CellarTracker! and Benchmark Wine Group Announce Global Partnership to Accelerate and Simplify Rare Wine Transactions

CellarTracker!, the most widely used wine cellar tracking software, has launched new technology that accelerates the process of bringing rare wine collections to market. In a few clicks through the new platform, cellar owners around the world can now designate collectible wines for sale in record time. All 568,000 CellarTracker! users will find this new feature in their account which allows them to generate a list of their collectible wines. Sellers then receive a top quote from Benchmark Wine Group, the leading rare wine reseller in the U.S.

“Unlike estimates from auction houses, this quote will be a firm offer for the wine in excellent condition, and generally will be higher than a seller would receive from an auction house or other legally licensed buyer of rare wine,” said Benchmark CEO David Parker.

Both companies have founders united in their tech backgrounds and passion for fine wines. Coming from a longstanding career with Microsoft, CellarTracker! originally began as a hobby for owner Eric LeVine in 2003. While he built CellarTracker! for himself, LeVine quickly realized the benefit the platform could provide likeminded collectors. Continue reading

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Ferrero Celebrates Grand Opening of Nutella Cafe New York

New Union Square Cafe Set to Delight Guests With All-Day Menu of Nutella®-Centric Dishes

Ferrero, a global confectionery company and the maker of Nutella®, The Original Hazelnut Spread®, is pleased to announce that it will officially open the doors of the highly-anticipated Nutella Cafe New York to the public today, November 14, at 12 p.m. EST. The permanent cafe brings to life an authentic Nutella experience all year-round with a menu of Nutella-centric dishes and specialty espresso beverages.

Located at 13th Street and University Place near Union Square, Nutella Cafe New York is the second Nutella restaurant owned and operated by the company in the U.S. The first Nutella Cafe opened in Chicago in May 2017.

“We are thrilled to celebrate the grand opening of the Nutella Cafe New York in one of the greatest culinary cities in the world,” said Rick Fossali, vice president of operations, Nutella Cafe. “The response to our first Nutella Cafe in Chicago has been outstanding, and we cannot wait to treat New Yorkers and tourists alike to a wonderfully delicious Nutella experience showcasing the uniqueness and versatility of this beloved product.” Continue reading

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Wine.com Releases 2018 Wine.com 100

Wine.com, the nation’s leading online wine retailer, today announced the twelfth annual Wine.com 100. Reflecting the top wines purchased on the website during the first 10 months of 2018, the Wine.com 100 is the industry’s only list based exclusively on consumer purchasing behavior. With nearly 35,000 unique vintage-specific wines purchased at Wine.com in 2018, the Top 100 is an exclusive group representing the best-selling available labels.  The list provides insight into consumers’ online wine-buying patterns, highlighting popular producers, regions and varietals. The complete 2018 Wine.com 100 list is available online at www.wine.com/100.

2018 Wine.com 100 highlights:

  • Washington State shines: This year, Substance 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon from Washington Statetopped our list. The list featured six Washington wines (up from 4 last year), two of which were in the top 10. This highlights the growing awareness of the state’s value and quality combination, especially for red wine lovers.
  • Consistent quality vintage over vintage. This year 10 wines gained two spots on the list due to a vintage change. From Chardonnay to Rose to Cabernet, wineries like Caymus and Kendall-Jackson made double placements, reflecting the consumer’s loyalty to specific wine year over year.
  • Rose all day. Following the national trend, rose claimed two more spots this year with a grand total of five. While not dominating the list, 5% is a big jump from the solo placement we saw in 2012.

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Back To The Roots Teams Up With Ayesha Curry For The Holidays

Back to the Roots Launches New Kitchen Herb Garden with Ayesha Curry Available at Lowe’s Nationwide

Back to the RootsOakland-based, organic food & gardening company, announced today its partnership with celebrity Mom & restauranteur, Ayesha Curry to create an indoor grow kit equipped with Curry’s exclusive home recipes just in time for the holidays. Ayesha Curry’s Kitchen Herb Garden is available at Lowe’s Home Improvement stores nationwide.

