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Northbrook, IL:  January 14, 2020 AmpliVox Sound Systems has introduced an upgraded version of its powerful Digital Audio Travel Partner Plus wireless portable PA system with a 96-channel wireless receiver. The new capability will help increase sound coverage and reduce wireless channel interference.

The 96-channel receiver in the new SW925-96 is a significant upgrade over the 16-channel receiver in the previous model. “The use of wireless communication technology has greatly expanded since AmpliVox and its predecessor company Perma Power pioneered it many years ago,” said AmpliVox CEO Don Roth. “Increased usage has also increased the possibility of signal interference. That’s why we wanted to give our customers the latest wireless technology to ensure powerful, interference-free communications.”

The SW925-96 includes a full range of features:

  • 96-channel digital wireless receiver that operates in the UHF 514-544 MHz frequency range.
  • 250 watt amplifier, delivering clear sound to up to 7.500 people indoors or out, in areas up to 25,000 square-foot area.
  • Two 6.5” high-performance, high efficiency woofers and dynamic compression tweeter, SPL 127 dB.
  • Complete portability, with built-in wheels and retractable handle, plus a rechargeable battery that runs up to 10 hours on a single charge.
  • Built-in Media Player with SD card slot, USB thumb drive slot, and Bluetooth connectivity.
  • Separate volume, base and treble controls; one ¼” input.
  • Choice of wireless microphone: handheld, lapel & headset, or over-the-ear; also includes wired handheld microphone with 25-foot cord.
  • Three XLR ¼” combo microphone inputs with Phantom Power switch.
  • USB charging port.
  • Change to Voice Priority reduces volume level of background music to make announcements.
  • Voice Enhance increases crispness and clarity in vocals.
  • Capability for an additional wireless receiver to enable another wireless presenter.
  • Bundled packages available to add tripods and additional speakers for expanded sound coverage.

To learn more about AmpliVox Sound Systems’ products, visit

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In this new, expanded edition of Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails (Quarry Press, March 3, 2020, $24.99)—issued for the 100th Anniversary of National Prohibition—historian, expert, and drink aficionado Dr. Cocktail vastly widens his examination of 1920–1933, the thirteen-year period when women got the Vote, child labor was abolished and, ironically, saw the cocktail elevated, prolonged, and expanded, spreading this signature American drink form in tasty ripples around the world. All this, plus more drink recipes!

Nothing is so desired as the thing denied. Prohibition made people want cocktails very, very badly. Because "synthetic" liquor was the easiest to make, it was also the easiest to get. Problematically, it tasted awful and wasn't exactly good for you either. Cocktails with their mélange of flavors were a made-to-order method for disguising the bad hooch.

Along with 100+ rare and delicious authentic recipes gathered from old cocktail manuals and scraps of paper never published, this illustrated trip down mixology lane tells the fascinating origins of the cocktail and how it evolved over time, including its rising popularity during Prohibition. Vintage illustrations and advertisements, photos of old bottles and cocktail artifacts, and fascinating Prohibition-era photographs bring the tippling past back to vivid life.

Recipes for rare treasures like The Fogcutter, Knickerbocker à la Monsieur, The Moscow Mule, and Satan’s Whiskers are each presented with:


  • Historical background on its origin and cultural context
  • Drink Notes that provide additional information on ingredients and tips for substitutions and variations
  • Fascinating historical ephemera from Dr. Cocktail's personal collection

This homage to the great bartenders of the past and the beverages they created also profiles some of the most influential cocktail pioneers of today. For anyone who enjoys an icy drink and an unforgettable tale, this is a must-have volume.


Ted Haigh, a.k.a. Dr. Cocktail, makes his living as a graphic designer in the Hollywood movie industry and has worked on such spectacles as O Brother Where Art Thou?, American Beauty, and The Insider. Although he has been diligently researching cocktails since the '80s, his moonlighting as a cocktail historian became public in 1995, when he hosted the America Online spirits boards. In the intervening years, he has been quoted and referenced by the New York Times, Esquire, the Malt Advocate, and Men's Journal, as well as various books and other media. He is a partner in, an encyclopedic database of cocktail knowledge.


