Liquor Industry News/Links 11-19-18

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The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

By: Mark C Lenzi





Liquor Industry Week In Review

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

This Weeks Highlights:


New Products


The 16-oz. Beer Can: A Cold One That’s a Hot One


It’s Time to Pay Attention to New Hampshire Wine


Calvados: The Apple Of A Brandy Drinker’s Eye




Go ahead and laugh at the wine and egg diet

A real thing, the diet has been exhumed from the pages of Vogue, circa 1977, and is making the viral rounds.



We hope you enjoy this year’s Top 100

Holiday Patron

Patrón Tequila has debuted a new large-size, limited release bottle for its Silver Tequila ahead of the holiday season. Decorated with a white and green ribbon design, the new one-liter bottling features a metal label and a metallic stopper, both engraved with the signature Patrón bee. The 2018 Limited Edition 1-Liter Patrón Silver Tequila is available nationwide, retail priced at $70 a 750-ml. Bacardi fully acquired Patrón Spirits back in May, in a transaction that valued the company at around $5.1 billion.


Handle Old Fashioneds With Care

Tips and tricks for making excellent Old Fashioneds. Here is everything you need to know.


Wine, Consumers and the Court

There is no other category of consumer whose day to day commercial habits are more impacted by politics than wine consumers



Launched in 1979, when interest in Napa winemaking was still nascent, Opus One is an ambitious joint venture between two of the world’s most esteemed winemaking figures.


How many grape clones are there per variety?

The number of clones is often related to the genetic mutation rate of the variety.


More Prestigious California Vineyards Get SIP Certified in 2018

Jackson Family Wines and Scheid Family Wines Certify Additional Acreage the Wine Industry’s Premier Sustainability Organization


How to Pair Wine With Barbecue

There are bottles that can amplify the smoky, fatty greatness of perfect brisket or a rack of tender ribs. It’s true: Barbecue is great, but wine — specifically Côte-Rôtie from the Rhône Valley of France — can make it even better.



The ability to calculate sugar levels in a liquid, such as grape must or a wort, allows winemakers and brewers to calculate what its alcohol content will be after fermentation.


This Lexus concept car is a wine tasting room on wheels

Lexus’ ES 350 concept car is a luxury wine tasting room and 3.5-litre engine sports car rolled into one.


New Coppola

Francis Ford Coppola Winery has introduced Apocalypse Now Red Blend in celebration of the namesake film’s 40th anniversary. A blend of Sonoma County-sourced Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Malbec, the new wine features a label that, when scanned by a smartphone, reveals rare videos related to the production of Apocalypse Now, including commentary from director Francis Ford Coppola. The 2015 Apocalypse Now Red Blend ($30 a 750-ml.) is a limited edition offering that will be available online and at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery tasting room in Geyserville, California starting November 10.

Exploring Ancient Alchemy and Remote Terrain to Find France’s Best-Kept Wine Secret

Four hundred years before Portugal began producing Port, an alchemist in France discovered the method, known as mutage, of creating fortified wines.

Reinventing the Humble Beer Keg

The biggest change in storing lagers since the 1950s means tap beers taste fresher than ever.

Why You Should Get to Know Chinese Wine

China isn’t the first place you probably think of when searching for quality wine, but Moët Hennessy and Maxence Dulou are trying to change that.

The Science of Esters in Wine

Wine experts discuss what differentiates esters from other aroma compounds

Domestic Sparkling Wine Finds Its Identity

Winemakers on both coasts of the U.S. describe their processes in producing méthode champenoise wine

Bubbles! The physics of champagne

Popping a cork at a big celebration sets off a gloriously complex train of events. Phil Dooley explains.

Wine Appreciation: connoisseurship or snobbery?

We don’t have to venture far these days to realize that all is not well in the world of wine criticism.

Courts Take a Closer Look at Wine Shipping

A wave of surprising legal judgments has been unfolding over the past couple of months relating to the US three-tier wine sales system

New Zealand now 16th largest global wine producer

Italy has been the largest wine producer since 2015 when it overtook France, now in second place. Spain is in third place, while Australia maintains its fifth position.


