How to Use Classic Cocktails For Inspiration To Create A New Drink With A Popular Spirit Like Rum

How to Use Classic Cocktails For Inspiration To Create A New Drink With A Popular Spirit Like Rum

On this episode of Smart Kitchen and Bar, our resident master mixologist, Oscar Castaneda, shares with us how to take a different approach with a popular spirit like rum, featuring Mount Gay® Rum. The Black Barrel rum used in this episode features complex aroma notes of spice, toasted wood, and fruit. It has a bold spice taste balanced with oaky vanilla and sweet caramel.

“Rum is something that might be a little bit too sweet and what I usually suggest as an operator and as a mixologist is: Don’t fight it, try to work with it!” says Castaneda.

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Will the Cannabis Boom Expand to These States After the Midterms?

Will the Cannabis Boom Expand to These States After the Midterms?

Today, voters in four states will vote on ballots with medicinal and recreational cannabis initiatives. Both North Dakota and Michigan has legislation on ballots that could pass cannabis recreationally, while Utah and Missouri could pass cannabis for medical use.

"These are the four states that will vote on 6 November. If they pass in Michigan and North Dakota, 1 in 4 Americans will have legal access to weed. Meanwhile, if Utah and Missouri pass their ballots, medical marijuana will accessible in over 50% of all states," writes "The Guardian."

All legislation on cannabis legalization being voted on today are expected to pass.

So far, there are nine states where cannabis is legal and then 22 states where cannabis can be prescribed to patients for medical conditions.

In 1996, California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana. In 2012, Colorado and Washington pass legislation that made cannabis legal recreationally. Cannabis became legal in Alaska, Oregon, and D.C. in 2014.

Then in 2016, state marijuana legalization laws passed in California, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, and Vermont.

These legislations have ignited a cannabis dining movement. Fine dining chefs in California cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco are now incorporating cannabis into their menus. California's wine country is also gearing up to embrace cannabis wine infusions.

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Villa Maria’s Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc Differentiates Itself from the Rest In the Category

Villa Maria’s Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc Differentiates Itself from the Rest In the Category
  • How Villa Maria Wine Estates, The Most Awarded New Zealand winery, Places High-Importance on Quality

  • When you think New Zealand, think Sauvignon Blanc!

On this episode of On Foodable, we get to learn a little from Rob Bigelow, Senior Director of Wine Education and On Premise Development at Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, about a New Zealand winery—Villa Maria Wine Estate—that the company is in partnership with.

“When I think about New Zealand and the wines, obviously the first answer is Sauvignon Blanc,” says Bigelow.

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Survey Reveals the Challenges in the Beverage Alcohol Industry

Survey Reveals the Challenges in the Beverage Alcohol Industry

Every industry has its own unique challenges when it comes to the labor market.

But thanks to big data, we are able to identify these issues quickly.

According to a survey by "Wine Opinions" that was commissioned by SevenFifty and "SevenFifty Daily," the beverage alcohol industry has an especially wide gender pay gap.

"The survey revealed that men within the respondent pool make about $13,000 more per year than women or roughly 26 percent more. In an age where Americans are speaking out about pay parity to a degree never before seen, progress on this front remains especially slow within the industry," writes "SevenFifty Daily."

The industry is made of about 47 percent women and this could detour women from staying in this industry.

Not to mention, there is a lot of competition in the labor market today. This has made it especially difficult for restaurants and beverage companies to hire and retain staff.

So this problem needs to be addressed.

“It is a business imperative to close the gender pay gap, not only to retain good talent and recruit the best, but also to increase employee satisfaction," said Deborah Brenner, founder and CEO of Women of the Vine & Spirits (WOTVS.)

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Why your Bar Program Needs Indulgent and Health-Conscious Cocktail Drink Options

Why your Bar Program Needs Indulgent and Health-Conscious Cocktail Drink Options

In this episode of Smart Kitchen and Bar, our resident master mixologist, Oscar Castaneda, shares with us interesting ways of using and presenting cocktails with spirits like brandy and gin, featuring St. George Spirits. These types of cocktails are on trend when it comes to the two popular sides of the drink spectrum focusing on one end the health-conscious consumer and on the other end the over-indulgent.

