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GLOBAL: SABMiller signs Kopparberg Brewery licensing deal
SABMiller is to take Kopparberg Brewery into new markets under a licensing agreement with the Swedish cider maker. Read More »
Product Launch - FRANCE: Haussmann Famille's Rouge Sucette
Haussmann Famille, part of French wine house Chateaux En Bordeaux, has launched what it claims is the world's first cola-flavoured wine - Rouge Sucette. Read More »
S AFRICA: Pernod Ricard unveils online Ibiza push for Olmeca Tequila
Pernod Ricard's Olmeca Tequila brand has launched an online treasure hunt for consumers in South Africa, as part of its Ibiza summer promotion in the country. Read More »
Too Many Wine Lovers Have Their Heads in the Sand (Wine Spectator)
Wine has its realities. Why is that so hard to accept? Read More »
Guess Executives Buy Top Los Angeles Retailer Wally's Wine & Spirits (Wine Spectator)
Co-owner Christian Navarro and Marciano brothers buy store from founder Steve Wallace; sources say possible national expansion in the works Read More »
Wine Collectors Accuse Charlie Trotter of Fraud; Chef Denies Allegations (Wine Spectator)
Brothers allege in federal lawsuit that they bought phony magnum of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti from restaurant Read More »
Unfiltered: A Bitter $140,000 loss for Bordeaux Sweet Wine Yquem (Wine Spectator)
Plus, Christina Milian lends her voice to Moscato, Italian prisoners partner with Frescobaldi, Aureole's Wine Angels get new threads, last-minute Dad's Day ideas and more Read More »
Steak and Wine, Done Right: Tips from the Del Frisco's Head Sommelier (Wine Spectator)
Del Frisco’s wine director David O’Day oversees 31 award-winning wine lists Read More »
Southern Comfort’s Next Chapter — Does the new ad work?
Southern Comfort has launched the next chapter in the “Whatever’s Comfortable” campaign that I have been following for about a year (Aug14 and Dec19, 2012 as well as Jan 17, 2013). So far, according to Brown Forman, sales trends have turned around by 6% and the brand grew for the first time since 2008. This [...] Read More »
Want to start your own liquor company?
Go to Moonshine University. Really. If you’re interested in becoming a chef you might consider the Culinary Institute of America, so why not a school to teach you the craft of making liquor. Well, there is such a school. It’s part of Distilled Spirits Epicenter and you can find the website here. So, the first [...] Read More »
Do different types of liquor have different effects on you?
Fact or fiction? Physiological or psychological? What do you think? I’ve been researching this topic lately and have been thinking about it ever since I got into the booze business. When you talk to consumers, many have clear cut answers such as, “tequila makes me crazy,” “whiskey makes me angry,” “gin makes me sad, must [...] Read More »
How a Chilean Wine came to the US via China…and won awards
Don Mateo Wines started with three global entrepreneurs, a passion for wine making and a vision to become world class. So, what’s so special, you ask, lots of aspiring winemakers out there. Yes, but how many have won four awards at the recent Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) convention? And, how many have [...] Read More »
Gibson Martini – What are those things doing in my drink?
The Gibson Martini is generally made with gin (or vodka), vermouth and a few pickled onions referred to as pearl onions. In the great debate as to how to garnish a martini – what type of olive, stuffed or plain, how many – the Gibson, known for pearl onions, has been somewhat obscured. While originally [...] Read More »