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The Wonderful World of Wine (WWW) 03-11-18

March 11, 2018

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March 8, 2018

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Liquor Industry News/Links 02-26-18

February 26, 2018

 

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Liquor Industry Week In Review

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This Weeks Highlights:

 

New Products

 

Is expensive wine really better?

Getting alcohol from mom or dad doesn’t prevent risky drinking

Does Legalizing Marijuana Threaten Wine (And Beer) Consumption?

 

 AND MORE!

 

New mobile app for Vermont Beer fans

The Vermont Brewers Association recently released a brand new mobile app. People will be able to drive around the state, check into a brewery, rate the beers that they’re tasting and get their electronic passport stamped

http://www.wcax.com/content/news/New-mobile-app-for-Vermont-Beer-fans-473684923.html

Monkey Shoulder unveils giant cocktail shaker

Scotch whisky brand Monkey Shoulder is taking a 2,400-gallon mobile cocktail shaker that mirrors a cement truck on a tour of the US

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2018/02/monkey-shoulder-unveils-giant-cocktail-shaker/

SECRET MARIJUANA PLANTATION DISCOVERED IN VINEYARD

A vineyard operator has been found guilty of cultivating more than 100 cannabis plants and concealing them alongside vines at his estate in Berri, South Australia.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/02/secret-marijuana-plantation-discovered-in-vineyard/

HERE ARE FOUR CONSUMER SPIRITS TRENDS TO WATCH IN 2018

Market research firm Euromonitor looked at the spending habits of spirits drinkers around the world, revealing some curious predictions for the market in 2018.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/02/here-are-four-consumer-spirits-trends-to-watch-in-2018/

THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN BOURBON, RYE, AND TENNESSEE WHISKEY

So what’s the difference between these three delicious brown liquids?

https://vinepair.com/articles/the-differences-between-bourbon-rye-and-tennessee-whiskey/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=5088a4cf42-Feb_12_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-5088a4cf42-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-5088a4cf42-38937345&mc_cid=5088a4cf42&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

New UFO Flavor

The Massachusetts Bay Brewing Company’s UFO brand has launched its newest core offering: UFO Pineapple. The 5.2%-abv Hefeweizen is brewed to be sweet, refreshing and easy drinking, according to the brewery. The flavored wheat ale is now available on draft and in six-packs of 12-ounce cans and bottles nationwide. UFO Pineapple is the brand’s second release of the year, following the seasonal UFO Apricot.

 

New Light Beer Line

MillerCoors has launched Two Hats, a 4.2%-abv light beer range that features two flavor options, lime and pineapple. Aimed at the 21-24-year-old demographic, Two Hats is rolling out nationwide in 16-ounce cans that retail at around $5 a six-pack depending on the market. MillerCoors is billing the brand as an alternative to higher-priced craft brews, and as an accessible entry point into the beer category for the younger generation, which has increasingly been favoring wine or spirits over beer in recent years.

 

 

Fetzer looks to showcase new vintages after 50 years as Mendocino County’s wine pioneer

Its golden anniversary offers an opportunity for the Chilean-owned wine company to reconnect with the past — and to use its history as a centerpiece of its marketing strategy while it ramps up new brands tailored to the latest customer trends, from rosé to bourbon barrel-aged red blends.

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/business/7968765-181/fetzer-looks-to-showcase-new

 

Vegans call for better labeling on wine

Veganism is becoming more common, with consumers motivated by a number of issues including allergies, environmental concerns and animal welfare. However, this may pose a problem for wine-lovers as wine bottles rarely display the ingredients label

http://www.foodprocessing.com.au/content/packaging-labelling-coding/news/vegans-call-for-better-labelling-on-wine-149071448

Consistency is the Hobgoblin of Little Wines

Take your favorite wine or winery. As good as they may be, surely it’s possible for them to improve the quality of their product.

This is why it makes no since to give wines a 100-point score. It implies that no improvement is possible.

https://foodandwineaesthetics.com/2018/02/12/consistency-is-the-hobgoblin-of-little-wines/

Debate on natural wine rages on

Natural wine can be anything. Wines that trumpet their “natural-ness” are sometimes sound and admirably fault-free.

https://www.goodfood.com.au/eat-out/news/milk-crate-debate-on-natural-wine-rages-on-20180208-h0vrc1

Constellation Brands, Boston Beer Ink Kentucky Derby Sponsorships

Constellation Brands announced that its Corona Extra brand would become the exclusive import beer of the Kentucky Derby for the next two years.

https://www.brewbound.com/news/constellation-brands-boston-beer-ink-kentucky-derby-sponsorships?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=e07ea22870-The+Daily+Brew%3A+January+11%2C+2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-e07ea22870-36686829

 

 

Does Legalizing Marijuana Threaten Wine (And Beer) Consumption?

Spending on legal cannabis in North America was $7.3 billion in 2016 and up 33 percent in 2017 to $9.7 billion

https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomaspellechia/2018/02/12/does-legalizing-marijuana-threaten-wine-and-beer-consumption/#247ea8e47dfb

Hangar 1 Introduces Rosé Vodka Made From Actual Wine

The vodka is a combination of the company’s classic vodka, which is distilled from grapes, and a Northern California rosé blend of Petit Verdot and White Meritage wines and is the first true rosé vodka on the market.

http://fortune.com/2018/02/12/hangar-1-introduces-rose-vodka-made-from-actual-wine/

The Best Courses to Help You Land a Job in Wine

Looking to get a leg up in the wine world? Here’s a crash course in the various classes that will help you out.

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http://www.foodandwine.com/wine/best-professional-wine-courses

Review on Repour – a Wine Preservation System

Repour is a wine preservation system which looks like a simple stopper.

https://txwinelover.com/2018/02/review-repour-wine-preservation-system/

Beefeater Pink gin to launch in April

Pernod Ricard has unveiled a pink variation of its Beefeater London Dry gin, which is flavored with strawberries

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2018/02/beefeater-pink-gin-to-launch-in-april/

 

Baileys unveils strawberries and cream liqueur

Diageo has launched a limited-edition strawberries and cream flavour of its Baileys Irish cream liqueur brand in the US.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2018/02/baileys-unveils-strawberries-and-cream-liqueur/

 

Burnett’s Vodka unveils first redesign in 25 years

Heaven Hill Brands has given Burnett’s Vodka a packaging overhaul, the brand’s first in its 25-year history.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2018/02/burnetts-vodka-unveils-first-redesign-in-25-years/

 

STONE BREWING CO. SUES MILLERCOORS OVER KEYSTONE BEER

California’s Stone Brewing Co. has filed a lawsuit against MillerCoors over its emphasis of the word “stone” in its Keystone Light rebrand, calling it a “surprisingly bold” and “disconcerting” appropriation of its own name.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/02/stone-brewing-sues-millercoors-over-keystone-beer/

