Liquor Industry News/Links 10-25-14

October 25, 2014

Liquor Industry News/Links

10-25-14

By: Mark C Lenzi CSW, CSS, CWAS, QCE*

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Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

New Products

Halloween Treats And Wine Pairings

New Gadgets

AND MORE!

8 Shocking World Beer Records

You might not even want to attempt to break these records

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http://www.thedailymeal.com/8-shocking-world-beer-records

 

Wine reviews: Sauvignon Blanc

The new 2014 New Zealand sauvignon blancs are coming on to the market and those in this tasting are delicious, ripe and mouth-filling with a lively fresh finish.

http://www.odt.co.nz/lifestyle/food-wine/wine-reviews/316120/wine-reviews-sauvignon-blanc

 

MICRO-DISTILLERY TO LAUNCH CINNAMON WHISKY

A micro-distillery is readying to release a new cinnamon-flavoured whiskey later this month.

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/10/micro-distillery-to-launch-cinnamon-whisky/?article-source=newsletter&source=282&date=2014-10-20

 

BEER BOX KEEPS MOSQUITOES AWAY

A beer company in Papua New Guinea is using a beer box that, when burned, acts as an insect repellent.

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/10/beer-box-keeps-mosquitoes-away/

 

GAMAY: NZ’S RED ANSWER TO SAUVIGNON BLANC?

The winery that claims to be New Zealand’s only Gamay producer has suggested that this grape variety has scope to fulfill a similar role for the country as Sauvignon Blanc.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/10/gamay-nzs-red-answer-to-sauvignon-blanc/

 

MALBEC BECOMING MORE ‘MICHELANGELO’

The discovery of limestone soils and the use of new winemaking techniques are turning Argentine wines from “Schwarzenegger” to “Michelangelo”, according to one international consultant.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/10/malbec-becoming-more-michelangelo/

 

5 health benefits of drinking wine

Ready to raise a glass to, well, your glass? Here are five awesome reasons to buy a bottle of red, adapted from “The 5 Skinny Habits” by Dave Zulberg.

http://www.postcrescent.com/story/life/family/2014/10/20/health-benefits-drinking-wine/17241779/

 

Feds put new wine region on NC/Georgia map

A new American Viticultural Area – the Upper Hiwassee Highlands.

http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/10/18/4241155_let-it-pour-feds-put-new-wine.html?rh=1

 

What are half bottles good for?

In the south of France, half bottles are called “bed-wetter bottles” and are frequently chosen by people who don’t want to get up too many times at night.

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http://www.drvino.com/2014/10/17/half-bottle-wine/

 

WHAT YOUR WINE CHOICE SAYS ABOUT YOU, WHETHER YOU PREFER A BOTTLE OF RED OR A GLASS OF WHITE

Each popular varietal with its accompanying personality assessment, and further punctuated them with what else? Gifs. Go forth young grasshopper, and choose wisely.

http://www.bustle.com/articles/44821-what-your-wine-choice-says-about-you-whether-you-prefer-a-bottle-of-red-or-a

 

Why Does Beer Smell So Delicious?

Scientists have discovered why beer smells so good — and it has nothing to do with us. Beer, that living, breathing elixir, smells the way it smells to appeal to a totally different species.

http://modernfarmer.com/2014/10/beer-smell-delicious/?utm_source=Modern+Farmer+Newsletter&utm_campaign=dc5e0aef9b-Weekly_11_1511_15_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e8a89c7e43-dc5e0aef9b-75543437&mc_cid=dc5e0aef9b&mc_eid=5cec488ac6

 

How to Pair Wine with Halloween Candy

Some of Boston’s most respected oenophiles showed us the best bottles to pair with everything sweet, sour, and savory.

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http://www.bostonmagazine.com/restaurants/blog/2014/10/20/pairing-wine-halloween-candy/

 

Here are some wine-drinking tips

Wine is an adventure in a glass, something other cultures have recognized for centuries

http://readingeagle.com/life/article/here-are-some-wine-drinking-tips

 

What you should know about unscrewing your wine

The brisk crack we hear when opening a screw-capped wine might be less sonorous than the pop of a cork but it’s at least an assurance that the wine has been properly sealed – right? Wrong.

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http://www.goodfood.com.au/good-food/drink/what-you-should-know-about-unscrewing-your-wine-20141015-116ew5.html

 

Pro golfers crafting new beer product line

With the help of Florida-based brewer The Brew Hub, PGA tour members Graeme McDowell, Keegan Bradley and Freddie Jacobson are teeing up a line of new craft beers targeting golfers.

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http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/10/20/graeme-mcdowell-keegan-bradley-golf-beer/17498697/

 

NEW SYRUPS SET TO ‘REVOLUTIONISE’ COCKTAIL INDUSTRY

One US company is hoping to “revolutionize the cocktail market” with a new range of fruit infused syrups.

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/10/new-syrups-set-to-revolutionise-cocktail-industry/?article-source=newsletter&source=283&date=2014-10-21

 

New Beer For Stone Brewery

Stone Brewing has released a new citrus- and chocolate-flavored variant of its Smoked Porter as a limited edition seasonal offering. Brewed with Magnum and Mt. Hood hops, the new brew saw orange peel added post-fermentation and gained cocoa flavors from dark malts and the addition of chocolate from Los Angeles-based producer ChocoVivo. Stone’s Smoked Porter with Chocolate and Orange Peel is 5.9% abv, and is rolling out in 22-ounce bottles and on draft this month throughout the brewery’s distribution territory

 

B.C. Wine Subappellation Moves Ahead Wine Authority asks agricultural minister to OK Golden Mile Bench

British Columbia’s first subappellation is in sight, paving the way for additional proposals for new geographical indications in one of Canada’s primary wine regions.

http://www.winesandvines.com/template.cfm?section=news&content=140582

 

Low-calorie alcoholic drinks on the rise

According to the International Wine & Spirit Research (IWSR) Global Trends Report, the popularity of low-calorie alcoholic beverages is continuing to gain momentum across the US and Europe.

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http://www.foodmag.com.au/news/low-calorie-alcoholic-drinks-on-the-rise-iwsr

 

Wine Tasting Terms And How to Use Them

You know what wines you like but how do you describe them?

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http://winefolly.com/review/wine-tasting-terms-to-use/

 

A Gravity-Defying Way To Store Even More Beer In Your Fridge

Finally, finding room in your fridge for both a six-pack of beer and that large pizza won’t be next to impossible.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/17/store-more-beer-in-fridge_n_6004414.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000015&ir=Business

 

Everything You Need To Know About Why Mezcal Is So Smokily Unique

When it comes to the distillate of agave, most people in the United States think only of tequila. But tequila’s older, smokier forefather, mezcal, is slowly gaining more followers.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/21/mezcal_n_6022218.html

 

Phantom Gourmet: Great 8 Spots For Beer

Lager, Stout, Pilsners and Pale Ales, everyone has a favorite type of beer. These are Phantom’s 8 Greatest spots for some serious suds in MA

http://boston.cbslocal.com/2014/10/22/phantom-gourmet-great-8-spots-for-beer/

 

Perfect Pair(ings): 7 Wines to Sip with Your Favorite Halloween Treats

Instead of eating a bucket-full of Halloween candy until you collapse on the couch, why not enjoy this year’s trick-or-treating loot with a complementary glass of wine?

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http://greatideas.people.com/2014/10/21/wine-halloween-candy-pairings/

 

Red wine blends complement strengths, weaknesses of grapes

Here are some popular red grapes and what they add to blended wines:

http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/red-wine-blends-complement-strengths-weaknesses-of-grapes-20141022

 

Halloween Wine: Tricks and Treats

Here are some creative ideas for bringing wine into this year’s Halloween celebrations. We have Vampire wines in stock!

http://www.msn.com/en-us/foodanddrink/wines/halloween-wine-tricks-and-treats/ar-BB9E2Tk

 

App developers traveling nation to collect 40,000 beers for Beer Census

The makers of a new app are trying to map the beer genome, so to speak.  In the world of craft beer, the app developers want to find out what makes one beer stand out amongst others.

http://fox17online.com/2014/10/22/app-developers-traveling-nation-to-collect-40000-beers-for-beer-census/

 

Drinking a Beer Can Save You From Radiation Poisoning

If you’ve been exposed to a certain type of radiation, you should waste no time getting decontaminated — by having a beer.

http://io9.com/drinking-a-beer-can-save-you-from-radiation-poisoning-1648955835

 

MAKE THIS AT HOME: SPICED PEAR LIQUEUR

A note about this recipe: homemade infusions are something of an inexact science.

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http://theproof.bottlenotes.com/entertaining/pear-liqueur

 

TEN BIGGEST MOMENTS IN GIN HISTORY

The storied history of gin has been shaped by many political, legal and cultural shifts such as the Prohibition Act to the global craft distilling boom.

http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/10/ten-biggest-moments-in-gin-history/?article-source=newsletter&source=284&date=2014-10-22

 

COLLECTOR’S 2,447 BOTTLES HEADED FOR THE SINK

A Philadelphia lawyer is fighting plans by the authorities to destroy almost two and a half thousand bottles of fine wine seized earlier this year.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/10/2447-bottles-headed-for-the-sink/

 

You Can Now Buy Liquid Chocolate Booze

Dude, Sweet Chocolate, a unique, artisan chocolate making operation.

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http://vinepair.com/booze-news/can-now-buy-liquid-chocolate-booze/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=e503925870-October_22_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-e503925870-38937345

 

TITO’S LEGAL TROUBLES STILL GROWING

In addition to the lawsuit filed in California court and Florida federal court, Tito’s Handmade Vodka is now facing a lawsuit in Cook County, Illinois. This case, filed by plaintiffs Mario Aliano and Due Frattelli, uses very similar arguments to the previous two, namely alleging false marketing and capitalizing on the artisanal theme in order to charge more for the product, reports the Cook County Record (and brought to our attention by the Craft Beverage Association.)

“Defendant knows that Plaintiffs and other consumers and businesses believe they are paying costs associated with a high-quality, small-scale production process when they purchase Tito’s … Had they known that Defendant’s misrepresentations regarding Tito’s were false, they would have not purchased Tito’s,” the suit states. Furthermore, the plaintiffs claims Tito’s actions violate not just Illinois law, but Texas.

Like the other two cases, these plaintiffs will also be looking for class action certification for this case. Because these three cases all have similar complaints against Tito’s, Legal experts tell WSD the ball is in Tito’s court as to whether these three separate cases will be combined or they would prefer to try them all separately.

 

Top Five Reasons to Expand the Massachusetts Bottle Bill

We don’t want to be one sided as we will VOTE NO.

Interesting that the only Vote Yes support Is On The State Website!!

http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/recycle/reduce/top-5-reasons-mass-needs-expanded-bottle-bill.html

 

Vin de France has driven ‘important growth’ for French wine

The creation of the Vin de France category has driven “important growth” in French wine exports as well as acceptance among younger consumers, Harpers France Summit heard.

http://www.harpers.co.uk/wine/european-wine-news/france/vin-de-france-has-driven-important-growth-for-french-wine/372796.article

 

In Italy, a tough vintage

2014 vintage shall be remembered among the most outlandish and difficult in recent years – and also the poorest, quantity-wise, since 1950

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http://palatepress.com/2014/10/wine/italy-tough-vintage/

 

Six common wine faults and tips on how to identify them

Faults and how to detect them

http://wineindustrynetwork.com/suppliers/nomacorc.html#whatsnew

 

Learning about the wine you drink leads to insights about priorities

A wine class can become a symposium on people, places and culture.

http://www.pressherald.com/2014/10/22/appel-on-wine-learning-about-what-you-drink-leads-to-insights-about-priorities/

 

Winning Beer Blogs To Add To Your Reading List

The North American Guild of Beer Writers announced the winners of its 2nd annual beer writing contest earlier this month at a ceremony held during the Great American Beer Festival in Denver.

http://45b.645.myftpupload.com/?p=3055

 

10 Spooky Beer and Movie Pairings

October is a great month for both craft beer and horror films, and unsurprisingly the two go great together.

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http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/lists/2014/10/10-spooky-beer-and-movie-pairings.html

 

THE BOOZE YOU NEED TO GET YOU THROUGH TRICK-OR-TREATING [INFOGRAPHIC]

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THE ETIQUETTE OF SWIRLING WINE

The swirling serves a purpose: it aerates the wine, opens it up, and allows the flavors to come alive. Before taking that first taste, aerating a wine can be the difference between enjoying the wine and hating it. So it’s fine to swirl your glass, just don’t be a snob about it.

http://vinepair.com/wine-blog/etiquette-swirling-wine/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=e503925870-October_22_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-e503925870-38937345

 

Massachusetts-Based Clown Shoes Barrel Ages a Beer Especially for Minnesota

The Itasca Loonidragon Russian Imperial Stout. Released only in Minnesota, the beer is a bourbon barrel-aged version of their Russian Imperial Stout, the Blaecorn Unidragon.

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http://blogs.citypages.com/food/2014/10/clown_shoes_barrel_ages_a_beer_especially_for_minnesota.php

 

Regional wine, liquor distributor eyes spot in Taunton’s industrial park

Martignetti Companies of Norwood may be granted both a Tax Increment Finance property-tax discount by the city, and a 5 percent Investment Tax Credit from the sate’s Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP).

http://www.tauntongazette.com/article/20141023/News/141028387

 

Build a Better Home Bar With 50 Tips from Boston Bartenders

A plethora of tips on what to read, what to buy, and how to learn.

http://boston.eater.com/2014/10/23/7007733/ultimate-guide-to-building-your-home-bar

 

Plastic Bits Found Floating Around In 24 Out Of 24 Samples Of German Beer

A new study found that 100% of the tested German beer brands contained samples of plastic floating around inside the sealed bottles.

