Liquor Industry News/Links 9-20-14

September 20, 2014

Liquor Industry News/Links

9-20-14

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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Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

New Products

Remove sulfites in wine

Bottle Bill Expansion

New Wine Radio Show

AND MORE!

 

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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http://www.washingtonpost.com/express/wp/2014/09/10/why-some-bartenders-and-sommeliers-rely-on-gross-beverage-descriptions/

 

‘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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http://www.justthewine.com

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

http://youtu.be/s_mNNbXzd0o

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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http://money.cnn.com/2014/09/16/news/companies/beer-sabmiller-ab-inbev/index.html

 

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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http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/10441464/If-you-re-asthmatic-wine-may-pose-a-risk

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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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/09/beer-labels-show-colour-of-brew-inside/?article-source=newsletter&source=976&date=2014-09-19

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Liquor Industry News/Links 9-13-14

September 13, 2014

Liquor Industry News/Links

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

This Week We Are Announcing Our New Quini Loyalty Program.

You Can Earn Free Riedel Glassware!

Buy Wines

Get A Loyalty Stamp

Rate Wines On Quini

Earn Free Riedel Wine Glasses!!

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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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http://vinepair.com/wine-pizza-pairing-app/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=62efa6cbf5-September_7_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-62efa6cbf5-38937345&mc_cid=62efa6cbf5&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

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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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

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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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Liquor Industry News/Links 9-6-14

September 6, 2014

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

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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Also This Week We Released Our First Wine Book Review:

Read Our “Two Buck Chucks” Thoughts On Reading Between The Wines

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Pumpkin Beers

AND MORE!

 

Napa Earthquake 2014 Quadcopter Test Video

Drone tour of damage in Napa after Earthquake

http://youtu.be/LQhYbfIz0n4

 

The Wine Retailer’s 5 Point Code of Ethics

At Franklin Liquors we agree and follow all 5!

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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

http://www.examiner.com/article/new-study-shows-wine-good-for-the-heart-only-if-you-exercise

 

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

http://theconversation.com/warming-decanting-and-swirling-do-they-make-wine-taste-better-30505

 

BEST YOUTUBE WINE VIDEOS

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

https://grapecollective.com/articles/best-youtube-wine-videos

 

Detecting beer off flavors

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

http://www.examiner.com/article/detecting-beer-off-flavors

 

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

23 million Americans typically spend over $15 on a bottle of wine from a store – what can we learn about them?

http://www.wineintelligence.com/three-steps-to-premium/

 

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.

http://chilledmagazine.com/Top_Fives-detail/top-five-breakfast-cocktails/

 

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?

http://gizmodo.com/why-beer-isnt-sold-in-plastic-bottles-1629207952

  

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.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/hello-vino-launches-wine-expert-110000619.html

 

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

University of California Press 189 Pages 2010

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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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Liquor Industry News/Links 8-30-14

August 30, 2014

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

 

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

 

September Will Be California Wine Month.

The range and diversity of California wine today are unprecedented.

We Pride Ourselves In Finding The Best Value/Tasting Wines From CA For You.

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The Earthquake In Napa Left A lot Of Damage To Wineries.

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Also A Group Started A Wine Bucket Challenge:

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A closer look at leaving the stems in wine

This week I have been reading how wine stem use affects taste.

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Creative Garnishes

As you may have noticed, there have been an increasing amount of creative, extravagant cocktail garnishes popping up on drink menus this year.

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Is Wine an Acquired Taste?

If you are brought up drinking wine do you like wine more?

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Red Mountain microclimate makes for spectacular wines

Read about this unique area in Washington St

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It Takes a Lot of Cow Skulls to Make Good Wine

Items used for biodynamic winemaking

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HOW TO RID YOURSELF OF PURPLE WINE STAINED TEETH

Tips on dental care when drinking wine

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Problems with wine by the glass?

Issues with ordering wine by the glass.

Always ask “when was it opened”

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A Guide To Joining The Best Wine Clubs

With direct shipping now legal in MA you have choices.

Good read on club options.

“It’s my humble opinion that getting to know your local wine retailer and shopping regularly is the best way to learn about new wines”

http://www.forbes.com/sites/katiebell/2013/04/04/a-guide-to-joining-the-best-wine-clubs/

 

The business of Washington wine is bigger than you think

Did you know?

The percentage of Washington wines that Wine Spectator has rated 90 or above is higher than for any other region, including France and California.

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Hit me with your best shots: Premixed cocktails hit Boston packies

The cocktail shooters come in four flavors: Vodka Cucumber Lime, Vodka Kamikaze, Vodka Lychee Grapefruit and Tequila Cinnamon Orange. A single-flavor three-pack costs $7.99.

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Should Beer Be Served Cold?

A general rule to follow is this: the lighter the flavor of the beer, the cooler it may be served.

http://everythingontap.com/2014/08/25/beer-cold/?utm_source=FanSided&utm_medium=Network&utm_campaign=Trending%20on%20FS

Pumpkin beers aplenty already this season

The great pumpkin invasion has begun — already.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/08/23/next-round-pumpkin-beers/14461433/

 

Mexico’s Montejo Beer Debuts in United States

Fernando Valenzuela throws out first pitch for Montejo beer at Dodger Stadium

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http://www.lamag.com/liquidla/2014/08/21/mexicos-montejo-beer-debuts-in-united-states

 

Big Wine and crowdsourcing

New trend for big wineries.

Learn about crowdsourcing and how you can take part

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http://winecurmudgeon.com/big-wine-and-crowdsourcing/

 

Wine Gelée Makes A Perfect Dessert For All Seasons

Jellied Wine With Summer Fruit

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http://zesterdaily.com/drinking/wine-gelee-makes-perfect-dessert-seasons/?utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=13912922&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8EF7ouAX91tIKVJaTEJ_AjXN5SoAAZGPiPEla7CIC3ewGkZ3J_nqRe-viFz1Zj68BAKJanbgdYrNxwtaNpQEs8th6xdZgro2PDOX9izhNHuOPwE7E&_hsmi=13912922

 

How Julia Child And Cookbooks Taught Us About Wine

Child coaches readers, providing the detail they need to choose a wine, use it in cooking and serve it with meals

http://zesterdaily.com/drinking/lessons-wine-help-julia-child/?utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=13912922&_hsenc=p2ANqtz–CnlHVRtnxoj64EDUboFsqONZPAhSgwBaG7e0V-2O-63GElc8v4mSS_7pvTU3mj3hcNSNA_MEM7OQXOgb0T2dki_x1-XrDjg857QQ6BCM05uz9L7A&_hsmi=13912922

 

Three Things You Didn’t Know About Oregon Wine Country

Interesting facts about Oregon’s wine country about which even its hard-core wine buffs may not be aware.

http://wine.answers.com/wine-destinations/three-things-you-didnt-know-about-oregon-wine-country

 

Most wineries not insured for quake losses

most are not insured for quake damage

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http://www.pressdemocrat.com/home/2586042-181/most-wineries-not-insured-for

 

Have You Purchased “Small-Batch” Whiskey?

If so, you may be entitled to take part in a consumer class action to get your money back!

http://www.consumer-classactions.com/investigations/internet-scam/have-you-purchased-small-batch-whiskey/

 

Every State in the USA, Ranked by Beer

Each state ranked by the beers in it

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https://www.yahoo.com/food/every-state-in-the-usa-ranked-by-its-beer-95770823031.html

 

TOP 10 FUNNY SPIRITS NAMES

These suggestive, outlandish, tongue-in-cheek and quirky brands included in our list of the top 10 funny spirits names are sure to prompt a chuckle or two.

http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/08/top-10-funny-spirits-names/?article-source=newsletter&source=244&date=2014-08-27

 

TOP 10 BIZARRE ALCOHOL-RELATED DEATHS

Ever heard about the drunken bear who massacred the owner of a Russian pub, or the King who went up in flames wrapped in a brandy-soaked linen?

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/08/top-10-bizarre-alcohol-related-deaths/?article-source=newsletter&source=957&date=2014-08-27

 

ONE JOB IN BEER SUPPORTS 45 IN OTHER INDUSTRIES

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Earthquake Proof Your Wine

Wine Folly Blog with tips and ideas

http://winefolly.com/update/earthquake-proof-wine/

 

Here Are The Rules To Buying Alcohol In Each State’s Grocery Stores

Maps for Beer,Wine And Liquor In Each State.

