Liquor Industry News/Links 12-13-14

Liquor Industry News/Links

12-13-14

By: Mark C Lenzi CSW, CSS, CWAS, QCE*

Winter 2015 Medway Adult Education Schedule Is Out!

We Will Have Two Education/Tasting Classes:

Whoopie Pies And Wine

AND

Wine Tasting Using Technology

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http://www.medwayschools.org/sites/medwayps/files/file/file/winter_2015_final_0.pdf

Next Week Look For Our Holiday Gift Guide!!

 

Take Care

Franklin Liquors

Mike & Mark

 

Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

New Products

Holiday Gadgets

AND MORE!

 

Clever wine gadgets to pop your cork

Wine expert Charlotte Sager-Wilde tests out some tools for wine-lovers to see if they’re a great idea or a gimmick

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/dec/07/wine-gadgets-tried-and-tested-by-expert-charlotte-sager-wilde

Wine cork makers seek to put a stop to declining sales

The world’s wine cork producers want you to know they’re sorry

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-cork-campaign-20141207-story.html#page=1

Wine Bottle-Turned-Lamp Is Held Up by Spurting Drink

It doesn’t even matter what kind of spirit you choose. As long as it’s a bottle, you can turn it into a lamp with just a 3D printing session and a bit of creativity.

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http://news.softpedia.com/news/Wine-Bottle-Turned-Lamp-Is-Held-Up-by-Spurting-Drink-466802.shtml

TOP 10 NEW PRODUCTS

New Liquor products this holiday season

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/12/top-10-new-products-12/

OVER 65’S STINGIEST WITH PARTY WINES

Consumers aged 65 and over are most likely to bring cheap wine to parties according to a new study by Wine Intelligence.

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/12/over-65s-stingiest-with-party-wines/

TOP 10 GADGET GIFTS FOR BEER LOVERS

Still struggling to find a gift for the beer-lover in your life? Our round up of nifty beer gadgets could offer some much-needed inspiration.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/12/top-10-gadget-gifts-for-beer-lovers/

Would You Go to the Wine Equivalent of a Tupperware Party?

This is a serious question. When a major wine producer embraces the Tupperware selling model, an at-home wine-buying party just might be in your future.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-12-08/would-you-go-to-the-wine-equivalent-of-a-tupperware-party-.html

Minerality: Truth or fiction?

The term “minerality” is often used as a wine but has no real definition or generally accepted scientific basis for its existence.

http://napavalleyregister.com/lifestyles/food-and-cooking/wine/columnists/allen-balik/minerality-truth-or-fiction/article_fcf5f9d4-a690-549c-8099-666a272c5db6.html

Wine competitions need reforms to avoid leaving bitter aftertaste

Competitions typically charge wineries at least $50 per entry.

http://www.sacbee.com/food-drink/wine/dunne-on-wine/article4242725.html

21 Things People Who Love Wine Are Tired of Hearing, Especially From You Craft Beer Snobs

As everyone who loves wine knows, being a wino can leave you open to the commentary of others

http://www.bustle.com/articles/52485-21-things-people-who-love-wine-are-tired-of-hearing-especially-from-you-craft-beer-snobs

Ship Wine as a Gift Without Breaking the Law

If you have a friend or family member who loves wine, but lives in another state, you may be inclined to ship some over to him or her as a gift.

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http://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/shopping/2014/ship-wine-as-gift-without-breaking-law/

Will FDA’s Calorie-Count for Alcoholic Drinks Affect Your Drinking?

A new FDA rule forces restaurants to post calorie counts for alcoholic beverages, but some drinkers can still find ways to hide from their caloric consequences.

http://www.nationaljournal.com/outside-influences/know-your-bartender-know-your-booze-20141202

Investigate whether the grapes grown at higher altitudes have more antioxidants and phenolic compounds

The hypothesis is that higher above sea level crops receive more solar radiation

http://www.betawired.com/investigate-whether-the-grapes-grown-at-higher-altitudes-have-more-antioxidants-and-phenolic-compounds/1421057/

The science of alcohol: How booze affects your body

Drinking alcohol can make humans feel pretty good, at least in the short term.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/30350860

Fight fire with vino: A fire extinguisher in the guise of a wine bottle

The Wine Bottle Fire Extinguisher is skinned with a wine bottle, olive oil, or basaltic vinegar label, so it looks right at home on a kitchen countertop.

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http://www.digitaltrends.com/home/fight-fire-vino-fire-extinguisher-guise-wine-bottle/

 

The everything-under-$60 beer lover’s gift guide

The shopping guide for every beer lover on your list.

http://draftmag.com/2014-gift-guide-beer/

TOP 10 ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS SPIRITS

It’s that time of year when bottles of sloe gin fly off the shelves, but this Christmas there are plenty of festive alternatives to choose from.