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http://tinyurl.com/m4922a9

 

New Guinness Beer

Diageo Guinness USA will climb the pricing ladder with next month’s launch of a new beer called Guinness The 1759. Rolling out nationwide November 1, Guinness The 1759 was created to commemorate the year Arthur Guinness established the storied brand, signing a 9,000-year lease for the St. James’s Gate brewery in Dublin. The limited-edition brew is packaged in 750-ml. bottles, and it marks the first expression in the new Guinness Signature Series, which will debut a new commemorative beer each year. It also constitutes the first Guinness foray into the ultra-premium beer segment, according to Guinness brand director Doug Campbell.

“Guinness The 1759 is tapping into what we believe is a pretty interesting space—the emerging luxury beer category, which is geared toward sharing a bottle with a couple of people, special occasions and gifting for the holidays,” says Campbell, adding that The 1759 will have a suggested retail price of $34.99 a 750-ml.

The 1759 is an amber ale brewed with traditional beer malt as well as peated whisky malt typically used to produce Scotch and Irish whiskies, which Campbell says lends a “smoke character” to the beer. Just 90,000 bottles of the 9%-abv label were produced, with the vast majority reserved for the U.S. market.

 

New Gnarly Head

Delicato Family Vineyards has extended its Gnarly Head brand with a new limited edition wine, Authentic Black. A Petite Sirah-based blend from Lodi, California, Gnarly Head Authentic Black is currently available in limited quantities, priced at $11.99 a 750-ml. The entry marks the third release in the brand’s Gnarly Head Authentic Collection series, which also features the Zinfandel-based Authentic Red and white blend Authentic White. Along with the Authentic Collection, Gnarly Head’s stable includes its Old Vine Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay labels.

 

11 OF THE COOLEST WINE-THEMED TATTOOS

Here are some people brave enough to rock some pretty killer wine tattoos.

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http://vinepair.com/wine-blog/11-coolest-wine-themed-tattoos/

 

 

Petaluma Gap AVA Bid Blowing in the Wind

Sonoma County already has 16 AVAs, but growers in the Petaluma Gap are applying for their own sub-appellation.

http://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2014/10/petaluma-gap-ava-bid-blowing-in-the-wind

 

France regains top wine maker rank after bad weather hits Italy’s harvest

France regained its seat as the world’s top wine producer in 2014

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http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/international-business/european-business/france-regains-top-wine-maker-rank-after-bad-weather-hits-italys-harvest/article21259060/

 

Women, more knowledgeable about wines

As this beverage has become synonymous with distinction and elegant palate, they are increasingly interested in not only consuming it, but knowing more about it.

http://www.winesur.com/news/women-more-knowledgeable-about-wines

 

Introducing The Wines Of British Columbia

With a partnership between Whole Foods and the Wines of British Columbia, the opportunity to procure wines from Canada is now much easier.

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http://www.komonews.com/seattlerefined/eat-drink/Introducing-the-wines-of-British-Columbia-279842732.html

 

Top Ten Pumpkin Ales to Try this Fall

We still have a few in stock.

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http://www.chilledmagazine.com/Top_Tens-detail/top-ten-pumpkin-ales-to-try-this-fall/

 

Fall Cocktails, Minus the Pumpkin

There are so many fall flavors that can be used to mix up a great cocktail.

http://www.chilledmagazine.com/Whats_Chilling_Right_Now-detail/fall-cocktails-minus-the-pumpkin/

 

New for oenophiles: Wine-infused denim

Some of us wear our hearts on our sleeves. Now we can add a splash of syrah and merlot.

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http://blogs.mercurynews.com/eat-drink-play/2014/10/23/new-oenophiles-wine-infused-denim/

 

 

WOODFORD RESERVE RELEASES PINOT NOIR-FINISHED WHISKEY

Woodford Reserve is to release the ninth edition of its Master’s Collection this November, a Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir-finished whiskey

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/10/woodford-reserve-releases-pinot-noir-finished-whiskey/?article-source=newsletter&source=286&date=2014-10-24

 

 

Brewers Association Publishes Beer & Food Course

Free Online Curriculum Enhances Use of Craft Beer in Culinary Education

http://www.craftbeer.com/news/craftbeer-com-news/brewers-association-publishes-beer-and-food-course

 

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Our Liquor Industry News/Links 10-18-14

October 18, 2014

Liquor Industry News/Links

10-18-14

By: Mark C Lenzi CSW, CSS, CWAS, QCE*

The Coldest Beer In Town!!

What Liquor Store Does Not Say That??

Well We Now Can Show/Say That With Our New 20 Degree Cooler!

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There IS An App For That!

This Week We Started Our Fall Education/Tasting Classes.

Our Wine Room Was Filled With People Wanting To Explore Quini

We Can Recommend Wines To You All Day Long That We Think Are Great.

Bottom Line Is You As A Taster Are The True Test.

Our Quini Class Educates Wine Tasting And Gives You More Power To Learn What You Like.

There Are So Many Wines Today And We Love To Share Tools To Help You!

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Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

New Products

Halloween Craft

10am Sunday Opening

AND MORE!

RUM: AGE STATEMENTS ‘DO NOT MATTER’

Consumers need to be re-educated about the significance of age statements associated with rum and understand the importance of maturation better, a distiller has stated.

http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/10/rum-age-statements-do-not-matter/?article-source=newsletter&source=276&date=2014-10-10

Italian Wines’ U.S. Value Rising In 2014, Despite Volume Decline

Italian wine exports to the U.S. rose 5.5% by value, even as volumes dipped 0.9%, in the first eight months of 2014, according to data from the Italian Food & Wine Institute. The U.S. market’s largest imported wine region, Italy exported a total of 1,683,770 hectoliters (18.7 million cases) to the U.S. from January through August, compared to 1,698,320 hectoliters (18.9 million cases) over the same period last year. Value, meanwhile, jumped from $869.7 million to $917.7 million.

Sparkling wine, in particular, helped drive much of Italy’s progress in the U.S., where Italian offerings account for more than 50% of the market’s total sparkling wine category. The Italian sparkling wine segment grew 17.3% by volume to nearly 2.8 million cases, and 21.3% by value to $120.8 million, during the eight-month period.

New Boston Rum

Boston-based Bully Boy Distillers is launching a bottled rum punch called the Hub Punch, an homage to an original recipe dating back to the late 1800s in Boston. To create Hub Punch, Bully Boy steeps its own Boston Rum with orange and lemon peel and raspberry, and then infuses the liquid with botanicals and herbs. It’s bottled at 35% abv and is best served on the rocks, neat or mixed with soda water, ginger ale or lemonade. The suggested retail price is $29 a 750-ml. and the release date is October 22. Bully Boy will be made in limited-run batches on the company’s 750-gallon copper pot still, with distribution limited to Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Ste. Michelle’s Bob Bertheau on Riesling, lots and lots of Riesling

Interview with Ste. Michelle winemaker now making over 1 million cases of Riesling every year!

http://www.greatnorthwestwine.com/2014/10/09/bob-bertheau-riesling/

The next big thing in wine? Lesser-known grapes

Unusual grape names are making an impact on supermarket shelves as our taste for adventure stretches to wine.

Not new for what we have in stock!

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/wine/11151115/The-next-big-thing-in-wine-Lesser-known-grapes.html

Crew/Matchbook Wine Co. Expands Production

Growing Matchbook and Sawbuck estate wines, and to increase capacity for its Mossback and Chasing Venus brands,

http://www.winesandvines.com/template.cfm?section=news&content=140058

Henniker Expands Distribution to Vermont and Massachusetts

Henniker Brewing Company is proud to announce the expansion into the neighboring states of Vermont and Massachusetts.

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http://www.brewbound.com/news/2014/henniker-expands-distribution-to-vermont-and-massachusetts

Beyond the Black and Tan: 4 Great Beer Blends to Try

Four fall-friendly blends to help get you started.

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http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/10/two-ingredient-beer-blend-cocktail-recipes-to-try.html

Moderate drinking reduces risk of aneurysm

This study has been published by the British publication The Drinks Business.

http://blog.uvinum.com/moderate-drinking-reduces-risk-aneurysm-2363877

Game of Thrones – Wine Mix Season 1-4

Ever watched Game of Thrones and thought they drink a lot of wine.

http://youtu.be/QPf-sXqMb90

Lodi: A wine region which deserves attention

In the last decade or so, Lodi grape growers have been establishing family-owned, small-production wineries at an increasing rate—in order to utilize their own grapes and produce their own wine.

http://www.examiner.com/list/lodi-a-wine-region-which-deserves-attention

DIY Halloween Decor: Candy Corn Wine Bottles

Make a big impression with a candy corn painted bottle that makes for a cute decoration after it’s been enjoyed

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http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/DIY-Candy-Corn-Spray-Painted-Bottles-35504205

Football Game Day Wine Pairings Chart has the perfect wines to pair with your meal.

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Turning winery waste into biofuels

Researchers at Swinburne University of Technology have developed a technique for converting winery waste into compounds that could have potential value as biofuels or medicines.

http://www.swinburne.edu.au/media-centre/news/2014/09/turning-winery-waste-into-biofuels.html

Deep-fried tequila shots begin social media craze

Yes, deep-fried tequila shots are a thing.

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http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Deep-fried-tequila-shots-start-craze-5814811.php

SINGER LAUNCHES CANNABIS-INFUSED WINE

American singer Melissa Etheridge has announced the launch of a range of products made from cannabis, including a cannabis laced wine, aimed at people suffering from cancer.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/10/us-singer-to-launch-cannabis-infused-wine/

TOP 5 ‘OFF-THE-BEATEN-PATH’ WHITE GRAPES

We have a more diverse selection of wines available at higher quality levels (and at more reasonable prices) than ever before.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/10/top-10-off-the-beaten-path-white-grapes/

BUSY BARS TO BENEFIT FROM ‘AFFORDABLE’ ROBOT BARTENDER

The artificially intelligent robotic bartender named Monsieur, which was unveiled through a Kickstarter campaign at the start of this year, has been given a new lease of life after attracting significant funding from seed investors.

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/10/busy-bars-to-benefit-from-affordable-robot-bartender/?article-source=newsletter&source=277&date=2014-10-13

TTAB Finds “Naughty Girl” Not Merely Descriptive of Wine

In a recent opinion, the TTAB found a registered mark for “Naughty Girl” in Class 33 (wines and fortified wines) not merely descriptive of wine.

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http://www.winelawonreserve.com/2014/10/13/ttab-finds-naughty-girl-descriptive-wine/?utm_source=On+Reserve%3A+A+Wine+Law+Blog&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=81b55f1a0d-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_term=0_26d2f0b59f-81b55f1a0d-121923797

The Wine Advocate is launching a new international lifestyle magazine, 100 Points by Robert Parker.

An international perspective on bespoke experience, adventure and quality craftsmanship, presented in an elegant, contemporary environment

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A major win for organic New Zealand wine in the EU

New Zealands organic wine industry has scored a major export victory with the announcement that the European Commission (EC) has agreed to recognise New Zealands organic wine production methods as equivalent to its own

http://business.scoop.co.nz/2014/10/13/a-major-win-for-organic-new-zealand-wine-in-the-eu/

How Trader Joe’s Sells Twice As Much As Whole Foods

Trader Joe’s sells twice as much per square foot as Whole Foods.

http://www.businessinsider.com/trader-joes-sales-strategy-2014-10#ixzz3G6PK8mxe

New High End Johnnie Walker

Diageo has unveiled a new limited edition luxury variant under its Johnnie Walker Scotch whisky brand, John Walker & Sons Private Collection 2014. A blend of 29 casks selected by Johnnie Walker master blender Jim Beveridge, Private Collection 2014 is a 46.8% abv whisky packaged in individually numbered decanters retailing at $850 each. 8,888 bottles of the limited-edition offering are being released. Diageo says forthcoming whiskies under the John Walker & Sons Private Collection will “build into a collectible series year on year.”

TOP 10 CINNAMON FLAVOURED WHISKIES

Whisky producers the world over have been embracing the flavour phenomenon, but it’s not just honey leading the trend as cinnamon expressions vie to capture consumers’ attention.

http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/10/top-10-cinnamon-flavoured-whiskies/?article-source=newsletter&source=278&date=2014-10-14

Perfectly pair your pumpkin beer

Planning a meal around pumpkin beer is fun, seasonal, and easy!

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http://wotv4women.com/2014/10/13/perfectly-pair-your-pumpkin-beer/

Kathie Lee Gifford draws fans in Granite State visit to promote wine

Kathie Lee Gifford attracted large crowds in Nashua and Bedford this past weekend as fans were eager to meet the celebrity and taste her newest wine.

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http://www.newhampshire.com/article/20141012/NEWHAMPSHIRE07/141019703

Biodynamics, or, What Poop, Crystals, and the Moon Have to Do with It

For those of you curious about what biodynamics is all about, here’s a look back at some comics that explain the ideas behind the farming philosophy.

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http://wakawakawinereviews.com/2014/10/13/biodynamics-or-what-poop-crystals-and-the-moon-have-to-do-with-it/

THE FIVE FAMOUS FIRST GROWTHS OF BORDEAUX COMPARED [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Personal Wine Releases Zombie Apocalypse Wine Bottle Series

Personal Wine released their Walking Dead Wine Collector’s Series in October

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https://finance.yahoo.com/news/personal-wine-releases-zombie-apocalypse-190100204.html

Top 10 unusual places to go wine tasting in the US

Here are ten states deserving your supping scrutiny.

http://www.nguoi-viet.com/absolutenm2/templates/viewarticlesNV2.aspx?articleid=196639&zoneid=39#.VD5kR0sVzOw

 

Franklin MA sting: Two restaurant chains caught selling to minors

Two popular restaurants are facing possible liquor license suspensions after police caught them selling alcohol to a minor who had been working undercover with the department

http://franklin.wickedlocal.com/article/20141015/News/141018133

The influence of the multisensory environment on the wine drinking experience

Recent studies have demonstrated that simply by changing the music playing in the background one can effectively change how people rate the taste of a drink or food, and/or how much they enjoy the overall experience.

