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By: Mark C Lenzi CSW, CSS, CWAS, QCE*
This Week We Saw An Interesting Article:
A Winemaker’s Request: Please Don’t Sell Solely on Scores
You May Have Noticed We Do A Lot With A Wine Rating App Called Quini. You Will See Our Scores And So Much More For Wines.
The Score Is Only Part Of A Wines Details. The Above Story Hits It Right On!
When We Review A Wine It Involves Research And Tasting. Quini Gives An Individual “Score” But More Important Tells You The Wines “Story”. That Being What We Saw, Smelled And Tasted. Many Times Our “Score” May Not Be Yours Or What A Major Wine Critic Thinks.
More Important To Us Is An Honest Opinion Of The Wines We Sell. So If You Want A Small Production, Family Owned Wine That Is Full Bodied With Flavors Of Blackberry We Can Show You That. We May Also Say It Was Rated 90 Points By Us.
Feedback From Our Customers Is Very Important!
We All Taste Things Different My Blueberry May Be Your Blackberry. Keep Telling Us What You Like And Feel Free To Use Technology To Tell Others!
Our Goal Is Your 100 Point Score Of Our Wine Selection.
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This Weeks Highlights:
Gluten In Vodka
All About Tonic Water
Matthew McConaughey to lead wine fraud drama The Billionaire’s Vinegar
The Oscar-winner will star in story of how wine collectors were led to believe they were buying bottles that had belonged to Thomas Jefferson
11 Questions for a Natural-Wine Evangelist
What is natural wine and more!
LEADING LADIES: THE WONDERFUL WOMEN WINEMAKERS OF CENTRE-LOIRE
40% of winemakers being women, a ratio is considerably unheard of in the wine industry
Vegan Winos Can Now Enjoy Certified Murder-Free Chianti
Fattoria Casabianca, an Italian winery located near Siena in the Chianti region. It claims to have made the first certified vegan Chianti in existence.
Alcohol Ads Increased 400% Over 40 Years, but Americans Aren’t Drinking More
A new study from the University of Texas at Austin, led by advertising professor Gary Wilcox, suggests ads have little impact on how much wine, beer or liquor people consume.
The Story Behind the World’s Largest Wine Cask
Heidelberg Castle’s almost comically huge wine cask, known as the Heidelberg Tun, is a massive, one-of-a-kind booze barrel that has been inspiring dreams of world-shattering drunkenness for hundreds of years despite being empty for most of its life.
THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS “GLUTEN-FREE” VODKA
Distillation strips a spirit of gluten proteins. Plain and simple. Even if the spirit was wheat based, it doesn’t matter because what you’re avoiding is the protein.
Beer explainer: Marzen
The fast facts on spring’s ultimate underdog lager.
MAN BUILDS CHAMPAGNE BOTTLE HOUSE
A Russian man has built a house made almost entirely of Champagne bottles in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, where it is known as the “Palace of Oz”.
OREGON ROSÉ IN A CAN LAUNCHED
Union Wine Company, the Oregon winery that caused controversy in 2013 with its Pinot Noir in a can, has launched a rosé in a can.
WOODFORD RESERVE UNVEILS KENTUCKY DERBY BOTTLE
What oak brings to your wine: Tannin, flavors, aromas
Wine takes what the oak apportions it
What is Madeira?
Learn about Madeira wine, from how it tastes, the different styles to advice on Madeira in cooking and cocktails.
Jura Wines: They’re Not All a Wild Ride
Sandwiched between Switzerland and Burgundy on France’s far eastern edge, Jura is not only the smallest wine region in France but also quite remote.
CHEAT SHEET: RED WINE BODY GUIDE
Everything you ever wanted to know about gin
Do you know your London Dry from your Old Tom, and your botanicals from your moutwijn?
JIM BEAM RELEASES APPLE-FLAVOURED BOURBON
It will be released in the US in July.
How much is enough? Standard pours for wine, red and beyond
Here’s your go-to guide for standard pours.
The 101 Best Beers in America
Men’s Journal is on the case.
Dogs trained to sniff out phylloxera vine disease
A university researcher is training sniffer dogs to detect pest and disease in vineyards.
Atlantic Importing to Expand in Rhode Island
Massachusetts-based beer, wine and spirits distributor of brands like Dogfish Head, Stone Brewing and Boston-area stalwart Jack’s Abby today announced plans to open an outpost in Rhode Island.
DO YOU KNOW WHAT’S IN YOUR TONIC WATER
The quinine of yore wasn’t the tonic water of today, especially the many products that use High Fructose Corn Syrup as the sweetener
8 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT PROSECCO
Anyone that has failed to notice the stratospheric success of Prosecco over the past few years is likely to have been living in a cave.
New Seasonal from Angry Orchard
Summer Honey cider is a light and refreshing cider with subtle notes of wildflower honey, perfect for those warmer months.
New Flavors Of Twisted Tea
Real iced tea combined with the refreshing taste of strawberry and lime.
Watermelon Lemonade combines the delicious taste of real watermelon with our very own Twisted Lemonade, light and refreshing with a dry finish just like homemade lemonade.
New Spencer Trappist Ale Larger Size
Will soon be available in 750mL
Wine’s 2014 Report Card
The Wine Market Council and Nielsen present the tenth annual report on U.S. wine, beer and spirits trends.
Our Friends At Quini’s Latest Newsletter
Buena Vista Winery Opens California’s First Historic Wine Tool Museum
A first-of-its-kind museum in California dedicated to the history of winemaking and its tools.
Yuengling ousts Boston Beer as top U.S. craft brewery
The top 20 U.S. craft breweries
EVAN WILLIAMS NEW PEACH BOURBON
Fresh peach is blended with Evan Williams Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, and bottled at 35% abv, with the resulting flavour described as “sweet peach with hints of honey and caramel”.
Best wines of 2015 Great Northwest Wine Competition
A pink wine made with Washington Pinot Noir earned the nod for best wine of the third annual Great Northwest Wine Competition.
Best baseball stadiums for craft beer in the US
Several ballparks are featuring better and better beer — you just have to know where to find it.
How Your Favorite Alcohols Affect You Differently
At one point or another, you’ve probably tricked yourself into thinking different kinds of alcohol make you feel different kinds of drunk.
Beringer Unveils New “Taste Station” For Retailers, Beginning With Kroger Test Run
Treasury Wine Estates’ Beringer brand is innovating in the consumer sampling area with the test launch of a new Taste Station concept. Debuting now at Kroger stores in 20 states, the Taste Station is mounted on the wine shelf, and dispenses single servings via a non-alcoholic “flavor strip.” Beringer has created flavor strips—which are individually wrapped and mounted on a small piece of plastic—for three of its most popular wines: Chardonnay, White Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon. TWE, which has partnered with News America Marketing (part of News Corp.) to install and manage the Taste Stations, says it expects the concept to be adopted by multiple retailers in the coming months. According to Impact Databank, Beringer rose 2.2% to 6.5 million cases in the U.S. in 2014.
Napa vs Sonoma: Which Wine Country is More Your Style?
Since Napa and Sonoma are America’s main wine attractions, tourists have two different ways to experience the happiest beverage on earth.
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