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Liquor Industry News/Links 02-05-18

February 5, 2018

 

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The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

By: Mark C Lenzi

CSW, CSS, CWAS, FWS, IWS*

 

02-05-2018

 

Liquor Industry Week In Review

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

 

This Weeks Highlights:

 

New Products

 

Here’s why more craft brewers are canning beer

Let’s Clear Up Some Myths About Sulfites, Wine, and Headaches

A REPORT ON ALCOHOL WHOLESALER STATE CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS

 

  AND MORE!

 

Stoner Metal Band Red Fang Toasts New Year With Their Own Brand of Red Wine

Band’s custom blend joins hard-rock-related offerings like Dave Mustaine’s She-Wolf.

https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/8094993/red-fang-red-wine-interview

What you need to know about how oak barrels affect wine

Barrels (most often made of oak from France or the United States) can contribute a lot of different things to wine, and not all of them are automatically good.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/sc-food-oak-barrels-aging-wine-0119-story.html

Foo Fighters Are Getting Their Very Own Beer

The beer will debut at a pair of Foo Fighters-themed pop-up bars in Sydney and Melbourne.

http://www.foodandwine.com/beer/foo-fighters-beer-australia-tour

Direct shipping of wine to consumers surged double-digits in 2017

Wineries continue to receive good news, for the most part, when it comes to shipping their wares straight to hopeful drinkers.

For one, the channel for direct to consumer shipping has grown yet again over the past year, this time by more than 15 percent in both the volume and value of directly shipped wine.

http://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/direct-shipping-of-wine-to-consumers-surged-double-digits-in/article_15934ec1-fd22-57b9-b3b9-23fa783636b2.html

How to find a wine you like at a restaurant: First, know what to say

How do you describe the flavor of a wine? Gobs of fruit, including some you perhaps have never tasted? Forest floor, flint, stones or other things you would never put in your mouth?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/how-to-find-a-wine-you-like-at-a-restaurant-first-know-what-to-say/2018/01/18/17f1bf00-fc79-11e7-8f66-2df0b94bb98a_story.html?utm_term=.9b66147bb033

Double decanting: When should you do it?
Double decanting is the process of decanting a wine twice; often the first into a decanter, and then back into the original – but now clean – bottle. But why do it?

http://www.decanter.com/learn/advice/what-is-double-decanting-ask-decanter-382938/

Why You Should Be Enjoying Champagne With Food

A bottle of champagne may pop every two seconds somewhere in the world, but if enduring assumptions about how and when it should be consumed are any indication, they are likely celebratory pours.

http://fortune.com/2018/01/21/champagne-sparkling-wine-food/

 

Consumers turning to private label wine more often, thanks to supermarkets

Private label wine is building momentum in the US, thanks to national supermarket chains such as Aldi, Trader Joe’s, Costco, and Whole Foods taking on the identity as trusted wine vendors, says Brian Sharoff, president of Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA).

https://www.beveragedaily.com/Article/2018/01/22/Consumers-turning-to-private-label-wine-more-often-thanks-to-supermarkets?utm_source=copyright&utm_medium=OnSite&utm_campaign=copyright

 

Should Out-of-State AVA Use Be Legal?

When the TTB published proposed regulation 160B, which would close a loophole that allows wineries to use AVA names on wines made using grapes from other states, the bureau was inundated with comments on both sides of the issue

https://www.winesandvines.com/news/article/194698/Should-Out-of-State-AVA-Use-Be-Legal

Washington Malbec growth continues

Malbec not only is a fast-rising star in Washington wine country, but it also is becoming a global phenomenon.

http://www.greatnorthwestwine.com/2018/01/22/64554/

Does Wine Really Taste Better With Age?

The shameless use of the notion that the wine gets better with age as a metaphor to describe artists or sportspersons who have become more adept with age has rendered it a bit stale and tasteless.

https://www.scienceabc.com/eyeopeners/wine-really-age-better-age.html

What is a Vertical Wine Tasting?

A wine tasting provides an excellent opportunity to sample and compare the differences between wines. While a traditional tasting typically includes a variety of types and styles, a vertical wine tasting includes different vintages of the same type of wine from the same winery.

https://www.breauxvineyards.com/what-is-a-vertical-wine-tasting/

Tito’s creates vodka-infused chocolates

Texas-based Tito’s Handmade Vodka has teamed up with luxury candy maker Sugarfina to create a range of vodka-infused sweets.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2018/01/titos-creates-vodka-infused-chocolates/

BACARDI BUYS PATRÓN TEQUILA IN $5.1 BILLION DEAL

Spirits giant Bacardi is buying ultra-premium Tequila brand Patrón in a deal that values Patrón at $5.1 billion, eclipsing the Diageo / Casamigos deal by $4.1bn.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/01/bacardi-buys-patron-tequila-in-5-1-billion-deal/

 

SOUTH AFRICA FACING SMALLEST CROP SINCE 2005 DUE TO DROUGHT

South Africa could be facing its smallest crop in over a decade, a grimmer prediction by the local wine industry body than earlier assessments last November, mainly due to the persistent drought that has been ravaging the Western Cape area for months.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/01/south-africa-facing-smallest-crop-since-2005-due-to-drought/

The Science of Wine Oxidation

Oxidized, oxidative, oxidated—when it comes to winemaking, what does it all mean?

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/the-science-of-wine-oxidation/?utm_campaign=SevenFifty%20Daily%20Weekly%20Digest&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=60137752&_hsenc=p2ANqtz–AT-Xr06oAwC8Y_Vaq0STfKVKAcHvHE9DfTFopJqNB5Eht15iFYUjxLWPVDbspCWkJGErJUWIw-oq5gy5V3zNaIbtDWmD-acrUFRauaiAj9iaKd9k&_hsmi=60137668

18 Beers For Wine Lovers

Thanks to the craft beer movement and the proliferation of new breweries and beer styles, many fascinating beers of all styles are available to drinkers locally, whereas before, wine was the choice of discerning drinkers nationwide.

https://beerconnoisseur.com/articles/18-beers-wine-lovers?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=7512417b09-The+Daily+Brew%3A+January+11%2C+2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-7512417b09-36686829

A REPORT ON ALCOHOL WHOLESALER STATE CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS

In the past five election cycles alcohol wholesalers have contributed $107 million to state political campaigns.

https://nawr.korndev-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Wholesale-Contribution-Report.pdf

Alcohol Sales Dropped 15% In States With Medical Marijuana Laws

A joint study by researchers at two U.S. universities and one in South America claims a reduction in the U.S.’s overall alcohol consumption appears directly related to the rise of medical marijuana laws recently enacted in a number of states.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomaspellechia/2018/01/22/alcohol-sales-dropped-15-percent-in-states-with-medical-marijuana-laws/#74f9c9015f22

New Hampshire considers lowering drinking age to 20

As much as New Hampshire wants to attract more young people, lowering the drinking age is no way to do it, a public safety official said Tuesday.

http://www.mercedsunstar.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article196085229.html#storylink=cpy

The Tale Behind Italy’s Hot New White

A rustic Umbrian grape is reborn—and it could be Montefalco’s next wine hope

A quirky heirloom white grape variety called Trebbiano Spoletino has been rediscovered in recent years by winemakers who have brought it out of local family farms and into international distribution.

http://www.winespectator.com/blogs/show/id/Do-Wine-Grapes-Grow-on-Trees-Trebbiano-Spoletino-Camuto

New Prosecco Data

Getting to Know Mexico’s New Wine Scene

Propelled by Bichi’s popularity, Baja wines are on the radar of U.S. buyers

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/getting-to-know-mexicos-new-wine-scene/

SPAIN’S 2017 HARVEST DOWN 20%

Spain’s 2017 grape harvest is expected to be down by nearly 20% on 2016, according to provisional estimates by the Ministry of Agriculture, surpassing previous estimates of a 15% decline in the wake of spring frosts, heatwaves and drought.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/01/spains-2017-vintage-down-20/

Cariñena

It may be one of Spain’s lesser-known wine regions, but interest in Cariñena is on the rise.

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/regions/carinena/?utm_campaign=Partnership%20Blasts&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=60040699&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8CJqxqsVZYEoSFTjj55wIc_HnM1W5rcQxMmqJJFy8spTB1u4qhKAg0XhOradZBoCWDNQwf0vZwzgkiLAgvcUOPfZsq4Ja_jtAYkqcAlDRyGJ3SsRA&_hsmi=60164343

This is how you can legally bring — and drink — your own booze on a flight

There are ways of legally bringing — and drinking — your own booze on a flight

http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-bring-and-drink-your-own-booze-on-a-flight-2018-1

Economic impact of wildfires ‘overblown,’ says wine industry

The wildfires that tore through Northern California wine country caused tourism to temporarily plummet but spared the vast majority of vineyard acres and had little impact on already harvested grape, said a panel of experts

http://www.sacbee.com/news/business/article196469229.html#storylink=cpy

You’re Ordering Wine Wrong

Wine lists can be confusing, even daunting territory for diners, plus alcohol invariably represents a good percentage of a restaurant check.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-25/you-re-ordering-wine-wrong

Wine shipments increase 1.3 percent in the United States

Imports into the U.S. wine market rose 3.5 percent last year, posing an increasing threat to American producers. Sales of rosé wines from France soared 43 percent, while sales of foreign sparkling wines jumped 11 percent from 2016.

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/business/7908189-181/wine-shipments-increase-13-percent

The 131 Best Organic Wines for 2018 (Plus: Sipping Tips from Wine Experts)

It’s been a banner year for organic, biodynamic, and wines made with organic grapes. Bottles are winning awards, topping lists, and taking the spotlight.

MANY IN STOCK

http://www.organicauthority.com/131-best-organic-wines-2018

Wine Faults and How to Recognize Them

Is your wine corked? Oxidized? Plain over-the-hill? Learn the signs of common wine faults (and the characteristics mistaken for them) and find out whether to dump or drink.

http://www.winemag.com/2018/01/24/wine-faults/

Let’s Clear Up Some Myths About Sulfites, Wine, and Headaches

If you’re a regular wine drinker, then you’ve probably heard some accusatory remarks about the dangers of sulfite and why you should drink certain wines to avoid a headache. While some of these accusations may have some truth to them, there is much more to the sulfite myth than meets the eye.

Listen to a podcast that explains well.

