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Washington Restaurants Welcome Spring with Outdoor Dining

At long last temperatures are climbing and Washingtonians are welcoming the return spring and water will soon be flowing to the city’s many fountains, as well as al fresco dining. Warm weather also calls for new cooling cocktails and outdoor vistas to accompany the return of summer.

Bubbly Wines Add Sparkle to Any Meal

From the ceremonious uncorking of the bottle to a fizzy build-up in the glass, bubbles are often linked with celebratory events, whether it’s New Year’s Eve, a birthday bash, or a special anniversary.

Vintner Hall of Famer Offers Wine Studies Scholarship

Miljenko "Mike" Grgich, a 2008 inductee into the Vintners Hall of Fame, has established a scholarship to enable future generations to attend a professional wine studies program accredited by The James Beard Foundation.

Drink Sales Stagnate in Restaurants and Bars

The overall softening in adult beverage is playing out more in restaurants and bars than at retail, according to Technomic's just-released Special Trends in Adult Beverage Report: 2014 State of the Industry.

Red Robin Uncorks Mango Moscato Wine Shake

This spring, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. is rolling out a new adult-only wine milkshake that will give dessert-lovers and wine connoisseurs alike a reason to raise their glasses! Developed by Red Robin’s master mixologist Donna Ruch, the new Mango Moscato Wine Shake will be available through September 1 exclusively at Red Robin restaurants nationwide.

Current Trends in Alcohol: Whiskey is Hot

Declines in beer, the ongoing demand for premium products, and price inflation across the industry is resulting in dollar increases and volume declines, according to Technomic's just-released Special Trends in Adult Beverage Report: 2014 State of the Industry.

Orange is the New Blanc

While deeply rooted in wine regions throughout Georgia, Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia, orange wines have recently made a splash at American restaurants.Graham Kotalik—sommelier at InterContinental Hotel in Milwaukee and in charge of its two bars plus its Kil@wat restaurant—is a fan of orange wines.

Pike Place Hosts Tasting Festival

Seattle's Pike Place Market is known for its wide range of restaurants, bakeries, and take-out counters. On April 25, the usual culinary offerings will double in number for one night, as the annual Arcade Lights tasting festival returns to the market.

Schwartz Brothers Named Restaurant Group of the Year

The 12th Annual Washington State Wine Awards honored Schwartz Brothers Restaurants on January 27 with several award recognitions for their outstanding commitment and support for Washington wine.A committee of wine industry grape growers, wine producers and influential members selected Schwartz Brothers Restaurants as the “Restaurant Group of the Year” award winner out of 100 nomination entries.

Domestic Beer Loses Ground to Wine and Spirits

Recent reports from industry research firms Mintel and Technomic show a shift away from domestic beer toward wine, spirits, and craft beer.Wine and Spirits Take the Lead Mintel reveals that domestic beer from larger breweries is falling out of favor with Americans, with 22 percent reporting they are instead drinking more wine instead of domestic beer, and another 18 percent shifting toward spirits.

Tickets on Sale for Austin Food & Wine Festival

Tickets for the third annual Austin Food and Wine Festival, April 25–27, went on sale January 21.The Austin Food & Wine Festival is presented in partnership with founders Charlie Jones (founding partner of C3 Presents, whose musical festival production credentials include Austin City Limits Music Festival and Lollapalooza); chefs Tim Love (Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, Woodshed Smokehouse, Queenie's Steakhouse, Love Shack, White Elephant Saloon); Tyson Cole (Uchi & Uchiko); and restaurateur Jesse Herman (La Condesa & Sway); along with Christina Grdovic (publisher, Food and Wine).

Jon McDaniel Named Wine Director of The Gage and Henri

The Lawless family is pleased to welcome sommelier Jon McDaniel as wine director at Henri and The Gage. McDaniel will oversee the wine program at both award-winning restaurants, implementing a customized approach to each list.

2013 Alcohol Sales End on Weak Note

Guestmetrics data indicates trends for full service restaurants and bars closed out the year on a particularly weak note. While overall traffic to full service restaurants and bars was -1.9 percent for the full year 2013 vs.

Winter Whites

Come winter, when I’m bundled in sweaters and scarves, what lights me up on a cold night isn’t necessarily a jammy Shiraz or a bone-dry Italian red wine.Often I’ll turn to a chilled glass of white wine.