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At the glamorous 71st Cannes Film Festival (May 8 – May 19, 2018), Rémy Martin will return for the 15th year in a row as an official partner.
In honor of the event, the renowned cognac house will unveil their latest XO limited edition bottle, available by special order in the United States and available around Europe at $175 per bottle.
Inspired by the gleaming lighted letters of iconic movie theaters, the decanter is donned with a multitude of golden dots evoking the various eaux-de-vie that makes up this extra old Cognac. It also creates a visual and modern style, very similar to pixels or mosaic art. Additionally, the elegant black and gold box glorifies the luminous exuberance of the XO decanter.
It was in 1981 that Cellar Master André Giraud crafted an XO that would bring out all the complexity and excellence of Cognac Fine Champagne. Produced with up to 400 aged eaux-de-vie, the iconic Rémy Martin XO bears the unique signature of the House’s Cellar Master. One bottle is enough to renew the interpretation of extra-old cognac.
Rémy Martin XO Cannes Limited Edition
Rémy Martin XO illuminates the palate with its generosity through an explosion of exquisite and refined notes. The intense harmony of the amber hue suggests a radiant taste, an exceptional softness and a sophisticated beauty. Its aromas of white flowers, accents of plums, figs and candied oranges speak with the notes of cinnamon and freshly grated hazelnuts. The distinguished opulence, the distinctive texture, and the warm authenticity of Rémy Martin XO make it way more than a cognac.
Fruit of the prestigious regions of Grande and Petite Champagne, Rémy Martin eaux-de-vie holds outstanding aging potential. The exclusive selection of grapes that make up the heart and soul of cognac, combined with the inimitable know-how of the Cellar Master creates a one-of-a-kind aromatic intensity. For over three hundred years, the House has pursued one ambition: to reveal the talents of nature and mankind through its quest to capture the very heart of Cognac. The Rémy Martin House has been rooted in exception since 1724.
Residents in Kentucky and Connecticut no longer have to cross surrounding state lines to get their fill of 21st Amendment Brewery brews, thanks to the brewery’s recent distribution expansion into both states.
“There has been a strong demand for our beers in both locations, and we are fortunate to be in a position to finally supply our beer to thirsty fans. We not only have established relationships with awesome distributor partners in both regions, but we also have a local sales team in both states ready to hit the ground running.”
– Dave Wilson, President of 21st Amendment Brewery
21st Amendment Brewery Lineup
“We think our IPAs will be a big hit in Connecticut, especially our west-coast style Brew Free! or Die IPA. Additionally, Hell or High Watermelon Wheat and Blood Orange Brew Free! or Die IPA will be a refreshing treat during the hot summer days in Kentucky.”
– Shaun O’Sullivan, Co-Founder and Brewmaster of 21st Amendment Brewery
Working with Heidelberg Distributing for the Kentucky region, and with Star Distributors and A. Gallo Distributors in Connecticut, 21st Amendment beer is debuting at bars, restaurants, and grocery and liquor stores across both states this week.
“It always brings a sense of excitement when we launch our beers into new markets. We’re extra excited about Kentucky because it was the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln, whom we feature prominently on two of our beer can designs. Being called the 21st Amendment, we got excited about Connecticut, nicknamed the Constitution State, which of course rings true to our brand values. Our hope is that our beers will feel right at home.”
– Nico Freccia, Co-Founder of 21st Amendment Brewery
To kick-off the spring season, locals and visitors to both states will be treated to a refreshing line-up of Brew Free! or Die IPA, El Sully Mexican-style lager, Blood Orange Brew Free! or Die IPA, and Hell or High Watermelon wheat. All 21A beers will be available on draft, in six packs and select 15 pack assortments with other 21st Amendment brews.
For more information about where to find and purchase 21st Amendment beer throughout Kentucky and Connecticut, visit 21st-Amendment.com/Find-Some.
Heineken® is bringing back the CoolerPack, an engineered 18-pack cardboard packaging innovation that allows consumers to chill their Heineken by simply removing the top to the case and adding ice, bringing convenience and occasion-based purchase choice to beer drinkers everywhere.
Designed to pop open the top, fill the pack with ice, and enjoy a cold Heineken, the CoolerPack will keep consumers cool in the heat all summer long, driving incremental sales and profits for retailers who stock and display the innovative item. The CoolerPack was recently named 2018 “Product of the Year” in the beer category, in a competition that surveys 40,000 shoppers. The survey is the largest consumer-voted award for product innovation.
