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Chandon Wine Introduces New Packaging


The Napa Valley-based wine company Chandon has debuted a refreshed brand identity.

This is the first time the brand has changed looks since inception 60 years ago.

The new core label design reinforces the brand’s quality and consistent craftsmanship, the company says: paying tribute to the brand’s winery community with its seven point “star,” representative of Chandon’s six globally wineries — across Argentina, Brazil, California, Australia, China and India. “The mark celebrates the brand’s premium position as the world’s largest sparkling wine estate,” the company says.

The rebranding is also meant to attract new shoppers with an eye-catching vertical design. 

Inside the bottles, the wine has not changed.

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90+ Cellars Lot 197 Prosecco Rosé


90+ Cellars Lot 197 Prosecco Rosé has launched in time for spring.

90+ Cellars, among the fastest-growing wine brands in America, is in the first wave of U.S. companies to release a wine in this newly created category.

Italy’s Prosecco DOC Consortium approved the new Prosecco Rosé DOC mid-last year, allowing a small percentage of pinot noir to be added to Prosecco’s traditional composition of 100% glera grape, and paving the way for the Italian bubbly to go pink. 

The 90+ Cellars Extra Dry Prosecco Rosé blend of glera and pinot noir brings forward notes of red currants, apple blossom and rose, the company reports, followed by citrus and strawberries on the palate. A secondary fermentation in steel tanks develops bubbles that shape this wine’s effervescence.

“When the Prosecco DOC guidelines changed, we couldn’t wait to get our hands on the first-ever vintage of prosecco rosé,” says Brett Vankoski, wine director, 90+ Cellars. “This exciting bubbly is one of the most affordable Prosecco Rosés available right now, and is expertly crafted by the same team that makes Lot 50 Prosecco (our #1 wine), so we’re confident this will be love at first sip.” 

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Barrell Craft Spirits Launches Stellum Spirits


Stellum Spirits is a new national brand from the independent blender and bottler Barrell Craft Spirits.

Stellum Spirits launches with flagship offerings that include bourbon (blue label), rye (green label) and single barrels — all bottled at cask strength. The brand is designed to be clean, straightforward and polished, the company says: This is whiskey factored down to its most defining essentials, blended and packaged with an eye towards clean lines and definition.

“We wanted to create a brand that brings American Whiskey into the modern age with simple elegant blends, and single barrels selected with care and intention,” says Barrell Founder Joe Beatrice. “Our whiskeys are created through a rigorous process of study, observation and experimentation. We are driven by progress, polish and — above all — attention to detail. We will always think critically about how to make our whiskey better.”

At Barrell, Beatrice chooses and creates spirits alongside Chief Whiskey Scientist Tripp Stimson, Chief Product Innovation Officer Will Schragis and Assistant Blender Nic Christiansen.

Stellum Bourbon is bottled at 114.98 proof (57.49% ABV) while Stellum Rye is bottled at 116.24 proof (58.12% ABV). Both are available for a suggested retail price of $54.99 per 750-ml. bottle, at retailers in 45 U.S. markets, and online via the Stellum website.

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Jägermeister Cold Brew Coffee Mini Meisters


Jägermeister has unveiled Jägermeister Cold Brew Coffee Mini Meisters.

The company launched Jägermeister Cold Brew Coffee in 2019. Now it’s available in a single-serve, shot-size, 20-ml. bottle, sold in a “10 Shots-to-Go” pack.

The packaging and glass bottle allows the Jägermeister Cold Brew Coffee to quickly chill to its optimal -18°C, the company says.

“It has been amazing to see the excitement and award recognition following the launch of Jägermeister Cold Brew Coffee,” says Chris Peddy, CMO of Mast-Jägermeister U.S. “Now we’ve just made it easier for consumers to bring the beloved liquid on-the-go. After a long, unprecedented year, we’re thrilled to launch Jägermeister Cold Brew Coffee Mini Meisters to help seize every moment and bring people together to celebrate.”

Jägermeister Cold Brew Coffee is a combination of original Jägermeister and natural cold brew coffee from Arabica coffee beans and cacao.