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http://www.teatronaturale.com/technical-area/grapevine-and-wine/4963-the-influence-of-the-multisensory-environment-on-the-wine-drinking-experience.htm

New Menage A Trois Products

Trinchero Family Estates has added new wines under its Ménage à Trois brand, including a Prosecco and a dark red blend called Midnight. Ménage à Trois Prosecco DOC is made from 100% Glera grapes and retails at $14.99 a 750-ml. Midnight, meanwhile, is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot that is positioned at $12.99. The Prosecco and dark red blend launch on the heels of another recent extension to the Ménage à Trois stable—its line of vodkas including Straight, Triple Berry and Triple Citrus, which debuted in June at $24.99 a bottle.

Sierra Nevada Snowpack Variety Hits Shelves

Sierra Nevada (Chico, CA) Snowpack Winter Variety Pack is hitting shelves now.

The 12 pack features two brand new offerings alongside Pale Ale and Porter – Boomerang IPA, and Coffee Stout.

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http://beerstreetjournal.com/sierra-nevada-snowpack-variety-hits-shelves/

Why Some Wines Taste Better With Age

Why is it that some wines taste better as they get older while others get worse?

http://www.wired.com/2014/10/whats-wines-tastes-better-age/

Researchers pinpoint mechanism for aroma formation in wine

The majority of wines are produced from around 20 different types of grape, all of which have their own typical aroma. This is due to the terpenes, a diverse category of chemical substances including cholesterol and estrogen

http://www.teatronaturale.com/technical-area/grapevine-and-wine/4961-researchers-pinpoint-mechanism-for-aroma-formation-in-wine.htm

VFW and American Legion May Receive Liquor License Fee Exemption From Selectmen

Two organizations for military veterans could be getting an exemption for their liquor license fees next month in Sharon MA.

http://patch.com/massachusetts/sharon/vfw-and-american-legion-may-receive-liquor-license-fee-exemption-selectmen-0#.VD-yOksVzOw

Quiz: What type of beer are you?

Take this quiz by USA TODAY Network to find out what type of beer you are.

I was wheat beer!

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http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2014/10/15/quiz-type-beer/17325389/

US and European wine regions step up campaign to protect online wine names

American winemakers were joined by their counterparts from Champagne at a conference on deregulating internet domain names in an effort to boost awareness of how weaker controls would negatively impact the wine business.

http://www.harpers.co.uk/news/us-and-european-wine-regions-step-up-campaign-to-protect-online-wine-names/372610.article

Sunday 10am Opening Time Approved By Town Of Franklin

Resolution 14-62: Local Licensing Authority’s Approval of Package Store Licensees’ Notifications of Change in Hours to Permit Earlier Sunday Openings

motion to accept, passed via roll, unanimous (6-0)

October 26th will be first Sunday to open at 10am

NEW CHIANTI TIER HIGHLIGHTS ‘PERSONALITY’

Tuscan producer has welcomed the Chianti region’s recently introduced top tier classification, Gran Selezione, as a tool for distinguishing wines with “personality”.

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/10/new-chianti-tier-highlights-personality/

This Chart Will Help You Choose the Perfect Wine to Pair With Your Halloween Candy

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State regulators investigating Somerville brewery’s ‘pay-to-play’ allegations

State regulators are investigating charges made by a Somerville brewer, Dann Paquette, who touched off a firestorm among beer enthusiasts when he accused two popular Boston bars of refusing to carry his company’s products because other brewers or distributors had paid to reserve taps there.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2014/10/15/cambridge-brewer-fed-with-alleged-pay-play-arrangements-bars-takes-his-gripes-twitter/lKazzxUJvnLIgIjPnJEteM/story.html

9 things on a wine label you should know

If you don’t know a few basic terms on a bottle, your confusion probably will grow

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http://www.cleveland.com/drinks/index.ssf/2014/10/9_things_on_a_wine_label_you_s.html

New Shipyard Winter Beer

Portland, Maine’s Shipyard Brewing Company will release new winter seasonal, GingerBreadHead Ale, next month. Available through February, the full-bodied, 4.6%-abv craft offering is brewed with Caramunich and Chocolate malts and features notes of ginger, clove and cinnamon, the company says. It will be distributed in six-packs, 12-packs and on draft. Shipyard produces 20 varieties of craft beer and in 2013 was ranked the 14-largest craft brewery in the U.S. by the Brewers Association.

US BASKETBALL PLAYER BATHES IN WINE

Amar’e Stoudemire, of the New York Knicks, has taken a novel approach to recovery by bathing in red wine.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/10/us-basketball-player-bathes-in-wine/

That Worm at the Bottom of Your Mezcal Isn’t a Total Lie

The worm is added at the end of the production process

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/that-worm-at-the-bottom-of-your-mezcal-isnt-a-lie-1

Soju Makers Aim to Turn Fire Water Into Liquid Gold

More of the Korean spirit soju is made than any other liquor in the world.

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http://blogs.wsj.com/korearealtime/2014/10/17/soju-makers-aim-to-turn-fire-water-into-liquid-gold/

Stoneham MA secures five new liquor licenses

And so it begins…”the licenses will be a boost to the town”

http://stoneham.wickedlocal.com/article/20141016/News/141017750

The Best Beer in the Country Just Got Better

Heady Topper by Vermont brewery The Alchemist is a world-beating IPA. Now if only you could find some.

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http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/gadgets/news/the-best-beer-in-the-country-just-got-better-17316585

New Study: Cities With Cheapest And Most Expensive Beer&Wine

A survey released this week by WalletHub found that both beer and wine prices could vary by almost 100% depending on the city.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-city-with-the-cheapest-beer-in-america-is-2014-10-17

Time and Oak May Change the Way You Enjoy Your Whiskey

Customize the flavor of your favorite whiskey and improve the quality in 24hrs.

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https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/263766519/whiskey-elements-customize-your-whiskey-in-24-hour

The difference between cheap wine and wine that is made cheaply

How to tell the difference between cheap wine and wine that is made cheaply

http://winecurmudgeon.com/the-difference-between-cheap-wine-and-wine-that-is-made-cheaply/

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In The Mood To Try Something New, Or Want A Little Personalized Help In Navigating Our Aisles? Check Out The New Free Vinobly App Which Makes Personalized Recommendations From Wines In Our Store. You Can Find Wine To Pair With Your Meal, Or Take Their Fun 3-Question Palate Profiler Quiz To Get Started

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15 REASONS YOU SHOULD ALWAYS KEEP A BOTTLE OF WINE IN YOUR HOUSE

Wine, to cut to the point, is awesome.

http://www.bustle.com/articles/42659-15-reasons-you-should-always-keep-a-bottle-of-wine-in-your-house

The Mondavi brothers launch RAEN

Brothers Carlo and Dante Mondavi launch their own independent Pinot Noir winery specializing in single vineyard Sonoma cuvees.

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http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/10/prweb12214911.htm

French Vin de Pays/Pays IGP wine labels explained

There are hundreds of bottles across France sporting either Vin de Pays or Pays IGP on their labels

http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/french-vin-de-pays-pays-igp-wine-labels-explained-1-3562774

The 15 Best Pumpkin Beers In The US

The 15 best pumpkin beers you won’t want to miss out on this fall.

We Have 6 of 10 in stock!!

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http://www.businessinsider.com/best-pumpkin-beers-this-fall-2014-9

Seven weirdest wine areas in the world

Around the world, some producers grow grapes in much more unusual conditions.

http://travel.iafrica.com/destin/964114.htm

State (MA) disputes recycling estimate

No On Question 2: Stop Forced Deposits is trying to defeat a ballot question that if passed would expand the bottle deposit law to include water bottles, tea and sports drinks, but not milk or liquor.

After the group launched a television ad this week claiming 90 percent of Massachusetts residents have curbside recycling programs, arguing the bottle-deposit is unnecessary to boost recycling, the environmental groups seeking passage of Question 2 protested, arguing that figure was incorrect.

http://www.nashobapublishing.com/ayer_news/ci_26672107/state-disputes-recycling-estimate

Wings and Wine Pairing Guide

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New Canadian Club

Canadian Club has released an all-rye grain whisky called Canadian Club Chairman’s Select 100% Rye, according to Whisky Advocate. The whisky is aged for seven years at Alberta Distillers, Beam Suntory’s western Canada distillery at Calgary, and then shipped to Walkerville, Ontario, for bottling at 40% abv. The product is priced about $1.50 higher than Canadian Club Premium at retail. Just 70,000 cases will be made available annually, and only in Canada—which may lead to some cross-border shopping, the magazine noted. See the full story in Whisky Advocate.

 

Things you didn’t know about craft beer

There’s plenty that sets craft beers apart from classic ales.

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2014/10/06/things-didnt-know-about-craft-beer/

Here’s How Much You Are Overpaying for Nearly Every Beer You Drink

It’s an exciting time for the beer industry right now, but that energy isn’t reaching beer’s most frugal drinkers.

http://www.mainstreet.com/article/heres-how-much-you-are-overpaying-for-nearly-every-beer-you-drink

‘Game Of Thrones’ Beer Is Back: Why Not Throw A Party?

Game of Thrones fans and beer enthusiasts rejoice! Brewery Ommegang just released the next in it’s incredibly popular line of Game of Thrones-inspired beers

NOW IN STOCK!

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A unique glassware collection

If you have a spare $8,500 this is for you!

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http://www.jamessuckling.com/lalique-100-points-by-james-suckling—leather-briefcase-by-salvatore-ferragamo.html

Eagle Peak, Mendocino County, American Viticultural Area Receives Approval

New AVA

http://www.winebusiness.com/news/?go=getArticle&dataid=139785

Where The French Live Vs. The Major Wine Regions

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A QUICK GUIDE TO NEW JERSEY WINE

Nice list of vineyards

http://eastcoastwineries.blogspot.com/2014/10/a-quick-guide-to-new-jersey-wine.html

Chile chocolate added to Patrón XO Cafe line

Patrón Spirits has introduced Patrón XO Cafe Incendio, an innovative fiery-hot chile chocolate liqueur.

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http://www.thedrinksreport.com/news/2014/15672-chile-chocolate-added-to-patr-n-xo-cafe-line.html?utm_source=TDR_Newsletter_October_7&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=TDR_Newsletter

 

JACK DANIEL’S STARTS PETITION FOR OWN STAMP

Jack Daniel’s whiskey is petitioning the US Postal Service to have its founder immortalised in a stamp to celebrate the brand’s 150th anniversary

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/10/jack-daniels-starts-petition-for-own-stamp/?article-source=newsletter&source=273&date=2014-10-07

Austrian Wine

Nice Austrian wine education page from Sevenfify.com

https://www.sevenfifty.com/tc/austrianwine

The Best Beer From Every State

Craft beer authority RateBeer.com came up with the best beer in every state.

http://www.businessinsider.com/best-beers-in-the-us-2014-10

Beer & Wine: Comparison Of Popular Brands, Surprising Facts And Market Trends

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What’s on the (wine) label?

We spend on average six minutes in a liquor store at any one time.

http://www.taste.com.au/news+features/features/articles/7472/whats+on+the+wine+label

Are Young Wines Actually Better Than Old Wines?

Youthful red wines may be better for you than older vintage red wines.

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http://winefolly.com/update/young-wines-better-than-old-wines/

How Did the Russian River Valley Get Its Name?

If you asked them why the river and valley were dubbed “Russian,” the majority wouldn’t have a clue.

http://blog.kj.com/russian-river-valley-get-name/

VITICULTURAL BEST PRACTICES VIDEO SERIES

Napa Valley Grapegrowers Viticultural Best Practices Video Series offers a set of instructional how-to videos highlighting good farming practices

https://www.napagrowers.org/in-the-vineyard/viticultural-best-practices-video-series/

Can cider be as sophisticated as wine?

Meet the two brothers whose company, Aspall, has made cider drinking socially acceptable

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/11143310/Can-cider-be-as-sophisticated-as-wine.html

Wrentham MA postpones ‘BYOB’ regulations

James Arsenault, owner of James’ Breakfast and More off Route 140, who petitioned for the change,

http://www.thesunchronicle.com/news/local_news/wrentham-postpones-byob-regulations/article_8e9aa1b9-8391-5b75-9ff6-d1bccfec3318.html

Ex-Patriots lineman: Tom Brady can chug beer faster than his O-line

We miss when Tom shopped with us!

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http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/24742326/ex-patriots-lineman-tom-brady-can-chug-beer-faster-than-his-o-line

The In-Depth, Unpretentious Guide to Pairing Food and Beer

Craft beer is having its foodie moment, making its way onto Michelin-starred menus and multi-course tastings across the country

http://www.mensjournal.com/expert-advice/the-in-depth-unpretentious-guide-to-pairing-food-and-beer-20141007

WILD TURKEY UNVEILS SPICY GHOST PEPPER WHISKEY

Gruppo Campari has released a ghost pepper version of its Wild Turkey American Honey flavoured whiskey to take advantage of growing demand for spicy shots in the US.

