Liquor Industry News 10-07-19

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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

Is Wine Really Healthier Than Beer?

Unraveling the Secrets of Cognac

A Surprising Connection Between Prohibition and the Early Bird Special



The UK arm of brewing giant AB InBev has announced plans to scrap plastic rings from its entire range

The Six Cocktails You Need to Know to Understand All Cocktails Ever

They are the Old FashionedMartiniDaiquiriSidecar, Whiskey Highball, and Flip.

Oregon Wine Continues Its Ascent, Driven By Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir remains Oregon’s calling card. The varietal made up nearly 60% of the state’s production last year. Longtime Oregon player King Estate sold its Acrobat label to Foley Family Wines last year, but recently reloaded with a new Willamette Valley Pinot Noir brand called Inscription, producing 10,000 cases for the first year. The King Estate brand itself was at about 111,000 cases last year, according to Impact Databank.

Wine & Milk in Decline Due to Changing Science

In much the same way as milk and red meat lost demand with the consumer, wine is losing today in the popular narrative because of negative studies that often start with an agenda to reduce consumption.

Key terms to help you find the bottle of your dreams

Here are common wine tasting terms to describe the flavors and textures of wine, with brief explanations that can help you interpret tasting notes or those wine-geek conversations at dinner parties.

App boosts bottle smarts for drinkers, makers alike

Through QR code and imaging recognition technology, they can also tell you the wine’s profile, tasting notes, awards and accolades, how it’s drinking and what to pair it with.


“By an illness, one should understand even small or temporary disruptions to the normal state or normal activity of the body.”


New Prisoner

The Prisoner Wine Co., part of the Constellation portfolio, has introduced its first Pinot Noir. Retailing at $55 a 750-ml., the new bottling is called Eternally Silenced and is debuting with 11,000 cases for the inaugural vintage. Rolling out nationally, Eternally Silenced is 95% Pinot Noir and 5% Syrah/Viognier, sourced 25% from Santa Barbara, 25% from Sonoma Coast, 20% from Napa Valley, 20% from Edna Valley, and 10% from Monterey. The Prisoner was up 14% to 200,000 cases last year, according to Impact Databank.

New Bud

Anheuser-Busch InBev has partnered with Jim Beam to debut Budweiser Reserve Black Lager. The second collaborative effort between the two companies—following Budweiser Reserve Copper Lager—the new entry is at 7.1% abv and is aged on six-year Jim Beam Bourbon barrel staves. Budweiser Reserve Black Lager will be available from October through December in stubby glass bottles, as well as in a 22-ounce bomber bottle gift box. Budweiser ranked fourth among all beer brands in the U.S. last year at 12.2 million barrels, down 6%, according to Impact Databank.


The Portland Trail Blazers Just Got Their Own Wine to Celebrate 50 Years of Basketball

Fans can now officially buy Portland Trail Blazers Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

VINAER WINE AERATOR-Newly Designed for Wine Drinkers

With the Vinaer, the true flavors of the wine are brought out and the finish is improved. The Vinaer enables the wine to be experienced as the winemaker intended it to be.

Meet the Italian ‘drunk cheese’ that’s soaked in wine

A heavenly hybrid, drunk cheese, whatever you call ubriaco, the wine-soaked (yes, wine-soaked) cheese hailing from northern Italy’s Veneto region

This interactive machine makes art out of wine

Spilled wine may be a hassle to clean up, but you might also observe that it makes interesting patterns.

Why organic wine could be better for you

We’ve all heard of organic wine, but what does it really mean? And how is it different to natural wine? And does it have health benefits that conventional wine doesn’t have?

Blue Moon Light Sky, Coors Peak among MillerCoors efforts to transform portfolio

MillerCoors plans to launch four new beers in 2020 as part of a continued effort to reach a rapidly transforming base of drinkers migrating toward more-flavorful, better-for-you options.

Baileys launches alcohol-free RTD cans

The new Baileys Cold Brew cans come in Irish Cream and Salted Caramel flavours, with further line extensions due to launch in 2020.

Does Alcohol Expire? The Lowdown on Liquor, Beer, and Wine

This article explains tells you all you need to know about alcohol expiration, exploring various drinks and their safety.

Did Humans Once Live by Beer Alone?

The proponents of the beer-before-bread idea noted that the earliest grains might have actually been more suitable for brewing than for baking.

How White Wine is Made

In reality, the process takes twists and turns at each stage, even though grape juice and yeast are the only necessary ingredients.

12 Nights Of Wine Advent Calendar

The wine delivery service launched its 12 Nights of Wine box four years ago, calling it the world’s first-ever wine advent calendar.

The Only Wine and Cheese Pairing Cheat Sheet You Need

Here’s an expert guide to pairing wine and cheese like a pro.