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Rampur Asava Indian Single Malt Whisky


Rampur Indian Single Malt Whisky has announced the launch of Rampur Asava.

For this expression, Rampur blended a combination of used bourbon barrels and Indian Cabernet Sauvignon barrels.

The result is a nose heavy with golden apricot, plums and spice, the company reports, followed by a palate beginning with a honeyed sweetness before a pleasant dryness imparted by the Indian Cabernet Sauvignon.

The suggested retail price is $89.99 per 750-ml. bottle.

This follows the release of Rampur Double Cask Indian Single Malt Whisky.

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An Easter Parade of Spring Cocktails

An Easter Parade of Spring Cocktails


Strawberry Rhubarb Pie cocktail
Mezcal Bunny cocktail
French Twist cocktail
Pineapple Ginger Spritz
Tipsy Tiramisu cocktail
The T Dot cocktail
Pomegrante Orange Mimosa

Spring is here, finally, and that means plenty of fresh, pretty cocktails with vibrant colors and flowery garnishes. We’ve gathered a few here that would go well with an Easter meal, weekend brunch or pretty much any springtime occasion.

Butterfly
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2 oz. Smirnoff vodka
1 oz. Lemon juice
¼ oz. Blue Curaçao
½ oz. Egg white

Add all the ingredients into a Boston shaker. Shake for 10 seconds without ice (dry shake). Shake again with ice. Pour in a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a sprig of dried lavender.

The mixologists at the Tiepolo Bar in the Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria hotel, created this recipe.

Passion Fruit Slushy

Passion Fruit Slushy  
2 oz. E11EVEN vodka
1 oz. Chinola passion fruit liqueur
1 oz. Lemon and hibiscus simple syrup
1 cup of ice 

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Top Trends in Cocktail Mixers and Barware in 2021

Top Trends in Cocktail Mixers and Barware in 2021




Complementary products — nonalcoholic items like mixers, glassware and cannabis drinks — do not comprise a large portion of a beverage alcohol store’s SKUs. Yet they remain a reliable source of revenue.

Category trends this year naturally reflect current consumer tastes. These were affected greatly by the Covid-19 pandemic. So what should you expect in 2021? Look for more cocktail-making at home, as people became comfortable with mixology during last year’s lockdowns.

“It has given a huge boost to the category across the board,” says Alex Abbot Boyd, founder of the premium mixer brand Cocktail Crate. “The mixer category as a whole has grown about 30% over the last year.”

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The at-home mixology movement continues strong into 2021. Consumers now expect bar-quality cocktails in the comfort of their own homes.

“The mixer category as a whole has grown about 30% over the last year,” says Alex Abbot Boyd, founder of Cocktail Crate.

“When Cocktail Crate launched back in 2013, using premium, all-natural ingredients was a real differentiator for us,” says Boyd. “Now, after eight years of growth for natural mixers and decline for conventional mixers, I believe premium ingredients are just table stakes. Now it’s about how well and how creatively you use those premium ingredients to help people make great cocktails at home.”

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April Fools


¾ oz. Hiram Walker Sour Apple schnapps
¾ oz. Svedka vodka
¾ oz. Grenadine
¾ oz. Lemon juice
¾ oz. Simple syrup
Sprite/soda

Combine ingredients (except soda) and shake. Strain over fresh ice and top off with Sprite or soda. Garnish with lemon peel and apple slice.

The mixologists at Park on Fremont in Las Vegas created this recipe.

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Crimson in Bloom Lounge Pops Up in Vegas

Crimson in Bloom Lounge Pops Up in Vegas


The Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa in Las Vegas has unveiled seasonal pop-up bar Crimson in Bloom. The garden-inspired indoor and outdoor terrace lounge offers hand-crafted cocktails, extravagant floral decor and an energetic atmosphere thanks to live DJ-spun music.

Guests can enjoy floral candy made by the pastry team at The Bake Shop at Red Rock, as well as inventive drinks with unique garnishes such as floral ice cubes, edible flowers and flavorful dustings. The cocktail menu is divided by sections called The Herb Garden, The Botanical Garden and The Produce Garden.

