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Taboo Absinthe Turns 10!

We cannot believe it has been ten years since we released Canada's first Genuine Absinthe - Taboo Absinthe.

Join us at both of our distilleries on Oct. 27th as Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery opens both Barrel Room Lounges (Kelowna & Vernon) to celebrate Taboo's birthday.

Visit our Parisian-themed distillery for the ‘Green Hour’ and enjoy Absinthe cocktails from the bar from 6pm until close.

Don't forget, it is Halloween weekend so costumes are welcome and of course there will be treats - and maybe a trick or two. 

Get your calendar set, the fairy awaits!

Cocktail of the Week: Water of Love
 

Ingredients
 1 oz Okanagan Spirits Aquavitus
 ¾ oz Lillet Blanc
 ½ oz Okanagan Spirits Gin
 ½ oz Okanagan Spirits Taboo Absinthe
 ½ oz Campari
 ¾ oz Simple Syrup
 ¾ oz Lemon Juice

 
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September 12, 2017

The scenario is familiar. Your hospitality brand is under attack online from all sides it seems.  Some reviews are thoughtful but most are not, and you’re worried that your brand will suffer, and your business.

What can you do?

According to some new research, the one thing you can do that may make all the difference is to take the time to respond.  According to a forthcoming study in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science, a leading academic marketing journal, management responses can not only lead to higher ratings for businesses, but also more substantive reviews even if they aren’t all positive. 

The study found that online ratings increase - not because consumers are more satisfied with the business - but because unsatisfied customers are less likely to post baseless negative comments. In addition, even negative reviews are improved because they tend to be longer and are more likely to provide substantive, useful feedback. 

The study, “Online Reputation Management: Estimating the Impact of Management Responses on Consumer Reviews,” is authored by researchers from the University of Southern California and Boston University.

The authors examined tens of thousands of hotel reviews and responses from TripAdvisor, which bills itself as “the world's largest travel site.” The practice of responding to reviews is common on TripAdvisor. Roughly one in three consumer reviews receives a response from hotel management, and more and more managers are adopting the practice.

The study finds that when hotels begin to respond, they receive 12 percent more reviews, and their ratings increase by an average of 0.12 stars. While this gain appears modest, ratings tend to vary little over time. Therefore, even a small change in ratings can have a significant impact on how hotels are perceived by consumers and how they are ranked by review platforms. “Our results suggest that signaling to consumers that managers care about their feedback is a good strategy that can boost review volume and ratings,” the researchers said. 

The study also explores why ratings increase when managers start responding.

For example, if the timing of management responses is shortly after hotel renovations it may seem that responding leads to better ratings when the true underlying cause is improvements in hotel quality. So, is it just a coincidence that ratings increase when managers start responding or is there a direct link between responding and improved ratings? 

The study found that in the end, what researchers discovered is that when managers read and respond to reviews, unsatisfied consumers become more hesitant to leave unsubstantiated complaints, directly leading to higher ratings.

But there is a catch, according to the authors. While management responses may discourage some consumers from leaving negative reviews altogether, other consumers may decide to make their negative feedback more substantive when managers are listening. The study finds that while negative reviews become less frequent when managers respond, they also become longer.

“This is an interesting trade-off for managers: fewer negative ratings at the cost of more detailed negative feedback,” concluded the researchers. "While this may hurt in the short run, it is a valuable source of feedback that businesses can act upon to fix problems and avoid future negative reviews.” 

 
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GRIMSBY, Ontario, Sept. 11, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Andrew Peller Limited (TSX:ADW.A) (TSX:ADW.B) (“APL” or the “Company”) announced today that it has signed definitive agreements to acquire 100% of Black Hills Estate Winery and Gray Monk Estate Winery and has entered into a letter of intent to acquire 100% of Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, for a combined purchase price of $95 million. The three estate VQA wineries in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley generated total revenues of approximately $25 million in their latest fiscal years. The purchase will be funded by a combination of $78 million in cash from the Company’s credit lines and $17 million worth of Class A common shares. The company expects to close all of the transactions on or before the end of October 2017.

“My grandfather started our business in the Okanagan nearly 60 years ago, and we have always been inspired by the Valley’s promise to make wines that rival the very best in the world.  We have long admired these leading estate VQA wineries and now it is a privilege to bring their ultra-premium wines and talented people into our family,” said John Peller, Andrew Peller Limited’s Chief Executive Officer. “With our investment and resources, these wines have the potential to grow, develop and compete in the growing luxury wine market around the world.”

Black Hills Estate Winery, located on the Black Sage Bench near Oliver, B.C., is one of Canada’s most prestigious wine producers with an award-winning portfolio of premium and ultra-premium wines, including its flagship Nota Bene, the number one ultra-premium red wine in Canada. Recognized for its terroir and 50 acres of vineyards, the winery consistently sells out of its high performing portfolio of VQA wines.

