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Radeberger Launches Tastemaker Collective

As we continue to hone our focus on health and wellness, understanding where our products come from is key. That’s why Drink Me loves Radeberger Pilsner which still follows purity laws from Germany dictating the use of only four natural ingredients.  

Now Radeberger Pilsner is activating The Tastemaker Collective, a chronicle of stories featuring incredible people who keep New York City’s bars running.

Eastside Distilling Starts Shipping Redneck Riviera Whiskey “Granny Rich Reserve”

Eastside Distilling, Inc. announced that the new reserve Redneck Riviera Whiskey, “Granny Rich Reserve,” has started to ship. Granny Rich Reserve is a premium priced blend of traditional corn whiskey, aged three years or more, blended with American single malt aged at least four years. It is designed to meet the expectations of the most critical whiskey drinkers, including Granny Rich herself.

Dustin Chabert Wins First-Ever “Best USA Sommelier”

Sommeliers and wine professionals from across the United States convened in Kansas City to battle for a coveted title – The Best USA Sommelier. After a challenging two-day competition, first place was awarded to Dustin Chabert, Illinois Market Manager for DNS Wines and Sommelier at Spiaggia.

Beyond being dubbed the best sommelier in the country at the inaugural 2019 competition,

Texas Senate Bill To Promote Free Market for Package Store Ownership

Legislation introduced in the Texas Senate would remove a decades-old anticompetitive and unconstitutional limit on package store ownership and promote a free and fair market in Texas.

State Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, has introduced Senate Bill 645 that would remove the limit on package store ownership and the so-called “consanguinity loophole.”

Fernet Branca Gets New CEO

Fratelli Branca announced the appointment of spirits industry executive, Steve Brecher to Chief Executive Officer of new venture Branca USA.  The appointment comes on the heels of the Milan-based company’s announcement to create their own import company in the U.S. in early 2019.

Brecher most recently was President of Infinium Spirits.  Previously, he held a series of senior marketing, commercial and strategy roles at Diageo in the U.S. and overseas.

Verve Focuses on California Consumers

“With the addition of Verve we now have a platform for Weekend to expand both its distribution and product offerings, THC by state where legal and CBD across the country. This distribution network will allow us to grow and manage indirect channel and big box placements nationwide for multiple brands in our portfolio,” said Mr. Paul Chu, Weekend President and CEO.

“Verve is a premium energy beverage with over $236 million USD in historical sales in the direct to consumer channel.

Bonfort’s Top 100 Wineries 2019

Bonfort’s has ranked the 100 most powerful individuals and trends in the U.S. wine industry for 2018. The inaugural list ranks at #1 the global co-wine buyers from Amazon.com/Whole Foods, Doug Bell and Geof Ryan as the most powerful individuals in the U.S. wine industry. Other notables include, #3 Ernest J. Gallo, and #15 Alejandro Bulgheroni. Notable trends include, #4 Legal Marijuana and #16 Private Equity. All of the people and trends on the list have tremendous industry power and influence, and a direct impact…

What 8 Years in the Desert Really Represents

When Dave Phinney sold Prisoner Wine to Huneeus Vintners in 2010, the $40 million deal included a non-compete clause prohibiting the winemaker to work with that grape on other brands for eight years. Huneeus grew the Zinfandel-based red blend brand further and later sold it to Constellation Brands for a whopping $285. Over the those clause-cluttered eight years, Phinney wasted no time. Since The Prisoner sale he has created and sold his conceptual Locations Wine for a non-disclosed amount, as well as the Orin Swift brand–both to Gallo, and he remains the winemaker on both labels. Phinney also launched Savage & Cooke Distillery on Mare Island, off the coast of San Francisco…

States May Regulate Cannabis Taxes Based On Alcohol Model

Representatives of the Distilled Spirits Council recently participated on panels examining marijuana legalization and retaliatory tariffs placed on U.S. spirits at the 2018 National Conference of State Liquor Administrators (NCLSA) Central/Western Regional Conference in Pasadena, California. In a panel discussion on the rapidly changing landscape of cannabis legalization, Council Senior Vice President of Government Relations Mark Gorman stated, “Each of the nine states that has legalized cannabis since 2012 has declared they want to tax and regulate it just like alcohol…

Proper No. Twelve Runs Out Of Stock

Eire Born Spirits today announced that demand for Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey rapidly outpaced supply, resulting in an out-of-stock situation in its original release markets of Ireland and the United States. The situation is a testament to the quality of the brand’s first expression, a fine blend of Irish grain and single malt whiskey. Proper No. Twelve is becoming known all over the world as a brand that pays homage to Crumlin, Dublin 12 the neighborhood where company Founder, Conor McGregor, was born and raised.

Retaliatory Tariffs’ Impact On Alcohol Industry

The Distilled Spirits Council recently participated in two events to highlight the importance of export markets to the U.S. spirits industry.  
Distilled Spirits Council Senior Vice President for International Issues and Trade Christine LoCascio spoke at the Glass Packaging Institute’s annual meeting about the tremendous growth in U.S. spirits exports over the past two decades and the current trade issues of importance to the U.S. spirits industry, including retaliatory tariffs on U.S. whiskeys and other U.S. spirits…

Who Are the Most Powerful Players in the Wine Industry Today?

Bonfort’s has ranked the 100 most powerful individuals and trends in the U.S. wine industry for 2018. The inaugural list ranks at #1 the global co-wine buyers from Amazon.com/Whole Foods, Doug Bell and Geof Ryan as the most powerful individuals in the U.S. wine industry. Other notables include, #3 Ernest J. Gallo, and #15 Alejandro Bulgheroni. Notable trends include, #4 Legal Marijuana and #16 Private Equity. All of the people and trends on the list have tremendous industry power and influence, and a direct impact on how wine is bought and sold in the U.S.