Liquor Industry News 02-08-21

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By: Mark C Lenzi



Liquor Industry Week In Review

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

This Weeks Highlights:

New Products

New Hampshire likely to begin shipping liquor direct-to-consumer

The Difference Between Prosecco Rosé and Sparkling Rosé

Hendrick’s Gin Announces New Lunar Gin

Tasting Prosecco rosé

DOC rules state that Prosecco rosé may include between 10% and 15% Pinot Noir alongside Prosecco’s signature Glera grape.



Wine and cheese pairings are common, but chocolate and wine, not so much!



Called Sparkling: The Story of Champagne, the film has been created by London-based production company Swipe Films, and is described as a feature length documentary


Ancient Grape Revived in Tuscany
 is the grape variety in question. Currently it is made varietally by only one winery in the world


Secrets of the Castle: Banfi and the family pioneers of Montalcino

The Banfi philosophy has remained focused and consistent ever since


Finding fiano: the new buzz grape variety that’s delivering for a changing climate

A native of Campania, a region near Naples in southern Italy (where it is formally known as Fiano d’Avellino)


Wine Retail Rant (Why Grocery Store Wines Are Rigged)

It Matters Where You Buy Wine

If you’re looking to improve the quality of wine you drink, stop buying wine from *most* grocery stores.

Start buying wine at wine retail focused shops online and offline. You’ll automatically eliminate a lot of the large, bulk distributed wines which are nothing more than sweet berry wine juice.



Book Review | Beer and Racism

Beer and Racism is the first academic book to tackle the subject of racism in beer,

The Tale of the Rabelo and the Rapids

The history of Port abounds with tales of adversity.

How Sulfites Became Public Enemy No.1 in Wine

That’s the only ingredient people see, and they automatically assume it’s giving them a headache

The Sexiest Wine and Aphrodisiac Pairings for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day guide with perspectives on both sides of the gender equation. Now you can relax and swirl, sip, and dare we say, seduce.

Remembering There’s a World of Wine Out There

In large measure, what happens within four smallish Northern California counties can impact nearly half of the overall U.S. wine market

Don’t Buy Wine Just from One Online Wine Retailer: Consider Small Retailers and Producers Directly

Supporting all wine retailers online and brick and mortar can keep the pipeline of optimum selection available.

Swallowing the Reality of Natural Wine

Despite all the heated debate, isn’t it time we accepted that natural wine is here to stay?

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What’s in the liquor you are drinking?

With the increase in ecommerce, opportunities for counterfeit products are widening.


The French agricultural governing body has approved the use of four new red varieties

Meet the ‘new’ Bordeaux wine grapes

Do you know your Marselan from your Castets?




The decrease is much less severe than anticipated halfway through 2020, when the region was expecting a decline in demand by as much as one third


How Facial Hair Took Center Stage in 20th-Century French Dining

Back in 1907 Paris, diners’ expectations looked a bit different, focusing heavily on servers’ facial hair — or, more specifically, the lack thereof.


Hendrick’s Gin Announces New Lunar Gin

Whether you plan on howling at the moon or mixing up a potion, Hendrick’s Gin has the perfect spirit for 2021’s first full moon: “Hendrick’s Lunar.”



One habit anyone can change to increase chances for finding healthier wine locally.

Start buying your wine from local retail wine shops and health-focused restaurants.
Stop buying wine from *most* large grocery store chains or food-clubs that sell primarily high-processed and less healthy foods.

My two main reasons are…


Retail wine shops offer a wider variety of wines outside of the high-volume options from large wine producers and marketing companies.  It’s estimated that 85%-90% of the hundreds of brands you see in large grocery stores are from only 10 large companies. Small or organic or natural producers are limited and it takes a detective to find them!

Restaurants offering organic, vegan, keto, paleo, and other health-driven dishes likely have wines that match their customers’ dietary needs. Many large restaurant chains carry common high-volume brands you find in large grocery stores.

Knowledgeable Staff:

Retail wine shops demand more information from their distributors on the wines they carry and pride themselves on unique selections.  Also, someone on staff tends to be a wine aficionado who can answer very specific questions or get you answers.

Restaurants offering organic and fresh local foods invest in training their staff to understand the health impacts of wine and go beyond food pairings.

Want to test this concept? Maybe ask your grocer wine staff about vegan wines or the difference between organic and natural wine. Then, try the same question at a smaller local wine shop. If you are frustrated by someone’s response, maybe the Wine & Wellness Survival Guide can be useful to them too!


“Crisis in the dark”: Italian government collapse exacerbates wine industry challenges.

For Italian winemakers, many of whom are relying on domestic sales to keep their businesses afloat as exports have dropped precipitously, the political infighting couldn’t come at a worse moment



The conclusion of the study is that genetic variation enhances olfactory ability


Five Things You Need to Know About Chianti Classico

Here’s how to make sure you’re getting the real deal.


Pinot Noir – Black Grape and yet White Sparkling Wine?

Grapes can be broken into three categories:


Prosecco – Running for the Hills

Prosecco is split into two classifications which acknowledges the differing terroir quality – The DOC and the DOCG.


How Vodka, America’s Favorite Spirit, Lost Its Luster

Its position in popular and cocktail culture has drifted, and its cachet has all but disappeared.


7 Secrets of Virtual Wine Tasting Kits You’ll Love

The phrase “virtual wine tasting kits” is something of a misnomer. How can you “virtually” taste anything?


Bobby Flay’s Ragù of Beef and Red Wine with Fresh Fettuccine

Fresh fettuccine with a ragù of beef is a play off the classic Tuscan wild boar ragù. Ground beef or pork, or a combination of both, works well for the American home kitchen.


Cabernet on the Decline in the US?

Is the unthinkable happening? Are Americans falling out of love with Napa’s most important grape?

Can We Also All Just Calm the F%&k Down About Influencers?

Wine Influencers attempt to find the right light.


Tannins in wine can effectively inhibit the activity of two key enzymes of the virus.


This could make wines and other beverages impacted by the tariffs more difficult to find, as the ability or willingness to bring those wines to market internationally wanes

Which beverages burst with umami potential?

The average umami flavor content in a range of wines, champagnes, beers and sakes


Bubbles from Snowy Peaks

Sparkling’s from South Tyrol show constant high quality – but remain the hidden gems in the Italian sparkling game.

History of the Champagne vineyards revealed

History by analyzing the archaeological grape seeds from excavations carried out in Troyes and Reims.



How to Customize Cocktails With Bitters

Not to be confused with potable bitters like Campari or Fernet Branca, cocktail bitters are concentrated, high-proof infusions that are made with aromatic ingredients and hold the power to significantly alter the profile of drinks with just a few drops.


Your Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Healthy Vegan Wine
In a world where wine is considered a “healthy” drink, how do you ensure you are selecting the best, healthiest wine when at the liquor store?

The Difference Between Prosecco Rosé and Sparkling Rosé

Like Champagne, there are now regulations in place that determine what can legally be called Prosecco Rosé.

New grapes developed in Arkansas lead to “Dazzle” and “Indulgence” wines

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture has developed two new wine grapes adapted to Arkansas growing conditions.

New Hampshire likely to begin shipping liquor direct-to-consumer

The bill would allow the New Hampshire Liquor Commission to register trade names with the Secretary of State, and in two phases, begin shipping liquor directly to consumers within New Hampshire; and then eventually to other states as well.


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