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Watch A Still Being Built
Cheap Wine Is Lying To You
Best Wines to Pair with Baked Eggs
Here are four wine pairing approaches to try with your baked eggs.
Sipping Liquor before Bed disrupts Sleeping Pattern
A new study has debunked the long-held popular belief that booze before bed helps nod-off. The study has showed that a small tipple before bed has great potential to disrupt sleeping patterns.
BETHENNY FRANKEL REPORTEDLY LAUNCHING SKINNYGIRL MARIJUANA
Bethenny Frankel, the founder of Skinnygirl cocktails, has been spotted visiting a cannabis dispensary in the US amid claims she is to launch Skinnygirl Marijuana.
SVEDKA MOVES INTO 100 PROOF VODKA CATEGORY
The Constellation Brands-owned vodka will launch Svedka 100 Proof and Svedka Grapefruit Jalapeño in the US in March this year.
Hair of the dog? Introducing the beer designed exclusively for man’s best friend
Snuffle is a new Belgian beer brewed exclusively for pooches. Its makers say it’s good enough for humans, too
TTB Issues New Guidelines for Age Statements on Whiskey Labels
Require an age statement on the label of any whisky that has not been aged for at least four years
How Discount Wine is Lying to You
If the region isn’t listed on the front label, check the back label. The TTB requires wines to list the origin
Is Azerbaijan the 2nd Oldest Wine Region?
Azerbaijan, which is located on the Caspian Sea just south of Georgia and east of Armenia, has a long history of winemaking.
The top ten times to use your Coravin
Here are ten times you may not have considered using your Coravin (but definitely should)!
Real talk from the bowels of the vino industry—crack a bottle of Blue Nun and let’s get down to brass tacks.
Don’t be afraid to go farther afield for wine values
Emerging regions offer value, new tastes to broaden your horizons
Factors of Taste: Results from a Special Tasting at the Digital Wine Communications Conference
Can we always tell what makes us like or dislike a wine? How much of it has to do, strictly speaking, with the grapes and the winemaking? And, do we always understand exactly why a wine is showing well or not?
JAMESON UNVEILS ANNUAL PADDY’S DAY BOTTLE
Irish whiskey brand Jameson has revealed its fifth annual limited edition bottle design to celebrate its homeland’s most iconic national holiday – St Patrick’s Day.
Nebbiolo — Italy’s staid elder statesman of wine
Nebbiolo is a grape varietal from Piemonte, Italy, and it is one of the most traditional, intractable, stubborn old goats of the wine world.
How is your state doing? MADD rates USA on drunk driving prevention
MADD created a five-star system for the report that looks at five different areas of countermeasures that can be taken to prevent drunk driving fatalities.
What the Beer You Drink Says About Your Personality
What is your go-to beer?? Cha-Cha.com came out with a list that describes what your favorite beer says about your personality. How accurate do you think it is??
RED WINE NOW COMES IN POWDERED FORM, MINUS THE ALCOHOL…AND THE FUN
Sick of all the fun and joy that comes with drinking red wine but still want to bask in its health benefits? A powdered red wine will do the trick.
Here’s to tannat, a big tannic monster wine
Tannat is a big wine, a tannic monster that is bigger than cabernet sauvignon and perhaps even petite sirah. With more than 100 wine-grape varieties in the Northwest, why would we want another one? Here’s why.
CASSIS, THE BLACK CURRANT FROM BURGUNDY
The great Burgundian wine kingdom has a quiet cousin, a little dark currant that is happy to makes its home in the shadow of the famous grape. This unassuming fruit goes by the name of cassis, blackcurrant or Ribes Nigrum
Brown-Forman Extends Woodford Reserve Into Rye
Thriving Bourbon brand Woodford Reserve is set to add a new rye offering to its portfolio next month. Woodford Reserve Rye ($38 a 750-ml.) will initially launch in 15 U.S. markets. The Kentucky straight rye whiskey is 45.2% abv and marks the third permanent extension to the Woodford Reserve portfolio, joining Distiller’s Select and Double Oaked. Brown-Forman’s newcomer will compete with Beam Suntory’s Knob Creek Rye, which debuted in 2012 and retails in the same segment. Woodford Reserve earned its first Impact “Hot Brand” award last year, having grown by more than 75% since 2010.
How to Build a Whiskey Still in Less Than 2 Minutes
The A. Smith Bowman distillery has released a unique video capturing the build of its brand new 500-gallon still called George.
Foxboro MA delaying request for more liquor licenses
A move to petition the state Legislature for more liquor licenses won’t be going to the voters this May.
Where do tech-savvy millennials buy wine? Not online, Cal Poly study finds
Millennials, typically defined as those born between 1982 and the early 2000s, are known for being adept at using technology, whether it’s a smart phone, gaming console or social media.
Harvard Buys Up Water Rights In Drought-Hit Wine Country
Harvard University has quietly become one of the biggest grape growers in California’s drought-stricken Paso Robles wine region,
Barrel-Aged Tequila Is the New Scotch
Here, three ways companies are using seasoned barrels to flavor their tequilas.
Private label wine: The future of the wine business?
Most states require distributors to offer every wine they sell to every retailer or restaurant they call on, so that it’s theoretically possible for someone else to sell Two-buck Chuck or Kirkland. But somehow, that never seems to happen.
TURNING WINE PASSION INTO PROFESSION
The real scoop on becoming a Certified Specialist of Wine.
The relationship (or lack thereof) between scores, prices and appellations
Sub-appellations produce higher scores and prices than do the California, Carneros or county-based appellations.
PROPER BOURBON PAIRINGS FOR YOUR FAVORITE GIRL SCOUT COOKIES
A list of bourbons to pair and enjoy with your favorite Girl Scout Cookies
Happy Birthday, Beer Can!
The first can of beer was sold on January 24th, 1935 in Richmond, Virginia.
U.S. is top wine consuming country by volume, Italy leads per capita
The 13th annual International Wine and Spirits Research report found that Americans drank almost 340 million 9-liter cases of wine in 2014. Italians drink the most wine per person, though the rate is expected to drop.
Anheuser-Busch is bolstering its craft beer portfolio once again by acquiring a growing craft brewer, Seattle’s Elysian Brewing Co.
Is craft beer a threat to wine?
Wine industry leaders are keeping a close watch on the craft beer market, according to a recent report from Wine Market Council, (WMC) an association of wine producers, grape growers, wine importers and distributors.
The new documentary movie “Somm: Into the Bottle” will be out Summer 2015.
Here’s a preview of the wines and places featured in the film, as well as the people.
Local Brewery News
Worcester, Massachusetts’ Wormtown Brewery has completed construction of a new 10,000-square-foot brewing facility to keep up with growth. Wormtown’s new facility is 10 times larger than the original one and features a taproom, a 30-barrel, two-vessel configuration that will double capacity to 6,000 barrels, as well as a GAI bottling system that allows for packaging bottles to complement its 16-ounce cans. The brewery says it hopes to eventually reach 30,000 barrels at the new site and is already planning further expansion of the new facility. Two 90-barrel fermentation tanks are expected to be delivered next month, bringing the capacity to 10,500 barrels and opening the possibility of expansion to new markets.
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