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Retailer Total Wine & More partnered with Wines of Chile and Match.com to create wine-fueled speed dating events at its ...
07/26/2017
Courting New Customers –

Retailer Total Wine & More partnered with Wines of Chile and Match.com to create wine-fueled speed dating events at its stores.

July 26th, 2017 Shop Window Courting New Customers Retailers like Total Wine attract customers with creative events. Match.com users tasted wine courtesy of Wines of Chile (comment cards pictured) at speed dating events held at Total Wine & More locations nationwide. Earlier this year, about 350 sin...

Premium gins are on fire, with brands like Hendrick's Gin, Sipsmith Gin and Plymouth Gin igniting consumer interest.
07/25/2017
Gin’s New Era –

Premium gins are on fire, with brands like Hendrick's Gin, Sipsmith Gin and Plymouth Gin igniting consumer interest.

July 25th, 2017 Gin’s New Era The once-sleepy gin category is now a hotbed of creativity and innovation. Premium gins are on the rise in the U.S. as consumers experiment with high-quality, artisanal labels. Classic variations like the Cucumber Gin and Tonic (pictured) are also encountering renewed i...

Distilleries like St George Spirits, Tuthilltown Spirits, House Spirits Distillery, High West Distillery and Smooth Ambl...
07/24/2017
Craft Spirits At A Crossroads –

Distilleries like St George Spirits, Tuthilltown Spirits, House Spirits Distillery, High West Distillery and Smooth Ambler Spirits navigate the new craft waters amid a flurry of sales deals.

The June 2017 issue cover
07/24/2017

The June 2017 issue cover

At The Sixth, Benjamin Schiller’s The Doris cocktail features Fords gin, muddled cucumber, house-made orange flower wa...
07/24/2017

At The Sixth, Benjamin Schiller’s The Doris cocktail features Fords gin, muddled cucumber, house-made orange flower water simple syrup, tonic water, Bittermens Boston Bittahs and house-made mint bitters. Read more about summer mixology in the June 2017 issue.

Building on his father's and grandfather's legacy, Marc Taub continues to grow his company, which includes Palm Bay Inte...
03/17/2017
Forty Years Of Family Leadership –

Building on his father's and grandfather's legacy, Marc Taub continues to grow his company, which includes Palm Bay International and Esprit du Vin Fine Wine Merchants.

As it celebrates four decades in the wine and spirits business, Taub Family Cos. continues its tradition of innovation and growth.

The week-long Manhattan Cocktail Classic drinks festival kicks off May 11th with an opening night Gala at The Loeb Boath...
03/03/2017
Manhattan Cocktail Classic Returns To New York City –

The week-long Manhattan Cocktail Classic drinks festival kicks off May 11th with an opening night Gala at The Loeb Boathouse at Central Park and will be headquartered at New Yorker Hotel.

James Moreland, a 17-year industry veteran who worked as master mixologist for Bacardi USA’s Bombay Sapphire gin, has been tapped to oversee this year’s relaunch of the Manhattan Cocktail Classic in New York City.

As a cocktail ingredient, squid ink provides bold, briny flavor in mixed drinks.
03/01/2017
Squid Ink Goes From Sea To Glass –

As a cocktail ingredient, squid ink provides bold, briny flavor in mixed drinks.

Squid ink can create a wow factor in cocktails. At Del Campo in Washington, D.C., the Pantera (pictured) includes Pisco, tomato juice, Bloody Mary mix and squid ink, among other ingredients.

The bar at Little Park in New York City's Smyth - a Thompson Hotel from the March 2017 issue's profile on Thompson Hotel...
03/01/2017

The bar at Little Park in New York City's Smyth - a Thompson Hotel from the March 2017 issue's profile on Thompson Hotels

Market Watch March 2017
03/01/2017

Market Watch March 2017

Jan/Feb 2017 issue cover
02/14/2017

Jan/Feb 2017 issue cover

The Blackberry Sage Negroni at Bottiglia Cucina & Enoteca in Las Vegas from the Jan/Feb 2017 issue's feature on winter c...
02/14/2017

The Blackberry Sage Negroni at Bottiglia Cucina & Enoteca in Las Vegas from the Jan/Feb 2017 issue's feature on winter cocktails

Photo by Anthony Mair

It's International Scotch Day! Celebrate with a cocktail or two.
02/10/2017
Scotch Is Breaking Through

It's International Scotch Day! Celebrate with a cocktail or two.

