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Skinny Cocktails

Just like the rest of America, cocktails are counting calories. Traditional drinks like the cosmopolitan, margarita and martini are being reinvented at restaurants all over the country. The goal for most is to maintain or improve upon flavor while cutting calories by half or more—ending up anywhere in the 99 to 250 calorie range.

New Washington Online Alcohol Server Training Program Approved

Health Communications, Inc. (HCI) today announced that eTIPS On Premise, an online training and certification program for alcohol servers, was approved by the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) as part of the state's Mandatory Alcohol Server Training (MAST) program.

Technomic Launches Adult Beverage Research Group

Technomic Inc., the leading food and beverage industry research and consulting firm, has begun development of the most comprehensive and actionable online adult beverage resource.In addition to increasing its leadership position in the industry, Technomic and its clients have identified an unfulfilled need for extensive, timely, and strategic data and insights on beer, wine, and spirits volume trends.

Elvis Wines Live on at Kung Fu Plaza

Kung Fu Plaza, which is the oldest and most authentic Thai restaurant in Las Vegas, is adding a selection of wines from Elvis Presley Wine Cellars. The winery is located in the San Joaquin valley of California.

Smith & Wollensky Evolves with Wine Week

Smith & Wollensky’s 50th National Wine Week is coming full circle with its semi annual wine-tasting program and the debut of its new Private Reserve Sauvignon Blanc on March 5.“When it started 25 years ago, food and wine weren’t really known to pair with each other,” says John Piccolino, corporate chef for Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group.

Roses Are Red, Table For Two

You can almost predict the encroaching night of service months in advance. Every reservation is for two. The new parents have splurged on a babysitter for their first night out in months. The fawning lovebirds are pawing at each other between courses.

Smith & Wollensky Cheers Wine Week

Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group (SWRG) is preparing to pour over 30,000 glasses of more than 200 different wines in celebration of the 50th National Wine Week, March 5-9. To commemorate the anniversary, Smith & Wollensky will debut its proprietary “Private Reserve” Sauvignon Blanc.

From Recycled Wine Bottles to Glassware

Uncorked Glass Company founder and curator Daniel Hart is proud to announce the introduction of his artisan glass company, offering timeless, eco-friendly glassware handcrafted using recycled wine bottles.

Wine World Gathers in Sacramento for Symposium

For one week each January, Sacramento becomes the focal point of the wine and grape world as the 2012 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium opens at the Sacramento Convention Center for a three-day run Jan.

Pinot Noir Summit Loves its Wine

A select group of wine lovers will be wowed by the ultimate Pinot Noir experience. Tickets for the 10th Pinot Noir Summit are on sale now.On Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, Pinot Noir lovers will gather for the remarkable 10th Pinot Noir Summit hosted by Affairs of the Vine at the Hilton San Francisco Financial District.

Denver Airport Adds Wine Bars, Café

Denver International Airport (DIA) brought seven new concessions contracts before Denver City Council’s Business, Workforce, and Sustainability Committee today. The Committee voted unanimously to move the agreements for approval this month to Denver City Council and Mayor Michael B.

Wine Clubs: Should Your Restaurant Have One?

Some high-end restaurants have uncorked a new method of marketing their wine knowledge while padding their bottom lines.Their sommelier or wine director forms a wine club.Subscribers sign up to receive monthly or quarterly shipments of wines that are personally selected by the in-house wine expert.