“Black Hills has been proud of how we have evolved our quality over the years. This new partnership allows us access to resources and tools to evolve even further,” said Glenn Fawcett, President, Black Hills Estate Winery.

Gray Monk Estate Winery, founded in 1972, is a family-owned and operated winery located in Okanagan Centre in the Lake Country region north of Kelowna, B.C. With a beautiful estate winery and 50 acres of grape plantings, Gray Monk is a favorite destination for wine lovers visiting the Okanagan Valley to enjoy BC’s best-selling Pinot Gris as well as other popular red and white wines.

“We’ve known the Peller family for many years and share and appreciate the same values and approach to quality winemaking. We are delighted to partner with them to continue the legacy of Gray Monk Estate Winery in the Okanagan,” said George Heiss, co-owner, Gray Monk Estate Winery.

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, located on the Golden Mile Bench, the Okanagan’s only sub appellation, near Oliver, B.C., sits among 150 acres of vineyards and the winery’s prestigious and award-winning Miradoro Restaurant. Family-owned and operated since 1993, Tinhorn Creek produces both red and white wines  in the ultra-premium category sold through their loyal wine club, numerous on-site events, restaurants and fine wine retailers.   

“It has been the honour of my life to have helped build Tinhorn Creek, to make great wines with an attention to sustainability and most importantly, to run our business with empathy toward our employees, our customers and our community,” said Sandra Oldfield, CEO, Tinhorn Creek Vineyards.  “Andrew Peller will continue the long term development and growth in the Okanagan that we started.”

According to Randy Powell, the Company’s President, there is a significant opportunity for growth in the Okanagan wine region.  “Canadian consumers are becoming more and more interested in super and ultra-premium wines, and these are some of the greatest brands in the country,” Powell stated. “They complement our Western Canada VQA portfolio well and will significantly strengthen our presence in the region.”

Completion of the each transaction is subject to a number of conditions customary for transactions of this nature and, in the case of Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, entering into a definitive agreement.  In addition, the issuance by the Company of Class A common shares in connection with the transactions will be subject to the approval of the Toronto Stock Exchange.  Each transaction is independent of, and not conditional upon, the other transactions.

 
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TORONTO, Sept. 19, 2017 /CNW/ - Corby Spirit and Wine Ltd. is thrilled to introduce the first annual Northern Border Collection Rare Release, a hand-picked selection from Canada's rarest casks. The range consists of Pike Creek 21 Year Old, 12 Year Old Cask Strength Lot No.40, Gooderham & Worts 'Little Trinity' 17 Year Old Three Grain and J.P. Wiser's 35 Year Old. The limited release will be available in Canadian stores starting in October. It is highly possible that this is the finest range of Canadian Whisky ever released.

 

The highly-anticipated collection is designed to showcase Canadian whisky and to underline Corby's commitment in driving the reappraisal of Canada's national spirit. The Northern Border Collection (Pike Creek 10 Year Old, Lot 40 100% Rye, Gooderham & Worts Four Grain and JP Wiser's 18 Year Old) has already proven it belongs on the world stage by taking home numerous prestigious awards over the last five years and continuing to be Unapologetically Canadian at its heart.

To compliment the Northern Border collection, ultra-rare expressions will be released in the fall. "This is an extraordinary line up of Canadian Whisky and should be part of any whisky collection," says Dr. Don Livermore, Master Blender. 

Dr. Don Livermore describes the Northern Border Collection Rare Release selection:
Lot No. 40 Cask Strength is a 12 year old, 100% rye whisky right from the cask. It sits at 55.0% abv, which emphasizes the spicy rye notes and complimenting new white oak. 750ml bottle priced at $69.95.

Gooderham & Worts Little Trinity is a 17 year old whisky which is a blend of three grains – corn, rye, and wheat. A nice sipping whisky where each grain will linger across the palate delivering a pleasant finish. This whisky celebrates the story of Little Trinity Church, a church that William Gooderham established in 1842 for his mill and distillery employees who couldn't afford the high pew fees in the area. 750ml bottle priced at $79.95

Pike Creek 21 Year Old is a unique offering in the Canadian Whisky category where it is finished in a Speyside Malt cask. This rare release demonstrates how whiskies from Scotland and Canada can complement one another to give a smooth and round sipping whisky. 750ml bottle priced at $89.95.

J.P. Wiser's 35 Year Old is one of the oldest Canadian Whiskies ever produced. It represents a traditional blended rye whisky that has experienced the harsh Canadian winters and warm summers over 35 years in our ageing warehouse." 750ml bottle priced at $164.95.

 

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