What Alcohol Control Boards Should Know About Legal Cannabis

Editor’s note: this story is cross-posted from our new recreational cannabis news website, Cannabis Regulator. As more states legalize recreational cannabis, responsibility for overseeing these new markets has gone to beverage-alcohol regulators. How come? The logic is...

How Shaw-Ross Got Into Sake, and Ascended with Whispering Angel

Shaw Ross International Importers has remained busy in recent years, picking up a popular sake brand while also adding a premium wine division. Working with Chateau d’Esclans, the company has also overseen the explosive...

Augmented Reality App Brings 19 Crimes Labels to Life

The Australian wine brand 19 Crimes will launch an augmented reality (AR) app this summer. The app brings to life the characters on the brand's bottles. Available now via the Apple App and Google Play stores,...
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New Diageo VR Experience Explores Dangers of Binge Drinking

Diageo today announced plans for a new virtual reality (VR) experience that will place LDA consumers in a first-person, multi-perspective story about the dangers of binge drinking. This initiative represents the company’s latest effort –...
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Drizly Names Former Walmart U.S. CEO to Board

The alcohol ordering/delivery app Drizly announced this week that Bill Simon, former president and CEO of Walmart U.S., will join its leadership team. Simon joins Drizly as the first independent director named to the company’s Board of...

8 Whiskey Cocktails to Make This Winter

Winter season is upon us and that means hardier cocktails are very much in style. Whiskey drinks are popular all year, but especially now, when customers may want something a bit stronger to help...

Meet the Retailers Who Sell Wine By Weight and Mouthfeel, Rather Than Flavor

In Boston's South End there is a retailer who sells wine differently. The Urban Grape does not focus at first on flavor or varietal when its staff recommends bottles for customers. Instead, the husband-and-wife ownership team...

Cooper Spirits Names New President, Aligns with Southern Glazer’s

The Cooper Spirits Company, an independent spirits producer, today announced the appointment of Rick Scully to president, as well as an expanded alignment with Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits (SGWS), the largest North American...

Diageo Purchases German Vermouth Brand Belsazar

Diageo today announced the acquisition of Belsazar GmbH, an aperitif from Germany’s Black Forest. Belsazar was launched by entrepreneurs Maximillian Wagner and Sebastian Brack in 2013. It's the first company acquired by Diageo through Distill...

Orphan Barrel Announces Rhetoric 24-Year-Old

Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company has unveiled its latest release: Rhetoric 24-Year-Old. This is the 12th release from the Diageo-owned company that puts out old and rare whiskies, following the 25-year-old Canadian whiskey Entrapment. Rhetoric 24-Year-Old is also...