Vintage Spirts and Forgotten Cocktails: Prohibition Centennial Edition</strong></p> <p align="center">Ted Haigh, a.k.a Dr.  Cocktail

March 3, 2020| ISBN: 978-1-63159-895-1

$24.99 US · $34.99CAN · 364 pages · Trade Spiral Bound

Quarry Books, an imprint of The Quarto Group


For more information, author interviews or to request images from the book, please contact Todd Conly at 978-282-3511 OR This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Taunton, Mass., (Jan. 3, 2020)- Vision Wine & Spirits LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Martignetti Companies, announced today a nationwide distribution agreement with Fruitations Craft Soda & Cocktail Mixers beginning in January 2020. Fruitations, a leading on-premise premium craft mixer, will be available initially across New England, California and Florida before expanding its reach.  

Born from her belief that better ingredients make better tasting drinks, Fruitations’ founder Allison Goldberg discovered a bartending community eager for the quality, taste and authenticity Fruitations syrups bring to their craft. In addition to becoming a favorite of brand ambassadors and craft bartenders, Fruitations’ consistency has made it a favorite of multi-unit upscale operators, luxury hotels and cocktail lounges including The Ritz Carlton, Encore Boston Harbor and Legal Sea Foods.

"Fruitations elevates and enhances the whole beverage, from ingredient list to hospitality experience, and is a perfect partner to complement Vision's portfolio of craft spirits, created by like-minded and passionate beverage entrepreneurs. We are proud to be part of Vision's roster of best-in-class wines, spirits and mixers," said Goldberg. 

Goldberg, with degrees from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University and ESSEC Business School (Cergy, France), has over 30 years hospitality and food & beverage experience.  

Vision Wine & Spirits, LLC is a division of the Martignetti Companies, the 7th largest distributor in the United States, and an independent family-owned business since 1908.

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Bordeaux, 17 December 2019 - The joint organization of the VINEXPO PARIS and WINE PARIS events from 10 to 12 February 2020 will allow buyers to optimize their sales potential and discover a rich and representative offering from French and international terroirs.

Vinexpo will be hosting in its international hall 20 countries from 60 wine-producing regions around the world: Argentina, Austria, Argentina, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Italy, New Zealand, Portugal, Romania, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, to name but a few.

2,800 exhibitors and 30,000 professionals are expected to attend the first major event in the wine and spirits sector in 2020.

This new Vinexpo event in Paris will also feature attractive trend concepts, along with a program of talks and unmissable masterclasses to properly get to grips with the wine and spirits market.

WOW! (World of Organic Wines!) will be promoting an international offering of organic and biodynamic wines and spirits in a dedicated area where nearly 150 producers are expected. The focus will be on French wines with the presence of the major French wine-growing areas (Beaujolais, Champagne, Burgundy, Alsace, etc.) alongside other world regions (South Africa, Lebanon, Chile, Germany, Italy, Spain).

For the first time, BE SPIRITS will be bringing together the spirits and mixology sector in a special area with its very own identity. Craft and international brands will rub shoulders with bartenders, importers, distributors, buyers, opinion leaders, major e-commerce brands, restaurant chains, travel retail, duty free, etc. This event at the Vinexpo show will host Moët Hennessy, Maison Villevert, Sorgin, The National Distillery Company, Cambusier, Distillerie Warengheim and Halewood International, among many others. In addition to the exhibition stands where business meetings will take place, THE INFINITE BAR and a series of talks on spirits will form the heart of this unique area. The Infinite Bar, as long as an Olympic swimming pool, will showcase 24 brands of spirits in partnership with 24 mixologists from the most influential Parisian bars.

Resembling a line of shop windows from the most prestigious Paris boutiques, The AVENUE will celebrate 8 premium brands, all market leaders and looking to stand out in an elegant Parisian setting: Grupo Peñaflor, Champagne Nicolas Feuillate, AdVini, Domaines Paul Mas, Maison Boisset, Marqués de Cáceres, Champagne Deutz and Araex Grands Spanish Fine Wines.

VINEXPO ACADEMY will be putting on a program of tastings and masterclasses led by renowned experts such as Marc Almert, ASI’s 2019 World’s Best Sommelier. Round tables and talks on topics such as e-commerce or large-scale retail will be conducted by a range of personalities (economic, political and scientific decision-makers), to decipher the challenges facing the industry.


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