September is Virginia Spirits Month

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has declared September as Virginia Spirits Month, marking the third annual celebration designed to educate consumers and travelers about Virginia distilled spirits. “Virginia is the birthplace of American spirits, and our 70 licensed distilleries are a part of the fastest growing sector of the beverage business,” says Gov. Northam. “Distilleries brought more than $163 million into our economy in 2017, and September is the ideal time to celebrate the rich history…

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Kelvin Slush Frosé Blanc

The organic frozen cocktail mix brand Kelvin Slush Co. has launched its newest flavor: Frosé Blanc. Made with organic tropical flavors often found in new world white wines — such as guava, passion fruit and citrus — the new base slush flavor is the seventh in a series that includes: frosé, citrus, piña colada, margarita, ginger and tea. Frosé Blanc pairs particularly well with crisp, dry white wines such as sauvignon blanc, the company says. The…

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5 Emerging Tequila and Mezcal Brands

Tequila is on fire. The category grew 6.1% in the U.S. in 2017 for a total of 17.3 million 9-liter cases, according to the Beverage Information and Insights Group. As recently as 2012 tequila was just 12.9 million cases. Growth has propelled numerous brands, including these four tequilas and one mezcal. Exotico This Luxco brand exploded last year. Exotico grew 73.8% to reach 106,000 cases, earning a 2018 Cheers Fast Track Growth Brands Award. “Exotico sits…

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