 

SCIENTISTS DISCOVER WHY PEOPLE CAN BECOME AGGRESSIVE WHEN DRINKING ALCOHOL

A team of scientists from the University of New South Wales have discovered the reason why some people can become aggressive when drinking alcohol by measuring blood flow to the brain.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/02/scientists-discover-why-people-can-become-aggressive-when-drinking-alcohol/

 

Wine and Your Sex Drive

Wine and sex is definitely not a pairing that instantly comes into mind. However, even though we don’t talk about it, wine is used as a social lubricant all the time–which left us wondering…

http://winefolly.com/update/wine-sex-drive-match/?utm_source=Wine+Folly&utm_campaign=8e29aa29ea-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_01_09&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a18d8bdc1b-8e29aa29ea-62472929&mc_cid=8e29aa29ea&mc_eid=d73340fcba

 

Cakebread Cellars Launches Limited-Edition “Phoenix” Rosé Wine to Benefit Napa and Sonoma Valley Fire Relief Efforts

Made from cabernet sauvignon grapes, the 2017 Cakebread Cellars’ Phoenix Rosé offers aromas of raspberry, strawberry and mineral which give way to flavors of fresh green apple and cherry. Bottles retail at $27.50.

https://www.winebusiness.com/newReleases/?go=getArticle&dataid=195625

 

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Why Don’t You Buy Vanilla Extract in a Liquor Store?

Vanilla extract’s the same proof as vodka or rum, yet we buy it at the supermarket. Here’s why.

https://www.bonappetit.com/entertaining-style/trends-news/article/dont-buy-vanilla-extract-liquor-store?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=5f4f80ae23-The+Daily+Brew%3A+January+11%2C+2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-5f4f80ae23-36686829

 

 

Plainville MA voters back more liquor licenses

The town is allowed 14 licenses for restaurants, but only has two more to give out. Selectmen would like six more. Plainville also has two liquor store and five beer and wine licenses but all are being used. Selectmen would like three more licenses for liquor stores and five more for beer and wine in convenience stores.

http://www.thesunchronicle.com/news/local_news/plainville-voters-back-more-liquor-licenses/article_5b1e15d2-483f-525b-acdb-8fe20835008d.html

 

The NBA’s Secret Wine Society

The inside-the-bottle story of the intense love affair between NBA stars and the gilded grape.

http://www.espn.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/22358028/the-nba-obsession-wine

 

8 Modern Wine Terms You Need to Know

Our wine lists have evolved—here’s how to sound smart when talking shop.

https://www.washingtonian.com/2018/02/13/8-modern-wine-terms-you-need-to-know/

 

Managers For Chance The Rapper & Skrillex Launch New Wine Company

The pair teamed up with Ryan Arnold, noted sommelier and wine director for the Lettuce Entertain You restaurant group, to create No Fine Print Wine.

https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/8099491/no-fine-print-wine-pat-corcoran-tim-smith-managers

 

Purple Wine + Spirits Eyes Expansion In Whiskey, Pinot Noir

Since selling the Mark West brand to Constellation in 2012 for about $160 million, Sonoma-based Purple Wine + Spirits, led by founder Derek Benham, has been building its wine portfolio and expanding its presence in spirits with its Graton Distilling Co. offshoot.

http://www.shankennewsdaily.com/index.php/2018/02/13/20166/purple-wine-spirits-eyes-expansion-whiskey-pinot-noir/

 

Pick a glass of wine, and we’ll give you a Netflix rom-com to watch

Pick a wine, and we’ll give you a movie to accompany it.

http://www.dailyedge.ie/netflix-and-wine-valentines-3848759-Feb2018/

 

Prehistoric wine discovered in inaccessible caves forces a rethink of ancient Sicilian culture

Monte Kronio rises 1,300 feet above the geothermally active landscape of southwestern Sicily. Hidden in its bowels is a labyrinthine system of caves, filled with hot sulfuric vapors.

https://theconversation.com/prehistoric-wine-discovered-in-inaccessible-caves-forces-a-rethink-of-ancient-sicilian-culture-89116

 

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New Fetzer

Fetzer Vineyards’ 1000 Stories wine brand is set to debut Gold Rush Red, a new red blend offering. Along with Gold Rush Red, which is rolling out this spring, 1000 Stories is also planning a limited-release Carignan expected to hit the market around Father’s Day, June 17. Led by its core Bourbon barrel-aged Zinfandel, 1000 Stories has seen strong growth since launching in 2014. Last year, the brand was up 45% in the U.S. to 90,000 cases, according to Impact Databank

 

The Myth Buster: Dr. Paulo Lopes dispels long-held beliefs about cork

When it comes to wine storage, old habits are hard to break. But Dr. Paulo Lopes, Research and Development Manager at Amorim Cork, advises that if temperature
and humidity are maintained at the correct levels, wine can be stored upright
with no ill effects.

https://deborahparkerwong.com/2018/02/13/the-myth-buster-dr-paulo-lopes-dispels-long-held-beliefs-about-cork/

 

4 Reasons the Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping Channel Topped $2 Billion in 2018

Here are four of the more interesting data points concerning shipping to individual states:

https://www.shipcompliant.com/blog/2018/02/08/4-reasons-direct-consumer-wine-shipping-channel-topped-2-billion-2018/

 

The Science of Whole-Cluster Fermentation

Added complexity is just one of the benefits of fermenting grapes on their stems

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/the-science-of-whole-cluster-fermentation/

 

Am I allergic to sulfites?

I created a decision tree to answer this popular question.

Excellent interactive chart!!

http://blog.wblakegray.com/2018/02/am-i-allergic-to-sulfites.html

 

Your Love Life May Affect Your Taste in Wine

A recent study shows that long-term couples share similar smell and taste preferences

http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/Your-Love-Life-May-Affect-Your-Taste-in-Wine

 

HOW TO WRITE ABOUT WINE

TEN GOLDEN RULES OF WINE WRITING

https://www.richardhemmingmw.com/blog/how-to-write-about-wine

 

Can a coffee filter remove some of the sulfites from white wine?

