Green Corner: October 2011 Edition

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

SOLAR FLARE Last year, Estancia Winery in California made a pledge to reduce its carbon footprint and so far the results have been big. The more than 4,000 solar panels installed at the company’s Monterey facility generate 75% of the winery’s energy demand—that keeps almost 1.5 million pounds of greenhouse gases from entering California’s air ... read more>

Season’s Menu: October 2011 Edition

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

  BELVEDERE AFTER DARK 1½ oz. Belvedere Vodka½ oz. ginger syrup½ oz. lemon juice2 oz. Tru-Blood Pour Tru-Blood over ice into a highball glass. Shake the rest of the ingredients and layer over Tru-Blood—this will create a two-toned effect. Garnish with a slice of ginger and a slice of blood orange. AUTUMN SUNSET Bernheim Original ... read more>

The Shape of Drinks to Come: What Will 2012 (and Beyond) Hold for the Craft Cocktail?

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

About two years ago, the London bar owner Tony Conigliaro was experimenting with aging cocktails, bottling them to see how they might change over time.  It was a thoughtful effort to play at the limits of cocktail creativity, yet by the middle of 2011, dozens of bartenders were busy announcing their barrel- or bottle-aged Negronis, ... read more>

Inside the Brandy Bunch: Rediscovering a Complex Category

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

The brandy category is like a Brady Bunch family reunion, a mash-up of siblings all struggling to exist under one (categorically defined) roof. Technically, brandy is divided in to eight sub-categories: Armagnac, Cognac, Calvados, domestic brandy, fruit brandy, grappa, imported brandy and pisco. It’s tricky for consumers to determine what they like and why, with ... read more>

Talkin Tech: Chasing the Omni-Present Consumer

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

As we enter the holiday season retailers are struggling to keep up with the constantly evolving online consumer. The challenge used to be how a retailer could maintain a consistent experience in the store and on the web, with email marketing and print ads. Now those customers spend their time on even more channels like ... read more>

New Products & Promotions: October 2011 Edition

Friday, October 28th, 2011

HIRAM WALKER CARAMEL APPLE IS FALL IN A BOTTLE Hiram Walker introduces Caramel Apple, the newest flavor addition to its portfolio of all-natural liqueurs, schnapps, brandies and triple-secs. Hiram Walker Caramel Apple complements a variety of other spirits and mixers in seasonal cocktails. The launch is being supported with trade advertising, blogger outreach, retail sampling ... read more>

New Products & Promotions: September 2011 Edition

Friday, October 28th, 2011

ISLE OF JURA CELEBRATES BICENTENNIAL JURA 21-YEAR-OLD Jura is an island like no other that produces distinctive single malts. Jura 21-Year-Old is a limited edition offering created to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the distillery. The whisky is aged in American white oak and finished in 1963 Oloroso sherry casks from Gonzalez Bypass. Aromas of ... read more>

The Bitter End

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Brandon Wise is bar manager at BEAKER & FLASK, PORTLAND, OR  “Portland’s cocktail scene is similar to that of its food scene—two parts super talented, and one part rebel attitude,” points out Brandon Wise, bar manager at Beaker & Flask in the city’s Industrial District and VP of the Oregon Bartenders’ Guild. “There’s an underlying philosophy ... read more>

The Find: October 2011 Edition

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

  THE YEAR OF THE COGNAC Camus—the last independent, family-owned Cognac house and fifth largest worldwide—has released a range of Certified Single Vintage Cognacs, featuring: 1964, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1980, 1988, 1989 and the exclusive Pionneau 1969 (fewer than 5,000 bottles, each signed to guarantee authenticity). Priced to retail from $280-$1,250, the vintage-dated 750mls diverge ... read more>

Wine Buzz: October 2011 Edition

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

  ALL ABOARD THE FRENCH AOC LINE In a stroke of head-smacking ingenuity, historian and wine buff Dr. David Gissen has created a wine map of France that emulates a subway map. While not to scale, the map faithfully depicts major regions and subappellations in their relative positions, plus major grapes shown in geographical context, ... read more>
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