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Liquor Industry Week In Review
This Weeks Highlights:
Halloween Treats And Wine Pairings
8 Shocking World Beer Records
You might not even want to attempt to break these records
Wine reviews: Sauvignon Blanc
The new 2014 New Zealand sauvignon blancs are coming on to the market and those in this tasting are delicious, ripe and mouth-filling with a lively fresh finish.
MICRO-DISTILLERY TO LAUNCH CINNAMON WHISKY
A micro-distillery is readying to release a new cinnamon-flavoured whiskey later this month.
BEER BOX KEEPS MOSQUITOES AWAY
A beer company in Papua New Guinea is using a beer box that, when burned, acts as an insect repellent.
GAMAY: NZ’S RED ANSWER TO SAUVIGNON BLANC?
The winery that claims to be New Zealand’s only Gamay producer has suggested that this grape variety has scope to fulfill a similar role for the country as Sauvignon Blanc.
MALBEC BECOMING MORE ‘MICHELANGELO’
The discovery of limestone soils and the use of new winemaking techniques are turning Argentine wines from “Schwarzenegger” to “Michelangelo”, according to one international consultant.
5 health benefits of drinking wine
Ready to raise a glass to, well, your glass? Here are five awesome reasons to buy a bottle of red, adapted from “The 5 Skinny Habits” by Dave Zulberg.
Feds put new wine region on NC/Georgia map
A new American Viticultural Area – the Upper Hiwassee Highlands.
What are half bottles good for?
In the south of France, half bottles are called “bed-wetter bottles” and are frequently chosen by people who don’t want to get up too many times at night.
WHAT YOUR WINE CHOICE SAYS ABOUT YOU, WHETHER YOU PREFER A BOTTLE OF RED OR A GLASS OF WHITE
Each popular varietal with its accompanying personality assessment, and further punctuated them with what else? Gifs. Go forth young grasshopper, and choose wisely.
Why Does Beer Smell So Delicious?
Scientists have discovered why beer smells so good — and it has nothing to do with us. Beer, that living, breathing elixir, smells the way it smells to appeal to a totally different species.
How to Pair Wine with Halloween Candy
Some of Boston’s most respected oenophiles showed us the best bottles to pair with everything sweet, sour, and savory.
Here are some wine-drinking tips
Wine is an adventure in a glass, something other cultures have recognized for centuries
What you should know about unscrewing your wine
The brisk crack we hear when opening a screw-capped wine might be less sonorous than the pop of a cork but it’s at least an assurance that the wine has been properly sealed – right? Wrong.
Pro golfers crafting new beer product line
With the help of Florida-based brewer The Brew Hub, PGA tour members Graeme McDowell, Keegan Bradley and Freddie Jacobson are teeing up a line of new craft beers targeting golfers.
NEW SYRUPS SET TO ‘REVOLUTIONISE’ COCKTAIL INDUSTRY
One US company is hoping to “revolutionize the cocktail market” with a new range of fruit infused syrups.
New Beer For Stone Brewery
Stone Brewing has released a new citrus- and chocolate-flavored variant of its Smoked Porter as a limited edition seasonal offering. Brewed with Magnum and Mt. Hood hops, the new brew saw orange peel added post-fermentation and gained cocoa flavors from dark malts and the addition of chocolate from Los Angeles-based producer ChocoVivo. Stone’s Smoked Porter with Chocolate and Orange Peel is 5.9% abv, and is rolling out in 22-ounce bottles and on draft this month throughout the brewery’s distribution territory
B.C. Wine Subappellation Moves Ahead Wine Authority asks agricultural minister to OK Golden Mile Bench
British Columbia’s first subappellation is in sight, paving the way for additional proposals for new geographical indications in one of Canada’s primary wine regions.
Low-calorie alcoholic drinks on the rise
According to the International Wine & Spirit Research (IWSR) Global Trends Report, the popularity of low-calorie alcoholic beverages is continuing to gain momentum across the US and Europe.
Wine Tasting Terms And How to Use Them
You know what wines you like but how do you describe them?
A Gravity-Defying Way To Store Even More Beer In Your Fridge
Finally, finding room in your fridge for both a six-pack of beer and that large pizza won’t be next to impossible.