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/lets-clear-myths-sulfites-wine-headaches/

The geography of wine

In wine, as in real estate, location is paramount. The places where grapes grow best and the variety of the grapes grown are the two most significant factors in what makes a given wine.

https://www.summitdaily.com/explore-summit/events/wine-ink-the-geography-of-wine-column/

Here’s why more craft brewers are canning beer

More and more craft brewers are switching part of their production from bottled beer to canned. But why?

http://www.wzzm13.com/life/food/beer/heres-why-more-craft-brewers-are-canning-beer/511107311

This Zelda-themed IPA takes beer geekery to a whole new level

Few things on this earth pair better than beer and video games. Now, to commemorate this all-time classic combo, one US brewery has forged a new Link, so to speak.

http://www.trustedreviews.com/news/zelda-ipa-beer-nintendo-3382279

Top 21 Craziest and Weirdest Beers Ever Made

Have you ever wondered what a breakfast oatmeal stout tastes like? Or how someone came up with the idea to use pig brain as an ingredient?

https://www.minibrew.io/blog/top-21-craziest-and-weirdest-beers-ever-made-minibrew/

VODKA MADE FROM CLOUDS GOES ON SALE

Taking quirky distilling methods to new heights, Hilton Head Distillery in South Carolina has released a vodka made from cloud vapour onto the market.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/01/vodka-made-from-clouds-goes-on-sale/

It’s really not about being small anymore. It’s really about the fast beating the slow.

Interesting state of wine story

The top 10 wine companies had nearly 79 percent of all industry sales.

https://www.winebusiness.com/news/?go=getArticle&dataid=194872

Treasury Wine Estates moves 70 jobs from Napa to Oakland

Great quote from the big guys!

“As we move from an agriculture business to a brand-led business,”

http://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/treasury-wine-estates-moves-jobs-from-napa-to-oakland/article_94a0f343-e83d-52de-8c48-4aaa6d2a2802.html

How Not To Market Wine

Wine industry is mostly unsuccessful in branding and marketing communications.

Do you know why?

http://dionysianimpulse.net/how-not-to-market-wine/

Canned wine is here, but can it avoid the down-market trap?

Once written off as a passing fad, canned wine now looks poised to become a permanent fixture of the wine shelf. By mid-2016 its meteoric popularity was apparent, with annual sales reaching $14.5 million according to analytics firm Nielsen — a 125 percent year-over-year increase. This fall canned wine sales were up another 60 percent.

https://www.sfchronicle.com/wine/article/Wine-s-brewski-moment-Can-canned-wine-go-12522244.php

Genome Sequencing and Analysis in the Vineyard and on Your Palate

Now that science has broken the code to examine and explore our DNA, and the DNA of multiple, diverse organisms, there has been a surge of commercial products coming to market that enable exploration of the DNA of the components of grapes.

https://www.theexaminernews.com/grapevine-genome-sequencing-and-analysis-in-the-vineyard-and-on-your-palate/

GRAPE GUIDEBOOK: SAUVIGNON BLANC

Unofficially known as the green goddess of viticulture, Sauvignon Blanc is the backbone to some of the wine world’s greatest regions

https://www.thebacklabel.com/grape-guidebook-sauvignon-blanc/?rs_oid_rd=153343218675606&utm_campaign=education&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=thursday-1-25-18#.WmovVa2ZN8c

WHAT WEST COAST CONSUMERS THINK OF PROSECCO

Prosecco is a big trend right now. The most popular type of sparkling wine originating from Italy. This favourite has been written up and touted by wine experts, critics and self-proclaimed wine buffs alike

http://blog.quiniwine.com/wine-tasting/what-west-coast-consumers-think-of-prosecco-according-to-quini-wine-data/

New software helps prevent underage alcohol sales online

A new online age verification tool has been launched to make it harder for children to purchase age-restricted products such as alcohol.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2018/01/new-software-helps-prevent-underage-alcohol-sales-online/

How wines change

What wine lovers must be cognizant of, in reaching conclusions about revered wine names, is that as times change, so do wines. That can make for a radical shift in how wines of the same name are seen many years after various changes are imposed on earlier regimes.

http://napavalleyregister.com/wine/columnists/dan-berger/dan-berger-s-on-wine-how-wines-change/article_f16957e8-6640-53e4-aafd-86fd3e461e04.html

Hand-held device for detecting fake or watered down liquor by the fumes

Researchers in the US have created a nose that can sniff out adulteration and watering down in spirits, fighting one of the most deadly varieties of fraud.

https://www.newfoodmagazine.com/news/64210/hand-held-device-detecting-fake-watered-liquor/

Jon Bon Jovi creates a wine inspired by the Hamptons

When Jon Bon Jovi is inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in April, he can celebrate with his own French rose wine: the vintage 2017 “Diving Into Hampton Water.”

https://www.newsday.com/lifestyle/restaurants/feed-me/bon-jovi-hamptons-rose-wine-1.16368567

Is it safe to pour wine through copper scrub pads to eliminate hydrogen sulfide?

Sulfur compounds like mercaptans can sometimes trouble a wine, giving off skunky, rotten egg notes. They are harmless, but distracting. The good news is that those aromas can often “blow off” after the wine sits in your glass or you swirl it around for a while.

http://www.winespectator.com/drvinny/show/id/Can-Copper-Fix-Skunky-Wine-Sulfur-Compounds-55989

 

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Liquor Industry News/Links 01-29-18

January 29, 2018

 

Franklin Liquors

Liquor Industry News/Links

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

By: Mark C Lenzi

CSW, CSS, CWAS, FWS, IWS*

 

01-29-2018

 

Liquor Industry Week In Review

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

 

This Weeks Highlights:

 

New Products

 

Science panel backs lowering drunken driving threshold from 0.08 to 0.05

New wine tax law is more tolerant of alcohol error, apparently

How have devastating hurricanes affected rum?

 

  AND MORE!

 

Did You Know That A ‘butt’ Is An Actual Unit Of Measurement?

This is interesting.

https://www.simplemost.com/butt-unit-measurement-wine-whiskey/

How do you make non-alcoholic beer and wine?

So how do you get the tasty flavor chemicals without the alcohol?

https://www.chemistryworld.com/news/explainer-non-alcoholic-beer-and-wine/3008514.article

 

Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta has turned Jack Winery into label of love

The basement cellar of his home outside of his native Providence, R.I., is stocked with about 600 bottles; the wines of choice being well-aged and complex Cabernet Sauvignons. Within his collection are bottles from Jack Winery

Former major league outfielder Vernon Wells, left, and Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta cofounded Jack Winery. (Photo provided by Jack Winery)

https://www.denverpost.com/2018/01/13/rockies-catcher-chris-iannetta-jack-winery/

 

Announcing the 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Sweepstake Winners

The largest competition of American wines in the world names best American wines of 2018

http://winejudging.com/2018/01/12/announcing-the-2018-san-francisco-chronicle-wine-competition-sweepstake-winners/

 

Wine Inspired Candles

We have three passions: wine, upcycling, and candles. We decided to combine our three passions and create Wicks & Spirits.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/222948947/wine-inspired-candles

 

Pic Saint Loup Wine Region, Map, Wineries, Best Wines

Pic Saint Loup is a mountain and a wine-producing appellation area surrounding it in the southern France’s Languedoc wine region.

http://socialvignerons.com/wine-knowledge/wine-regions/pic-saint-loup-wine-region-map-wineries-best-wines/

 

Lady Gaga ‘Joanne’ Inspired Wine Turns Sour After Official Suspension

Officials from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office have suspended Gaga’s application for “Joanne Trattoria Vino Rosso” because they claim it would cause confusion in the marketplace with a company who has already locked up rights to the term “Trattoria.”

https://theblast.com/lady-gaga-joanne-trattoria-wine-trademark-suspension/

 

Are anti-cork sentiments softening in New Zealand and Australia?

But things have changed. Now, the quality control in cork production is much better. Screwcaps were arguably the best thing to happen to the cork industry: they caused them to up their game. Cork quality is now a lot better, I think, and this seems to be backed up by evidence from large competitions.

http://www.wineanorak.com/wineblog/wine-science/are-anti-cork-sentiments-softening-in-new-zealand-and-australia

 

What Are MGAs? Why Barolo Lovers Need to Know About Menzione Geografica Aggiuntiva

Let’s be honest: Most wine classification terminology confuses consumers.

http://www.foodandwine.com/wine/menzione-geografica-aggiuntiva-barolo-wine

 

Managing Customer Misconceptions About Wine and Spirits

Somms and retailers share strategies for counteracting confusion and fielding odd requests

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/managing-customer-misconceptions-about-wine-and-spirits/

 

How have devastating hurricanes affected rum?

After one of the most destructive hurricane seasons on record, Caribbean rum producers may have to prepare for worse to come. The Spirits Business speaks to some of the biggest players in the region.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2018/01/the-impact-of-hurricanes-on-the-spirits-industry/

 

KFC offers recipes for gravy-based cocktails

Fast-food chain KFC has created three new gravy-based alcoholic cocktail recipes, which it is encouraging consumers to make at home.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2018/01/kfc-offers-recipes-for-gravy-based-cocktails/

 

Getting to Know the Tintore di Tramonti Grape

Sommelier Shelley Lindgren explores Campania’s long-forgotten variety

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/getting-to-know-the-tintore-di-tramonti-grape/?utm_campaign=SevenFifty%20Daily%20Weekly%20Digest&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=59957595&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_JmiuHOYFAsSN5MGyemL52qdhA1HFMrAc1qdVdNhtI3LR_p3zH4zA9whg4w65ayEs_2MOM4pORR8gZRZAUmNwwt8iyTEjzjZoii44QmKgFdRDn8UA&_hsmi=59982174

 

WATER AND WINE: HOW BODIES OF WATER HELP VINES MAKE PHENOMENAL WINES

Many of the top appellations share a common theme: a proximity to water. Why does water matter? The answers begin to unfold when we consider climate.

https://www.thebacklabel.com/water-and-wine-how-bodies-of-water-help-vines-make-phenomenal-wines/?rs_oid_rd=148477020729238&utm_campaign=education&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=tuesday-1-16-18#.Wl5ura2ZOSM

 

Is red wine good for your heart?

