Category: Consumer

Last Call: The Columbia Room (Washington, D.C.)

Take a walk down Blagden Alley in Washington, D.C., and you might think you took a wrong turn. Could there really be a bar among the commercial alleyway’s unmarked brick buildings? Keep going, and liquid rewards await at The Columbia Room, Derek Brown’s temple to superbly crafted cocktails. The bar originally opened in 2010 as a 10-seat space within a speakeasy, and was reimagined in 2016 when Brown moved it to a 2,400-square-foot building in D.C.’s Shaw district. It’s now comprised of three distinct areas—the Tasting Room, Spirits Library, and Punch Garden—each offering a different experience. “I think the...

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The Crawl: Washington, D.C.

No matter which side of the aisle you’re on, politics in our nation’s capital can drive a person to drink. Fortunately, there are plenty of great places to do just that in Washington, D.C. The city was once known as the domain of buttoned-down bars and stodgy steakhouses, but thanks to an influx of millennials in recent years, D.C. has become a hotbed of epicurean innovation and variety. The District is also home to a vibrant craft brewing and distilling scene, so there are lots of intriguing local libations to explore.   U Street Corridor This historic neighborhood has...

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The Real Thing: Beverage producers are turning to high-tech solutions to protect their products from counterfeiters.

That bottle of iconic wine or single-malt Scotch you just picked up likely is authentic, but as with any product of value, knockoffs are a tempting way for fraudsters to make a living—or a killing. With high-end beverages, counterfeits can be tricky to detect, because even product testing isn’t always conclusive.   Discovering fraud History is rife with tales of con artists who invent fake labels, doctor ordinary wines or spirits, make outrageous claims, and scam those who collect such prizes. In one celebrated instance, a case of Le Montrachet—a famed and very expensive French Chardonnay-based white Burgundy—was sold...

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HENRYs: Meet the newest demo target

Remember YUPpies and DINKs, those oh-so-sought-after income brackets from the 1990s? Old news. The sub-demographic now being courted for its buying power and economic potential are HENRYs—High Earners Not Rich Yet—aka top-earning millennials about age 26. According to researcher Harry Dent (Dent Research) in a study covered in the Wall Street Journal, HENRYs are typically more educated and informed than their peers, and will continue to lead, innovate, and out-earn others of similar age. Attracting these consumers now, as they begin moving into even higher income brackets, is key to creating customers into the...

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New California AVA Announced

In December, Petaluma Gap became the newest American Viticultural Area (AVA) approved by the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). Vintners in the area came together in 2005 to start the AVA process, and an official proposal was filed with TTB in 2015. Located in the southernmost part of Sonoma County, Calif., and even reaching into neighboring Marin County, Petaluma Gap encompasses 200,000 acres and currently includes 80 winegrowers and nine wineries. The new AVA is, in part, a breakaway from the Sonoma Coast appellation. In Washington state, 2017 saw four new appellations proposed: Candy Mountain, Royal Slope, The Burn of Columbia Valley, and White Bluffs. All but The Burn of Columbia Valley would be a sub-appellation of an existing AVA, giving winemakers and winegrowers more specificity in defining their terroir. Applications proposed elsewhere last year include San Luis Obispo Coast (SLO Coast), Alisos Canyon, and boundary modifications of the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA and Arroyo Seco AVA in California; Tualatin Hills in Oregon; and Verde Valley in Arizona....

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