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/10/wild-turkey-unveils-spicy-ghost-pepper-whiskey/?article-source=newsletter&source=274&date=2014-10-08

MAKE-YOUR-OWN PUMPKIN BEER KEG

With Halloween fast approaching this nifty party trick could turn your celebrations from candy-sweet to beery-treat.

http://youtu.be/y4ajJC3fC2c

 

WINE MYTHS: RED WINE AND CHEESE DO NOT A MARRIAGE MAKE

Fruity reds kill flavourful hard cheeses, while tannic reds do the same for soft varieties, rendering them chalky in texture.

http://www.francetoday.com/articles/2014/10/01/wine_myths_red_wine_and_cheese_do_not_a_marriage_make.html?utm_source=Le+Petit+Journal&utm_campaign=980d16ba46-LPJ_for_October_8_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a09360c5c2-980d16ba46-55781545

TTB Establishes 11 New Viticultural Areas Within the

Paso Robles Viticultural Area

http://www.ttb.gov/press/fy14/press-release-fy-15-02.pdf

Our Broken Appellation System

Interesting view on AVAs

http://www.cgcw.com/databaseshowitem.aspx?id=80484

A Look At The AVAs

http://www.pasowine.com/media-center/the-avas-of-paso-robles.php

New Baileys

Diageo’s Baileys liqueur has extended its lineup with the launch of Baileys Chocolate Cherry Irish Cream. Featuring a blend of chocolate and cherry flavors, the female-focused entry is targeted primarily toward the shot occasion. This month, the offshoot’s launch will be supported by Baileys’ second annual “Stylish Shots on the Go” event in New York City, where the brand will host a pop-up “selfie station” and offer sampling of Chocolate Cherry’s signature Cherry Bombshell shot, which is made with Captain Morgan rum, chocolate syrup and a cherry. Baileys Chocolate Cherry is currently available nationwide, priced at around $21 a 750-ml.

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BOURBON APPLE CIDER COCKTAIL

A seasonal riff on a whiskey sour

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http://theproof.bottlenotes.com/cocktails/bourbon-apple-cider

Question and answer on “Dry” vs “sweet” Wine

Q: Can a dry red wine have higher sugar content than a sweet wine? Does the amount of residual sugar indicate the alcohol content of a wine?—Pat B., Huntington Beach, Calif.

A: Let’s start by noting that the fermentation process converts the sugar in the grapes to alcohol. It’s not unusual for at least a little bit of sugar to be left at the end of fermentation. Technically a wine is considered “dry” if there are less than 10 grams per liter left, while a “sweet” or dessert wine has more than 30 grams per liter. Stuff in between is considered “off-dry.”

Of course, most people don’t sip a wine and think, “Boy, this tastes like it has 13 or 14 grams per liter of residual sugar!” Our perception of the sugar is based on our own sensitivity to sweetness (some of us like cotton candy more than others) as well as on the interplay of the other factors in a wine: alcohol, acidity, tannins and glycerin. Two wines might have the same exact amount of residual sugar and alcohol, but one’s fruit flavors could taste more jammy and ripe (and therefore sweet) than the other’s.

Since we’ve noted that fermentation converts grape sugars to alcohol, there’s definitely a relationship between a wine’s residual or unconverted sugar and its alcohol level. The more residual sugar, the lower the potential alcohol that wine could have. But it’s not a simple relationship—there are other factors at play, particularly how much sugar the grapes had to begin with. Two wines could have widely different alcohol percentages but the same amount of residual sugar—or vice versa—depending on how ripe the grapes were.—MaryAnn Worobiec

Quiz: What Type Of Wine Drinker Are You?

Take a quiz and see…I was a wine geek! I knew that!

http://vinepair.com/quiz-type-wine-drinker/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=a593c432ae-October_8_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-a593c432ae-38937345

Does pizza cause cancer? Italy’s big pizza kerfuffle

Italian pizzaioli (pizza makers) do not properly clean their pizza ovens, the resulting “hydrocarbons” in “burnt pizzas” can cause cancer.

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http://dobianchi.com/2014/10/07/rai-3-pizza-report/

The Fake Tongue Illusion and Wine Tasting

Interesting read on tasting senses

Human Tongue Anatomy

http://www.vinography.com/archives/2014/10/the_fake_tongue_illusion_and_w.html

Prosecco vs. Champagne

Prosecco sold has more than doubled since last year.

http://www.winesur.com/news/prosecco-vs-champagne

What should I look for on a wine label? Part 1

First, let’s look at what is required on every label:

http://www.winecountrythisweek.com/articles/what-should-i-look-wine-label-part-1

Patented Bottle Coating Process Eliminates UV Radiation Troubles

UV Light is not your friend

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http://wineindustrynetwork.com/suppliers/bottle-coatings.html#whatsnew

Screwcap manufacturer Guala Closures opens US design studio

Screwcap manufacturer Guala Closures has opened a design studio in California which will allow wineries to choose design and have it printed in one location.

http://www.harpers.co.uk/news/screwcap-manufacturer-guala-closures-opens-us-design-studio/372160.article

The Best Wine Hangover Recovery Guide Ever

Have a wine hangover? These 8 steps might surprise you, but they will help you recover faster. Get back on track and start having a better day.

http://winefolly.com/tutorial/best-wine-hangover-recovery-guide-ever-work-days/?utm_source=Wine+Folly&utm_campaign=d8d75dc13e-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a18d8bdc1b-d8d75dc13e-62472929&mc_cid=d8d75dc13e&mc_eid=d73340fcba

Pink Cocktails for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Some pink cocktails in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, so raise a glass and toast to finding a cure!

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http://www.chilledmagazine.com/Whats_Chilling_Right_Now-detail/must-mix-pink-cocktails-for-breast-cancer-awareness-month/

Dead Bolt Wine Launches Limited Edition Design by Tattoo Artist David Hale

David Hale has collaborated exclusively with Dead Bolt to produce an original artwork inspired by Dead Bolt wine, which is featured on the limited edition bottle.

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The dark side of pumpkin beer: 8 to try

Go on over to the dark side and search for these sultry seasonals.

http://draftmag.com/features/the-dark-side-of-pumpkin-beer-8-to-try/

Grapevine Red Blotch Disease Threatens Pinot Noir & Other Grapes

An aggressive virus producing Grapevine Red Blotch Disease (GRBV) is now widespread in California vineyards of the North Coast, Central Coast and San Joaquin Valley of California.

http://princeofpinot.com/article/1575/

DRINK BEER, PLAY BILLIARDS, LIVE LONGER

Drinking beer over a game of billiards can help keep men over the age of 70 active and help them live longer, according to one Danish researcher.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/10/drink-beer-play-billiards-live-longer/

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Ommegang Game Of Thrones Beer: Valar Morghulis Dubbel Ale

October 7, 2014

HBO fans Game Of Thrones Valar Morghulis Dubbel Ale is Here!

Made by Ommegang Brewery of Cooperstown N.Y.

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ABOUT VALAR MORGHULIS:

Ommegang and HBO® announce the newest beer in the Game of Thrones® collaboration series. Through its first four seasons, the critically acclaimed drama has become the biggest show on HBO.

In the world of Westeros, Valar Morghulis means “all men must die.” Fans of the hit HBO show chose the foreboding phrase as the name of the newest beer in the Game of Thrones® collaboration between HBO and Brewery Ommegang. As part of a Facebook poll, fan voting determined the style and name of the next beer. An Abbey Dubbel was selected and it is perfectly represented by the “two- headed” coin given to Arya Stark by Jaqen H’ghar, one of the “Faceless Men of Braavos” – legendary assassins with the ability to change their appearances at will.

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TASTING NOTES

Valar Morghulis possesses a deep chestnut brown color with a persistent and creamy tan head. Rich aromas of caramel, toffee, ripe fruits and burnt sugar, with a hint of cloves. The taste is delicately balanced with rich malty sweetness, caramel and just enough bitterness to balance out its malty backbone. A surprisingly dry finish is light on the tongue, which belies the initial aroma.

Malt: Our carefully crafted mixture of specialty malts.

Sugar: Dark Candi

Hops: Apollo, Hallertau Spalt

Spices: None

ABV: 8.0%

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Pair with savory dishes, roasted lamb or beef, marinated roasts and grilled venison. Strong cheeses such as Stilton, Gorgonzola and smoked cheddar will match well against the malty body.

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Game Of Thrones’ Beer Is Back: Why Not Throw A Party?

 

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October 4, 2014

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Another Great Week For Our Franklin Wine Club. We Had Our First Road Trip To Greenvale Winery. The Weather Was Beautiful For A Tour, Tasting And Picnic Lunch.

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Here Is A Nice Blog From Club Member Michele:

http://www.micheleuncorked.com/10201/greenvale-winery-vineyard-near-the-sea/

October is Non-GMO Month

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Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

New Products

Tito’s Sued Again!

New Liquor Studies

 

AND MORE!

Fall Whiskey Cocktails

Check out these autumnal whiskey cocktails by NYC master mixologist Josh Brandenburg.

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http://masonjar.shindig.me/warm-whiskey-fall/

Riesling’s an Oktoberfest-friendly wine

October means Oktoberfest, which for wine lovers means Riesling.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/rieslings-an-oktoberfest-friendly-wine/2014/09/25/fb2ba098-429f-11e4-9a15-137aa0153527_story.html

25 breweries you should know

By the latest stats, the number of breweries in the United States has nearly doubled from 1,625 in 2010 to 3,040 today.

http://draftmag.com/features/25-breweries-you-should-know/

5 Great Gluten-Free Beers

There are plenty of beer companies out there that want to provide you with tasty, gluten-free beer

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http://masonjar.shindig.me/5-great-gluten-free-beers/

Meet the man who scaled Argentina’s mountains to bring malbec wine to the world

Nicolas Catena has scaled mountains to make seriously good wine.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/food-and-wine/wine/meet-the-man-who-scaled-argentinas-mountains-to-bring-malbec-wine-to-the-world/article20737771/

New wine from Cornell’s latest grape variety

Aromella make a name for itself, by releasing the first wine pressed from the great grape.

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http://cornellcals.tumblr.com/post/98390816894/new-wine-from-cornells-latest-grape-variety

Think you drink a lot? This chart will tell you.

To break into the top 10 percent of American drinkers, you would need to drink more than two bottles of wine with every dinner. And you’d still be below-average among those top 10 percenters

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/09/25/think-you-drink-a-lot-this-chart-will-tell-you/

Beer may keep your brain sharp

In lab experiments on young mice, scientists found than xanthohumol a type of flavonoid found in beer helped improve cognitive functions in them.

http://post.jagran.com/beer-may-keep-your-brain-sharp-1411983182

Three Things You Didn’t Know About Chablis

A few fascinating facts about one France’s most celebrated white wine regions.

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http://wine.answers.com/french-wine/three-things-you-didnt-know-about-chablis

ALCOHOL MAKES SMILES MORE ‘CONTAGIOUS’

Men are more likely to “catch” a smile from people in their social group after drinking alcohol, according to a new study.

http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/09/alcohol-makes-smiles-more-contagious/?article-source=newsletter&source=268&date=2014-09-30

LEBRON JAMES SCORES A WINE TOUCHDOWN

A Single Tweet By LeBron James, going out to his 15.1 million followers, and the wine in question is made by American football legend, Drew Bledsoe, you can be sure it’s going to get some coverage.

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/09/lebron-scores-a-wine-touchdown/

Glenmorangie has released a new single malt, Taghta, which it says is the world’s first crowdsourced whisky. Created over the past 18 months with input from whisky enthusiasts in more than 30 countries, Taghta—which is Scots Gaelic for “The Chosen One”—will be available globally in a supply of 12,000 bottles, retailing at £70 ($114) apiece. The new malt was developed by—and will be sold through— Glenmorangie’s Cask Masters program, led by Dr. Bill Lumsden, the brand’s director of distilling and whisky creation. Through the Cask Masters program, consumers helped decide in which casks the spirit was matured and assisted with packaging design and imagery associated with the finished malt. An Impact “Hot Prospect,” Glenmorangie has more than doubled its U.S. volume to 108,000 cases over the past three years.

New UV Vodka Flavor

UV vodka has launched UV Salty Caramel Apple, the brand’s first limited edition seasonal flavor. Featuring notes of apple, caramel and salt, the fall-inspired offering will be available nationwide, retailing for $11.99 a 750-ml. and $12.99 a 1-liter. Salty Caramel Apple joins UV’s existing range of more than 20 flavored vodkas, including its recently released UV Sugar Crush and UV Sriracha entries. UV vodka is projected to hit 2 million cases this year, according to Phillips Distilling.

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The science of skunky beer (and how to prevent it)

Even though it’s cool and breezy out, your beer can still get skunked.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2014/09/29/the-science-of-skunky-beer-and-how-to-prevent-it/

 

WINE WASTE TURNED INTO BIOFUELS

Wine just got even better for you as Australian researchers have developed a technique for converting winery waste into compounds that could have potential value as biofuels or medicines.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/09/we-can-now-turn-wine-waste-into-biofuels/

Samuel Adams releases 16-ounce cans

Samuel Adams has released its Boston Lager and Rebel IPA in 16-ounce cans.

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http://www.ohio.com/blogs/the-beer-blog/the-beer-blog-1.273124/samuel-adams-releases-16-ounce-cans-1.527222

Beer Today, Gone Tomorrow: Why You Need to Drink Wet-Hopped Beer Right Now

wet-hopped beer, the fleeting embodiment of the season

http://www.bonappetit.com/drinks/beer/article/fresh-hops

11 OF THE WEIRDEST WINE AROMAS

not all of the smells are straightforward and pleasant.

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http://vinepair.com/wine-blog/11-weirdest-wine-aromas/

Antioxidant found in wine may help fight acne

A key antioxidant derived from grapes – and also found in wine – inhibits the growth of acne-causing bacteria, a new study has found.

http://www.financialexpress.com/news/antioxidant-found-in-wine-may-help-fight-acne/1294738

What can your wine tell you?

you can learn about a white wine by looking at the color.

http://weeklyvillager.com/2014/09/30/what-can-your-wine-tell-you/

Make Your Own Yarn-Wrapped Wine Bottle

Get creative and make your own yarn-wrapped wine bottle to decorate for your own home or as a gift!

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http://news92fm.com/482632/diy-make-your-own-yarn-wrapped-wine-bottle/

Leading Producers of Beer, Wine, and Spirits Launch Digital Guiding Principles

The first-ever set of global guidelines for beverage alcohol producers’ online marketing and social media use.

