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Spotlight Q&A: Celebrating Heritage and History

Wente Vineyards is the oldest family-owned winery in California, with more than 132 years of history behind the brand. I recently spoke to Carolyn Wente, a fourth-generation winemaker who joined the family business in...

Spotlight Q&A: A Crafted Cocktail Component

Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur was a hobby before becoming a company. For years, co-owner Josh Morton made liqueurs for dinner parties, before launching the product in 2013 at the urging of friends. A spicy cocktail...

Spotlight QA: Avion Tequila

I recently spoke with Ken Austin, the founder of Tequila Avión, who created the brand after seeing what he called an opportunity in the super-premium tequila market. Austin’s spirit-industry career highlights include time at...

Patron Dives Into Virtual Reality

The "Art of Patron" experience is designed to allow consumers to visit the company's distillery without leaving their home city. Using Oculus technology, the new virtual reality tour takes users on a journey through...

J. Lohr’s Pinot on the Patio

J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines announced a new sweepstakes running through June 21, inviting entrants to vote daily on photographs showcasing Pinot on the Patio moments. From the press release: San Jose, CA – May...

Spotlight QA: Diageo North American Whiskey

I recently spoke to Yvonne Briese, Diageo’s VP of Marketing for North American Whisky (NAW). From Crown Royal to Piehole to Orphan Barrel, the company’s brands appeal to a wide variety of consumers and...

Spotlight QA with Thatchers Cider

The family apple tree is branching out across the pond. Martin Thatcher has overseen the continued success of Thatchers in England as a fourth-generation cider maker (the company was founded in Somerset, England in...

Strongbow Rolls Out ‘Cider at its Bestest’ Program

Strongbow Hard Cider recently announced details of its Cider at its Bestest program, a fully integrated retail and on-premise promotion. It will include digital media, in-store displays and signage, shopper offers and brand engagement across social media...

He Made the Cut – Now He’s On the Hudson Team

I recently had lunch in Manhattan with Han Shan, Hudson Whiskey’s brand ambassador. He won his position with the distiller through a contest called “Making the Cut,” which sought candidates for the job who...

M.S. Walker Brands Win at World Spirits Competition

The winners include West Cork 10 Year Single Malt, St. Elder Natural Elderflower Liqueur, and Grand Macnish Black Edition. From the press release:   Geneva, Switzerland – December 15, 2014 Once again the finest beverage products in...

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