“Heineken is simplifying summer by bringing back the CoolerPack. Already filled with beer, consumers just need to add ice to this 18-pack and start enjoying cold Heineken. Fresh off being awarded 2018 ‘Product of the Year’ for innovation in the beer category, Heineken® 18-pack bottles are outpacing the category 18-packs by 4 points. We are excited to be bringing this innovative pack to retailers and beer drinkers for on-the-go drinking occasions and just in time for summer.”
– Katharine Preville, Heineken Brand Manager at HEINEKEN USA
Heineken 18 Bottle CoolerPack
Impactful Heineken POS, including tuck cards, standees, and display toppers, will drive awareness of the innovative CoolerPack to maximize shopper conversion and basket rings. In addition, the CoolerPack will be featured on National T.V. throughout the summer selling season. With display presence in high traffic areas of the store, retailers will drive trail of the CoolerPack and can maximize volume and profit by cross-merchandising with ice for convenience shopping.
“Heineken 18-pack bottle distribution is growing two-times faster than Total Beer 18-pack bottles, and the pack yields 30% greater dollar lift when featured versus Import 18-pack bottles in Grocery. Further, in a major Mass retailer, stores that used CoolerPack POS on display experienced a +17.6% rate of sale increase. With beer drinkers having voted in favor of CoolerPack, and with a proved sales record, we are confident this pack will once again add incremental sales and profits to retailers and provide added convenience to shoppers.”
– Katharine Preville
The CoolerPack will be available in stores starting May 1, 2018.
Latest Brand Campaign, “The Uncaged,” Connects Creatives Making a Positive Impact and Takes Them to the World Stage.
Since 2013, the world-acclaimed Tiger Beer, has championed emerging talent. The latest campaign takes this idea of “uncaging” local heroes and focuses it on a specific type of creative—those whose bold approach to their craft serves a good cause.
Building on the brand’s rallying call to ‘uncage” bravery in pursuit of passion, this campaign demonstrates how far the impact of creative courage can go. Featuring an eclectic group of Uncaged Heroes from fields as diverse as technology, dance, fashion, music, art and food, Tiger Beer will inspire people to look beyond familiar faces and discover those who are truly shaping the future—proof that if you have the courage to pursue your passion, you can make a positive impact on the world.
To kick-off the campaign, Tiger Beer will highlight a group of Uncaged Heroes, sharing their work to impact positive change through a launch film that can be seen on the brands social media channels and campaign website, Uncage.com. Tiger Beer will build this “uncaged” community, discovering exciting up-and-comers across the world, with local activations in 13 markets, including the US, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Korea, Myanmar, Mongolia, Canada, Thailand, Cambodia, Germany and New Zealand.
Through the US program, Tiger Beer will partner with Hypebeast, the leading global authority on culture, in a search to discover creatives taking the music industry to the next level. Hypebeast will host contestant submissions, directing chosen finalists to perform on stage in one of three “Uncaged Nights” events in June, 2018. Finalists chosen from each of those three performances will then face-off in July, 2018 for a chance to be featured at The Uncaged LIVE—an event bringing together and showcasing a clash of creative talent from all corners of the world on September 20, 2018 at the famed Benedetto Marcello Conservatory of Music in Venice, Italy.
“Tiger Beer believes in the power of the arts, and the ability for it to create positive change in local communities, and ultimately, the world. Through this program, it’s our hope that we can uncage the next generation of creatives that are not only musically gifted, but looking to harness that talent for the greater good.”
– Amy Tay, Brand Director, Tiger Beer
In addition to Hypebeast, Tiger Beer will collaborate with several other organizations to bring this program to life, including Imprint City, a local Bay Area non-profit cultivating art to vitalize the community, and 88rising, an Asian-American global music platform founded by Sean Miyashiro. The talent selected to compete, and ultimately chosen as winners, will be decided virtually by a judging panel consisting of Imprint City, Hypebeast and 88rising.
To learn more about Tiger Beer’s “Uncaged Nights,” visit Uncage.com, which houses the stories, and other key information about the campaign, including details about The Uncaged Live event in Venice, Italy.
Beginning in mid-May, 2018, and continuing throughout the summer, Tecate® is inviting beer drinkers to “Bring Your Pride to the Grill” in a compelling retail program that puts the ‘Carne Asada’ occasion with your friends front and center with the enjoyment of the fresh taste of Tecate and Tecate Light.
With a primary focus on Summer and outdoor grilling, the versatile platform allows Tecate drinkers to enjoy beer and food occasions during key holidays throughout the year.