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20140930006689/en/Leading-Producers-Beer-Wine-Spirits-Launch-Digital#.VCyBO0sVzOy

Young drinkers have abandoned big beer. Can it be saved?

Big Beer still has a problem: Drinkers, especially millennials, aren’t consuming enough of it.

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http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20141001/NEWS06/141009992/young-drinkers-have-abandoned-big-beer-can-it-be-saved#

Keg theft crackdown in California with signing of new bill

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All you would-be keg thieves out there beware, California is coming for you.

http://www.craftbrewingbusiness.com/packaging-distribution/keg-theft-california-signing-bill/?utm_source=Craft+Brewing+Business+E-Newsletter&utm_campaign=89ecb59804-CBBNews_20141001&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1e143189ee-89ecb59804-80019125

New Gansett

Providence, Rhode Island’s Narragansett Beer is returning its collaborative Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout label this month. Created in partnership with Rhode Island coffee producer Autocrat LLC, Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout first appeared in December 2013 as part of Narragansett’s limited edition Hi Neighbor Mash-Up series. The 5.3%-abv entry, which features roasted barley, chocolate malt and crystal malt notes, will be available across select East Coast markets through December, in 16-ounce can six-packs and 12-ounce bottle 12-packs, priced at $8.99-$9.49 a six-pack.

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Wine Lover’s Guide to Austria

Austrian wine producers have been crafting superlative wines—sparkling, dry, and sweet—from white and red grapes in small quantities at competitive prices for centuries

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http://www.fodors.com/news/wine-lovers-guide-to-austria-10850.html

10 Things Every Wine Lover Should Know About Gaja

The story of Gaja, one of Italy’s outstanding and most influential wine producers.

http://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2014/10/10-things-every-wine-lover-should-know-about-gaja

Infographic: Beer Versus Wine, Oktoberfest Edition

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http://www.ladybud.com/2014/10/01/infographic-beer-versus-wine-oktoberfest-edition/

 

Pack It Up Folks, There’s Now Spreadable Beer

“Birra Spalmabile” or spreadable beer, is being manufactured and distributed by an Italian company

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http://www.thedailymeal.com/news/pack-it-folks-there-s-now-spreadable-beer/100114

The family trees of the six companies that make 50% of the world’s beer

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Foxboro bars get poor marks

One-third of Foxboro’s liquor establishments get failing grades in sting

http://www.thesunchronicle.com/news/local_news/foxboro-bars-get-poor-marks/article_267ce0df-fe26-54de-9ee6-3fe7a4a9b90f.html

TEN OF THE WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE COCKTAILS

Submerged diamonds, rare Cognac, luxurious Champagne and extravagant garnishes are just some of the things which make these cocktails so expensive.

http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/10/ten-of-the-worlds-most-expensive-cocktails/?article-source=newsletter&source=270&date=2014-10-02

JOHN WAYNE BOURBON LAWSUIT THROWN OUT

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by the descendants of John Wayne over the trademark of a Bourbon brand launched in the late actor’s name.

http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/10/john-wayne-bourbon-lawsuit-thrown-out/?article-source=newsletter&source=270&date=2014-10-02

 

SHERYL CROW PARTNERS WITH US WINERY

Sheryl Crow has joined up with Chateau St. Jean winery in California’s Sonoma Valley to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/10/sheryl-crow-partners-with-sonoma-winery/

WOMAN CREATES DISABLED WINE GUIDE

A disabled woman frustrated at the lack of information on access when travelling has  a blog offering disabled people tips and advice on getting around California’s wine country.

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/10/woman-devises-disabled-wine-country-guide/

The Mead You Need

Often termed “the ancestor of all fermented drinks,” mead is the only fermented beverage that can emerge naturally from our surroundings.

http://modernfarmer.com/2014/09/mead-need/?omhide=true&utm_source=Modern+Farmer+Newsletter&utm_campaign=a73b6103bc-Weekly_11_1511_15_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e8a89c7e43-a73b6103bc-75543437&mc_cid=a73b6103bc&mc_eid=5cec488ac6

Out-of-the-box Oktoberfest beers

If you’ve sipped too many malty-sweet Oktoberfest beers to count, turn your sights to this mix-six: all fest-worthy, all a different direction from the seasonal lager

http://draftmag.com/features/sixer-out-of-the-box-oktoberfest-beers/

Yellow Tail producer to launch premium brand in the US

The new range will retail at up to US$100 per bottle as opposed to Yellow Tail which sells for around $7 per bottle.

http://www.foodmag.com.au/news/yellow-tail-producer-to-launch-premium-brand-in-th

Vintage Atlantic Wine Region

Wineries from New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania are part of this regional alliance

http://www.vintageatlanticwine.com

Wine and Your Sex Drive

Alcohol in small amounts will increase your libido.

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http://winefolly.com/update/wine-sex-drive-match/?utm_source=Wine+Folly&utm_campaign=08ce4246f9-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a18d8bdc1b-08ce4246f9-62472929&mc_cid=08ce4246f9&mc_eid=d73340fcba

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FIVE UNITS OF ALCOHOL A WEEK LOWER SPERM COUNT

Drinking as few as five units of alcohol per week could lower men’s sperm count, new research shows.

http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/10/five-units-of-alcohol-a-week-lower-sperm-count/?article-source=newsletter&source=271&date=2014-10-03

Tito’s Faces Another Lawsuit

Tito’s Handmade Vodka owner Fifth Generation Inc., which is currently being sued in a California court over its claim that the brand is “Handmade,” is now facing a similar lawsuit in Florida. In recent days, plaintiffs Shalinus Pye and Raisha Licht—both consumers who claim to have previously purchased Tito’s—filed a class action suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida in Tallahassee.

The Florida lawsuit alleges that “through unlawful, deceptive and unfair trade practices, and false advertising and marketing, defendants manufactured, marketed, and/or sold their ‘handmade’ vodka to consumers with the false representation that the Vodka was ‘handmade’ when, in actuality, the vodka is made via a highly-mechanized process, which is devoid of human hands.”

Similar claims were made in the California lawsuit. Fifth Generation owner Tito Beveridge said he would vigorously contest that suit. “All of our labels have gone through the approval process of the Department of the Treasury’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB),” says Beveridge. “After sending a field agent to Austin to review our processes, the TTB has approved our use of ‘Handmade’ on our label. We think our pot still batch distillation process is one of the key things that differentiates us from a great majority of other vodkas. We disagree with these claims and will defend ourselves against this misguided attack.”

Wine Beats Yogurt in Health Stakes

Probiotic levels in wine beat more traditional dairy sources of good bacteria, a new study in Spain reveal

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http://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2014/10/wine-beats-yogurt-in-health-stakes

What makes today’s Lodi wines special?

Great article to read as we prep for Grady Family Winery to visit our tasting room for the Franklin Wine Club!

http://www.lodiwine.com/blog/what-makes-todays-lodi-wines-special

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September 27, 2014

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Pabst Acquired By Eastern European Brewer Oasis Beverages For Reported $700 Million

Pabst Brewing Company has been sold by private equity owner Metropoulos & Co. to Oasis Beverages, a Cyprus-headquartered brewer with operations focused in Eastern Europe. The purchase price was undisclosed, but sources told the New York Times that the deal was above $700 million. Metropoulos had acquired Pabst—including the Pabst Blue Ribbon, Lone Star, Rainier, Ballantine IPA, Schlitz, Old Style, Stroh’s and Old Milwaukee beer brands—from Kalmanovitz Charitable Foundation for around $250 million in 2010.

Oasis has global volume of 6.1 million hectoliters and claims to have a 12% share of the Moscow beer market. It also operates in Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Belarus. The company was founded in 2008 by Eugene Kashper, who began his career with Stroh’s in 1994. Oasis’s acquisition was backed by TSG Consumer Partners, which will retain a minority stake in Pabst as part of the deal.

“We intend to invest meaningfully in the organization, to continue strong marketing support for PBC’s unique brands, and to drive new product innovations and renovations, such as the recent launch of Ballantine IPA,” Kashper said.

Pabst’s core Blue Ribbon brand has grown by more than one-third in the U.S. market since 2010, rising 7% to 35 million (2.25-gallon) cases last year, according to Impact Databank.

Wine Maker Changes at Groth

Cameron Parry, a veteran Napa Valley winemaker who was recently hired by Groth to succeed Weis

http://napavalleyregister.com/lifestyles/food-and-cooking/wine/changes-at-groth/article_fa2468c8-cdcc-55df-8e7f-eeea96084dbb.html 

 

The Tito’s Lawsuit: When Approval is Not Approval

Tito’s vodka being sued for not being “handmade”

http://www.bevlaw.com/bevlog/vodka/the-titos-lawsuit-when-approval-is-not-approval

Tito’s Founder Response To Lawsuit

http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/09/titos-founder-hits-out-at-handmade-lawsuit/?article-source=newsletter&source=264&date=2014-09-24

Discover Your New Favorite Wine in Under 60 Seconds with Vinobly

New Wine App recommends wines from stores near you.

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THE WINE GRAPE FAMILY VINE

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ALCOHOL SAFETY BAND PRAISED BY MICROSOFT

A bracelet designed by students that can detect levels of alcohol in someone’s system and “check in” to ensure the wearer is conscious has been praised by Microsoft.

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/09/alcohol-safety-band-praised-by-microsoft/?article-source=newsletter&source=977&date=2014-09-22

How Important are Federal Excise Taxes to the Wine Industry?

The TTB, the federal agency that has primary jurisdiction over alcohol beverages in the U.S., is to collect federal excise taxes on alcohol beverages

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http://www.winelawonreserve.com/2014/09/22/important-federal-excise-taxes-wine-industry/?utm_source=On+Reserve%3A+A+Wine+Law+Blog&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=1c3b28b85e-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_term=0_26d2f0b59f-1c3b28b85e-121923797

 Minerality Lacks An Objective Meaning

One of the most perplexing words in common wine parlance: minerality.

http://princeofpinot.com/article/1570/

 

SOUTH AFRICA INTRODUCING WINE HOLOGRAMS

South African winemakers are adding holograms to their labels as wine fraud moves out of the top end and into the everyday.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/09/south-africa-introducing-wine-holograms/?article-source=newsletter&source=978&date=2014-09-23

STARBUCKS TESTS BEER-FLAVOURED LATTE

Coffee giant Starbucks is developing a non-alcoholic latte that tastes like Guinness.

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/09/starbucks-tests-beer-flavoured-latte/?article-source=newsletter&source=978&date=2014-09-23

5 Countries That Produce The Best Wine

Several factors are considered to classify a place as conducive for wine-production.

http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/566893/20140919/countries-make-best-wine.htm#.VCGLJ0sVzOy

Cider Cocktails to Mix this Fall

You won’t believe what mixologists are mixing with cider this season. Basil, bacon and ginger are some of the ingredients that will be popping up in fall cocktails.

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http://www.chilledmagazine.com/Whats_Chilling_Right_Now-detail/cider-cocktails-to-mix-this-fall/

Low alcohol wines dogged by lack of awareness and poor quality perceptions

France and the USA are the most attractive markets for lower alcohol wines, although others show great potential, says a new report from Wine Intelligence.

http://www.harpers.co.uk/news/low-alcohol-wines-dogged-by-lack-of-awareness-and-poor-quality-perceptions/371804.article

Sangria Over Sit-Ups: How Wine Might Help You Replace Your Pesky Gym Membership

Some researchers even referred to red wine as “exercise in a bottle”

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http://www.latinoshealth.com/articles/3160/20140922/sangria-over-sit-ups-how-wine-might-help-you-replace-your-pesky-gym-membership.htm

Farmers in the desert: the Horse Heaven Hills AVA

Home to some of the most important vineyard land in Washington State

http://palatepress.com/2014/09/wine/farmers-desert-horse-heaven-hills-ava/

Primitivo: A Gentle Giant

Nice review of Primitivo

http://intoxreport.com/2014/09/21/primitivo-a-gentle-giant/

Some Coca-Cola with your merlot? 5 Chinese wine myths debunked

Examine some of the myths that have grown up about wine drinking in China.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/22/world/asia/china-wine-myths/index.html

Good Vibrations in Your Wine Glass

Whether for marketing, to improve vine health or for sheer sensual appreciation, the links between sound and wine are growing.

http://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2014/09/good-vibrations-in-your-wine-glass

Update on Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping

Massachusetts could quickly become one of the top five states for wine sales and represent $70 million to $100 million in sales within a few years.

http://www.winesandvines.com/template.cfm?section=news&content=139133

California Law and Wine: Ups and Downs

Crazy new law in CA requires sign below in stores

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http://www.vinography.com/archives/2014/09/california_law_and_wine_ups_an.html

Do you prefer a glass of wine or a pint of bitter? The alcohol you choose is written in your genes, study finds

Genes influence intensity perceptions and whether we like certain drinks

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2766791/Do-prefer-glass-wine-pint-bitter-The-alcohol-choose-written-genes-study-finds.html

When Cigarettes Cost More, People Drink Less. Except For Wine

Published Wednesday in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, highlights the tie between the vices.

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http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/09/24/351162283/when-cigarettes-cost-more-people-drink-less-except-for-wine

Who Harvests Your Grapes? You’d Be Surprised

It seems like a simple enough question.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/cathyhuyghe/2014/09/24/who-harvests-your-grapes-youd-be-surprised/

9 GREAT GIFTS FOR THE WINE LOVER WHO HAS EVERYTHING

Gadgets for wine lovers

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THE ONLY INTRODUCTION YOU NEED TO WINE FROM WASHINGTON STATE

Washington is the second-largest producer of wine in the country,

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http://vinepair.com/wine-blog/introduction-need-wine-washington-state/

MEAD: A PERFECT FALL DRINK

All about Mead

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What’s behind ‘natural wine’?

No consumer would ignore a natural product for an unnatural one, and that distinction is at the heart of a huge wine controversy that, chances are, you haven’t heard about.

