The National Transportation Safety Board’s proposal for the legal limit for a driver’s blood-alcohol content to be reduced to 0.05% has attracted a torrent of criticism—both from likely and unlikely sources.
California's versatile white-wine grape is escaping its syrupy reputation with lighter, brighter varieties untouched by oak.
The premium three-liter boxed wine segment continues to enjoy strong momentum in the U.S., up 25% by value and 27% by volume in the 52 weeks. It has consistently been led by Constellation’s Black Box, which last year reached nearly 2.7 million nine-liter cases on 29% growth, earning Impact “Hot Brand” status.
Sidney Frank Importing Company is proud to announce that newly introduced American Harvest Organic Spirit has received a gold medal at the inaugural Spirits of the Americas competition.
A winery is aging it's wine where no U.S. bottle has gone before: at the bottom of the ocean. Mira Winery, based in the Napa Valley, will drop four cases of 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon off the coast of the Charleston, S.C., harbor in specially-designed cages today.
Festa Italiana is pulling out the stops to mark its 35th anniversary of being one big family reunion. New this year is wine tasting, courtesy of LoDuca Brothers Wine. Wine flights from Italy and the Napa Valley vineyard owned by IndyCar racer Mario Andretti will be offered. The tasting is accompanied with a short but sweet wine lesson.
First came the popular fruit-flavored vodkas. Then the sweet-tea vodka craze. Now, liquor store shelves are lined with bottles of sweet, dessert-like vodkas. Whipped cream. Cupcake. Cookie dough. Even gummy-bear flavor. These latest bakery- and candy store-inspired incarnations would likely make your grandfather spit out his martini.
Rum-based cream liqueur RumChata may be a difficult brand to classify, but there’s no ambiguity about its success in the first half of 2012. In the first six months of the year, RumChata shipped more than 1 million bottles (the equivalent of roughly 83,000 cases) in the U.S. market, and its impressive growth trend—17,000 cases sold in calendar 2010 and 64,000 cases sold in 2011—suggests that it may well grow much larger in the near future.
Premium boxed wine pioneer Black Box crossed 2 million cases in U.S. depletions last year, even as competition in the small but fast-growing boxed wine segment intensified. This year, Constellation-owned Black Box expects to maintain double-digit growth through new line extensions and packaging innovations.
Since Justin Vineyards & Winery was sold to Fiji Water owners Lynda and Stewart Resnick in November 2010, the 100,000-case Paso Robles property has focused on wine quality and improving operations.
Beam, which was spun off when Fortune Brands Inc. was split into two companies last year, is paying all cash to acquire Pinnacle Vodka and rum brand Calico Jack from White Rock Distilleries, a privately owned company with a portfolio of some 50 beverages, the people said.
Malibu, the well-known rum which sees taste innovation, beach partying culture and creative collaborations as essence of its brand style, is about to launch a new product Malibu Red slated to arrive in the U.S. stores in March 2012.
Sobieski vodka brand shipped more than 1 million cases in the U.S. during the 2011 fiscal year, making it the fastest vodka ever to reach that mark, according to Impact Databank.
10 Wine Resolutions for 2012.
Beam Inc. will add two new extensions to its fast-growing Red Stag flavored Bourbon brand next year: Red Stag Spice and Red Stag Honey Tea.
Trinchero Family Estates has three Impact “Hot Brands” in its portfolio: Sutter Home, Ménage à Trois and Sycamore Lane.
Drinks International has launched the World’s Most Admired Wine Brands, a comprehensive industry poll of the world's best regarded wine.
Law enforcement and grocers in Wisconsin are at odds over a bill that would allow retailers in Wisconsin to sell liquor earlier in the day. Sales would start at 6 A.M.
From shards to spheres, using the right shape can turn great drinks into extraordinary ones.
Fortune's Beam Global Spirits & Wine Inc. unit aims to build on the rapid growth of Skinnygirl Margarita-a bottled cocktail that boasts 100 calories per four-ounce serving-by expanding its distribution and introducing other drinks under the label.
