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What is Craft Tequila in 2019?

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What is craft tequila? Craft is a term tossed about by marketers, producers and consumers, but there are no laws regulating its use for beverage alcohol, and no real consensus as to what craft actually...

Forecasting Napa and Sonoma’s 2019 Vintages

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Recently there has been an amazing bull-market run for wines from Napa and Sonoma valleys. Can that continue with the 2019 vintage? I have just returned from winery visits to California’s north coast, and there...

Ohio Named 2019 Control States Best Practices ‘Best of the Best’

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For the fifth year, StateWays is proud to recognize the most innovative programs and ideas in the control state system with our Best Practices Awards. This year, winning agencies represent the best in retailing,...

The Best Wines of 2019

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Hard to believe but the end of 2019 is already around the corner. As such, we asked our wine panelists for the final round of this year to look back on their favorite bottles...

What’s Hot in Tequila and Mezcal in 2020

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Tequila and mezcal remain red hot. Both spirits tap into numerous trends that should keep the categories very much on the minds of consumers in 2020. Recent growth has been impressive. In 2018, tequila sales...

Painter Steps Down As Chairman of VABC Board of Directors

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After more than a decade of service to the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC), Chairman Jeff Painter last week announced his departure from the organization, effective Dec. 1. “Jeff’s steady leadership and deliberate decision...

7 American Whiskey Trends in 2020

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Brown spirits continue to boom in America. Although consumer education remains a bit behind — many people still don’t know the difference between bourbon and whiskey — interest in distilled spirits is very high. This is obviously...

Regulating Cannabis in 2020

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We have entered the world of Cannabis 2.0. Or so the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board has proposed, coining the phrase in two recent bills meant to help modernize the maturing legal market in...

NHLC Surpasses $2.3 Million in Fundraising Effort

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Over the past five years, the New Hampshire Liquor Commission (NHLC) has helped raise over $2.3 million for New Hampshire nonprofit organizations. Beginning in 2015, NHLC leadership undertook an effort to develop strategic partnerships with...

Vermont Raises the Bar

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Sluggish revenue. Antiquated warehouse processes. The growing threat of privatization. These were just some of the challenges facing Vermont’s Division of Liquor Control a few short years ago. But new leadership, and a top-down...

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