The short answer is “no,” but hopefully you’re up for a longer answer, because there is always a lot to untangle when it comes to questions about sulfites!

http://www.winespectator.com/drvinny/show/id/Can-Coffee-Filter-Remove-Sulfites-from-Wine-56070

THE SECRET TO PAIRING SWEET WINE WITH SAVORY FOOD

The general rule of thumb is that sweet wines should always be paired with sweet food (hence the term “dessert wines”) and that the wine should always be sweeter than the dish. But there’s something to be said for the combination of sweet and savory.

https://vinepair.com/articles/what-goes-with-sweet-wine/

First All-Vegan Wine Club Launches in United States

Vegan Wines is the first of its kind in the US to deliver artisanal, cruelty-free wines to members’ doorsteps.

http://vegnews.com/articles/page.do?pageId=10822&catId=1

What’s the difference between Prosecco, Champagne, and Cava? Sparkling wine explained

If you think all sparkling wines are created equal then think again – there is more than just a difference in price between the three main players in the wine aisle

https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/food/5578490/whats-the-difference-between-prosecco-champagne-cava/

WINES OF GREAT BRITAIN UNVEILS NEW BRAND IDENTITY

The newly formed Wines of Great Britain – formed from the merging of two industry bodies: United Kingdom Vineyards Association (UKVA) and English Wine Producers (EWP) – has unveiled its rebranded identity and announced a number of promotional events for 2018.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/02/wines-of-great-britain-unveils-new-brand-identity/

Barefoot Remains Top Brand; Wine Sales Rise 3% Josh Cellars grows fastest of Top 20 wine brands; Black Box and Bota Box also excel

Drilling down into the brands responsible for the growth in table wine sales, E. & J. Gallo Winery continues to beat the market with its popular Barefoot brand.

https://www.winesandvines.com/news/article/195778/Barefoot-Remains-Top-Brand-Wine-Sales-Rise-3

China’s wine drinkers embrace cork, to Portugal’s delight

Screwcaps lose ground as Asia’s No. 1 economy embraces natural stoppers

https://asia.nikkei.com/magazine/20180215/Life-Arts/China-s-wine-drinkers-embrace-cork-to-Portugal-s-delight

Forget Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand’s New Big Thing Is Pinot Noir

The island nation was once known merely for crisp, grassy sauvignon blanc wines. No longer.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-12/forget-sauvignon-blanc-new-zealand-s-new-big-thing-is-pinot-noir

Getting alcohol from mom or dad doesn’t prevent risky drinking

Parents may be tempted to give teens an occasional taste of alcohol to teach responsible drinking habits, but a new study suggests this may have the opposite effect.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-teens-alcohol/getting-alcohol-from-mom-or-dad-doesnt-prevent-risky-drinking-idUSKCN1FY2YJ

There are Reasons Why Good Wine is Expensive

For those inclined to claim that there really is no difference between expensive wine and cheap wine, this symposium at the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium should be enlightening.

https://foodandwineaesthetics.com/2018/02/15/there-are-reasons-why-good-wine-is-expensive/

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Leading Israeli Wineries Offer Food and Wine Pairing Tips for Passover

The recommendations, from Israel’s leading Golan Heights and Galil Mountain wineries, and their North American importer, Yarden Inc., are for the holiday that begins the night of Friday, March 30, and ends the evening of Saturday, April 7.

https://www.wineindustryadvisor.com/2018/02/15/israeli-wineries-wine-pairing-tips-passover

A New Look for Mezzacorona’s Flagship Pinot Grigio: New Label and Sustainability Certification

Celebrated Trentino DOC Producer Tells the Story of Estate Growers and Dedication to Sustainability with New Label Design

https://www.wineindustryadvisor.com/2018/02/15/new-look-mezzacorona-pinot-grigio

Is expensive wine really better?

Don’t get confused by these common misconceptions

http://www.wogx.com/news/is-expensive-wine-really-better-dont-get-confused-by-these-common-misconceptions

How to check a case of wine for free on Alaska Airlines

That means Alaska Mileage Plan members departing from 29 airports in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and California wine regions can check up to a case of wine – 12 bottles – for free!

https://blog.alaskaair.com/travel-tips/how-to-check-a-case-of-wine-for-free/

TOP 10 WINE BRANDS IN THE US OFF-TRADE

America is driving global volume and value growth of both still and sparkling wines and will spend a whopping $45 billion on wine in 2021.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/02/top-10-wine-brands-in-the-us-off-trade/

THE ULTIMATE IPA FLAVOR MAP

India Pale Ale, or IPA, is inarguably the most sought-after style of craft beer in the country. It’s also the most misunderstood.

https://vinepair.com/articles/ipa-flavor-map-infographic/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=a1056cf74e-Feb_16_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-a1056cf74e-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-a1056cf74e-38937345&mc_cid=a1056cf74e&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

HOW TO DECODE RED AND WHITE RHONE BLENDS

WashingtonPaso RoblesSouth Australia — despite having varying locations and topography, these New World wine regions all have something in common. All are billing themselves as the next big region to produce world-class Rhône blends.

https://vinepair.com/articles/what-are-rhone-blends/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=a1056cf74e-Feb_16_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-a1056cf74e-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-a1056cf74e-38937345&mc_cid=a1056cf74e&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

Top 25 Red Wine Grapes Crushed In CA

What Wineries Are Learning from Mystery Shoppers

Some California producers are using anonymous evaluations to enhance their tasting room experiences and increase sales

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/what-wineries-are-learning-from-mystery-shoppers/?utm_campaign=SevenFifty%20Daily%20Weekly%20Digest&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=60730863&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8OB-RvFu7fOHljzIUTG7rx955NPdouePYG29IsIe5MsdaxqMkwz-qXEjp4OEUhGcojXRK4e6GXRJtPiLn3hxOEoIfHqPc79FKKocNB6qjts5Egyes&_hsmi=60730966

Enhancing Beer Flavors with Cryogenic Technology

Craft brewers experiment with concentrated hops to boost bitterness in IPAs

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/enhancing-beer-flavors-with-cryogenic-technology/?utm_campaign=SevenFifty%20Daily%20Weekly%20Digest&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=60730863&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8OB-RvFu7fOHljzIUTG7rx955NPdouePYG29IsIe5MsdaxqMkwz-qXEjp4OEUhGcojXRK4e6GXRJtPiLn3hxOEoIfHqPc79FKKocNB6qjts5Egyes&_hsmi=60730966

Australia’s Treasury Wines says sues ‘copycat’ for imitating brand in China

Australia’s Treasury Wine Estates, the world’s largest standalone winemaker, on Friday said it launched legal action in the country’s Federal Court against a “copycat” it accused of imitating its prestigious Penfolds brand in China.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-twe-au-court/australias-treasury-wines-says-sues-copycat-for-imitating-brand-in-china-idUSKCN1G00OM

New Vine Varieties Will Reduce Need for Pesticides in French Wine Industry

The French wine industry has announced the creation of four new vine varieties.

http://www.frenchtribune.com/teneur/25839-new-vine-varieties-will-reduce-need-pesticides-french-wine-industry

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Grapefruit Rosé In Stock!

