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Monthly Archive: December 2012

Argentina’s Upscale Producers Say Bulk Labels Could Diminish Category’s Prestige

While Malbec exports continue to gain upmarket traction, Argentina’s high-end winemakers fear that a push by bulk producers could diminish the country’s image as a quality player. Continue reading →

Posted in News on December 28, 2012

Mezcal, the “Other” Mexican Spirit, Shows Strong Niche Growth In The U.S. Market

Distilled from agave plants native to Mexico’s southern region in and around Oaxaca, Mezcal has flourished since the Spanish Conquest. Continue reading →

Posted in News on December 27, 2012

Wine Spectator’s New WineRatings+ App Offers Access To Complete Database Of Expert Reviews

Wine Spectator’s recently unveiled WineRatings+ app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch has unlocked the magazine’s comprehensive, authoritative database of wine reviews to wine lovers worldwide. Continue reading →

Posted in News on December 26, 2012

Under New Ownership, Mendoza-Based Argento Wine Company Continues U.S. Push

Already a well-established player in Europe and other international markets, Mendoza’s Argento Wine Company sells around 600,000 nine-liter cases across more than 50 countries. The winery—previously owned by a joint venture between U.K. importer Bibendum and local Argentine player Bodegas Esmeralda—switched hands in September, when it was acquired by Argentine wine group Inversora Agroindustrial Sudamericana (IAS) for an undisclosed sum. Continue reading →

Posted in News on December 26, 2012

Pernod Ricard Says On-Premise Is Driving Gains, Sees Major Innovation Push For 2013

Pernod Ricard is optimistic about its sales outlook as the holiday season heats up, especially in the on-premise, where U.S. spirits dollar growth is currently running above 7%. Continue reading →

Posted in News on December 21, 2012

News Briefs for December 21, 2012

•The Absolut Co. has redesigned the packaging of Frïs vodka in the U.S. Continue reading →

Posted in News on December 21, 2012

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