Also Where To Buy On Sundays

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/26/here-are-all-the-states-t_n_5710135.html?utm_hp_ref=wine

 

Texan brewery unveils 99-pack of beer

Beer fans rejoice: a Texan brewery is selling packs of beer with an eyebrow-raising 99 cans each

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinknews/11058950/Texan-brewery-unveils-99-pack-of-beer.html

 

Four new books for beer lovers

Ready for some lessons about a favorite beverage? New textbooks will keep you engaged.

http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/taste/272936531.html

 

A Beginner’s Guide to German Wine

A fifth of all of the wine grapes planted in Germany are Riesling

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http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/08/german-wine-introduction-riesling-what-is-kabinett-spatlese-auslese-mosel-rheingau.html?ref=title

 

Why You Should Know Where Your Wine Grows

Interesting read from Wine Folly

http://winefolly.com/tutorial/warm-climate-vs-cool-climate-wine/?utm_source=Wine+Folly&utm_campaign=ad1ebdb1b5-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a18d8bdc1b-ad1ebdb1b5-62472929&mc_cid=ad1ebdb1b5&mc_eid=d73340fcba

 

Fall’s 5 Craziest Cocktail Trends

Fall season’s most provocative new drinks

http://www.winemag.com/October-2014/Falls-5-Craziest-Cocktail-Trends/

 

New Sam Adams Beer

Boston Beer’s Samuel Adams is debuting Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru, a Belgian ale aged in Hungarian oak tuns for more than a year. Through November, the craft offering will be available on draft in select U.S. cities. Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru is brewed with wild yeast and bacteria including Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus for a spicy, fruity flavor with hints of oak and vanilla, according to the company. The ale was also blended into the Samuel Adams Barrel Room Collection series of Belgian brews. Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru will be available on tap in a “tasting tour” that will hit select locations in Boston, New York, Denver, Cleveland, Dallas, Philadelphia, D.C., Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle and another city to be voted on by craft beer lovers across the country.

 

The ancient origins of beer

The exact origins of beer will forever be a mystery.

http://www.mercurynews.com/News/ci_26375315/Brooks-on-Beer:-The-ancient-origins-of-beer–and-straws

 

DEADLY WINEMAKING SNAKES ESCAPE IN CHINA

Chaos erupted in China when deadly cobras used to make wine escaped into a city.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/08/deadly-winemaking-snakes-escape-in-china/?article-source=newsletter&source=959&date=2014-08-29

 

Shock Top adds limited edition banana wheat beer

Shock Top has expanded once again to include a new limited edition beer: Shock Top Spiced Banana Wheat.

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http://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/dining/bars-and-clubs-other/hip-hops/shock-top-adds-limited-edition-banana-wheat-beer/article_94d26f17-ea52-54ad-b559-ef675ab5e78a.html

 

Tasting Mastery

Tim Gaiser Blog on Wine tasting

http://www.timgaiser.com/blog/tasting-mastery?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TimGaiserMasterSommelier-Blog+%28The+Blog+of+Tim+Gaiser%2C+MS%29

 

Pop Cap Bottle Openers: An Eye Catching Way to Open Your Beer

Simply place the Pop Cap over the bottle, press down firmly on the cylinder and voila! Off comes the cap!

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http://www.corkpops.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=00960

 

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Liquor Industry News/Links 8-23-14

August 23, 2014

Liquor Industry News/Links

8-23-14

By: Mark C Lenzi CSW, CSS, CWAS*

 

Hasn’t Summer Flown By??

You Can Tell Fall Is Coming As All The Pumpkin

And Oktoberfest Beers Are In Stock!

Are You Interested In Sam Adams Seasonal Beers?

Our Meetup Wine Club Is Having An Oktoberfest

Tasting With Sam Adams.

Details Here:

http://www.meetup.com/Franklin-Wine-Club/events/186868562/

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Coming Soon!

 

Labor Day Sale

Next Week Look For Our Labor Day Newsletter For Sale Items

 

Sunday Opening Time Change

Sunday October 26th Is The First Sunday We Can Open At 10am 

 

Medway Adult Education Classes

Details And Sign Up information For 3 Fall Classes/Tasting Events

 

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Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

New Products

Corona Recall

“Natural” Wine

 

Cake Flavored Wines

Birthday Cake Vineyards is like no other blend you have ever tried, with beautifully blended Birthday Cake flavors and fine wine, while still maintaining the true wine experience.

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http://www.birthdaycakewines.com

 

13 Can’t-Go-Wrong Wine and Cheese Pairings

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The acid test for wine

One of the most pernicious myths in the wine world is that a wine ‘needs’ prominent acidity in order to age well

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/993125ce-233d-11e4-a424-00144feabdc0.html#axzz3AYzVqYmE

 

Wine Lovers Should Probably Leave Mass.

Massachusetts received an F rating and is ranked 43rd among the states.

http://www.boston.com/food-dining/food/2014/08/15/wine-lovers-should-probably-leave-mass/Hr6i0GT0JnMfhBvZ3QTTjP/story.html

 

Italian island known for its prisoner-produced wine

Have you ever heard about Gorgona, Italy?

http://www.pri.org/stories/2014-08-15/name-italian-island-known-its-prisoner-produced-wine

 

Corona Beer Recall

Packages in the U.S. containing 12-ounce clear glass bottles of its Corona Extra beer that may contain small particles of glass. Codes listed.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/constellation-brands-beer-division-voluntarily-022500598.html

 

Paso Robles announces wine app

App makes it easy for wine lovers to plan their trips through Paso Robles wine country.

http://calcoastnews.com/2014/08/paso-robles-announces-wine-app/

 

How to choose low calorie drinks

Craft beer expert, talks about what to look for so you can make healthy, low calorie drink decisions.

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http://www.wzzm13.com/story/news/local/grand-rapids-south/2014/08/16/how-to-choose-low-calorie-drinks/14058807/

 

Rum distillery at Truro Vineyards

Twenty Boat Rum is a twice-distilled spiced rum made from organic molasses or sugar cane and an exclusive blend of 10 spices

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http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/travel/2014/08/16/second-look-rum-distillery-truro-vineyards/aaxbLiPsAhgRVKTt0HzLZO/story.html

 

Putting Ontario wine on the map

The Ontario wine market is not only Canadians, but tourists visiting Niagara Falls.

http://palatepress.com/2014/08/wine/putting-ontario-wine-map/

 

Vermont Wine: A Growing Business

There are at least 35 wineries in the state, and most have been established recently.

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http://www.mychamplainvalley.com/story/d/story/vermont-wine-a-growing-business/18214/6DFAgdC-oU2UUlNH2NkY0g

 

CK Mondavi Wines Becomes 1st Wine to Be Made in USA Certified®

This is interesting:

Their wines are the first-ever to be Made in USA Certified®

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http://www.busbyway.com/2014/08/18/ck-mondavi-wines-becomes-1st-wine-to-be-made-in-usa-certified/

Also The Certification Website

http://info.usa-c.com

 

Would You Drink a GMO Beer?

Chances are, you probably already do.

http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2014/08/17/would-you-drink-a-gmo-beer.aspx

 

MEAD: A TIME BEFORE WINE

Mead 101

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https://grapecollective.com/articles/mead-a-time-before-wine

 

Wine labels

Interesting read on government checking of label accuracy

http://napavalleyregister.com/lifestyles/food-and-cooking/wine/wine-labels/article_c829628d-31f6-5375-9032-ba95ad3d2e30.html

 

Live Free and Drink Wine in New Hampshire

What sets New Hampshire apart from the other top-performing states is its tax regime.

http://www.vnews.com/home/13176701-95/live-free-and-drink-wine-in-new-hampshire

 

New York wineries can use out-of-state grapes this year

State law allows the department to let a winery manufacture or sell wine from out-of-state grapes if weather conditions destroyed more than 40 percent of a grape variety.

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/money/business/2014/08/18/new-york-wineries-can-use-state-grapes-year/14250491/

 

The Best Cocktail Apps For Aspiring Bartenders

With hundreds of recipes, virtual “liquor cabinets” and many more handy functions, these apps will place the bartending knowledge you desire at your fingertips.

