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Beyond Pinot Grigio: Why You Need Collio Wines

Think of white wines from Northeast Italy and Pinot Grigio may come to mind. The Collio region in the southeastern corner of Friuli-Venezia Guilia makes intriguing Pinot Grigio while taking innovative steps to produce many other captivating white wines. During the renaissance of Italian wine during the 1970s, red Super Tuscans garnered major attention. Meanwhile in Collio, white grape growers chose to nurture their indigenous grapes and also gained renown as a quality wine region. At Press Club in San Francisco, wine director Mauro Cirilli states unequivocally that Collio is the top Italian white wine denomination…

6 Frozen Cocktails That Won’t Embarrass Your Bar

The frozen cocktail is becoming a thing of the past, and there are a few reasons why. Smoky brown spirits are hugely popular, with mezcal replacing tequila in many Palomas and whiskey forming the basis of what were once traditional gin cocktails, like the Negroni. Egg-white whipped cocktails in coupe glasses are making an appearance on most cocktail menus alongside several mule variations. The frozen cocktail simply isn’t cool anymore.

Mother of Dragons, Third Beer in Game of Thrones Launches

Brewery Ommegang and HBO Licensing & Retail have announced the newest beer in their collaborative series inspired by the award-winning drama Game of Thrones! Mother of Dragons, a beer brewed for Daenerys Targaryen, is the third beer in this year’s Royal Reserve Collection, a series of four limited release beers, each designed and brewed as an homage to one of four epic figures engaged in the battle for the Seven Kingdoms.

21 Bartenders Head To Scotland For Chivas Masters Competition

Chivas Regal has revealed the 21 national winners heading to the United Kingdom to compete to be crowned Chivas Masters Global Champion 2018. For the first time, the Chivas Masters Global Final (taking place from 24th-28th June) will return to Chivas’s roots with the five-day finale starting at the Strathisla distillery in Speyside, the home of Chivas, before culminating in London, one of the most exciting and diverse cocktail capitals in the world.

5 Cool Summertime Cocktails to Heat Up Your Menu

Most people view the stifling heat of summer as only a con, but honestly, without this oppressive time of year the fun and fruity cocktails wouldn’t taste half as good. Drinking a strawberry mojito in anything less than 80 degrees just doesn’t seem right. So we take the good with the bad and we thank whatever makes lemon, lime and rum go so well together. Listed below are a few

8 New Recipes To Stir Up A Beer Cocktail Menu This Summer

Eastciders Greyhound. Created by Taffy Rhyne at Fresa’s Chicken Al Carbone in Austin, Texas. Ingredients: 3 oz Austin Eastciders Ruby Red Grapefruit Cider, 1.5 oz Deep Eddy Vodka, 0.5 oz lime juice, 0.5 oz simple syrup, 5 oz Scrappy’s Grapefruit Bitters, Slice of grapefruit. Method: Fill glass with crushed ice. Add vodka, lime juice, simple syrup and grapefruit bitters to glass. Top with Austin Eastciders Ruby Red Grapefruit Cider. Stir. Garnish with…

Copper Cane’s Joe Wagner Says Just “Go With Your Palate”

Bonfort’s Editor-in-Chief, Natasha Swords talked to Joe Wagner, possibly the industry’s most trail-blazing personality, about his most recent venture, Copper Cane Wine & Provisions. After his sale of Pinot Noir brand, Meomi for $315 million, Joe quickly created Copper Cane, a luxury brand collective that focuses on decadence. Steeped in family winemaking history, Joe is that perfect, accidental balance of depth of tradition and knowledge matched with an inherent compulsion

Wine Of The Week: 2017 Veramonte Carménère – 90 Points

When you visit Chile as I did in 2017 you are privy to an abundance of Carménère. Though not as widely planted as Cabernet Sauvignon, Carménère has become Chile’s signature grape and they have become the de facto single best producer of it in New World versions. There are a number of iterations available, some very high-end well over $100 a bottle, and others that are priced for everyday consumers

5 Cocktail Recipes to Spruce Up Your Bar’s Summer

If there is ever a time to get your patrons to spend a little more on a cocktail, summer is it. The readiness to try new things is never higher, and paired with the heat, your customers will be convinced that a cocktail is the perfect solution. And besides, it wouldn’t hurt to make your bar menu stand out a bit more from the competition.

Are You Tapping Into The $2 Billion Hangover Market?

Americans consume 117 billion drinks every year, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Hungover workers who trudge to the office after a night of tying one on cost the U.S. economy $160 billion annually in lost workplace productivity. What all of this means is that Americans are buying hangover cures to the tune of almost $2 billion dollars in the U.S. alone. Now are you interested?

Marshall Stuart: Big and Bold Like Winemaker, Like Wines

Winemaker, Marshall Stuart started out his career in 1988, working with Carl Key at Keyways Winery in Temecula, California. While working there he completed his Bachelors Degree in Winemaking, Viticulture and Enology at University of California, Davis one of the most renowned viticulture and enology programs in the world.  In 1994 Marshall purchased his own property and, subsequently, opened his own winery in 1988, Stuart Cellars. When he closed

Shaw Ross Taps Into Upscale Prosecco Consumer With Danzante

If timing is everything, then Shaw Ross International Importers, LLC has nailed it with the release of Danzante Prosecco. Known for its Pinot Grigio, the addition of this Prosecco adds of bit of sparkle to its portfolio in one of the hottest U.S. wine categories. “Danzante Prosecco offers a uniquely refined taste profile for the upscale, luxury prosecco drinker,” said Alessandro Bernini, Shaw Ross International Importers, LLC, Italian Portfolio Manager.

Altos Tequila Bartender Competition Puts Up $50,000

Altos Tequila has unveiled the next phase of its celebrated educational Tequila programme; The Tahona Society Collective Spirit. The contest challenges bartenders to come up with a new sustainable initiative, event or project that benefits bar staff, customers, the community or the environment – in a bid to win a $50,000 grant to bring the concept to life in their home bar. A new approach to cocktail competitions, the evolution of…