Liquor Industry News 06-24-19

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By: Mark C Lenzi

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06-24-2019

 

Liquor Industry Week In Review

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

This Weeks Highlights:

New Products

How to Pair Wine with Watermelon

There’s a scientific reason men get beer bellies and women don’t

The 15 Best Vodkas for Every Budget

 

RUEDA TO CREATE ‘SUPERIOR’ CLASSIFICATION FOR OLD-VINE VERDEJO

Spain’s leading white wine region, Rueda, is to allow international grapes and create a new classification for higher quality expressions from old vines.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2019/06/rueda-to-create-superior-classification-for-old-vine-verdejo/

The Basque Wine That’s Bright, Spritzy, and Perfect for Summer

Txakoli can be made with two grapes, Hondarrabi Zuri, a white grape; and Hondarrabi Beltza, a red grape.

https://vinepair.com/articles/txakoli-basque-country-wine-summer/

5 Benefits of Purchasing Wine Online

Even though you can buy wine online at the comfort of your room, it isn’t a simple task as many people think.

https://ventsmagazine.com/2019/06/10/5-benefits-of-purchasing-wine-online/

Champagne Charges Ahead In U.S., Crossing 1.5 Million Cases

While a number of Champagne brands are in growth mode, Moët Hennessy USA’s portfolio continues to play an outsized role, with its three top brands—Veuve Clicquot, Moët & Chandon, and Dom Pérignon

http://www.shankennewsdaily.com/index.php/2019/06/10/23207/champagne-charges-ahead-in-u-s-crossing-1-5-million-cases/

 

Why Mondeuse Is Gaining Popularity Among U.S. Somms

Everything you need to know about this under-the-radar red wine variety, including why wine professionals love it

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/why-mondeuse-is-gaining-popularity-among-u-s-somms/

 

Soave’s top sites upgraded to crus

The newly recognised crus cover just under 40% of the Soave vineyard area, and are all located on “historic hillside terroirs”.

https://harpers.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/25396/Soave_92s_top_sites_upgraded_to_crus.html

 

The Wine Country Tasting Room Is Dead. But Long Live Wine Country

People are no longer willing to just come into a tasting room, pay their tasting fees, try five wines, and move on

http://fortune.com/2019/06/09/wine-country-tasting-rooms/

 

A Field Guide to Olives, From Tree to Table to Toothpick

Humans have been cultivating the fruit (yes, fruit!) for millennia, and they are prominent in cuisines from Spain to Syria.

https://vinepair.com/articles/olive-guide/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=20a0be3680-JUNE_11_2019&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-20a0be3680-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-20a0be3680-38937345&mc_cid=20a0be3680&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

 

 

GOLD BRACELET FLASK

This bracelet does a lot more than just look good on your wrist, it also holds your favorite spirit,

https://store.vinepair.com/products/gold-bracelet-flask?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=20a0be3680-JUNE_11_2019&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-20a0be3680-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-20a0be3680-38937345&mc_cid=20a0be3680&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

 

9 Things You Should Know About Stone Brewing

It’s now the ninth-largest craft brewing company in the U.S. by sales volume, distributing beer to all 50 states.

https://vinepair.com/articles/stone-brewing-san-diego/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=20a0be3680-JUNE_11_2019&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-20a0be3680-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-20a0be3680-38937345&mc_cid=20a0be3680&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

Trump says U.S. will ‘do something’ about French wine tariffs

The U.S. charges a tariff of 5 cents per 750-milliliter bottle of imported still wine and 14 cents for sparkling wine, according to the Wine Institute

https://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-french-wine-tariffs-trump-20190610-story.html

A Complete Guide to the Finger Lakes Wine Country

An expansive yet accessible gem, more than 140 wineries are spread throughout the American Viticultural Area (AVA), though the majority are clustered around the stunning scenery of the Cayuga, Keuka and Seneca Lakes.

https://www.winemag.com/2019/06/10/travel-guide-the-finger-lakes/

The Science of Ice in Cocktails

Bartenders weigh in on shape, size, cut, and clarity—and how to choose the right ice