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http://zesterdaily.com/drinking/best-cocktail-apps-aspiring-bartenders/?utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=13835799&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_CFacFLQabw8gX5qfjGNFCGX8PAhZFyFIgExo-R_-is5tVwMCHHncQ-ItFxAExJ71SM89ChWf0EbAsWDK6R6lz3dnfhD2fUBAGODwez2_3U7eg3TE&_hsmi=13835799

 

TOP 10 MOST POWERFUL VODKA BRANDS

Compiled by the drinks business together with Intangible Business

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/08/top-10-most-powerful-vodka-brands/?article-source=newsletter&source=951&date=2014-08-19

 

WOMEN CARE LESS FOR QUALITY THAN MEN

Women care less about the quality of wine they drink and more about drinking to relax, compared to men who will spend more on “high quality and new drink experiences”, according to a recent survey.

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/08/women-care-less-for-quality-wine-than-men/?article-source=newsletter&source=951&date=2014-08-19

 

TOP 10 BANNED SPIRITS

The spirits world has never been lacking in controversy, with a number of brands and entire categories banned for political, legal and salacious reasons.

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/08/top-10-banned-spirits/?article-source=newsletter&source=239&date=2014-08-19

 

Want New Wine Choices? Look Back to the Old World

What’s the next malbec?

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/wine-choices-back-world-25034041

 

Italy’s Weird and Wonderful Wine Grapes

At least 30 percent of all the world’s grapes are Italian, and most still only grow there

http://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2014/08/italy-s-weird-and-wonderful-wine-grapes

 

Decoding wine like a pro

For the inexperienced, selecting a bottle of wine can be intimidating; but learn how to properly read a label, and even a novice has a shot at making a pick like a pro.

http://www.cnbc.com/id/101930671#.

 

The Best Wine Tasting Tours Around the World

the best international wine destinations for everyone from first-timers to full-blown oenophiles.

http://www.mensjournal.com/expert-advice/the-best-wine-tasting-tours-around-the-world-20140819#ixzz3Aw4QzPPh

 

BACARDI MAKES UNPRECEDENTED MOVE INTO SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY

Bacardi is throwing its weight behind the single malt Scotch whisky category with the release of a series of expressions from its five malt distilleries.

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/08/bacardi-makes-unprecedented-move-into-single-malt-scotch-whisky/?article-source=newsletter&source=240&date=2014-08-20

 

Red Wine May Protect Against Foodborne Norovirus

A Glass A Day Keeps Gastroenteritis At Bay?

http://www.academicwino.com/2014/08/red-wine-foodborne-norovirus.html/

 

Color and sound, important when tasting

New study: the basis of a whole wide range of possibilities regarding the factors that influence the wine tasting.

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http://blog.uvinum.com/color-and-sound-important-when-tasting-2359946

 

Seahawks games rank second in overpriced beer

Don’t understand this study. Pats charge $9 for beer that’s #1 no??

http://blog.seattlepi.com/football/2014/08/20/forbes-seahawks-games-rank-second-in-overpriced-beer/

 

Wine scores can be helpful, but don’t rely on them too heavily

Whatever you may think of them, wine scores helped make the U.S. the world’s top wine consuming country.

http://lubbockonline.com/life-columnists/2014-08-19/clemens-wine-scores-can-be-helpful-dont-rely-them-too-heavily#.U_U0dFYVzOw

 

THERE’S A SILENT BATTLE BREWING OVER THE FUTURE OF THE COFFEE LABEL

So if wine was able to figure out how to organize and determine quality classification, why hasn’t coffee been able to?

http://vinepair.com/wine-blog/theres-silent-battle-brewing-future-coffee-label/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=e7a94e8614-The_Drop_8_20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-e7a94e8614-38937345

 

Bud Light Lime adds seasonal Apple-Ahhh-Rita flavor to Ritas portfolio

Apple-Ahhh-Rita to its Bud Light Lime Ritas lineup of ready-to-drink flavored malt beverages

http://www.bevindustry.com/articles/87713-bud-light-lime-adds-seasonal-apple-ahhh-rita-flavor-to-ritas-portfolio

 

The world’s most popular beer is …

Few people outside China have ever tasted the top-selling brew in the world.

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http://money.cnn.com/gallery/news/2014/08/19/world-beer/index.html?iid=HP_LN

 

New Hpnotiq

Heaven Hill Distilleries has extended its liqueur stable with a new holiday seasonal offering, Hpnotiq Sparkle. A multifaceted marketing campaign featuring reality TV star Khloe Karhashian will support the new release, which like Hpnotiq Liqueur is a blend of fruit juices, white wine, vodka and Cognac, but with Champagne-like bubbles. Sparkle, which is 12.5% abv and targeted at multicultural females, is available in 750-ml. bottles at a price point of $19.99, in line with the core brand, which is 17% abv.

 

New Svedka Flavor

Constellation is adding a new Peach flavor to the Svedka vodka line. Beginning this month, Svedka Peach will be available nationwide in multiple size formats, including 50-ml. ($1.99), 375-ml. ($6.99), 750-ml. ($12.99), 1-liter ($16.99) and 1.75-liter ($21.99). The newest offering joins the Swedish vodka’s existing flavor range, including Colada, Strawberry Colada, Orange Cream Pop, Cherry, Citron, Strawberry Lemonade and Mango Pineapple, the last two of which debuted in January. The U.S. market’s second-ranked imported vodka brand, Svedka rose 3.3% to 4 million cases in 2013, according to Impact Databank.

 

The Delicious Health Benefits of Beer

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10 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Beer

That IPA is good for a lot more than drinking. Though, maybe you should use the leftover Hamm’s for some of these.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/skills/10-things-you-didnt-know-you-could-do-with-beer-17117396

 

The Rise of “Natural” in Wine Marketing

Interesting story on the use of the word Natural on a wine label.

http://fermentationwineblog.com/2014/08/rise-natural-wine-marketing/

 

A Pragmatic Approach to Wine Ratings

Wine Folly blog look at wine ratings

http://winefolly.com/tutorial/wine-ratings-explained/?utm_source=Wine+Folly&utm_campaign=27c27a3418-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a18d8bdc1b-27c27a3418-62472929&mc_cid=27c27a3418&mc_eid=d73340fcba

 

Why grocery stores love wine

Wine was the seventh biggest category by dollar amount for supermarkets.

Check out these crazy numbers!

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http://winecurmudgeon.com/why-grocery-stores-love-wine/

 

Don’t let wine trends turn you into a wine snob

Take no notice of wine trends – the film Sideways unfairly knocked the reputation of merlot. Just drink the wines you enjoy…

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/aug/22/dont-let-wine-trends-turn-you-into-a-wine-snob

 

Canadian wine is going places

Canadian wine is finally firing on all cylinders

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http://www.piquenewsmagazine.com/whistler/canadian-wine-is-going-places/Content?oid=2566103

 

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Liquor Industry News/Links 8-16-14

August 16, 2014

Liquor Industry News/Links

8-16-14

By: Mark C Lenzi CSW, CSS, CWAS*

 

Happy Tax Free Weekend!

This Week Our Franklin Adult Education Classes Have Been Announced.

Starting In October We Will Have Three Classes.

Wine Tasting Using Technology

Wine And Pie Tasting

And

Wine And Holiday Cookie Tasting

To Sign Up And See Coarse Description Click Below

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Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

New Products

Sulfites In Wine

Two Buck Chuck

 

Midnight Moon Moonshine New Size

Piedmont Distillers has released its Midnight Moon in “half-moon” 375-ml. trial size jars. The new size is available in Apple Pie, Strawberry and Blueberry. The new size jars are distilled from corn, handcrafted in small batches and infused in the jar with fruit. They’re available for a suggested retail price of $11.99 to $13.99. The company has also launched an unflavored 100 proof version of Midnight Moon, which is available for $20 to $22.

