Not so long ago, Americans purchased Chile’s “fighting varietals” for everyday home consumption. But when it came to dining out, Chilean wines were thought of as déclassé—restaurant hosts wouldn’t think of listing them. Today, restaurant beverage managers stock the best wines from Chile because they know that for quality and value at all wine list price points, the current crop of Chilean wines are winners. Chile’s superpremium Cabernets and “super-Chilean” Bordeaux blends are world-class, the best of the whites are crisp and complex, and the country offers a splendid, one-of-a-kind wine—Carmenère. My, how times have changed.

Make a commitment to stocking fresh mint, which lends itself to so many creative uses. Try it in variations of the mojito, caipirinhas, and caipiroscas or with fresh fruit in smashes.

Chef Anthony Goncalves never went to cooking school. He never started as a dishwasher or cooked under an award-winning chef. He never ran a large-scale operation. And yet, he is the chef and co-owner behind the 210-seat, 27,000 square-foot restaurant, 42 at the Ritz-Carlton Westchester, which sits atop the tallest building between Boston and New York with postcard worthy views of the Manhattan skyline and Hudson River Valley. How did Goncalves achieve such success in an industry so ridden with competition and closures? Equal parts talent, passion, charisma and, of course, a faithful Westchester investor.

Of Spain’s trio of celebrated red wine regions, La Rioja has a long international reputation for excellence. Priorat, which burst on the wine scene two decades ago, remains aglow with praise for its distinctive high-octane, mineral-laden wines. Ribera del Duero, like Priorat, is short on fine-wine history, but it doesn’t generate the same gush of print and online media attention. Smart American restaurant buyers, however, seek out and list Ribera wines.

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Exhibitor applications for ProWein 2015, International Trade Fair Wines and Spirits, are now available at www.prowein.com.

Storyscapes is a collaboration between Bombay Sapphire gin and Tribeca Film Festival that brings together five distinctive transmedia projects by artists and digital media innovators from around the world. Each of the five projects will take visitors along for an incredibly interactive, physical experience with special programming elements from each taking place throughout the April 23 – April 26 public installation. De Niro and Rosenthal were treated to a VIP preview today in New York while specialty Bombay Sapphire cocktails were served.

Lucky Strike, the nationally-acclaimed bowling and entertainment brand, recently hosted the 5th Annual NYC Bowling for BreastCancer.org event at its New York City location.

The Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance hosted the Walla Walla Valley AVA’s 30th Anniversary Gala at the historic Gesa Power House Theatre in downtown Walla Walla, Washington on Thursday, March 20, 2014.

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