Liquor Industry News/Links 8-16-14

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

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Franklin Liquors

Mike & Mark

 

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.

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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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