Liquor Industry News 11-09-20

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By: Mark C Lenzi



Liquor Industry Week In Review

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

This Weeks Highlights:

New Products

11 Best Wines for Thanksgiving 2020, According to a Sommelier

10 of the Best Seasonal Cocktail Recipes for Fall

How to Make Your Own Spiced Rum at Home

The 25 Most Important American Beers of All Time

Without question, no other type of alcohol has seen more change over the past 150 years than beer.

Constellation Adds Napa Valley Cabernet And Carneros Chardonnay To The Prisoner Range

Upscale California wine brand The Prisoner is launching two new wines, a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Carneros Chardonnay. The Cabernet includes small amounts of Merlot, Syrah, Malbec, Petite Sirah, and Charbono and retails at $55 a 750-ml. The Chardonnay is positioned at $40, and includes some Roussanne and Gewürztraminer in its blend.

In addition to the 750-ml. format, the new entries will join the flagship Prisoner red blend in a three-bottle gift pack of 375-mls., which will hit the market in time for the holidays. Constellation acquired The Prisoner from Huneeus Vintners in 2016 for $285 million. The brand sells approximately 200,000 cases in the U.S. annually, according to Impact Databank.

Wine, Covid-19 and the loss of smell

Loss of smell (anosmia) and taste (ageusia) are now officially recognised as symptoms of SARS-CoV-2, the dangerous strain of virus from the coronavirus family that is the cause of Covid-19, the disease.

The end of the sommelier?

Within a few days of the first reported virus cases, restaurants were shut nationwide, and owners had no idea when, or even if, they would start up again or whether they could afford a full-time sommelier to work the floor when they did

How You Can Spot Fake Wines

Fraudulent activity seems to follow any genre that involves collecting.

Estaan, a natural alternative to sulphite in wine

Wine is the first product in which estaan is used.

As People Drink Less But Better, Low-Alcohol Wines are on the Rise

Having a more balanced glass of wine with food is more palatable than having just that glass on its own,

Korbel Launches New National Advertising Campaign

The Korbel Make It Gold campaign offers an inspirational message that encourages elevating what otherwise might be ordinary moments.

NH Liquor & Wine Outlets Named One Of Top 10 U.S. Retailers

Beating out large, private and national competitors, the New Hampshire Liquor Commission (NHLC) has been named one of the top 10 retailers in the country by Beverage Dynamics,


Top 25 Brands in Nielsen Channels

The rankings appeared in the Wine Industry Metrics section of the October edition of the Wine Analytics Report.

5 Myths Surrounding Retailer Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping

Here are five myths about retailer DtC shipping, debunked.


The man who visited every winery in Italy

He is 93 years old, and from the age of 18, his sole goal and activity has been to visit every winery in Italy


Best Wine Podcasts 2020

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The New Bud Light Ugly Sweater Seltzer Flavors, Tasted and Ranked

New line of “Ugly Sweater Seltzers” to help you cozy up as the weather changes. The line includes the brand’s classic Cranberry flavor as well as newcomers: Apple Crisp, Peppermint Pattie, and Gingersnap.



Pairing walnuts and wine? That’s fine

Pairing walnuts and wine is popular in Europe and Southeast Asia.


How to Make Your Own Spiced Rum at Home

Spiced rums provide a connection to the various cultures across the islands, which is one of the most beautiful parts of drinking spirits.


Is Somebody Stealing Your Wine?

Why do winemakers use a tool to extract wine from a barrel?


Clean Wines: The Truth About Biogenic Amines and Wine

Let’s explore some of the fears around wine additives and sulfites and find out what’s actually giving you a headache.


Kim Crawford Unveils “Illuminate” Range Of Low-Calorie Wines

Constellation Brands is looking to expand the consumption occasions for its New Zealand-based Kim Crawford wine brand with a new lower-calorie line of wines called Illuminate. The new range initially will include Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé offerings retailing at $18 a 750-ml. The Illuminate wines, which are at 7% abv and have 70 calories a glass, use “spinning cone” technology to reduce the alcohol from a portion of the base wine without impacting its aromas or flavor profile, according to the company.