The Lavender cocktail.

The Herb Garden cocktails include Lavender, priced at $19 and made with Absolut Elyx vodka, lavender, lemon, orgeat, Red Bull blueberry and topped with an edible flower lollipop ; Rosemary (shown atop, priced at $18), a mix of Patron Silver tequila, lemon, blueberry and rosemary; and Thyme ($17), which features Ketel Botanical Grapefruit and Rose vodka, Cointreau, grapefruit, yuzu, thyme and sea salt and is topped with a gold pastry dusted dehydrated grapefruit.

Tow of the Botanical Garden cocktails are Elderflower ($19), made with Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut Champagne, St. Germain liqueur, peach, lemon and is garnished with peach spun sugar cane; and Orange Blossom ($18), with Roku gin, coconut, lime, orange blossom, soda and is topped with fondant flowers and a mint sprig

And The Produce Garden beverages include Heirloom Tomato ($17), with Tito’s Handmade vodka, fresh tomato, basil simple syrup, balsamic glaze and smoked sea salt to create a vibrant red hue; and English Cucumber ($17), a blend of Belvedere vodka, cucumber, lemon and rhubarb sugar.

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Moët Hennessy Buys Stake in Jay-Z’s Armand de Brignac


Paris-based Moët Hennessy has acquired a 50% stake in Armand de Brignac, the Champagne brand owned by entertainer Shawn Jay-Z Carter. The partnership includes in a global distribution agreement.

Often referred to as “Ace of Spades,” Armand de Brignac launched in 2006 and is known for its striking gold bottles. The brand has a strong presence in North America, Asia, and Europe, selling more than 500 000 bottles in 2019.

Carter had initially owned a 50% share in Armand de Brignac and bought the remaining stake in 2014. Luxury goods conglomerate LVMH, which owns Moët Hennessy, includes the Champagne brands Moët & Chandon, Dom Perignon, Krug, Veuve Clicquot, Ruinart and Hennessy Cognac.

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The Dapper Dragon


1 ½ oz. Ketel One vodka
½ oz. Fresh lemon juice
½ oz. Fresh lime juice
¾ oz. Coconut water syrup*
¾ oz. Papaya nectar
½ tsp. Dragon fruit powder
20 drops Cardamom tincture*
3 dashes Bittered Sling Moondog bitters
2 oz. Soda water

Combine all ingredients, except soda water, in a shaker and shake well to combine. Pour over fresh ice and top with soda. Garnish with lime leaf and dragon fruit chip.

The mixologists at Ketel One created this recipe.

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Interview: How the Middle Tier Has Adapted with the Pandemic

Interview: How the Middle Tier Has Adapted with the Pandemic


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Covid-19 has forced rapid adaptation by the middle tier of the alcohol industry. Suddenly, common practices for both warehouses and drivers were potentially dangerous for spreading the virus. An entire new way of conducting business was necessary overnight.

Nearly a year later from those first scary days of the health crisis, the world remains in the grip of Covid-19. Wholesalers and distributors have implemented many new ways to maintain safety. For a look at how this segment of the industry has changed with the pandemic, we recently spoke with Bobby Burg, Southern Glazer’s senior vice president operations/chief supply chain officer.

What’s the current state of the middle tier amidst the health crisis?

Bobby Burg: From a health and safety perspective, until everyone has enough vaccinations, our costs will continue to rise because we have got to do a lot of things to keep people safe. It’s a big effort.

There’s a lot of equipment that needs to be continuously cleaned, sometimes on an hourly basis. This includes handheld RF guns, scanners, walking and riding equipment, lift equipment, shrink wrap—even though we’re also taking all the precautions with everybody coming in.

Though there are silver linings in all this. The demand for warehousing and last-mile logistics has ballooned because there’s so much more demand now than supply. The market cannot get enough warehousing staff or drivers.

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The Best Temperature for Storing or Serving Wine

The Best Temperature for Storing or Serving Wine


Temperature is an important factor for both the service and storage of wine.