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TOP 10 SPIRITS DEDICATED TO DEAD CELEBRITIES

In a highly competitive marketplace, spirits brands will do any multitude of things to stand out from the crowd, such as using a face or name from the past to sell their products.

http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/08/top-10-spirits-dedicated-to-bygone-stars/?article-source=newsletter&source=231&date=2014-08-07

  

How that nightly glass of wine can wreck your teeth: Dentists warn of the dangers of alcohol for oral health

A glass of wine can suck the calcium from your teeth as well as giving you bad breath

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2718388/How-nightly-glass-wine-wreck-teeth.html

A plea for sulfites in wine

A look at why sulfites are needed in wine

http://www.ajc.com/news/lifestyles/a-plea-for-sulfites-in-wine/ngr6m/?__federated=1

Are Beer Labels Sexist?

breweries are choosing to alienate a whole group of drinkers who would potentially buy their beer

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http://chicagoist.com/2014/08/06/time_out_chicago_sexist_beer_label.php

 

An In-Depth Look at the Proposed Sta Rita Hills AVA Expansion

TTB Notice to Open Comments on the Proposed Expansion of the Sta Rita Hills AVA

http://wakawakawinereviews.com/2014/08/06/an-in-depth-look-at-the-proposed-sta-rita-hills-ava-expansion/

Pinot Grigio shortage could see consumers opt for other white wines

Pinot Grigio is in short supply on the bulk market around the globe, which is starting to push up prices.

http://www.harpers.co.uk/insights/cost-controls/bulk-wine/pinot-grigio-shortage-could-see-consumers-opt-for-other-white-wines/370350.article

Advice to an Intern: 10 things Winemakers want you to know

Advice from winemakers to volunteers at harvest time

http://www.girlandthegrape.com/the-winemaking-life/advice-harvest-intern-10-things-winemakers-want-know/

Research suggests fruit flies could be responsible for wine’s pleasant aromas

Could fruit flies be responsible for the nice smell of most wines?

http://www.wineanorak.com/wineblog/wine-science/research-suggests-fruit-flies-could-be-responsible-for-wines-pleasant-aromas

Having Fun With Wine—The Video Version

http://youtu.be/NWoqnDUfyYI

China Uncovered: Interview With One Of The Largest Wine Importers In China

What Wine Importers Look for when Sourcing New Brands as Long Term Supply Partners.

http://beveragetradenetwork.com/en/article-base/china-uncovered-interview-with-one-of-the-largest-wine-importers-in-china-330.htm

TOP 10 WEIRD WAYS TO OPEN A BOTTLE

You have a bottle of wine / beer / bubbly. You are without anything that one might consider a vaguely useful opening tool. What do you do?

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/08/top-10-weird-ways-to-open-a-bottle/?article-source=newsletter&source=943&date=2014-08-08

PORTABLE ‘DATE RAPE’ DETECTOR INVENTED

A Canadian team of technologists are seeking funding to launch a pocket-size device capable of detecting whether a drink has been spiked.

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/08/portable-date-rape-detector-invented/?article-source=newsletter&source=943&date=2014-08-08

Don’t believe everything you read on bourbon bottles

If you follow the bourbon industry closely, you’re familiar with the debate over the concept of contract products.

http://www.bizjournals.com/louisville/news/2014/08/07/dont-believe-everything-you-read-on-bourbon.html?page=all

How The Quini App Helps You Become a More Consistent Wine Taster

Great step by step guide on our new wine education program

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http://www.thevineyardtrail.com/how-the-quini-app-helps-you-become-a-more-consistent-wine-taster/

Gnarly Head Debuts Authentic Black Wine

Black is a dark, inky Petite Sirah-based blend

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http://chilledmagazine.com/Wine-detail/gnarly-head-debuts-authentic-black-wine/

Vermentino Is Mediterranean Summer In A Glass

The region of Gallura, in Sardinia’s northeastern corner, is Vermentino’s natural home Read about this Italian white grape.

http://zesterdaily.com/drinking/sardinian-wine-vermentino-at-costa-smeralda/?utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=13759798&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8K53bQNyncFxh7t-nqF1pqnKeGduaINMHGnVpSWqgFNA83o0Idp2Ll27OQrGpFoE6x-sXzXamKVlx6wCbsL2Kt2kWxoJSDsz5fmBWXNgLgUc_LKwY&_hsmi=13759798

5 Sauvignon Blancs That Will Change Minds

Sauvignon sales are growing apace, up over 15% year on year in volume terms, and they represent around 25% of our white sales. Five recommendations:

http://zesterdaily.com/drinking/sauvignon-blanc-detractors-stand/?utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=13759798&_hsenc=p2ANqtz–fI0U9BGOkxbXpuStNcao49nL3EQUqvAkkGrQNPHlRShcNsj7o_BL-7MxMuPnjEaf_AnojzkgPunohNOtywluiY6f_bktYzXZXNA4vxKY8gVmZ9Ag&_hsmi=13759798

 

ANCIENT GRAPE SEEDS UNEARTHED IN CHIANTI

US archaeologists have discovered what could be the ancestor of Chianti’s famous wine style in the form of 500 waterlogged grape seeds.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/08/ancient-grape-seeds-unearthed-in-chianti/?article-source=newsletter&source=945&date=2014-08-12

The really big ruckus over ‘Two Buck Chuck’

Follow up on a story we posted last week which as been taken down.

http://www.cnbc.com/id/101910833#

Standard wine bottles

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Manton Valley AVA

In the shadow of Mt. Lassen in the far northern reach of California.

TTB announced its approval August 1st

http://www.winesandvines.com/template.cfm?section=news&content=136989

Is Wine-Tasting Junk Science?

What makes the connoisseur different from the rest of us is that he or she is simply a better thermometer, a more specific, more reliable device for measuring facts about art or wine or whatever.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/13.7/2014/08/08/338839598/is-wine-tasting-junk-science

HOW TO DECANT A BOTTLE OF WINE

How to Video

http://youtu.be/_xxvyi5iPKA

 

BEERS BASED ON TOLKIEN’S HOBBIT LAUNCHED

JRR Tolkien’s fantasy novel The Hobbit is to become the basis for a new range of beers set to be released in the US this month.

pilsner-r2

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/08/beers-based-on-tolkiens-hobbit-launched/?article-source=newsletter&source=946&date=2014-08-13

What is tannin?

Information on a very common term in wine

http://www.winecountrythisweek.com/articles/what-tannin-4

Coolest Beer Taps

For decades tap handles have been catching the eye of inexperienced drinkers, lost in a sea of beer as well as seasoned Craft Beer veterans.

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http://chilledmagazine.com/Whats_Chilling_Right_Now-detail/coolest-beer-taps/

The Old Wine Pairing Rules Don’t Work Anymore

you can still pair wine in the traditional way, but as eating habits have changed so should wine pairing.

http://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2014/08/the-old-wine-pairing-rules-don-t-work-anymore

A Match Made in Heaven — an Introduction to Rioja Wines

Discover the history of Rioja wine and make the perfect match with the heavenly grapes.

http://honestcooking.com/match-made-heaven-introduction-rioja-wines/

Research finds hormone-disrupting chemicals in 59% of wines

New research has found that 59% of tested French wines contain at least one form of phthalate, most likely as a result of plastics used in wineries.

http://www.sciencealert.com.au/news/20141208-26008.html

SOUTH AFRICAN BRANDY REGULATIONS TIGHTENED

Requirements for pot still and vintage brandies changed

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/08/south-african-brandy-regulations-tightened/?article-source=newsletter&source=236&date=2014-08-14

ABSINTHE APPELLATION REFUSED BY SWISS COURT

A court has overturned a decision to give Swiss absinthe producers a protected designation of origin, calling the spirit a “generic” product and not explicitly tied to any one geographical location.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/08/absinthe-appellation-refused-by-swiss-court/?article-source=newsletter&source=947&date=2014-08-14

Collio wine country: Italy’s undiscovered region

Located about an hour-and-a-half drive from Venice, in the Province of Gorizia

http://www.usatoday.com/story/experience/food-and-wine/tours-and-trails/wine-tours-and-trails/2014/08/13/collio-italy-wine-region/14001759/

A primer on flaws in wine

How to identify flaws that rear their ugly heads in the winery or the bottle.

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http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/taste/271120521.html

What’s Up With Organic Wine?

Details on the differences and some recommendations

http://www.free-times.com/restaurants/081314-whats-up-with-organic-wine

Former NFL Quarterbacks New Wine

Dan Marino and Damon Huard New Wine Passing Time.

Interesting Washington Wine

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http://www.passingtime.com

Baiju Buying Tips

An introduction to the world’s most popular drink you’ve never heard of: Baijiu.

http://www.winemag.com/September-2014/Chinese-Fire-Thrill/

What’s Inside a Bottle of Wine

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Society Of Wine Educators Goes Mobile With New App!