February 22, 2018

Grapefruit Rosé from France now in stock!

750ml $9.99

Clean light grapefruit with crisp finish

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Liquor Industry Week In Review

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New Products

 

Considering Wine & Weed Events… Not So Fast

Who’s Influencing Your Wine Choices?

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 AND MORE!

Can You Spot The Awesome New Feature On These Weight Watchers Wine Glasses?

It’s so on brand.

http://www.delish.com/food-news/news/a57977/weight-watchers-portion-control-wine-glasses/

 

Senate Committee Set to Ban Wine Shipments to New Hampshire

National Association of Wine Retailers Warns That Hundreds of Thousands of Wines Could Be Off Limits to Granite State Consumers —

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/senate-committee-set-to-ban-wine-shipments-to-new-hampshire-300592979.html

 

2018 statistics on American wine consumption

  • The average retail bottle sale in the U.S. is about $10;
  • What might be more telling is that sales of bottles in the $15-$19.99 range have increased over the past year by “double digits,” and
  • Sales of $8-and-under bottles have decreased.

That is to say, Americans are slowly but surely trading up. Nonetheless, Thach reminds us, $8-and-under bottles of wine (not including boxed wines) still make up 55% of all wines sold in the U.S. It may be a while before the average American attains an actual Napa Valley taste.

 

What is ullage in wine and should you worry?

Ullage is generally used to describe the amount headspace between the closure and the liquid inside a wine bottle, but how important is this and what does it mean for the wine?

http://www.decanter.com/learn/advice/ullage-in-wine-ask-decanter-383430/

German Beer Sales Are Falling

Consumption in the land of Oktoberfest is showing no cheers

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-02/german-beer-sales-are-falling

Axe-Throwing Bars: Why Mixing Weapons And Beer Is Surprisingly Good Business

At an experiential bar in Brooklyn, alcohol is served with a dash of excitement. The owner of Kick Axe explains why patrons are lining up to hurl hatchets.

https://www.fastcompany.com/40524369/axe-throwing-bars-why-mixing-weapons-and-beer-is-surprisingly-good-business

History Of Johnnie Walker Man

Johnnie Walker’s Striding Man logo is perhaps as iconic as the Scotch itself.

https://vinepair.com/wine-blog/a-visual-history-of-johnnie-walkers-striding-man-logo/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=site

PERFECT PAIRINGS: WHAT GROWS TOGETHER GOES TOGETHER

When pairing food and wine, if your goal is to create a regional experience, this is the only guide you need.

https://www.thebacklabel.com/perfect-pairings-what-grows-together-goes-together/?utm_campaign=education&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=sunday-2-4-18&mc_cid=1373f49729&mc_eid=307f1bbe08#.WnpVd62ZM9c

How Vermont Beer Created a National Craze

The rise and craze of Heady Topper met its moment in America’s craft beer circles.

https://theculturetrip.com/north-america/usa/vermont/articles/vermont-beer-created-national-craze/

 

CANADIAN BREWER FILES TECHNOLOGY PATENT FOR CANNABIS BEER

A Canadian company has filed a technology patent for the production of beer brewed from cannabis, using a method that sees the grains traditionally used to make beer completely replaced with marijuana.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/02/canadian-brewer-files-technology-patent-for-cannabis-beer/

 

THIS CALCULATOR TRANSLATES YOUR WEEKLY ALCOHOL INTAKE INTO BURGERS AND DONUTS

Three pints of beer contain roughly 510 calories, the equivalent of two burgers, while three large glasses of wine (630) calories translates to eating three donuts per week.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/02/this-calculator-translates-your-weekly-alcohol-intake-into-burgers-and-donuts/

 

Crunching the Numbers on ‘Diet’ Wine, The Innovation No One Needs

These products bill themselves as guilt-free (or low-guilt) options for anyone hoping to cut corners on the sort of cold-turkey cleanses that can seem to last an eternity.

https://vinepair.com/articles/diet-wine-low-calorie-brands/

All about Indian food and wine combos

Try these Indian food and wine combos to savor some real flavors

https://telanganatoday.com/all-about-indian-food-and-wine-combos

Jameson unveils 2018 St Patrick’s Day bottle design

Irish Distillers has unveiled its seventh annual limited-edition bottle design for Jameson Irish whiskey in celebration of St Patrick’s Day.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2018/02/jameson-unveils-2018-st-patricks-day-bottle-design/

The best-selling spirits in the US market

The US is the most highly prized market for ambitious spirits producers – but which are the best-selling categories in America, and how fast are they growing?

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2018/02/the-best-selling-spirits-in-the-us-market/

Treasury Wine Estates ramps up consumer engagement with augmented reality app portfolio

CEO says AR platform allows the ASX-listed wine maker to target millennials, tech enthusiasts and the trade

https://www.cmo.com.au/article/632790/treasury-wine-estates-pushes-consumer-engagement-augmented-reality-app-portfolio/

The Three Tier System Sucks And Needs To Go Away

Did you know there are over 125,000 different wines produced each year? Yet your average wine store only has a few thousand of them and over half of the wines on their shelves come from only three companies.

https://www.reversewinesnob.com/tenet-6-the-three-tier-system-sucks-and-needs-to-go-away

How to Be an Objective Wine Critic

In the debate about whether winetasting is subjective or objective we need more nuance.

https://foodandwineaesthetics.com/2018/02/05/how-to-be-an-objective-wine-critic/

Prosecco’s Epic Fail in the New Italian Hotspots in America

What has happened to Prosecco in America? Has it become but a mere commodity,

https://acevola.blogspot.com/2018/02/proseccos-epic-fail-in-new-italian.html

You’ve been drinking wine wrong: Expert reveals the 20:20 rule
White wine is served chilled, while red is best at room temperature – or so the mantra goes.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/food/article-5353525/Expert-reveals-youve-serving-wine-wrong.html

Scientist develops heart disease treatment from red wine

Two antioxidant compounds found in red wine – resveratrol and quercetin – could be used with heart stents in new treatment being developed by a Louisiana State University professor.

https://www.beveragedaily.com/Article/2018/02/05/Scientist-develops-heart-disease-treatment-from-red-wine#

Absolut launches film featuring naked employees

The new film, called The Vodka With Nothing To Hide, invites viewers on a “revealing” journey, using nudity as a metaphor for Absolut’s production process in Åhus, Sweden.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2018/02/absolut-transparency-film-features-naked-employees/

