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Selling Vino

Having been invited as a member of the panel in the seminar discussing “The 2OO9 Harvest in Italy: The World Outlook for Italian Wine” at the opulent and well-attended VINO 2O1O, I prepared by stealthily surveying a nonscientifically selected sample of savants selling Italian wines in the US at every...
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Global Travels

Beer tourism is on the rise. As someone who covers the industry, I have spent a lot of time over the past three years traveling to various up and coming beer spots around the world. A decade ago, beer tourists endeavored to travel to Belgium, Germany and Britain to try...
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Endangered Cocktail: Cowboy Buddha

Go for the SilverTequila, Lime and the Margarita  COCKTALE A well-made Margarita is a perfect balance of sweet, sour and earthy – a winning, but endangered, cocktail – and we’re calling on you to help keep its flame burning.  A quality silver tequila, a premium triple sec and, most importantly,...
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Tequila

We’re going to be hearing a lot about tequila this year.  Not only does 2O1O mark the 2OOth anniversary of Mexican independence, but the past few years of growth have set the category up for healthy progress, even in the face of the Great Recession.  With more and more brands...
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Manhattan Cocktail Classic

There is going to be a whole lotta shaking going on this May in Manhattan – and plenty of stirring and chilling and ice cutting, too. And most likely quite a bit of garnishing. The Manhattan Cocktail Classic (MCC) will hold its inaugural five-day event from May 14 through May...
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Profile: Marilisa Allegrini and Leonardo LoCascio

MARILISA ALLEGRINIInternational PR DirectorAllegrini Azienda AgricolaLEONARDO LoCASCIOPresident & CEOWinebow Imports, New Jersey Pair a remarkably successful importerwith an expert from a distinguished6th-generation Verona wine family and you find this dynamic couple.  Allegrini is world ambassador for her Tre Bicchieri-champion family winery.  LoCascio was awarded Importer of the Year for 2OO9...
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The Çommonwealth of Wines

Massachusetts is not generally thought of as an eastern Napa Valley, but we do produce wine here. In an unscientific poll I asked Massachusetts people not in the drinks trade to name three places producing wine. The responses, in rank order, included California, France, Italy. There was a single mention...
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IRISH COFFEE

COCKTALE As far as Irish whiskey cocktails are concerned, few spring to mind so easily as the Irish Coffee. It’s a delicious and warming treat when prepared correctly, but one that can go horribly awry in the wrong hands. For whatever reason, modern bartenders are often woefully uneducated about how...
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Irish Whiskey

It is said, in bittersweet fun, that God gave the Irish whiskey so they wouldn’t take over the world.  Theologians will have to take another look at the whole omniscience concept, though: the way Irish whiskey sales have been growing, the plan might just backfire. How much has Irish whiskey...
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