Josh winemaker aims for complex-yet-approachable wines | Rising popularity of US wines opens doors for other winemaking countries | Distillers craft new messaging for luxury rum
March 22, 2017
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Josh winemaker aims for complex-yet-approachable wines
Sommelier Joseph Carr, founder of Josh Cellars, discusses the popular brand in this interview, saying, "we make wines that offer complexity in style and approachability in taste." The brand added its Legacy line after the winemakers started making a special wine to suit their own tastes, then decided to share it, he says.
The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pa.) (3/18) 
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Rising popularity of US wines opens doors for other winemaking countries
The US is one of the world's top wine exporters, thanks to a reputation for quality that has grown in recent decades, Ron Smith writes. The popularity of wines from California and other parts of the US on the world stage has paved the way for other wine-producing countries to make "market inroads across the board including South Africa and New Zealand," he writes.
Grand Forks Herald (N.D.) (3/22) 
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Distillers craft new messaging for luxury rum
For distillers, the premiumization of the rum category hinges not only on the introduction of new variants, but a shift in marketing tone. Brands such as Havana Club, and Relicario Dominican are pursuing new strategies that focus on craft process, brand history and age-differentiation processes to develop an audience for luxury rum.
The Spirits Business (U.K.) (3/20) 
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Barrels play a big part in wine's final flavor
Barrels play a big part in wine's final flavor
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RdV Vineyards in Virginia uses as variety of oak barrels to age its wines, sourcing barrels from different coopers based on the flavor imparted by each one. "Each of these barrels adds something different to the wine" said RdV's Joshua Grainer, who compares the barrels to spices in a spice box.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (3/18) 
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Trends & Innovations
Fireball promoter to follow cinnamon whiskey's success with spicy tequila
Richard Pomes, who helped make Fireball cinnamon whiskey a sensation, is trying to build the same groundswell of interest in his own startup brand, Ghost Tequila. The spirit is flavored with ghost peppers and designed to be taken as a shot, sans the salt and lime that often accompany tequila.
Bloomberg (3/21) 
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Amazon adds alcohol ordering to Alexa services
Amazon this week added the capability to its Alexa digital assistant to allow users to order from its two-hour delivery service, Prime Now, as well as its alcohol delivery service. Amazon offers alcohol delivery in Seattle, Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio.
TechCrunch (3/21) 
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SmartBrief Originals
How organic, natural have changed over time
How organic, natural have changed over time
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Consumers' perceptions of the terms "organic" and "natural" have grown in variety along with demand for natural and organic food, writes Laurie Demeritt of The Hartman Group, which has been surveying people on the issue since 1997. "Consumers idealize food that is as close to its natural form as possible, which typically means foods that are made simply and grown naturally," she writes.
SmartBrief/Food & Beverage (3/22) 
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Government & Regulatory Affairs
Wis. city allows liquor sales at general grocery checkouts
Any grocery checkout can now be used for liquor sales, though liquor still must be displayed in a separate area, after a change to local ordinances in Manitowoc, Wis. Previously, a separate checkout had to be used for liquor purchases.
Herald Times Reporter (Manitowoc, Wis.) (tiered subscription model) (3/21) 
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Operations
Rediscover the gift of patience
Patience is a difficult concept to appreciate in this on-demand age, especially when the change effort is difficult, Scott Savage writes. He offers five questions to ask yourself when change efforts aren't going well.
Thin Difference (3/16) 
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Anonymous feedback can encourage criticism and blame
Anonymous feedback can encourage criticism and blame
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360 reviews and other forms of anonymous feedback have their place, but they shouldn't be a default mechanism because they have their own flaws and biases, writes Ed Batista. Anonymous feedback can result in criticism rather than critique and allows people to assign blame without taking responsibility.
Ed Batista blog (3/20) 
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