Clone Wars: Selecting the Right Pinot

Which clones are best for different regions—and how winemakers choose them

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/clone-wars-selecting-the-right-pinot/?utm_campaign=SevenFifty%20Daily%20Weekly%20Digest&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=60459023&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-97OjOULR3m109Kf1sMpR7EsMfEa-JBQozmqDjGUZpaKqyDDUH8UtLoUVEZ7fMVxT-Hh0CGSJyUw7B07DyymIGE1luhWREnrokgE-ZrE8a8lUhTMkY&_hsmi=60459408

The Quest for Artisan-Made Cinnamon Whiskey

After the success of Fireball, craft whiskey brands enter the fiery fray

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/the-quest-for-artisan-made-cinnamon-whiskey/?utm_campaign=SevenFifty%20Daily%20Weekly%20Digest&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=60459023&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-97OjOULR3m109Kf1sMpR7EsMfEa-JBQozmqDjGUZpaKqyDDUH8UtLoUVEZ7fMVxT-Hh0CGSJyUw7B07DyymIGE1luhWREnrokgE-ZrE8a8lUhTMkY&_hsmi=60459408

4 Reasons Why Long Island Wine Has Never Been Better

By most measures, Long Island wine has never been better. I’m not saying that it’s all good — because it’s not. I’m also not saying that the worst stuff today is even half as good as the best wines from years past  — because it’s not.

http://thecorkreport.us/2018/02/4-reasons-long-island-wine-has-never-been-better/

Cremant: France’s forgotten sparkling wine?

There probably isn’t anyone who hasn’t at least heard of Champagne, the motherland of all sparkling wine, home to glamour, prestige and such iconic names as Dom Perignon. But Cremant, an often excellent quality (and value) sparkling wine that can be found across many of France’s most prestigious regions?

https://www.cellartours.com/blog/france/cremant-frances-forgotten-sparkling-wine

 

Barrel of Possibilities

Oak programs a matter of personal taste

http://www.oregonwinepress.com/barrel-of-possibilities

 

Are Your Wine Bottles Safe by FDA Standards?

Concerned about the quality of your bottles? You should be, because not all wine bottles are created equal, as not all manufacturers adhere to the same standards for material quality and safety.

http://wineindustrynetwork.com/suppliers/glopak-wine-spirits.html#whatsnew

 

The way to instantly tell if your beer glass is dirty 

Once your draft beer is served to you, check whether the carbonated bubbles stick to the sides of the glass. If they do, they’re catching onto soap residue or leftover crud on the walls of the glass. It’s that simple.

https://thetakeout.com/how-to-instantly-tell-if-your-beer-glass-is-dirty-1822781703

 

Chaos reigns in wine names

What’s in a name? In the wine world, often confusion, occasionally chaos.

http://www.reporternews.com/story/life/2018/02/06/gus-clemens-chaos-reigns-wine-names/309644002/

I tried a subscription service that acts as your personal sommelier for only $30 a month — and I loved it

Trying by the glass makes it possible to taste test high-end wines without having to buy the full bottle.

http://www.businessinsider.com/vinebox-wine-club-review-2018-2

 

Why produce organic wine? ‘If we want to have longevity in the brand, we need to look after the soil and vineyards right now’

For a growing number of wine producers, organic is not just a expanding market to tap into: it’s a fundamental philosophy of their business and a necessity for the longevity of their enterprise and land.

https://www.beveragedaily.com/Article/2018/02/06/Why-producers-are-turning-to-organic-wine

 

STOP YOUR WINE-ING’ SAYS MILLERCOORS IN CAMPAIGN FOR NEW BREW

Big brewers have been lamenting losing drinkers to wine and spirits for years. But it doesn’t get more direct than this pitch for a new MillerCoors brand: “Stop Your Wine-ing.”

http://adage.com/article/special-report-super-bowl/stop-wine-ing-millercoors-campaign-brew/312285/

 

Craft beer ‘healthier than red wine’, new study finds

We all know that a glass of red wine is good for you, but it turns outs a pint of craft beer is better, it has got more good things in it

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11989794

 

This is why hangovers get worse with age

The trouble is, although there’s lot of evidence that hangovers really do worsen with age, there is very little concrete science as to why this is.

http://www.businessinsider.com/why-hangovers-get-worse-with-age-2018-2

 

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Is Wine Only Healthy for the Wealthy?

New research reveals more nuances in alcohol’s protective effects on cardiovascular disease

http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/Is-Wine-Only-Healthy-for-the-Wealthy

 

The way that low strength beer and wine is marketed could be increasing overall alcohol consumption

The marketing strategies behind these drinks are leading people to consume them in addition to rather than as a substitute to stronger tipples, which could be very damaging to their overall health in the long run.

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/low-strength-alcohol-beer-wine-increase-consumption-drinking-experts-public-health-a8200221.html

 

Can a Wine Truly Be Great if it Can’t Age?

High-quality Old World wines are renowned for their ability to withstand decades of aging. But if a wine is best young, does that immediately make it inferior?

https://www.winemag.com/2018/02/07/is-a-wine-great-if-it-cant-be-aged/

 

Guarachi Wine Partners Launches New Wine Brand: BACON

Love is in the air … Oh wait, that’s BACON

https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180207005563/en/Guarachi-Wine-Partners-Launches-New-Wine-Brand

 

HERE ARE SEVEN CONSUMER WINE TRENDS TO WATCH IN 2018

Market researcher Euromonitor plunged into the spending habits of consumers around the world, revealing seismic shifts in the way we drink wine.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/02/here-are-seven-consumer-wine-trends-to-watch-in-2018/

 

Who’s Influencing Your Wine Choices?

But now that the “influencer” industry has started inserting itself into our social media feeds, things have become a bit murkier.

https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2018/02/whos-influencing-your-wine-choices

 

A Swirling Controversy is Bubbling Up in Champagne Circles

What is the proper shape of the glass to be lifted when enjoying Champagne?

https://www.theexaminernews.com/a-swirling-controversy-is-bubbling-up-in-champagne-circles/

 

Food and wine pairing in China: ‘Technicalities ruin the fun’

They still only have very basic knowledge about wine and pairing. The concept of wine pairing helps, but won’t make a huge difference in sales

Is this the same in USA??

https://www.decanterchina.com/en/news/food-and-wine-pairing-in-china-technicalities-ruin-the-fun-exclusive-interview

 

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Will canned wine solve all of the wine business’ problems?