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/opinion/2860828-181/berger-whats-behind-natural-wine

Privateer Rum News

Massachusetts-based Privateer Rum has expanded its distillery to 18,000 square feet, tripling its production capacity to about 300 barrels (6,700 cases) of rum annually. The Boston-area distiller, led by founder and president Andrew Cabot—namesake and direct descendant of the 16th-century patriot, privateer and rum-maker—produces two rum offerings: best-seller Silver Reserve, which is 80 proof and retails at $27 a bottle; and True American Amber, which is 90 proof and retails at $34. Privateer’s rums are currently distributed in Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Colorado, California, Rhode Island and Washington, D.C.

JACK DANIEL’S RYE TO MAKE DEBUT NEXT YEAR

The Lynchburg, Tennessee-based distillery has been resting a charcoal-mellowed rye whiskey in new American oak barrels for the past two years, marking the first time since before Prohibition that Jack Daniel’s has experimented with a different mash bill.

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Manischewitz: The Great Story of a Not-So-Great Wine

The story of Manischewitz is as intriguing as the wine isn’t

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http://modernfarmer.com/2014/09/manischewitz-great-story-great-wine/

What kind of wine/alcohol should you cook with?

If you don’t enjoy taking a sip of it, you probably won’t enjoy chewing food that has been infused with it http://spartaindependent.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140925/EXPERTS11/140509998/-1/EXPERTS/What-kind-of-wine/alcohol-should-you-cook-with#sthash.L1VFoVbV.dpuf

Foxboro MA to decide on liquor licenses at town meeting

It’s only an eight-article town warrant, but it could pack an 80-proof buzz of debate.

http://www.thesunchronicle.com/news/local_news/foxboro-to-decide-on-liquor-licenses-at-town-meeting/article_b9aaacc2-41cb-5a01-9450-bb396bf4a084.html

 

ALCOHOL CAN LOWER RISK OF HEART ATTACKS

Moderate alcohol consumption, as part of a healthy lifestyle, could help prevent four out of five heart attacks in men, according to a recent study.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/09/alcohol-can-lower-risk-of-heart-attacks/

 

GYM-GOERS DRINK MORE

A new US study has found a link between exercise and how much we drink, suggesting one could well follow the other.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/09/do-you-hit-the-gym-then-hit-the-pub/

New video series on California wine regions

In honor of California Wine Month 2014, the San Francisco Wine School has produced a series of videos on California wine regions featuring Founder & CEO David Glancy, MS.

http://napavalleyregister.com/star/business/new-video-series-on-california-wine-regions/article_15df5249-e806-53bc-aeb0-c0b25bdcb7be.html

 

More Smirnoff Vodka Flavors

Diageo’s Smirnoff vodka has extended its flavor stable with the addition of its new Smirnoff Sours range. The lineup, which features Green Apple, Watermelon and Fruit Punch expressions, is targeted toward the shot occasion and priced at $15.99 a 750-ml. The Sours launch will be supported by digital advertising, point-of-sale and on-premise initiatives. Smirnoff Sours brings Smirnoff’s flavor range—which also includes the brand’s recently-launched Sorbet Light lineup—to a total of 39 entries. The largest vodka brand in the U.S., Smirnoff was down 0.2% last year to 9.7 million cases, according to Impact Databank.

Rogue Craft Beer News

Oregon’s Rogue Ales & Spirits is launching two new craft ciders this fall. The first, Fruit Salad Cider, is a mix of cherries and plums from Rogue’s Tygh Valley, Oregon farm, blended with Oregon-sourced apples, peaches, marionberries, pears and apricots. The second, 7 Hop Cider, is an apple cider that is dry-hopped with seven varieties of hops from Rogue’s Independence, Oregon farm. Both ciders will debut in 22-ounce bottles and on draft in December. Meanwhile, Rogue has re-launched its Rogue Farms Wet Hop Ale, a returning limited edition entry. Made with fresh Freedom and Yaquina hops sourced from the Independence farm, Wet Hop Ale—available on draft—is produced within a short timeframe, with the hops harvested, transported to the Rogue Brewery and brewed in a little over two hours.

The Big Secret About Pinot

Time to get to the bottom of the story of Pinot, an ancient grape that has boggled us for centuries.

http://winefolly.com/review/big-secret-pinot/?utm_source=Wine+Folly&utm_campaign=4fef2efa50-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a18d8bdc1b-4fef2efa50-62472929&mc_cid=4fef2efa50&mc_eid=d73340fcba

Flavor Profiles of Red Wines

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The History of Sulfite Use in Wine

Consumers are constantly complaining about the sulfites in wine

http://www.academicwino.com/2014/09/history-sulfite-use-wine.html/

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Liquor Industry News/Links 9-20-14

September 20, 2014

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By: Mark C Lenzi CSW, CSS, CWAS, QCE*

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This Week We Are Excited To Add Another Adult Education School Partnership.

Look For Our Food&Wine Pairing Classes With Tri-County In Franklin.

Spring 2015 Tri-County Will Join Franklin And Medway In Our Education Schedule.

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Speaking Of Education…..

Did You Know??

Our Franklin Wine Club Now Has Over 100 Members!!

Are You Looking For A Fun Group To Learn And Taste Wines?

So Far This Month We Had A Sam Adams Oktoberfest Event And Hosted The Purple Wine Company.   We Have Been Setting A New Standard In Wine Events. The FIRST Group In USA To Use A New Wine Tasting App Called Quini. Last Week We The FIRST Group To Taste Three New Wines Just Released On The East Coast. We Also Scheduled Our First Road Trip To Greenvale Winery. This Is A FREE Meetup Club.

Franklin Liquors Has Set A Goal To Help You Learn About Wines.

The World Has Many Wines Available. We Want To Help You Understand And Taste Before You Spend Your Hard Earned Money. Research And Tasting Is Our Job To Find You The Best Value/Quality In Wines.

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UNDERSTANDING GRAPPA AND HOW TO FIND A GOOD ONE

If you’ve had Grappa before, your memory of it may not be all that pleasant.

http://vinepair.com/wine-blog/understanding-grappa-find-good-one/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=db67da2fae-September_14_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-db67da2fae-38937345&mc_cid=db67da2fae&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

Why some bartenders and sommeliers rely on gross beverage descriptions

Many wine and beer experts look to standardized flavor wheels with off-putting descriptors to help them pinpoint tastes in complex beverages.

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‘JUMPING GENES’ COULD LEAD TO NEW GRAPES

A New Zealand scientist is looking at a way to create new clones of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/09/jumping-genes-could-lead-to-new-grape-varieties/

Do You Have a ‘Common Palate’ for Wine?

Wine Folly Blog:

Despite our many differences, there is a style of wine that most drinkers prefer.

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http://winefolly.com/update/common-palate/

Beck’s US beer row intensifies as AB InBev fails to KO court case claiming German brewing deception

Anheuser-Busch lawyers have failed to KO a lawsuit brought by US consumers who claim the company misled them into buying Beck’s by ‘deceptive conduct’ that suggested the beer was still brewed in Germany.

http://www.beveragedaily.com/Manufacturers/Beck-s-US-beer-row-intensifies-as-Anheuser-Busch-fails-to-KO-case/?utm_source=newsletter_daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=15-Sep-2014&c=62LAdFMV8ZWrkbO4bADefdofWS7W8fEh

Lettie Teague’s Six Favorite New Wine Books

From edifying reference tomes to a non-fiction story of vinous intrigue, here are the finest wine books to pore over this fall

http://online.wsj.com/articles/lettie-teagues-six-favorite-new-wine-books-1410533031

INSTANTLY SEARCH ALL BEVERAGE
ALCOHOL LABELS

Great reference site to type any beverage in and see its approved labels!

http://www.shipcompliant.com/solutions/labelvision

Is wine really healthy? The jury is out

Is red wine really good for you? And if it is, would eating grapes or drinking grape juice be good for your kids?

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http://www.reviewjournal.com/life/fooddining/wine-really-healthy-jury-out

Sommelier certification has become a point of contention

Are we seeing a backlash against sommeliers?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/sommelier-certification-has-become-a-point-of-contention/2014/09/11/d597f5ba-379c-11e4-bdfb-de4104544a37_story.html

THE COST OF BECOMING AN EDUCATED WINE DRINKER

Whether you are hoping to become an MW soon or just starting your journey towards wine mastery, there are moderately priced ways to become a more educated wine drinker for all experience levels.

https://grapecollective.com/articles/the-cost-of-becoming-an-educated-wine-drinker

Interesting Product To Remove Sulfites in Wine

Just the Wine  uses a process similar to that used in the winemaking process to adjust the levels of free sulfites to the desired concentration. Just the Wine drops combine with the free sulfites.

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US SPENDS $3M ON DRUNK MONKEY PROJECT

A US government research body is spending US$3.2 million of taxpayers’ money getting monkeys to drink excessive amounts of alcohol to test its effect on body tissue.

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/09/us-spends-3-2m-on-drunk-monkey-experiment/?article-source=newsletter&source=972&date=2014-09-15

New Patron

Patrón Spirits Co. is extending its Patrón Citrónge orange liqueur line with the release of Citrónge Lime. The ultra-premium liqueur (35%-abv) is available nationally in 750-ml. and 1-liter cork-finished bottles and is meant to tap into the Margarita occasion. Citrónge Lime is created using Persian limes from the Mexican states of Veracruz, Michoacán and Colima. The original Citrónge was first introduced in 1992 and was up 1% last year in the U.S. market to 134,000 nine-liter cases. Patrón’s other liqueur offering XO Café was down 6% to 150,000 cases.

It’s official: Americans like red wine better than white wine

If you prefer red wine to white, you’re not alone.

Nice State by State look at Red vs White

FYI MA is a RED state.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/09/12/its-official-americans-like-red-wine-better-than-white-wine/

Ingredients on the wine label. Absolutely.

Alice Feiring view on wine labels

http://www.alicefeiring.com/blog/2014/09/ingredients-on-the-wine-label-absolutely-.html

New Southern Comfort Flavor

Brown-Forman’s Southern Comfort liqueur brand has launched Gingerbread Spice, a new seasonal entry. Featuring a blend of gingerbread, vanilla and cinnamon notes, Southern Comfort Gingerbread Spice is intended to be served warm, either neat or in cocktails. The 15%-abv entry will be available nationwide through the holiday season, priced at $11.99 a 750-ml. Southern Comfort, which sells roughly two-thirds of its 1.8-million-case volume in the U.S., experienced a 7% decline in net sales during Brown-Forman’s first quarter, ended July 31.

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RI Foolproof Brewery News

Pawtucket, Rhode Island-based Foolproof Brewing Company is moving into the Vermont market later this month through an exclusive statewide distribution agreement with craft and specialty wholesaler G.housen. The brewery’s four year-round offerings—American golden ale Barstool, porter Raincloud, Backyahd IPA and LFU farmhouse ale—will be available on draft and in 12-ounce cans across the state. Specialty beers, which include Revery Russian imperial stout and King of the Yahd imperial IPA, will be available on draft, 22-ounce bottles and 12-ounce cans for King of the Yahd. Foolproof has been expanding steadily throughout New England since its launch in January 2013 and is currently available in its home state, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

ROCK BAND QUEEN TO RELEASE OWN VODKA BRAND

The vodka, named Killer Queen, will be released later this month to celebrate the band’s 1974 hit single of the same name

http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/09/rock-band-queen-to-release-own-vodka-brand/?article-source=newsletter&source=258&date=2014-09-16

Visit Virginia’s Monticello wine region

Did you know? Virginia is the fifth-largest wine producing state with more than 200 wineries.

http://www.usatoday.com/experience/food-and-wine/tours-and-trails/visit-virginias-monticello-wine-region/2763879/

How To Pronounce 22 Tricky Types of Wine

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Beer giants brewing up a deal

If Anheuser-Busch InBev NV and SABMiller combine, it would create a massive beer conglomerate featuring some of the most recognizable brands in the world, including Budweiser and Miller.

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You Can Drink At Any College, But These 6 Universities Actually Offer A Degree

Here are 5 other colleges offering students courses and programs in the name of booze:

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http://www.blisstree.com/2014/09/16/food/major-in-beer-college/

How to Make Grenadine at Home in 3 Easy Steps

To most, grenadine brings to mind those clear bottles of screaming chemical red mix in the liquor aisle at the grocery store.

http://blogs.riverfronttimes.com/gutcheck/2014/09/diy_grenadine_in_3_easy_steps.php

Thatchers cider aims to conquer US taste buds

Thatchers cider will be available to consumers in the US for the first time, following the signing of an exclusive distribution agreement with Scotland-based craft brewer Innis & Gunn.

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http://www.thedrinksreport.com/news/2014/15625-thatchers-cider-aims-to-conquer-us-taste-buds.html?utm_source=TDR_Newsletter_September_16&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=TDR_Newsletter

Is Being Sustainable Worth It for Wineries?

New research finds wineries think sustainability pays, even if it’s unclear that consumers value it

http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/50566

entwine Launches 100 Percent Consumer Guarantee Program​

New Program Offers Confidence to Consumers and Trade for Fault-Free Wine

http://www.heraldonline.com/2014/09/16/6328467_entwine-launches-100-percent-consumer.html?sp=/100/773/385/&rh=1#storylink=cpy

Top Ten Hard Ciders to Drink this Fall

Fall is on the way and that means it’s almost time to put away your short shorts, frolic in the leaves and imbibe your favorite hard cider.

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http://www.chilledmagazine.com/Top_Tens-detail/top-ten-hard-ciders-to-drink-this-fall/

U.S. Winery Count Passes 8,000

Wines Vines Analytics reports Oregon wineries grow fastest

http://www.winesandvines.com/template.cfm?section=news&content=138773

‘Miracle’ recovery in Bordeaux wine thanks to autumn heatwave

Late sunshine brings promise of exceptional vintages in Bordeaux this year, erasing fears of a poor harvest

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/11099555/Miracle-recovery-in-Bordeaux-wine-thanks-to-autumn-heatwave.html

Bottle Bill Expansion Vote In November

MA Voters please consider voting NO and keep recycling at the curbside.

