The Beverage Network’s 2011 10 Mixologists to Watch

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Behind the bar will always be a barkeep’s favorite perch, but as Tales of the Cocktail revealed this year, bartenders are fast becoming revered for their dynamic personalities as much as for the innovative libations they are ... read more>

Talkin Tech: Local Market Conditions: Opportunities for Online Wine Sales Are Not the Same for All Stores

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Helping customers and sourcing product is the daily work of running a store, and you tend to take for granted the conditions of your local market. For example, the prevalence of price posting in the northeast has been a significant factor in creating a number of opportunities for the trade. Comparing the conditions in different ... read more>

The Find: June 2011 Edition

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Be in the know about on-trend books, wines, spirits and industry ... read more>

An Industry Gathers: The 68th Annual WSWA Convention Convenes in Orlando

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

From April 9th-12th, approximately 1,900 industry members–including 120 exhibitors–gathered in Orlando to attend the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) Convention. Highlights throughout the three-day event included speakers: Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico; General Stanley McChrystal, a former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan; and Daniel Okrent, author of Last Call: ... read more>

Retailing Means Retooling: Smart Wine Merchants are Not Standing Pat

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

If Charles Dickens were in the wine business today, perhaps he would agree that these are the best of times and the worst of times. The economic downturn, now well into its third year, hangs heavily on consumer confidence. And yet the wine market continues to grow impressively, with the U.S. recently marking its 18th ... read more>

Pucker Up: Beam Global Introduces Playful New Line of Flavored Vodka

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

"Pucker is a high-end vodka with a social, fun-loving aspect," notes Kim Washington, senior director. "The growth of flavored vodka is apparent, and we really saw an opportunity to expand on the flavor expertise of Pucker ... read more>

Prosecco’s Bubble Not Bursting: America’s love affair with the Italian sparkler influences the category’s stellar growth.

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

With sales having grown 32%, cool, fruity, bubbly Prosecco is a less expensive alternative to Champagne this ... read more>

Worth the Upgrade: It’s Time to Elevate Your Beer Program

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

For many restaurants, beer often gets overshadowed by the wines and spirits components of the beverage program–a few bottles, a few drafts, something “lite”; re-order as needed. But today more and more guests are asking for something more, expecting a bit of the range and diversity exhibited in today’s marketplace. Craft beer and specialty bottlings ... read more>

Brand Profile: The Lighter Side: Master of Mixes Introduces Low-Calorie Cocktail Mixers

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

For years, Americans have been eating low-calorie versions of their favorite foods, but it’s only recently their desire for lighter cocktails has been quenched. American Beverage Marketers (ABM), known for its liquid cocktail mixes for bartenders and at-home cocktail enthusiasts alike, has tapped into the growing health-conscious trend by launching Master of Mixes Lite cocktail ... read more>

Modern-Tropical: An Interview with Christian Self of The Waikiki Edition Hotel

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Christian Self, Bar Chef, The Waikiki Edition Hotel, Honolulu, HI Touristy Waikiki may bring to mind sprawling resorts and fruity cocktails sipped amid ukulele music, but not at the much-buzzed Edition Hotel. This new urban resort, the brainchild of Ian Schrager, in partnership with Marriott International, is all about luxury and modern style. Christian Self, ... read more>
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