Probably not, but canned wine could find acceptance and a profitable niche — just like 3-liter boxes like Black and Bota

https://www.winecurmudgeon.com/will-canned-wine-solve-wine-business-problems/

 

MAKE YOUR OWN SOLO-INSPIRED STAR WARS SPACE WINE GLASSES

The space wine glasses have shiny silver stems, and you can replicate them at home with any ol’ wine glass.

https://nerdist.com/solo-space-wine-how-to-star-wars/

 

Forget craft beer. The next craze is non-alcoholic brews

Global consumption of traditional beer dropped in 2015 and 2016. But the market for non-alcoholic beer grew 5% in 2016, according to research firm Euromonitor International.

http://money.cnn.com/2018/02/09/news/beer-non-alcoholic/index.html

 

What Is Ginger Beer? What to Know About This Drink

Hint: it’s not beer.

https://spoonuniversity.com/lifestyle/what-is-ginger-beer

 

GREEN ISSUES DRIVE INNOVATION IN WINE CLOSURES

The environmental impact of stopper production and disposal is rising in prominence – but how green is your closure?

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/02/green-issues-drive-innovation-in-wine-closures/

 

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How New Alcohol Tax Laws May Affect Your Business

The new laws expand the definition of “table wine” by raising the alcohol by volume (ABV) requirement from a maximum of 14% to 16%—a reflection, Kaiser says, of the way American wines, particularly in California, are made. The change represents a 50-cents-per-gallon savings for wines between 14% and 16% ABV. Now, says Kaiser, “you won’t see people manipulating their wine to get lower alcohol content just so they can pay less tax.”

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/how-new-alcohol-tax-laws-may-affect-your-business/?utm_campaign=SevenFifty%20Daily%20Weekly%20Digest&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=60563239&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9Olm0gk_3uVwk3C-CY7huSzri7iCqyZIoPVkI5s_2sHSMM0vtxP_W5nnMme-FU_PR3Z2QmY7YJ7P-1Lq1ZBDAd_nuAJJnjkOxa9kXlpFJ1Pd4JGNs&_hsmi=60563176

 

Some thoughts on wine quality: an intrinsic or extrinsic property of a wine?

How do we define quality in a wine? Is it an intrinsic or extrinsic property of the wine? That is, is quality something that a wine possesses independent of the occasion of drinking, or the drinker, or not?

http://www.wineanorak.com/wineblog/longer-articles/some-thoughts-on-wine-quality-an-intrinsic-or-extrinsic-property-of-a-wine

 

4 Reasons Why You Should Drink More White Wine

I have a confession. I’ve been drinking more white wine over the last couple years. Here’s why you should too.

http://www.vineration.com/blog/4-reasons-why-you-should-drink-more-white-wine

 

What’s the Deal with Soju?

Discovering the traditional South Korean spirit in honor of the Olympics

http://www.winespectator.com/blogs/show/id/Soju-South-Korea-Olympics

 

California Grape Crush Report

 

Considering Wine & Weed Events… Not So Fast

In California, elegant wine and weed dinners are becoming a popular trend and you might think that winery owners would be in an ideal position to host such events. But could these decadent pairings of cannabis and fine wine be ending just as they are beginning to take off?  In an ironic twist, the same regulations that now allow for legal recreational cannabis also restrict this recreational pairing

https://www.wineindustryadvisor.com/2018/02/01/new-regulations-restrict-weed-wine-events

Twisted, Degrading Beer Labels And Names Spoils Industry Success

Some beer companies need to decide whether their product is about developing a taste for the finer things in life or an aid to preying on women.

http://thefederalist.com/2018/02/09/twisted-degrading-branding-detracts-beer-industry-success/

How to spike your cooking game with hard liquor

It’s no secret that the proper libation can elevate an elegant meal. But have you ever considered incorporating liquor into something other than a cocktail glass?

http://www.latimes.com/food/dailydish/la-fo-co-hard-alcohol-cooking-recipes-20180210-story.html

The Best Wine Stoppers, According to Sommeliers and Beverage Directors

Just because wineglasses are bigger than ever before, doesn’t mean that you have to (or even want to) finish an entire bottle of wine in one sitting.

http://nymag.com/strategist/article/best-wine-stoppers-wine-savers-reviews-sommeliers.html

The top 10 countries exporting wine to China

Now You Know Why Wine Snobs Are Faking It

They might tell you after their ‘extensive’ years of wine-tasting and their expensive vocabulary that one wine is better than another, but here’s a tip: feel free to ignore them.

https://www.tvovermind.com/tv-news/now-know-wine-snobs-faking

Who writes the stuff on wine bottles?

Glossy flummery can only come after a generous sip

https://www.newsday.com/sports/columnists/2.1174/who-writes-the-stuff-on-wine-bottles-1.16661735

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WHAT IS CINSAUT?

Some grapes are more finicky, requiring a light touch, a keen eye and the patience to not tear them out by the roots when they call it quits after a slight change in weather. Others, like the dark-skinned Cinsaut (or Cinsault), are workhorses, extremely tolerant to varying conditions and productive.

https://www.thebacklabel.com/what-is-cinsaut/?utm_campaign=education&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=tuesday-1-30-18&mc_cid=4477ad8652&mc_eid=307f1bbe08#.WnDea62ZPos

Need A Substitute For Vanilla Extract? Check Your Liquor Cabinet

You’re in the middle of whipping up some delectable cookies, or some other baked treat, when you realize there’s not a drop of vanilla extract to be found in your kitchen … we’ve all been there before. Short of skipping the ingredient altogether, what can you do to save you recipe?

http://magicvalley.com/lifestyles/simplemost/need-a-substitute-for-vanilla-extract-check-your-liquor-cabinet/article_6e1a8d18-96b7-556a-8af7-cc71dd806e22.html

What to Look for When Shopping for a Wine Cooler

With just a little bit of time and research, you will quickly discover there are a slew of wine fridge manufacturers available, and each has something truly unique to offer.

https://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/look-shopping-wine-cooler-spnsr/

WHAT IS MOURVÈDRE?

Back when the most I knew about wine was the difference between white and red, I was both awed and baffled by the labels applied to it: fresh-cut grass. Garden hose. Banana. Barnyard floor. And here I was, thinking it was just supposed to taste like old grapes.

https://www.thebacklabel.com/what-is-mourvedre/?rs_oid_rd=154309586317206&utm_campaign=education&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=sunday-1-28-18#.WnDoqa2ZPos

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What do wine glasses and hamburgers have in common?

