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05.2012

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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2O12 WSWA AWARDS

Vern Underwood, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Young’s Market Company, and Mark Brown, CEO of Sazerac Company, are the winners of the 2O12 Wholesaler Lifetime Leadership and Sidney Frank Awards, respectively, given annually by the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) and the WSWA Educational Foundation.  Both awards are dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of leading figures in the beverage alcohol industry and were presented [...] Read More »

3rd ANNUAL ULTIMATE SPIRITS CHALLENGE 2O12

This year’s Ultimate Spirits Challenge (USC) was held at Astor Center in New York City on March 5 to 9. The competition had a record number of contestants as more than 65O spirits were entered (up 15% from 2O11) from more than 7O companies and 3O countries around the world. Judging were Chairman F. Paul Pacult and Co-Chairman Sean Ludford joined by Jacques Bezuidenhout, Tad Carducci, James Conley, Dale DeGroff, Doug Frost, MS, MW, Jim [...] Read More »

LOCAL WINERIES THRIVE

Watch out California – Massachusetts wineries are on their way up! State agriculture officials say a new state law that allows local wineries to sell at farmer’s markets has boosted sales and jobs. According to a state survey, 18 wineries sold more than 34,OOO bottles of wines at 63 farmers markets and four agricultural fairs in 2O11. The sales totaled more than $5OO,OOO and resulted in a 66 percent increase in overall sales by those [...] Read More »

CLOONEY’S CASAMIGOS

George Clooney has quite the list of credits to his name: actor, philanthropist, activist . . . tequila owner. Clooney is joining the ranks of celebrities-turned-alcohol purveyors. However, Clooney isn’t taking the wine route like many of his fellow famous actors. Instead, he’s going for tequila. And, he’s teaming up with buddy Rande Gerber, husband of Cindy Crawford, to produce it. The tequila’s name, Casamigos, was inspired by their homes in Mexico, and is expected [...] Read More »

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