Everything You Need To Know About Why Mezcal Is So Smokily Unique
When it comes to the distillate of agave, most people in the United States think only of tequila. But tequila’s older, smokier forefather, mezcal, is slowly gaining more followers.
Phantom Gourmet: Great 8 Spots For Beer
Lager, Stout, Pilsners and Pale Ales, everyone has a favorite type of beer. These are Phantom’s 8 Greatest spots for some serious suds in MA
Perfect Pair(ings): 7 Wines to Sip with Your Favorite Halloween Treats
Instead of eating a bucket-full of Halloween candy until you collapse on the couch, why not enjoy this year’s trick-or-treating loot with a complementary glass of wine?
Red wine blends complement strengths, weaknesses of grapes
Here are some popular red grapes and what they add to blended wines:
Halloween Wine: Tricks and Treats
Here are some creative ideas for bringing wine into this year’s Halloween celebrations. We have Vampire wines in stock!
App developers traveling nation to collect 40,000 beers for Beer Census
The makers of a new app are trying to map the beer genome, so to speak. In the world of craft beer, the app developers want to find out what makes one beer stand out amongst others.
If you’ve been exposed to a certain type of radiation, you should waste no time getting decontaminated — by having a beer.
MAKE THIS AT HOME: SPICED PEAR LIQUEUR
A note about this recipe: homemade infusions are something of an inexact science.
TEN BIGGEST MOMENTS IN GIN HISTORY
The storied history of gin has been shaped by many political, legal and cultural shifts such as the Prohibition Act to the global craft distilling boom.
COLLECTOR’S 2,447 BOTTLES HEADED FOR THE SINK
A Philadelphia lawyer is fighting plans by the authorities to destroy almost two and a half thousand bottles of fine wine seized earlier this year.
You Can Now Buy Liquid Chocolate Booze
Dude, Sweet Chocolate, a unique, artisan chocolate making operation.
TITO’S LEGAL TROUBLES STILL GROWING
In addition to the lawsuit filed in California court and Florida federal court, Tito’s Handmade Vodka is now facing a lawsuit in Cook County, Illinois. This case, filed by plaintiffs Mario Aliano and Due Frattelli, uses very similar arguments to the previous two, namely alleging false marketing and capitalizing on the artisanal theme in order to charge more for the product, reports the Cook County Record (and brought to our attention by the Craft Beverage Association.)
“Defendant knows that Plaintiffs and other consumers and businesses believe they are paying costs associated with a high-quality, small-scale production process when they purchase Tito’s … Had they known that Defendant’s misrepresentations regarding Tito’s were false, they would have not purchased Tito’s,” the suit states. Furthermore, the plaintiffs claims Tito’s actions violate not just Illinois law, but Texas.
Like the other two cases, these plaintiffs will also be looking for class action certification for this case. Because these three cases all have similar complaints against Tito’s, Legal experts tell WSD the ball is in Tito’s court as to whether these three separate cases will be combined or they would prefer to try them all separately.
Top Five Reasons to Expand the Massachusetts Bottle Bill
We don’t want to be one sided as we will VOTE NO.
Interesting that the only Vote Yes support Is On The State Website!!
Vin de France has driven ‘important growth’ for French wine
The creation of the Vin de France category has driven “important growth” in French wine exports as well as acceptance among younger consumers, Harpers France Summit heard.
In Italy, a tough vintage
2014 vintage shall be remembered among the most outlandish and difficult in recent years – and also the poorest, quantity-wise, since 1950
Six common wine faults and tips on how to identify them
Faults and how to detect them
Learning about the wine you drink leads to insights about priorities
A wine class can become a symposium on people, places and culture.
Winning Beer Blogs To Add To Your Reading List
The North American Guild of Beer Writers announced the winners of its 2nd annual beer writing contest earlier this month at a ceremony held during the Great American Beer Festival in Denver.
10 Spooky Beer and Movie Pairings
October is a great month for both craft beer and horror films, and unsurprisingly the two go great together.
