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The State of Merlot, 15 Years After ‘Sideways’

It has now been 15 years since the release of the Alexander Payne hit film “Sideways.” Many credited this movie with killing merlot sales when Miles Raymond, played by actor Paul Giamatti, proclaimed “If...

6 Craft Beer Stats To Watch in 2017

What stats and trends will define craft beer in 2017? For the answer, look back at 2016, when the category faced a conundrum. On one hand, the craft beer business continued to expand in 2016....

Lagunitas Now Brews Newcastle Brown Ale — How’s it Taste?

Fans of Newcastle Brown Ale will notice a new flavor. That’s because production has moved from the Netherlands to the U.S., where Chicago’s Lagunitas Brewery will now make the beer under a new recipe. Both...

7 Whiskey Trends in 2018

Whiskey is amidst a new golden age. American whiskey grew 6.4% in volume in 2017 to reach 23.2 million 9-liter cases. Bourbon's volume increased 6.7% last year to 20 million cases. Canadian and Irish remained on fire, as...

8 American Whiskey Trends in 2019

No question about it: American whiskey is in a new golden era. Category sales have reached heights unseen since the 1960s, the last time brown spirits boomed. But that prior golden period came before the...

Spiced and Flavored Rums Drive Growth

If you’re looking for liveliness and interest in rum these days, it’s probably happening in the flavored and spiced sector of the category. Rum’s overall woes are well known, and the general category was down...

What is a Craft Spirit in 2019?

That the term “craft” has lost its meaning is nothing new. For years now the word has come to mean a broad swatch of things. Both the craft spirits and beer movements have expanded into...

The Trick to Understanding Sparkling Wine Labels

Bubbly wines are made differently than still wines, of course. There are three main styles, which are based on the European wine they emulate during the method of production:

6 Flavor Trends In 2017

Savvy retailers know to keep an eye on current trends coming out of bars and restaurants, as they will soon affect off-premise sales. Customers experience what's hot on-premise and then come to stores looking to replicate what...

Brent Hocking On Launching Virginia Black With Drake

Looking to launch his own spirit brand, hip-hop superstar Drake turned to Brent Hocking. And for good reason: Hocking is an influential industry veteran whose string of successful brands includes Deleon Tequila, which he...