Oy gevelt! Now THAT was a storm!

CT, NJ and other non urban areas around NY and Boston got absolutely nailed by a weekend storm. Our office is closed for the duration but all of our folks are OK. Laura made it in to join Jeff and me on Monday morning to find an office with no power and no heat. That's Laura organizing the Wine and Spirit handbooks with gloves on. Seemed like a good idea at the time.


Happy Halloween!

Somehow we have found ourselves at the end of October and Connecticut is already bracing for its first Nor'Easter for the winter ahead, with up to a foot of snow anticipated in the day ahead. But that surely won't deter many of us from celebrating Halloween this weekend in a most traditional fashion.

My October column is now up at Bar None Drinks and I hope you'll give it a read. This month, I chose to discuss the current liquor industry trend of dessert-flavored spirits, which runs the gamut from whipped cream-flavored vodka to honey-flavored whiskey. In the spirit of all things Halloween, I chose to feature a new product to the market, Caramel Apple Liqueur. Seriously, this stuff has a nose that just wafts with aromas of the classic Halloween treat and fall favorite.

Cheers and have a very happy Halloween!! 


More Upcoming Events

Tomorrow is looking to be quite a busy day on the road, as October is now in full motion!

First, I'll be starting my morning early, along with my coworker Laura, as we head to the Hartford Business Journal's "Social Media Summit". The agenda for the Farmington-based event looks to be a jam-packed schedule of different workshops, geared to business professionals of varying levels of experience in Social Media. The event will be capped with a Keynote on "The Power of Social Media Communities", delivered by Amanda Nelson, Community Manager for Radian6.

After that, I'll be making my way down to New York City for a not-to-be-missed spirits and wine tasting event, The Ultimate Blast! The Ultimate Blast is assembled by the team at Ultimate Beverage Challenge, an emerging set of spirits, cocktails, and wine evaluations developed by founder F. Paul Pacult. I must say, the list of participating brands and celebrity book signings appears to be never-ending; the Ultimate Blast will include over 100 cocktails prepared by esteemed mixologists, 300 spirits and 120 wines! The Dizzy Fizz herself, Selena Ricks-Good, offers this preview of the event at her column over at CBS New York online.

Some other events of note before the month is out include next week's VinItaly US Tour, where you'll find BAT's own Steve Raye sitting on a Social Media seminar during the New York tour stop. Portland Cocktail Week is also slated for October 20-23; I'm disappointed I won't be headed to the Left Coast for the event this year so you'll have to suffice with last year's preview instead. 

What other alcohol-industry events are slated on your schedule for the rest of October? Leave us a comment and let us know what you're up to in the beverage alcohol world! 



Vinitaly Brings World Tour to the US

After spending much of the year traveling to cities throughout China, Japan, South Korea, India, Singapore, and Russia, Vinitaly's world tour is preparing to land in the US for its whirlwind tour of both Washington, DC (Mon., October 17) and New York City ( Wed. October 19).  Both cities will host a slew of events geared to the media and trade that include a Grand Tasting, guided tastings, wine business seminar and a Sommelier Class.

Though the final schedules are still not released, there are definitely components of these "Tour Stops" that cannot be missed! One of the events to note, Brand Action Team's own Steve Raye will sit in on a panel at the New York business seminar speaking to Social Media's impact on online wine conversation.  Other speakers are Snooth Editor-in-Chief Greg Dal Piaz, Wine Enthusiast Tasting Director and Senior Editor Joe Czerwinski and Italian Wine Director at Glazers Alfonso Cevola; it will be moderated by Stevie Kim of Veronafiere/Vinitaly.

If you're a member of the beverage alcohol media or trade industry, Vinitaly's US Tour is not to be passed by. You can learn more information and register for each of the events by visiting the two links included below. Other questions can be directed to info @ vinitalytour dot com. 

Keep your eyes peeled for Steve in New York! Cheers! 

Washington, DC Registration and Event Details here
New York Registration and Event Details here