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Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines
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Liquor Industry Week In Review
This Weeks Highlights:
New Rules Of Wine
Most Searched Wines By State
THE 12 WEIRDEST WINE SMELLS EVER
What’s the weirdest smell you’ve ever detected when you were nosing a glass of vino?
Beer cooperative proposed in Pawtucket RI
Isle Brewers Guild calls itself a “partner brewery.” The cooperative is two years in the making.
Guy Fieri’s Big Gulp
The Cabernet blend is not called KICKIN’ KAB.
Wine training for staff leads to increased profits
The path to success for any wine programme is through thoughtful, dedicated, and focused staff training.
Aglianico: The Barolo of the South
Aglianico, a black grape grown in the southern regions of Italy, is often considered the “Barolo of the South.”
WHAT IS RIPASSO?
The story of Ripasso is the story of Amarone, which is the story of Recioto, which is also the story of Valpolicella,
VOUVRAY, A VERSATILE WINE WORTHY OF ATTENTION
Vouvray, the largest and most important white wine district in Touraine’s sub-region, is located along the right bank of the Loire River in France
Explore Sonoma County on a California Wines Road Trip
Wine Institute is helping visitors by turning the spotlight on a different region each month, highlighting where to sip, eat, drink and play.
Red blends are blowing the doors off wine sales! How big is it?
Horizon Beverage Daily
Industry newsletter by our friends at Horizon Beverage
Constellation Brands to buy craft beer brewer Ballast Point
Constellation Brands Inc said it will buy Sculpin IPA-owner Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits for about $1 billion to enter the fast-growing craft beer market, in what will be its biggest acquisition since 2012.
10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Champagne
Here are 10 surprising facts about the mysterious, bubbly drink produced in France’s most varied, yet incredibly small wine region, Champagne:
10 Things We Don’t Know About Screaming Eagle
Every wine lover knows the cult Cabernet, but W. Blake Gray still wants answers.
Want to Buy a Winery? Zaca Mesa For Sale for $32 Million
Longtime owners list iconic 750-acre operation that was first to plant syrah grapes in Santa Ynez Valley
Magic Hat Holiday Beer
Vermont’s Magic Hat Brewing has re-launched its limited edition holiday brew Feast of Fools. A raspberry stout featuring notes of cocoa and dark chocolate, Feast of Fools will be available in 22-ounce bottles, as well as on draft at select accounts across the U.S. for the first time this year. The holiday entry will be joined by Magic Hat’s returning Vinyl entry, which is billed as an amber-hued lager, and Winter Mingle, a new seasonal stout featuring notes of vanilla. Both Vinyl and Winter Mingle will be available in 12-pack and 24-pack formats of Magic Hat’s Winterland variety pack, available at select grocery stores nationwide.
2015 Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines
Here you’ll find every Top 100 list from 2015 back to the debut year, 1988.
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10 Fascinating Facts About Beaujolais Nouveau Every Wine Lover Should Know
A Thanksgiving tradition
How To Pair Food & Beer, An Essential Guide For Every Twentysomething
Beer is extremely food friendly (as well as cost effective), the many flavors and varieties lending themselves to harmonious pairings.
How to Keep Your Lipstick Off Your Wine Glass
Very simple solution
WHISKY VOLUMES TO OVERTAKE VODKA BY 2020
Global spirits consumption is set to surpass 3.2 billion cases by 2020, with whisky volumes predicted to overtake vodka, new data has revealed.
DIAGEO CREATES ‘EXPERIMENTAL’ CRAFT WHISKY ARM
The project forms part of Diageo’s newly unveiled strategy to target growth in the Scotch whisky segment and combat the challenge posed by innovative American and New World whiskies.
NEW DEVICE ‘SPEEDS UP WINE AGEING’
As reported by Stuff.co.nz, inventors of the handheld gadget hope to “revolutionise” the wine industry but cutting down two years of ageing to six months through micro-oxygenation.
