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Liquor Industry News/Links 01-14-19

January 14, 2019

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Liquor Industry News/Links

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

By: Mark C Lenzi

CSW, CSS, CWAS, FWS, IWS*

 

01-14-2019

 

Liquor Industry Week In Review

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

This Weeks Highlights:

 

New Products

 

Is 2019 the Year of Non-Alcoholic Beer?

 

How to match wine with your favorite Indian food

 

Learn about Whisky

AND MORE!

 

Go Inside Napa’s Oldest, Continuously Operating Sparkling Wine Producer

Frank Family Vineyards isn’t the most recognizable of Napa Valley’s sparkling wine producers.

https://vinepair.com/articles/photos-napa-sparkling-wine/

How to buy good wine on a budget

You are more likely to get better quality for the value if you choose certain kinds of wine.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/28/kevin-zraly-onhow-to-buy-good-wine-on-a-budget.html

 

4 Top-Performing Themes In Wine This Year, And 4 Other Ideas That Flopped

Here are four themes that we can expect to see more of in 2019, building on the traction they’ve already seen in 2018.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/cathyhuyghe/2018/12/31/4-top-performing-themes-in-wine-this-year-and-4-other-ideas-that-flopped/#5178114e3796

 

How to be a wine snob and not turn people off

A good wine snob has more wine knowledge than the average person, but just as important he or she has a desire to make people happy while talking about wine.

https://www.reporternews.com/story/life/2018/12/31/gus-clemens-how-wine-snob-and-not-turn-people-off/2427489002/

 

9 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT RÉMY MARTIN

Rémy Martin is, in many circles, synonymous with luxury.

https://vinepair.com/articles/guide-remy-martin-1738-vsop-xo/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=b363fe1995-Jan_02_2019&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-b363fe1995-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-b363fe1995-38937345&mc_cid=b363fe1995&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

 

CAN CHAMPAGNE BE CORKED?

Each year a new study emerges with claims to the frequency of corked wine bottles. “Less than 1 percent,” some studies say, while others put that figure closer to 3 percent.

https://vinepair.com/articles/can-champagne-be-corked/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=b363fe1995-Jan_02_2019&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-b363fe1995-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-b363fe1995-38937345&mc_cid=b363fe1995&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

 

How to match wine with your favorite Indian food

From a fiery curry to subtle seafood, here’s how to enjoy red, white and sparkling wine with Indian eats.

https://www.sbs.com.au/food/article/2019/01/02/how-match-wine-your-favourite-indian-food

Prosecco Bursting the Champagne Bubble

With other bubblies sparkling bright, is Champagne’s star fizzing out?

https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2019/01/prosecco-bursting-the-champagne-bubble

Don’t Store Your Leftover Champagne in the Fridge

While keeping a bottle in the fridge for a few days is fine, leaving it in there for weeks or months on end can dry out the cork and ultimately lead to your wine losing its flavor and its bubbles

https://lifehacker.com/dont-store-your-leftover-champagne-in-the-fridge-1831405420

Monterey Wines Conjunctive Labeling Goes into Effect January 1, 2019

Starting January 1, 2019, all wines labeled with an American Viticultural Area (AVA) located entirely within Monterey County, must also include the term “Monterey County” on the label. An AVA is a federally designated wine grape growing region distinguishable by unique geographic features.

https://www.prweb.com/releases/monterey_wines_conjunctive_labeling_goes_into_effect_january_1_2019/prweb16008470.htm#!

Eight Ways You’re Drinking Champagne Wrong

A wine expert’s rules for getting the most bang for your bubbly

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-12-28/eight-ways-you-re-drinking-champagne-wrong

The Sound of Your Champagne Can Reveal How Good It Is

Generally speaking, sparkling wines get better with age, and as the years go by their bubbles shrink.

https://www.inverse.com/article/52147-new-year-s-eve-champagne-bubbles

 

Exploring Oregon’s Other White Wines

Pinot Gris is still Oregon’s signature white wine, but producers are creating unique bottlings from Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Blanc.

https://www.winemag.com/2019/01/02/exploring-oregon-white-wines/

 

The Official 2019 Wine Vintage Chart

Has your Pinot peaked? Is that Barolo still a baby? Our annual wine vintage chart shows if it’s time to open that prized Napa Cab, or wait for perfection.

https://www.winemag.com/2019/01/02/wine-vintage-chart-2019/

 

 

Not aModern Alchemy Offers DIY Classics

The idea of recreating wines in a laboratory offers opportunities and unintended consequences.

https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2019/01/modern-alchemy-offers-diy-classics

Is it safe to store wine in a cigar “coolidor”?

For those not familiar with the term, a “coolidor,” or cigar cooler-humidor, is a temperature- and humidity-controlled unit for storing cigars, similar—but not identical!—to a wine fridge.

https://www.winespectator.com/drvinny/show/id/Is-it-safe-to-store-wine-in-cigar-humidor-cooler-coolidor-57383

TERROIR IN WHISKEY ‘DOES EXIST’, DISTILLERY STUDY FINDS

Defining terroir as “the 3D influence between microclimate, soil and place on a plant”, the study aims to understand the influence of the environment on whiskey produced from barley.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2019/01/terroir-in-whiskey-does-exist-distillery-study-finds/

TOP 10 NON-ALCOHOLIC BEERS FOR DRY JANUARY

We have rounded up some of the best, and most popular, non alcoholic beers on the market.

We Have 2 In Stock!

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2019/01/top-10-non-alcoholic-beers-for-dry-january/

TOP 10 SPANISH WINE TRENDS

From Rosé to Sangria

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2019/01/top-10-spanish-wine-trends/10/

SENSE AND SUSTAINABILITY: HOW WINE PRODUCERS ARE PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT

Wine producers from around the world about what initiatives they have put in place to ensure their wineries are run sustainably.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2019/01/sense-and-sustainability-how-wine-producers-are-protecting-the-environment/

Wine and Moderation: What’s Healthy?

Is Wine Healthy?

To really answer the question of whether or not wine is healthy, you need to look at what’s inside a glass of wine.

https://winefolly.com/update/wine-and-moderation-whats-healthy/?utm_campaign=1%2F4%2F19+-+Weekly%3A+What+is+Moderation+in+2019%3F+%7C+Natural%3A+Yay+or+Nay%3F+%28QuNALF%29&utm_medium=email&_ke=eyJrbF9lbWFpbCI6ICJmcmFua2xpbmxpcXVvcnNAdmVyaXpvbi5uZXQiLCAia2xfY29tcGFueV9pZCI6ICJRZE5ZNHkifQ%3D%3D&utm_source=Wine+Folly+Newsletter

The Best Cruises for Wine Lovers

From mega-ships to yachts, cruises are upgrading their culinary options as well as offering more wine-focused on-board activities and off-ship excursions.

https://www.winemag.com/2019/01/03/best-cruises-wine-lovers/

Wine and Scuba Diving Fans Can Now Attend Underwater Tastings

Many people can say they’ve been to a wine tasting, but how many can say they’ve been to an underwater wine tasting? Probably not many, as this is the very first initiative of its kind, now available to oenophiles and diving fanatics.

https://www.foodswinesfromspain.com/spanishfoodwine/global/whats-new/news/new-detail/wine-diving-canary-islands.html

FIVE THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT RHONE VALLEY

For America wine drinkers, the Rhône Valley tends to be a place of mystery and intrigue. Most can tell you that Châteauneuf-du-Pape is in the Rhône and that the area is a source of great value wines. True. But there is so much more.

https://napavalleywineacademy.com/five-things-you-didnt-know-about-rhone-valley/

Learn about Whisky

As a spirits category whisky is incredibly diverse with several sub-divisions of style, flavour and general appeal, based on the method and country or specific region of manufacture. We take a closer look at whisky, how it’s made and the essential facts…

https://www.decanter.com/spirits/learn-about-whisky-402138/?_ga=2.154620920.1738112101.1546702582-681483886.1409742819

MAN IN COMA AFTER CHAMPAGNE BOTTLE EXPLODES BETWEEN LEGS

The man was injured on New Year’s Eve when a bottle exploded between his legs and a shattered shard of glass cut through an artery in his leg, causing him significant loss of blood,

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/01/man-in-coma-after-champagne-bottle-explodes-between-legs/?fbclid=IwAR2S5Hx6DnJuFxo1B7cb6_Lm5PbcNXAA03iv77_rHrR2-hnrI32Hd87EaUg

Yes, Miller Lite is better than Bud Light, but not because of ‘more taste’ — it’s because of less taste

In recent weeks, the National Advertising Division ruled that MillerCoors provided “a reasonable basis” to say Miller Lite has “more taste” than either of Anheuser-Busch’s two leading light beers, Bud Light and Michelob Ultra:

https://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/drink/beer/ct-food-miller-lite-bud-light-more-taste-20190102-story.html

Is 2019 the Year of Non-Alcoholic Beer?

