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Tincup Campaign Goes Big

TINCUP, the Mountain Whiskey, is inspiring people to seek out extraordinary experiences in the great outdoors through the launch of the ‘Backcountry Adventure’ campaign. The fully integrated campaign includes a new television spot, digital short film, experiential activations, and consumer storytelling contest aimed at those who seek to discover new territory with friends new and old. The contest will offer the most inspired adventure seekers the chance to have a mountain experience in the rugged town of Tin Cup, CO.  

Legendary Musso & Frank Waiter, Sergio Gonzalez, Dies At Age 66

Sergio Gonzalez, a truly legendary waiter who was beloved by The Rolling Stones and countless other major stars of the stage and screen since joining Hollywood’s historic Musso and Frank Grill in 1972, passed away on Tuesday, June 4 at age 66, at his home in Sylmar, CA as a result of a heart attack. The announcement was made by Mark Echeverria, the restaurant’s COO/CFO/Proprietor, and a fourth generation family member/owner. Founded in 1919, the legendary restaurant is currently marking its 100th anniversary this year.

Coppola’s 140-Year Old Inglenook Expands Cave Capacity

Francis Ford Coppola, proprietor of Inglenook, says the historic winery will mark its 140thanniversary by significantly expanding its caves. The major expansion will accommodate the addition of 122 stainless steel fermenting tanks, each dedicated to one of Inglenook’s 122 vineyard parcels. “Since it was founded in 1879 by Gustave Niebaum, Inglenook has been renowned for its creativity, quality, innovation and industry leadership,” said Coppola. “We continue that tradition and dedication with this significant cave expansion, led by our director of winemaking…

Boulevard Brewing’s Off-Premise Dark Phoenix Promo

Boulevard Brewing Company announced a partnership with 20th Century Fox and its highly anticipated film Dark Phoenix, marking the studio’s first collaboration with a craft brewer. Boulevard’s latest year-round beer, Space Camper Cosmic IPA, will get a new X-Men inspired look and blockbuster perks to celebrate the new release in theaters June 7th of this year.Space Camper’s new limited-edition packaging features a Dark Phoenix icon floating over a prominent “X” with the beer’s orange, grey, white and black branding.

Judy Jordan Launches Philanthropic Endeavor With Geodesy Wine

Judy Jordan, Kathryn Lindstrom, and their experienced team are embarking on a new project by offering a limited collection of wines that fully supports the Wild Goat Edge program, all inspired by gratitude to their agricultural community. The Wild Goat Edge program offers our agricultural workers gratitude by nourishing the bright promise of their daughters to uplift our communities. To learn more, visit wildgoatedge.org. “My next chapter, after selling J Vineyards & Winery in 2015, was always going to be about continuing the legacy of values established and shared with my children,” says Judy Jordan.

Janelle Monáe Releases Limited Edition Belvedere

Belvedere Vodka debuted its limited-edition bottle with GRAMMY-nominated musician, actor, and activist Janelle Monáe, available in-store globally beginning June 2019.The metallic collage design, with an aesthetic aimed to peel back the layers and reveal the beauty within, illustrates the multifaceted character of both Monáe and Belvedere. The final punctuation is the phrase “Beautiful Future,” a nod to Monáe and Belvedere’s shared vision of a future where natural character, integrity, diversity and self-expression are celebrated.

Cavit’s Rosé 4-Pack Has Perfect Timing

Cavit Collection wines announced the arrival of Cavit Limited Edition 2018 Rosé four packs following the immense success of the inaugural 2017 vintage. Imported by leading U.S. wine & spirits importer Palm Bay International, the four packs are now being distributed to wine and liquor stores nationwide. With summer right around the corner, Cavit Limited Edition Rosé minis are arriving at the perfect time. These Rosé minis are the ideal accessory for any occasion whether it be a gift, summer barbeque or casual celebration. Cavit Rosé is made from a proprietary blend of native northern Italian grapes and offers pleasing aromas and flavors of …