Grape seed color not helpful in assessing wine tannins
Washington State University have determined that seed colors don’t have the long-held impact, contrary to wine mythology.
Champagne adopts methods to defend the fizz from climate change
A major change is the switch from chemical fertilizers to a more eco-friendly organic version
Pepsi, Coke & bottled water offer some sobering perspective for wine, beer, and spirits
The Economics of Running A Liquor Store
Passion is exactly what’s needed to leave a life of recurring paychecks and turn to face an arduous, entrepreneur path complete with razor-thin profit margins and grim statistics.
How many glasses of wine does it take to ruin your diet? Experts weigh in
With all the holiday parties on the agenda this time of year, you may be wondering how to balance your healthy lifestyle, stay fit and still have fun.
Herb and Spice Pairings with Wine
More often than not, it’s the herbs and spices in a dish that makes a wine pairing taste so good.
The Most Searched Wines in Every State
The best beers and wines to pair with your favorite Thanksgiving dishes
Thanksgiving is a day when no indulgence should be denied, so we present fool-proof wine and beer pairings for four common Thanksgiving dishes.
Drinking red wine at room temperature? You’re doing it all wrong, apparently
Australian winemaker claims the best temperature to drink shiraz, pinot noir or cabernet sauvignon is lower than the average in most homes during summer
Sheriff weighs in on Shrewsbury MA liquor license transfer
Selectmen, at their meeting last week, voted unanimously to grant the license(total wine) transfer despite a letter from Worcester County Sheriff Lewis Evangelidis advising them of “several studies that have shown a correlation between increased crime rates and a saturation of liquor outlets in a particular area.”
Whiskey is being made from Sam Adams beer
Boston Harbor Distillery, is now part of a movement trying to do for craft spirits what Samuel Adams did all those years ago for beer.
New England Wineries to Know
Where to go wine tasting in New England.
Deconstructing a Wine Dinner From Starters to Dessert
Nearly all wine dinners follow a similar format starting with lighter, more delicately flavored wines (and food) and ending with bolder, more intense wines.
Coming Soon: Not Your Fathers Ginger Ale
Illinois-based Small Town Brewery is following up on its fast-growing Not Your Father’s Root Beer brand with a national launch of Not Your Father’s Ginger Ale, a 5.9% abv ginger ale. The new entry is a “gruit-inspired botanical beer brewed with ginger,” according to Small Town, which is rolling the product out to about 40 states next week through distributor Pabst Brewing, with nationwide coverage expected by February. Gruit (German for “herbs”) beers are bittered and flavored with roots, spices, flowers and berries rather than hops. The company recommends that Not Your Father’s Ginger Ale—packaged in six-packs of bottles and cans ($10.99)—be served chilled over ice or in ginger cocktails like the Moscow Mule and Dark & Stormy.
DIAGEO ADMITS SMIRNOFF VODKA ‘GOT LAZY’
Smirnoff vodka “got lazy” and made the mistake of releasing a plethora of flavours that were “almost all the same” in recent years, the brand’s director has admitted.
Montefalco Rosso: The Wine Italians Love To Drink
Montefalco Rosso is a blend, subject to percentage requirements, of Sangiovese and Sagrantino
The (Totally Fun, Not-At-All Stuffy) New Rules of Wine
If you remember only one thing from this story, make it this: Find a good wine store. We’re talking about a small, focused shop with a staff who has probably tasted most of what they’re selling and who genuinely want you to find something great
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LIQUOR STORES EXPANDS INTO NEW JERSEY, CONNECTICUT, AND MASSACHUSETTS VIA ACQUISITION AND DEVELOPMENT
The Company also announces that it has entered into commitments to open two new large-format stores in Massachusetts and Connecticut, both of which represent new markets for Liquor Stores.
AMERICA’S 11 FAVORITE THANKSGIVING PIES PAIRED WITH WINE
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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.
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