People have now realized that there are two ways that increased portions have been happening, the first of which is related to hamburgers and the second of which is related to wine glasses

http://winegourd.blogspot.com/2018/01/what-do-wine-glasses-and-hamburgers.html

We may be drinking less wine, but it’s better wine

Boomers are buying less wine. Millennials aren’t picking up the slack. As a result, the growth of wine sales is slowing, while buying patterns are shifting in ways that are sending chills down the collective spine of the U.S. wine industry.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/we-may-be-drinking-less-wine-but-its-better-wine/2018/01/26/db78be64-0224-11e8-9d31-d72cf78dbeee_story.html?utm_term=.955174af3112

Kevin Durant punches ball into crowd, strikes Bronco Wine’s Franzia in the face

Durant realized his mistake and quickly reacted, running into the crowd to check on Franzia, a member of the Franzia wine family and owner of the Bronco Wine Company, the fourth-largest wine company in the United States.

http://www.modbee.com/sports/nba/article197197294.html

Elvis Presley’s estate loses trademark battle over beer brand

The King looks to be back in the building for beer company Brewdog, which has won the right to use the name “Elvis Juice” for one of its products.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/29/elvis-presleys-estate-loses-trademark-battle-over-brewdog-beer-brand.html

 

 

Why Beer Brands Should Start Marketing to More Than Just Young Men

Origin’s survey of 2,000 beer drinkers analyzed preferences and habits across gender and generational lines

http://www.adweek.com/brand-marketing/infographic-why-beer-brands-should-start-marketing-to-more-than-just-young-men/

The Science of Orange Wines

Understanding the processes that yield copper and amber hues in wines

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/the-science-of-orange-wines/?utm_campaign=SevenFifty%20Daily%20Weekly%20Digest&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=60293692&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8oK3l5B5s3Ion5l4rpxtsm6LICrSC6Nq8CvUHAZIHXrQNKBVgwqPjqPK68zEbOAD9ADRkZR6GEI502vvObP92uw7AX-JkQ1cLF8E0WUigSJXJ6Kuw&_hsmi=60294277

Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits Announces New Partnership With Dan Cohn and Bellacosa Wine

The company is purchasing a 50% stake in the Bellacosa brand, a North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon. The deal is expected to close in February

https://www.winebusiness.com/news/?go=getArticle&dataid=194996

92% of Grapes Grown for Bogle Vineyards Are Now Sustainably Certified

Number of growers following California Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing expands

https://www.winebusiness.com/news/?go=getArticle&dataid=194987

Wine Country Channel launches

The Wine Country Channel is a new TV broadcast network providing wine enthusiasts around the world with numerous channels showcasing the best of where to eat, stay and play when wine country guests visit Napa and Sonoma.

http://www.wineindustryinsight.com/yourturn.php?id=1684

How to Pair Wine With Nachos

You must eat nachos because they are among the best food ever invented by man.

http://www.grubstreet.com/2018/01/wine-chardonnay-nachos-super-bowl.html

TOP TIPS FOR DECODING A WINE LIST

Wine lists can be an unfathomable minefield of names, numbers and regions to the uninitiated, even to the seasoned pro, so any tips that might help one navigate their way through a lengthy list and to a winning wine are welcome.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/01/top-tips-for-decoding-a-wine-list/

 

 

Measuring Phylloxera’s Impact on the World of Wine

GuildSomm’s Kelli White examines how the aphid-like insect has transformed viticulture

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/measuring-phylloxeras-impact-on-the-world-of-wine/

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Can Amazon’s Alexa hack it as a wine sommelier? We put her to the test

I had heard that wine-pairing apps were being developed for Alexa’s big brain.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/food-and-wine/wine/can-amazons-alexa-hack-it-as-wine-sommelier-we-put-her-to-the-test/article37801589/

‘Moonwalker’ Wine Is a Drinkable Tribute to the Apollo Moon Missions

The limited release comes in a range of bottle sizes with labels featuring signatures of three living U.S. astronauts who walked on the Moon.

http://www.foodandwine.com/news/moonwalker-wine-us-moon-exploration

Why nebbiolo wines from the Adelaide Hills make drinkers misty-eyed with emotion
Nebbiolo has attracted some seriously obsessive Australian growers and makers over the years, and they have produced some very good examples of the grape.

http://www.afr.com/lifestyle/food-and-wine/wine-and-spirits/why-nebbiolo-wines-from-the-adelaide-hills-make-drinkers-mistyeyed-with-emotion-20180125-h0o5gz

Vegan wine’s growing popularity raises questions about ingredient labeling

The increasing number of people choosing a vegan lifestyle is presenting a new challenge for wine producers.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-01/the-growth-of-vegan-wine-has-exposed-a-problem-in-the-industry/9377544


20-Point to 100-Point Conversion

Great chart to convert

https://www.texaswinejournal.org/20-point-to-100-point-conversion/

Self-Guided Wine Tour of the Willamette Valley

Considering a trip to Oregon wine country? Get tips on where to taste, stay, as well as what you need to know before your visit.

http://winefolly.com/review/self-guided-wine-tour-willamette-valley/?utm_source=Wine+Folly&utm_campaign=ff3dadca65-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_01_09&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a18d8bdc1b-ff3dadca65-62472929&mc_cid=ff3dadca65&mc_eid=d73340fcba

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Sales Slip 6% For 2017

Washington state-based Ste. Michelle Wine Estates reported a 6.4% net revenue decline to $698 million for the year ended December 31. The winemaker’s shipment volumes were similarly soft, falling 8.6% to around 8.5 million cases, with parent company Altria citing negative impact from “competitive activity, continued trade inventory reductions and slower premium wine category growth.” The company’s full-year results were also hampered by a challenging fourth quarter, during which Ste. Michelle’s net revenues fell 8.5%, to $227 million, and shipments slipped 9.7% to around 2.8 million cases. According to Impact Databank, Ste. Michelle’s 14 Hands and Columbia Crest brands slowed from double-digit growth in 2016 to growth of 2.5% and 1% respectively last year.

Overview of the US Wine Industry in 2018: Stable Growth Forecasted – Based on 2017 Stats

Many of the statistics for 2017 US wine sales are in and the results show steady growth, but with increasing competition from imports and other beverages. The outlook is still positive because it is expected that 2018 will continue to see steady growth pattern of previous years, at around a 2% increase in US wine sales value

https://lizthachmw.com/2018/01/31/overview-of-the-us-wine-industry-in-2018-stable-growth-forecasted-based-on-2017-stats/

Bill that would allow dogs in vineyards passes Virginia House

According to a spokeswoman for VDACS, dogs were never allowed inside Virginia tasting rooms (except service animals) and were only allowed outside at vineyards as of July 2016, under certain guidelines like being on a leash and not being able to sit on the tables and chairs.

http://www.whsv.com/content/news/Bill-that-would-allow-dogs-in-vineyards-passes-Virginia-House-471975023.html

Why Are There Falcons In The Vineyards?

The falcons are by no means cutting-edge winemaking tools: The business has been around for decades in Sacramento. The birds are pest control, chasing out the starlings that often nibble through grapes.

https://www.newsreview.com/sacramento/techie-wine/content?oid=25772178

What could the ‘Supermoon’ do to wine?