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PINNACLE VODKA LAUNCHES CRANAPPLE FLAVOUR

Beam Suntory has expanded its portfolio of Pinnacle flavoured vodkas with the launch of CranApple in time for autumn.

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/09/pinnacle-vodka-launches-cranapple-flavour/?article-source=newsletter&source=259&date=2014-09-17

WINERY FINED $115K OVER VOLUNTEERS TO CLOSE

A Californian winery has been forced out of business after it was fined $155,000 for using volunteer labor.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/09/winery-fined-115k-over-volunteers-to-close/?article-source=newsletter&source=974&date=2014-09-17

JACKSON FORMS NEW LUXURY DIVISION

Jackson Family Wines has set up the West Burgundy Wine Group, a new division for its top end Pinot Noir and Chardonnay-focused estates.

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/09/jackson-forms-new-luxury-division/?article-source=newsletter&source=974&date=2014-09-17

New Absolut Art Bottle

Pernod Ricard is furthering Absolut vodka’s connection to the art world with next month’s release of an Andy Warhol Edition bottle. The limited edition bottle celebrates the legendary pop artist, who collaborated with the brand on a painting in the 1980s that is now featured on the new bottle’s packaging. To support the release, Absolut is working with three contemporary artists on an interactive nightlife event as part of the Nights by Absolut program as well as running The Andy Warhol Art Exchange by Absolut, a forum where users can exchange original works of art. The exchange runs from October to December. A portion of the proceeds from the Andy Warhol Edition bottle will go to the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

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Updated Wine Aroma Wheel with 100+ Flavors

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Nanoscience makes your wine better

Researchers at Aarhus University, Denmark, have now developed a nanosensor that can mimic what happens in your mouth when you drink wine.

http://phys.org/news/2014-09-nanoscience-wine.html#jCp

If you’re asthmatic, wine may pose a risk

Which means the number genuinely affected by sulphites probably represents about 1 per cent (some say up to 10 per cent) of the population.

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How to Be Smart About Wine

4 Rules I love #3!!!

http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/50563

What exactly is Old Vine Zin??

Great Sonoma County Article

http://www.sonomawinegrape.org/sites/default/files/SCWG_Old_Vine_Zin_0.pdf

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN APERITIF AND A DIGESTIF

So what exactly is the difference between an apéritif and a digestif

http://vinepair.com/wine-blog/difference-aperitif-digestif/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=47037a98c8-The_Drop_9_17&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-47037a98c8-38937345&mc_cid=47037a98c8&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

How Being a ‘Big Dreamer’ Landed Giuliana Rancic Her Own Wine Line

The “Fashion Police” and “E! News” star was beyond elated to reveal the news of her new single-serve wine line that will be available in Walmart next month.

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/big-dreamer-landed-giuliana-rancic-wine-line/story?id=25576633

New Black Stallion Wine

Black Stallion Estate Winery is proud to announce the inaugural release of Transcendent Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, a luxury showcase of the winery’s site-specific winemaking philosophy.

A blend of 89 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 11 percent Merlot from Napa

Is Climate Change Ruining Wine Corks

A recent study says yes. What do industry insiders think? Climate change has the wine closure conversation heating up.

http://wineoh.tv/wine-corks-screw-caps-climate-change-video

New streaming radio show that aims to break new ground in conversations about wine.

Bottle Talk with Rick & Paul

http://www.rickandpaulwine.com

A Wine Region Flourishes in Central Washington

All about Lake Chelan AVA in central Washington State

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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/21/travel/a-wine-region-flourishes-in-central-washington.html?_r=0

BEER LABELS SHOW COLOUR OF BREW INSIDE

A Spanish designer has come up with an innovative way to package beer, with its label simply depicting the colour of the brew inside.

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Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

New Products

New Apps

Wine Spectator Selling Ratings?

AND MORE!

Bruins Coors Light Packages

The limited edition 36 pack emblazened with the Bruins colors and logo is now available. Get your customers excited for Bruins season.

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10 Hacks to Make a Box of Wine Taste Amazing

Make cheap wine delicious and fun to drink with these tricks and recipes

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http://www.cosmopolitan.com/food-cocktails/a27555/boxed-wine-recipes/

Guinness Goes Blonde for U.S. Market

Guinness, maker of the famed Irish stout often called “the dark stuff,” is rolling out a new lager aimed at American beer drinkers.

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http://www.ozarksfirst.com/story/d/story/guinness-goes-blonde-for-us-market/28429/zQWTD-f7VEOok111An7U1w

Does the Alcohol Industry Really Advocate Responsible Drinking?

new study charges the opposite is actually true.

http://news92fm.com/474377/does-the-alcohol-industry-really-advocate-responsible-drinking/

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Intro to Wine Pairing with Sushi

In Tokyo, popular sushi places and traditional Japanese kappo restaurants are increasingly taking this trend to include wines in their beverage program.

http://www.examiner.com/article/intro-to-wine-pairing-with-sushi

 

Glass Of Wine With Dinner Increases Life Span

Heart experts reveal a glass of white or red wine with dinner followed by a cup of tea is a recipe for longer life

http://leadership.ng/style/383296/glass-wine-dinner-increases-life-span-study

A beginners guide to mixing beer

Not all beers are compatible for mixing, but there are some fun things you can do

http://collegian.csufresno.edu/2014/09/07/beer-review-a-beginners-guide-to-mixing-beer/

Pumpkin-ale guide: Our annual seasonal ranking evaluates 19 ales

19 pumpkin brews in a blind tasting format

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http://www.cleveland.com/drinks/index.ssf/2014/09/pumpkin-ale_guide_our_annual_s.html

WAITER BREAKS BEER-CARRYING RECORD

The world record for the number of beer-filled mass carried by one waiter has been broken in Germany.

http://youtu.be/9oNrq4hYqow

5 hearty beer-infused slow-cooker recipes

Put your slow cooker to work and whip up these easy beer-braised dishes that go from dinner party to school night to tailgate.

http://draftmag.com/features/beer-infused-recipes-crock-pot-slow/

Can cheap wine do this?

Fortunately, the Wine Curmudgeon is here to answer five of the most suggested cheap wine questions on Google:

http://winecurmudgeon.com/can-cheap-wine-do-this/

Diageo taps tech start-ups to tackle irresponsible drinking and retail theft

Diageo wants technology start-ups to help solve some of its toughest business challenges and is inviting innovative companies to come up with solutions to issues such as theft and responsible drinking.

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http://www.marketingmagazine.co.uk/article/1311092/diageo-taps-tech-start-ups-tackle-irresponsible-drinking-retail-theft

New Ciroc Flavor

Cîroc vodka has extended its flavored range with the launch of Cîroc Pineapple. Rolling out this month, Cîroc Pineapple will be available in 50-ml., 200-ml., 375-ml., 750-ml., 1-liter and 1.75-liter formats, priced at $34.99 a 750-ml. Additionally, the 35%-abv offering will  be supported by a nationwide “Tropical Luxury” campaign, featuring print, digital and experiential activities. Cîroc Pineapple is the fifth addition to Cîroc’s flavored lineup, joining the brand’s existing Amaretto, Peach, Red Berry and Coconut expressions. Cîroc was up 8.5% to 1.9 million cases in the U.S. last year, according to Impact Databank.

La Cantina Wine School In Franklin Ma

Looking to make your own wine? Let Bob help you!

http://www.franklinmatters.org/2014/09/la-cantina-wine-school.html

JACK DANIEL’S TO GIVE AWAY A KILO OF GOLD

Travellers purchasing any bottle from the Jack Daniel’s range at Dubai Duty Free store in Terminal Three of Dubai International Airport during September will be entered into a prize draw to win the pile of gold.

http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/09/jack-daniels-to-give-away-a-kilo-of-gold/?article-source=newsletter&source=252&date=2014-09-08

 

Maker of fine wines wants to see more expansive labeling of additives

It’s no secret that winemakers, large and small, use additives in their wines.

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http://www.sacbee.com/2014/09/07/6679610/maker-of-fine-wines-wants-to-see.html

ARE WE WASTING HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS ON WINE GLASSES EVERY YEAR?

Any industry that marries the existence of experts, the spending of cash, and the words “acquired taste” as exquisitely as the wine industry does is bound to intimidate the uninitiated.

http://vinepair.com/wine-blog/wine-glass-placebo/

WHY MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL GOT INTO…THE WINE BUSINESS?

HINT: BECAUSE SOMEONE WOULD BE VERY, VERY UNHAPPY IF THE MLB MADE ITS OWN BEER.

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http://www.fastcompany.com/3035303/innovation-agents/why-major-league-baseball-got-intothe-wine-business

Wine + Life: How Smartphones Revolutionized The Tasting Note

Tasting notes are a very useful tool when it comes to wine.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/cathyhuyghe/2014/09/05/wine-life-how-smartphones-revolutionized-the-tasting-note/

Is New Zealand the world’s most sustainable wine producing country?

New Zealand is the world leader in sustainable wine production.

http://palatepress.com/2014/09/wine/new-zealand-worldmost-sustainable-wine-producing-country/

“Beer” Made from Concentrate Isn’t Very Good

Don’t want to lug around a case of beer every time you go camping? Now just add water!

http://punchdrink.com/news/beer-made-from-concentrate-isnt-very-good/

Heaven Hill releases Elijah Craig 23-year-old

Heaven Hill Distilleries has released a limited edition Elijah Craig 23-year-old single barrel Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey.

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http://www.thedrinksreport.com/news/2014/15606-heaven-hill-releases-elijah-craig-23-year-old.html?utm_source=TDR_Newsletter_Sept_9&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=TDR_Newsletter

 

Facebook And Budweiser Now Let You E-Gift Beer To Friends

Did you miss a friend’s birthday? Thanks to Facebook, Anheuser-Busch, and gifting service Gratafy, you can send your friends and family members a free beer on their special day.

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http://www.business2community.com/social-buzz/facebook-budweiser-now-let-e-gift-beer-friends-01002067#!bRWEAJ

“Brewed” Now Available on iTunes and Google Play

Track over 1,000 brew fests nationwide with this app

http://www.jsonline.com/business/pressrelease/national-press-releases/brewed-now-available-on-itunes-and-google-play-274443841.html

JACK DANIEL’S TENNESSEE FIRE ROLLS OUT AFTER SUCCESSFUL TRIALS

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire is being rolled out to five additional states following successful trials of the cinnamon-flavored whiskey this summer.

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/09/jack-daniels-tennessee-fire-rolls-out-after-successful-trials/?article-source=newsletter&source=253&date=2014-09-09

New Duckhorn Wine

Napa Valley-based Duckhorn Wine Company has launched the inaugural vintage of its Washington-sourced wine, Canvasback. The 2012 Canvasback Washington State Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from vineyards located in the Red Mountain AVA—such as Klipsun, La Coye, Shaw and Quintessence—and retails at $40. In 2013, Duckhorn purchased an unplanted 20-acre Longwinds Estate Vineyard on Red Mountain, which Canvasback planted this year with 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot. The company has also hired Washington winegrower Dick Boushey as vineyard manager and local winemaker Brian Rudin. “Current production (on Canvasback) is about 2,000 cases,” Duckhorn president and CEO Alex Ryan recently told SND. “I’d like Canvasback to become big enough to gain national distribution, so that would be about 15,000-25,000 cases in the future.”

How Miller Lite Tricked New Drinkers Into Liking Its Same Old Beer

MillerCoors released a limited-edition version of its original 1975 white Miller Lite can

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-09-11/miller-lites-original-label-sales-boost

New Black Stallion Wine

Napa’s Black Stallion Estate Winery, part of the Delicato Family Vineyards portfolio, has debuted Transcendant, a new luxury Cabernet Sauvignon. Including fruit from Mount Veeder, Atlas Peak, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Oak Knoll District, the first vintage of Transcendant is a 2010, retailing at $135 and distributed to select markets. The new wine, which is in limited production, is a blend of 89% Cabernet and 11% Merlot.

New Busch Beer Cans

Anheuser-Busch has introduced a special-edition can for its Busch brand aimed at hunters and outdoors enthusiasts. The 2014 Busch Hunting can, which displays graphics of deer, elk and duck silhouettes over Busch’s signature background, is available in select states, mostly across the Midwest and South, in 18-, 24-, and 30-packs of 12-ounce cans. The core Busch brand’s volume was down 7% last year, while Busch Light was flat. Earlier this year, the brand began testing a new, higher-alcohol entry, Signature Copper Lager (5.7% abv), in a dozen states across the Midwest.

 

Tasting the Effects of Wine Closures

Conference examines sensory effects of natural corks, screwcaps, synthetics

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WINE IN A CAN ADS POKE FUN AT DRINKS SNOBS

A US company that sells wine in cans has released a series of tongue-in-cheek ads poking fun at the pretentious corners of the wine world with hilarious results.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/dbtv/wine-in-a-can-ads-poke-fun-at-drinks-snobs/

TOP 10 CELEBRITY DRINKS BRANDS

Celebrities and alcohol have long enjoyed a mutually useful relationship with brands benefitting from a much-needed sprinkle of star dust and celebrities a dose of well-placed exposure.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/09/top-10-celebrity-endorsed-drinks-brands/?article-source=newsletter&source=968&date=2014-09-09

TOP 10 WACKY WINE DESIGNS

While spirits brands are known for their derring-do approach to branding and fearlessness about taking risks in order to appeal to a broad swath of consumers, wine brands are often accused of being stuck in the dark ages when it comes to packaging and design. Not this lot.

