Author Archives: Joel Whitaker

Quintessential to Import Alexandre Relvas Wines

Casa Agricola Alexandre Relvas, the family-owned Portuguese producer, selected  Quintessential, to represent its wines in the U.S. Alexandre Relvas, Jr. is chief winemaker, and his younger brother Antonio, handles the commercial side of the business. “Wine lovers are only lately … Continue reading

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Bacardi Honors 11 For Environmental Achievements

Bacardi Ltd. honors 11 employees, teams and facilities received recognition for their outstanding environmental achievements within five different award categories. From new bottle recycling plants in India, using reclaimed Martini cork plugs for building materials, and a no straws campaign, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book 2016

Now in its 39th year of publication, Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book 2016 provides data on more than 6,000 wines, as well as regions, vintages, and growers around the world.  It offers maps, grape varieties, tips on food and wine … Continue reading

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Book Review: 101 Cocktails to Try Before You Die

Home bartenders as well as professional mixologists will find much to value in 101 Cocktails to Try Before You Die by Francois Monti.  From the classics (Old-Fashioned, Manhattan and Vesper) to the less well-known (Scofflaw, Irish Mermaid, Bramble) you’ll find … Continue reading

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Why Consumers Rank Budweiser Low on Patriotism

We reported Wednesday that when consumers ranked brands on their patriotic attributes, Budweiser was near the bottom.  That was, as we noted, a great surprise to us because we always thought Budweiser was the quintessential American brand. Plus it donates … Continue reading

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Southern Wine, Glazer’s Complete Combination

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, LLC (“Southern Glazer’s”) said it completed the business combination between Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. (“Southern”) and Glazer’s, Inc. (“Glazer’s”), forming Southern Glazer’s. The merger creates the largest North American wine and spirits … Continue reading

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