Liquor Industry News/Links 09-26-15

Liquor Industry News/Links


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By: Mark C Lenzi


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Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

New ProductsTop 100 Wineries in 2015

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Garnacha – The Best Wine You’ve Never Heard Of

The first thing to note about these remarkable wines is what value they are


Making Wine Sense: Smell – It’s Science!

Sniffing or smelling wine is perhaps the most important step when experiencing wine.


There’s evidence that Irish whiskey’s rapid rise is slowing a bit.

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New Guinness

Guinness is foraying into the red-hot IPA segment with the launch of Guinness Nitro IPA. Debuting nationwide this month at retail and on tap on-premise, the new brew features five hop varieties and a blend of carbon dioxide and nitrogen that “helps to balance out the profusion of hop flavors, while also creating the signature surge and settle made famous by Guinness Draught,” in the words of the company. Guinness Nitro IPA is 5.8% abv and will retail around $9 a six-pack of 11.2-ounce cans. Guinness Draught was down 5% to 9.4 million (2.25-gallon) cases in the U.S. last year, according to Impact Databank.


In other words, the floral and baked apple flavours expected by the likes of Chardonnay, Semillon, and Sauvignon Blanc are easier released in bigger sips.


There has been a move away from simply wanting ratings and tasting notes to wanting stories and journalism

Sommelier tastes box wine

Patrick Cappiello, voted the superhottest somm of 2014 and shaping up to be a finalist for 2015, tasted some box wine on camera

Wine & Spirits Magazine Announces Top 100 Wineries of 2015

Producers from around the world that earned the magazine’s highest ratings across a range of their wines.

The awkwardness of being a wine snob

Do you need to be an expert to enjoy a tipple? Yes, to some extent


A Comic Book History of Six Distinct Styles of Beer

Despite being a graphic novel with a slightly precious backstory (a guy goes into buy a six pack but doesn’t know what to get), the depth of the information and breadth of history packed into these 170 pages is astounding.


The iSommelier, possibly the ultimate wine accessory and an answer to the wine-timing dilemma.

The iSommelier is a device created by the Chinese firm iFavine.


New Technologies Trending Now in Wine

New innovation arrives every day. Here are a few of those trends coming upon us quickly:

Absolut Targets Whiskey Trend With Oak-Rested Vodka

With whiskey riding high in the U.S. market, even vodka brands are looking to get in on the brown spirits boom. Absolut is extending its portfolio with Oak, a new vodka that has been rested on American, Swedish and French oak and is intended to give Absolut a place in classic cocktails where brown spirits have traditionally held sway.

Oak retails at $25 a 750-ml., compared to around $20 for the core brand. Distribution is currently in several test markets, with plans to expand into additional markets in the near future. The company suggests drinking the category-crossing new offering on the rocks, or in cocktails like the “Oak Sour,” “Oak Ginger,” “Oak & Cola” and “Oak Mule.”

Absolut is also introducing a new limited-edition “Electrik” bottle for its flagship original vodka. Rolling out October 1 at $20 a 750-ml., Absolut Electrik is geared toward the nightlife segment, featuring sleek, metallic styling, and will be sold throughout the holiday season.

Dogfish To Release Spirits

Delaware-based Dogfish Head is expanding with the launch of a new spirits line under the Dogfish Head Distilling Co. banner. Debuting in November, the portfolio will include Dogfish Head Analog Vodka (80 proof), Compelling Gin (88 proof) and Whole Leaf Gin (90 proof), with a rum and a whiskey expected to follow. The well-known craft brewer has been distilling spirits on a small scale at its Rehoboth brewpub since 2002, but these new offerings were created at its new Milton-based distillery, which includes two 500-gallon copper stripping stills and a 250-gallon copper vodka column. The Dogfish Head Distilling Co. lineup will be available on- and off-premise throughout Delaware by Thanksgiving, with distribution to other mid-Atlantic markets planned for 2016.

10 Must-Have Books for the Wine Lover’s Library

Great resources for wine drinkers different sophistication and interests.

Introducing Angry Orchard Stone Dry

New Style is Cider Maker’s Fresh American Approach to a Traditional English Dry Cider


The World’s Most Scientific Koozie Test

Have you ever wondered which koozies keep your beer coldest while maintaining your hand temperature?

Top 7 Wine And Spirits Decanters

The world of wine and spirits decanters is full of wonders and has been so for centuries. We’ve found the best ones for you for all budgets…


Making Wine Sense: Smell Capabilities

There are so many smells! In fact, we know we are capable of perceiving over 10,000 different chemical compounds that register as smells!


Damilano Unveils Barolo ‘1752’ Cannubi Riserva

Comprised of only the best Nebbiolo grape selections of the 2008 vintage in the “grand cru” Cannubi vineyard,

Germany + Pinot = Super Delicious

There’s a savory side of German wine that’s super delicious… we’re here to talk German Pinot.




Weed’s Effect on Wine Sales

Distributor reports alcohol sales fell, then rebounded, after marijuana legalization in Colorado



“authentic” bourbon: that it’s produced in the United States, made with a minimum 51% corn content, distilled to no higher than 160 proof, and barreled at no higher than 62.5% ABV in charred, new oak containers. No mention of Kentucky or blue grass anywhere in there.

Apothic Dark Is Here!

E.&J. Gallo is reintroducing its limited-release Apothic Dark ($14) variant ahead of Halloween. The launch dovetails with the ongoing popularity of dark red blends, a trend which has also spawned products like Ménage à Trois Midnight Dark Red and Gnarly Head Authentic Black. An Impact “Hot Brand,” Apothic more than tripled to 2.2 million cases in the U.S. from 2011-2014.

Billerica MA selectmen pull store’s liquor license indefinitely

Because store officials submitted false information about the identity of the store owner and manager, according to police.


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Kim M. Simone, Founder and Wine Advisor

We’re an independent wine education and event company, providing unique classes, wine tasting events and personalized consulting. As a professional with a dozen years in the wine business, my favorite part of the job was helping people just like you pick out a great bottle. I’m excited to help you learn about wine in a relaxed environment where you can ask any question, no matter how small or basic.

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Not Your Father’s Wine 101-an unconventional approach to wine education

Thursday, October 15, 2015; 7-8:30pm

Cost: $25 per person, please register by emailing

Love to drink wine but think you “don’t know enough about it?” Join us for an evening of wine education like no other. Bring all your wine questions to a casual learning environment where we’ll taste 6 wines and engage in great conversation. You’ll discover what styles and flavors you like best and leave with more wine-buying confidence.

Thanksgiving Wines Class Thursday, November 19, 2015 7pm

When it comes to serving wine for Thanksgiving, did you know it’s more about matching the wine to the side dishes than to the turkey? We’ll taste through a variety of whites and reds, all of which would make a great addition to your Thanksgiving Day table. Cheese and crackers will be provided.

Great Holiday Gift Wines Class Thursday, December 3, 2015 7pm

Are you thinking of buying a bottle of wine as a holiday gift for that wine lover on your list? We can help! We’ll taste through six wines in different styles, all of which will make fantastic, stress-free gift giving. We’ll also explore other wine-related gift giving ideas. Cheese and crackers will be provided.

Sign ups are now open online or visit the Norfolk Recreation office at 1 Liberty Lane, Norfolk, MA 02056 Telephone: (508)520-1315,

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