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New York Soft Pouch Beer & Wine

There are many options for packaging craft beverages these days. The use of soft pouches is attractive from a cost perspective and it provides a great branding opportunity. Visually distinctive product packaging is key for prospective customers to find your … Continue reading

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Element Winery: Some Of The Best Balanced Wines Out There

I am not a Sommelier, but I recognized a balanced wine. Not too sweet. Not at all tannic. Just smooth from the first taste to the finish. This is the entire portfolio: Cabernet Franc, Table Red, Pinot Noir, Lemberger and … Continue reading

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Element Winery Does It Again- A Best Kept Secret

Bob Bates brought me the best birthday present ever- another bottle of that amazing Lemberger from Element Winery. It doesn’t end there. He brought its friends and family- Riesling, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Red Table wine. He suggested … Continue reading

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In New York, do I need nutrition facts on my label?

  In New York, do I need nutrition facts on my label? At the federal level, alcoholic beverages below 7% ABV are regulated by the FDA and not the TTB. This includes most hard ciders, hard sodas, hard lemonade and … Continue reading

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Freeze gives new hope for 2014 Ice wine vintage in NY

Last night’s freezing weather may save the hope for a 2014 ice wine vintage for NY wine makers! Ice wine is a New York specialty. It is a dessert wine which gets its intense sweetness and flavor through grapes that … Continue reading

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Are Beer Walls Legal in New York

In order to use the “beer wall,” a customer, whose age has been verified by an employee, must purchase a wrist band. The wrist band contains a computer chip which entitles the customers to a certain number of beers. The … Continue reading

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Senator Schumer seeks to have FDA drop proposal that prevents reusing spent grain

Senator Schumer seeks to have FDA drop proposal that prevents reusing spent grain. Rochester distiller Jason Barrett of Black Button Distillery and John Urlbach owner and brewmaster of Rohrbach’s recently hosted Senator Chuck Schumer in a public announcement seeking to … Continue reading

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Who can manufacture and sell hard cider in New York State?

Hard cider can be manufactured in New York State by licensed cider producers, farm wineries, and farm brewers. All retail licensees (bars, restaurants, grocery, liquor stores, etc) have the right, without the need for any additional permit or license, to … Continue reading

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Affordable New York Wines

At a New York Restaurant Association fundraiser, I discovered a tasting table for Bellangelo and FLX wines by Bellangelo. These are quality New York table wine products. I am a red wine lover and Finger Lakes wineries primarily excel at … Continue reading

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New York – Natural Hop Leader of the Last Century

The growing craft beer industry in New York can benefit from a series of laws favoring use of New York ingredients.  The art of craft brewing has brought so much sophistication and variety, brew masters seek premium ingredients sourced from … Continue reading

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