BCA Hosts Annual Global Food, Wine & Spirits Experience

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

On November 18th, the BCA held its annual Global Food, Wine & Spirits Experience entitled “Celebrate Passion in the Food & Wine Industry” at Guastavino’s. Industry professionals showed support for over 50 culinary students gaining mentors and experience working alongside seasoned chefs at the event. David Gonzalez of Pernod Ricard USA received the 2011 Vision ... read more>

Metro Holds 77th Annual Dinner at Harbour Club

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

On October 24th, The Metro Package Store Association held its 77th Annual Dinner at the Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle. The dinner was a big success, in large part due to support from the retailers, wholesalers, unions, suppliers and wineries that ... read more>

Michael’s: Accessible Luxury

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

During breakfast, Michael McCarty’s Midtown destination will be filled with New York’s powerful washing down California omelets with coffee. A few hours later, deals will be made over salade niçoise and La Caravelle Champagne. Now, thanks to the arrival of Michael Flannery behind the stick, weekday evenings have spawned a lively bar scene around cocktails like the Parisian ... read more>

Beer Institute Spent $260K on Lobbying

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

The Beer Institute spent $260,000 in the third quarter to lobby on alcohol tax, labeling, safety awareness and other issues, according to a disclosure report. That is up from the $220,000 it spent in the second quarter and down from the $360,000 it spent in the third quarter last year. The trade group — whose ... read more>

Inspired Innovation: As Consumers Again Embrace Premiums, Diageo Answers the Call With A New Wave of Luxury Goods

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

With consumers ready and willing to trade up again, Diageo has ramped up attention to the premium and super premium arenas, says Olivia McNeal, the company’s Vice President of Technical Innovation. “Diageo continues to be very focused on delivering premium brands to consumers,” she explains, adding that while the economy is far from perfect, “people ... read more>

Wine Buzz: December 2011 Edition

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

WHERE THE TURF MEETS TERROIR Earlier this season, the New York Jets beat the San Diego Chargers, but whose wine rules? The J-E-T-S partnered with Napa Valley’s Marco DiGuilio, producing Jets Uncorked 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (SRP $27.99), 2010 Chardonnay ($19.99) and 2009 red blend ($19.99); distribution by Winebow ensures a full-out market blitz as well. ... read more>

New Jersey Wine Sale Law Faces Uncertainty in Assembly

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Although the state Senate approved legislation that would open New Jersey to both in-state and out-of-state winemakers to direct shipments to consumers and open markets for their products, the Assembly needs to act within the next three weeks for the measure to go to the governor’s desk. And local Assemblyman Gary Chiusano said, “There’s probably ... read more>

The Find: December 2011 Edition

Monday, December 19th, 2011

  HENNESSY LIGHTS UP THE NIGHT The high-end spirits realm just got stretched in a brand-new direction. Hennessy Privilège NyX—the second in the brand’s “Privilège Collection”—sports a daring translucent platinum glass bottle with metallic purple trim inspired by a starry night. Logos etched in luminescent ink adorning the label, collar and cork are visible only ... read more>

Season’s Menu: December 2011 Edition

Monday, December 19th, 2011

  SOBIESKI SLEIGH 2 oz. Sobieski Vanilla Vodka½ oz. Irish cream liqueurSplash of pomegranate juice Serve over ice and garnish with a stick of cinnamon. STANDARD STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE-TINI 1½ oz. Russian Standard Vodka4-6 strawberries3 tsp. sugarJuice of half a limeCrushed ice Shake ingredients together well with ice and then strain into a martini glass. Garnish ... read more>

Pernod Optimistic Over Year-End Sales in U.S.

Friday, December 16th, 2011

French spirits group Pernod Ricard is optimistic over sales prospects for the end of the year in the United States, a recovering market where it aims to take market share. The world’s second-biggest spirits group behind Britain’s Diageo may also further raise prices in some of its drink categories in the U.S. but has no ... read more>
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