By: Mark C Lenzi CSW, CSS, CWAS*
Liquor Industry Week In Review
Pernod Ricard launches innovative Father’s Day promotion
Pernod Ricard will then send them a personalized label which wraps around the bottle.
The science of wine
5 key questions, answered
Shandy-monium: The sequel
Brace yourselves beer drinkers: The summer of 2014 is shaping up for shandy-monium.
SCIENTISTS CRACK FORMULA FOR ‘PERFECT PINT’
28th May, 2014 by Lauren May
Researchers at Cornell University have reached their verdict on what makes a perfect pint, revealing a complex combination of chemicals needed to achieve the best foamy head.
Much more than mixology apps
Review Of Drink Apps
TOP 10 WACKY VODKA BOTTLE DESIGNS
Vodka brands are often known for their weird, wacky and downright obscene bottle designs, from missile-shaped vessels to phallus-like decanters.
INSTAGRAM ALCOHOLIC SLUSHIE SERVICE INVESTIGATED
27th May, 2014 by Lauren May
A “booze slushie” ordered and delivered via Instagram which has taken New York by storm is under investigation by the State Liquor Authority.
The 7 Best Cities for Beer
That’s right Boston is on list!!
Many faces of Chardonnay
Chardonnay Types As Explained By Great Northwest Wine Blob:
Here are some basics:
Barrel fermentation: The grapes were crushed and the juice was put into oak barrels (or tanks with pieces of oak inserted) then fermented. Depending on how much new oak was used determines how oaky the wine is. It is safe to say that if a Chardonnay is fermented in oak, it will be oakier and richer.
Malolactic (ML) fermentation: The wine goes through a secondary fermentation that converts tart malic acids to softer, more elegant lactic acids. Nearly all red wines are put through ML.
Sur lie aging: The lees – leftover yeast and other sediment – is left in the barrel with the aging wine. Often, the barrel is stirred, which mixes up the lees. This tends to create a richer mouth feel to the wine.
Stainless steel: This means the wine was fermented and aged in stainless steel and no oak was used. It is quite possible that part or all of the wine still went through ML and lees aging occurred.
These days, winemakers are experimenting with any and all of these techniques. Indeed, you can enjoy a Chardonnay that is partially barrel fermented (new and used oak), partially put through ML and partially lees aged.
If the wine you’re looking at has a back label, look for words such as “rich” or “bright” to determine which direction the winemaker took.
Wineries Bid for B.C.’s First Subappellation
Group in southern Okanagan Valley proposes Golden Mile Bench as new viticultural area
High-Tech Mevushal Wine
One trend that’s on an uptick in the world of kosher wines released on the US market is “mevushal,” or “cooked,” wines.
The eCool is an environmentally friendly and altogether awesome alternative to your humble Igloo
INHALING ALCOHOL TREND BRANDED ‘DANGEROUS’
28th May, 2014 by Lauren May
A drinking craze in which users inhale alcohol fumes has the potential to be a “very dangerous phenomenon”, experts have warned.
WINE AUSTRALIA CRACKS DOWN ON ‘ORANGE’ WINE
28th May, 2014 by Lucy Shaw
Wine Australia has threatened that producers outside the region of Orange in New South Wales who name their wines as “orange” risk “serious consequences”.
Dan Marino Delivers Passing Time Wine
The former Miami Dolphins quarterback is going to have a little wine of his own. Marino is partnering with his former backup quarterback, Damon Huard, to produce a 500-case Washington Cabernet called “Passing Time.”
10 foodie beers to savor now
Germans would be pleasantly surprised by this spectrum of culinary summer stunners, infused with pineapple, cucumber and beyond.
A Beer Beginner’s Guide to Hops of the World
Hops are basically here just for mankind’s beery satisfaction.
“Brett Character” in Wine: How Much Can the Experts REALLY Detect?
Among many in the wine industry, a wine exhibiting “Brett character” is generally thought of as negative and highly undesired in most wines.
Why You Should Drink Rosé
Does the idea of drinking pink wine make you blush? It’s time to forget what you think you know about rosé.
Beyond Beer Can Chicken: The 10 Best Grilling with Beer Recipes
It’s what you want after a long week: a cold beer and a hot grill, good food and good friends. The combination makes all feel right in the world again.
33 of The Most Bizarre Wine Flavors
See the most bizarre wine flavors and find out what wines have these flavors. If wine tasted only like flowers and fruit, it wouldn’t be as awesome as it is.
3 Weird Reasons You Pour Yourself Way Too Much Wine
a recent study from Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab suggests that a few environmental cues might be guiding you to unconsciously overpour.
12 Exceptions To The Rule That You Shouldn’t Drink Red Wine With Fish
The rule of thumb for pairing wine with food is red wine goes with meat and white wine with fish. This well-known statute is strictly observed the world over — but are there ever exceptions?
New Shannon Ridge Wines
California wine producer Shannon Ridge Family of Wines is releasing a new red blend for its Playtime Wines label ahead of the summer season. Playtime Wines Red Blend is a Lake County-sourced combination of Zinfandel with small amounts of Grenache, Petit Verdot and Barbera and retails for $12.99 a bottle. Playtime, whose label art is a throwback to the era when posters of pin-up stars adorned various World War II aircraft, is available now in major retail markets at grocery and liquor stores. The company says Playtime “Blonde” Chardonnay and Playtime “Strawberry Blonde” dry rosé wines will soon follow the red blend.
New Long Trail
Vermont’s Long Trail Brewing Co. has added a new entry to its small-batch Brown Bag series, Berliner Weisse. The new offering is a 3.4%-abv ale that the company describes as highly sessionable with a light body and a very dry finish. Resurrected in 2012 (after being discontinued in the 1990s), Long Trail’s rotating Brown Bag Series has recently included an American IPA, Bavarian Smoked Brown, Maple Maibock and Lemon Pepper Kolsch, the last of which has now entered the brewer’s seasonal line-up under the name Ramble.
The French Grape Variety Aroma Game
Select a grape and start the game!
TOP 10 ALTERNATIVE USES FOR CHEAP VODKA
Do you have a dubious bottle of old vodka destined to never see the light of day? Then you’ll appreciate our top 10 tips to putting cheap vodka to work, in ways you couldn’t imagine.
BERTRAND OFFERS NO-SULPHITE GUARANTEE
29th May, 2014 by Gabriel Savage
Languedoc-Roussillon producer Gerard Bertrand is offering a three-year guarantee on his sulphite-free range in a bid to calm concerns about the stability of these wines.
TIPSY TUNES: THE 10 WINE SONGS YOU NEED TO BE LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW
Top 10 Songs about wine
Cider Creek Hard Cider Launches in Boston
A new brand of hard cider, Cider Creek Hard Cider, is flowing into Boston.
When To Get Wine By The Glass
Follow up on why not to buy wine by the glass
Quini Named App Of The Day
Did you know we are partnered with Quini?
Look for us to incorporate this in our future tasting classes
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