Red wine contains compounds thought to lower heart disease risk. But the evidence that wine protects the heart is muddled.

https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/grape-expectations-is-red-wine-good-for-your-heart

 

A Beginner’s Guide to Wine Faults and Flaws

Some flaws are a good thing. Here’s how to know.

https://www.bonappetit.com/story/guide-to-wine-faults-and-flaws

 

7 Wine Tasting Bachelorette Party Ideas For The “Rosé All Day” Kind Of Bride

The most brilliant part about wine tasting is that it doesn’t have to be done one way and it’s acceptable for many occasions.

https://www.elitedaily.com/p/7-wine-tasting-bachelorette-party-ideas-for-the-rose-all-day-kind-of-bride-7914989

 

Wine Sales Gain 2% on Slow and Steady Growth

Dollars outpace case sales, reflecting consumer willingness to spend more

https://www.winesandvines.com/news/article/194449/Wine-Sales-Gain-2-on-Slow-and-Steady-Growth

 

Ste. Michelle Unveils Borne Of Fire, First Release From Proposed New Washington AVA

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates has released Borne Of Fire, a new wine brand sourced from a proposed Washington AVA called The Burn, SND has learned. The new label is a Cabernet Sauvignon, and will hit the retail shelves nationwide by March.

Borne of Fire ($23) is being given a good runway for growth. Some 35,000 cases were produced from the inaugural 2016 vintage, and a further 60,000 cases are planned for the 2017 release.

The Burn is an agricultural area located in south central Washington by the Columbia River, between the AVAs of Columbia Gorge and Horse Heaven Hills. Its name is inspired by the region’s early settlers, who burned their fields every autumn to regenerate the soil. The land was planted to vines in 2002, initially with just a few acres of Cabernet Sauvignon. Plantings were expanded significantly in 2015, and while the varietal mix is mainly Cabernet Sauvignon, it also includes Malbec, Syrah, Chardonnay and Sangiovese. In fact, Malbec comprises 10% of Borne of Fire, with Cabernet Sauvignon accounting for the remaining 90%.

For the moment, Ste. Michelle isn’t planning additional varietal expressions for Borne of Fire, as it seeks to showcase Cabernet Sauvignon as the top expression from the region.

Borne of Fire will have a Columbia Valley designation for now, but if the newly proposed AVA is approved, the wine will carry The Burn appellation. Ste. Michelle submitted the AVA proposal September of 2017. There’s no specific timetable for a decision.

Ste. Michelle has a long-term contract to develop The Burn’s vineyards with Washington’s Mercer family, their partners of many years. The Mercers farm 2,000 acres of vines in the Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley and Yakima Valley AVAs, contracted to Ste. Michelle. The Mercers also make their own wines through their Mercer Estates division.

“We have a planting program for The Burn that will take us to about 2,100 acres within the next couple years,” says Juan Muñoz-Oca, director of winemaking, Paterson Group of Wineries, at Ste. Michelle. The Burn’s scale would then be on a par with some very established Washington AVAs such as Red Mountain (nearly 2,000 planted acres) and Walla Walla (about 1,650 planted acres).

The Burn’s microclimate is warmer than most other Washington growing areas, but it also gets more precipitation and greater moisture-retention in its soils—factors that allow for longer hang time for the grapes, says Muñoz-Oca. Borne of Fire is aged in large-format, 120-gallon puncheons made of Hungarian oak. “Using larger oak is about respecting the things that make this area’s Cabernet unique,” says Muñoz Oca. “Borne of Fire’s taste profile bridges the ripeness, richness and intensity of New World Cabernets with the elegance and brightness of the Old World.”

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War over planting rights erupts in Champagne

A war over planting rights is being waged in France, where Champagne growers want to severely limit new plantings of vines by rival growers in areas surrounding Champagne’s production zone.

http://harpers.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/22944/War_over_planting_rights_erupts_in_Champagne.html

 

 

New wine tax law is more tolerant of alcohol error, apparently

Thee amount a winery can legally misstate the actual alcohol percentage — was not addressed in the tax reform.

http://blog.wblakegray.com/2018/01/new-wine-tax-law-is-more-tolerant-of.html

 

The growth of wine in cans and other alt-packaging is outpacing glass.

 

Canned Wine Sales In US

 

 

Nebbiolo in a Nutshell

If you like your wines big, bold, and red, Nebbiolo needs to be on your radar.

http://winefolly.com/review/nebbiolo-in-a-nutshell/?utm_source=Wine+Folly&utm_campaign=23d0cb70f0-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_01_09&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a18d8bdc1b-23d0cb70f0-62472929&mc_cid=23d0cb70f0&mc_eid=d73340fcba

 

US DRIVING GLOBAL GROWTH OF STILL AND SPARKLING WINES

Vinexpo reports that the US spent nearly $34 billion on wine in 2016 and remains the firm leader in value sales of wine around the world.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/01/us-driving-global-growth-of-still-and-sparkling-wines/

 

FBI TAKES OVER INVESTIGATION INTO US BREWING EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURER

SysTech Stainless Works and its founders Jason and Amanda Spurrell have been accused of defrauding clients who had paid deposits for new brewing systems which they never received.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/01/fbi-takes-over-investigation-into-us-brewing-equipment-manufacturer/

 

Josh Update

Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits’ Josh Cellars brand continues to soar, topping the 2-million-case mark on 51% growth in 2017, the company tells SND. Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon is leading the way for the franchise, with its volume surpassing 1 million cases on a 38% jump last year. By value, Josh Cellars leapt 46% to $179 million in Nielsen channels for the 52 weeks ending December 30. With that performance, it added more new dollars to the total table wine category than any other brand for the second year in a row, Deutsch notes. Over the past two years, Josh’s Nielsen dollar sales have risen by more than $100 million.

 

It’s Time For Massachusetts to Embrace The 21st Century and Authorize Retailer Wine Shipments

Massachusetts still bars its citizens from receiving wine shipments from out-of-state wine stores and wine retailers.

https://nawr.org/press-releases/its-time-for-massachusetts-to-embrace-the-21st-century-and-authorize-retailer-wine-shipments/

 

Science panel backs lowering drunken driving threshold from 0.08 to 0.05

Most women would need to draw the line at two drinks, and men at two or three if states follow a blueprint by a prestigious scientific panel for eliminating the “entirely preventable” 10,000 alcohol-impaired driving deaths in the United States each year.

https://www.cbs58.com/news/science-panel-backs-lowering-drunken-driving-threshold-from-008-to-005

WE’RE SPENDING MORE ON BEER, BUT DRINKING LESS OF IT

Total U.S. beer sales exceeded $34 billion, essentially falling flat, with volume sales decreasing 0.4 percent and dollar sales increasing 1.2 percent.

https://vinepair.com/articles/hop-take-beer-sales-trends-2017/

SOUTH AFRICAN WINE REGIONS 101

What used to be the go-to region for jug wine and subpar juice has become a mecca for unique, terroir-driven vino.

https://www.thebacklabel.com/south-african-wine-regions-101/?rs_oid_rd=149778395819926&utm_campaign=education&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=thursday-1-18-18#.WmY2p62ZN8c

Skip The Syrupy Stuff: All About the Best Ciders

Imagine holding an unmarked amber bottle – your only clues as to what’s inside are that this beverage is one of America’s oldest, boasts an alcohol by volume between four and six percent, and is not as manly as a pint of beer or a glass of whiskey.

Which clue is the dead giveaway that inside is an artisanal, farm-to-glass cider?

https://oct.co/essays/skip-syrup-all-about-best-ciders?utm_source=oct_nl_

What makes a wine successful?

The wine world’s new products generally come in two forms. On the one hand, there are branded wines, such as Gallo’s Apothic and Jay Z’s Armand de Brignac, and the short-lived, wannabe ‘critter’ brands that piled into the US market in the hope of catching the slipstream of hits like Yellowtail and Rex Goliath. On the other, there are the officially designated appellations that are being created almost weekly in almost every region with a vineyard.

https://www.meininger.de/en/wine-business-international/what-makes-wine-successful

CORK MAKERS ARE ‘SUFFERING FROM KODAK SYNDROME’

Cork producers are suffering from ‘Kodak syndrome’ and are struggling to accept that the market has moved beyond natural cork, according to one leading closures producer.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/01/cork-makers-are-suffering-from-kodak-syndrome/

WINE SPECTACULAR’ BANNED FROM NEW JERSEY PRISONS

US wine magazine Wine Spectator is on a list of publications banned from New Jersey state prisons, along with the likes of HustlerBooty and 50 Shades of Grey, despite being offhandedly referred to as ‘Wine Spectacular‘ – much to the surprise of its editorial team.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/01/wine-spectacular-banned-from-new-jersey-prisons/

Can You Measure a Wine’s Worth in ‘Likes’?

Social media can offer oenophiles tasting notes, industry news and a bit of fun—as well as egregious displays of trophy bottles and interminable video tutorials. Lettie Teague finds the feeds worth following

https://www.wsj.com/articles/can-you-measure-a-wines-worth-in-likes-1516299552

Untappd releases the Top 10 most checked in beers of 2017. Guess which style dominated…

It comes as no surprise that the India pale ale continues to dominate the craft side of the beer industry, claiming 7 out of 10 of top 10 check-ins last year.

http://beerstreetjournal.com/untappd-top-10-check-ins-for-2017/?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=794bb32c1d-The+Daily+Brew%3A+January+11%2C+2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-794bb32c1d-36686829

 

Sulfites or sulfur dioxide is a fruit preservative widely used in dried fruits as well as wine.

There are many erroneous ideas about sulfites, so to put the record straight:

http://waterhouse.ucdavis.edu/whats-in-wine/sulfites-in-wine

 

Craft Beer Is the Strangest, Happiest Economic Story in America

Corporate goliaths are taking over the U.S. economy. Yet small breweries are thriving. Why?

https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2018/01/craft-beer-industry/550850/

 

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THE BEST WINE TO PAIR WITH EVERY KIND OF PIZZA

Up your take-out game with these highly recommended pairings.

https://www.thebacklabel.com/the-best-wine-to-pair-with-every-kind-of-pizza/?rs_oid_rd=139182711500694&utm_campaign=lifestyle&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=sunday-1-7-18#.WlT17q3MySM

 

WHAT IS XINOMAVRO?