Free educational wine and spirits quizzes.

http://www.thestreet.com/story/12845917/1/society-of-wine-educators-goes-mobile-with-new-app.html

Biodynamic wine: Setting the table for seriously sustainable agriculture

Biodynamics explained

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http://www.informnny.com/story/d/story/biodynamic-wine-setting-the-table-for-seriously-su/10626/emRI9h43eEC5af7vXY-iUw

Ballantine is coming back

Starting September, Pabst will start selling Ballantine India Pale Ale in six packs and larger bottles in the Northeast.

http://money.cnn.com/2014/08/14/news/ballantine-pabst/

New app finds the right craft beer to pair with your supper

Brewmasters.Club will help users choose the right food to go with the beer they ordered or the right beer to go with the food they are cooking.

http://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/news/2014/08/14/new-app-finds-the-right-craft-beer-to-pair-with.html

9 Lesser-Known IPAs You Should Be Drinking

Now’s the time to diversify your fridge collection and remember why you fell in love with IPA in the first place. Here are nine excellent beers to get you started.

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http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/08/best-ipa-beer-lesser-known-india-pale-ale-societe-long-trail-great-divide-uinta-ithaca-thirsty-dog.html

New Italian Spirit

Italian fine wine importer Vias Imports is debuting a new line of artisanal spirits from Sibona Antica Distilleria in the U.S. market. Located in the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy, family-owned Sibona Antica is working with Vias to bring its line of grappas and liqueurs to the U.S. The initial introduction will include 1-liter offerings of aperitif Amaro Sibona ($29.99, 28%-abv), Chamomile Grappa-Infused Liqueur ($35.99, 32%-abv), Tennessee Wood Aged Grappa Riserva ($69.99, 44%-abv) and Uve di Langa Grappa Brandy ($62.99, 40%-abv). Plans are in place to extend the line in 2015. New York-based Vias Imports has a portfolio with more than 60 products, including Produttori del Barbaresco and Damilano.

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Liquor Industry News/Links 8-9-14

August 9, 2014

Liquor Industry News/Links

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By: Mark C Lenzi CSW, CSS, CWAS*

What A Great Time Of Year This Is.:

Summer Products Start To Convert To Fall

California Wine Harvest Is Starting

Football Pre Season Is Here (GO PATS)

Back To School Shopping

And Finally We Get Some Vacation Time To Relax With Family.

Research Never Ends And I Will Catch Up On Many Books And Of Coarse “Taste” Wine!

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Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

Microwave food and Wine Pairings

New Products

And More….

All About The Savoie Region In France

Very good information on this region in France.

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http://armchairsommelier.wordpress.com/2014/08/02/vin-nouveau-la-deuxieme-partie/comment-page-1/#comment-2501

Yeasts: do you know what’s flavouring your wine?

There’s an unseen hand in every wine – the yeast that fermented the juice

http://www.decanter.com/people-and-places/wine-articles/587335/yeasts-do-you-know-what-s-flavouring-your-wine

Wine Pairings For Microwave Dinners

Interesting video wine pairing

http://www.boston.com/food-dining/food/2014/08/01/wine-pairings-for-microwave-dinners/xw9cGM4mnNIdEOQciQgG5O/video.html

Results of Airline Wine Competition Released

Global Traveler Determines the Best in Airline Wines During its Annual Tasting

http://www.ssuchronicle.com/2014/08/01/results-of-airline-wine-competition-released/

Watertown MA officials consider new liquor licenses

The other part of this story. There is currently a bill in the legislative process that, if passed, will change the course of liquor licenses. If the Senate has it their way, licenses purchased after January 2015 would be non-transferable; when/if the establishment closed their doors, the license would go back to the issuer. If the House has it their way, things will remain as are.

http://watertown.wickedlocal.com/article/20140731/NEWS/140739380

Mouthwash to hide liquor breath

Today using a mouthwash containing alcohol as you approach a road check can be a very dangerous thing to do.

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http://www.castanet.net/news/Behind-the-Wheel/120172/Mouthwash-to-hide-liquor-breath

Most retailers sour on new MA wine shipment law

Feedback on the new wine direct shipping law in MA

Our friend Frank Zoll of Zoll Cellars gives his take.

http://www.telegram.com/article/20140803/NEWS/308039949/1237

 

Wine Club World Coming Soon

Boasting an array of California vineyards and wineries for the club’s initial shipment, Wine Club World will feature wines created in the American Viticultural Areas (AVA), inclusive of the booming wine country of the Santa Ynez Valley and the Santa Barbara area.

http://wineclubworld.com/contactWCW.php

Timilty: Walpole MA better off with liquor license cap

Elimination of the Liquor cap could potential also eliminate that local debate.

Timilty (D-Walpole) said the Governor’s proposal might do more harm than good, however Nice to hear support for local existing businesses.

http://walpole.wickedlocal.com/article/20140802/News/140809891

Wine brand heritage doesn’t matter: Glossing the Rex Goliath effect

The success of newer US wine brands such as Rex Goliath and Barefoot suggests a new generation places less value on provenance and heritage than on what the drinks say about them.

http://www.beveragedaily.com/Manufacturers/Wine-brand-heritage-doesn-t-matter-Glossing-the-Rex-Goliath-effect/?utm_source=newsletter_daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=04-Aug-2014&c=62LAdFMV8ZXM0XbRGEehpxGhhKTxiyyS

DEEP-FRIED ALCOHOL PROVES A HIT

A UK couple from Lancashire have developed a selection of deep-fried flavoured alcohol snacks

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/08/deep-fried-alcohol-proves-a-hit/?article-source=newsletter&source=939&date=2014-08-04

5 Pumpkin Beers On Shelves This Summer

Last year brought a first pumpkin beer press release Aug. 3.

This year, pumpkin beer made headlines by July.

http://www.thestreet.com/story/12823432/1/5-pumpkin-beers-on-shelves-this-summer.html

New Ste Michelle Cabernet

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates’ Columbia Crest brand is crafting its latest Cabernet Sauvignon using a new crowdsourcing method. With the help of an interactive website, the Paterson, Washington state-based winery will ask consumers to weigh in on the 18-month winemaking process, allowing them to decide how to tend, irrigate and harvest the grapes. Additionally, Columbia Crest head winemaker Juan Munoz Oca will help guide the online community and answer questions. Around 1,000 cases of the final Crowdsourced Cabernet 2014 will be available, retailing across the U.S., online and at the Columbia Crest tasting room. For the six months through June, Columbia Crest shipments fell 16%, to 378,000 cases, according to Ste. Michelle.

So Typical: Navigating a New World of Wine Diversity

Jennifer Fiedler untangles the ever-evolving meaning of “typicity” in wine.

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http://punchdrink.com/articles/so-typical-navigating-a-new-world-of-wine-diversity/

 

Non-GMO Beer

Look for the label below to make sure.

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http://www.bevlaw.com/bevlog/alcohol-beverages-generally/non-gmo-beer

  

NEW WILD TURKEY DIAMOND ANNIVERSARY BOURBON

5th August, 2014 by Amy Hopkins

Wild Turkey Bourbon has released a new limited edition bottling to celebrate the 60-year service of master distiller Jimmy Russell, called Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary.

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/08/wild-turkey-diamond-anniversary-launches/?article-source=newsletter&source=229&date=2014-08-05

WORLD’S WORST WINE DISASTERS

Winemakers are a hardy bunch having faced some undoubtedly challenging situations in recent history, as this list shows.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/08/worlds-worst-wine-disasters/?article-source=newsletter&source=940&date=2014-08-05

GUINNESS TARGETS US WITH BLONDE LAGER

Guinness will attempt to capture the hearts of US beer drinkers by releasing a blonde American lager this year.

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/08/guinness-targets-us-with-blonde-lager/?article-source=newsletter&source=940&date=2014-08-05

Will the Real Piña Colada Please Stand Up?

History of the pina colada

http://punchdrink.com/articles/will-the-real-pina-colada-please-stand-up/

Sake With Your Burger? Japan Is Looking West to Save a Tradition

Push to pair sake with western foods

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/05/world/europe/sake-with-your-burger-japan-looks-west-to-save-a-tradition.html?_r=0

Wine you can eat: Vinia claims to give you benefits of wine without the hangover

Vinia, a red grape cell powder, claims that one single serve packet contains the same amount of antioxidants found in an entire bottle of red wine.

