Liquor Industry News/Links 6-21-14

Liquor Industry News/Links


By: Mark C Lenzi CSW, CSS, CWAS*


Liquor Industry Week In Review


Craft Distilleries Are Popping Up All Over The USA.

Here Is Some Details On Some:

The Drink Business Picks Top 10 Pinot Noir Wines

We Have Liberty School In Stock!



16th June, 2014 by Lucy Shaw

A producer in the Loire Valley has had to change the scent on its scratch and sniff labels after the smell of “terroir” proved unpopular with the American market.

I thought the scratch and sniff wine book was different. But this is interesting.


Cold pasteurization for preservation of wine instead sulphite addition

A new method for preservation of liquid foods, working at moderate temperatures and therefore referred to as “cold pasteurization,”

Wine Technology of the Future: The Straw for Wine

Interesting look at using straws to taste wine


I have tried wine straws that promote use for saving teeth from stains.

New Sam Adams Mix Pack

Samuel Adams has re-released its limited edition Latitude 48 IPA Deconstructed 12-pack. Rolling out nationwide, the variety pack includes two bottles of Latitude 48 IPA, as well as “deconstructed” versions of the brew, each made with just one of Latitude 48’s five hop varieties. The five offerings include two bottles each of East Kent Goldings IPA, Hallertau Mittelfrueh IPA, Simcoe IPA and Zeus IPA, as well as Mosaic IPA, which makes its debut following the addition of Mosaic hops to Latitude 48’s recipe for the first time last year. The Latitude 48 IPA Deconstructed 12-pack is currently available for a limited time, priced at $15.99-$18.99.

New Jacks Abby Beer

Framingham, Massachusetts-based Jack’s Abby Brewing, LLC is celebrating its third anniversary in business with the release of Framingham Lager. Framingham Lager is an American-style lager brewed wholly from 2-row malts and real hops. It will be available in 12-packs throughout Massachusetts and on draft only in its hometown. The family-owned craft brewery will donate a portion of the beer’s proceeds to the Downtown Framingham Renaissance in an effort to revitalize the city’s downtown. The brewery says it increased production capacity last year from 7,000 barrels to 18,000 barrels.

What the heck is ice wine, anyway?

Nice overview of ice wine


A Sommelier Explains How To Tell If Your Wine Is High Quality

Three Things to look for in a quality wine. Nice guide

Ordering Wine on Date Night

Impress your date by picking the perfect wine.

Its mentioned NOT to smell the cork. I always say at least look at it!

Make sure cork info matches the bottle you bought.

Sales of Mexican Wine Growing In Spite of Odds

Interesting read on status of wine making in Mexico.

Biggest problem is government support.

How to Choose a Cooking Wine

Wine Folly Blog On Cooking With Wine.

I Always Love To Use Sauvignon Blanc As It Has Great Acidity

Five of the Strangest Drinks from Around the World

Hold The Snake Please!


Wine Descriptions: Those Words May NOT Mean What You Think

Bloggers Interesting View On Descriptions Used In Wine Reviews


Always A Well Know Fact In Wine Education. More Scientific Data

Occasional glass of wine could save your eyesight

Another Study Of The Health Benefits Of Wine


The definitions surrounding craft beer by allowing brewers to use rice or corn rather than just barley malt and allowing breweries producing up to 6 million barrels a year (rather than 2m) to call themselves “craft”.

New Look For Avalon Wine

New Look But STILL Tasting Great! Once Voted Best Value Cab By Robert Parker.

Purple Wine Co.’s Avalon Winery has renamed and redesigned the packaging for its flagship California AVA-designated Cabernet Sauvignon. Making its debut with its recently-launched 2012 vintage, the wine’s updated look prominently features the new name—CAB—and a bolder logo design. The 2012 Avalon CAB, which is a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Syrah, 7% Zinfandel and 4% Merlot, is priced at $12 a bottle and currently available both on- and off-premise nationwide. Based in Graton, California, Purple Wine Co.’s portfolio also includes the Bex, Four Vines, Cryptic and Alto Cinco brands.


Prosecco Is Up

Shipments of Prosecco DOC wines to the U.S. were up 24% to approximately 25 million bottles (2.1m cases) last year, according to the Prosecco DOC Consortium. The U.S. represents 16% of Prosecco DOC shipments worldwide, which rose 18% to 155 million bottles last year. After Prosecco’s reclassification beginning with the 2009 harvest, the Prosecco DOC now includes many growing areas whose wines formerly bore the IGT label.


Hey Neighbor How About Jaws On Your Beer?

Providence, Rhode Island’s Narragansett Beer is re-releasing Narragansett 1975 “Jaws” retro packaging for the summer months in 12-, 18- and 30-packs of 12-ounce cans. The re-release marks the 29th anniversary of the release of the popular film, in which actor Robert Shaw crushed a can of Narragansett. The brewery has partnered with the R.J. Dunlap Marine Conservation Program at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science to support shark conservation efforts in the Atlantic Ocean through sales of the beer. The limited edition cans will be available throughout New England and markets such as New York, Philadelphia, North Carolina, Washington D.C. and Florida.


Interesting Winery Items, Cork And Wine Bottle Cars.



Interesting Facts On Why Some Years Are Better Than Others For Champagne


20th June, 2014 by Richard Ross

A multisensory wine tasting experiment has shed new light on how our environment affects the way we taste. The results now show that a change in both colour and sound while we’re drinking can immediately affect the taste of wine by nearly 10%.


6 gluten-free beers you gotta try

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