Bartles & Jaymes Disappeared After the ’80s. Now, It’s Making Wine Coolers…Cool Again.

The king of wine coolers is back with new cans and new flavors.

The mysterious and not fully understandable wine defect popping up in natural wines: mouse

You can’t smell it. At first, you can’t taste it. But once you do, you’ll wish you’d never opened the bottle.



Following The Cocktail Trend, Salted Beer Is Happening

Now, it seems, that salt is making a return into the beer sector as well.


Walking Dead Bourbon

In October, Diageo will release The Walking Dead Kentucky Straight Bourbon, a limited edition celebrating the Robert Kirkman comic book series. The 47% abv whiskey is bottled under the new Spirits of the Apocalypse brand, a partnership between Diageo and Skybound Entertainment, the company behind the Walking Dead comics.

The whiskey’s bottle features numerous references to the series, including the signature of protagonist Rick Grimes, and the symbols of four factions trying to survive the zombie apocalypse. This first release in the Spirits of the Apocalypse series will be available across the U.S. for a limited time for a suggested price of $35 a 750-ml. According to USA Today, only 30,000 cases will be produced.

The move represents another entertainment tie-in for Diageo, which has had success with its Game of Thrones-themed Scotch whiskies. Johnnie Walker White Walker, for example, sold nearly 80,000 cases in the U.S. in only a partial year on the market in 2018, earning Impact “Hot Prospect” honors.

Should White Wines Ever Be Decanted?

Most consumers shy away from decanting white wines



Guide to Beer and Wine

Use this guide to beer and wine at home, on vacation, or during your next event, and remember to drink responsibly!


The best iPhone apps for wine lovers

Discover new flavors, read about a wine’s history, or find the closest place to buy a bottle; these are the best iPhone apps for wine lovers.

Maison Louis Jadot’s First Oregon Venture Resonates in Carlton

Sometimes a place just hits the right cord. For Maison Louis Jadot, that place is Résonance in Oregon’s Yamhill-Carlton AVA.



The Koshu grape that’s become the primary focus for Japanese vignerons looking to stand out in the market at home and abroad.

Six Ways to Get More Out of Your Vodka

Here’s everything you need to know about how to get the most enjoyment out of this beloved spirit


Seven of the Best Whiskeys for Irish Coffee, Ranked

Rather than mess with this tried and tested recipe, we wanted to explore which of Ireland’s whiskeys works best in this mix.


Hard Seltzer Advent Calendars Are Here for a Truly Festive Christmas

Its promises to be a White Claw Christmas.



A Surprising Connection Between Prohibition and the Early Bird Special

In a way, Prohibition and the early bird special set the stage for the wholesome lifestyles teetotalers had hoped for — affordable family meals and a safe return home before dark.

New Knob Creek

Beam Suntory has launched Knob Creek Quarter Oak, the latest limited time offering for the brand. The 50% abv whiskey was blended from standard Knob Creek and a variant that matured for a minimum of four years in quarter cask American oak barrels before bottling. According to the company, the whiskey from the quarter casks adds deeper and richer oak notes compared to the standard bottling. Knob Creek Quarter Oak is now available across the U.S. for a suggested price of $50 a bottle.


New Guinness

Guinness has added a new stout to its portfolio, straight from the brand’s Open Gate Brewery in Maryland. Guinness Over the Moon Milk Stout is a 5.3% abv beer brewed with roasted barley and lactose for a rich, slightly bitter-sweet brew, according to owner Diageo Beer Co. The beer, a permanent addition to the family, is now available in Boston, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans for around $11. Beginning in November, it will be available nationwide for a limited time.



Police in France and Bulgaria, supported by agencies Europol and Eurojust, have busted a human trafficking ring centring around workers used to harvest grapes in France.

Putting canned wine in perspective

No, canned wine is not the end of the universe. So why do we keep hearing that it is?

These products make wine drinking more fun

The world of wine product creators has taken a more humorous approach to some of its latest offerings

PureWine Wants to Take the Hangover Out of Wine Drinking

The product has proved life-changing for customers who can once again enjoy both the experience and health benefits of wine

Unraveling the Secrets of Cognac

Cognac generally does not have an age stated on the bottle


AVA Map Explorer

Use the American Viticultural Area (AVA) Map Explorer to view the boundaries of all established and proposed AVAs.


Is Wine Really Healthier Than Beer?

Beer may have gotten a bad rap


Sumac, Wine and Lemon Skillet Chicken

The wine-infused, garlicky pan sauce is made to drizzle over the crisped-up chicken skin


Should you sip or slurp your wine?

When sipping wine, you do so in a slow, deliberate manner.



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