The Check Out: Restaurant News

The Check Out: Weekly News Bites for Restaurants November 11th

Every Friday Uncorkd compiles the top restaurant and beverage industry news and opinions that had us talking. Here are the must-read stories from November 5th – November 11th.

Wine News

The end of year awards are piling up, and Wine Enthusiast just added their 2016 Wine Star Award Winners to the superlative clutter. Check the list, which extends beyond the wine industry to spirits and beer, to see which individuals and companies are leading the beverage industry.

We need more algorithms for wine like we need more presidential campaigns. But, here is another wine algorithm software designed to sell you the perfect wine to fit your tastes. The new e-commerce site, Verve Wine, has some cool things going for it. Like being the online counterpart to a brick-and-mortar Manhattan store. It’s also the new venture for master sommelier and subject of the 2012 documentary SOMM, Dustin Wilson.

Looking to explore the wines of Alsace? Here’s a primer on some of the vaunted wine region’s star wineries and producers.

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Spirits and Cocktail News

Who needs an upcoming UFC event this weekend in New York when we’ve got two liquor distributor giants battling it out in court and through PR channels. Breakthru Beverage Group apparently put out an offer to acquire New York’s Empire Merchants today. Empire emphatically denied this, claiming, “this is an outrageous publicity stunt by Breakthru. Empire Merchants isn’t for sale…” This story should watch from comfortable seat and accompanied by a full bottle of Scotch. Breakthru is current in court after Empire sued the co-chairmen Charlie Merinoff for fraud and liquor smuggling.

Restaurant News

With the proper training, all managers can become better leaders. Being a leader in your restaurant has big benefits for your career and for your restaurant. Restaurant owners need to invest in training managers. Here are 8 great resources you can take advantage of to become a better coach.

Kyle Thacker