Every Friday Uncorkd compiles the most recent restaurant and beverage industry stories that had us talking. Here is the can’t miss news from March 5th – 11th.
- Here are 5 Smart Ways to Freshen up a Stale Wine List. Which trends should you get on board with? Which “trends” are really just sommeliers and wine writers playing “if I were president…?”
- Millennials are dragging down wine sales. But the bah-humbug generation is still spending a lot of money dining out. Here are tips to ensure Gen Y is spending their internship-earned dollars in your restaurant or bar.
- Americans “just say no” to buttery chardonnay. Or are they saying yes? It’s complicated. Buttery chardonnay still sells, but its popularity is melting away as drier styles soak up more menu placements.
- There is a lot of wine data available. But people aren’t using it. A new company, Enolytics, looks to re-write that narrative, and better serve restaurants, distributors, and consumers, in the process. Who knew numbers could tell a story?
- Are you even listening? Your customers are screaming “NO!” New menu research shows that restaurants aren’t putting drinks on menus that customer’s crave. What drinks do they want? Well, read on and find out.
- Stop slamming your calculator against the wall in frustration. There might be a better way to calculate labor costs. And it isn’t the traditional way of tracking labor against sales. This could save your restaurant’s bottom line and improve productivity. It will save your Texas Instrument from shattering on the office wall.
- Looking to revamp your menu? Chicago-based CH distillery deploys a “mood-based cocktail program.” No, the hostess doesn’t give you a mood ring instead of a menu, the bartender just reads your mind.
- Wine pairings are as old as the Cosmos. But beer pairing dinners are hip and pulling in customers, so get with it. Chefs get in on the craft brew-ha-ha by throwing events with local breweries. You should too.
That’s all for this week’s Uncorkd Weekly News Round Up. Check in with us next Friday to find the stories you missed during the week.