Cocktail lovers are making room for Scotch whisky.

Mixologists are no longer hesitant to use Scotch—even single malt—in cocktails.
02/02/2017
Scotch Is Breaking Through

Mixologists are no longer hesitant to use Scotch—even single malt—in cocktails.

Cocktail lovers are making room for Scotch whisky.

When it comes to wine by the glass, more venues are leaving it in the customer's hands.
01/31/2017
Self-Serve Brings New Life To Wine Bars

When it comes to wine by the glass, more venues are leaving it in the customer's hands.

Wine bars attract customers by offering smaller pours and a vast array of labels in a hands-on setting.

December 2016 cover
01/12/2017

December 2016 cover

The Ruby Tap in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, from the December 2016 issue's feature on self-serve wine bars
01/12/2017

The Ruby Tap in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, from the December 2016 issue's feature on self-serve wine bars

A three-generation business like Deutsch has a lot of advantages, even in an increasingly consolidated market.
12/09/2016
Deutsch Family Dynasty

A three-generation business like Deutsch has a lot of advantages, even in an increasingly consolidated market.

After 35 years, Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits is going strong and laying plans for the next generation.

Market Watch November 2016 issue cover
11/17/2016

Market Watch November 2016 issue cover

Taps at Ponysaurus Brewing Co. in Durham, North Carolina, from the November 2016 issue's City Scope featurePhoto by Caro...
11/17/2016

Taps at Ponysaurus Brewing Co. in Durham, North Carolina, from the November 2016 issue's City Scope feature

Photo by Carolina Kammel

Gabe Orta of Miami's Bar Lab is leading Johnnie Walker's new cocktail-focused effort, an extension of its "Keep Walking ...
11/11/2016
Johnnie Walker Announces National Mixology Campaign

Gabe Orta of Miami's Bar Lab is leading Johnnie Walker's new cocktail-focused effort, an extension of its "Keep Walking America" campaign.

The Scotch cocktail push will feature 11 mixologists around the country.

The most mixable spirit shows why it's a perennial favorite with these cocktail recipes from The Hawthorne, Henry's Chic...
11/04/2016
Vodka: A Spirit For All Seasons

The most mixable spirit shows why it's a perennial favorite with these cocktail recipes from The Hawthorne, Henry's Chicago and Yvonne's.

Mixologists share cocktail recipes that showcase vodka’s versatility.

It's that time of year: GraciesProv, SUGARCANE raw bar grill, O&S and other venues are capitalizing on the pumpkin spice...
10/29/2016
Pumpkin Spice Cocktails Are Here

It's that time of year: GraciesProv, SUGARCANE raw bar grill, O&S and other venues are capitalizing on the pumpkin spice craze.

The seasonal flavor gains traction behind the bar in a variety of drinks.

Things have never been better for Napa's producers, but the region's success—and the growth of direct-to-consumer sale...
10/25/2016
Napa Valley’s Golden Age

Things have never been better for Napa's producers, but the region's success—and the growth of direct-to-consumer sales—has translated to tight allocations for retailers. We have all the details in our latest Wine Files feature.

Lifted by a string of great vintages and soaring demand for Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa is enjoying an unprecedented boom.

Irish whiskey continues to thrive, and it's not just about Jameson anymore.
10/24/2016
Irish Whiskey Is Pushing Ahead

Irish whiskey continues to thrive, and it's not just about Jameson anymore.

Millennial consumers are driving innovation and sales in the category.

The No. 3 cocktail by Revae Schneider, found at Bar Siena, from the October 2016 issue's Mixology feature on bitter liqu...
10/19/2016

The No. 3 cocktail by Revae Schneider, found at Bar Siena, from the October 2016 issue's Mixology feature on bitter liqueurs

Market Watch October 2016 issue cover
10/19/2016

Market Watch October 2016 issue cover

Alternative packaging for wine continues to surprise with its success. The 1.5-liter Bota Brick offers convenience and v...
09/27/2016
2016 Market Watch Best New Wine Brand: Bota Brick

Alternative packaging for wine continues to surprise with its success. The 1.5-liter Bota Brick offers convenience and value—plus, it's environmentally friendly.

The 1.5-liter boxed wine has helped bring the category into new occasions.