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2014/08/04/wine-can-eat-vinia-gives-all-benefits-wine-without-hangover/

Box Wine Dispenser helps you maximize every single drop

New gadget for your box wines

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http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20140804/box-wine-dispenser-helps-maximize-single-drop/

Trinchero Family Estates Announces National Wine Education Day and the World Wine Challenge

To help increase awareness and create excitement about wine education and the World Wine Challenge®, Trinchero Family Estates also announced that August 15th will be dedicated as Trinchero National Wine Education Day.

http://worldwinechallenge.com

How to Make Sangrita (VIDEO)

Sangrita is the classic accompaniment to tequila shots in Mexico.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/liquorcom/how-to-make-sangrita-vide_b_5648853.html?page_version=legacy

Massachusetts millennials spend big on guilty pleasures

Massachusetts ranked top state for alcohol sales among young adults.

http://wwlp.com/2014/08/04/massachusetts-millennials-spend-big-on-guilty-pleasures/

Napa Valley, Sonoma…Hiwassee Highlands? Georgia Gets Its First “American Viticultural Area”

Georgia’s wine industry took a step forward last month, when the federal government recognized the state’s first American Viticultural Area, or AVA

http://www.gpb.org/news/2014/08/04/napa-valley-sonoma-hiwassee-highlands-georgia-gets-its-first-american-viticultural-a

Concha y Toro’s Casillero Del Diablo Debuts New Devil’s Collection

Concha y Toro’s flagship Casillero del Diablo brand is launching a new line of Chilean blends under the moniker Devil’s Collection. The range makes its debut with Devil’s Collection White 2012, which features Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer from the Casablanca Valley, and Devil’s Collection Red 2012, made with Carmenère, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah from the Rapel Valley. Both offerings are priced at $15 a 750-ml. Casillero del Diablo—which is handled in the U.S. by Excelsior Wines, the joint marketing venture between Concha y Toro and Banfi Vintners—was up 4% to nearly 400,000 cases in the U.S. last year, according to Impact Databank.

New Paul Hobbs Wine

Winemaker Paul Hobbs has partnered with French vintner Bertrand Vigouroux to launch a new Malbec from the Cahors region of southwest France. Named for the crocus flower, the pair’s Crocus Malbec de Cahors is made with a single Malbec clone sourced from three Vigouroux family properties in Cahors, which is Malbec’s historic home. Around 1,250 cases of Crocus Malbec de Cahors’ inaugural 2011 vintage are currently available in the U.S., retailing for around $45 a bottle. Paul Hobbs Imports (PHI) serves as Crocus’ exclusive importer.

The 50 Best Craft Breweries in America

Slide show of readers choice for top 50 breweries

http://www.thedailymeal.com/50-best-craft-breweries-america

PINNACLE VODKA UNVEILS NEW AMARETTO FLAVOR

Another new flavored Vodka

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/08/pinnacle-vodka-unveils-new-amaretto-flavour/?article-source=newsletter&source=230&date=2014-08-06

 

FIRST UV ENERGY TABLET COCKTAIL TO LAUNCH

A US entrepreneur is to launch what he claims is the world’s first  “tablet cocktail mixer” producing a beverage that glows under UV lighting and boosts energy levels.

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/08/first-uv-energy-tablet-cocktail-to-launch/?article-source=newsletter&source=941&date=2014-08-06

 

CorkGuard launches new SmartCork range

CorkGuard has launched SmartCork, a range of cork closures said to provide all the benefits of natural cork but with none of the downsides, and at a cost that competes with screw caps and plastic closures.

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http://wine.drinks-business-review.com/news/corkguard-unveils-new-cork-closures-range-for-wine-producers-300514-4281112

New Miller Lite Bottle Design Soon

MillerCoors has decided, with the success of the retro can, to implement the same design on their bottles. This package will be coming soon to retail.

First Pumpkin Beer Is Here!

Popularly known as one of the iconic beers of fall in New England, Shipyard Pumpkinhead is back again! It comes alive once a year! Make sure to get yours while it lasts. Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale is a crisp and refreshing wheat ale with delightful aromatics and subtle spice flavor. Try Pumpkinhead with a shot of spiced rum or in a pint glass rimmed with sure and cinnamon.

NOW IN STOCK

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New Shandies from Leinenkugel’s

This year, Leinenkugel’s did it again with some new shandies. One of which is Harvest Patch Shandy, a pumpkin shandy. This seasonal is available on draft and in the Shandy Sampler variety pack only. In the variety pack, it comes with Cranberry Ginger Shandy and Old Fashioned Shandy

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Prosecco vs. Champagne: What’s the difference?

Here are five major differences between the two:

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2014/08/05/prosecco-vs-champagne-whats-difference/

Wine vernacular: Five terms wine lovers should master

Here are five terms that every new wine lover should master.

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/lifestyles/wine/vino-vernacular-five-terms-wine-lovers-should-mast/ngtmD/?__federated=1

You’re Cooling Your Wine All Wrong

There’s a better way to chill your chardonnay, and it won’t cost a dime or take up space in your fridge. That’s right. We want you to put your wine in a toilet.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/06/toilet-tank-wine-cooler_n_5452483.html

Wine drinkers often overpour, study says

The study, published in Substance Use and Misuse, found that participants poured 12% more wine into a wide glass than a narrow one.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/09/30/wine-serving-size-too-much/2895661/

Why you should be drinking cheap wine

Very interesting article of wine bottle costs over the years.

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/drink/2011/11/why_you_should_be_drinking_cheap_wine.html

These Are the 10 Best Booze Ads of All Time: TV Edition

Ten of the best TV ads that have aired in recent years

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/liquorcom/these-are-the-10-best-boo_b_5652240.html

HOW TO MAKE BUSINESS CARDS FROM BEER BOXES

Here’s how to turn your recycling bin into a pile of unique up-cycled business cards.

http://allaboutbeer.com/beer-business-cards/

Drink Your Watermelon

Watermelon cocktails

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http://chilledmagazine.com/Whats_Chilling_Right_Now-detail/drink-your-watermelon/

How Are Organic Wine Labels Regulated in the U.S.?

In the U.S., TTB recognizes four different types of “ORGANIC” claims.

http://www.winelawonreserve.com/2014/08/06/how-are-organic-wine-labels-regulated-us/

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Liquor Industry News/Links 8-2-14

August 2, 2014

Liquor Industry News/Links

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By: Mark C Lenzi CSW, CSS, CWAS*

 

Its August Already And Summer Is Going Fast. Next Week

Oktoberfest And Pumpkin Beers Are Due In.

Soon We Will Launch An Exciting New Loyalty Program In

Partnership With Quini.

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Wine Label Meanings

Water Into Wine Trick

New Items

 

WineGlass app makes clueless drinkers like connoisseurs

Interesting new wine app. Developed for you to take a picture of the wine menu

At a restaurant and assist you with wine details. I will be interested in testing this more.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/wineglass-app-makes-the-clueless-drinker-a-connoisseur/

7 questions about wine and nutrition answered

Answers to questions about organic and sulfites in wine

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http://www.mlive.com/drinks/2014/07/7_questions_about_wine_and_nut.html

How tequila made its way to the top shelf in the US

The fastest growth in the US market has been in high-end and super-premium tequila

http://qz.com/240230/how-tequila-made-its-way-to-the-top-shelf-in-the-us/#/h/90018,1/

New Woodchuck Ciders

Vermont Hard Cider’s Woodchuck brand is set to release a trio of ciders, including Hopsation, a new core year-round offering. Rolling out in August, Hopsation features Woodchuck’s original cider and an infusion of Cascade hops, and will be available nationwide in six-packs and on draft. The year-round entry marks Woodchuck’s first core brand extension since 2011. Concurrently, Woodchuck will also launch Sour Cherry Cider, the latest entry in its limited edition Cellar Series, as well as reintroduce Fall Harvest Seasonal Cider. Sour Cherry will be available in 22-ounce bottles through September, while Fall Harvest, which features notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and white oak, will be offered in six-packs and on draft through October.

Summer’s Not Just For White; It’s Ok To Chill Red Wine

Good advice on which reds to give a chill

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http://zesterdaily.com/drinking/put-away-summer-whites-ok-chill-red-wine/?utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=13612424&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9qJt21BmDUAsE9Jr_1JMXH3oqlrMBj_tIuhlsuE9z_X3grH8eHeyoXP7YH0XWsvn4KHnL-b7UDNYJDam7RdxOX26iM326VzD9jE6WBi0Vu0lGSJk0&_hsmi=13612424

TEN OF THE WORLD’S STRONGEST SPIRITS

A look at grain alcohol and more.

http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/07/ten-of-the-worlds-strongest-spirits/?article-source=newsletter&source=224&date=2014-07-29

Surprising Meanings Behind Common U.S. Wine Label Terms

Best education you can get is on wine label reading.

