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Leading Distributors Provide Insight on Tackling the Three Tier System

Leading Distributors Provide Insight on Tackling the Three Tier System

 Southern, Charmer, RNDC and Allied execs to speak at NY event

New York, NY, June 2, 2010:  A key session anchoring the 4th annual U.S. Drinks Conference will focus on the impact of consolidation in the distribution tier.  Featured speakers on the panel include Kevin Fennessey, Sr. Vice President of Marketing at Southern Wine and Spirits; Efren Puente, Vice President of Marketing with Charmer-Sunbelt Group; Jeffrey Altschuler, CEO of Allied Beverage Group and Bob Hendrickson Vice President of Sales for Republic National Distributing Company. Ted Roman, SVP of Wm. Grant & Sons will moderate the panel which will be held on Oct. 13, the second day of the conference.

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Kentucky Distillers Warn Congress HR 5034 Could Destroy Bourbon Industry

Kentucky Distillers Warn Congress HR 5034 Could Destroy Bourbon Industry

The Kentucky Distillers' Association (KDA), a Kentucky-based trade group representing world renowned Bourbon brands, today sent a letter to the Congressional Bourbon Caucus and every member of Kentucky's Congressional Delegation, urging strong opposition to wholesaler-crafted legislation that would significantly damage Kentucky's signature Bourbon industry. Read More ==>

Beam Global Begins Expansion of Frankfort, KY, Plant

Beam Global Begins Expansion of Frankfort, KY, Plant

Beam Global Spirits & Wine, the premium spirits business of Fortune Brands (NYSE: FO) and maker of the world's number one-selling Bourbon whiskey Jim Beam, has unveiled plans for its continued growth in Kentucky, including a comprehensive expansion of its Frankfort facility. When completed in the fall of 2011, the expansion will double the facility's production size and capacity and bring 120 new jobs to the area. Read More ==>

2010 WSWA Wine and Spirits Competition Winners!

2010 WSWA Wine and Spirits Competition Winners!

The results of the 2010 Wine and Spirits Competitions at WSWA have been announced! Read More ==>

Distilled Spirits Council Launches Craft Distiller Membership for Small Producers

Distilled Spirits Council Launches Craft Distiller Membership for Small Producers

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) today announced a new Craft Distiller Affiliate Membership program designed to organize the growing number of small distilled spirits producers across the nation and alert them to public policy issues affecting the industry at every level of government. Read More ==>

Leblon Cachaça Launches "Caipi Hours"

Leblon Cachaça Launches "Caipi Hours"

Americans will be tippling to a samba beat, thanks to “Caipi Hours” that will bring Brazil’s classic cocktail, the Caipirinha (pronounced “kai-pur-EEN-ya”), to top watering holes and restaurants around the country, including New York, Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Created by Leblon, Brazil’s premium, handcrafted Cachaça (pronounced “ka-SHA-sa”), “Caipi Hours” will feature authentic Caipirinhas made with freshly muddled limes, sugar and Leblon Cachaça at special prices, along with music and a friendly party atmosphere. The promotion begins February 12, 2010 in major U.S. cities to coincide with the start of Brazilian Carnaval, which will continue until the end of Summer 2010. 
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CIA Launches New Wine and Beverage Certificate Program in Napa Valley

CIA Launches New Wine and Beverage Certificate Program in Napa Valley

A newWine and Beverage Certificate Program has been introduced at The Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley. Classes will train graduates for careers in the fast-growing wine and beverage sectors of the food service industry. Read More ==>

Meridith May is Pinky's "Woman of the Month"

Meridith May is Pinky's "Woman of the Month"

Pinky vodka has selected THE TASTING PANEL's Publisher and Executive Editor, Meridith May, as "Woman of the Month." Read More ==>

2010: Year of the Woman in Wine & Spirits

2010: Year of the Woman in Wine & Spirits

THE TASTING PANEL has declared 2010 "The Year of the Woman in Wine & Spirits"! All year long, our magazine and website will feature worthy women who have contributed to the wine and spirits industry—winemakers, spirits producers and distillers, mixologists, somms and wine directors, sales and marketing mavens, and many others. Read More ==>

Tony Abou-Ganim Becomes Director of Judging for SFWSC

Tony Abou-Ganim Becomes Director of Judging for SFWSC

With a palate able to distinguish characteristics of individual single malt whiskies and a comprehensive knowledge of the history of spirits and the origins of many cocktails, one of the most sought-after mixologists in the world, Tony Abou-Ganim, has been selected to be Director of Judging at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, an appointment that will elevate the reputation of the competition to a whole new level. Read More ==>

Eyes Turned Skyward

Stefano’s da Vinci Ristorante guides a flight path towards success
 
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The Crystal Empire

Riedel Sparkles on their 250th Anniversary Read More ==>

Sizing Up Ku Soju is a Deal Maker at Biggs

From the moment you walk through the hand-painted retro doors at Biggs, there is an instant recognition of style and panache.  Read More ==>

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