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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.
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!
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.
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Crew/Matchbook Wine Co. Expands Production
Growing Matchbook and Sawbuck estate wines, and to increase capacity for its Mossback and Chasing Venus brands,
Henniker Expands Distribution to Vermont and Massachusetts
Henniker Brewing Company is proud to announce the expansion into the neighboring states of Vermont and Massachusetts.
Beyond the Black and Tan: 4 Great Beer Blends to Try
Four fall-friendly blends to help get you started.
Game of Thrones – Wine Mix Season 1-4
Ever watched Game of Thrones and thought they drink a lot of wine.
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.
Make a big impression with a candy corn painted bottle that makes for a cute decoration after it’s been enjoyed
Football Game Day Wine Pairings Chart has the perfect wines to pair with your meal.
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.
Deep-fried tequila shots begin social media craze
Yes, deep-fried tequila shots are a thing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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
How Trader Joe’s Sells Twice As Much As Whole Foods
Trader Joe’s sells twice as much per square foot as Whole Foods.
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.
Perfectly pair your pumpkin beer
Planning a meal around pumpkin beer is fun, seasonal, and easy!
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.
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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Personal Wine Releases Zombie Apocalypse Wine Bottle Series
Personal Wine released their Walking Dead Wine Collector’s Series in October
Top 10 unusual places to go wine tasting in the US
Here are ten states deserving your supping scrutiny.
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
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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.
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.
Why Some Wines Taste Better With Age
Why is it that some wines taste better as they get older while others get worse?
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
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.
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!
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.
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”.
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.
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
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.
That Worm at the Bottom of Your Mezcal Isn’t a Total Lie
The worm is added at the end of the production process
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.
Stoneham MA secures five new liquor licenses
And so it begins…”the licenses will be a boost to the town”
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.
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.
Time and Oak May Change the Way You Enjoy Your Whiskey
Customize the flavor of your favorite whiskey and improve the quality in 24hrs.
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
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