The integrated marketing communications program incorporates eye-catching, bi-lingual POS, display enhancements, digital and social media, TV advertising that supports the Grilling occasion, a Tecate Grill Truck activation plan in select markets, a partnership with Kingsford® charcoal to drive cross-merchandising, IRCs and MIRs (where legal), and a sweepstakes for a chance for two lucky winners and three friends each to attend the Weber Grill Academy in Monterrey, Mexico.
“When it comes to hosting, Tecate drinkers don’t mess around. There’s no limit to what they’ll do to impress their friends, including digging up an old family recipe, firing up the grill, or putting a cold beer on the table. Beer drinkers know that nothing brings people together like Tecate and a good meal.”
– Gustavo Guerra, Tecate Brand Director at HEINEKEN USA
Bring Your Pride to the Grill
The multi-channel promotion, uniquely tailored to Grocery, Convenience, and Liquor, is designed to drive sales through trial, maximize brand awareness, recruit new consumers, and generate shopper engagement. Retailers can count on incremental sales and profits with compelling offers and the association of beer and food all summer long. The versatile call to action on English and Spanish POS materials can be chosen to “Bring Your Pride … ” to the Grill, to the Table, or for sports-viewing, to the Action. The key takeaway is that Tecate is brewed to be enjoyed with food this summer, this season, this party, or this game. For beer drinkers and soccer, the promotion in Hispanic accounts will capitalize on the World Cup from a Mexican angle by leveraging the green uniforms worn by the Mexican team Chivas.
“Bring Your Pride to the Grill” is a great opportunity for retailers to cross-merchandize with food and BBQ items and to create impactful merchandising and generate impulse purchase. The promotion’s appeal can be extended with displays that include Tecate and Tecate Light and a variety of bi-lingual POS to fit the channel and the occasion.”
– Gustavo Guerra
Cleo Anthony stars in the Spike Lee Netflix Series, She’s Gotta Have It.
Cleo plays Greer Childs, a former model turned successful photographer who longs for the artist’s life. Cleo recurred on Extantand Transparent, and also starred opposite Taraji P. Henson in the film Seasons of Love.
Chillin’ with Cleo Anthony
Tell us a bit about the projects you are working on.
We’re super excited about our Netflix Original Series She’s Gotta Have It, created and directed by the legend himself, Spike Lee. It’s a modern spin on his first feature film, of the same name, that made waves, broke records and set standards 30 years ago. Now it’s been updated and reimagined into a hilarious half hour dramedy.
With your busy schedule, what do you like to do with your downtime?
“Down … time … ” What’s that?
When you go out to eat, where do you like to dine?
My heart is in Ma/Pop dives and hole-in-the-walls of every nationality and cuisine. Places you know someone’s elder is in the kitchen micromanaging and passing out headaches. Food where there is no discernible difference from what you’re served and what the family enjoys for Sunday dinner and holidays at home. Though, as a foodie, I try to keep up with the hot spots and chefs du jour.
Chillin’ with Cleo Anthony
What types of dishes do you usually order?
Breakfast! As often as possible. But stay away from sugar and grains. Aside from that, eat all the fat I want—cheese, bacon, cream, steaks. People question this all the time, especially when it comes to “kryptonites” like ice cream and fresh bread, but I feel absolutely amazing. Not to mention it drops weight like a sack of bricks.
Do you cook?
You bet I do. Namely, breakfast. If you successfully convince someone to stay the night because you make a mean breakfast, you damn well better back it up.
What types of drinks do you order when out?
I rarely drink when out. Most places have no clue how to make a well-balanced cocktail. Some drinks should be stiff. Others smooth. I like a place that knows the difference.
Chillin’ with Cleo Anthony
Do you prepare drinks at home?
I think it’s the only reason my friends visit.
Do you own a home bar?
What is it stocked with?
You start with the basics—you know, the five clears, some whiskeys and a few shooters. That’ll satisfy most any request they throw at you. Then, as your interests grow, the seasons change and you build experiences, you pick up a bottle here and there. For instance, I loved St-Germain and Disaronno. One night at Pizzeria Mozza in L.A., I ordered my date and myself both. They had neither. Instead we were introduced to St. Elder and Luxardo. I’ve never looked back. On a flight I was offered Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey and cranberry. Now it’s all I drink when I fly. When you let your bar grow with your experiences, cocktail time invariably becomes story time. I’ve got over 50 bottles worth of stories to tell.
What is your favorite drink/cocktail?
My drink of choice is undoubtedly the Sidecar Martini. No one makes a good Sidecar, it’s almost witchcraft! To experience a surefire proper Sidecar, mosey over to Mastro’s Ocean Club in Newport Beach and the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Your drink game will never be the same.
