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Smirnoff Sours

Diageo North America extended its Smirnoff vodka brand with a new Sours line.


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Voga Italia Red Fusion

Enovation Brands Inc., the U.S. importer of Enoitalia SpA brands, added a new Red Fusion variety to the Voga Italia brand.


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Fifty Shades of Grey Wine launches VIP Fly Away Sweepstakes

Fans can submit selfies to triple chances of winning a trip for two to Seattle

Fifty Shades of Grey Wine, a line of red and white wines blended by “Fifty Shades of Grey” author E L James, is offering fans a chance to live like the literary trilogy’s main characters, Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, for a weekend and attend a showing of the upcoming “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie in Seattle during its opening weekend in February.


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Friends Fun Wine launches new commercial to promote coffee-wine drinks

Teaser launches in time for National Coffee Day

Friends Fun Wine, a brand of Aventura, Fla.-based Friends Beverage Group, launched a new commercial just in time for National Coffee Day on Sept. 29 to promote its soon-to-be released coffee-wine beverages. The 30-second spot invites consumers to give a new meaning to breakfast in bed by adding a romantic element to the occasion by serving the coffee-wine drinks with the meal.


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Smirnoff introduces new Sours vodkas

Brand challenges consumers to show their sour faces on social media

Diageo North America, Norwalk, Conn., extended its Smirnoff vodka brand with a new Sours line.


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SWA responds to Scottish independence referendum

Voters elect to remain part of United Kingdom

After citizens in Scotland voted to keep the country a member of the United Kingdom, the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), Edinburgh, Scotland, released a statement.“The people of Scotland have made a historic choice against the background of the most profound national debate,” said David Frost, chief executive officer of the SWA, in a statement.


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Absolut Vodka launches limited-edition Andy Warhol bottle

Brand launches art exchange, nightlife experience to support new package

New York-based Pernod Ricard USA’s Absolut Vodka brand announced the release of its limited-edition Andy Warhol bottle, a new design celebrating the brand’s iconic collaboration with the artist. The offering embodies the brand’s commitment to supporting all things rooted in artistic expression and creativity, the company says.


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Luminary Red Blend

Crimson Wine Group is taking wine blends to the next level with its new Luminary Red Blend.


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Devotion Vodka’s new gluten-free Tiki Tea exceeds sales expectations

New Tiki Tea vodka variations expected by February

Although now best known for its gluten-free and no-added-sugar attributes, the Devotion Vodka brand actually got its start in the club scene.


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Casillero del Diablo Devil’s Collection

Crafted by Concha y Toro and imported into the United States by Excelsior Wines, the new Casillero del Diablo Devil’s Collection targets the younger generation, according to Concha y Toro.


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Dinner with Tequila Don Julio

Diageo is taking its Tequila Don Julio brand on the road this summer with a rolling Airstream Speakeasy mobile craft cocktail bar. The team stopped in Chicago on July 29 to share some specialty tequila cocktails paired with food from Chicago restaurants Honey Butter Fried Chicken and The Radler as well as dessert venues Black Dog Gelato and Baker Miller. (Photos by Jennifer Haderspeck)

Wine Riot - Chicago

Second Glass hosted Wine Riot in Chicago on May 2 and 3. Wine Riot offered attendees an all-access pass to hundreds of new wines as well as multiple educational sessions about different wine styles and varietals. (Photos by Jennifer Haderspeck)

Eat, Drink and Be Mary at Davanti Enoteca River North

Davanti Enoteca’s River North location in Chicago hosted Eat, Drink and Be Mary to showcase its new spring cocktails as well as its signature Bloody Mary bar and brunch dishes. (Photos by Jennifer Haderspeck)

Crown Royal XO tasting

Diageo’s Crown Royal whiskey brand hosted an exclusive media tasting for its newest variant, Crown Royal XO, during a Chicago Bulls vs. Orlando Magic game on April 14 at the United Center in Chicago. (Photos by Jennifer Haderspeck and Fab Photo Chicago)

The Great Whisk(e)y Debate hosted by Beam Inc.

Beam Inc.’s Great Whisk(ey) Debate set out to determine which type of whisk(e)y — bourbon, Scotch, Canadian or Irish — the Chicago spirits industry prefers. Brand representatives supporting Beam brands Knob Creek, Laphroaig, Canadian Club and Tyrconnell participated in a friendly debate, touting the merits of each type of whisk(e)y and rallying audience support for their styles. (Photos by Jennifer Haderspeck) Related: Up Close with Knob Creek.

International Pineapple Day at Bahama Breeze

In celebration of International Pineapple Day on April 2, Bahama Breeze locations across the country invited the media and consumers to celebrate with cocktails that feature the tropical flavor of the pineapple. (Photos by Liz Parker and Jennifer Haderspeck)

Carrabbas First Tastes

Restaurant chain Carrabba’s Italian Grill invited the media and select patrons to taste a few of its newest food and beverage items at its First Tastes event March 4. Multiple locations around the country hosted iterations of the event to give fans a preview of the new items and garner feedback before the menu’s formal launch. (Photos by Jennifer Haderspeck)

Winers Always Win

Renaissance Schaumburg hosted a red wine pairing event to teach novice wine drinkers and wine experts to make the best food and wine pairings on Jan. 15, 2014, in Schaumburg, Ill. Chef James Papadopoulos of Sam & Harry’s Steakhouse presented bite-sized salmon, beef, cheese, and beet dishes for pairing with four different Cabernet Sauvignons and a Chardonnay white wine. (Photos by Jennifer Haderspeck and Stephanie Cernivec)

Sailor Jerry celebrates Norman 'Sailor Jerry' Collins

Sailor Jerry spiced rum brand celebrated the 103rd birthday of its namesake, Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins with tattoo giveaways in major U.S. markets on Jan. 14, 2014. The Chicago event was hosted at Emporium Arcade Bar in the city’s Wicker Park neighborhood. (Photos by Jennifer Haderspeck)

Unfiltered Flavors by Newton Vineyard

Newton Vineyards, a wine label imported by Moët Hennessy USA, partnered with Chef Michael Kornick to pair its unfiltered wines with exquisite dishes. (Photos by Jennifer Haderspeck)

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Dinner with Tequila Don Julio

Diageo is taking its Tequila Don Julio brand on the road this summer with a rolling Airstream Speakeasy mobile craft cocktail bar. The team stopped in Chicago on July 29 to share some specialty tequila cocktails paired with food from Chicago restaurants Honey Butter Fried Chicken and The Radler as well as dessert venues Black Dog Gelato and Baker Miller. (Photos by Jennifer Haderspeck)

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