Greek wine is especially fantastic because of its great value, quality and accessibility. Though over half of Greek wine production is white, the Greeks also make some beautiful, tannic and luxurious red wines. Xinomavro and its literal translation of “acid-black,” may sound cringe-worthy at first, but these grapes produce some of the most aromatic and age-worthy wines around.

https://www.thebacklabel.com/what-is-xinomavro/?rs_oid_rd=139182711500694&utm_campaign=education&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=sunday-1-7-18#.WlT3Z63MySM

 

The company behind the device that lets you pour wine without removing the cork has a new product

“The Model Eleven, it’s fully automatic, so, for somebody who already has a Coravin, it no longer has a clamp that you interact with. You simply push it down on the bottle and it automatically guides the needle through the cork,” said Lambrecht. The new model also has no trigger, pouring automatically and stopping once tipped back up.

The app will let drinkers monitor gas usage, cleaning and battery life through the new Bluetooth-enabled Coravin. The company’s other models range from $199 to $500 depending on accessories and model. The Coravin Model Eleven will retail for $999

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/07/coravins-latest-product-reseals-the-wine-without-popping-the-cork.html

 

 

This Colorful Book Matches Intriguing Portuguese Recipes With Wines

A newly released English language book titled Wines & Snacks—from Caminho das Palavras publishers in Lisbon—matches dozens of Portuguese recipes with specific wines.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tmullen/2018/01/07/this-colorful-book-matches-intriguing-portuguese-recipes-with-wines/#45d7c0dd4fa8

 

 

PicoBrew unveiled new automated home vacuum still for countertop distilling
Said to be the first automated home vacuum still, the Pico Still aims make the distilling process faster and safer, to produce spirts in just a matter of hours

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5245605/Gadgets-home-brewers-wine-collectors-debut-CES.html

 

Aveine takes the wait out of aerating wine

The gadget attaches to a wine bottle and features a touch panel on the front for adjusting the aeration level and displaying the wine’s temperature. There’s a companion app that allows you to scan the label of your bottle so the software can provide a suggested aeration time

https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/aveine-takes-wait-aerating-wine-032700332.html

 

So, You Want to be an Italian Wine Expert?

So, you want to be an Italian wine expert?
Here are a few tips:

https://acevola.blogspot.com/2018/01/so-you-want-to-be-italian-wine-expert.html

 

Why is wine not vegan?

While we all think we know what goes into our wine (surely just grapes, right?) there are actually plenty of other things being added. Some of those things are animal products, which is bad news for vegatarians, vegans or anyone doing veganuary.

http://metro.co.uk/2018/01/08/wine-not-vegan-7213820/

 

Why beer suddenly foams up when you tap the top of a bottle

If you tap the top of someone’s beer bottle with the bottom of yours, it instantly creates a beer foam volcano. So what’s causing this?

http://www.businessinsider.com/why-beer-foams-tap-the-bottle-2018-1

 

Are consumers growing weary of the traditional 750ml glass wine bottle?

While the traditional 750ml glass bottle is still the dominant wine packaging format, its limitations have led consumers to seek alternative formats, according to a Rabobank analyst.

https://www.beveragedaily.com/Article/2018/01/09/Are-consumers-growing-weary-of-the-traditional-750ml-glass-wine-bottle

 

WHAT IS ZIVANIA?

Zivania is a pomace brandy made in Cyprus from a combination of grape pomace (the solid remains of grapes after they’ve been pressed for juice) and locally-sourced dry wines. It’s believed to have been around since the Republic of Venice ruled Cyprus, and production continued through the Ottoman and British rule of the island.

https://www.thebacklabel.com/recipe/what-is-zivania/?rs_oid_rd=141381734756246&utm_campaign=recipes&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=tuesday-1-9-18#.WlUhSK3Mw9c

 

Boston Beer Company Releases Samuel Adams Sam ’76

No stranger to revolutions, Samuel Adams has once again mirrored the rebellious traits of its namesake and crafted Sam ’76, a refreshing and flavorful union of lager and ale.

https://www.brewbound.com/news/boston-beer-company-releases-samuel-adams-sam-76?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=2a94c20876-The+Daily+Brew%3A+January+9%2C+2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-2a94c20876-36686829

IS THERE A NEW HAMPSHIRE BEER TO HELP WITH MENOPAUSE?

Portsmouth Brewery, noticed that there weren’t any beers that targeted her demographic. So, with the help of others, set out to create a beer designed to help ease the burden of menopause.

http://949whom.com/a-beer-to-help-with-menopause/

 

 

What Do Beer and Bridal Dresses Have in Common? Retail Job Seekers Need to Know

Here are 10 types of traditional retail stores that actually added jobs last year:

https://www.thepennyhoarder.com/make-money/best-retail-jobs-2018/

 

 

Does Beer Go Bad? Here’s How You Can Tell

Bad Brews, Bad Brews, Whatcha Gonna Do?

https://spoonuniversity.com/lifestyle/does-beer-go-bad

 

 

The Caveasy One wants to take the headache out of managing your wine collection

Looking for a pairing suggestion? Seeking a specific bottle? Worried about wine temperature? This system can help.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3245285/connected-home/caveasy-one-wine-manager-ces.html

 

Love Beer? Then You’re Gonna Love These Wines

32 wines for beer lovers. 32 beers for wine lovers. Everybody wins with this comprehensive guide.

http://winefolly.com/tutorial/best-wines-for-beer-lovers/

 

 

10 AMAZING FACTS ABOUT RED WINE

Red wine is not just a beverage; it is a symbol of taste and sophistication.

http://ucpizza.com/10-amazing-facts-red-wine/

 

 

CORK SUPPLY LAUNCHES NEW TCA-FREE LINE WITH BUY BACK GUARANTEE

Closures manufacturer Cork Supply has launched a new line of TCA-free products, VINC taint-free, which comes with a buy back guarantee should a buyer receive a tainted cork.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/01/cork-supply-launches-tca-free-line-with-buy-back-guarantee/

 

 

New Zealand Wine: Map, Regions, Grape Varieties, History and more

Everything you need to know about New Zealand wine.

http://socialvignerons.com/wine-knowledge/wine-regions/new-zealand-wine-map-regions-grape-varieties-history-and-more/

 

US alcohol consumption declines for second year

With recent talk in MA about expansion of liquor licenses this is interesting.

Alcohol consumption levels were down 0.2% in 2017 compared to the previous year, dropping to 17.6 million gallons, or 7.4m nine-litre cases. This is more than double the decline seen in 2016.

Spirits consumption rose 2.3% in 2017, and wine sales were also on the up with a 1.3% growth in volume sales.

However, these positive performances were unable to offset the -0.5% decline of beer, which controls 79% of total beverage alcohol in the US.

There is also a lot of data that show marijuana will also impact sales.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2018/01/us-alcohol-consumption-declines-for-second-year/

 

UNESCO world heritage wine regions to visit
How many wine regions on the UNESCO list have you ticked off? Here is some inspiration for 2018, with links to full travel guides compiled by our contributors and in-house editorial team…


http://www.decanter.com/wine-travel/decanter-travel-guide-world-heritage-regions-25003/#3afCcmYErCKBeASH.99

Beaujolais reviews done purely in emoji

So here we are: the first wine reviews written solely in emoji.

http://blog.wblakegray.com/2018/01/beaujolais-reviews-done-purely-in-emoji.html

 

THIS WEBSITE TELLS YOU IF YOU HAVE A DRINKING PROBLEM

Working in drinks-focused industries can put you at risk of alcoholism, but a new website launched by US health officials claims to be able to tell users if they have a drinking problem, and how to get help.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/01/this-website-tells-you-if-you-have-a-drinking-problem/

Tax Changes Hit Wine’s Alcohol Levels

Now, the dividing line for tax purposes is moving. Wines under 16 percent alcohol will all be taxed at the same 21-cents-per-bottle rate (except for sparkling wines, which are still taxed at 67 cents per bottle.

https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2018/01/tax-changes-hit-wines-alcohol-levels

 

New Study Finds Incentives For Wine Producers To Vie For Competition Medals

The two French researchers matched wine contract dates, prices and quantities of influential Bordeaux-based brokers with the records of eleven important wine competitions to answer these questions:

What is, if any, the impact of medals on wine prices?

https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomaspellechia/2018/01/10/new-study-finds-incentives-for-wine-producers-to-vie-for-competition-medals/#602d9831b109

 

DIY Ginger Beer

Ginger beer is surprisingly simple to DIY; you just need a bit of time.

http://www.extracrispy.com/drinks/4705/diy-ginger-beer

 

TOP 5 MULTI-SENSORY DRINKS EXPERIMENTS

The drinks industry is quickly realising that the enjoyment of alcohol is in no way limited to the tongue.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/01/top-5-multi-sensory-drinks-experiences/

 

Champagne for the New Year – Trademark or Geographic Indicator?

Did you celebrate with a sip of Champagne on New Year’s Eve?

https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/champagne-for-the-new-year-trademark-or-21621/

 

 

SATISFY YOUR SWEET TOOTH WITH THESE CANDY-INSPIRED BEERS

Does it get any better than candy and beer? Apparently, yes – it’s candy inbeer

https://www.thebacklabel.com/satisfy-your-sweet-tooth-with-these-candy-inspired-beers/?rs_oid_rd=143507743567766&utm_campaign=lifestyle&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=thursday-1-11-18#.WljVxK2ZOSM

 

 

GUIDE TO PIQUEPOUL

While the dark (Piquepoul Noir) and light-skinned varieties (Piquepoul Blanc and the less-common Piqueoul Gris) aren’t exclusive to Arizona — you can also find it in France’s Rhone Valley, the Languedoc region, Spain’s Catalonia region, California, Australia, and Texas — Piquepoul has taken residence in the state’s rugged terrain.

https://www.thebacklabel.com/guide-to-piquepoul/?rs_oid_rd=143507743567766&utm_campaign=education&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=thursday-1-11-18#.WljWTa2ZOSM

 

 

Why does the Guinness Beer Company Track World Records?

How on earth did a brewer become the repository of all this strange knowledge?

https://www.ridiculoushistoryshow.com/podcasts/rhs-guinness.htm

 

 

SEVEN HOTELS AND SPAS OFFERING VINOTHERAPY TREATMENTS

Vinotherapy — also written “Vinotherapie” — describes a beauty therapy process where the residue of wine making (the pips and pulp) are rubbed into the skin. The pulp is said to have excellent exfoliating qualities and help reduce the problems associated with ageing.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/01/7-hotels-and-spas-offering-vinotherapy-treatments/

 

XO Cognac classification increases to 10 years

All XO Cognac must be aged for a minimum of 10 years, as opposed to six, under new industry regulations, which will come into force in April.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2018/01/xo-cognac-classification-increases-to-10-years/

 

Campari America unveils ‘world’s first’ smart fridge magnet

The drinks giant has partnered with the Norwegian electronics firm to produce a fridge magnet that allows consumers to order Campari America products straight to their doors.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2018/01/campari-america-unveils-worlds-first-smart-fridge-magnet/

 

 

Titos Is HUGE!