Kim Crawford Illuminate is getting a soft launch this fall, ahead of a wider rollout next March. Winemaker Anthony Walkenhorst tells SND the new products are geared toward “health and wellness-oriented consumers” and “sessionable” daytime drinking occasions like brunch or back yard parties in which light beer and seltzer have held sway.

According to Impact Databank, Kim Crawford is the sixth-largest imported table wine brand in the U.S., having averaged 15% annual growth over the past decade to reach 1.37 million cases and a retail value of $275 million. With Illuminate, the Kiwi import is looking to fend off the emergent challenge from hard seltzer and raise its profile in the so-called “better for you” drinks category.


How do I know if a sparkling wine is fruit-forward vs. yeasty?

Yeasty notes in sparkling wine are either the result of a bubbly that has undergone malolactic conversion (aka “malo” or “ML”) and/or autolysis (the breaking down of dead yeast cells) and lees aging.


What’s The Deal With Carbonic Maceration In Wine?

What is carbonic maceration and how can it make a grape such as Tannat, for example, quaffable?


Champagne’s Rule-Breaking Winemakers Have a Sweet Secret

The issue has come to a head in the Champagne region recently, when the AOC discovered through an Instagram post that organically farmed, biodynamic eighth-generation producer Lelarge-Pugeot was using honey in the dosage of one of its Champagnes, the Bises.


The Natural Wine School

At the Natural Wine School, we have courses that prepare you to meet these new challenges. In fact, our Wine & Wellness Certification is the only training of its type in the industry.


Icewine Uncorked: Canada’s frozen gem

Eiswein made its way to Canada in the hands of Germanic immigrants as recently as the early 1970s and, upon realising the local climate’s suitability – warm summers to ripen the grapes and cold winters to freeze the grapes – Icewine had found a new home.


Does Celebrity Booze Need Its Own App?

Undoubtedly, the genre of celebrity booze is booming


The Wine World Has A Sexual Harassment Problem

One master sommelier, according to these accounts, propositioned at least 15 candidates, sometimes promising professional favors in return for sex.



10 of the Best Seasonal Cocktail Recipes for Fall

Throw on a sweater, grab a blanket, and cozy up with these 10 cocktails from VinePair’s recipe library to get in the spirit of fall.


12 Things You Should Know About Genesee Brewery

Now part of FIFCO USA, the eighth-largest beer company in the United States, Genesee is keeping things fresh with trendy collaborations and dry-hopped variations of its classic beers.


The Best Beers in America, According to Homebrewers (2020)

For the fourth year in a row, Bell’s Brewery’s Two Hearted Ale secured the top slot.


11 Best Wines for Thanksgiving 2020, According to a Sommelier

No matter what form your dinner takes, after spending all afternoon in the kitchen to cook up the perfect Thanksgiving feast, you’ll want to highlight all your hard work with fantastic wine pairings,


Five Things You Didn’t Know About Texas Wine

Unlike many wine regions, where the vineyards are usually located in the same place as the wineries, the majority of Texas wine grapes are grown in the Panhandle.


Here are the rules for pairing wine with chocolate

Chocolate and wine can be toe-curlingly good or downright horrendous. But you can nail it every time if you follow the rules. They’re not hard. But they matter.

First: Pair white chocolate with light wine.

Second: Pair dark chocolate with reds with a touch of bitterness.

Third: Pair milk chocolate with saturated, fruit-forward reds.

Fourth: Pair nutty chocolate with wooded wine.

Is It a Good Idea to Serve Canned Wine at Your Wedding?

Canned wines can certainly have a place at your wedding, especially now, in the age of social distancing, when single-serve beverage options are essential in terms of keeping everyone safe.



Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes and Wine Pairings

Side dishes always present an opportunity for a bit of freestyle fun.



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