Why the beer industry is betting big on zero ABV.

https://www.foodandwine.com/news/non-alcoholic-beer-trend-heineken-leffe-peroni

You Can Now Buy ‘Unicorn Tears’ Wine

This sounds magical!

https://www.simplemost.com/unicorn-tears-wine-is-bright-pink-looks-delicious/

 

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Liquor Industry News/Links 01-07-19

January 7, 2019

Franklin Liquors

Liquor Industry News/Links

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

By: Mark C Lenzi

CSW, CSS, CWAS, FWS, IWS*

 

01-07-2019

 

Liquor Industry Week In Review

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

This Weeks Highlights:

 

New Products

 

Is THIS the secret to getting rid of red wine stains?

A Foolproof Guide to Beer and Cheese Pairing

MACALLAN RELEASES $500 MEN’S LOAFERS

 

AND MORE!

 

How does champagne produce its fizz – without breaking the bottle?

Some fiendishly clever fermenting techniques and a big dose of chemistry, it turns out.

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20181217-the-chemistry-that-gives-champagne-its-famous-fizz

 

Study argues that the Bible book of Revelation condemns the use of wine for the Eucharist

A recent study from a United Kingdom-based publication has argued that the last book of the Bible, the Book of Revelation, condemns the usage of wine for the Eucharist.

https://www.christianpost.com/news/study-argues-that-the-bible-book-of-revelation-condemns-the-use-of-wine-for-the-eucharist.html

 

The year in beer: US celebrates 2018 craft brewing highlights

With the number of US breweries breaking the 7,000 milestone in October this year, it’s been a big year for small beer. The Brewers Association, the trade association for small and independent US craft brewers, looks back on the 2018 highlights for the industry.

https://www.beveragedaily.com/Article/2018/12/17/The-year-in-beer-US-celebrates-2018-craft-brewing-highlights

Collectors Clamor for Napa’s Cult Wines

What the cult wines have in common is rarity—because they are produced in small quantities—and exclusivity, as these bottles don’t show up in local wine shops. They are sold directly to consumers through mailing lists that often have waits of two years or more.

https://www.barrons.com/articles/collectors-clamor-for-napas-cult-wines-51544882400

Van Duzer Corridor AVA now official

The Van Duzer Corridor AVA in Oregon’s Willamette Valley has been officially approved by the TTB, the US regulatory body.

https://www.jancisrobinson.com/articles/van-duzer-corridor-ava-now-official?fbclid=IwAR0gVMDjhwc2ZUhg04AY0yFyXdFygq3GQ8c0CGun5wkdbUnfeohH4lSVo7s

 

Prosecco surpasses champagne as No. 1 bubbly

The demand for Italian bubbles is soaring, with record sales of fizz in both the U.S. and UK.

https://www.foxbusiness.com/features/prosecco-surpasses-champagne-as-no-1-bubbly

 

11 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT NEW BELGIUM BREWING

trip to New Belgium in Fort Collins, Col0., is unforgettable for many beer lovers. Founded in 1991, the destination includes a mosaic-clad brewhouse, numerous bars, and a maze-like foeder-filled taproom.

https://vinepair.com/articles/new-belgium-guide-fat-tire/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=3018486c67-Dec_18_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-3018486c67-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-3018486c67-38937345&mc_cid=3018486c67&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

 

MACALLAN RELEASES $500 MEN’S LOAFERS

The Macallan has partnered with shoe brand Rob McAllan to release a limited edition series of men’s loafers in the US, “inspired” by its ‘Rare Cask’ expression.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/12/macallan-releases-mens-loafers/

 

AUSTRIAN GROUP CALLS FOR RED WINE GRAPE TO LOSE ‘NAZI’ NAME

A group of artists in Austria have launched a campaign for the Zweigelt grape variety to have its name changed from that of the Nazi party member who created it.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/12/austrian-group-calls-for-red-wine-grape-to-lose-nazi-name/

 

How knowing what wines you hate can lead to wines you love

“Drink what you like” is a popular axiom in the wine biz, but what if customers don’t actually know what they like?

https://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/drink/wine/sc-food-wine-how-to-find-wines-you-love-20181130-story.html

 

When buying wine online, is it safer to have the wine shipped via ground or air?

Your biggest concern when picking a shipping method is temperature.

https://www.winespectator.com/drvinny/show/id/Better-to-Ship-Wine-via-Ground-or-Air-57351

Behind wine brand Kendall-Jackson’s growing direct-to-consumer strategy

Thirty-six-year-old family winery Kendall-Jackson has been selling select wines online at KJ.com since 2004. But with new attribution tools available, it has only recently begun to see a return-on-investment from selling direct-to-consumer.

https://digiday.com/marketing/behind-wine-brand-kendall-jacksons-growing-direct-consumer-strategy/

 

How does the Wine Industry Influence Economic Landscape?

Wine production has been an important part of Western culture for more than 8000 years. And historically, it had significantly impacted both social and economic status of several nations.

https://oracletimes.com/how-does-the-wine-industry-influence-economic-landscape/

 

The Best Wine Bottle Openers for Every Kind of Wine Lover

Because everyone needs a way to open that new bottle of red.

https://www.foodnetwork.com/fn-dish/news/2018/12/wine-bottle-openers-gifts

 

The Complete Guide to Vin Santo

We explore the wonderful world of Vin Santo in detail.

https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2018/12/the-complete-guide-to-vin-santo-e-part-i

 

BREWER’S ASSOCIATION REMOVES ‘TRADITIONAL’ FROM CRAFT BEER DEFINITION

Since the launch of the BA’s original craft brewer definition in 2006, the craft brewing industry has more than tripled in size and market share, with 7,000 breweries now operating in the US.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/12/brewers-association-removes-traditional-from-craft-beer-definition/

 

Bogle wins 2018 cheap wine poll

It was Bogle’s fourth title in five years, and it took almost half the votes.

We Always Have Bogle In Stock!

https://www.winecurmudgeon.com/bogle-wins-2018-cheap-wine-poll/

 

DAOU a beacon of fine wine in Paso Robles

Wines In Stock!

https://www.thecoastnews.com/daou-a-beacon-of-fine-wine-in-paso-robles/

When Wines Witness History:

South Africa’s Old Vines, And What They’ve Seen

https://www.forbes.com/sites/cathyhuyghe/2018/12/19/when-vines-witness-history-south-africas-old-vines-and-what-theyve-seen/#3e9f26a7300d

Portugal’s most planted grape varieties, the top-ten list

Portugal is a wonderful wine country in many ways. Not least because it is unrelentingly focusing on Iberian grape varieties. The only French grape that is included in the top-10 list is Syrah, and it is in the 10th place.

https://www.bkwine.com/news/portugals-planted-grape-varieties-top-ten-list/

Ho w Many States Allow Beer, Wine And Spirits In Grocery Stores

The scourge of “wine teeth,” explained

Here is why you look like a vampire.

https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2018/12/18/18144794/what-causes-wine-teeth-explained

YUENGLING ROLLS OUT 1800S-ERA CANS, BOURBON BARREL-AGED BEER TO MARK 190TH ANNIVERSARY

Beginning this month and continuing through April, Yuengling will release five limited-edition cans of Yuengling Lager, one per month, showcasing how the label design has evolved over time.