Tito’s vodka has become the largest-selling spirits brand in dollar terms on an annual basis for the first time ever in IRI channels, surpassing Jack Daniel’s Black Label whiskey and Smirnoff Red Label vodka. For the 52 weeks ending December 31st, Tito’s was up 38% to $207.6 million in IRI channels on a volume of 1.1 million nine-liter cases. Smirnoff Red Label vodka remains the largest-selling spirits label in volume terms in IRI channels, followed by Tito’s and Captain Morgan Original Spiced rum. Total spirits sales generated $8.1 billion last year in IRI channels, on modest 2.7% growth. In volume terms (including all flavors and line extensions), Tito’s ranked sixth among all spirits brands in the U.S. last year at 5.8 million cases on a 40% increase, according to Impact Databank.

 

 

New UFO Beer

Boston’s Massachusetts Bay Brewing Company has launched UFO Apricadabra, an apricot-infused Hefeweizen. The 4.8%-abv wheat ale is unfiltered and brewed with apricot puree for a lightly sweet and sessionable beer. Apricadabra is the brand’s newest seasonal release and will be available through March. The beer is out now on draft, in six-packs of 12-ounce cans and bottles, and in UFO’s Jet Pack spring sampler 12-pack. The Massachusetts Bay Brewing Company—known for its Harpoon brand—is the 19th largest craft brewery in the U.S., according to the Brewers Association.

 

Craft beer is becoming the wine of New England by redefining ‘terroir’

After analyzing in-depth interviews with 18 New England craft brewers, we have found that they are creating a regional industry here with the kind of local roots that many people associate more readily with wine than beer

https://theconversation.com/craft-beer-is-becoming-the-wine-of-new-england-by-redefining-terroir-82232

 

 

Former baseball player Kevin Youkilis has another hit with beer

Kevin Youkilis, an infielder who won two World Series rings with the Boston Red Sox during a 10-year Major League Baseball career, wants to become known as much for his IPA as his OBP (on-base percentage).

https://www.sfchronicle.com/giants/article/Former-baseball-player-Kevin-Youkilis-has-another-12495003.php

 

 

6 Ways Top Winemakers and Merchants Are Utilizing Virtual Reality

VR has long been viewed as a powerful marketing and engagement tool. The wine industry is also awakening to this fact

https://veer.tv/blog/6-ways-top-winemakers-and-merchants-are-utilizing-virtual-reality/

 

Scoring systems for wine are a matter of taste but you should know your ratings to avoid getting duped

There are two systems for scoring wine and both can be quite misleading for the uninitiated

https://www.thesun.ie/fabulous/2040624/scoring-systems-for-wine-are-a-matter-of-taste-but-you-should-know-your-ratings-to-avoid-getting-duped/

 

HERE’S WHY PORT WINE IS EXPERIENCING A FULL-FLEDGED REVIVAL

These delicious fortified wines aren’t just for after steak house dinners anymore.

https://www.maxim.com/food-drink/port-wine-revival-2018-1

 

Sonoma Unveils Wine Sustainability Logo

Moving forward after wildfires, winegrowers nearly at goal of 100% certified sustainable

https://www.winesandvines.com/news/article/194331/Sonoma-Unveils-Wine-Sustainability-Logo

 

What Affects Wine Quality? Your Guide To The Growing Techniques That Matter

Great review of climates in wine regions!

http://blog.vinfolio.com/2018/01/12/what-affects-wine-quality-your-guide-to-the-growing-techniques-that-matter/

 

 

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Liquor Industry News/Links 01-15-18

January 15, 2018

 

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Liquor Industry Week In Review

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This Weeks Highlights:

 

New Products

 

Tell Me Your New Year’s Resolution; I’ll Give You a Wine to Try

THE WAY A MAN SMELLS CAN MAKE WOMEN DRINK MORE, ACCORDING TO NEW RESEARCH

Wines for a broken heart

 

  AND MORE!

Do Celebrity Wines Sell?

Industry professionals discuss how fame affects the retail sales of wines associated with actors, musicians, and sports stars

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/do-celebrity-wines-sell/

Merlot makes a comeback

Attitudes toward merlot suffered after Miles Raymond proclaimed, “I’m not drinking any f—ing merlot!” in the film, “Sideways.” Need we be reminded that merlot is a major grape in the famed Bordeaux blends, adding flavor and texture that is pleasing to most palates.

http://www.sfexaminer.com/merlot-makes-comeback/

What Exactly Is Cooking Wine… and Is it OK to Use It?

A sommelier and a wine expert reveal the truth.

http://www.bravotv.com/the-feast/what-is-cooking-wine

Basic breakdown of wine quality by price

While hard-edge rules about wine have not applied for 6,000 years, the following breaks down what wine price segments vaguely mean.

http://www.gosanangelo.com/story/life/columnists/gus-clemens/2018/01/03/basic-breakdown-wine-quality-price/990662001/

Scientists Warn Winemakers to Rethink Everything They Know About Grapes

The days of your favorite varietals are numbered.

https://www.inverse.com/article/39862-climate-change-wine-grapes-varietals

Wines for a broken heart

Let’s begin 2018 with renewed hope and a discussion of what wines pair best with broken hearts.

http://www.sonomawest.com/the_healdsburg_tribune/opinion/columns/wine-words-wines-for-a-broken-heart/article_ffad2f5c-f00b-11e7-ba32-1b8efde4a987.html

What your favorite cravings are REALLY doing to your skin

We may love a glass of an evening, but wine can cause lines and redness, droopy eyelids, enlarge pores, deep folds around the nose and dehydrated skin.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/5254801/wine-sugar-what-your-favourite-cravings-are-really-doing-to-your-skin/

MAN IN COMA AFTER CHAMPAGNE BOTTLE EXPLODES BETWEEN LEGS

A Danish man has been left in a coma after a bottle of Champagne exploded between his legs as he tried to open it.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/01/man-in-coma-after-champagne-bottle-explodes-between-legs/

NFL TEAM TO OFFER FANS ‘TEAL-COLORED’ BEER

The Jacksonville Jaguars are to offer fans beer that has been dyed teal during their playoff game against the Buffalo Bills

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/01/nfl-team-to-offer-fans-teal-coloured-beer/

How Sound Affects Taste—and How to Design Around It

New research is causing restaurant and bar owners to rethink noise control in their venues

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/how-sound-affects-taste-and-how-to-design-around-it/

Wines Share Of Alcohol Consumption In The World

Pruning Grapes in The Vineyard: Just The Basics

To produce healthy wine grape clusters… pruning is a critical component in the growing process.

http://siponthisjuice.com/pruning-grapes-in-the-vineyard-just-the-basics/

Great choices for pairing beer and snacks for the Super Bowl

Not just any old beer will do when it comes to Super Bowl parties. You’ll need super beer choices — and here they are.

http://www.startribune.com/great-choices-for-pairing-beer-and-snacks-for-the-super-bowl/467888673/

How to get the most out of your wine-drinking experiences in 2018

Below are some reminders on how to get the most out of your wine-drinking experiences — from serving at the proper temperatures and partnering with a simpatico acquisition adviser, to calibrating your mind for optimal bliss and BYO-ing like a certified PRO.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/sc-food-drink-better-guide-wine-0105-story.html

How to Conquer a Wine Shop (and Tips for Finding the Best Deals)

Curious about how to find hidden gems and get best bargains the next time you’re shopping for wine or spirits? Let an insider be your guide to retail therapy.

http://www.winemag.com/2018/01/03/wine-shopping-tips/

Rock n’ Roll Wine Updates

Rock n’ Roll Timeline of wines

http://www.wine-blog.org/index.php/2018/01/02/rock-n-roll-wine-updates/

THE WAY A MAN SMELLS CAN MAKE WOMEN DRINK MORE, ACCORDING TO NEW RESEARCH

Women drink more around sweaty men, according to new research.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/01/the-way-a-man-smells-can-make-women-drink-more-according-to-new-research/

HOW MANY WINE WRITING SUBSCRIPTION WEBSITES ARE THERE?

A LIST OF WINE WRITING SUBSCRIPTION WEBSITES

https://www.richardhemmingmw.com/blog/how-many-wine-writing-subscription-sites-are-there

 

TUNISIAN WINE: THE DOCUMENTARY

Wine writer Amanda Barnes has produced a documentary film about the wine harvest in Tunisia which tells the story of the culture through the prism of wine.

https://grapecollective.com/articles/tunisian-wine-the-documentary

 

Most U.S. Wineries are small or even Tiny. Number of U.S. Wineries by Production Size

 

This is why tilting a beer glass to avoid foam actually makes you bloated

Beer bloat is actually the result of pouring a beer incorrectly – or pouring a beer with minimal foam.

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/beer-foam-tilt-bloated-explanation-a8142506.html

Creating the Market for Organic Wine: Sulfites, Certification, and Green Values

Certified organic wine remains a tiny percentage of the global wine market. This paper provides a case study of failed new category creation, analyzing the challenges for the organic wine market over time, including overcoming an initial reputation for quality, wines being labeled with multiple names (“organic,” “biodynamic,” “natural”), and competing certification schemes.

https://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/creating-the-market-for-organic-wine-sulfites-certification-and-green-values

Cinnamon Red Wine Punch

Repurposing leftover food and drink is a great way to save money – and discover something new and delicious.


http://www.cheaprecipeblog.com/2018/01/cinnamon-red-wine-punch-3/#X5vBJs7WxUHPeJqV.99

FRENCH COUNT SUES CHAMPAGNE BRAND OVER HIRING OF EX-PORN STAR

A descendent of the Charles de Cazanove Champagne dynasty is preparing to take the owner of his family’s former Champagne house to court over its decision to hire an ex-porn star as its newest ambassador.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/01/french-count-sues-champagne-brand-over-hiring-of-ex-porn-star/

GHOSTHUNTERS TO INVESTIGATE SPIRITS AT JIM BEAM

The Jim Beam American Stillhouse will be the subject of a paranormal investigation by ghosthunters in an episode of Paranormal Lockdown, set to air on Destination America later this year.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/01/ghosthunters-to-investigate-spirits-at-jim-beam/

New Henrys Hard Soda

MillerCoors is extending its Henry’s Hard Soda brand with a new Lemon Lime flavor. Launching nationally next week in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles, Henry’s Hard Lemon Lime is a new year-round offering in the brand portfolio alongside the existing Orange and Grape flavors. The 4.2%-abv extension joins the lineup as Henry’s Ginger Ale and Cherry Cola expressions are set to depart. The launch of Lemon Lime will be backed by a national ad campaign including TV, digital and out-of-home components.

