Liquor Industry News/Links 11-26-16

Liquor Industry News/Links

11-26-16

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Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

History behind the rare and frivolous Beaujolais Nouveau

Tasting notes decoded

The Misunderstood Art of Wine Sniffing

AND MORE!

Franklin Liquors New Daily Newspaper

The Wonderful World of Wine (WWW)

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 Our Daily Wine Newspaper

https://t.co/uSKfS74nvQ 

5 surprising beer and food pairings

Time to branch out from beer and crisps

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http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/christmas/food-drink/surprising-beer-food-pairings-a7423501.html

 

Wine lovers: Don’t ignore Virginia

Today, roughly 410 years after the first settlers arrived in Jamestown, the state has a thriving commercial wine industry. The fact is, only four states are home to more wineries than Virginia: California, Washington, Oregon and New York.

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/drink/sc-virginia-wine-food-1125-20161118-column.html

 

Avoiding the additives lurking in your wine bottle

If you think all wine is simply fermented grape juice bottled, you’re wrong. Wine can contain all sorts of additives including high-fructose corn syrup, granulated white sugar, gum arabic, potassium sorbate and more.

https://www.thestar.com/life/food_wine/2016/11/18/avoiding-the-additives-lurking-in-your-wine-bottle-sipped.html

In Cognac Country, Pineau Is Not Pinot

In western France, where Ugni Blanc and other grapes are used to produce Cognac, locals frequently mention ‘PEE-no.’ They are not referring to ‘Pinot,’ but ‘Pineau,’ a regionally favored blend of Cognac eau-de-vie with fresh grape juice (usually non-alcoholic), typically in a 1 to 3 ratio. Like wine, you can select red, rosé or white Pineau and choose whether or not you want it aged in oak.

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/tmullen/2016/11/17/in-cognac-country-pineau-is-not-pinot/#1b4296e618cd

 

MA Wholesaler Settlement

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has accepted a $750,000 settlement from Massachusetts wholesaler Craft Beer Guild, LLC, a subsidiary of the Sheehan Family Companies, for trade practice violations laid out in the Federal Alcohol Administration Act (FAA). Craft Beer Guild allegedly paid illegal “slotting fees” to retailers for favorable product placement and shelf space. The payment marks the largest compromise the TTB has recovered from a sole industry player for such violations.

The Perception of Wine As a Healthy Beverage: A Study of US Demographics

While we’ve certainly seen stories of wine’s purported health benefits on a somewhat regular basis over the last few decades, the idea of wine as being good for you can be traced all the way back to ancient Greece and Rome.

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http://www.academicwino.com/2016/11/perception-wine-healthy.html/

 

Premiumization, crappy wine, and what we drink

Producers made conscious decisions to change the way the wine was made that had nothing to do with winemaking and everything to do with the marketplace

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https://www.winecurmudgeon.com/premiumization-crappy-wine-what-we-drink/

 

Coke has launched a ‘selfie bottle’ that takes a snap while you sip

Coca-Cola has set its sights on winning over social media users after unveiling a custom built ‘selfie bottle’ which will take your pic whilst glugging down the fizzy drink.

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http://www.businessinsider.com/coca-cola-launches-selfie-bottle-2016-11

 

10 Varieties from the Birthplace of Wine

The Caucasus region encompasses the countries of Armenia; Azerbaijan; Georgia; and parts of Iran, Russia, and Turkey. This region is considered to be the birthplace of wine.

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http://winefolly.com/update/10-wine-varieties-birthplace-wine/

 

Large-scale vs. small-production winemaking: Is there a difference?

High-volume wines are generally made in huge tanks, with wood chips, staves or even powder added to provide the oak flavor. Producers can inject tiny amounts of oxygen over a couple months to mimic a couple years of barrel aging. http://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/business/article115296008.html#storylink=cpy

Wine Tax By State

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3 Wines that will Change the way You Think About Wine

A few remarkable wines with highly unique aromas. These are wines that are excellent for people who want to strengthen their aromatic repertoire.

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http://winefolly.com/tutorial/3-wines-that-will-change-the-way-you-think-about/?utm_source=Wine+Folly&utm_campaign=fac1c0d330-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a18d8bdc1b-fac1c0d330-62472929&mc_cid=fac1c0d330&mc_eid=d73340fcba

 

LABATT CUTS BEER FOR LIFE PERK

Canadian brewery Labatt has decided to scrap one of its most attractive retirement perks – free beer for life.

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https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2016/11/labatt-cuts-beer-for-life-perk/

TAIWAN’S REPEAT DUI OFFENDERS GET ‘CORPSE CLEANING’ AS PUNISHMENT

Repeat DUI offenders in Taiwan will get an unorthodox punishment by working in the morgue to help clean up corpses as part of their community service, the city’s latest move to curb its increasing and often deadly DUI cases, reports Taiwan’s United Daily News.

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https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2016/11/taiwans-repeat-dui-offenders-get-corpse-cleaning-as-punishment/

Cool Gift Ideas For Wine Lovers

This year’s holiday gift guide features an idea for every budget with gifts that range in price from $17.99 to $1,499.

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/katiebell/2016/11/21/cool-gift-ideas-for-wine-lovers/#67d767235d75

 

6 Delicious Things to Do With Leftover Wine, Just in Case You Don’t Pound the Whole Bottle

Save a few drops: Trust us, it’s worth it.