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http://wine.answers.com/learn-about-wine/surprising-meanings-behind-common-us-wine-label-terms

PROFESSOR CLAIMS TERROIR IS ‘A MYTH’

The quality of some of the world’s top wines is down to a concentration of expertise rather than terroir, a French professor has argued.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/07/is-terroir-a-myth/?article-source=newsletter&source=935&date=2014-07-29

Water to Wine Illusion Box

How to turn water into wine trick.

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http://www.instructables.com/id/Water-to-Wine-Illusion-Box/?ALLSTEPS

Wine Deals Online? Let a Somm Find Them For You

Ian Cauble, who was featured in the recent documentary “Somm,” new website.

Daily wine offers.

http://www.sommselect.com

The secret to good sangria: Give it time to rest

Sangria tips: Agree with letting it soak up the fruit.

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/07/29/5072047/the-secret-to-good-sangria-give.html

All-time high for N.H. liquor sales

Record setting year for NH booze sales.

http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20140729-BIZ-407290344

Study: Mass. Millennials Tops In Alcohol Spending, No. 2 In Coffee Shop Purchases

A new report on spending by millennials – those ages 18 to 35 – finds that Massachusetts’s millennials rank No. 1 nationally in spending on alcohol and No. 2 in spending on coffee.

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http://boston.cbslocal.com/2014/07/29/study-mass-millennials-tops-in-alcohol-spending-no-2-in-coffee-shop-purchases/

The Aroma of Color w Jordi Ballester, an IPNC Seminar

Interesting study on wine tasting when you can’t see the color

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http://wakawakawinereviews.com/2014/07/28/the-aroma-of-color-w-jordi-ballester-an-ipnc-seminar/

THE STUNNING ARCHITECTURE OF THE WINE WORLD

architectural stunners you’ll find around the wine world.

http://vinepair.com/wine-blog/stunning-architecture-wine-world/

How to Hold a Wine Glass

Wine Folly blog on proper way to hold a glass

http://winefolly.com/tutorial/hold-wine-glass-civilized/?utm_source=Wine+Folly&utm_campaign=2fc39526e4-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a18d8bdc1b-2fc39526e4-62472929&mc_cid=2fc39526e4&mc_eid=d73340fcba

CHOCOLATE LOBSTER BEER MAKES COMEBACK

Brewed with five lobsters, the Dogfish Brewery’s 5.6% Choc Lobster is said to have notes of “bittersweet chocolate” with “subtle herb and ocean notes”.

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/07/chocolate-lobster-beer-makes-comeback/?article-source=newsletter&source=936&date=2014-07-30

BIGGEST DRINKING US STATES MAPPED

No surprise NH sells more than any state BUT 50% is sold to residents of other states.

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/07/biggest-drinking-us-states-mapped/?article-source=newsletter&source=936&date=2014-07-30

Americans need to revisit Greek wines

Great read on getting familiar with wines from Greece

http://www.sacbee.com/2014/07/29/6591516/mike-dunne-on-wine-greek-wines.html

RumChata® Root Beer Float

August 6th is National Root Beer Float Day and RumChata has come up with its own adult version to celebrate.

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http://chilledmagazine.com/Drinks-detail/rumchata-root-beer-float/

Argentina’s potential debt default could hurt its struggling wine industry

Economy issues leading to lower cost of bulk wine. Also lower yields due to climate.

http://www.harpers.co.uk/news/argentinas-potential-debt-default-could-cause-wine-prices-to-fall/370019.article

Liquor Of Legend: The Distillery Behind Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Blanton’s–And Pappy Van Winkle

Background and history behind the brands

http://www.forbes.com/sites/abrambrown/2014/07/30/liquor-of-legend-the-distillery-behind-buffalo-trace-bourbon-blantons-and-pappy-van-winkle/

Does adding tannin boost aromatic thiols, too? It just might.

Interesting look at adding tannins to help wines aromatics

http://wineoscope.com/2014/07/30/does-adding-tannin-boost-aromatic-thiols-too-it-just-might/

TOP 10 BOOKS ON BEER

Ten books for beer lovers and education

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/07/top-10-books-on-beer/?article-source=newsletter&source=937&date=2014-07-31

How the pros taste wine, and what the heck is Quini

Blog about the Quini app we use

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http://goodcheapvino.com/pros-taste-wine-heck-quini/

10 things winemakers won’t tell you

What goes into your glass of Pinot? Food coloring, weird additives, and a 400% markup

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/10-things-winemakers-wont-tell-you-2014-07-31

HOW IMPORTANT ARE GARNISHES IN COCKTAILS?

Do cocktails really need a garnish?

http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/08/how-important-are-garnishes-in-cocktails/?article-source=newsletter&source=227&date=2014-08-01

Mainstream wine drinking is changing

Demand for wine is growing with a shift to new markets and consumers

http://www.drinksint.com/news/fullstory.php/aid/4641/Mainstream_wine_drinking_is_changing.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=e-mail&utm_campaign=Drinks%2BInternational%2Bweekly%2Bnewsletter%2BIssue%2B284

HOSPITAL OPENS WINE BAR FOR TERMINALLY ILL

A hospital in France is to open a wine bar for its terminally ill patients to allow patients to “enjoy” their final days.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/08/hospital-opens-wine-bar-for-terminally-ill/?article-source=newsletter&source=938&date=2014-08-01

CORK FIRMS HAIL US AND CHINA DATA

90% of the featured brands used cork as their primary closure.

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/07/cork-firms-hail-us-china-data/?article-source=newsletter&source=938&date=2014-08-01

THE SMALLEST WINERY IN AMERICA IS LOCATED IN A FORMER JAIL

North Carolina’s Calaboose Cellars, a winery that once served as a jail. They are America’s smallest freestanding, complete winery.

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https://grapecollective.com/articles/the-smallest-winery-in-america-is-located-in-a-former-jail

Handcrafted Flasks

Custom Liquor Flask Company

http://www.flasking.com

Elijah Craig 12 Year Old

Heaven Hill Distilleries will release a third bottling of Elijah Craig 12-Year-Old Barrel Proof Bourbon this year and three more bottlings next year. Debuting last year as a limited release version of Elijah Craig Small Batch 12-Year-Old, the series is drawn from the company’s inventory of aging barrels and each release reflects the proof of the batch, made of 100 or fewer barrels. A batch of 134.2 proof was released in March 2014 and a 137-proof was released in May, with the third 133.2-proof batch expected in September. In January next year, Heaven Hill will debut the first edition of the 2015 installment of the series. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof is available nationwide in 750-ml. bottles retailing at $44.99.

Cool trends in cocktails: Flavor-infused ice cubes

Everyone’s looking at new ways to impress when it comes to keeping drinks cool.

http://www.usatoday.com/experience/food-and-wine/news-festivals-events/cool-trends-in-cocktails-flavor-infused-ice-cubes/8766523/

Why Is Trader Joe’s Wine So Cheap?

Feedback from Quora on Two Buck Chuck

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http://eatdrinkbetter.com/2014/07/31/trader-joes-wine-cheap/

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Liquor Industry News/Links 7-26-14

July 26, 2014

Liquor Industry News/Links

7-26-14

By: Mark C Lenzi CSW, CSS, CWAS*

 

This Week Franklin Liquors Has More Exciting Wine Education News.

We Have Partnered With Michèle Meagher A Food/Wine Blogger.

http://www.micheleuncorked.com

Look For Our Combined Food And Wine Articles/Adventures Soon!

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Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

Food Wine Pairings

New Sunday Opening

New CA Wine Education Law

Patriots Suing Bacardi

 

Liquor sales to be allowed 2 hours earlier on Sundays following Gov. Deval Patrick’s approval

Now Local Towns must approve

http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/07/liquor_sales_to_be_allowed_2_h.html

  

7 Ways to Make Bad Wine Drinkable

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Always read about penny trick never tried it.

http://time.com/3005754/7-ways-to-make-bad-wine-drinkable/

Wine-flavored cotton candy

Order from a candy shop in Des Moines, Iowa

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http://blogs.orlandoweekly.com/salivation-army/thank-internet-kindle-unlimited-wine-flavored-cotton-candy/

American Gins Go Their Own Way

A new wave of New World gins is delivering flavors the Queen Mother never dreamed of

http://online.wsj.com/articles/american-gins-go-their-own-way-1405711255

Patriots suing Bacardi after rum maker walks away from deal

Bacardi deal fell threw

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http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2014/07/18/patriots-suing-bacardi-after-rum-maker-walks-away-from-business-deal/IOguGQVoe5QTwHPzN4n2UM/story.html

Mixing booze with energy drinks makes you want more alcohol, study finds

New Australian study

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http://www.thestar.com/life/food_wine/2014/07/18/mixing_booze_with_energy_drinks_makes_you_want_to_drink_more_study_finds.html

Wine prices and the small specialty stores

Great article on price and selection differences between box stores and

Small stores like ours.

 http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/wine-prices-and-the-small-specialty-stores/2014/07/16/c4739b30-0b97-11e4-8c9a-923ecc0c7d23_story.html?tid=hpModule_1f58c93a-8a7a-11e2-98d9-3012c1cd8d1e

 

Age doesn’t matter when it comes to whiskey

Quality not aging

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http://www.cnbc.com/id/101850447#.