Additionally, on January 11, the brewery will release a limited-edition Bourbon Barrel Reserve beer at its Pottsville, Pa. location

https://vinepair.com/booze-news/yuengling-new-cans-bourbon-barrel-aged-beer/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=6b7649d6d4-Dec_19_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-6b7649d6d4-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-6b7649d6d4-38937345&mc_cid=6b7649d6d4&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

ALL THE TYPES OF TEQUILA, EXPLAINED

Want to learn how to use blanco versus reposado tequila? Or curious about the differences between añejo and extra añejo? Check out our illustrated guide to the styles of tequila.

https://vinepair.com/articles/types-of-tequila-infographic/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=bcffb75091-Dec_20_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-bcffb75091-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-bcffb75091-38937345&mc_cid=bcffb75091&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

What You Should Know About Italy’s Cooperative Wines

Today Italy is home to 484 cantine cooperative — an older term is cantine sociali — with 140,700 winegrower members.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/susangordon/2018/12/19/what-you-should-know-about-italys-cooperative-wines/#59500dc4d38a

Your Guilt-Free Guide to Wine

Pour a glass out for yourself and enjoy.

https://www.doctoroz.com/article/your-guilt-free-guide-wine

AB INBEV AND TILRAY TO INVEST $100M IN NON-ALCOHOLIC CANNABIS DRINKS

The world’s largest brewer, AB InBev, and Canadian cannabis company, Tilray, are to invest US$50 million each in a new research partnership to develop a “deeper understanding” of non-alcoholic beverages containing THC and CBD in order to “guide future decisions”.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/12/ab-inbev-and-tilray-to-invest-100m-in-non-alcoholic-cannabis-drinks/

Americans like sweet wines, but nobody talks about it. Missed opportunity for wineries, and media?

Americans like sweet wines. Big wine companies know it. East Coast wineries know it.

https://blog.wblakegray.com/2018/12/americans-like-sweet-wines-but-nobody.html

Americans spend about 1/5 of 1% of their annual gifting budgets on wine. Plenty of room to improve.

Zoll Vineyards Opens Winery in Dutton, Virginia

Formally in MA

http://www.areadevelopment.com/newsItems/12-20-2018/zoll-vineyards-gloucester-county-virginia.shtml

A Foolproof Guide to Beer and Cheese Pairing

Foolproof pairings to make sure every cheese plate you serve works harmoniously with the beer you’re pouring and drinking.

https://oct.co/essays/beer-and-cheese-pairing-guide

Your Definitive Guide to Sweet Wines

Popular tastes may skew dry, but sweet wines are some of the most complex bottlings around, representing terroir and tradition as fiercely as any.

https://www.winemag.com/2018/12/20/sweet-wine-basics/

Four New Ways to Make Mulled Wine

Think when you’ve had one mulled wine you’ve had ’em all? Let the wine experts show you how it’s done with upgrades using red, white, rosé and Port wines.

https://www.winemag.com/gallery/mulled-wine-red-white-rose-port/

What Did Jesus Drink? A Bethlehem Winery is Embracing Ancient, Indigenous Grapes

Founded by Salesian monks in 1885, Cremisan makes wine using indigenous grapes. Some scholars say these are the wines that it’s most likely Jesus drank.

https://vinepair.com/articles/what-did-jesus-drink-a-bethlehem-winery-is-embracing-ancient-indigenous-grapes/

The Maine Winemakers Utilizing Hybrid Grapes

It’s tough to grow grapes in unpredictable weather, but winemakers in Maine tackle the cold climate with hybrid grapes, co-ferments and gumption.

https://www.winemag.com/2018/12/26/maine-winemakers-hybrid-grapes/

The Wines We Scored 100 Points in 2018

We tasted, reviewed and rated 24,753 wines in 2018. Of those, only 15 achieved our coveted 100-point score. Find out who made the cut

https://www.winemag.com/2018/12/21/100-point-wines-2018/

World’s first smart wine bottle

New flexible computer chip technology from Idaho company American Semiconductor is making it’s way into a place you would not expect it to be, like a wine shop

https://www.ktvb.com/video/news/keeping-it-local-worlds-first-smart-wine-bottle/277-959d28a9-8b7f-411e-851c-aee637a42791

Organic vs. Biodynamic vs. Natural Wine—What’s the Difference?

Interest in organic, biodynamic, and natural wines is at an all-time peak. But what do those terms really mean?

https://www.foodandwine.com/wine/natural-wine-explained

The best wines from South Africa

The much maligned South African Pinotage grape is due a renaissance

https://life.spectator.co.uk/2018/12/the-best-wines-from-south-africa/

Toast the new year with a wine for your sign

Match the personality of each sun sign to a wine of similar character.

https://www.thestar.com/life/food_wine/advice/2018/12/26/toast-the-new-year-with-a-wine-for-your-sign.html

4 REASONS WHY ABRUZZO IS A REGION TO LOVE

American wine drinkers have a lot to learn about the region.

https://vinepair.com/articles/montepulciano-vini-abruzzo-wine-guide/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=ddb431474c-Dec_27_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-ddb431474c-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-ddb431474c-38937345&mc_cid=ddb431474c&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

9 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT DOS EQUIS

What makes Dos Equis so attractive? It’s all about embellishment, a handsome man, and, for those willing to experiment, a dash of citrus salt.

https://vinepair.com/articles/dos-equis-best-mexican-lager/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=ddb431474c-Dec_27_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-ddb431474c-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-ddb431474c-38937345&mc_cid=ddb431474c&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

The story of California Chardonnay

A four-part account of California’s most-planted vine variety.

Part 1

https://www.jancisrobinson.com/articles/the-story-of-california-chardonnay-part-1?fbclid=IwAR2vyHfMLdc8RiqAeb4M00aVJW7_pKpu_DO9c-XAewhfOnSKhSu4A0_CPOg

Part 2

https://www.jancisrobinson.com/articles/the-story-of-california-chardonnay-part-2?fbclid=IwAR0BC2qZlqNm9XYaxbzbrDYnMQ20zRNKJVHpt4Jh5BFCbL47G_PbsfAD1tI

Part 3

https://www.jancisrobinson.com/articles/the-story-of-california-chardonnay-part-3

Part 4

https://www.jancisrobinson.com/articles/the-story-of-california-chardonnay-part-4

Red Wine Tops the List of Alcohols Most Reported as Migraine Trigger

Alcoholic beverages, especially red wine, are recognized by patients with migraine as a trigger, which has a significant impact on alcohol consumption behaviors, according to a new study.

https://www.ajmc.com/newsroom/red-wine-tops-the-list-of-alcohols-most-reported-as-migraine-trigger

 

Reduced Copper Spells Trouble for Champagne

Organic winemakers in Europe have been left aghast at new rules aimed at reducing the use of copper sulfate in the EU, saying it will devastate some producers.

https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2018/12/reduced-copper-rules-trouble-champagne

 

Which Wine Varietals Do Americans Prefer in 2018?

Study by Sonoma State University reveals purchasing and drinking habits of the American Wine Consumer

https://www.winebusiness.com/news/?go=getArticle&dataId=207060

 

Four Tips for Finding Wine You’ll Actually Enjoy

How much does good wine cost? Can you judge a wine by its label? How do you become a wine expert yourself?

https://skillet.lifehacker.com/four-tips-for-finding-wine-youll-actually-enjoy-1831237653

 

Are you a label drinker?

Is social media turning us all into ‘label drinkers’?
https://www.decanter.com/wine-news/opinion/jefford-on-monday/andrew-jefford-the-label-drinker-is-someone-with-more-money-than-experience-406384/#QIDy7H6CGa5X88IF.99

Seven deadly sins of restaurant wine service

Even a good wine-list can be let down by bad service.

https://www.therealreview.com/2018/12/27/seven-deadly-sins-of-restaurant-wine-service/

Is it Ever OK to Ask For Your Wine Back At the End of a Party?

What would your mother think?

https://www.southernliving.com/culture/should-you-take-wine-back-after-party

How to make your own vermouth from leftover wine

Open bottles of wine left over from Christmas and New Year can be turned into aromatic sweet vermouth

https://www.theguardian.com/food/2018/dec/29/homemade-sweet-vermouth-from-leftover-wine-waste-not

Is THIS the secret to getting rid of red wine stains?