Plenty of Scotch, Bourbon and other brown spirits labels have single barrel programs for accounts looking to offer somet...
09/26/2016
Blue Nectar Tequila Debuts Custom Blending Program

Plenty of Scotch, Bourbon and other brown spirits labels have single barrel programs for accounts looking to offer something unique. But Blue Nectar Tequila may be the first Tequila brand to offer retailers and others the chance to create their own custom blend.

Retailers, bars and restaurants can create their own unique blends.

Lagunitas Brewing Co shocked the beer world last year when it sold a 50-percent stake to Heineken. But the brand's upwar...
09/23/2016
2016 Market Watch Beer Brand Of The Year: Lagunitas IPA

Lagunitas Brewing Co shocked the beer world last year when it sold a 50-percent stake to Heineken. But the brand's upward trajectory has only gotten stronger, and this year its flagship IPA is projected to reach 7.5 million cases.

Backed by Heineken, the California brewery prepares to go global.

No other New Zealand wine comes close to dominating like Kim Crawford Wines. The brand accounts for nearly a quarter of ...
09/22/2016
2016 Market Watch Wine Brand Of The Year: Kim Crawford

No other New Zealand wine comes close to dominating like Kim Crawford Wines. The brand accounts for nearly a quarter of the entire category in the U.S. market.

The market’s leading New Zealand wine sets the tone for the category.

At last night's Market Watch Leaders Awards Dinner, Roger Gildehaus of Macadoodles Fine Wine, Beer & Spirits was named R...
09/16/2016
Macadoodles Takes Care Of Business

At last night's Market Watch Leaders Awards Dinner, Roger Gildehaus of Macadoodles Fine Wine, Beer & Spirits was named Retailer of the Year. Congratulations to Roger and all of the 2016 Market Watch Leaders and Alumni Award winners! Check marketwatchmag.com over the coming week for full profiles of the honorees.

2016 Market Watch Retailer of the Year Roger Gildehaus has carefully nurtured his customers and his staff in Missouri.

Our September cover story goes deep into the current state of Bourbon—and things are looking good.
09/14/2016
The Bourbon Shortage Is Ending

Our September cover story goes deep into the current state of Bourbon—and things are looking good.

With allocations for big brands easing, Bourbon builds for the long term.

We talked to a man who's seen Château Pétrus go from $20 a bottle in the '80s to thousands of dollars today. The forme...
09/09/2016
John Hart Discusses The State Of The Auction Business

We talked to a man who's seen Château Pétrus go from $20 a bottle in the '80s to thousands of dollars today. The former chairman of Hart Davis Hart Wine Co. shared some of the wisdom he's gained over the last 40 years.

Hart Davis Hart’s recently retired chairman reflects on four decades in wine auctioneering.

Market Watch September 2016 issue cover
09/07/2016

Market Watch September 2016 issue cover

Hopdoddy Burger Bar cocktails from the September 2016 issue's feature on mixology at fast-casual restaurants
09/07/2016

Hopdoddy Burger Bar cocktails from the September 2016 issue's feature on mixology at fast-casual restaurants

This year's Old Forester Birthday Bourbon hits shelves on September 2nd. It's the 15th anniversary of the special releas...
09/01/2016
Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2016 Hits The Market

This year's Old Forester Birthday Bourbon hits shelves on September 2nd. It's the 15th anniversary of the special release, selected by master distiller Chris Morris and global brand ambassador Jackie Zykan.

The release marks the 15th anniversary of the limited-edition whiskey.

Location, location, location! Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant has it in spades, offering Bay Area commuters wines by the glass...
08/31/2016
Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant Offers San Francisco Charm

Location, location, location! Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant has it in spades, offering Bay Area commuters wines by the glass, as well as bottles to take home.

The Bay Area retailer specializes in boutique wines and building customer relationships.

With locations in six urban markets currently—and several more in the works—Punch Bowl Social is proving that it's p...
08/23/2016
Punch Bowl Social Is A Craft Beverage Destination

With locations in six urban markets currently—and several more in the works—Punch Bowl Social is proving that it's possible to have locally-oriented and craft-focused drinks menus on a large scale.

The games-focused concept puts food and drinks first.

Of course, sangria remains popular at bars and restaurants by the glass and pitcher. But pre-packaged products have been...
08/19/2016
Bottled Sangria Finds Its Place

Of course, sangria remains popular at bars and restaurants by the glass and pitcher. But pre-packaged products have been growing in sales, and a variety of sizes and styles means there are more options than ever.

New entrants and rising consumer demand has led to off-premise success for sangria.

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