The Supermoon could affect the taste of wines and development of vines around the world, but it’s coming at a good time for vineyards, according to proponents of biodynamics.

https://www.decanterchina.com/en/knowledge/trivia/what-could-the-supermoon-do-to-wine

 

 

Millennials and Gen X drive new ‘golden age’ for wine

Today’s wine consumers are leaving their comfort zone and embracing a wider range of wines, according to research from Wine Access.

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https://www.beveragedaily.com/Article/2018/02/01/Millennials-and-Gen-X-drive-new-golden-age-for-wine

Wine Lovers Face Increasing Hurdles Ordering Online

Can’t find a bottle at your local wine shop? States and shipping companies are clamping down on shipping by wine retailers, leaving consumers with fewer choices

http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/Wine-Lovers-Face-Increasing-Hurdles-Ordering-Online

CUSTOMERS WHO HAVE HAD ONE TOO MANY – THE FREE TRANSPORTATION DILEMMA

Welcome to the insanely complicated world of alcohol regulation!

http://www.beveragelaw.com/booze-rules/2018/1/31/customers-who-have-had-one-too-many-the-free-transportation-dilemma-1

Dogfish Head’s New Beer Contains the Active Ingredients in Mace Pepper Spray

The beer was brewed for Beer Advocate’s “Extreme Beer Fest.” The event is being held this weekend in Boston, and is described as “the ultimate throw down of craft beer creativity.”

http://fortune.com/2018/02/01/dogfish-heads-new-beer-contains-the-active-ingredients-in-mace-pepper-spray/

FAMOUS NZ WINERY FACES BACKLASH FOR USING AUSTRALIAN GRAPES

The wines in question are only being sold in New Zealand and all Brancott Estate labelled wines being sold in export markets continue to use New Zealand-grown fruit

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/02/famous-nz-winery-faces-backlash-for-using-australian-grapes/

 

Spirits Sales Rose 4% to $26.2 Billion In U.S. Market In 2017, According To Distilled Spirits Council

Supplier sales of distilled spirits in the U.S market rose by 4%, or $1 billion, last year, to hit $26.2 billion, according to the Distilled Spirits Council. Volumes rose by 2.6% to 226 million cases, a rise of 5.8 million cases from the prior year.

Spirits also continued to gain market share against beer, rising 0.7% to 36.6% of the total beverage alcohol market. The increase marks the eighth straight year of market share gains, where each point of market share is worth $720 million in supplier sales revenue.

On the international front, the trade association also projected a new export record of $1.63 billion of U.S. spirits sold around the globe in 2017, up 14.3% over 2016. Consumer tastes for premium American spirits and favorable exchange rates drove global sales, especially to markets where U.S. spirits enjoy duty-free access. Volumes were up 5%.

The top five growth markets by dollar value included the United Kingdom, up $55.7 million to $177.9 million (+45.6%); Germany, up $22.6 million to $123.5 million (+22.4%); Brazil, up $18.9 million to $29.1 million (+186.5%); France, up $15.7 million to $114.1 million (+16%); and Spain, up $14.5 million to $117.1 million (+14.1).

 

New Hess

Hess Family Wine Estates has extended its Hess Select portfolio with the launch of a new Pinot Gris. Retailing at $13 a 750-ml., the Pinot Gris joins Hess Select’s existing Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Treo Red Blend. Concurrently, Hess Family Wine Estates is unveiling an updated package across the full Hess Select lineup. The new package, which features a larger label, the Hess Family’s lion crest and the addition of a “Family Owned c. 1978” tagline, will be supported by a new digital and social media campaign, encouraging consumers to “Look for the Lion.” The Hess Select range ($13-$20) accounts for more than 500,000 cases of Hess Family Wine Estates’ roughly 800,000-case volume in the U.S.

Don’t Judge a Wine by the Grape on Its Label

The word “varietal” is among the most misused in wine.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/01/dining/drinks/wine-school-california-grenache.html

 

The Girl Scout cookie and wine pairings you see online are almost always awful. Try these instead

When Girl Scout cookie season rolls around each year, wine professionals watch in horror as their social-media feeds fill with charts and memes that show recommendations from sommeliers of which types of wines to drink with which of these sweet treats

http://www.philly.com/philly/food/girl-scout-cookie-and-wine-pairings-20180201.html

 

Napa wine industry fights to protect Napa Valley name on labels

The loophole, as opponents refer to it, allows wineries that hold a certificate exempting a wine of theirs from label approval (called a Certificate of Labeling Approval, or COLA, exemption) to buy out-of-state grapes, make the wine in their state and label it with the origin of the grapes, as long as the wine is then sold only in the state where it was made.

http://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/napa-wine-industry-fights-to-protect-napa-valley-name-on/article_d431ac57-a997-5287-afba-073a43ab75ae.html

 

The Analog Genius of the Leave-a-Drink Board

How one bar is using a simple blackboard to engage customers and drive sales

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/the-analog-genius-of-the-leave-a-drink-board/?utm_campaign=SevenFifty%20Daily%20Weekly%20Digest&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=60397243&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8DzUK2jAk4pm6mBjSkRVgWQ-hcFRjU_9aMxEVklRg1gq71bFGHscOoeALx_nymmyfNg-jhPhfS7k6qzXpJRrqq6_yXIUsy3effm0Gs5r8XgzZlnJs&_hsmi=60397894

 

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PALE ALE AND AN IPA

There are no two more prominent styles of beers that beer geeks and brewers – both home and professional – obsess over more than Pale Ale and India Pale Ale – better known as IPA – but what’s the actual difference between these two hoppy beers, and how did both become so popular in the craft community?

https://vinepair.com/wine-blog/difference-pale-ale-ipa/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=c160197ce9-Jan_31_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-c160197ce9-46701953&goal=0_b653fb8c99-c160197ce9-46701953&mc_cid=c160197ce9&mc_eid=9746b34400&utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=368a416739-The+Daily+Brew%3A+January+11%2C+2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-368a416739-36686829

 

Four Ways to Increase Your Knowledge About the Napa Valley Wine Region

The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) nonprofit association has expanded its Napa Valley Rocks appellation education suite, now offering four different ways for professionals and enthusiasts to learn about America’s leading wine region.

https://napavintners.com/press/press_release_detail.asp?ID_News=3622553

Wine May Help To Clean The Mind, Study Says

In a study published Friday to Scientific Reports, researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center aimed to discover the overall benefits of alcohol consumption. For the first time ever, this study proved that alcohol at low levels does possess benefits to the brain’s health.

http://www.ibtimes.com/wine-may-help-clean-mind-study-says-2649007

 

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