A new hack to banish red wine stains has been revealed – and it’s hiding in your FRIDGE

https://www.heart.co.uk/lifestyle/milk-red-wine-stains/

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Liquor Industry News/Links 12-24-18

December 24, 2018

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By: Mark C Lenzi

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12-24-2018

From Our Family To You And Yours

Merry Christmas!

 

Liquor Industry Week In Review

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

This Weeks Highlights:

 

New Products

 

Should cities and towns ban the small liquor bottles commonly referred to as ‘nips?’

Looking for a low-gluten beer? Here’s what you need to know

Total Wine and More Means Total Disruptor

 

AND MORE!

 

New Test May Prevent Exploding Beer Bottles

The invention detects diastaticus contamination, which has led to millions of dollars in product recalls in recent years

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/new-test-may-prevent-exploding-beer-bottles/?utm_campaign=SevenFifty%20Daily%20Weekly%20Digest&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=68205431&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8Nvn64wcoYTrQJv1Cp8uQtIz9lm9qjC37_nEUqEGFS2uPqgpqyC7XnfaBdIgzMbhgJBClb5mHMh6bhSr2bhAlEY92YAtKTEDuSNILs-d3g-qVN5U0&_hsmi=68205860

 

WINE MOST POPULAR CHRISTMAS GIFT BUT A THIRD WILL REGIFT

Wine remains the most popular alcoholic beverage to take to a Christmas party, with 59% citing it as their first choice, but a third of those that receive a bottle admit to “regifting” it to another, a survey by Bordeaux Wines has found.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/12/wine-most-popular-christmas-gift-but-a-third-will-regift/

A Field Guide to Sherry, the Most Versatile Wine You Aren’t Drinking

Sherry has a PR problem. Much to the chagrin of its enthusiasts and producers, sherry has a reputation for being sweet, dessert-like, and out of style. On many American wine lists, it’s an afterthought at best.

https://vinepair.com/articles/best-sherry-guide/

Why Georgian Wines Are Among The Most Unique On The Planet

When archaeologists last year found traces of winemaking on 8,000-year-old pottery shards in Georgia, the tiny former Soviet republic claimed the crown as the world’s oldest wine producer.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/lanabortolot/2018/12/09/why-georgian-wines-are-among-the-most-unique-on-the-planet/#3b9ad303cb09

Here’s how you can save a spoiled bottle of wine using a single penny

There’s nothing worse than finding out your vino has gone bad when you’re in the mood for a glass

https://www.thesun.ie/fabulous/3494735/heres-how-you-can-save-a-spoiled-bottle-of-wine-using-a-single-penny/

8 tips for serving wine like a professional

It’s all well and good finding the perfect wine, but how about serving it like a pro? We asked the experts at Wotwine, who include top restaurant sommeliers, for some advice…

https://uk.style.yahoo.com/8-tips-serving-wine-professional-115400355.html

Does Wine Fend off Certain Bacteria? Experts Think So

We know that wine is good for your cardiovascular health when enjoyed in moderation, but do the benefits end there? New research suggests that drinking wine could have benefits for your digestive and oral health as well.

https://axcessnews.com/national/breaking-national/does-wine-fend-off-certain-bacteria-experts-think-so_8085/

NH Police searching for alleged wine thief

State Police released a number of surveillance photos of their “person of interest.” The woman is described as wearing black Nike sneakers, grey sweatpants, a black jacket, and had a large dark purse.

https://wgme.com/news/local/nh-police-searching-for-alleged-wine-thief

The importance of the wine label

In both opera and wine, there is an aesthetic concern

https://www.meininger.de/en/wine-business-international/importance-of-wine-label

This New Mobile Tap Truck is Bringing Wine & Champagne to the Streets of Pittsburgh

A mobile wine and Champagne tap system is now on the streets of Pittsburgh!

Do you think Franklin would allow this?

https://www.goodfoodpittsburgh.com/this-new-mobile-tap-truck-is-bringing-wine-champagne-to-the-streets-of-pittsburgh/

TTB Approves Upper Hudson AVA in New York State

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has approved a new American viticultural area in upstate New York.

https://www.winebusiness.com/news/?go=getArticle&dataId=207076

How to choose sparkling wines by flavor

The vast majority of champagne and other sparkling wines sold in the United States are purchased and consumed in December

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/how-to-choose-sparkling-wines-by-flavor/2018/12/06/4d30e9ee-f704-11e8-8c9a-860ce2a8148f_story.html?utm_term=.6ceed839cc0c

THE END OF EISWEIN?

Is eiswein doomed thanks to global warming? The answer is a qualified yes.

https://winespeed.com/blog/2018/12/the-end-of-eiswein/

Trump Winery petitions to hire more foreign workers

The winery, officially called Trump Vineyard Estates LLC, is officially owned by President Trump’s son Eric Trump.

https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/420302-trump-winery-petitions-to-hire-more-foreign-workers

Do You Really Want a Wine that Smells like Blood or Asparagus?

If we prefer authentic wines we must develop a sensibility that welcomes these less highly regarded flavor notes. Because sometimes and in some places, these less favored flavors are the more authentic—they are what the vintage or region is giving you.

https://foodandwineaesthetics.com/2018/12/10/do-you-really-want-a-wine-that-smells-like-blood-or-asparagus/

Sugar levels in champagne and other sparkling wines: brut etc

Can we once and for all establish what is true and correct about brut, sec-dry, demi-sec etc?

https://www.bkwine.com/features/winemaking-viticulture/sugar-levels-champagne-sparkling-wines-brut-etc/

Your favorite beer says a lot more about you than you think

A new study of 1,000 beer drinkers found that the type of beer you prefer may actually reveal a lot more than you think about your personality.

https://nypost.com/2018/12/10/your-favorite-beer-says-a-lot-more-about-you-than-you-think/

6 holiday beer cocktails (yes, beer!)

Looking for another way to include beer in your holiday festivities? Consider a beer cocktail.

https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/12/10/6-holiday-beer-cocktails-yes-beer/

Fears for NZ’s reputation after winemakers found adding sugar to wine destined for EU

Yealands Estate Wines, its high profile former owner and two top staff have been handed large fines after pleading guilty to the first charges ever laid under the Wine Act.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/109248443/fears-for-nzs-reputation-after-winemakers-found-adding-sugar-to-wine-destined-for-eu

LG ENTERS BEER INDUSTRY WITH HOME-BREWING DEVICE

The machine is fully automated, controlling the fermentation, carbonation, ageing, serving and cleaning processes. It is released alongside an app, available on Android and iOS devices, which allows users to check the status of the brew.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/12/lg-enters-beer-industry-with-home-brewing-device/

NOT ALL PINOT GRIGIOS TASTE THE SAME. HERE’S WHY.

As with other wines, the quality of Pinot Grigio varies depending on geography of the vineyards, location in Italy, winemaking styles, and terroir.

https://vinepair.com/articles/pinot-grigio-flavor-profile-guide/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=f125efe709-Dec_11_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-f125efe709-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-f125efe709-38937345&mc_cid=f125efe709&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

 

10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT CHAMPAGNE TAITTINGER

Here are 10 more things you should know about Champagne Taittinger.

https://vinepair.com/articles/best-champagne-taittinger-france-aging/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=f125efe709-Dec_11_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-f125efe709-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-f125efe709-38937345&mc_cid=f125efe709&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

 

Thunderbird wine is back and ready to rock and roll

The new Thunderbird comes in sleek black bottles with the brand’s original bird logo. But instead of its citrusy flavor of yore, the wine now comes in three varietals: chardonnay, red blend and cabernet sauvignon.
https://www.modbee.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/biz-beat/article222911840.html#storylink=cpy

THE FLAVORS & AROMAS IN CRAFT BEER’S POPULAR HOPS

These are the hops you are most likely to encounter in craft beer, so you can sip and savor your next brew with newfound expertise.

https://vinepair.com/articles/flavors-aromas-craft-beer-hops-ipa/

Champagne’s Dom Pérignon: The Gold Beneath the Glitz

Some might think the wine behind the iconic label is an afterthought, but ultimately the product delivers the goods

https://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/Wine-Tip-Dom-Perignon-Champagne?utm_campaign=SipsTipsTRADE121118&utm_source=Sips-Tips-121118-TRADE&utm_medium=email

