Fighting for Independents

Over the past 25 years, Paul Santelle built a select location in Perth Amboy, N.J., through steady expansion, astute purchasing and aggressive pricing into one of the top beverage alcohol destinations in the state....
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Get the Party Started!

Mojitos, margaritas, hurricanes, pina coladas. They'€™re popular cocktails on any bar'€™s roster but also cocktails that are available off-premise without any mixing, shaking or muddling involved. Prepared cocktails'€”also known as premixed cocktails, ready to...
Craft Beer

Pretty Crafty

Ten years ago, Kim Jordan, co-founder of New Belgium Brewing Co., challenged her fellow craft beer professionals to picture a future where their creations comprised 10% of the beer market. At the time, the...
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Selling Summer Sparklers

Peak season for sparkling wine sales in the United States falls between Thanksgiving and New Year'€™s Eve. Demand for bubbly usually picks up again around February 14th, then once more in June when folks...
Rum

Rum: Cool Products, Hot Sales

When trying to describe the rum market today, the correct question to ask is, '€œWhich rum?'€ With classic white rum, it'€™s business as usual, the basic and most popular style of the sugar cane spirit...

Retailer of the Year 2013: Premier Wine and Spirits and Premier Gourmet

Even when you'€™re the biggest guy around, change is never easy, and growing pains are inevitable. Just ask Burt Notarius, whose wine and spirits store has dominated...

Retailer of the Year 2012: Gary’s Wine & Marketplace

The first thing folks remark about is the sheer pizzazz of the Wayne, N.J., outlet of Gary'€™s Wine & Marketplace. Despite its mammoth 24,000 square feet, in a former Treasure Island space, the three-year-old...

Retailer of the Year: Twin Liquors

Long known in the Austin, TX, area as an expansive chain of well-appointed beverage alcohol stores, Twin Liquors made a emphatic statement to potential competitors with the November 2008 opening of its Hancock Center...

Retailer of the Year

'€œThis is a tremendously exciting time in the history of wine, spirits and beer.'€ That quote from Total Wine & More'€™s Guide to Wine might as well be the company motto. That is, if...

RETAILER OF THE YEAR

RETAILER OF THE YEAR: SHERRY-LEHMANN, INC. The leadership at Sherry-Lehmann, Inc., includes (from left to right) Shyda Gilmore, general manager; Sara Weinberg, vice president, director of advertising; Ken Mudford, chief purchasing agent; Michael Aaron, chairman; Michael...