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/09/top-10-wacky-wine-designs-2/?article-source=newsletter&source=968&date=2014-09-09

U.S. Wine Consumption Expands for 20th Straight Year, Surpasses France as Largest Wine Market

The U.S. topped France as the world’s largest wine market last year as Americans continue to develop a greater appreciation for the libation.  According to the Beverage Information and Insights Group’s 2014 Wine Handbook, the wine category increased 1.9% to 325.4 million 9-liter cases last year.  Production and consumption levels are also at an all-time high.

USA AVA Details

Interesting read on AVA process with the TTB

http://wakawakawinereviews.com/2014/09/08/ttb-update-what-makes-an-effective-comment-ttb-extends-sta-rita-hills-expansion-comment-period/

Wine Spectator, Advocate can now legally sell a 90-point rating

I can see people paying for a good score. My experiences with Wine Spectator have never gone well. To be considered a “find wine retailer” you must sell their magazine!

http://blog.wblakegray.com/2014/09/wine-spectator-advocate-can-now-legally.html

Italy braced to lose title of number one wine producer

Italy’s 2014 wine harvest will be the smallest since 1950 and is set to cost the country its crown as the world’s biggest producer by volume to France.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/soshiok/italy-braced-lose-title-number-one-wine-producer

 

Nested wine glass aims to pace you

Wine glass gadget that prevents dehydration when you drink wine

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http://www.drvino.com/2014/09/09/nested-wine-glass-hydrated-hangover/

Objections raised to Ocean State liquor license request in Westboro MA

Ocean State Job lot having issues getting beer and wine license.

Will towns support small business’s like ours?

http://www.telegram.com/article/20140909/NEWS/309099588/1246

Some wines’ secret ingredient: Added sugar

Sugar in wine tends to soften the product on the taste profile, give it more body and thus make it more approachable

http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/life/2014/09/09/wine-cellar-sugar-rob-stein/15350843/

 

Applying Packaging Innovations

Purple Wine Co. executive describes process of packaging redesign

http://www.winesandvines.com/template.cfm?section=news&content=138510

CHILE WINE TRENDS: REDISCOVERING PAÍS

As part of a move to more southerly, historic wine regions in Chile, particularly Itata, the country is starting to create varietal and blended products using the País grape.

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/09/chile-wine-trends-7-rediscovering-pais/?article-source=newsletter&source=792&date=2014-01-31

PAINT TIN WINE SPARKS LEGAL ACTION

A US wine producer has launched legal action against a multinational advertising firm, claiming trademark infringement on a product which dispenses wine from paint tins.

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/09/paint-tin-wine-sparks-legal-action/?article-source=newsletter&source=970&date=2014-09-11

TOP 10 SHOCKING SPIRITS ADVERTS

Strict laws may limit how spirits brands market their products, but some still manage to shock with their sexy, strange, funny and completely outrageous adverts.

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/09/top-10-shocking-spirits-adverts/?article-source=newsletter&source=255&date=2014-09-11

Adding liquor licenses up in the air in Foxboro MA

May be asked to seek special legislation to allow the additional licenses needed at Patriot Place

http://www.thesunchronicle.com/news/local_news/adding-liquor-licenses-up-in-the-air-in-foxboro/article_2640287f-25c5-5915-809d-9ea0bfdea7a6.html

What is a Reserve Wine? Well, That Depends

In the US, the word ‘Reserve’ doesn’t technically mean anything. Find out the true definition of a reserve wine.

http://winefolly.com/tutorial/reserve-wine-well-depends/?utm_source=Wine+Folly&utm_campaign=d49eb72859-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a18d8bdc1b-d49eb72859-62472929&mc_cid=d49eb72859&mc_eid=d73340fcba

Woodwork Wines

Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines has launched Woodwork Wines, a brand with three varietals. The wines are created using wood staves instead of barrels, which is a lower impact on the environment and allows more robust flavors, according to the company. The three central coast varietals included in the launch are 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013 Chardonnay and 2013 Pinot Noir. Each is available at a suggested retail price of $14.99 per bottle.

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http://www.beveragedynamics.com/2014/09/09/woodwork-wines/2449/

Now A Machine That Freezes Your Favorite Liquor Into Ice Cubes!

Miami-based company that has been developing a machine which freezes liquor into ice cubes.

http://www.gizmodo.in/indiamodo/Now-a-Machine-that-Freezes-Your-FavoriteLiquor-Into-Ice-Cubes/articleshow/42280820.cms

Harpoon Brewing founder to speak at Old Sturbridge Village

Old Sturbridge Village will be hosting a beer-centered evening featuring Harpoon Brewery co-founder and president Dan Kenary on Sept. 25.

http://www.masslive.com/drinks/2014/09/beer_nut_harpoon_brewing_found.html

Does beer really taste better out of a bottle?

Breweries are increasingly favouring cans over bottles – so why does the common misconception that beer tastes bad from the tin persist, asks Mark Dredge

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/the-filter/11089605/Does-beer-really-taste-better-out-of-a-bottle.html

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September 6, 2014

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Its Only Fitting That Kids Are Back To School And We Release More Wine Classes.

This Week Our Medway Adult Education Classes Details And Sign Up Information Are Available:

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Our First Wine And Food Pairing With Michele Uncorked Was Published

Wines to Pair With Chicken With Lemon And Olives, Provençal Style

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Liquor Industry Week In Review

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Napa Earthquake 2014 Quadcopter Test Video

Drone tour of damage in Napa after Earthquake

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The Wine Retailer’s 5 Point Code of Ethics

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New study shows wine good for the heart only if you exercise

These are the conclusions of the first study to compare the effects of both red wine and white wine

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Pumpkin beer season starts early

Fans of Oktoberfest brews will have to scour through a patch of pumpkin beers to find those other seasonal favorites.

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Warming, decanting and swirling: do they make wine taste better?

Review of decanting, temperature and swirling

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BEST YOUTUBE WINE VIDEOS

THE 10 VERY BEST YOUTUBE WINE VIDEOS THAT’LL MAKE YOUR DAY

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Detecting beer off flavors

Everyone’s palette is different and some people are super tasters, so people detect off flavors on different levels

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DENNY’S LAUNCHES $300 CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH

US diner chain Denny’s has gone upmarket launching a $300 Grand Cru brunch served with Dom Pérignon Champagne.

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What Is The Three Tier System?

The wine you buy in America goes through a number of hands before it gets into yours. This system is called the 3-Tier System and it’s starting to corrode.

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Three steps to Premium

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Introducing Juxtapoz: A New Luxury Red Wine Blend

Art and Wine Converge in a Project Rooted in the Freedom of Creative Expression

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Have Robert Mondavi Jr And Christopher R. King Made The Best Cult Wine In Napa?

At $799 a bottle it certainly prices itself out of the everyday market.

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Top Five Breakfast Cocktails

This is Chilled Magazine’s list of the top five breakfast cocktails.

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Why Beer Isn’t Sold in Plastic Bottles

So why is it that we still use glass bottles and cans to store our beer in?

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Hello Vino Launches New “Wine Expert On-Demand” App Powered by VinoPRO

New wine app adds groundbreaking personal concierge service to wine recommendation engine and buying guide.

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IPA Beer Jelly is a Healthy Part of a Balanced Breakfast

Crafted from rendered hops, malt, and yeast, Beer Jelly

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Weird Beer Laws

There are still a multitude of arcane laws on the books around the United States – some of them involve – beer!

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Winemaker Paul Dolan Gives Away Right to his Name

Paul Dolan signed away his name last week. There will still be Paul Dolan Vineyards wines, but he won’t have anything to do with them.

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Wine Book Review: Reading Between The Wines

September 4, 2014

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Wine Book Review: Reading Between The WinesAuthor: Terry Theise

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The following is my “two buck chucks” worth on Terry Theise’s Reading Between The Wines.

 

Terry Theise is a wine importer and its always mind blowing to read something of someone you follow on social media. He prides himself on selecting what he calls “uncool” wines.  I can relate to Terry as he stated wine found him in 1978 as it did for me when my family bought a liquor store that same year.

 

“ I found the thing I didn’t know I was seeking. Or it had found me”

 

Terry references music a lot in the book and his passion for both that and wine shows. He makes a statement how at first he could not account for wine flavors compared to music he could describe. Seeking wines in his travels that he saw pictures of in books. First hand I can say that is also exciting to the wine geek in myself. Going to a tasting/education class looking in a book and having that wine in your glass is a true experience.

 

What is VERY impressive is how Terry learned wine with no education, no tasting group, and no Internet. He learned wines by meeting old world families and tasting. “Understanding what a “palate” actually is and how to truly know ones own” Not sure if he finds wine certifications valid or not. But I can say after all my education in wine, tasting it is the best education. By tasting you discover more and it leads to looking for answers to many questions you will have, He does make a point that a professional approach to wine is to know as much about it as possible.

 

Authenticity is highlighted many times by Terry. It makes sense his view on an authentic wine is those that have a sense of family or place. Bottom line is it has a connection. With so many wines choices that is a great stance to take on wine buying! Terry is proud to sell authentic wines and he stresses learning about wine beginning with the old world. Great views on wine being started in the old world countries so taste them. His advice on building a palate is spot on. Recommending tasting one varietal at a time from many regions. Practice by repetition and how it’s all and experience. Wine tasting is compared to a musical instrument. The more you practice the better you become. There is mention that blind tasting skills have no place in a wine career. That may be true but those that can smell, see and taste a wine and give exact details of its type, location etc. are impressive.

 

There are many great references to wine education. Questions why can’t he know everything about wine but then again no one can. He gets disappointed when he finds the answer to a wine question because his quest to learn has ended. There is always a mystery to wine and to Terry we must accept that. It seams to all come back to the palate. Your palate determines what wine you like and we all vary that way.

 

Nine Aspects or points of flavor in wine tasting are discussed. Two stand out

balance and complexity. With balance all parts of the wine are equal. It’s not just about fruit, acid etc. but a balance of all components. Complexity is a wine that has many things going on and how they react. There is also mention to 4 aspects of wine that matter the least. Interesting that sweetness is one of them and its stated will only matter if too much or too little.

 

There is a big discussion on yeast cultured vs. natural. Interesting point that even experts can’t tell the difference on what yeast was used to make the wine. Having attended many wine events I must say that nothing gets me more confused than when yeast is mentioned. Even the geek in me has no interest in what stain of yeast was used. Yeast is a major player and the winemaker does need to know advantages and disadvantages of the types.

 

            Terry covers importance in wine. Starting with connections to family or culture and how they are worth preserving. How the treatment of soil reflects the values of a growers work. True flavor of wine in that it is grown in the correct region and not a grape that has been manipulated. He is satisfied as a wine drinker because he has a connection to the wine. Even if he does not like the wine he knows its made by human beings. People that want to show you something they are proud of. This leads to how he avoids wines that the producer does not own the vines or make wine. They make a style looking for ratings. Again this hits home and I have tried hard to educate and make buying decisions on this point.

 

            Interesting talk about if you want predictability stay clear of wine. There are many factors such as vintage that affect wine every year. He has three facets of wine that are key to understanding. Terry calls them 3 humors or 3 cruxes.

  1. Wine should express origin
  2. Having fun: work with wine not at wine
  3. Ease with the unknowable:
  4. We can live without wine
  5. We don’t drink wine because we are thirsty
  6. Wine is music in the form of water

 

The wine 100-point rating scale is mentioned. He would rather Writers

deepen people’s love of wine that rate it. But he does think the wine point scales were good for wine. That is hard to disagree with. Give me a wine and say its 90 points I know nothing of its character. Give me that same wine and say it has aromas of dark fruits and flavors of bright cherry will interest me. If I like it my research will begin which will involve looking at reviews.

 

            Globalization of wine is mentioned. Meaning a style of wine made popular by Robert Parker. Meaning wines of ripe fruits, high alcohol, oak and sweetness. Discussions about certain grapes need a place to be known for. How old world wines have place on labels not the grape in it. Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay can be grown all over the world. The key is learning the differences of a Napa cab vs. Bordeaux and Chablis from Chard. This all leads to a passion for his Riesling grape. How is its grown in the proper place no winemaking is needed. Terry calls Riesling “foods best friend” for its low alcohol and high acidity. I learned the Scheurebe grape does not change with age as Riesling does. Many grapes are mention and Gruner Veltliners flexibility is highlighted.

 

            As a wine importer Terry buys what he likes and believes in not with a market in mind. Great point made that he is not a good enough sales person to push what he does not believe in. Selections made are based on values for Terry. Those values are old world and family owned estates. Visiting the families and walking in vineyards he knows personally. Again this hits home in my wine buying decisions. With all the wines being made I need to have an understanding who is behind the label. When you meet that person or family it has much more meaning. Like Terry that connection makes me a better salesman.

 

            There is a great view on tasting notes mentioned. When you are new to wine you tend to focus on taking many notes to remember what was tasted. But eventually you will reach a dead end in note taking. Saying something smells like a peach is no help to a person that has never smelled a peach. Terry finds it sad people spend weekends tasting wines and posting notes. He is more in favor of intimate wine knowledge. Though he does take notes on wine he tastes to help his customers. When he is home drinking wine no notes are taken. This is another point I can relate to. After attending many wine tastings hosted by the same educator I noticed he never takes notes. But he can recite wines he tried years ago and how they tasted. He treats wine as an experience and educates that. Where as I need my notes to be true to my customers.

 

            Terry covers many personal stories of his life. The story when he searched for his biological father was very touching. Discovering his dad had a passion for wine AND had some of Terry’s selections were in his cellar was amazing. Bottom line is Terry has a love for wine and families he represents in his portfolio. This is a great wine read and I am looking forward to some day hosting Terry in a wine event. My journey in discovering his “uncool” wines has just begun!

 

If interested in Terry’s wines here is a link to his portfolios:

http://www.skurnikwines.com/msw/terry_theise.html

 

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