 

Bogle Requires Certification

Winery says grapegrowers must abide by Lodi Rules

Bogle Vineyards produces 2.5 million cases of wine annually, sourcing many of its grapes from independent growers.

https://www.winesandvines.com/news/article/194002/Bogle-Requires-Certification

Contrasting the New and Old Worlds

The terminology or the stylistic inferences when referring to the New and Old Worlds.

http://napavalleyregister.com/wine/columnists/allen-balik/allen-balik-s-the-wine-exchange-contrasting-the-new-and/article_945bddf8-d3a1-5dc2-b04b-d54a43a9599e.html

Why we should put red wines in the fridge and take white wines out

We should drink white wines cold from the fridge and reds at room temperature, right?

Not so fast …

http://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2018-01-06/white-red-wine-temperature-fridge/9268526

 

Tell Me Your New Year’s Resolution; I’ll Give You a Wine to Try

An easy guide to discovering new wines while bettering your 2018 self

Your resolution: Do more for your community. No matter where you are, drink local. You’ll be supporting the small businesses and farms in your area while also discovering a product you might not have gravitated toward otherwise. This goes for wine, but also beer, cider, spirits and much more.

http://www.winespectator.com/blogs/show/id/2018-New-Year-Resolutions-Wine-Recommendations

Nutritional Value of Red Table Wine. More Details at USDA

 

Why Beer Professionals Are Becoming Cicerones

Beer experts discuss the certification process and their motivations for pursuing the title

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/why-beer-professionals-are-becoming-cicerones/?utm_campaign=SevenFifty%20Daily%20Weekly%20Digest&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=59853180&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9xoooxkAaKi0Ux3rL8Rv3AGImokcjPaFQzqPWsVlkk6XjFz-CT3fos-tqpsg20YuOXCslnE48-bjiDQpfyOSpOMOqFGgq8LDVct4UHY4mTtUNhyWg&_hsmi=59853764

 

Franklin Liquors New Daily Newspaper

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Liquor Industry News/Links 01-08-18

January 8, 2018

 

Franklin Liquors

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The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

By: Mark C Lenzi

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01-08-2018

 

Liquor Industry Week In Review

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

 

This Weeks Highlights:

 

New Products

 

Oak Island… and wine?

How to Use Your Favorite Wine to Find the Perfect Tea

You Should Be Aging Your White Wine

 

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Mass. alcohol laws need massive rewrite, task force concludes

The price of beer, wine, and liquor in Massachusetts would increase, but unpopular restrictions on the sale of alcohol would go away, under a radical proposed overhaul of the state’s byzantine booze laws that’s expected to be unveiled by a government-appointed task force .

https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2017/12/27/mass-alcohol-laws-need-massive-rewrite-task-force-concludes/0bsGyUegwXjF991pu7UVpK/amp.html?__twitter_impression=true

 

The Mystery of the Missing Wine Faults

Wine faults exist in the real world, but how come they never make it into reviews?

https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2017/12/the-mystery-of-the-missing-wine-faults

 

How to Make the Most of a Trip to Wine Country

Wine producing regions such as Tuscany and Napa Valley already make for enjoyable vacation destinations, but with a little planning you can get even more from your trip.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/28/travel/how-to-make-the-most-of-a-trip-to-wine-country.html

 

For Those Who Experience Adverse Reactions to a Glass of Wine

Let’s analyze what can cause these reactions and how you may prevent them, or at least make them more tolerable.

https://www.theexaminernews.com/for-those-who-experience-adverse-reactions-to-a-glass-of-wine/

 

You Should Be Aging Your White Wine

There are a lot of us missing out on the exquisite experience of opening a structured white that’s been hanging around for a while.

https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/12/you-should-be-aging-your-white-wine.html

 

How to Use Your Favorite Wine to Find the Perfect Tea

Like wine, tea has varying levels of tannins and fruitiness. Whether a fan of bold Shiraz or more delicate white wines, the perfect leaves are out there.

http://www.winemag.com/2017/12/27/favorite-wine-perfect-tea/

 

Why Are Liquor Laws In New Hampshire So Weird?

Whether you buy, drink, or do business in the Granite State, liquor plays a significant role in the culture and the economy.

http://nhpr.org/post/why-are-liquor-laws-new-hampshire-so-weird#stream/0

 

Vermont Wants To Crack Down On Bootleggers Bringing Cheaper Liquor From New Hampshire

Prohibition might have been repealed in 1933, but modern-day bootleggers are still sidestepping state liquor laws. Now Vermont officials want heavier penalties for people trafficking booze from neighboring New Hampshire.

Whiskey with natural ice on a oak table.

http://digital.vpr.net/post/vermont-wants-crack-down-bootleggers-bringing-cheaper-liquor-new-hampshire#stream/0

 

Stop Saying These 12 Things About Wine

Sooner or later in your wine journey, you’re going to come across, shall we say, certain people: certain people who say certain things.

http://winefolly.com/update/stop-saying-12-things-wine/?utm_source=Wine+Folly&utm_campaign=1843086c99-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_12_27&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a18d8bdc1b-1843086c99-62472929&mc_cid=1843086c99&mc_eid=d73340fcba

 

GUIDE TO LEMBERGER

Believed to have been around since the Middle Ages, the grape also doesn’t have a typical style. It can broadly be cast into two categories: that redolent of a Pinot Noir, or that similar to a bold Zinfandel.

https://www.thebacklabel.com/guide-to-lemberger/?rs_oid_rd=128458178162582&utm_campaign=education&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=thurday-12-28-17#.WkeVwK2ZN8c

 

Size (And Sound) Matters When It Comes To Bubbles In Your Sparkling Wine

Oenophiles have debated the most desirable characteristics of bubbles in champagne and sparkling wines for centuries, with most purists swearing that the smaller the bubble, the better the wine. But up until recently, few thought to listen to the bubbles themselves for answers.

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/12/28/573855931/size-and-sound-matters-when-it-comes-to-bubbles-in-your-sparkling-wine

 

 

How To Break A Wine Glass With Just Your Voice

If you ever feel the need to break a wine glass but don’t really want to go through with actually smashing it to the ground

http://mashable.com/2017/12/28/break-a-wine-glass-with-your-voice/#ehtzFbsPCaq4

Pairing Wine with Pomegranates

The red and juicy, tart seeds of pomegranates can be used as a surprising substitute for lemon juice. They also pair with a wide variety of wines.

http://www.winemag.com/2017/12/28/pomegranates-wine-pairing/

The 12 best wine bargains of 2017 are cheap without tasting like it

With all the wines on the shelves vying for your attention when you walk into a wine store. how do you choose which one to take home for dinner? A catchy name or pretty label stands out. A heavy bottle looks and feels important. But you wouldn’t be wrong to wonder whether the money you shell out for that wine might be paying for that designer label or studly bottle, rather than the juice inside.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/these-12-wines-are-the-best-bargains-of-2017-theyre-cheap-without-tasting-like-it/2017/12/27/2c42fee0-eb1e-11e7-9f92-10a2203f6c8d_story.html?utm_term=.59b532576807

FIVE WINTER CHEESES (AND THE WINE TO PAIR THEM WITH)

Winter is the perfect time to enjoy cheese that is rich and buttery, fruity, hard and well-aged, rather than the light, airy varieties better matched to warmer days.

https://www.mrporter.com/daily/five-winter-cheeses-and-the-wine-to-pair-them-with/2927

Uber-style app offers designated driver for your own car

One app called DRYVER targets people who don’t want to leave their car in a parking lot overnight and have to find a ride to pick it up the next morning.

http://www.wtsp.com/news/local/uber-style-app-offers-designated-driver-for-your-own-car/503118251?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=ff880a09e2-The+Daily+Brew%3A+December+29%2C+2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-ff880a09e2-36686829

CRAFT BREWERS PREDICT THE BIGGEST BEER TRENDS FOR 2018

With 83 percent of drinking-age Americans now living within 10 miles of a brewery—another statistic per the Brewer Association’s annual Craft Beer in Review report—the most important question stateside beer lovers will have to face in 2018 might be: Uber or Lyft?

https://vinepair.com/articles/craft-beer-trends-2018/?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=ff880a09e2-The+Daily+Brew%3A+December+29%2C+2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-ff880a09e2-36686829

A Toast to the Wine Producers of the Tennessee River Valley- Growing a New Economy for Appalachia

The Tennessee River Valley is home to multiple award winning wineries that are primarily small family owned start-ups investing in the wine and cider industry. The Tennessee River Valley Council toasts the impact of the vintners who are providing measurable benefits in revitalizing the economies of rural Appalachian communities and are conserving the cultural heritage of the region

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/12/prweb15044853.htm

Assessing the Impact of Wine List Awards

Guildsomm’s Kelli White weighs the benefits, from recognition to improved bottom lines

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/assessing-the-impact-of-wine-list-awards/

Bubbles beyond Champagne: 10 sparkling wine regions

Pop, sigh, fizz. The stats are in: Americans love bubbles, having embraced them not only for celebrations but as a year-round drink. Last year, for example, sparkling wine sales in the U.S. grew by 25%

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/experience/food-and-wine/2017/12/29/sparkling-wine-regions-beyond-champagne/983958001/

How To Read A German Wine Label

Although sommeliers are well-versed in nearly every wine style imaginable, some still struggle with one wine in particular: German Riesling.

http://blog.vinfolio.com/2017/12/29/read-german-wine-label/

ZINFANDEL VINEYARDS

Zinfandel has prospered in California for over 150 years. Zinfandel vines are hearty and thrive in warm, mild climates, as the grapes will shrivel in hot weather

http://www.zinfandelic.com/california-zinfandel-vineyards.php

Boxed vs. bottled wine: What’s the difference

Just as you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, maybe you shouldn’t judge a wine by its packaging.