Papa’s Pilar, A Father’s Day No Brainer

Papa’s Pilar is a premium rum brand based out of Key West that is inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s legacy and adventures between Florida and Cuba on his boat, the Pilar. The brand was actually created in collaboration with Papa Hemingway’s estate (the family remains involved and donates a majority of their proceeds to charities that embody Hemingway’s legacy each year). Papa’s Pilar would probably make the perfect gift for a dad who loves literature and Hemingway, and who lives an active and adventurous lifestyle much like Papa himself…

Discus Expands Membership To Include Related Businesses

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), an advocate for the American distilled spirits industry, announced a new Partner Membership Program designed specifically for the spirits industry’s supply chain and related businesses to engage in shaping tomorrow’s marketplace.“Our supply chains play a critical role in the success of the distilled spirits industry,” said Chris Swonger, President and CEO of DISCUS and Responsibility.org. “Creating this new…

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Ménage à Trois Goes Bourbon Barrel For Cab Sauvignon

Ménage à Trois — the wine brand widely credited with creating the popular $10 California Red Blend category — breaks the confines of Cabernet with limited release Bourbon Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon ($15 SRP). A recipe for success, Ménage à Trois Bourbon Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon is shaking up the rapidly growing $95 million spirit barrel-aged wine category. The category is currently rising to the top with a 110 percent growth rate, beating out Rosé Blends, Sparkling Rosé and Sparkling Prosecco.

Alcohol Trade Groups Call To Remove Spirits and Wine From Retaliatory Tariffs

Trade groups representing several beverage alcohol suppliers, wholesalers, importers and retailers, submitted comments to the United States Trade Representative (USTR) urging the removal of spirits, wine and non-alcoholic beer from its draft list of European Union (EU) products being targeted for proposed retaliatory tariffs. The preliminary list of targeted EU products, which was announced by the USTR April 8, includes brandy, liqueurs and cordials, wine and non-alcoholic beer, as well as many other EU products.

Scholarship For San Fran Hospitality Kids

Josh Harris and Morgan Schick of Bon Vivants Hospitality are pleased to announce the creation of the The Bon Vivants Scholarship at ScholarMatch, a non-profit organization founded by acclaimed author Dave Eggers. To be eligible for The Bon Vivants Scholarship, a student must have at least one parent in the hospitality industry, live in San Francisco, and be a first-generation college student, in addition to ScholarMatch’s established criteria. https://scholarmatch.org/bonvivants/

John Donegon Wilson Joins Round Pond

Round Pond Estate has appointed John Donegon Wilson as Winemaker, according to an announcement by owners Miles and Ryan MacDonnell. Wilson will be responsible for the oversight of all aspects of winemaking for Round Pond’s esteemed portfolio of wines. “We’re thrilled to welcome John to our team,” said the MacDonnells, in making the announcement. “His hands-on leadership, vineyard and cellar expertise will be a significant factor in our continuing journey to elevate our special wines to be even better,” they said.

Pink Drink To Put Your Bar In The Black On Rosé Day

The nation’s obsession with rosé has yet to show signs of slowing down, in fact rosé as a percent of overall sales volume doubled year over year from April 2018 to April 2019 (Source: Wine Access, April 2019). With National Rosé Day just around the corner (June 8th), consumers will soon be on the hunt for new bottles of pink to drink. Below you’ll find four unique and delicious rosés hailing from four distinct regions in California. From light pink to bubbly, these wines are sure to have your customers ditching last year’s favorites in favor of these fun offerings from the golden state.

2014 Bootleg Red Blend: Illicit Quality

Though to “bootleg” means to hide contraband, or illegally make something, the 2014Bootleg Red Wine offers nothing but transparency. A kitchen sink blend of Syrah, Merlot, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Verdot, the fruit is mainly from Napa with about 13% of it coming from Mendocino. There’s a rustic, almost unfinished qualityto this, a sense of hand worked and not company-made. It’s full of blackberry, blueberry,cocoa powder, red raspberry, rough and tumble tannins and a slight edginess.