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Liquor Industry Week In Review
This Weeks Highlights:
Wine Spectator Selling Ratings?
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.
10 Hacks to Make a Box of Wine Taste Amazing
Make cheap wine delicious and fun to drink with these tricks and 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.
Does the Alcohol Industry Really Advocate Responsible Drinking?
new study charges the opposite is actually true.
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.
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
A beginners guide to mixing beer
Not all beers are compatible for mixing, but there are some fun things you can do
Pumpkin-ale guide: Our annual seasonal ranking evaluates 19 ales
19 pumpkin brews in a blind tasting format
WAITER BREAKS BEER-CARRYING RECORD
The world record for the number of beer-filled mass carried by one waiter has been broken in Germany.
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.
Can cheap wine do this?
Fortunately, the Wine Curmudgeon is here to answer five of the most suggested cheap wine questions on Google:
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
WHY MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL GOT INTO…THE WINE BUSINESS?
HINT: BECAUSE SOMEONE WOULD BE VERY, VERY UNHAPPY IF THE MLB MADE ITS OWN BEER.
Wine + Life: How Smartphones Revolutionized The Tasting Note
Tasting notes are a very useful tool when it comes to wine.
Is New Zealand the world’s most sustainable wine producing country?
New Zealand is the world leader in sustainable wine production.
“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!
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.
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.
“Brewed” Now Available on iTunes and Google Play
Track over 1,000 brew fests nationwide with this app
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
Wine glass gadget that prevents dehydration when you drink wine
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?
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
Applying Packaging Innovations
Purple Wine Co. executive describes process of packaging redesign
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Harpoon Brewing founder to speak at Old Sturbridge Village
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
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