“Brandy is usually something people think about as an after dinner drink or like a sipper. We want to show that there’s a way to make other things with it…” says Castaneda.

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Bellacosa Wine Co. is All About Lifestyle and Consumer Experience

Bellacosa Wine Co. is All About Lifestyle and Consumer Experience
  • On this special episode of the Barron Report, Dan Cohn joins us on set live to discuss wine trends and consumer demand.

  • Find out how to set up your restaurant staff to become the conduit to purchasing your wine.

Bellacosa which translates to mean a “beautiful thing” in Spanish, is the name of a winery that focuses on the beautiful life experiences it can bring to those who drink it.

On this special episode of The Barron Report, Paul Barron is joined by President & CEO of Bellacosa Wine, Dan Cohn, in our live podcast studio set to discuss current wine trends and Cohn’s groundswell tactics.

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Wine Experts Give Tips on How to Create the Perfect First Wine List

Wine Experts Give Tips on How to Create the Perfect First Wine List

Guests aren't only making their dining decisions based on a restaurant's food. There's the atmosphere, service, and beer, wine, and spirits menu– that also play a significant role in creating the memorable culinary experience.

The wine selection at a restaurant is especially important. Not only do many diners feel that a perfect wine complements their dinner but the wine markup also works in an operator favor.

But creating the perfect wine list is easier said than done.

With that in mind, "SevenFiftyDaily" interviewed a few wine directors to get tips on how to launch a wine program for the first time.

Here are a few highlights from the eight tips mentioned-

Create a reasonable budget, stick to it and make the by-the-glass wines your highest margin sales

This seems like a no-brainer but it's easy to get carried away.

“It can be exciting and empowering to be able to order wine on the restaurant’s dime, but don’t let it go to your head," said Joe Campanale, the founder and wine director of Fausto in Brooklyn, New York. “Your highest-margin wines should be your by-the-glass wines, since you’re selling them the most on any given night.”

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Corona Brewer is Looking to Sell Off Some of its Wine Brands

Corona Brewer is Looking to Sell Off Some of its Wine Brands

The parent company of the popular Corona and Modelo beers, Constellation Brands is looking to sell some of the wine brands in its portfolio.

As reported by "CNBC," multiple sources have said that Constellation is ready to make a deal that could be worth more than $3 billion.

The company has allegedly hired the investment bank Goldman Sachs Group to look into potential buyers.

"Among the wine brands that Constellation is considering selling are Clos du Bois, Mark West, Arbor Mist and Cooks, one of the sources said. Collectively, Constellation could sell wine brands that generate 12-month earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization of more than $260 million, according to the sources," writes "CNBC."

Wine sales accounted for about 38.6 percent of the $7.6 billion of the revenue made by the alcoholic beverage giant last year. But this is a significant decrease from two years ago when wine sales made up 44.7 percent of net sales.

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Kentucky Bourbon Makers Brace for New Tariffs

Kentucky Bourbon Makers Brace for New Tariffs

The American bourbon industry is one of the industries to be subjected to retroactive tariffs in response to the Trump Administration's tough trade negotiations.

In June, China, Mexico, Canada, and the European Union collectively agreed to impose tariffs on America's beloved bourbon.

Currently, Kentucky produces 95 percent of the world's supply of bourbon, generating $85 billion a year.

China imports $12.8 million in U.S. spirits a year, $9 million of which is whiskey and the EU imports $789 million of U.S. spirits a year, 85 percent of which is Bourbon, Tennesse whiskey, and rye whiskey.

So the tariffs are bound to take a hit on the industry's revenue, bourbon makers are prepping for the impact it will have on the state.

According to Eric Gregory, the president of the Kentucky Distillers' Association, Kentucky bourbon companies export the spirit to 126 countries and that the larger distillers export more than half their market overseas.

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Chef-Quality CBD Infusions Connect Cannabis to the Foodservice Industry

Chef-Quality CBD Infusions Connect Cannabis to the Foodservice Industry
  • How is CBD impacting the foodservice industry?

  • Ron Silver, of Bubby’s is serving CBD-infused cocktails at his restaurant.

On this episode of The Barron Report, Paul Barron speaks with CEO, Kim Sanchez Rael and Chief Creative Officer, Ron Silver of Azuca, on how their company’s unique technology is developing the latest CBD Trends.

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