Boston councilors consider whether marijuana, liquor stores should be banned near addiction treatment centers

As communities across the state grapple with the deadly grip of the opioid epidemic, Boston city leaders are weighing whether restrictions should be placed on marijuana dispensaries and liquor stores to prevent them from opening their doors near substance abuse treatment centers.

https://www.boston.com/news/politics/2018/12/11/boston-city-council-marijuana-liquor-stores-addiction-treatment

 

State turns down license application for giant ‘Total Wine’ warehouse store in Hartsdale

The decision came after a three-hour special meeting in New York, with all three SLA commissioners voting against the license application. The board cited the number of wine purveyors already doing business in the area as a major reason for the denial.

https://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/westchester/greenburgh/2018/12/11/state-liquor-authority-no-total-wine-warehouse-store-hartsdale/2275172002/

Woodford Reserve unveils Old Fashioned Cocktail Syrup

Brown-Forman has launched Woodford Reserve Old Fashioned Cocktail Syrup to help bartenders deliver faster service.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2018/12/woodford-reserve-unveils-old-fashioned-cocktail-syrup/

The Field Guide To Italian Sparkling Wine

The world’s sparkling wine drinkers may be, essentially, divided into two camps: those that inadvertently call all sparkling wines Champagne and those that abhor that erroneous practice.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jillbarth/2018/12/10/the-field-guide-to-italian-sparkling-wine/#6880d7c4ff89

Drink the World’s Best Dessert Wine With a Twinkie

But there is one thing that perhaps even the French don’t realize can improve this wine further: drinking it with a Twinkie.

http://www.grubstreet.com/2018/12/sauternes-best-wine-with-twinkies.html

THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO PAIRING ITALIAN WINE, CHEESE, AND CHARCUTERIE

Separately, both the wine and cheese are delicious. Together, their flavors marry to resemble the lightest cheesecake you’ve ever had — ripe, glistening fruit, decadent creaminess, and a bit of sweetness. Serve it with a few slices of Prosciutto di San Daniele to balance the sweetness, and you’ve officially elevated your evening.

https://vinepair.com/articles/the-definitive-guide-to-pairing-italian-wine-cheese-and-charcuterie/

Your Guide to Sustainable Wine Certifications

From organic and biodynamic to LEED-certifed, a variety of different programs certify eco-friendly wine. Here’s how to understand the logo on your bottle.

https://www.winemag.com/2018/12/11/sustainable-wine-certification-guide/

Hitting the Wrong (Tasting) Note?

ARE WINE TASTING NOTES INTERESTING?

How do we, as wine producers, communicate with our clientele—both direct-to-consumer and in the three-tier system—that our products are worthy of attention?

https://www.kionawine.com/news/2018-hitting-the-wrong-tasting-note?fbclid=IwAR2wfouWvetp49SrAtuvDII06bAh18rVVGYo5iKoVcUVrbvi8RxZX6AkOLs

 

New dawn for Sulphur Free Wines?

Adding ‘RDNT Genesis’ – the product produced by Red Dawn  – in very small amounts, around 2 grams for white wine per 100 litres, meant that because of its antioxidative properties no sulphites need to be added during the wine making process.

https://news.wine.co.za/News.aspx?NEWSID=33998&CLIENTID=&SPOTLIGHTID=

 

 

Why Gruet Partnered with a Native American Tribe to Grow Grapes

The collaboration between the sparkling wine producer and the Santa Ana Pueblo is bearing fruit beyond the business venture

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/why-gruet-partnered-with-a-native-american-tribe-to-grow-grapes/

How To Pair Wine And Chocolate

Chocolate and wine are two of life’s greatest pleasures, but pairing them elicits a challenge.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/michellewilliams/2018/12/13/how-to-pair-wine-and-chocolate/#366d838f586d

 

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT TYPE OF WINE FOR EVERY ENTERTAINING OCCASION

Different occasions call for different guest lists and bottles, of course.

https://vinepair.com/articles/choose-right-type-wine-every-entertaining-occasion-flowchart/

 

What are synthetic wine corks made of?

The two main types of synthetic corks are made from either petrochemical-based plastics or plant-based plastics.

https://www.winespectator.com/drvinny/show/id/What-Are-Synthetic-Wine-Corks-Made-Of-57334

 

Cooking with Wine

Can You Use the Really Cheap Stuff, or Nah?

It’s always tempting to reach for the Two Buck Chuck. Does quality really make a difference when you’re cooking with wine?

https://www.bonappetit.com/story/cooking-with-wine-can-you-use-cheap-stuff

 

TOM AND JERRY, AMERICA’S FORGOTTEN CHRISTMAS COCKTAIL

It’s also a cocktail, a warm, eggnog-y drink that used to basically be liquid Christmas.

https://vinepair.com/wine-blog/tom-and-jerry-forgotten-christmas-cocktail/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=36e30d845a-Dec_13_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-36e30d845a-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-36e30d845a-38937345&mc_cid=36e30d845a&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

 

Rioja Wine Gets a New Classification System

The new system moves Rioja wines away from oak-aging as the primary indication of quality. Instead, wineries are encouraged to champion regional microclimates and singular vineyard sites.

https://winefolly.com/review/rioja-wine-gets-a-new-classification-system/?utm_campaign=12%2F13%2F2018+-+Weekly%3A+Rioja+Wines++%28MbMdWG%29&utm_medium=email&_ke=eyJrbF9lbWFpbCI6ICJmcmFua2xpbmxpcXVvcnNAdmVyaXpvbi5uZXQiLCAia2xfY29tcGFueV9pZCI6ICJRZE5ZNHkifQ%3D%3D&utm_source=Wine+Folly+Newsletter

 

Opus One Sues Supplier Alleging Barrels Were Contaminated with TCA

A Napa Valley winery has filed a lawsuit for more than $470,000 over the sale of barrels allegedly contaminated with 2,4,6-trichloroanisole (TCA), according to court records.

https://www.winebusiness.com/news/?go=getArticle&dataId=207240

 

Total Wine and More Means Total Disruptor

But what really sets Total Wine apart from anyone else in the liquor industry, is its role as disruptor to the liquor legal landscape across the country.

http://irishliquorlawyer.com/total-wine-and-more-means-total-disruptor/

 

Label Lingo: Premier Cru vs. Grand Cru Champagne

What does it mean when you see premier cru or grand cru on a Champagne label?

https://video.winespectator.com/play/id/4651112516001/name/Label_Lingo:_Premier_Cru_vs+_Grand_Cru_Champagne_with_Duval+Leroy?utm_campaign=VTN121318&utm_source=Video-Theater-12-13-18&utm_medium=email

 

THE CURIOUS, WAX-COATED SAGA OF MAKER’S MARK’S ‘SLAM DUNK’ BOTTLES

Maker’s Mark’s iconic red wax seal makes it one of the most recognizable bottles on the brown liquor shelf. And it’s something Makers Mark takes very seriously.

https://vinepair.com/articles/makers-mark-slam-dunk-wax/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=87f7ab9ac3-Dec_14_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-87f7ab9ac3-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-87f7ab9ac3-38937345&mc_cid=87f7ab9ac3&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

POLICE IN ITALY SEIZE 750,000 LITRES OF PROSECCO

Italian police have seized 750,000 litres of Prosecco from two producers after they were found to have both added extra sugar to the wine during fermentation to increase the alcohol content, and to have exceeded their production quota.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/12/police-in-italy-seize-750000-litres-of-prosecco/

Am I Supposed to Serve the Wine My Guest Brings to Dinner?

So do we have to serve the wine friends bring or should we tuck it away and serve the wine we’ve chosen for the meal?

https://www.thekitchn.com/do-you-serve-the-wine-guest-brings-to-dinner-265321

Shedding Light on Wine Fraud with NMR Fingerprinting

Wine forgery takes place on a global scale, but is on the rise in central Europe.

https://www.technologynetworks.com/tn/articles/shedding-light-on-wine-fraud-with-nmr-fingerprinting-313144

Looking for a low-gluten beer? Here’s what you need to know

But is it really possible to avoid gluten if you drink beer? Do different types of beers have different levels of gluten?

https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2018-12-15/looking-for-a-low-gluten-beer-heres-what-you-need-to-know/10562248

 

Should cities and towns ban the small liquor bottles commonly referred to as ‘nips?’

