Liquor Industry News 03-16-20

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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 Perfect Wine Based on Your Zodiac Sign

Tito’s tells customers to not use their vodka for hand sanitizer

How Much Sugar Is in Beer?


Blanton’s Gold Edition Bourbon Will Finally Be Available in the U.S.

Blanton’s Gold will be available starting this summer, at the suggested price of $120.


All you need to know about Torrontés: A quick guide

If you are a fan of extreme citrus and floral flavors, this is a wine you need to get your hands on


QUIZ: How well do you know your beer history?

So how well do you know your beer history? Take our quiz and find out.


Martini enters non-alcoholic space with new aperitivos

The zero-ABV expressions are made using the same wines as Martini’s vermouths, with the alcohol removed and the leftover liquid infused with “sustainably sourced” botanicals.

Chemical Weed Killer Is Compatible With Sustainability Certification In California’s Wine Industry

An adult would have to drink more than 140 glasses of wine a day over 70 years containing the highest glyphosate level measured to reach the level that California’s…OEHHA has identified as ‘No Significant Risk Level (NSRL)

9 genius wine hacks worth trying at home

Whether you rarely drink wine, or you adore it, we can guarantee you’ll find something useful in this list of hacks.

New Wine

Mendocino County, California-based Fetzer Vineyards has released a Bourbon barrel-aged Chardonnay within its 1000 Stories portfolio. The new wine is sourced from a variety of California AVAs, among them Monterey County, and was aged in French and American oak prior to being finished in charred Bourbon barrels. Joining a portfolio that also includes Bourbon barrel-aged Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and a red blend, the new Chardonnay is now available nationwide, retail priced at $19 a 750-ml. Fetzer is owned by Chilean winery Concha y Toro.


Top New Zealand wine brands in US market


How reliable are wine judges?

Do judges of different ages, sexes and nationalities score wines the same way, or is consistent judging an impossibility? One competition organiser has some preliminary evidence.


Why Is There Condensation in My Spirits Bottle?

If you do see condensation, it’s not a bad thing, or a sign that somehow the spirit inside has gone bad. So if you’re concerned, don’t be.



Bud Nitro does not include a widget. Instead the brand will instruct drinkers to flip the can three times to infuse the nitro bubbles


What Goes Into Wine Cost of Goods $25 Red Blend

Video cost of goods


Diageo debuts new Jane Walker bottling

The new blend was created by Emma Walker and is made with liquid from Speyside distillery Cardhu. Diageo said Elizabeth Cumming, who owned the Cardhu distillery during the late 19th century, “played a significant role in the brand’s history”.


How Good (or Bad) Is $3 Wine?

Can a wine drinker live on really cheap wine? Or are the ultra-cheap wines just cheap, without any other reason for being?

What are tannins, and how do they get into wine?

Tannins aren’t something you taste, but rather something you feel.

13 Common Georgian Wine Varieties, from Inky Reds to Crisp Sparklers

13 of the most common varieties to get you started.

Tre Bicchieri – Identifying Italy’s Best Wines

The best known Italian wine guide is the one published by Gambero Rosso, the country’s leading publication for Italian wine and food.

8 Cheap Wines That Absolutely Do Not Suck!

The Brits came up with a great economics-driven acronym for “good cheap wines,” they call ’em QPRs as in Quality-Price Ratio.

4 Facts About Rosé Wines

Read about this popular wine style

The Truth about Barley’s Role in Whiskey

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What Is Umami in Wine? A Closer Look at the Fifth Type of Taste

In Japanese, the word translates to “pleasant savory taste,” which really couldn’t describe the flavor better.

Derby Whisky

  • Woodford Reserve has released a commemorative 2020 Kentucky Derby bottle as part of its role as presenting sponsor of the event. The special packaging features art by Richard Sullivan, a local artist and former player for the Atlanta Braves. The watercolor label illustration depicts horses racing toward the finish line of Churchill Downs. At 45.2% abv, 1-liter bottles of the Derby edition are now retailing for $50 across the U.S. and on e-commerce site Reserve Bar.


Why is wine still so confusing?

Many people still find wine cryptic and intimidating.


Chianti Classico – What You Need To Know

Do you know the difference between Chianti Classico and Chianti Classico Riserva? Did you know there is an actual recipe for Chianti Classico and the man who developed it?


Wasps becoming more worrisome for grape growers

So-called “social wasps” — including yellow jackets, paper wasps and hornets — seem to be causing more problems in vineyards in Wisconsin


How Much Sugar Is in Beer?