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http://www.bravotv.com/blogs/leftover-wine-recipes-brownies-truffles-granita-poached-eggs-jelly

 

New Harpoon

Boston-based Harpoon Brewery is introducing its popular Hoppy Adventure Double IPA in four-packs of 16-ounce cans. Hoppy Adventure (7.8% abv) was previously available only on draft. Harpoon recently entered the Wisconsin and Minnesota markets, bringing its distribution footprint to 27 states. The company ranks as the 19th-largest U.S. craft brewer, according to the Brewers Association.

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Make a Baby, Get a Free Trip to Italy—Here’s How

One Italian town is getting creative with its tourist initiatives.

http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/romantic-getaways/free-trip-italy

 

DIAGEO TO CLOSE USVI RUM AGEING SITES

Diageo has confirmed that it will move all maturation and warehousing for its Captain Morgan rum brand from the US Virgin Islands to Maryland in the US by the end of next year.

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2016/11/diageo-to-close-usvi-rum-ageing-sites/

 

 

THE DOLOMITE STUFF: TRENTODOC WINEMAKERS TAKE ON THE POWER OF PROSECCO

The producers of bottle-fermented Trentodoc wine want to convince the world that their fizz is head and shoulders above other Italian sparklers. But will they be able to persuade Prosecco lovers to pay for Champagne quality?

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https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2016/11/the-dolomite-stuff-trentodoc-winemakers-take-on-the-power-of-prosecco/

 

The science of hangovers

While there is still no magical cure, scientists are coming closer to understanding the science behind the phenomenon that afflicts many

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http://www.mcgilltribune.com/sci-tech/the-science-of-hangovers-112216/

 

Holiday Shopping Guide: Craft Beer Games

These aren’t “drinking games,” per se, but rather games that in some way incorporate real craft breweries or simulate the process of opening and running one.

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/taranurin/2016/11/23/holiday-shopping-guide-craft-beer-games/#20f860a36e3b

 

Wine Spectator to Unveil Top 100 Wines of 2016

The Countdown Begins November 28 at WineSpectator.com, as Magazine Celebrates 40th Anniversary

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http://wineindustryadvisor.com/2016/11/23/wine-spectator-unveil-top-100-wines-2016

 

The Blending Lab lets you play mad scientist with wine

The Blending Lab, a new tasting room located near the Grove, is making wine tasting fun again with blending classes

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https://www.timeout.com/los-angeles/blog/the-blending-lab-lets-you-play-mad-scientist-with-wine-112216

 

14 science-backed answers to your biggest questions about wine

Here’s a handy guide to 14 of your slightly embarrassing and nerdy questions about wine that will increase your wine expertise.

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http://www.businessinsider.com/questions-wine-science-2016-11/#-1

 

How identical are individual bottles of the same wine?

Wine changes with each new vintage.   But two bottles of the same vintage of the same wine can taste different, too

https://firstvine.wordpress.com/2016/11/15/how-identical-are-individual-bottles-of-wine/

 

OFFICIAL GAME OF THRONES WINE SET FOR LAUNCH

An official range of Game of Thrones wine made in collaboration with a Californian wine estate is due to be launched in the US next spring.

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https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2016/11/official-game-of-thrones-wine-set-for-launch/

 

How to Choose Champagne

Champagne is not cheap, so it’s not a purchase to fool around with.

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http://winefolly.com/review/how-to-choose-champagne/?utm_source=Wine+Folly&utm_campaign=7852a8aecb-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a18d8bdc1b-7852a8aecb-62472929&mc_cid=7852a8aecb&mc_eid=d73340fcba

 

European Wine Exploration Map

Check out this map of 35 great wines from western Europe. Have you’ve tried them all?

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http://winefolly.com/tutorial/european-wine-exploration-map/?utm_source=Wine+Folly&utm_campaign=7852a8aecb-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a18d8bdc1b-7852a8aecb-62472929&mc_cid=7852a8aecb&mc_eid=d73340fcba

 

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Wine Buying Tips Using Label Information

Tuesday January 10th 7pm

 

Do you know 5 corporations own 80-90% of wines for sale?

Many people buy wines based on label only. Do you?

This wine tasting/education will explain what is on a wine label and how it can help you find the best for your dollar. After this event buying wine will never be the same!

 

Exploring Italian Wines

Tuesday January 17th 7pm

Italian wines can be some of the most confusing to understand.

This tasting/education will cover history, geography, laws, regions and grapes.

Come explore Italy!

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WINE TASTING 101

Thursday January 26th 7-9pm

This wine tasting and educational class will help you develop your wine profile.

We will explore the 5 steps in how to taste wine. The results of this will make you a better wine taster and buyer and develop your unique wine profile. With this profile you can walk into any store or restaurant and explain what you like.

What do you smell? Do you like oaked or unoaked wines? Why do we swirl and spit?

We will talk about wine technology that can assist in building your palate.

Participants must be 21 years of age

Exploring French Wines

Thursday February 9th 7-9pm

Lets take a trip to France in this education and tasting class.

We will cover French wine growing regions and what wines to look for.

French wine laws and labels will be examined.

What is difference between Champagne and a Cremant?

What are the grapes in Burgundy?

What is the one red grape grown in Alsace?

What are French Dessert wines?

After this class you will have all the tips needed to start buying and enjoying the wines of France!

Participants must be 21 years of age

 

Tri-County Adult Education  

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2014 French Wine Scholar Program

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Feb 28, and run every Tuesday until May 2 with no class during April break on 4/18. Review 5/16, Exam 5/30.

Feb 16th Oscars and wine with sugar

Oscars Truffle and Wine Tasting

Explore the world of truffles and a minimum of 6 fabulous wine pairings. The Sugar Shoppe’s Courtney Nappa and Franklin Liquor’s Mark Lenzi and show you the way for this educational sit-down tasting.

 

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