Category: Wine

The Wonders of Wood: Cooperages and alcohol producers are expanding the roles barrels can play in altering or refining a beverage’s flavor profile.

A well-built barrel provides alcohol beverage producers the opportunity to fully take advantage of the alchemy that occurs when juice or mash comes in contact with wood. And a finished wine, beer, cider, or spirit can take on even more complexity if it spends time in a used barrel—kissed by the impression of another beverage.   The barrel family tree According to Henry H. Work in Wood, Whiskey and Wine: A History of Barrels, wooden barrels were developed by the Celts in the first millennium BC. As their design and quality became increasingly refined between 1300 BC and AD...

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WX Brands Beefs Up Sales & Marketing

Novato, Calif., based WX Brands has appointed Dan Irving vice president of business development and Natasha Hayes vice president of marketing and DTC for national brands. The hires are part of the company’s expansion of its sales and marketing teams, which include adding three regional sales managers, one international sales manager, and two sales analysts. “These additional resources are part of a scale-up that reflects the evolution of our dual-track business model,” said SVP Global Sales Shawn Schiffer at the time of the announcement. “”We’re excited about growing our company-owned proprietary brands while we continue to develop premium-quality exclusive...

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Guest Column: Save Money Using R&D Tax Credits

By constantly generating new and improved products, wineries, breweries, cideries, and distilleries are continually refining their manufacturing and distribution techniques and developing new packaging processes. These activities can qualify for the research and development (R&D) tax credit, but many alcoholic beverage producers aren’t using the credit because of misconceptions about who can claim it and for what kind of work—even though it could save them up to 10 percent of annual R&D costs for federal purposes and much more when state credits are factored in.   The R&D Tax Credit The R&D tax credit has the potential to offset...

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Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Expands Learning Opportunities

As consumers continue to drink “up”—that is, drink less but better-quality alcohol beverages—the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has released data showing demand for wine, spirits, and sake education is at an all-time high. For the academic year ending July 31, a record 85,487 candidates internationally sought to complete WSET professional programs, marking the 15th consecutive year of growth in the industry. By keeping staff up-to-date with new trends and products, hospitality establishments are better able to guide their customers, who continue to demonstrate a willingness to explore niche wines and spirits. WSET education is constantly updated to keep pace with developments in the industry. In this most recent academic year, the United Kingdom led growth with a 14 percent increase over the previous year, followed by mainland China and the United States. In this country, there are now 50 approved WSET program providers, including newly updated educational opportunities in spirits (Level 2) and sake (Level 3). “I’m delighted to see more and more businesses are recognizing that education and well-trained staff are the foundations to better customer service and stronger profits,” said WSET CEO Ian Harris at the time of the announcement. “After another successful year for WSET, we’re setting out strategies to take our progress to the next...

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The Crawl: Denver, Colo.

Denver, Colo., is one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation—but we’d argue that’s about a lot more than population growth. It feels like a new bar, brewery, or restaurant (or marijuana dispensary) opens its doors in the Mile High City every other day. Lace up your drinking shoes (heads up: Denverites dress casually) and point them toward any of the metropolis’ myriad microhoods. Each has its own charm, character, and plenty of worthy watering holes. Get started with this boozy tour of four of our favorite neighborhoods. River North Locals refer to this onetime industrial neighborhood—now the city’s...

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