Not only is wine a perishable product that needs to be kept cool to avoid spoilage, but it also tastes differently when chilled or warmed. Our experience of wine’s flavor is dominated by aromatic compounds that are volatile and vaporize at different temperatures, plus others that can alter perceived mouthfeel as well, like tannins.

If you try the same wine from two glasses side by side—one at room temperature and one at refrigerator temperature—the cooler glass will seem less intensely flavorful, but also more refreshing. The wine in the warmer glass will seem bolder in flavor, and may offer a wider range of scents. On the palate, it will seem less refined and boozier.

If the wine features tannins from either grape skins or new oak, these will seem more harshly bitter and astringent in the colder glass, and more pleasantly plush in the warmer one.

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Most wine is stored and served at either room or refrigerator temperature, because these are the easy-access temps that already exist in modern households. But neither is ideal for wine. Most wines keep and taste best somewhere in between; a little cooler than the room for reds, and a little warmer than the fridge for everything else.

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Snoop Dogg’s INDOGGO Gin Reaches National Distribution


After launching in limited release last fall, entertainment icon and hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg’s brand INDOGGO Gin is now available nationwide.

The product is a mix of seven botanicals infused with all-natural strawberry flavor. The gin is certified gluten free, and distilled five times.

INDOGGO was developed by Snoop Dogg in partnership with Keenan Towns and Marc Weisberg, co-founders of Trusted Spirits, and in partnership with Prestige Beverage Group.

Most recently, Emmy-nominated actor, host and producer Terrence ‘J’ Jenkins joined the team as the company’s first creative director.

“I am so proud and humbled by the response INDOGGO has received since its introduction,” says Snoop Dogg. “I knew that we had created a great tasting, smooth gin, but to see the response on social media, and get the stamp of approval from my friend Martha Stewart — I knew we had a winner!”  

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Tia Maria New Bottle, Iced Coffee Frappé

Tia Maria New Bottle, Iced Coffee Frappé


Coffee liqueur brand Tia Maria has announced a new bottle design, alongside the launch of their ready-to-drink cocktail, Iced Coffee Frappé.

Tia Maria first launched in 1950. Today, the bottle label displays the cold brew method and the brand’s ingredients of 100% Arabica coffee beans and Madagascar vanilla.

Tia Maria’s new ready-to-drink cocktail, Iced Coffee Frappé, features a cold brew method, nitro technology and is 4% ABV. The packaging shows artwork by the street artist, Karski, from the Netherlands. 

The RTD category grew 39.1% in 2020, according to the Distilled Spirits Council, and appears poised for further growth in 2021.

Tia Maria’s new ready-to-drink cocktail, Iced Coffee Frappé.

Tia Maria Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur is available nationwide in its new bottle, for a suggested retail price of $27.99 per 750-ml. bottle. Tia Maria Iced Coffee Frappé cocktail is available nationwide in 200-ml. 4-packs at a suggested retail price of $9.99 per pack. A single 200-ml. can is also available for a suggested retail price of $2.30 each.

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Peridot Pure Cold-pressed Organic Juices


Peridot Pure juices come from the coastal villages of Southern Italy and feature the native bergamot orange. The nutrient-rich volcanic land of the Reggio Calabria region produces pure fragrant bergamot oranges that offer a light, fresh, citrus taste with a kick of tartness and an abundance of flavonoids, especially when combined with pomegranates and goji berries.

Offered in two expressions, Bella Vita is a blend of 100% organic pomegranate (70%) and bergamot (30%) juices, and Vitalità combines 78% organic pomegranate juice with 15% bergamot juice and 7% goji juice. Both Bella Vita and Vitalità are 100% pure organic juice that is cold-pressed using high-pressure processing, with no sugars added, no preservatives and no artificial flavors or colors.

