Liquor Industry News/Links
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
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Mike & Mark
Liquor Industry Week In Review
This Weeks Highlights:
Wine Label Meanings
Water Into Wine Trick
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.
7 questions about wine and nutrition answered
Answers to questions about organic and sulfites in wine
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
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
TEN OF THE WORLD’S STRONGEST SPIRITS
A look at grain alcohol and more.
Surprising Meanings Behind Common U.S. Wine Label Terms
Best education you can get is on wine label reading.
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.
Water to Wine Illusion Box
How to turn water into wine trick.
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.
The secret to good sangria: Give it time to rest
Sangria tips: Agree with letting it soak up the fruit.
All-time high for N.H. liquor sales
Record setting year for NH booze sales.
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.
Interesting study on wine tasting when you can’t see the color
THE STUNNING ARCHITECTURE OF THE WINE WORLD
architectural stunners you’ll find around the wine world.
How to Hold a Wine Glass
Wine Folly blog on proper way to hold a glass
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”.
BIGGEST DRINKING US STATES MAPPED
No surprise NH sells more than any state BUT 50% is sold to residents of other states.
Americans need to revisit Greek wines
Great read on getting familiar with wines from Greece
RumChata® Root Beer Float
August 6th is National Root Beer Float Day and RumChata has come up with its own adult version to celebrate.
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.
Liquor Of Legend: The Distillery Behind Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Blanton’s–And Pappy Van Winkle
Background and history behind the brands
Does adding tannin boost aromatic thiols, too? It just might.
Interesting look at adding tannins to help wines aromatics
TOP 10 BOOKS ON BEER
Ten books for beer lovers and education
How the pros taste wine, and what the heck is Quini
Blog about the Quini app we use
10 things winemakers won’t tell you
What goes into your glass of Pinot? Food coloring, weird additives, and a 400% markup
HOW IMPORTANT ARE GARNISHES IN COCKTAILS?
Do cocktails really need a garnish?
Mainstream wine drinking is changing
Demand for wine is growing with a shift to new markets and consumers
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.
CORK FIRMS HAIL US AND CHINA DATA
90% of the featured brands used cork as their primary closure.
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.
Custom Liquor Flask Company
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.
Why Is Trader Joe’s Wine So Cheap?
Feedback from Quora on Two Buck Chuck
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