THE BOOZE YOU NEED TO GET YOU THROUGH TRICK-OR-TREATING [INFOGRAPHIC]
THE ETIQUETTE OF SWIRLING WINE
The swirling serves a purpose: it aerates the wine, opens it up, and allows the flavors to come alive. Before taking that first taste, aerating a wine can be the difference between enjoying the wine and hating it. So it’s fine to swirl your glass, just don’t be a snob about it.
Massachusetts-Based Clown Shoes Barrel Ages a Beer Especially for Minnesota
The Itasca Loonidragon Russian Imperial Stout. Released only in Minnesota, the beer is a bourbon barrel-aged version of their Russian Imperial Stout, the Blaecorn Unidragon.
Regional wine, liquor distributor eyes spot in Taunton’s industrial park
Martignetti Companies of Norwood may be granted both a Tax Increment Finance property-tax discount by the city, and a 5 percent Investment Tax Credit from the sate’s Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP).
Build a Better Home Bar With 50 Tips from Boston Bartenders
A plethora of tips on what to read, what to buy, and how to learn.
Plastic Bits Found Floating Around In 24 Out Of 24 Samples Of German Beer
A new study found that 100% of the tested German beer brands contained samples of plastic floating around inside the sealed bottles.
New Guinness Beer
Diageo Guinness USA will climb the pricing ladder with next month’s launch of a new beer called Guinness The 1759. Rolling out nationwide November 1, Guinness The 1759 was created to commemorate the year Arthur Guinness established the storied brand, signing a 9,000-year lease for the St. James’s Gate brewery in Dublin. The limited-edition brew is packaged in 750-ml. bottles, and it marks the first expression in the new Guinness Signature Series, which will debut a new commemorative beer each year. It also constitutes the first Guinness foray into the ultra-premium beer segment, according to Guinness brand director Doug Campbell.
“Guinness The 1759 is tapping into what we believe is a pretty interesting space—the emerging luxury beer category, which is geared toward sharing a bottle with a couple of people, special occasions and gifting for the holidays,” says Campbell, adding that The 1759 will have a suggested retail price of $34.99 a 750-ml.
The 1759 is an amber ale brewed with traditional beer malt as well as peated whisky malt typically used to produce Scotch and Irish whiskies, which Campbell says lends a “smoke character” to the beer. Just 90,000 bottles of the 9%-abv label were produced, with the vast majority reserved for the U.S. market.
New Gnarly Head
Delicato Family Vineyards has extended its Gnarly Head brand with a new limited edition wine, Authentic Black. A Petite Sirah-based blend from Lodi, California, Gnarly Head Authentic Black is currently available in limited quantities, priced at $11.99 a 750-ml. The entry marks the third release in the brand’s Gnarly Head Authentic Collection series, which also features the Zinfandel-based Authentic Red and white blend Authentic White. Along with the Authentic Collection, Gnarly Head’s stable includes its Old Vine Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay labels.
11 OF THE COOLEST WINE-THEMED TATTOOS
Here are some people brave enough to rock some pretty killer wine tattoos.
Petaluma Gap AVA Bid Blowing in the Wind
Sonoma County already has 16 AVAs, but growers in the Petaluma Gap are applying for their own sub-appellation.
France regains top wine maker rank after bad weather hits Italy’s harvest
France regained its seat as the world’s top wine producer in 2014
Women, more knowledgeable about wines
As this beverage has become synonymous with distinction and elegant palate, they are increasingly interested in not only consuming it, but knowing more about it.
Introducing The Wines Of British Columbia
With a partnership between Whole Foods and the Wines of British Columbia, the opportunity to procure wines from Canada is now much easier.
Top Ten Pumpkin Ales to Try this Fall
We still have a few in stock.
Fall Cocktails, Minus the Pumpkin
There are so many fall flavors that can be used to mix up a great cocktail.
New for oenophiles: Wine-infused denim
Some of us wear our hearts on our sleeves. Now we can add a splash of syrah and merlot.
WOODFORD RESERVE RELEASES PINOT NOIR-FINISHED WHISKEY
Woodford Reserve is to release the ninth edition of its Master’s Collection this November, a Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir-finished whiskey
Brewers Association Publishes Beer & Food Course
Free Online Curriculum Enhances Use of Craft Beer in Culinary Education
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