This article reviews the sugar content of beer.


New Bacardi

Bacardi has launched Dewar’s Ilegal Smooth, a new blended Scotch whisky finished in mezcal barrels. The 8-year-old whisky is blended from up to 40 malt and grain whiskies before finishing for an undisclosed amount of time in ex-Ilegal mezcal barrels before bottling at 40% abv. This new whisky follows last year’s Dewar’s Caribbean Smooth, a rum barrel finished expression. Last year Dewar’s was up 6.5% globally to 3 million cases.


Un-study Techniques: Trade Tastings with a Purpose

Here are some ideas to ensure purpose-driven tastings:


How Napa Valley Became the Country’s Second (Not First) AVA

When Augusta, Mo., was named the first American Viticultural Area in June 1980, it surprised many that it beat Napa Valley to the designation by just eight months.


How winemakers are adapting to reach young consumers

Winemakers say the industry needs to adapt to younger consumers.


Is it safe to put silica gel in boxes containing wine or whisky to prevent mold?

Silica gel can adsorb about 40 percent of its weight in moisture, so it would take a whole lot of it to be effective in a cellar.


What Are Sulfites—And Are Their Side Effects Causing My Wine Hangover?

Here’s everything you need to know about sulfites—including just how much they contribute to that post-Bachelor head throb. (Hint: Probably not as much as you think.)


Jamie Evans Wants Us to Think About Weed Like Wine

The Herb Somm blogger dishes on elevated eating and her new book focused on CBD.

How to Make Sense of Sustainable Wine Certifications

VinePair assembled a quick and dirty explainer of the most common labels to know, with testimonials from winemakers about their experiences.

Are Wine Reviews about Entertainment?

Wine writing is really about creating a discourse about wine.


Why Pinot Noir Fans Should Consider Valpolicella’s Crushable Classicos

While production trends are not encouraging for “regular” Valpolicella, there is a heartening global kinship with the wines.


Wine Pairings For Popular Chocolates

Of all the food and wine pairings out there, chocolate with wine is undeniably the most decadent.


Another 60 breweries on tap to open or in planning for 2020 IN MA

According to Brewers Association data, there were 155 breweries in the state in 2018, the 17th highest in the country



The local winery said it had suffered a technical fault in its bottling line, which resulted in wine flowing through taps in houses in the immediate vicinity of the site. The contamination was reportedly caused by the higher pressure of the wine, compared to that of the water, leading to the former to displace the latter.


Wine (or Liquor) Store Archaeology

The next time you find yourself wandering the aisles of your favorite wine or liquor store, use that time to do a bit of digging.

Food & Wine Pairing – A Lesson How Wine and Food Interact

How certain aspects of food (saltiness, sweetness and acid) interact with the wine


Sparkling Wines with Méthode Champenoise

Méthode Champenoise can be difficult to understand, but it’s fun because it involves some French words.


From Tree to Bottle, This Is How Wine Corks Are Made

Cork harvest in Portugal’s Alentejo wine region

Sangiovese’s Daddy Makes a Comeback

Ciliegiolo, Sangiovese’s parent, was the wrong grape for the Parker era of wine. The word means “little cherry”, and that’s the principal flavor.





What is a Bordeaux blend?

What does it mean when a wine is called a ‘Bordeaux blend’?


Wine Retailer Shipping Will Kill Americans

This is what leads me to believe that wine retailer shipping is coming to wine consumers across the country sometime soon.

Tito’s tells customers to not use their vodka for hand sanitizer

Per the CDC, hand sanitizer needs to contain at least 60% alcohol “Tito’s Handmade Vodka is 40% alcohol, and therefore does not meet the current recommendation of the CDC.”


Is wine o’clock really that bad? A dietitian’s take

How much wine is safe to drink?


How to Shop for Cheese and Wine in Paris

in Paris. Moreover, “all of France is represented in wine shops,” whereas you mostly only find regional bottles in other French cities


How to buy wine: five questions to ask to ensure you like what you get

The act of buying wine can rank high among life’s unpleasant tasks. It’s not a physical or mental issue so much as a psychological one


The Perfect Wine Based on Your Zodiac Sign

The perfect wines based on our zodiac signs.



How to drink without drinking, according to a wine expert

Only you will know whether you’ll find it easier to cut alcohol out completely – even if for a limited period – or just drink on fewer occasions, but it pays to make a plan.



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