The Symphony IRI Group ranked California's Cupcake Vineyards the No. 1 brand in its annual Top 30 Momentum Table Wine Brands analysis.
Researchers in Chile say that if their venture is successful, a shot a month could help alcoholics kick their habit.
Jameson Irish Whiskey has reached the 1 million case mark in the US, with annuals sales of 3 million cases globally.
Thanks in part to a national campaign sponsored by AAA, the act of composing or sending electronic text messages while driving will become illegal in Wisconsin effective Wednesday, December 1, 2010.
The Dodge County Sheriff's Department will mobilize for the statewide "Booze and Belts" traffic safety campaign from Dec. 3 to 19.
Beginning today, adult consumers are encouraged to visit Facebook.com/CaptainMorganUSA to upload photos or videos of their Pose, along with the legendary stories that helped inspire them. For every Pose uploaded, Captain Morgan will donate $1 to the First Mate Fund, whose mission is to support responsible drinking initiatives and other programs that benefit the community.
Diageo, as the world's largest spirits maker, is a master of mass-market selling, but it also nurtures some of its brands within specific ethnic target groups before rolling them out broadly.
Thatcher's offers unconventional, organic, trend-forward flavors that target cocktail enthusiasts. Beam Global will have immediate distribution rights to Thatcher's 11 varieties of liqueurs, which include Blood Orange, Apple Spice Ginger, Elderflower and Cucumber, among others.
Eagle Rare Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey has won its share of honors and awards. Now the Bourbon is sharing its passion for excellence by introducing the Rare Life Award. This annual honor will be awarded to one person with an amazing life story that demonstrates the Bourbon's core values of courage, leadership, survival, heroism, devotion and character.
A biofuel made from whisky by-products, which can be used in ordinary cars, has been developed by scientists at Edinburgh Napier University.
The team focused on the £4bn ($6.2bn, ?4.8bn) whisky industry as a resource for developing biobutanol - the next generation of biofuel which they estimate gives 30 per cent more output power than ethanol.
Beam Global Australia will reward its fastest growing spirit brand, Canadian Club, by investing over $5 million in its largest ever consumer promotion: 'Take a Break From Beer'.
Here in Wisconsin, Act 12—also known as the Smoke-Free Law, or the Smoking Ban Law (depending on how you look at it)—goes into effect on July 5.
The site currently features over 2500 creative, field-tested recipes with new drinks added weekly; dedicated to the proposition that life's too short to drink bad cocktails and that committing top-shelf spirits and liqueurs to mixed drinks isn't sacrilege-it's an act of creative genius.
The dripping red wax seal on a bottle of Maker's Mark is not only distinctive, it's now exclusive legal property of the bourbon company.
Baboons with a taste for Chardonnay grapes are terrorizing farmers in South Africa's Western Cape wine region, munching tonnes of grapes ready for harvesting, local media reported on Monday.
New York, N.Y., (February 24, 2010) - A U.S. Federal Court has ordered a halt to the
sale and production of a line of fruit-flavored rums whose bottles were alleged to be
“confusingly similar” to the renowned, distinctive packaging of the world’s top-selling
flavored rum – Malibu®.
A Gift from the Heavens for Whisky Lovers - This Scotch has been on the rocks for a century.
It's getting tough to get a Manhattan in Manhattan. The classic cocktail has gotten harder to find as a worldwide shortage of one of its key ingredients, Angostura bitters, has left Big Apple bartenders and barflies hoarding what little is left of the pungent brew.
In his speech at Morgan Stanley's Global Consumer & Retail Conference, Fortune Brands' chief financial officer, Craig Omtvedt, highlighted Fortune's strategy for its spirits business (Beam Global Spirits and Wine). Right now the company is focused on cutting costs, expanding globally and increasing investment behind its spirits brands
Fortune may expand its portfolio of liquor brands to include more rum and vodka, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bruce A. Carbonari, 54, said today on a conference call with analysts after the Deerfield-based company announced fourth-quarter earnings.