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/the-science-of-ice-in-cocktails/?utm_campaign=SevenFifty%20Daily%20Weekly%20Digest&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=73537306&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_No_WQeN1p1D3xY_n9mVC_WUMpW5nmVMADyFuKlP8l0SXeM2WjgNzsaNHfOvMINdb2P4Zy7UM2yOf6Vj0VDk1dRmg2dDltKVEQ8ymHh7sn3NXmArQ&_hsmi=73537596

Ralph Lauren launches ‘Sonoma Valley’ home furnishings line

In describing the new line, the RL website states that “the rustic romanticism of California’s landscape inspires a warm, casual elegance defined by an earthen palette, natural textures and refined craftsmanship.”

https://www.sonomanews.com/business/9644339-181/ralph-lauren-launches-sonoma-valley

 

CA State Fair announces wine competition winners

2,811 California wines representing 11 wine regions were judged over three days

https://www.morningagclips.com/ca-state-fair-announces-wine-competition-winners/

Why I Support “Save The Family Farms”

The law now requires, small growers like myself would have to invest upwards of $2,000,000 to build a wine production facility; existing Napa County laws do not allow small producers to have tastings without a production facility. This is not realistic for a small producer, nor does it make any economic business sense.

https://www.savethefamilyfarms.com/post/why-i-support-save-the-family-farms

Why ‘like what you like’ is generally bad advice when it comes to wine

Some questionable comments made about wine tasting, including the oft-proffered advice, ‘like what you like.’

http://www.wineanorak.com/wineblog/uncategorized/why-like-what-you-like-is-generally-bad-advice-when-it-comes-to-wine

US craft beer slows while craft spirits take off

We Drink Basically The Same Wine As Ancient Romans — And That’s Not So Great

Many of the most popular wine varieties sold today are extremely genetically similar to the wines that ancient Romans drank — and may have existed for thousands of years longer.

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2019/06/10/731272004/we-drink-basically-the-same-wine-as-ancient-romans-and-thats-not-so-great

Wine distributor admits fraud-involving product featured on ‘Shark Tank’

Sources identified the company as Copa da Vino.

https://www.newsday.com/long-island/crime/joseph-falcone-shark-1.32228590

APOTHIC SINGLE SERVE

The aluminum bottles give customers a lightweight, portable way to enjoy its ever-popular red blend wherever they go – from bonfires on the beach to parties in the park. Sold in two-packs,

http://www.spiritedbiz.com/apothic-single-serve/

Jose Cuervo: a brand history

The world’s largest Tequila brand certainly has pedigree.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2019/06/jose-cuervo-a-brand-history/

In Wine Law…Be Careful What You DO NOT Ask For

There was also in place an assumption that the Court order barring enforcement of the state’s anti-shipping laws only applied to wineries, and not to retailers.

https://fermentationwineblog.com/2019/06/in-wine-law-be-careful-what-you-do-not-ask-for/

 

Don’t believe the hype — experts say wellness beers, wine are BS

Regardless of “herbs or sodium or other ingredients.” US dietary guidelines recommend that alcohol be consumed “in moderation,” meaning up to one drink a day for women and two for men.

https://nypost.com/2019/06/11/dont-believe-the-hype-experts-say-wellness-beers-wine-are-bs/

 

 

Is Oak Over?

Nowadays, trend-setting somms hate those oaky, ripe wines, and the hippest winemakers avoid new oak barrels studiously.

https://vinepair.com/articles/how-oak-affects-wine-trends/

 

 

Rioja rule rewrite aims at greater traceability and transparency

Rioja’s wine board has adopted a sea of far-reaching measures including rules on new legally binding bottle label references aimed at providing greater transparency and guarantees for consumers over wine production.

https://harpers.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/25414/Rioja_rule_re-write_aim_at_greater_traceability_and_transparency_.html

 

The 15 Best Vodkas for Every Budget

You might notice some top-selling vodkas absent from this list.

https://vinepair.com/buy-this-booze/best-vodkas-2019/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=b9c26774fd-JUNE_13_2019&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-b9c26774fd-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-b9c26774fd-38937345&mc_cid=b9c26774fd&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