Boxed wine carries a stigma that it is inferior to its bottled counterparts.

https://www.click2houston.com/consumer/boxed-vs-bottled-wine-whats-the-difference

 

Oak Island… and wine?

A tale of mystery, buried treasure and, of course, very good wine!

https://www.timminstoday.com/local-news/oak-island-and-wine-801105

Everything You Love About Red Wine Is Now Available In Hair Products

beauty brand HASK is releasing a full line of wine-inspired hair products

http://www.refinery29.com/2017/12/185753/beauty-wine-lover-products

HERE’S THE BEST WAY TO OPEN CHAMPAGNE

Stay calm and read this article. It’s actually pretty easy.

https://www.thrillist.com/news/nation/how-to-open-champagne

New way to identify wine will protect Australian growers from overseas fraud, scientists say

Scientists from the CSIRO and the Australian Wine Research Institute have been developing new techniques to pinpoint exactly where a wine is from.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-02/scientists-developing-new-techniques-to-detect-wine-fraud/9298186

‘Skinny’ wines cut calories, but not by much

If you’re a calorie-conscious wine lover, you’ve probably stumbled upon “skinny” wines. They claim to provide the same delicious beverage without all those pesky calories. But are the calorie savings worth the compromise?

http://abc13.com/food/are-low-calorie-wines-worth-it-when-it-comes-to-dieting/2847767/

Foods flavored with hops

We know the flavoring power that h. Lupulus has when added to beer, but these potent cones can also kick up non-brewed food and beverages.

http://draftmag.com/trending-foods-flavored-with-hops/?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=2cb8fcd4ba-The+Daily+Brew%3A+January+2%2C+2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-2cb8fcd4ba-36686829

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Liquor Industry Week In Review

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This Weeks Highlights:

 

New Products

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Champagne vs. sparkling wine: Everything you need to know

 

The top 25 beers of 2017

 

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Wine Labels: What They Tell Us & What They Don’t

If you’ve taken a stroll through the wine aisle of your local store recently, you know just how daunting it can feel to pick a good bottle.

http://socialvignerons.com/2017/12/19/wine-labels-what-they-tell-us-what-they-dont/

Why Do We Toast With Champagne On New Year’s Eve? Here’s How The Tradition Started

A tradition that technically dates back over 1,500 years, although it really started to become popular only a few centuries ago.

https://www.elitedaily.com/p/why-do-we-toast-with-champagne-on-new-years-eve-heres-how-the-tradition-started-7628689

 

Are reduced-calorie wines worth it?

Depending on the variety, reduced-calorie wines have about 15% to 30% fewer calories than regular wine.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/21/health/reduced-calorie-wine-food-drayer/index.html

 

It’s a hard rock life for wine in granite tanks

A Marlborough wine company believes it is the first in New Zealand to use granite wine tanks, a fitting tribute to the stonemason heritage of its founding family.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/99884808/its-a-hard-rock-life-for-wine-in-granite-tanks

Sample sizes, and the supposed wine differences between women and men

We have seen a number of web discussions this year about the ostensible differences between males and females when it comes to sensory perception, particularly the tasting of wine

http://winegourd.blogspot.com/2017/12/sample-sizes-and-supposed-wine.html

BOURBON BARREL-AGED WINE IS A GIMMICK BORN OUT OF NECESSITY

Bourbon barrel-aged wine has boomed since its introduction in 2014. Recently, California-based wineries such as Robert Mondavi, Fetzer Vineyards, and Apothic Wines have joined the trend.

https://vinepair.com/wine-blog/bourbon-barrel-wine/

Why Slovenian wines — which rival the ones from Italy and France — have long been overlooked

You’re heading to a dinner party and stop at the liquor store to pick up some wine. There’s a bottle from Italy and a bottle from Slovenia on the shelf — which one do you choose?

https://mic.com/articles/186823/why-slovenian-wines-which-rival-the-ones-from-italy-and-france-have-long-been-overlooked#.qBGq0NO5k

 

The Busy Wine Lover’s Guide to Louis Jadot

Maison Louis Jadot was founded in 1859 as a negociant house; acquisitions of famed Burgundy vineyards such as Corton Charlemagne and Chevalier Montrachet Les Demoiselles took place under the direction of Louis Jean Baptiste Jadot after 1900

https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2017/12/the-busy-wine-lover-s-guide-to-louis-jadot

 

2018 CRAFT BEER PREDICTIONS

2018 will be another year of huge beer news, that some will find shocking

https://thefullpint.com/dans-blog/2018-craft-beer-predictions/

Canadians Consume Almost as Much Weed as Wine, Report Shows

Canadians consumed as much as C$6.2 billion ($4.8 billion) of marijuana in 2015, almost as much as they spent on wine,

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-18/marijuana-use-may-have-hit-c-6-2-bln-before-canada-legalization

How to handle a faulty cage on a bottle of sparkling wine?

As any wine pro should be able to tell you, it takes six turns to remove the cage from a bottle of sparkling wine. But occasionally (rarely though it does happen), the wire will break before the cage can be removed.

https://dobianchi.com/2017/12/18/champagne-cork-danger-risk/

“Welch’s Grape Jelly with Alcohol”: How Trump’s Horrific Wine Became the Ultimate Metaphor for His Presidency

After the deadly Charlottesville riots, Donald Trump responded by . . . plugging his family winery in Virginia. Aided by an expert oenophile, the author takes the bait—and tastes the pain.

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/12/donald-trump-wines/amp?__twitter_impression=true

HOW TO IMPRESS YOUR WINE NERD IN-LAWS OVER THE HOLIDAYS

Now, on to a common holiday headache: Your sister’s new husband (or insert any family member here) is quite the wine connoisseur and he’ll be in attendance

https://www.thebacklabel.com/how-to-impress-your-wine-nerd-in-laws-over-the-holidays/?rs_oid_rd=117454471950230&utm_campaign=lifestyle&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=tuesday-12-19-17#.WkKZoa2ZOT8

We’re not buying enough Washington wine

For the record, Washington has less than 25 percent market share. That means that for every case of wine purchased in the state, nine bottles are from California, France, Italy and Australia.

http://www.winepressnw.com/2017/12/18/4156350_were-not-buying-enough-washington.html?rh=1

ALPHABET SOUP: DECODING APPELLATION ACRONYMS FROM 10 MAJOR WINE COUNTRIES

Ever look at a few wine labels and find your eyes swimming in what looks like code? You’re not the only one.

https://vinepair.com/articles/appellations-wine-labels/

What is “Authentic” Wine?

For a time, “authentic” wine meant there was a human being that I knew who owned the winery; wines that were made in relatively small quantities

http://damewine.com/2017/12/what-is-authentic-wine/

How New Hampshire’s Liquor Stores Became Must-Visit Travel Destinations

In addition to the stores’ tax-free status and mammoth inventories, New Hampshire has invested in an advertising pilot program, public relations, and education outreach efforts. The New Hampshire Liquor Commission (NHLC) even hosts an annual Distillery Showcase spirits tasting, along with ancillary events like a splashy dinner featuring a flight of Pappy Van Winkle bourbons and (new this year) a Bourbon & Chocolate pairing experience.

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/how-new-hampshires-liquor-stores-became-must-visit-travel-destinations/

 

The Pop Culture “Wine Mom” Is Hilarious, Relatable — and a Giant Red Flag

Although the ritual of a nightly glass of wine isn’t in itself automatically detrimental, it does speak to a broader issue: Drinking among moms is increasing, and joking about it undermines the problem.

https://www.brit.co/wine-mom-culture/

 

Danica Patrick on Racing Cars and Making Wine

NASCAR superstar and winery owner Danica Patrick talks about how producing an exceptional bottle of wine and succeeding at racing cars are not so different.

http://www.winemag.com/2017/12/19/danica-patrick/

 

An Olympic Swimmer Dives Into Her Own Wine Business

Natalie Coughlin talks with Food & Wine about her new wine label and the inspiration behind her upcoming cookbook.

http://www.foodandwine.com/news/natalie-coughlin-wine-gaderian

 

Digital Wine Aerator Connects Restaurants with Wines of the World

Aveine’s Patent Technology Instantly Decants Any Wine for an Optimal Tasting Experience

https://www.wineindustryadvisor.com/2017/12/19/digital-wine-aerator-restaurants

Calories in Yellow Tail Chardonnay Wine

US distillery ordered to close over name change

A distillery in the US state of Vermont has been reportedly forced to close due to an issue with its name change.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2017/12/us-distillery-ordered-to-close-over-name-change/

TOP 10 CELEBRITY DRINKS LAUNCHES OF 2017

The success of their wine and spirits ventures don’t always reach the same lofty heights as their all-star careers, but that hasn’t stopped another slew of famous faces from launching a drinks brand in 2017.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/12/top-10-celebrity-drinks-launches-of-2017/

Can You Cure a Hangover with Exercise?

Here’s What I Learned got drunk and went to the gym hungover — in the name of science.

https://www.inverse.com/article/39594-hangover-cure-exercises-science

Will Consumers Pay More for Sustainably Certified Wine?

A 2017 survey conducted at Sonoma State University Wine Business Institute with 301 wine consumers illustrates a willingness to pay several dollars more per bottle for “green” certified wines.

https://lizthachmw.com/2017/12/20/will-consumers-pay-more-for-sustainably-certified-wine/

What You’re like on Coffee, Wine, and Cannabis

A funny, but realistic, look at the mental effects of 3 of the world’s most talked about substances.

http://winefolly.com/update/coffee-vs-wine-vs-cannabis/?utm_source=Wine+Folly&utm_campaign=671e9b728f-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_12_19&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a18d8bdc1b-671e9b728f-62472929&mc_cid=671e9b728f&mc_eid=d73340fcba

Cognac industry creates food pairing app

The Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac (BNIC) has partnered with chefs and sommeliers to develop a first-of-its-kind Cognac and food pairing app.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2017/12/cognac-industry-creates-food-pairing-app/

Diageo launches cocktail-making skill for Amazon’s Alexa

Diageo is hoping to inspire a new wave of at-home bartenders with the launch of its Amazon Alexa voice-activated cocktail-making skill.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2017/12/diageo-launches-cocktail-making-skill-for-amazons-alexa/

 

EU COURT SAYS ALDI CAN KEEP ITS ‘CHAMPAGNE SORBET’

A five-year battle over a Champagne sorbet has finally been settled, with the European Court of Justice ruling in favour of Aldi after the Comité Champagne tried to ban the supermarket from using the term ‘Champagner’ on its label.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/12/eu-court-says-aldi-can-keep-its-champagne-sorbet/

 

How Does Alcohol Affect Your Sleep?