A “nip” of an alcoholic beverage is a miniature 50 ml bottle that contains one measured shot of hard liquor. They are relatively inexpensive, running from $1 to $2 depending on the selection

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/globelocal/2018/12/13/should-cities-and-towns-ban-small-liquor-bottles-commonly-referred-nips/encCPo3IEjCAt9WNGKe9tJ/story.html

 

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Liquor Industry News/Links 12-17-18

December 17, 2018

Franklin Liquors

Liquor Industry News/Links

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

By: Mark C Lenzi

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12-17-2018

 

Liquor Industry Week In Review

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

This Weeks Highlights:

 

New Products

 

Everything You Need to Know About Prosecco

 

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CRÈME DE CASSIS, EXPLAINED

 

A new Grateful Dead beer is coming, and it’s brewed with granola

 

AND MORE!

 

Mimosas Deserve to Be Better Than ‘Bottomless’

Here are seven dos and don’ts for making excellent Mimosas.

https://vinepair.com/articles/dos-donts-mimosa-recipe/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=9c8e6edd24-Dec_03_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-9c8e6edd24-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-9c8e6edd24-38937345&mc_cid=9c8e6edd24&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

It is possible to start a wine collection on a budget. Here’s how

Wine collecting can be fiercely competitive, but the good news is you do not need to spend a fortune to start putting away quality bottles for later years.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/30/heres-how-to-start-a-wine-collection–on-a-budget.html

MyOeno Is A Scanner That Can Tell You About The Wine You’re Drinking

Dubbed MyOeno, this is a scanner that you can dip into the glass of wine that you’re drinking, and it will then be able to scan the contents of your wine to give you details about it, such as strengths, tannins, acidity, evolution, and so on

WE USE!!

https://www.ubergizmo.com/2018/12/myoeneo-wine-scanner/

Trinchero Expands Ménage à Trois Label

Lavish and Luscious are two new California-sourced red blends.

http://marketwatchmag.com/trinchero-expands-menage-a-trois-label/?utm_campaign=Retailer_Report&utm_source=JH_RR_120318&utm_medium=email

SPARKLER FROM COGNAC PERFUMED WITH SZECHUAN PEPPERCORNS

A sparkling French wine made with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and enhanced with an edible perfume made from Damask rose petals and Szechuan peppercorns has been launched, forging a new category in sparkling wine.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/12/sparkler-from-cognac-perfumed-with-szechuan-peppercorns/

Critics’ “swirl, sniff, sip, spit” regime can shortchange overall taste perception

http://wineindustryinsight.com/?p=96168

Two Beer Brands Are Booming While Rest of U.S. Industry Goes Flat

Modelo and Michelob Ultra post strong growth even as consumers trade brews for wine and booze.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-11-30/two-beer-brands-are-booming-while-rest-of-u-s-industry-goes-flat

Synthetic wine is on its way

Anyone who doubts the possibility of this happening might like to cast their minds back to the 1980s when Swatch quartz watch movements surprised traditionalists by supplanting mechanical ones.

https://www.meininger.de/en/wine-business-international/synthetic-wine-its-way

Tannat or Not Tannat

Where to find the rich, tannic, unusual grapes is the question

http://www.oregonwinepress.com/tannat-or-not-tannat

VALLE REALE: THE MOUNTAIN WINE OF ABRUZZO

Valle Reale practices organic viticulture and non-interventionist winemaking. Their wines have a rustic elegance to them that reflects the mountainous regions of Abruzzo where they originate.

https://grapecollective.com/articles/valle-reale-the-mountain-wine-of-abruzzo

Chronobiology in the vineyard

Chronobiology refers to the periodic rhythms of organisms in response to solar or lunar cycles.

https://www.ciencia-e-vinho.com/2018/12/02/chronobiology-in-the-vineyard/

Can Brazil’s Wine Industry Capture an American Audience?

The South American nation’s wine industry has tripled in value over the past 10 years, and vintners see opportunity in the United States

https://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/Can-Brazil-Wine-Industry-Capture-American-Audience

14 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT MAKER’S MARK BOURBON WHISKY

The brand helped create and define bourbon culture and style, and, in one instance, even set the pricing. Here are 14 things about Maker’s Mark you need to know.

https://vinepair.com/articles/makers-mark-spelling-bourbon-cost/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=e2f27e6e73-Dec_04_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-e2f27e6e73-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-e2f27e6e73-38937345&mc_cid=e2f27e6e73&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

THERE IS BACTERIA IN YOUR ICE AND ONLY WHISKEY CAN KILL IT

You might prefer not to think about it, but there are lots of bacteria in your cocktail on the rocks. Well, there are bacteria in the ice

https://vinepair.com/booze-news/bacteria-ice-whiskey-can-kill/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=e2f27e6e73-Dec_04_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-e2f27e6e73-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-e2f27e6e73-38937345&mc_cid=e2f27e6e73&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

How Breweries Are Leveraging Popular Spirits Brands

Beer makers are collaborating with distillers in new ways to capture the attention of spirits enthusiasts

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/how-breweries-are-leveraging-popular-spirits-brands/?utm_campaign=SevenFifty%20Daily%20Weekly%20Digest&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=68013408&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_dKGmaR41x7WmcIEE5lI7fNuZssleeWzS8R-V_pmgDVbU35fFLFPP6KaNvUMNY4FOf-tI5qI9HZYu_BMMXQC76ASf98-NyecqSMCTD3Fef7Td9UzY&_hsmi=68013533

THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO PAIRING ALTO ADIGE WINE WITH SOUPS & STEWS

Surviving a long, cold winter is all about mastering the art of getting cozy, starting with a hot meal and glass of wine.

https://vinepair.com/articles/the-complete-guide-to-pairing-alto-adige-wine-with-soups-stews/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=f165b4f588-Dec_05_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-f165b4f588-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-f165b4f588-38937345&mc_cid=f165b4f588&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

THE SIX BIGGEST BEER PRODUCING COUNTRIES IN EUROPE

The UK imports more beer from both within and outside the EU than any other country in Europe, according to new data from The Brewers of Europe’s annual market report.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/12/the-6-biggest-beer-producing-countries-in-europe/

 

Everything You Need to Know About Prosecco

One of world’s greatest sparkling wines, Prosecco is more than just a Champagne alternative. Here’s your one-stop guide to northern Italian bubbles.

https://www.winemag.com/2018/12/04/everything-about-prosecco/

 

YOUR EXPERT GUIDE ON HOW TO TASTE WINE LIKE A PRO

So how do you begin?

http://thepress.sfchronicle.com/review/expert-guide-taste-wine-like-pro/

 

 

Basil Hayden’s debuts oldest Bourbon to date

Beam Suntory has released a limited edition 10-year-old Basil Hayden’s Bourbon – the brand’s oldest bottling to date.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2018/12/basil-haydens-debuts-oldest-bourbon-to-date/

MOVE OVER BLUE WINE: GREEN CANNABIS WINE IS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

Winabis is infused with Cannabidiol (CBD), a compound found in cannabis believed to be non-psychoactive, unlike Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/12/move-over-blue-wine-green-cannabis-wine-is-now-available-online/

KELLOGG’S LAUNCHES BEER MADE WITH REJECTED CORNFLAKES

The brewery used around 60kg of rejected cornflakes for the beer and 10p from each can purchased will be donated to food distribution charity FareShare.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/12/kelloggs-launches-beer-made-with-rejected-cornflakes/

ALTERNATIVE WINE CLOSURES A ‘GOOD FIT’ WITH HIGH END WINE, STUDY FINDS

The study, conducted at Mind Insights, a scientific marketing organization within the University of Louvain in Belgium, was designed to better understand consumer perception of its closures and gauge whether plant-based closures in high-end wine, specifically Vinvention’s bio-based Normacorc Reserva closure, which is partly made from renewable plant-based materials, is seen as inferior to cork.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/12/wine-closures-and-high-end-wine-a-good-fit/

A taste for terroir: the evolution of the Australian wine label

While we can tell the most about wine by drinking it, the door into this experience for bottled wine is the label.

