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>

No. 11 Cup

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Leo Robitschek is head bartender at ELEVEN MADISON PARK, NEW YORK, NY “I think it’s imperative for a restaurant’s cocktail menu to coincide with the food being served,” shares Leo Robitschek, head bartender at Eleven Madison Park, the well-loved Danny Meyer establishment that won this year’s first ever Best Restaurant Bar award at Tales of ... read more>

Green Corner: September 2011 Edition

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

CASUAL COCKTAILS Along with their garlic-cheese biscuits, guests at Ruby Tuesday restaurants can sip on VeeV cocktails. The açai spirit finds its way into creations like a Pomegranate Martini with Cuervo Gold Tequila and the “Superfruit Cooler” with Absolut Berri Açai and St-Germain. INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS Renwood Winery, a member of the California Sustainable Wine ... read more>

Wine Buzz: September 2011 Edition

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

  ARGENTINA VIA BORDEAUX On the heels of its December 2010 launch, Argentina’s Bodega DiamAndes has released three new varietal wines. The winery is owned by the Bonnie family of Bordeaux fame, and was established as a part of the Clos de Los Siete group in Argentina in 2005. The new wines are entirely estate-grown ... read more>

Beyond The Box: New Packaging Innovations Stand Out on Shelves & Backbars

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Wine packaging has come a long way since novelist Ernest Hemingway first called attention to leather wine pouches in The Sun Also Rises—when character Robert Cohn takes a swig from a Basque wine pouch. While this traditional container is still popular today among the Basques—an ancient people inhabiting the rugged terrain between northwest Spain and ... read more>

Scotch Weathers The Storm: Primed for Expansion, Scotch Producers Tap Subtle Variations for Significant Growth

Friday, October 7th, 2011

 It would be reasonable to assume that as the economy continues to stagnate, a spirit category dependent on low price resistance would be in trouble. But that’s not the case with Scotch whisky in the U.S. Driven by continuing innovation, more expensive line extensions and an international demand for high-quality products, Scotland’s distillers are weathering ... read more>

Martini And Donatella Arpaia Celebrate New Partnership

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

On August 10th, celebrity culinary personality Donatella Arpaia celebrated her new venture with Italian winemaker Martini at her Chelsea lounge, DBar. The event helped officially launch Arpaia’s role as the brand’s culinary and entertaining expert. Guests enjoyed savory treats and tried out Arpaia’s signature cocktail, “The Donatella,” featuring Martini Bianco and ... read more>

Brand Profile: Old Spirits, New Heights

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Pisco Portón Aims to be Leader of ‘Fifth White Spirit’ Category Pisco, the native spirit of Peru, is bound up in irony: while its heritage is every bit as deep and rich as Scotch or Bordeaux, in the U.S. it is a fresh novelty. Fortunately, the spirit’s distinctive character and dynamic mixability are helping Pisco ... read more>

Brand Profile: Piedmontese Passion

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

The Family Behind Beni di Batasiolo Charts a Mission to Produce the Best Wines Possible. For centuries, the Dogliani name has been synonymous with the distinctive wines of Piedmont. Not only is it the moniker of the picturesque town that has long been famous for wines produced from Dolcetto and Dolcetto di Dogliani, but also ... read more>

Brand Profile: Makeover in Blue

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Blue Nun Gets a Package Upgrade. Blue Nun is one of the longestlived, 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 ... read more>
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