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/12/top-10-christmas-spirits-2014/?article-source=newsletter&source=318&date=2014-12-08

  Mass. farmer-wineries decry change to law

Under the new rules, farmer-wineries can get a license to ship directly to consumers. But if they want to continue selling to stores and restaurants, they would now have to go through one of the state’s alcohol distributors, who might be uninterested in taking on the low-volume businesses.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2014/12/06/massachusetts-farmer-wineries-decry-change-law-legislators-scrambling-fix-mistake-before-jan/AT8gp49QLcMVpOILkn4ZBK/story.html

8 Winter Beers & A Cider To Try Now Before They Are Gone

Amidst the glut of holiday seasonals The New School has painstakingly identified the best 8 Winter Beers & a Cider to try now before they are gone.

http://newschoolbeer.com/2014/12/eight-beers-ciders-winter-must-try-now.html

Skipjacks Handed Seven-Day Liquor License Suspension, Punishment for Waxy O’Connors to Come Next Week

Skipjack’s at Patriot Place will be barred from serving alcohol for seven days.

http://patch.com/massachusetts/foxborough/skipjacks-handed-seven-day-liquor-license-suspension-punishment-waxy-oconnors-come-next-week

The Incredible Story Of Starting The World’s Largest Wine Brand, Barefoot Wines

They successfully sold the brand to E&J Gallo in 2005 and Barefoot is now the largest wine brand in the world.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertreiss/2014/12/09/the-incredible-story-of-starting-the-worlds-largest-wine-brand-barefoot-wines/

ZIPZ WINE GETS FUNDING ON SHARK TANK

Single serve wine brand Zipz has secured a record $2.5m in funding on the US equivalent of Dragon’s Den, called Shark Tank on ABC.

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/12/zipz-wine-gets-2-5m-funding-on-shark-tank

Wine Glasses: Three Fun Ways To Personalize Them

Personalized wine glasses will come in handy when you are enjoying wine with several people or hosting a party or dinner.

http://www.webpronews.com/wine-glasses-three-fun-ways-to-personalize-them-2014-12

14 Hands a Washington wine phenomenon

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates created the brand in 2005 as a restaurant-only label.

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http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20141210/BLOG5203/141219984

Top 100 Wines: The Best of the West Coast in 2014

S.F. Chronicle’s Top 100 Wines of 2014

http://nblo.gs/11VAEH

Seven hot toddies for a cold day

A classic, simple mix of whisky (or brandy or whatever), honey, lemon and hot tea (or hot water), it’s a cure for what ails ya

http://www.examiner.com/article/seven-hot-toddies-for-a-cold-day

MAKER’S MARK HIT WITH ‘HANDMADE’ LAWSUIT

Maker’s Mark has become the latest spirit brand to find itself in the midst of a lawsuit alleging false advertising promoting the Kentucky Bourbon as handmade.

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/12/makers-mark-hit-with-handmade-lawsuit/?article-source=newsletter&source=320&date=2014-12-10

MAP: Where Did Your State Get Its Booze During Prohibition

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31 of the Best and Worst Christmas Ales

Here they all are, counting down to the Prima Melior, the best of the best.

http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2014/12/31-of-the-best-and-worst-christmas-ales.html?a=1

More Liquor Licenses Approved For Mansfield MA

The legislation that included nine more licenses for Mansfield was recently signed by Gov. Deval Patrick.

http://patch.com/massachusetts/mansfield-ma/more-liquor-licenses-approved-mansfield

State’s largest liquor store to open in Salem NH

Renovations to begin in January

http://www.nhbr.com/December-26-2014/States-largest-liquor-store-to-open-in-Salem/

23 Craft Distilleries Every Liquor Lover Should Know

American craft distilleries are getting attention both here as well as across the pond.

http://www.businessinsider.in/23-Craft-Distilleries-Every-Liquor-Lover-Should-Know/articleshow/45460332.cms

Bota Box Spearheads Innovation In The 1.5-Liter Wine Category With Launch Of Bota Brick

NAPA, Calif., Dec. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Bota Box, the nation’s leading eco-friendly wine producer of premium 3-liter varietals, announces the launch of Bota Brick, a groundbreaking new entry in the 1.5-liter wine category. Featuring the same environmentally responsible packaging as the original 3-liter Bota Box, Bota Brick offers wine consumers a new alternative in the 1.5-liter section that stays fresh after opening more than four times longer than any 1.5-liter glass bottle.

Chilled Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season is upon us and yes, it’s time to shop for all those gifts.

http://www.chilledmagazine.com/Whats_Chilling_Right_Now-detail/chilled-holiday-gift-guide/

  

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Medway Community Education 2015 Winter Classes

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Courses

http://www.medwayschools.org/sites/medwayps/files/file/file/winter_2015_final_0.pdf

 

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In The Mood To Try Something New, Or Want A Little Personalized Help In Navigating Our Aisles? Check Out The New Free Vinobly App Which Makes Personalized Recommendations From Wines In Our Store. You Can Find Wine To Pair With Your Meal, Or Take Their Fun 3-Question Palate Profiler Quiz To Get Started

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Over 100,000 copies sold worldwide!

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