https://theconversation.com/a-taste-for-terroir-the-evolution-of-the-australian-wine-label-102262

New wine app promises to revolutionise the wine industry

It said the My Wine Society app, which is free to download, is the first wine app where users can “interact, share, explore, and be rewarded” and will “revolutionise the wine industry using gamification”.

http://www.harpers.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/24456/_New_wine_app_promises_to_revolutionise_the_wine_industry.html

5 South American Grape Varieties On the Rise

From Béquignol to Vischoqueña, winemakers are embracing the continent’s lesser-known varieties

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/five-south-american-grape-varieties-on-the-rise/

Ripeness

Of all the issues at the heart of fine wine, perhaps one represents the crucial battleground: ripeness. To make good wine, ripe grapes are a prerequisite. But what exactly is ripeness? How is it defined? And when is ripe too ripe?

http://www.worldoffinewine.com/news/ripeness-part-1-6876932?fbclid=IwAR1x-8N9ERZbrVy_xjVR2tdYCGp-jBCRySpixzkSnYGttpbNAXSIxmtLsLI

 

Air-oir on the Amalfi Coast

A life of heroic viticulture in southern Italy’s rugged paradise

https://www.winespectator.com/blogs/show/id/Cantine-Marisa-Cuomo-Italy-Amalfi-Coast-Wine

 

10 Things That Might Surprise You About Prohibition

It’s the 85th anniversary of the 21st Amendment. Remember that?

https://www.winespectator.com/blogs/show/id/10-Things-That-Might-Surprise-You-About-Prohibition

 

Enhancing Terroir with Biodynamics

Preserving Wine Identity Through Innovation

https://thenewgastronome.com/enhancing-terroir-with-biodynamics/

 

A new Grateful Dead beer is coming, and it’s brewed with granola

Dogfish Head, the acclaimed Delaware brewing operation, is partnering with iconic jam band the Grateful Dead. American Beauty, a pale ale brewed with granola and wildflower honey named after the band’s landmark 1970 LP.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2018/12/05/new-grateful-dead-beer-coming-dogfish-head-american-beauty/2212869002/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=usatoday-lifetopstories

 

How to Pair Wine With Oreos

Let’s get this out of the way: The correct drink to “pair” with an Oreo cookie (or six) is a glass of milk.

http://www.grubstreet.com/2018/12/oreo-wine-pairing.html

 

Tips for pairing food and wine when you’re dining out

Going out to eat is one of the great joys of being a foodie. But it can be even more exciting as a wine lover.

https://qctimes.com/entertainment/dining/bottled-up-tips-for-pairing-food-and-wine-when-you/article_d3307ad6-f4de-564b-98a7-bb7708353fa6.html

 

British Columbia’s Budding Wine Scene

It may surprise you that grapes survive and thrive in British Columbia’s climate. And they produce exceptional wines you’ll want to look out for.

https://www.winemag.com/2018/12/05/british-columbias-budding-wine-scene/

 

You’re Drinking Wine Wrong — Here’s How To Fix It

Riedel gives us the inside scoop.

http://www.lonny.com/See+It+Now/articles/wzC2Qx5R1-7/Drinking+Wine+Wrong+How+Fix

 

YOUR DRUNK AUNT WAS RIGHT: THE HOT TODDY IS THE CURE TO THE COMMON COLD

Instead of wasting your money wandering the aisles of your local pharmacy, trying every over the counter remedy you can get your hands on, head to your liquor store, grab a nice bottle of whiskey and make a hot toddy instead.

https://vinepair.com/wine-blog/drunk-aunt-right-hot-toddy-cure-common-cold/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=a19dae0740-Dec_06_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-a19dae0740-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-a19dae0740-38937345&mc_cid=a19dae0740&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

Kevin Zraly

Kevin Zraly is a legendary New York-based author and beloved, longtime wine instructor.

http://www.oregonwinepress.com/kevin-zraly

Can grocery store private label wine save cheap wine from itself?

Are U.S. retailers ready to sell quality private label wine like their European counterparts?

https://www.winecurmudgeon.com/can-grocery-store-private-label-wine-save-cheap-wine-from-itself/

The Absolute Best Way to Minimize a Hangover, According to a Doctor

Roughly 23 percent of people may be resistant to hangovers. For the other 77 percent of us, well, at least there’s black coffee, next-day bagel sandwiches, and lots of aspirin.

https://food52.com/blog/23457-how-to-drink-alcohol-without-getting-hungover-hangover-cures-prevent

How Prohibition Shaped American Wine Country

If Prohibition never happened, could Missouri have been Napa? We take an in-depth look at how the 18th amendment changed wine in the U.S., who survived, and how.

https://www.winemag.com/2018/12/05/prohibition-american-wine-country/

Music affects wine perception — Even among experts

Several recent studies have demonstrated that music can significantly influence the eating/drinking experience

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/fsn3.554

 

How low can you go?

What makes a wine worth drinking?

http://www.harpers.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/24461/Tim_Atkin_MW:_How_low_can_you_go_.html

 

Do You Know About This Tuscan Fail Safe Practice?

Governo is a winemaking technique, which dates back to the fourteenth Century AD. Invented in the region of Tuscany, these selected grape aren’t only saved to help complete fermentation, but they may also help to stabilize the wine. Grapes are allowed to partially dry, not completely, though.

https://www.wine-blog.org/index.php/2018/12/05/do-you-know-about-this-tuscan-fail-safe-practice/

 

How one woman is turning Chinese wine into your next must-have drink

How Emma Gao is turning Chinese wine into your next must-have drink

https://www.vogue.com.au/culture/lifestyle/how-one-woman-is-turning-chinese-wine-into-your-next-musthave-drink/news-story/bb7c6a93db199554f959818db51da1fb

 

2018 TOP VALUES From Wine Spectator

Top 100 values are out what we have:

89 $17 RODNEY STRONG Sauvignon Blanc Northern Sonoma Charlotte’s Home 2017 California This distinctive version opens with a smoky, toasty note that melts into marmalade, yuzu and pomelo flavors, with vibrant acidity.

88 $13 LOUIS LATOUR Chardonnay Ardèche Grand 2016 France Pretty, offering ripe pear and apple fruit inlaid with light toasted hazelnut and brioche notes, balanced by good acidity. —James Molesworth

90 $20 MAISON L’ENVOYÉ Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Straight Shooter 2016 Oregon Generous and lively, with raspberry and baking spice flavors that dance along the vibrant finish. —Tim Fish

90 $16 BODEGAS CAMPO VIEJO Rioja Reserva 2013Spain Lean, firm and focused, with cherry, tea, leafy, licorice and spice flavors. —Thomas Matthews

88 $13 DOMAINE STE. MICHELLE Brut Columbia Valley NV Washington Plump and zesty, this sparkler features easygoing flavors of pear and spice. —Tim Fish

88 $18 MICHELE CHIARLO Moscato d’Asti Nivole 2017 Italy Tea rose and spice notes lace the ripe nectarine and candied pink grapefruit peel flavors in this bright and balanced Moscato. —Alison Napjus

https://top100.winespectator.com/values/?utm_campaign=Top100_2018&utm_source=LZ_Top100_Values_Eml2_120618&utm_medium=email

 

A COMPLETE INTRODUCTION TO THE WINES OF CHILE

Chile is one of the most unique countries in the world for making wine thanks to the diversity of its geography.

https://vinepair.com/articles/chile-infographic-map/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=9407f782e9-Dec_07_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-9407f782e9-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-9407f782e9-38937345&mc_cid=9407f782e9&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

 

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CRÈME DE CASSIS, EXPLAINED

Though it sounds like the kind of spirit you find stashed away in a dusty cabinet, crème de cassis deserves your attention

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8 New California AVAs on the Horizon

What you need to know about the Golden State’s new appellations

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/8-new-california-avas-on-the-horizon/?utm_campaign=SevenFifty%20Daily%20Weekly%20Digest&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=68130411&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9haC4lZ7Gr3d4ryz5q8y6IzFLhXMI26NJvQeYxjRb0OCwo37ccWQVcd40oGe7OWXu-Fup1dsHBtG5xQJ5iuG5tDWmUJfzCvua36tNrxmVy_54HzCc&_hsmi=68130607

 

Celebrate with Sparkling Wine Alternatives

Don’t get us wrong, we love bubbly, but sometimes you have to switch it up with alternatives like mead, cider, perry and brut beer.

https://www.winemag.com/2018/12/06/celebrate-sparkling-wine-alternatives/

 

How to Wrap a Wine Bottle Like a Pro

Never gift a naked bottle of bubbly again.

https://www.departures.com/lifestyle/how-to-wrap-wine-bottle-like-pro

 

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Liquor Industry News/Links 12-10-18

December 10, 2018

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12-10-2018

 

Liquor Industry Week In Review

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This Weeks Highlights:

 

New Products

 

What Exactly Is Kosher Beer Anyway?

