What Happened in Vegas… New Products Headline the 69th WSWA Annual Convention

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Las Vegas is the perfect setting for the annual Wine & Spirits Wholesalers Association convention. There, in the clockless, sin-friendly confines of America’s gaming capital, beverage alcohol is warmly embraced for what it is: real-world entertainment. In Vegas, fantasy is the order of the day (and night). But for our industry, the 24/7 din of ... read more>

Spirits Take Flight: Thematic Groupings of Small Pours Are Not Just For Wine Anymore

Monday, May 28th, 2012

The “flight” concept began with wine, where restaurants or bars offered small pours of wines under a unifying theme—variety, producer, specific region, etc. Given wine’s myriad offerings, the concept was a natural, delivering organized education and a touch of intrigue for wine enthusiasts of varied levels of experience. As the popularity of specialty spirits has ... read more>

Chile’s Cooler Side: Coastal Regions in Chile are Turning Out Some of the Country’s Best White Wines

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Reliably delicious, readily available and remarkably affordable are words that have become associated with Chilean wine. But cool-climate? Not so much. While we tend to think of the South American country as a hot, arid place ideally suited for heat-loving red varieties like Cabernet and Carménère, in reality Chile is heavily dominated by the cooling ... read more>

SABMiller: Big Challenges

Friday, May 25th, 2012

SABMiller is like someone who spends a year travelling around the world and is met by friends at the airport to a chorus of “I almost didn’t recognise you!” After a hyperactive year – buying Foster’s, taking a 24 per cent stake in Turkey’s Anadolu Efes, naming a new chief executive-designate – the global brewing ... read more>

Consumers Shift Restaurant Spending

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

After years of trading down to limited-service restaurants as a result of the recession, consumers appear to be ramping up their spending on casual dining, according to a new market research report. For its Restaurant Industry Tracking Survey, Dectiva asked diners where they were spending their money across the restaurant landscape, from limited service – ... read more>

Constellation Brands Signs Distribution and Broker Agreements in 14 States

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Builds on go-to-market initiative launched in 2009 to drive better efficiencies and effectiveness~ Constellation Brands, Inc., (NYSE: STZ), the world’s leading premium wine company, announced today that it is nearing completion of the second phase of its distribution transition with the signing of multi-year agreements with Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), Young’s Market Company, Johnson ... read more>

Wine Consumption Stays Steady

Friday, May 18th, 2012

The Wine Market Council reports that wine consumption in the U.S. has held steady over the past three years, despite economic hardship. The U.S. economy has no doubt seen its fair share of peaks and valleys over the past three years, but one trend the turbulent economy hasn’t negatively affected is the nation’s collective wine ... read more>

Off-Premise Wine Sales Increase 3 Percent Through April

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Off-premise wine sales data increased 3 percent from the same period of the previous year in the 4 weeks ending April 28, 2012, according to The Nielsen Company-tracked data. In the 13 weeks ending during the same period, wine sales increased 3.7 percent. Domestic wine sales increased 4.4 percent while imported wine sales fell 0.7 ... read more>

Sky Ranch Foundation Taps HopeFoal Project for Grant

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

The Boulder, CO-based Medicine Horse Program’s HopeFoal Project has been selected as the most recent recipient of a $20,000 grant from the Sky Ranch Foundation under the charity’s new sustainable model. The Sky Ranch Foundation has been coordinating support for at-risk kids since 1961, when it was founded by small business owners in the wine, ... read more>

Brand Profile The Castel Group: One of the World’s Largest Wine Producers You May Not Know

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Michel Haury is the Manager for the Americas at Castel, the largest wine producer in France—the largest in Europe, in fact—exporting to over 130 countries. The 100% family-owned Castel Group has vineyards in all of France’s key wine-growing regions and produces 640 million bottles of wine annually (when you throw in beer and soft drinks ... read more>
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