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Educate Don’t Pontificate

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When it comes to communicating about wine, there's a growing disconnect between the industry and the consumers. The results of a recent study showed the more consumers were told what a wine tasted like or was supposed to taste like, the less likely they were to buy it, according Gilian Handelman of Jackson Family Wines. "People want to make up their own mind about how it tastes," she said at the 2017 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium. Read more

Interview: Binny’s Brett Pontoni Discusses The Brown Spirits Boom

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Chicago-based retail giant Binny’s Beverage Depot has placed a big bet on brown spirits over recent years, building up its inventory of mainstream, craft and rare offerings, and investing in its Whiskey Hotline, manned by a dedicated staff of full-time … Continue reading

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News Briefs for February 22, 2017

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•Brown-Forman has unveiled a new website providing nutritional information for its portfolio of brands.While Brown-Forman has previously provided nutritional info to consumers on request, the new site will offer easier access to nutritional facts such as calories, fat, sodium and … Continue reading

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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for February 22, 2017

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•Newburyport, Massachusetts’ RiverWalk Brewing Co. is expanding to a new 20,000-square-foot brewery and taproom this summer. The move will increase production by 10 times the current output, allowing the company to grow its reach throughout Massachusetts. The 3,000-square-foot taproom will … Continue reading

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South Africa boosts wine export value – figures

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South African wine's export value growth jumped ahead of export volumes' last year as producers focussed on premium bottled lines. Read more

Badet Clement’s Domaine de la Metairie d’Alon range – Product Launch

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French winery Badet Clément has launched a range of organic wines from a vineyard it purchased in 2015. Read more

Kingsland Drinks’ Willow & Stone wines – Product Launch

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UK drinks firm Kingsland has developed a range of British wines in white, rosé and sparkling rosé styles. The wines were developed to answer a need for "affordable, fresh tasting wine for spontaneous occasions", the company said.  Read more

Alert, Bacardi Takes Stake in Ilegal Mezcal

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Bacardi has taken a minority stake in the Ilegal Mezcal brand, which simultaneously announced it is entering a national distribution agreement with Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits (SGWS). Ilegal will continue to operate independently under founder J... Read more

Bacardi Takes Stake In Ilegal Mezcal

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Bacardi Ltd. has taken a minority interest in Ilegal mezcal for an undisclosed sum.Made from 100% Espadin agave, the super-premium Ilegal includes Joven, Reposado and Añejo variants. The brand, which launched in 2005, will continue to operate independently under founder … Continue reading

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Craft Spirits Go Corporate

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Your editor just got back from the American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA) conference last week, and I'm ready to declare 2017 the year that craft went corporate. Although some of them might consider that slander, I don't mean it negatively. I mean t... Read more