From increased drowsiness to disrupted REM cycles, here’s what happens when you booze before you snooze

http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/How-Does-Alcohol-Affect-Your-Sleep

Wine tasting visitors choose location, experience first

The largest percentage of survey respondents, 41 percent, ranked social media as the place where they first learn about a new winery tasting experience. Additionally, 56 percent said that when they see information about an unfamiliar wine tasting experience in their social media newsfeed, they are “likely” or “very likely” to click on the post to get more information.

http://www.northbaybusinessjournal.com/industrynews/wineindustry/7789206-181/wine-tasting-visitors-choose-location?artslide=0

 

Guess Which Beer Is No Longer a Top 3 Brand in the U.S.

Changing consumer preferences dethrone this megabrewer’s beer.

https://www.fool.com/investing/2017/12/21/guess-which-beer-is-no-longer-a-top-3-brand-in-the.aspx

 

The top 25 beers of 2017

Looking back on the new or newly-packaged beers of the year, we found these 25 to stand out as the most interesting, innovative and well-executed of the field.

http://draftmag.com/the-top-25-beers-of-2017/

 

Serve Wine And Cheese Like A Pro With This Expert Cheat Sheet

From prosecco to pinot noir, Gouda to goat’s cheese — there’s nothing better than a host or hostess who can deliver next-level entertaining with a great array of choices for every palate, occasion, and budget. All it takes is a little planning (and our expert cheat sheet, below) to curate your platters like a true sophisticate.

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2017/12/21/wine-and-cheese_a_23313441/

 

How Wine is Closed Shouldn’t Be A Guessing Game

Presently, about 70 percent of the wine bottles consumed by drinkers in the United States are closed with a natural cork. If consumers knew the environmental impact of the cork forests and understood that over the past few years North America has recycled over 70 million corks each year which are then used to make flooring, insulation, yoga blocks, and even shoes, they may be more insistent on buying wine closed with natural cork.

https://foodtank.com/news/2017/12/sustainable-wine-natural-cork/

 

Millennials consume almost half of all wine in the U.S.

According to the study, millennials “drink 32 percent of spirits,” “35 percent of the beer,” and “42 percent of the wine” in the U.S., even though millennials comprise only one-quarter of adults over 21 in the U.S.

https://www.dailydot.com/irl/millennials-study-wine-us/

 

7 Reasons Why Wine on Tap is the Future of Drinking

How wine on tap can make your business more efficient while boosting the bottom line

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/7-reasons-why-wine-on-tap-is-the-future-of-drinking/

Read this before you drink wine from a can

As Americans, we are used to drinking soda, beer, sparkling water, even hard cider from cans. In emergencies, when you need to slake your thirst, fine. But please, if you want to enjoy your wine, pour it into a glass. Or at least a plastic cup when you’ve hiked up a mountain and want to have a celebratory toast before staggering back down.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/read-this-before-you-drink-wine-from-a-can/2017/12/21/12bc4070-e5d4-11e7-833f-155031558ff4_story.html?utm_term=.312796c6f5fe

Champagne vs. sparkling wine: Everything you need to know

Champagne and sparkling wines (there is a difference) are no longer relegated to holidays, anniversaries and weddings; Americans are increasing their consumption of bubbles year-round. That said, 20 percent of all sales of sparkling wine and champagne occur in the last four weeks of the year

http://abcnews.go.com/US/champagne-sparkling-wine/story?id=51882636

China’s Wine Glass is Half-Empty

Chinese businesses have been keen to take a sip of this success, producing a total of 11.37 million hectoliters (a hectoliter is 100 liters) of wine in 2016, according to data cited by wineinfo.com, a Chinese wine industry news portal. This makes China one of the world’s top 10 wine-producing countries by volume.

https://www.caixinglobal.com/2017-12-22/chinas-wine-glass-is-half-empty-101188542.html

 

How to Pair Beer With Chinese Food

 

10 things you didn’t know about Prosecco

Apart from the fact it hails from northern Italy, we had to be honest in saying that we knew not that much.

http://www.vogue.com.au/vogue+living/entertaining/10+prosecco+facts+what+is+proseccor+,45281

 

One thing you didn’t know your Amazon Echo could do

Order dinner and pair a great wine

Alexa also orders dinner for your human family from skills like GrubHub, Amazon Restaurants, Domino’s, and Pizza Hut. Add in the MySomm skill and it turns Alexa into Wine Gal, your personal wine sommelier that can give you wine recommendations for your meals. Enable the skill through the app or online and then say, “Alexa, ask Wine Gal to recommend a wine for pumpkin pie

Getting to Know Cava’s New Category

Spain’s budget-friendly designation gets a luxury upgrade with super-premium sparklers

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/getting-to-know-cavas-new-category/

It’s What’s in the Bottle That Counts … Or Is It?

The Role of Texture in Wine Packaging

https://www.wineindustryadvisor.com/2017/05/24/texture-wine-packaging

 

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The Physical Web uses beacon technology to communicate to your phone.

Two ways your can explore this with us:

1.     Walk into the store and get current specials, our custom tasting notes and drink recommendations.

2.     Attend a education/tasting in our wine room and get product information, pricing and food pairings

Stop in and try and be rewarded with a special gift for using.

 

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Franklin Wine Club 

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http://www.facebook.com/FranklinwineclubMA

 

 

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Quini Certified Educator- QCE (First In USA)

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Liquor Industry News/Links 12-25-17

December 25, 2017

 

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12-25-2017

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Liquor Industry Week In Review

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

 

This Weeks Highlights:

 

New Products

 

Cannabis-Infused Wine Is On The Market

Wine Color – Complete Visual Guide

Here’s Every State’s Most-Sought After Beer

 

  AND MORE!

You Can Now Drink Krispy Kreme Donut Beer

There are glazed and cream-filled versions.

http://www.delish.com/food-news/news/a57086/krispy-kreme-donut-beer/

Masi are masters at making wine

The Boscaini family, that owns Masi and has done so since 1772, can now say that they export their sumptuous and robust wines to 120 countries

http://www.royalgazette.com/lifestyle/article/20171207/masi-are-masters-at-making-wine

Apps are the way to go to sell South African wine

Independent wine stores, which were more likely to stock our wines, are also in trouble. The landscape is changing. Wine is being sold direct to the consumer via a screen, no longer being hand sold.

https://www.iol.co.za/capeargus/news/apps-are-the-way-to-go-to-sell-sa-wine-12312783

The ‘World Wine Guys’ give tips on holiday wine pairings

The holidays are here and for some, that means lots of wine. But how do you know which wine goes with what?

http://abc7news.com/food/the-world-wine-guys-give-tips-on-holiday-wine-pairings-/2754024/

SPARKLING WINE FOOD PAIRINGS

t’s time to chill some bottles and get your flutes ready. Whether you’re entertaining guests, celebrating special occasions, or simply relaxing at home with loved ones, sparkling wine is always a good idea.

https://www.thelittleepicurean.com/2017/12/sparkling-wine-food-pairing.html

Holiday Wine Punch Cocktails

simple 5-ingredient beverage made in less than 5 minutes. It requires only red wine, cran-apple juice, orange juice, ginger beer (or strong ginger ale) and vanilla extract.

https://www.aspicyperspective.com/holiday-wine-punch-cocktails/

Move over bottles, wine in cans capturing the millennial demand

Wine in cans on an annual basis increased to $14.5 million in 2016 from $6.4 million in 2015.

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/business/7707118-181/move-over-bottles-wine-in?artslide=0

Calling time on the Champagne flute

All good things come to an end. In the 1980s, the Champenois called time on the saucer-shaped coupe erroneously said to have been modeled on Marie Antoinette’s breast. Now they have decreed that the Champagne flute has to go. They want to reduce the world’s most famous wine’s association with celebration and move it into the all-kinds-of-occasions category. And since the flute signals ‘special occasion’ like nothing else, it needs to be replaced.

https://www.meininger.de/en/wine-business-international/calling-time-champagne-flute

SAMUEL ADAMS NAMED OFFICIAL BEER OF BOSTON RED SOX

Visitors to Boston’s storied Fenway Park will start to see the multi-year partnership come to life as soon as January 2018.

https://thefullpint.com/beer-news/samuel-adams-named-official-beer-boston-red-sox/?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=b32aeb1473-The+Daily+Brew%3A+December+12%2C+2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-b32aeb1473-36686829

Here’s Every State’s Most-Sought After Beer

Washington, D.C. is into some predictably fancy stuff. What about the rest of the country?

https://www.menshealth.com/guy-wisdom/beer-maps-according-to-google-searches-favorite-beer-every-state?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=b32aeb1473-The+Daily+Brew%3A+December+12%2C+2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-b32aeb1473-36686829

This startup figured out how to make wine that’s naturally blue — here’s how they do it

Spanish startup Gik Live! make wine that’s naturally neon blue. They extract a pigment from the skin of the red grape (called anthocyanin) which gives the neon blue hue.

http://www.businessinsider.com/spanish-startup-gik-live-make-naturally-neon-blue-wine-2017-12

Here’s what you need to know about champagne (and other sparkling wines) before you buy

All that sparkles is not champagne. You may be forgiven for passing off a cheaper fizz as champagne at your holiday party — I, for one, will not reject your hospitality. And there are some sparkling wines from around the world that reach champagne levels in quality.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/heres-what-you-need-to-know-about-champagne-and-other-sparkling-wines-before-you-buy/2017/12/07/2add1ca0-db71-11e7-b1a8-62589434a581_story.html?utm_term=.5bb3d1389516

John Legend’s Wine Is All About Love

Legend created the brand with Napa-based Raymond Vineyards, which belongs to the Boisset Collection.

http://www.foodandwine.com/wine/john-legend-wine-lve

How to order wine like a pro at an Italian restaurant

If you are used to drinking American West Coast wines, Italian wine varietals might be a new game for you. With so many varietals offered, it can also be overwhelming.

http://www.mlive.com/dining/index.ssf/2017/12/everything_you_need_to_know_ab.html

Wine Color – Complete Visual Guide

Your complete and detailed infographic guide and explanations to the color of wine.