The Mediterranean superfruit juices can be enjoyed on their own, added to still or sparkling water or mixed into cocktails and mocktails. Available at Peridotpure.com; Bella Vita is priced at $34 for a 2-pack of 25.36-oz. bottles, or $65 for a 4-pack; Vitalità is $19 for a 2-pack of 6.7-oz bottles or $74 for an 8-pack. Both products can be purchased as a monthly subscription pack at a 15% savings.

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Mike’s Hard Lemonade Seltzer Hits The Market


Mike’s Hard Lemonade Seltzer has launched nationwide.

Made by the company that helped create the hard lemonade category in 1999, Mike’s Hard Lemonade Seltzer is made with a proprietary blend of three lemon varietals.

A cold-pressed method extracts more lemon flavor, the company says.

Mike’s Hard Lemonade Seltzer is 100 calories, 1 gram of sugar and gluten free. 

“We are obsessed with crafting the best-tasting hard lemonades, which we have perfected over the last 21 years,” says John Shea, chief marketing officer, Mike’s Hard Lemonade Co. “Other companies do other things, Mike’s makes lemonade. Mike’s has been the number one hard lemonade for over two decades for delivering the superior taste, and now we are thrilled to introduce Mike’s Hard Lemonade Seltzer, the best tasting hard lemonade seltzer.” 

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Babe 100 Canned Rosé Wine


Babe 100 is a canned rosé wine with 100 calories and zero grams of sugar.

Each can of Babe 100, 6.9% ABV, is equal to one full glass of wine.

“Seltzer is one of the fastest-growing categories in alcohol, and over one-third of seltzer drinkers came from wine,” says Babe’s General Manager Chelsea Phillips. “But why should wine drinkers have to choose between the taste they love and a light and refreshing drinking experience? After our successful soft-launch in San Diego last year, we’ve decided to expand Babe 100 Rosé nationally.”

Babe 100 joins the rest of Babe’s canned wine line up of Rosé, Red and Grigio canned wines.

The suggested retail price is $9.99 per 4-pack.

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Cupcake’s Rosé-colored Sunglasses


Need a boost for a more optimistic outlook? To celebrate the U.S. debut of its prosecco rosé, Cupcake Vineyards has teamed up with eyewear brand Zenni Optical on Cupcake Prosecco Rosé-inspired sunglasses.

The collaboration—the first of its kind for Cupcake—aligns with the brand’s “joyful spirit and dedication to making quality wine for those who choose joy in life,” according to the company. The “bold and bubbly” shades feature a stylish cat-eye shape, satin rosé-colored frames with a silver nose bridge and a gradient dark gray lens tint with rose-gold mirror finish. What’s more, the subtly curved lenses match Cupcake’s sleek bottle designs.

Launched Feb. 10, just in time for Valentine’s Day, the one-size-fits-all sunglasses sell for $45.95. Consumers can purchase Zenni’s Cupcake Prosecco Rosé Sunglasses, which come with a limited-edition, cobranded cleaning cloth and case, online at Zenni.com/Cupcake; they’re available while supplies last.

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Very Special Valentines Cocktails For 2021

Very Special Valentines Cocktails For 2021


Lovers Touch cocktail
Blushing Rhum cocktail
Lychee Rose Petal Martini
Love Buzz cocktail
Berry in Love cocktail

Love Struck
Takes Two To Mango cocktail
Burnin Love Martini

Valentine’s Day may be a little easier to forget this year, with Covid-19 continuing to keep people apart and generally upending every occasion for the past year. But since Feb. 14 falls on a Sunday why not make it a Valentine’s weekend. 

Bonus: The following Monday is President’s Day, which is a holiday at many companies, so people may be more inclined to indulge in a glass of bubbly or two, or a festive cocktail. Here are 12 that we like.

Cupid’s Hope
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3 oz. Ballykeefe Vodka (or premium brand)
1 oz. Amaretto
6 oz. Cranberry juice
1 oz. Vanilla essence

Combine ingredients with a scoop of ice in a cocktail shaker and shake for 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled Martini glass rimmed with sugar. Garnish with Wild Cherry and Love Heart candy.

David Pedro, master mixologist at the Kilkea Castle hotel resort in County Kildare, Ireland, created this recipe.

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