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    ½ oz Gin

    ½ oz Tequila

    ½ oz Light Rum

    ½ oz Vodka

    Juice of ½ Lemon

    1 splash Coca-Cola
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Diving into the world of Craft Spirits, strong growth likely to continue


Source: GuestMetrics

Jul 11th


According to GuestMetrics, while craft spirits brands account for a relatively small portion of the overall spirits category on-premise, they are growing at a rapid pace. 


“In analyzing the nearly 600 craft spirits suppliers we track in our system, our data indicates they have been growing at a double digit clip thus far in 2013 in the on-premise channel, and are gaining momentum.  Craft spirits volumes grew about +26% in 1Q13 compared to the same period in the prior year, and looking at 2Q13 through June 16th, volume growth accelerated further to about +29%.  This is a strong out-performance versus mainstream spirits brands, which saw on-premise volumes down -2.0% during 1Q13, though there was a slight improvement to -1.1% in 2Q13 to-date.  The net result of this is that craft spirits brands’ volume share of the overall on-premise spirits category has expanded fairly rapidly, from 2.4% in 2012 to 2.6% in 1Q13, and is about 3.0% in 2Q13 to-date,” said Bill Pecoriello, CEO of GuestMetrics LLC.  “Furthermore, in analyzing the growth in the actual number of craft spirits brands sold in our on-premise universe for the first half of 2013 versus the same period in 2012, we see the number has expanded by 7.6%.  Given volumes are up about 27% during that time, we see this as a healthy sign for the underlying demand for craft spirits, given the growth is not just being driven by brand proliferation, and is likely a sign there is a lot of runway left for growth.”


“Additionally, we also analyzed which specific categories the craft brands are strongest in,” said Peter Reidhead, VP of Strategy and Insights at GuestMetrics.  “In terms of volume share of overall spirits, craft’s share is highest at 4.9% in Tequila, then 3.8% in Cordials, 3.5% in Vodka, 3.5% in Brandy/Cognac, 2.0% in Bourbons/Blends, 1.6% in Rum, 1.3% in Gin, and had a negligible volume share in Scotch, Irish, and Canadian.”


“While craft spirits are a relatively small portion of the overall spirits category with about a 3-share of total volumes in on-premise, given the competitive nature of the alcohol industry and the generally sluggish growth being experienced in overall on-premise, the strong trends for craft spirits could be a source for incremental growth for both suppliers and operators as we head further into the summer season,” said Brian Barrett, President of GuestMetrics.

South African Wine Exports Gain Most in 5 Years on Weakening Rand


Source: Bloomberg

By Amogelang Mbatha

Jul 11


South Africa’s wine exports increased the most since 2008 in the first half, boosted by a better harvest and a weaker rand that made the price of locally produced goods more attractive, an industry association said.


Total shipments climbed 40 percent in the six months through June, the biggest first-half advance in five years, Su Birch, chief executive officer for Wines of South Africa, said by phone from Pretoria today.


“The weaker rand was the major driver behind the bulk-wine exports,” she said. “There was also a global imbalance because the Europeans have been short on wine due to a bad crop, while we had a good crop.”


The rand has declined 15 percent against the dollar and 14 percent versus the euro this year, the worst performer against both of 16 major currencies tracked by Bloomberg. South Africa is the world’s eighth-largest producer of wine, accounting for about 4 percent of global volumes and Europe is its biggest export destination, according to the website of the industry body, known as WOSA.


Bulk-wine sales from South Africa jumped 66 percent and bottled wine exports rose 8 percent, Birch said. The U.K., Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands remain the four biggest markets for packaged wine, while sales to China increased 36 percent and to Nigeria by 50 percent.


“We expect that exports will remain good for the rest of the year but we could see a decline in early 2014 after the northern hemisphere harvests it crop,” Birch said.


Wine exports rose 25 percent to 469 million liters (124 million U.S. gallons) in the year through April from a year earlier, according to WOSA data released in May.


Results Are In for International Women’s Wine Competition


Source: Balzac

Jul 11th


Harris Kratka 2010 Zinfandel from Alexander Valley Wins Best of Show


Vineyard & Winery Management has announced the results of the 2013 International Women’s Wine Competition (IWWC), including the overall Best of Show winner – Rock Wall Wine Company’s Harris Kratka 2010 Zinfandel from Alexander Valley.


More than 900 wines were entered in the competition. Judges awarded a total of 26 Double Gold medals, 100 Gold medals, 311 Silver medals, 225 Bronze medals, and a total of 37 Best of Class awards.


Judges also named five wines as Best of Show in their respective categories: 


Best of Show Dessert Wine: Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery – 2011 Late Harvest Cabernet Franc – Chester County, Pennsylvania


Best of Show Fruit Wine: Galena Cellars 2012 Red Raspberry Wine


Best of Show Red Wine: ROCK WALL – AGAIN – 3 AWARDS!


Best of Show Rosé Wine: Mey Icki Sanayi Ve Ticaret A.S. Kayra Vintage 2012 Blush, Turkey


Best of Show Sparkling Wine: Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards – 2005 Royal Cuvee, Carneros


Best of Show White Wine: Inman Family Wines – 2011 Russian River Valley Chardonnay        


Best Wine By A Woman Winemaker went to Shauna Rosenblum, Rock Wall Wine Company, for the Harris Kratka 2010 Zinfandel. The panelists gave this combined comment on the wine: “Friggin’ Gold! Spice, apple, perfectly picked grape.”


Chief Judge Debra Del Fiorentino, Sommelier, CWP, CSW, points out that the International Women’s Wine Competition is judged entirely by leading women in the wine industry. The judges recognize not only the best wines submitted, but also the wines they feel would appeal most to women wine buyers and consumers.


According to Del Fiorentino, “We had excellent, top notch judges including Liz Thach, MW, Professor of Wine Business & Management, SSU Wine Business Institute; Theo Snyder, wine buyer for Total Wine & More; Traci Dutton, Sommelier, The Culinary Institute of America; Jessica Alteri, Sommelier, CEO Wine Channel TV Network; and Shauna Rosenblum, Head Winemaker, Rock Wall Winery.”


Vineyard & Winery Management welcomed its media partnership with Women for WineSense for its 2013 International Women’s Wine Competition to help raise awareness and increase entries in the competition. “This media alliance is the logical fit,” says Del Fiorentino. “Their goals and objectives are perfectly in sync with ours for this niche judging.”


“Our organization is all about offering wine education to empower women, both in their wine careers and through the development of their palates in order to make more informed purchasing decisions,” enthused Women for WineSense National President Rebecca Moore. “We were thrilled to provide our members with this opportunity.”


Additional sponsors include Penta Water, Riedel Glassware, Wine Country Shipping, Alsco, Graber Olives, Sonoma Wine Country Hilton, Costeaux French Bakery, and Lagunitas Brewing Company.


The judging was held in Sonoma County, California July 9-10, 2013. Winners are now posted on and

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