Flavor: The New ‘Tipping Point: Bourbon vs. Vodka Smackdown?

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Malcolm Gladwell’s bestselling book The Tipping Point suggests in its subtitle “How little things can make a big difference.” Well, something similar may be happening in the spirits realm—it involves chocolate cupcakes and black cherries. A recent stock report suggests whiskey marketers are wooing flavor-obsessed vodka consumers as never before.   That’s the “tippling point” ... read more>

Brand Profile: Adult Chocolate Milk Takes Off

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Playful and premium, this innovative spirit is the next big thing in chocolate. When you stop to think about it, practically every wine, beer and spirit on the market represents an acquired taste. Adult Chocolate Milk stands deliciously apart, delivering not only a smooth, creamy flavor that millions adore, but also a smile-inducing dash of ... read more>

U.S. is World’s Largest Wine Market Again

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Total wine sales in the U.S. from California, other states and foreign countries climbed to a record of 347 million cases, a 5.3%  jump from 2010, with an estimated retail value of $32.5 billion, according to wine industry consultant Jon Fredrikson of Gomberg, Fredrikson & Associates in Woodside. Of the total, California’s 211.9 million cases ... read more>

An App For That: ‘onthebar’ It’s 10pm… Do You Know Where Your Bartender Is?

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Every bartender wants to develop a devoted following. With onthebar, a new free app created by a Boston-based entrepreneur Ian Stanczyk, now barkeeps can let their fans know when they are on the stick—and if they are whipping up any special libations for the evening. Here, Stanczyk and partner Corey Bunnewith, a 2009 Beverage Network ... read more>

The Malt Beverage, Revisited: Diageo’s PABS—Progressive Adult Beverages—Offer Much-Needed Consumer Choice

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

What do you offer the consumer who doesn’t like high-proof cocktails, isn’t a fan of wine, appreciates the packaging ease of beer but wants more variety? Enter PABs—Progressive Adult Beverages—and Diageo is aiming to satisfy this consumer need with a host of new offerings. “We understand that consumers are looking for a premium option in ... read more>

Tasting Corner: Sauv Blanc & Then Some

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

New Zealand Branches Out with More Varieties The word “complexity,” as used in the world of wine, usually belongs to a tasting note, or perhaps a description of German labeling law. So when New Zealand chose that name for its new campaign in 2010, they were clearly staking a claim in the world of fine ... read more>

CSG’s Charlie Merinoff Takes the Lead

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

The Beverage Network recently sat down with incoming WSWA Chairman Charlie Merinoff, Chairman/CEO, The Charmer Sunbelt Group, to discuss the agenda for his term, and the opportunities and threats facing our industry. On Priorities THE BEVERAGE NETWORK: What are your top priorities while serving as WSWA Chairman? CHARLIE MERINOFF: My greatest opportunity—and greatest challenge—will be ... read more>

Italy: What You Need to Know Now: Mastering ‘the Boot’ Means Embracing Both New & Familiar

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Italy is a fascinating peninsula of vinous goodness. There is, however, so much diversity that it is easy to get twisted-up between regions, varieties and styles. This is more and more true as the diversity of Italian vineyards and the creativity of Italy’s winemakers send more and more types of wines to our shores. So, ... read more>

New Products & Promotions: April 2012 Edition

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

RÉMY V, CLEARLY NOT YOUR AVERAGE COGNAC Rémy Martin V is small-batch distilled from 100% French grapes and ice cold-filtered for a brilliant transparent color—there is no barrel-aging. Fresh, smooth and easy to drink, it is enjoyable neat and blends well with any mixers for truly interesting cocktails. 40% alcohol by volume. SRP: $39.99 ... read more>

The Quest For The Next Big Thing: Pernod Ricard Takes Innovation to a Higher Level

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Here’s a fascinating statistic: Roughly two-thirds of the annual volume growth in the U.S. is the result of innovation. Here’s another: Almost 50% of the innovation value in the world comes from the U.S. It seems Americans are uniquely hungry for a steady stream of new products. And this means, according to Tim Murphy, Vice ... read more>
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