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Liquor Industry Week In Review
This Weeks Highlights:
Sulfites In Wine
Beer And Girl Scout Cookie Pairings
How To Get The Best Quality Wine At Any Price Point
How do you know where your dollar goes furthest?
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5 top value wine regions to explore in 2015
Here are 5 wine regions to explore in 2015 which offer exceptional bang for your buck
Do Wine Clubs Really Deliver on Their Promises?
Wine clubs market themselves as a source of well-selected, tough-to-find wines at a very good price, but are you better off just chatting up your local wine merchant?
7 UNDERRATED STYLES BEER LOVERS SHOULD GET TO DRINKING
Overlooked varieties every beer drinker should revisit
Such a Headache: Scientists Explains Why Bubbly Bothers Us So Much
University of Colorado pharmacology professor Boris Tabakoff offered an explanation for why Champagne causes such intense hangovers
New Rules for Wine Theory Study
Below are some strategies for students prepping for exam day.
New UV Vodka Flavor
UV vodka has unveiled a new flavor entry, Ruby Red Grapefruit. Launching nationally in March, UV Ruby Red is made with all natural flavors and real grapefruit juice. Part of the Phillips Distilling portfolio, UV ($12 a 750-ml.) was projected to hit 2 million cases in the U.S. market last year. The brand’s flavor line includes more than 20 entries, also including recently released Sugar Crush and Sriracha flavors.
WHICH WINE IS MOST HEALTHY?
Cornell University Professor Emeritus Dr. Leroy Creasy said there is one clear winner
The Influence of Mobile Apps on Wine Purchases
Women are more brand loyal than men (but only if you reward them) finds research by Cherry London
Acid, pH, wine and food
This column is all about acidity in wine
WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH SULFITES?
The following is a rudimentary break down of the relationship between sulfites and the vino we love.
Nine silly wine facts
Nine silly wine facts you probably didn’t know — or didn’t know you needed to know:
5 Easy Tips for Pairing Beer with Dessert… Just in Time for Valentine’s Day!
So here is a quick guide on how to choose a great beer to pair with dessert
RASPBERRY FLAVOUR JOINS LARGEST MOONSHINE BRAND
Piedmont Distillers is introducing new Midnight Moon Raspberry, said to be the first raspberry-flavoured moonshine, as the brand reaches 1.5 million case depletions.
11 MOST DARING INNOVATIONS IN WINE
From tongue-twisting flavour combinations to daring designs, the past year has seen all manner of innovations unleashed upon the world of wine.
U.S. wine consumers willing to buy more expensive wines, report finds
Consumers will benefit from plunging oil prices, leaving us with more money to spend on wine and other essentials
The six people you want to avoid in the wine business
It’s more important to know who you should avoid in the wine business
The truth about sulfites
Questions about sulfites have been swirling around for decades, and the truth is a lot simpler than you might think
Vivino Ratings: How They Compare To Robert Parker and Wine Spectator
Over 75% of wines are never rated by experts
AMERICAN DRINKERS MOVE FROM BEER TO BOURBON
The American spirits industry has continued to steal market share from beer for the fifth consecutive year, as consumers become drawn in by flavoured whiskey and premium products.
ANGEL’S ENVY RYE IN ‘SMALL BATCH’ LAWSUIT
Angel’s Envy Rye whiskey is the latest brand to find itself in the midst of a legal battle for allegedly misleading consumers about being a small batch product.
Beer pairings for your Girl Scout cookies
If you’re looking for a twist this year, forget cookies and milk and make it all about cookies and beer.
TERRY THEISE ON HIS LOVE AFFAIR WITH RIESLING
Terry Theise is the most influential importer of Austrian and German wines in the United States. Also an MA Resident!
New Apothic Wine
E&J Gallo is introducing a new seasonal red blend under its Apothic brand. Apothic Red Crush will be available between February and April, retailing at $14 a bottle. One of Gallo’s fastest-rising brands in recent years, Apothic has been among the leaders in the wine market’s trend toward red blends. The brand crossed 2 million cases in the U.S. market last year, according to Impact Databank, having more than tripled in size over the past three years.
SOUTHERN COMFORT UNVEILS NEW FLAVOR AND PACKAGING
Southern Comfort has expanded its portfolio with the launch of Caramel Comfort, to coincide with a packaging makeover of the brand’s entire range.
BUFFALO TRACE TO LAUNCH LAST SINGLE OAK PROJECT
Buffalo Trace will launch its sixteenth and final round of Single Oak Project Bourbon, marking the end of the distillery’s quest to find the world’s perfect Bourbon.
INNIS & GUNN LAUNCHES 50 SHADES BEER
Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn has released a beer infused with ginseng and other aphrodisiacs ahead of the launch of the film adaption of Fifty Shades of Grey.
A Chemist Explains Why Corks Matter When Storing Wine
Dr. Andrew Waterhouse, professor of Enology at UC Davis, elegantly explains the important of bottle stoppers and aging wine.
A COMPLETE INTRODUCTION TO THE WINES OF FRANCE: MAP & INFOGRAPHIC
Learning the Wines of the Loire Valley
Loire can be divided into four distinct sections, each with different climates and soils, and each producing different wines from different grapes
UNION WINE CO LAUNCHES PINOT LOLLIPOPS
Union Wine Company, the Oregon winery that caused controversy in 2013 with its Pinot Noir in a can, has launched a range of boozy lollipops.
NEW PINNACLE VODKA FLAVOURS INSPIRED BY BRUNCH
Pinnacle Vodka has extended its line of flavours with two brunch-inspired innovations – Mimosa and Habanero.
THE UNITED STATES OF WHISKEY // BUSINESS IS BOOMING
Every year, DISCUS (the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States – the self-governing body of the spirits industry at large) releases its report on the business for the year prior. Earlier this week they released the 2014 annual report,
Are Small Wineries Doomed?
What the sale of Siduri says about the state of California wine
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