Talkin’ Tech: Articulating Value in a Competitive Marketplace

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

There was a time when moving online for a wine store would lead to a lift in business based solely on the strength of the store’s inventory and pricing. However, the online wine marketplace has been an increasingly competitive space for several years now. These days, few stores are satisfied with the incremental sales that ... read more>

W.J. Deutsch & Sons Says “Family First” Announcing New Name: Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

W.J. Deutsch & Sons, Ltd., a leading wine and spirits company with more than 30 award-winning brands from around the world, is changing its name to reflect its values, business model and expansion into the spirits category. As of May 7, 2012, the company will be renamed Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits. “We have always ... read more>

Vodka Market Nears Bubble Territory

Monday, May 7th, 2012

When Beam paid $605m for vodkas of the marshmallow, whipped cream and gummy variety, investors could be forgiven for gulping. Some analysts believe vodka, America’s top-selling spirit which accounts for nearly a third of the market by volume and half of its growth, is moving into bubble territory. This is highlighted by an expanding range ... read more>

Lifting a Glass – Bill Goldring

Friday, May 4th, 2012

On any given day in New Orleans chances are your path will intersect with at least one facet of civic life that has been supported by the generosity of William Goldring. Touro Infirmary, Tulane University, City Park and the Audubon Institute are but a few institutions that have been helped by the Goldring Family Foundation. ... read more>

Protecting Your Blind Side: How to Keep Up with Changing Consumer Tastes

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Was it only a decade ago that we were all happily drinking our Merlot while barely giving a sideways glance at Pinot Noir? A time when few drinkers had ever heard of Malbecs from Mendoza? When we delighted in ripe, fruit-forward wines without ever objecting to their high alcohols? And who can forget a decade ago when Australian Shiraz was still a juggernaut? Oh yes, and a time when all the experts were predicting a boom in Riesling ... read more>

Season’s Menu: May 2012 Edition

Friday, May 4th, 2012

CHERRY LANE 1½ parts Grey Goose Cherry Noir¾ part Benedictine Liqueur1½ parts fresh lemon juice¾ part simple syrup1 dash bitters Mix all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with cherries on a cocktail pick. JALAPEÑO MARGARITA 1 oz. Tequila½ oz. premiumorange liqueur3 oz. ... read more>

Alcohol And Health Insurance Don’t Always Mix

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

In more than half of the country, if you get injured while you’re under the influence of alcohol, health insurers can refuse to pay for your medical care. And that could really add up, since as many as half of the patients who wind up in ERs or trauma centers have been drinking. When these ... read more>

Gin It To Win It: Renewed Interest in Gin Styles Both Old and New Invigorate the Category

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Perhaps more than any spirit, gin has enjoyed newfound attention as a result of the classic cocktail and craft distiller resurgence. Why? Gin has a colorful history worth retelling—from being coined “Mother’s Ruin” back in 18th century London to the bathtub version popular during Prohibition. Gin can adapt to many consumer tastes (via a smorgasbord ... read more>

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>
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