Back to the Roots is reinventing the way people connect with food. The new Ayesha Curry Kitchen Herb Garden is set in classic mason jars ready to compliment any countertop and includes complete care instructions along with Ayesha’s secret home recipes – it’s the ultimate holiday gift for anyone who wants to unplug, dig in, and get their hands dirty! With everything included, families can start growing fresh mint & basil in no time – just add water & place on the windowsill.

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KIND Healthy Snacks Announces Minis

Today KIND Healthy Snacks (KIND) announces the national introduction of KIND® Minis and in the process redefines the small portion snack category that has been comprised of empty calorie options for decades. To date, most food manufacturers have failed to make reduced portion snacks that effectively balance health and taste. The 100-calorie or less KIND Minis aim to fill a need for people seeking on-the-go snacks that not only taste good but also offer balanced nutrition.

“For years, 100-calorie snacks have enjoyed a health halo due to their smaller pack sizes and lower calorie count, but in reality they provide little nutritional value,” says Daniel Lubetzky, Founder & CEO of KIND. “With KIND Minis, we aim to turn the industry’s approach to small portion single-serve snacks upside down. In so doing, we hope to shift the conversation so that it focuses less on quantity of calories and more on quality of ingredients.”

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KFC Is (Finally!) Serving Chicken & Waffles – Now You Can Have Brunch Anytime, Anywhere

Kentucky Fried Chicken® – the original chicken purveyor– is making a formerly upscale brunch favorite available to everyone with the introduction of its new Kentucky Fried Chicken & Waffles, available for a limited time only. With Kentucky Fried Chicken & Waffles, you can forget the reservations, long lines and expensive checks and get back to what really matters: the food.

“Our famous extra crispy, savory fried chicken atop a Belgian Liege-style waffle, with the finishing touch of classic Mrs. Butterworth’s syrup, makes for a scrumptious dish I’d put up against versions at upscale restaurants, but we’re offering it at a price just about anyone can afford. And it can be enjoyed at KFCs across the country for brunch, lunch or dinner,” said Andrea Zahumensky, Chief Marketing Officer, KFC U.S.

The menu item perfectly pairs the southern favorite, Extra Crispy™ fried chicken, with scrumptiously thick, Belgian Liege-style waffles. The waffle recipe was developed specifically to pair perfectly with KFC’s Extra Crispy fried chicken and is made with a yeast-raised dough instead of a batter. The waffles include pearl sugar imported from Belgium that creates a delectable sweet and crunchy outer texture.

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Alfonso Ribeiro Partners With Bob Evans Farms To Create “REALLY” Gourmet Sides This Thanksgiving

“I want to spend all day in the kitchen fussing over my holiday side dishes,” said no one ever. That’s why this holiday season Alfonso and Angela Ribeiro are teaming up with Bob Evans Farms, Inc. to launch “Step One: Done” – a recipe video series that helps even the rookie meal preparer become the MVP of the Thanksgiving meal.

The Ribeiro’s “Step One: Done” videos, available at www.BobEvansGrocery.com along with other holiday recipes and tips, use Bob Evans Farms Original Mashed Potatoes to show how to make “really” gourmet side dishes out of refrigerated mashed potatoes in minutes because, in reality, people want to spend less time on sides and more time with their family and friends during holiday meals.

“We believe the most important part of hosting Thanksgiving dinner is finding a way to not ruin the turkey. My wife and I are excited to partner with Bob Evans to help invite more home cooks across the country to focus on the turkey instead of the sides,” said Alfonso Ribeiro. “The videos were fun to make, and they may definitely seem silly, but Bob Evans Mashed Potatoes really do taste just like homemade and we can successfully trick our friends into thinking they are homemade by throwing just one delicious ingredient on top.”

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10 Things to Know About Gaillac Wines

From its range of wine styles to indigenous varieties, here is what every wine lover should know about Southwest France’s Gaillac region.

It can be both intimidating and rewarding to discover an unfamiliar wine region, but the key is to know the essentials first. That is particularly true when it comes to a region with as much depth and history as Gaillac, a characterful appellation in the heart of Southwest France.

Complex and captivating, Gaillac has many exceptional grapes and styles for wine lovers to explore, influenced by millennia of winemaking history. While there’s a wealth of wine to discover, these 10 facts serve as a comprehensive introduction to the region of Gaillac – though oenophiles will almost certainly want to continue exploring after getting a taste of this robust region.

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