Saka Wines Launches World’s First Cannabis-Infused Alcohol-Removed Sparkling Brut and Still Rose’ Wines From Napa Valley

Wines are blended with a proprietary formulation of tasteless, odorless water-soluble ratio of THC and CBD derived from organic craft cannabis and powered by cutting edge technology. The first infused beverages of their kind, Saka promises to deliver a truly elevated infused experience.


How good company can make any wine taste good

The main objective of almost any wine is giving pleasure. And we can’t assist a wine’s manifest destiny unless we give it a chance to prove its worth by providing it a proper setting.



The answer is a surprising blend of technical innovation and centuries-old craft

Calvados: The Apple Of A Brandy Drinker’s Eye

There are no wine appellations in Normandy. Grapes, revered elsewhere in France, are an afterthought in this region that stretches out into the English Channel on France’s northwest coast, about a two hour drive from Paris.


This happens because of too much sugar, bottling too early, or excess carbonation.



If You Buy Organic Wine, You May Be Funding Far More Soil Damage

Interesting look at copper sulfate, a fungicide certified by organic marketing groups.

What Does “Natural” Mean for German Wine?

Among the world’s most environmentally conscious nations, Germany boasts a long history of organic farming.


Local Cider News

Massachusetts’ Artifact Cider Project has partnered with the Massachusetts Beverage Alliance to expand distribution across the state. The cidery, which produces a range of dry ciders sourced from Northeastern orchards, has grown from 500 cases in 2014 to a projected 40,000 cases from the 2018 harvest. In addition, the company will be moving to a new location in the Pioneer Valley and plans to open a new production facility with a taproom in 2019. Artifact’s ciders are available in 16-ounce cans and on draft in six states.


Mastering the Mis-interpreted Merlot

Experts gather to discuss the growing Merlot market

Why Younger Consumers Are Cause for Concern in Alcoholic Beverages Category

Now, as Generation Z comes of age and millennials continue to wield extraordinary spending power, convenience store retailers need to begin looking at their impact on the beer cave.

60% of Millennials are likely to buy private-label beverages

The Champagne of Beers’ Will Come in Champagne Bottles for the Holiday Season

The suggested retail price is just $3.49—or significantly cheaper than most champagnes.


Saving America’s Indigenous Wine Grapes

The U.S. is home to a preponderance of the world’s indigenous grapes species and yet, only a few producers vinify choice heritage vines into quality wine.


Who Are Wine Tourists

There are, of course, studies and surveys of the visitors and why they come. I think you can break them down like this.





It’s Time to Pay Attention to New Hampshire Wine

Don’t think of New Hampshire as wine country? A number of pioneering producers have turned to local grapes, fruits and honey to craft unique offerings.


Why Is It So Hard to Be a Mom in the Wine Business?

The cards are stacked against us, but we can work toward change–6eb8B7zPNpg6ey9SPrqZvLQS1HsUY7WfRnXxeWMYx0tSwTuFxFY8T66BSVWAL4xOwQMOzw6iQfX3FgfPffRq4XPuUfMjTII-OUByNVTPugwZqj_c&_hsmi=67361357

The Science Behind Why “Low Alcohol” Wine Matters for Your Health

Alcohol is one of the most controversial topics health and wellness practitioners must navigate. Frequently, readers of this blog ask if alcohol consumption can be a part of a healthy lifestyle — my answer is, it depends.


New Mondavi Plan Upsets Some Locals

Despite the passing of its two iconic founding brothers – Robert and Peter – and the sale of the Robert Mondavi Winery in 2004, the current and third generation of Mondavi family members continues to show a keen interest in the wine business.

The 16-oz. Beer Can: A Cold One That’s a Hot One

Something nebulous about the slightly larger size signals high quality and high taste — with high sales to match.



Prince Charles drives a car that (sorta) runs on white wine

The Aston Martin in question was in fact modified to run on a fuel called E85, which is a mixture of bioethanol and petrol. Bioethanol, a biofuel and fuel additive, can be derived from a huge number of sources – including, but not limited to, waste biomass such as surplus wine…

The Rise of Private Wine Labels

Top restaurateurs turn to their own bottlings for a unique selling point.


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