Have you ever been a bartender?
My first bar job was at the infamous Saddle Ranch on the Sunset Strip. I worked the morning shift. First day on the job, guy comes in and orders a vodka soda (yes, in the morning). I proceed to ice my shaker tin (first mistake), pour a shot of vodka, then figure, “Coca-Cola is a soda … ” (next mistake), pour the coke in the shaker tin (that’s three), cap it and shake the the snot out of it! Then … strain into a shot glass ( … I’ve lost count … )! The look on the guy’s face prompted the GM to pull me aside for a word. That’s it, first job, first day, first drink! I knew I was done. But somehow, survived. Last gig was many years later at the Bazaar by Jose Andres in the five-star SLS Hotel, Beverly Hills, where I made Halle Berry a Jalé Berry (JALApeño and blackBERRY Martini). And, oh, the many stops in between …
Staying true to your evening plans after a long day is tough.
On those evenings after work when you are unsure if you can make it out, grab your shaker and whip up a “Pascale Espresso Martini” for an extra kick. The simple combination of five perfectly rationed ingredients makes for a smooth sipper and a boost of energy unlike any other mixture.
This java cocktail achieves a delicious balance while retaining a delicate, yet complex flavor. Whether it is sipped after dinner or while you’re getting dressed, the Pascale Expresso Martini is the perfect pre-night out starter. Tap into your creativity with this unique libation at home.
The Willamette Valley Wineries Association celebrated the conclusion of the third annual Willamette: The Pinot Noir Auction on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at the Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg, OR, where 81 lots of Willamette Valley wine sold to the national and international trade for a record setting $737,000, exceeding the 2017 auction totals by 56%.
The sale brought in over $800,000 including revenue from ticket sales and sponsorship. All money raised will fund future marketing and educational initiatives of the Willamette Valley Wineries Association.
2018 Willamette The Pinot Noir Auction at The Allison Inn
The auction presented 78 lots of one-of-a-kind Pinot noir wines and three collaborative lots of Chardonnay from the 2016 vintage. Each wine was produced in quantities of five, 10 or 20 cases, and will only be available to the public through resale by the winning bidder.
“The 2018 auction exceeded our highest expectations. There was tremendous enthusiasm among the trade for the Willamette Valley region, as well as for the 2016 vintage, which we expect to go down in history as a benchmark year for Oregon.”
– Laurent Montalieu, 2018 Auction Chair, Owner and Winemaker for Soléna Estate and Hyland Estates
Willamette Welcome Tasting at Stoller Family Estate
Overseen by veteran wine auctioneer Fritz Hatton, the excitement in the room was palpable. Opening bids throughout the auction were greeted by a flurry of raised paddles, resulting in frequent bidding wars and rapid price escalation. Anxious vintners watched on from the back, cheering for bidders to “do it” in moments of hesitation.
Now in its third year, the 2018 auction saw a 13% increase in winery participation from 2017, which was more than offset by the 48% increase in attendance by registered bidders. The auctionwide average price paid per lot was $9,099, up 33% from the prior year, with an average bottle price of $124.
Laurent Montalieu 2018-Auction Chair
The top selling Pinot noir came from winemaker Maggie Harrison and Antica Terra. The 5-case lot produced entirely from the Antica Terra Vineyard, sold for $33,000. The collaborative Chardonnay, “Nautical Dawn,” produced by Bethel Heights and Walter Scott Wines, fetched $12,000 for a five-case lot.
Here are the top five auction lots:
Lot 26: Five cases of Antica Terra “Alder Creek” Pinot noir: $33,000
Lot 82: Five cases of Zena Crown Vineyard “Barrel and Foot” Pinot noir: $24,000
Lot 11: Five cases of Alexana Estate Winery “By A Landslide” Pinot noir: $20,000
Lot 83: 10 cases of Hyland Estates “The Perfect Pair” Pinot noir: $20,000
Lot 75: Five cases of Bethel Heights “Vesper Bell” Pinot noir: $19,000
Preview of One of the Chairmens Chardonnay Lots
At the conclusion of the auction, 2019 Co-chairs Eugenia Keegan and Shirley Brooks offered a tribute to Elizabeth Chambers of Chambers Cellars and Silvan Ridge, and winemaker Patricia Green of Patricia Green Cellars, who sadly both passed away this year.
The 2019 Willamette: The Pinot Auction will be held April 6. Attendees are licensed wine sellers, including retailers, restaurateurs and wholesalers. For more information or to request a ticket, visit WillametteWines.auction.