Three Tiers of Industry Networking at the USA Trade Tasting

Distribution is one of the biggest challenges facing wine and spirits producers. On one hand, suppliers are demanding “strategic distribution”-the kind that connects products with engaged customers and correlates brand status with like-minded retail and restaurant outlets. On the other hand, you have retail stores and sommeliers, responding to our narrative-rich culture, demanding innovative, niche and authentic products with a “cool” story to tell. The distributor lies in the middle, facing language barriers, industry consolidation, ever-changing market dynamics, state regulations, supply chain hiccups, and an increasingly crowded market place. You soon begin to understand that this is a complex global business! Continue reading

14 new Masters of Wine

It gives the Institute of Masters of Wine great pleasure to announce 14 new Masters of Wine. Based in five different countries, the new Members of the Institute are, Nova Cadamatre MW (USA), Julie Chene Nyheim MW (Norway), Alistair Cooper MW (UK), Philip Harden MW (UK), Ashley Hausman Vaughters MW (USA), Sarah Heller MW (Hong Kong), Tim Jackson MW (UK), Andreas Kubach MW (Spain), Fernando Mora MW (Spain), Aina Mee Myhre MW (Norway), Billo Naravane MW (USA), Catherine Petrie MW (UK), Nigel Sneyd MW (USA) and Morgan Twain-Peterson MW (USA). Continue reading

Calling all Spirits Brands that are looking to grow distribution in USA

For any new wine, beer or spirits brand looking to grow their distribution within the U.S. marketplace, the key success factor is being able to grow awareness of their products in the minds of both consumers and potential distributors. And there’s no better place to do that than at the United States Trade Tasting (USATT) Conference, scheduled to take place next year in New York City on May 15-16, 2018. Continue reading