Author Archives: Joel Whitaker

Treasury Wine Estates to Consolidate California Winemaking

The move will see Luxury wine production focused at the Beringer (Pratt Ave.) winery and Masstige wine at the Paso Robles winery.   Luxury winemaking at Sterling Vineyards will be consolidated on-site.   Winemaking at Beaulieu Vineyard will be devoted to luxury … Continue reading

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Craft Spirits Account of 15% of Launches, Up from 5% in 2011

Craft spirits have so far accounted for 15% of new global spirit launches to date in 2016, up from just 5% in 2011, according to new research from Mintel, the global market research firm, which found craft spirit launches increased … Continue reading

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First Crowdsourced Wine Debuts Today

The first wine to be crowdsourced all the way from the vineyard to the bottle, Columbia Crest’s 2014 Crowdsourced Cabernet, debuts today.  But it’s available only direct from the winery, either online or in its tasting room. In this unique … Continue reading

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TransPacific Trade Pact Impact Seen as Positive For U.S.Bev/Al Producers, Minimal for the Overall Economy

The TransPacific Partnership agreement will have almost no impact on the overall U.S. economy.  But it will have significant benefits for U.S. wine and spirits producers. That’s the gist of a new report by the International Trade Commission. “The overall impact of the … Continue reading

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International Spirit to Buy Back Shares in Bid to Thwart Short Sellers

Believing its stock is being shorted by market makers who are selling shares they don’t own,  International Spirit & Beverage Group Inc. said it would buy back shares with the goal of reducing the float by 25%. The company’s board … Continue reading

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Cardinal Spirits Expands Into Kentucky Through River City Distributing

Cardinal Spirits, a craft distillery in Bloomington, Ind., is expanding its distribution to Kentucky, its first market outside of Indiana, through River City Distributing Inc. Louisville. And, the distillery has partnered with Good Folks Coffee Co., a Louisville coffee roaster, … Continue reading

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