                                       “Blue Nun has maintained its position by constantly updating its appearance to remain relevant to the contemporary consumer,” explains Nick James, vice president, senior ... read more>

Moscato Mosaic: Moscato Sales Have Skyrocketed, Thanks to a Whole New Group of Wine Fans

Friday, February 24th, 2012

As robust as the U.S. wine market has been over the past two decades, it’s hard to remember a phenomenon even closely resembling the recent trajectory of Moscato. “Ten, 15% per year, that’s growth,” says Mordy Herzog, partner/VP of Royal Wine Corp., agents for leading import brand Bartenura. “We need a new word for what’s ... read more>

Consumers Pay More For Tongue-Twisting Wines

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Wine tastes better if a winery is difficult to pronounce, according to new research. In a study by Brock University professor, Dr Antonia Mantonakis, it found English-speaking wine consumers were more likely to buy wine from a winery with a difficult-to-pronounce name. Participants also rated wine more highly in a blind tasting, and were prepared ... read more>

Port Tries to Turn the Corner: Tawnies Lead Comeback Effort, As the Category Continues to Evolve

Friday, February 24th, 2012

When your business hasn’t been going that great, even a modest 3.2% uptick in sales growth can look awfully good. At least that’s the thinking these days in the tradition-laden Douro Valley of Portugal, where the last few years, while not the worst of times, have certainly been quite lean. Production of its primary product—Port—has ... read more>

Five Women in Wine Observe On-Premise Trends

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

In the everyday battle by the wine trade to pinpoint consumer desires, the sommelier is the person on the front lines, answering questions and satisfying tastes every week. Who better to ask about on-premise trends? But more and more often, the person on the front lines is a woman.   National statistics on the increasing ... read more>

Roll Out the Barrel Aged Cocktail: Hands-On Innovation is Catching On at the Bar

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

For the cocktail geek, barrel-aged cocktails are one of the most interesting developments of the 21st century. For the bar owner, barrel-aged cocktails are an opportunity to grab some hip cachet and pull in extra customers. And off-premise sellers should keep an eye on this trend, because pre-made versions are already available in bottles. Barrel-aged ... read more>

Malbec Madness: As Argentina’s Flagship Wine Surges Ahead, Trivento and Concho y Toro Help Lead the Charge

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

This April 17th is the official World Malbec Day. However, given the grape’s phenomenal growth and status as America’s fastest growing red wine, it seems more like Malbec Year. Imports of Argentinean wines are up 25.3%—a full seven times more than the growth of the overall wine category—which makes the South American giant #5 in ... read more>

Bar Talk: When the Bar Comes to the Table

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Aidan Demarest, Neat, Los Angeles, CA Sipping a bold, well-balanced cocktail in Los Angeles is now a regular occurrence thanks to local mixology pioneers like Aidan Demarest. Demarest, who has made his mark on such bars as the Spare Room, First & Hope, and the Edison, now invites patrons to play bartender at his newest ... read more>

The Find: March 2012 Edition

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

HOT STUFF: EVAN WILLIAMS CINNAMON RESERVE The flavor parade in spirits continues. Riding momentum from its honey (2009) and cherry (2010) versions, Heaven Hill Distilleries has added Cinnamon Reserve to its Evan Williams Bourbon-based flavored liqueur line. Available in 750ml and 50ml sizes, the new 70-proof release is being supported with an array of promotional ... read more>
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