BEER DOES THE BODY GOOD?

5 reasons why ordering a beer isn’t always an unhealthy option

http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/what-to-drink/beer-does-the-body-good

The Miraculous Nose

Tim Gaiser blog on how powerful our sense of smell is

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http://www.timgaiser.com/blog/the-miraculous-nose?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TimGaiserMasterSommelier-Blog+%28The+Blog+of+Tim+Gaiser%2C+MS%29

The Two Faces of Soave

Tasting Italian Soaves

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/23/dining/tasting-italian-soaves.html?ref=dining&_r=0

Suddenly, more wines contain cobalt

Interesting study on something new being found in wines.

http://blog.wblakegray.com/2014/07/suddenly-more-wines-contain-cobalt.html

 

JOHN WAYNE BOURBON IN TRADEMARK DISPUTE

The descendants of American actor John Wayne are locked in a legal battle with Duke University over the launch of a new Bourbon brand called Duke, the late movie star’s nickname.

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/07/john-wayne-bourbon-in-trademark-dispute/?article-source=newsletter&source=218&date=2014-07-22

Is Climate Change Ruining Wine Corks?

The quality of corks is in decline

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http://www.livescience.com/46901-wine-cork-quality-decreasing.html

New law allows California students to taste wine

College students under the age of 21 will be allowed to drink alcohol in class, as long as they’re enrolled in a beer brewing or winemaking program and they refrain from swallowing,

http://www.sfgate.com/education/article/New-law-allows-California-students-to-taste-wine-5636628.php

Wine firms must be consumer-centric to win new generation of drinkers

How the “Big” guys use research to build brands

http://www.harpers.co.uk/campaigns/get-engaged/wine-firms-must-be-consumer-centric-to-win-new-generation-of-drinkers/369689.article?redirCanon=1

11 Canned Foods You Can Serve, Proudly, With Wine

Canned food and wine pairings

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http://www.cntraveler.com/daily-traveler/2014/07/delicious-canned-fish-and-wine-pairings

 

HAHN REDIRECTS BRAND-BUILDING PROWESS

An update on Hahn Winery, What was sold off and new high end line.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/07/hahn-redirects-brand-building-prowess/?article-source=newsletter&source=929&date=2014-07-23

The Koolernaut will tell you the perfect temperature for your beer

I love new gadgets!

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https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2112075052/koolernaut-digital-beverage-insulator-and-chiller

I’m looking California, and feeling Minnesota…

Wine blog about the CWAS program SF Wine School Offers

http://www.anotherwineblog.com/archives/16836#.U86VS1YVzOy

Patrón launches a trio of tahona-only tequilas

rarely practiced – process that starts with a tahona, a giant two-tonne stone wheel hand-carved from volcanic rock (roca), that slowly crushes the cooked agave to break the bonds of fibre and release the rich agave juice.

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http://www.thedrinksreport.com/news/2014/15542-patr-n-launches-a-trio-of-tahona-only-tequilas.html?utm_source=TDR_Newsletter_July_22&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=TDR_Newsletter

Cool Off This Summer with Wine Popsicles

Many recipe’s

http://missouriwine.org/blog_cool-off-this-summer-with-wine-popsicles/

Wine Pairing Rules Worth Breaking

4 Tips on food and wine pairing. Tip 4 ask the wine shop.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-22/wine-pairing-rules-worth-breaking.html

TIGER BONES USED TO BREW WINE IN CHINA

China’s black market trade in tiger bones for the production of tiger ‘wine’ is thriving, despite an official ban.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/07/tiger-bones-used-to-brew-wine-in-china/

Putting Black Box Wine To The Taste Test

Review on how they taste and how long they last

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http://chicagoist.com/2014/07/22/putting_black_box_wine_to_the_taste.php

Caught on camera: Man burnt by bartender making flaming cocktail

Watch the crazy video

http://news.asiaone.com/news/soshiok/caught-camera-man-burnt-bartender-making-flaming-cocktail

 

‘Star Trek’-themed beer

Klingon Warnog is an official Star Trek beerT

http://federationofbeer.com/page/9/Warnog.html

 

Can’t remember Which Beer to Drink? Have No Fear Beer Pad is Here!

an app that allows users to take pictures of their beer and record information about.

http://www.148apps.com/news/remember-beer-drink-fear-beer-pad/

The Coolest Beer Cooler We’ve Ever Seen

The Kickstarter project for “The Coolest” cooler has raised over $6 million so far

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http://www.lamag.com/liquidla/2014/07/22/the-coolest-beer-cooler-weve-ever-seen

ALCOHOL FOUND TO IMPROVE SENSE OF SMELL

A modest amount of alcohol can improve your sense of smell, a recent study has concluded.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/07/alcohol-found-to-improve-sense-of-smell/?article-source=newsletter&source=929&date=2014-07-23

HOMER SIMPSON WINE DESIGN UNVEILED

Two Russian designers have unveiled their latest work – a pair of wine bottles inspired by Homer and Marge Simpson.

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/07/homer-simpson-wine-design-unveiled/?article-source=newsletter&source=929&date=2014-07-23

CANADA LAUNCHES ONLINE WINE DIRECTORY

Complete listing of wineries in Canada coming soon!

http://www.canadianvintners.com/?p=677

Poolside Popsicle Cocktails

If you love popsicles and love cocktails, there’s nothing better than these easy-to-make treats to have on-hand poolside at your next summer gathering!

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http://chilledmagazine.com/Whats_Chilling_Right_Now-detail/poolside-popsicle-cocktails/

KENTUCKY BOURBON STOCKS RETURN TO 1970S LEVELS

Stocks of Bourbon currently maturing in Kentucky have returned to their highest level since 1977 as producers forecast increasing demand for the whiskey.

http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/07/kentucky-bourbon-stocks-return-to-1970s-levels/?article-source=newsletter&source=220&date=2014-07-23

Santa Barbara: The Thrill of Discovery

Great info on One of California’s historic winemaking regions

http://vinousmedia.com/articles/santa-barbara-the-thrill-of-discovery-jul-2014?utm_source=Vinous+Update+Email+List+%28Non-Subscribers%29&utm_campaign=d40330ab24-vinousupdate_2014_7_22_nm&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_965624e71b-d40330ab24-23975861

Is That MegaPurple, Or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

Very graphic and opinionated wine blogger.

Stance on “no good wine under $20”

AND

Review of additives in wines

http://hosemasterofwine.blogspot.com/2014/07/is-that-megapurple-or-are-you-just.html

4 Sensational Hot Dog & Beer Pairings

All beers less than $10 a six pack

http://nbwa.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=1005b559db1c694e45edf48b1&id=7aff2dbcc0&e=89b9c026e1

Why the FDA’s Spent Grain Policy Nearly Raised the Cost of Your Beer

Did you know brewers sell their spent grain?

http://modernfarmer.com/2014/07/great-spent-grain-debacle/?omhide=true&utm_source=Modern+Farmer+Newsletter&utm_campaign=6a254fc78a-Weekly_11_1511_15_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e8a89c7e43-6a254fc78a-75543437

Coro Mendocino Releases Iconic Ultra-Premium 2011 Vintage

I have never had any luck locating Coro Mendocino blends In MA

Read all about what makes it a special wine.

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/07/prweb12028957.htm?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

What does “manipulation” of wine mean to you?

Interesting blog on “things” added to wines

http://blog.wblakegray.com/2014/07/what-does-manipulation-of-wine-mean-to.html

FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT AMERICAN VITICULTURAL AREAS (AVA)

Good info on AVA stats

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http://vinepair.com/wine-blog/fascinating-facts-american-viticultural-areas-ava/

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