Category Archives: news

WSWA: Winestar brings French wine in cans to the U.S.

Wine in cans can be a polarizing concept, but if the French can embrace, it’s probably okay for the rest of us. Winestar shows off its line of aluminum-packaged wines at the 74th WSWA Convention

WSWA: Call for Cocktails Mixology Competition

As if bartending weren’t a high-pressure gig in and of itself, imagine racing against a countdown clock to mix a high-quality craft cocktail for folks scrutinizing your every move. That’s the scene at the Call for Cocktails Mixology competition at the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America’s 74th annual convention at the Grande Lakes Resort in Orlando. Here’s a quick look:

 

Draft does genever

One of the greatest boozy adventures I’ve enjoyed over the past year has been getting better acquainted with genever (or jenever, if you prefer). Last summer in New Orleans, Myriam hendrickx, master distiller at Rutte Distillery in Dordrecht, the Netherlands, spoken on a panel at Tales of the Cocktail. I was so intrigued by the spirit and the charming distillery Hendrickx operates that I just had to visit it—which I did in February. But just before my visit, this article in Draft magazine went to press.

ruttesmaller

Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Convention hits Orlando this week

WSWA banner copy

This week, I’m heading to Orlando for the annual Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) Convention, which has become the premier event for scoping out the latest innovations in beverage alcohol.

Read the rest of this entry

Riga Black Balsam liqueur and Moskovskaya Vodka get new U.S. rep

Riga Black 2

New York’s Aligned Beverage Solutions announced that it is the new U.S.-based marketing rep for Moskovksaya Russian Vodka and Latvia’s Riga Black Balsam. So why does this matter?

Read the rest of this entry

Templeton heads back to Templeton

2015-templeton-rye-bottle-shot_1

Got this press release today from the good folks at Templeton Rye. This is a true vote of confidence in the longevity of the rye-naissance. I’m loving the re-establishment of the rye distilling tradition, not just in Templeton, Iowa, but also in what was once one of the great rye-producing capitals of the U.S.: Maryland. Later this month Sagamore Spirit Distillery is hosting the grand opening of its Baltimore facility….

Read the rest of this entry