 

MillerCoors balks at an industry wide beer campaign as it fights with AB InBev

The effort to boost the sagging category will begin this summer.

https://www.chicagobusiness.com/consumer-products/millercoors-balks-industrywide-beer-campaign-it-fights-ab-inbev

Johnnie Walker to debut Ice and Fire whiskies

Diageo’s blended Scotch whisky brand Johnnie Walker is set to launch two limited edition Game of Thrones-themed expressions, called A Song of Ice and A Song of Fire.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2019/06/johnnie-walker-to-debut-ice-and-fire-whiskies/

 

MILLER LITE UNVEILS BEER CAN THAT DOUBLES AS A GAMES CONSOLE

Called the Cantroller, the novelty but fully-functioning item is a 10-button games console that has been incorporated into a 12-ounce can of Miller Lite.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2019/06/miller-lite-unveils-beer-can-that-doubles-as-a-games-console/

There’s a scientific reason men get beer bellies and women don’t

While women tend to store fat in their thighs, arms, and backside, men tend to do so in their bellies.

https://www.businessinsider.com/beer-belly-scientific-reason-men-get-beer-bellies-women-dont-2019-6

Monster Energy Is Expanding With Alcohol And Cannabis Drinks

Company execs told shareholders earlier this week an expansion into alcohol and cannabis beverages could be around the corner.

https://www.delish.com/food-news/a27955972/monster-energy-alcohol-and-cannabis-drinks/

Is it Time For a New Natural Wine?

The lack of official regulation or certification for using the phrase “natural wine” has created an existential crisis.

https://www.winemag.com/2019/06/12/its-time-for-a-new-natural-wine/

Three things to know about wine writing

Why does everybody hate wine writers?

https://medium.com/@Felicity_Carter/three-things-to-know-about-wine-writing-c3ebb0801fd5

New Wine Spritzer

Treasury Wine Estates has launched three new wine spritzers under the Main & Vine brand. The 5.5% abv drinks contain 95 calories per 250-ml. can and are available in Blood Orange Mango, Pomegranate, and Pink Grapefruit. The company is marketing the spritzes as standalone drinks as well as for use in cocktails. The gluten-free spritzers are now available in individual cans and 4-packs, with the 4-packs retailing for a suggested price of $8.

 

 

The definitive guide to wine bottle shapes and sizes

In short, different bottle sizes don’t mean better wine quality, although smaller bottles are believed to hasten the ageing process.

https://www.wsetglobal.com/knowledge-centre/blog/2019/june/13/the-definitive-guide-to-wine-bottle-shapes-and-sizes/

 

Sub-appellation confusion

The Napa Valley may be a classic case of the complete loss of sub-regional identity, which appears to have been, at first, accidental and then willful.

https://napavalleyregister.com/wine/columnists/dan-berger/dan-berger-on-wine-sub-appellation-confusion/article_0568c8ae-ca29-572f-94e2-539ef2ee1794.html

A natural wine glossary: from organic to ‘minimal intervention’

Because the term has no legal definition, you can put that question to two different people — a clerk in a wine shop, for instance, and a sommelier — and get two different answers.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/goingoutguide/a-natural-wine-glossary-from-organic-to-minimal-intervention/2019/06/13/5ade77c4-84b6-11e9-933d-7501070ee669_story.html?utm_term=.81770dd99326

How to Pair Wine with Watermelon

Stick to something light-bodied, chill it well and read on to initiate your own watermelon-pairing experimentation.

https://www.winemag.com/2019/06/14/how-to-pair-wine-with-watermelon/

 

Why wine is being rebranded as the hot new health drink

Can wine be rebranded as a health drink? In a bid to win over millennials, some wine industry creatives are giving it a shot.

https://www.pressdemocrat.com/lifestyle/9692278-181/why-wine-is-being-rebranded

 

How to pair wine with Japanese food

Yes, there are rules, though they’re intricate — and sometimes sake is the only option

https://www.ft.com/content/9f3f9bf6-8c9e-11e9-a24d-b42f641eca37

 

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