FIREBALL-SPIKED CUPCAKES ARE HERE TO LIGHT UP YOUR HOLIDAY SPREAD

How to Gift Wrap a Bottle of Wine 

 

AND MORE!

How Big Is Italy

https://www.wanderingitaly.com/blog/article/1063/how-big-is-italy

 

How to name a wine: a look at different approaches

Apart from their brand identities, whether these be large or small in scale, and any collective appellations that designate a place of origin for a wine, be that on the scale of a country, a region, a county or a smaller geographical entity, wine producers still have to decide what to call each of the wines that they produce.

https://les5duvin.wordpress.com/2018/11/26/how-to-name-a-wine-a-look-at-different-approaches/

 

US wine drinkers defined in six segments

US drinkers are changing their behavior towards the wine category, the US Portraits 2018 from Wine Intelligence has revealed.

http://www.harpers.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/24407/US_wine_drinkers_defined_in_six_segments.html

 

Wines $20 and under make up 51.1% of the market by value and all are growing.

 

Coffee’s bitterness is a natural warning system

It turns out that the more sensitive people are to the bitter taste of caffeine, the more coffee they drink

https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2018/11/25/coffees-bitterness-is-a-natural-warning-system/

 

A new association for Chianti Classico

Twenty-five local estates have joined to establish the San Casciano Classico Association, whose aim is the promotion and protection of winegrowing estates in the municipal area of San Casciano in Val di Pesa, in the Chianti Classico production zone.

https://www.meininger.de/en/wine-business-international/news/new-association-chianti-classico

 

Don’t Overlook Wines from the Abruzzo Region

Wine cooperatives dominate the Abruzzo region. This gives small growers more of a voice in policy decisions being made and allows them to focus on new opportunities and export.

https://hudsonvalleywinegoddess.com/dont-overlook-wines-from-the-abruzzo-region/

 

A New Era for U.S. Wine-Labeling Laws

Recent disputes find winemakers and legislators reconsidering America’s laissez-faire attitude toward veracity in wine labeling

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/a-new-era-for-u-s-wine-labeling-laws/

 

 

10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SIERRA NEVADA BREWING

Now a household name among beer drinkers, Sierra Nevada Brewing was once a one-man show.

https://vinepair.com/articles/10-things-you-should-know-about-sierra-nevada-brewing/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=b59945d24d-Nov_27_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-b59945d24d-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-b59945d24d-38937345&mc_cid=b59945d24d&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

 

Big Wine Brands vs. Independent Wineries

Did you know that much of the wine we see at supermarket chains actually stem from just a handful of major brands? It’s true – and slightly shocking. Let’s take a closer look at the differences between big brands and independent wineries to uncover how where you shop really affects the wines you see and the bottles you bring home.

https://winefolly.com/tutorial/wine-brands-vs-independent-producers/

 

Everything You Need to Know About Merlot

Here are answers to all your burning questions about one of America’s favorite red wines.

https://www.winemag.com/2018/11/26/everything-you-need-to-know-about-merlot/

 

5 Questions You’re Too Scared to Ask a Wine Expert

Ah wine. Wine, wine, wine. What would we do without you and your grapey goodness?

https://tendaily.com.au/lifestyle/life/a181126cqk/5-questions-youre-too-scared-to-ask-a-wine-expert-20181126

 

The Hottest Trends in Italian Wine

The Tre Bicchieri tasting hosted by Gambero Rosso offer a snapshot of Italy and its wines.

https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2018/11/the-hottest-trends-in-italian-wine

 

Delicato Adds To Import Stable, Taking On Schmitt Söhne

California’s Delicato Family Vineyards is expanding its imported wine portfolio, adding Germany’s Schmitt Söhne to its range effective in January. Schmitt Söhne, which previously handled its own U.S. importing, is known for Riesling and includes its namesake flagship brand, as well as Relax Wines, Fünf Wines, and the Thomas Schmitt Private Collection. Delicato will also import luxury estate wines Bischöfliche Weinguter Trier, Schloss Vollrads, Friedrich-Wilhelm-Gymnasium, and Franz Keller, which are distributed but not owned by Schmitt Söhne. Overall, the Schmitt Söhne range totals about 700,000 cases in the U.S. Delicato’s import lineup also includes Chile’s Santa Rita, which joined the portfolio in April.

 

The Evolution of Three-Tier is Here:

Liberation Distribution (LibDib) and Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) Form a New Partnership

https://libdib.com/blog/the-evolution-of-three-tier-is-here-liberation-distribution-libdib-and-republic-national-distributing-company-rndc-form-a-new-partnership/

100 Best Sonoma Wines 2018

Sonoma Magazine’s annual selection of the “Top 100 Wines of Sonoma” has been announced.

https://www.sonomamag.com/100-best-sonoma-wines-2018/

This Hidden Wine Region Is Putting the Midwest on the Wine Map

A little region best known for cherries, sprawling sand dunes, massive blue lakes, and bucolic scenery may just be America’s next great wine touring region.

https://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/wine/michigan-traverse-city-old-mission-leelanau-peninsula-wine-region-vineyards

ON THE ORIGINS OF CONSTANTIA

It’s time to introduce Constantia, the vast farm awarded to Cape commander Simon van der Stel on 13 July 1685, the sub-divisions of which go on to produce (historically) the southern hemisphere’s most famous wine, legendary sweet Constantia,

https://winemag.co.za/joanne-gibson-on-the-origins-of-constantia/comment-page-1/

11 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT PROSECCO

So before any of us makes our next Bellini (with Prosecco, ahem), let’s take some time to get to know the bubbles in the bottle.

https://vinepair.com/wine-blog/11-things-you-didnt-know-about-prosecco/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=6ecccfe538-Nov_28_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-6ecccfe538-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-6ecccfe538-38937345&mc_cid=6ecccfe538&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

This invention keeps bottled beer cold, did $1M in sales in 10 days and scored a million-dollar deal on ‘Shark Tank’

Bottlekeeper is a stainless steel bottle insulated with neoprene and padded so that it can hold a glass bottle, keep it cold and protect it from breaking if dropped.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/27/bottlekeeper-keeps-beer-cold-won-million-dollar-deal-on-shark-tank.html

This man was teased for his ‘beer belly.’ It turned out to be a 77-pound cancerous tumor.

At 300 pounds, he said, strangers had started to stare, and friends were cracking jokes about his “beer belly,” even though he said he rarely drank the beverage.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2018/11/27/this-man-was-teased-his-beer-belly-it-turned-out-be-pound-cancerous-tumor/?utm_term=.61e635acded9

Diageo unveils Baileys-flavored baking ingredients

The baking chips, which are non-alcoholic, are available from Amazon and through select retailers, and will be rolled out across the US by Easter 2019.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2018/11/diageo-unveils-baileys-flavoured-baking-ingredients/

What is natural wine and does ‘natural’ mean that it’s healthier?

Isn’t all wine technically natural? Here’s the answer to that question, and a few more questions you might have about the newest trend for wine enthusiasts:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/2018/11/27/natural-wines-what-they-and-they-healthier-than-wine/2090708002/

How wine corks are made – and why scientists are raising the alarm

In this 360 report, join us to see how wine corks are made and why scientists are worried about the future.

https://www.euronews.com/2018/11/26/how-wine-corks-are-made-and-why-scientists-are-raising-the-alarm

How to buy the right wine for someone special, according to 3 expert winemakers

We’ve all been there. A family member announces they can make it to Christmas lunch after all, or you realize a treasured friend’s big birthday is tomorrow and you haven’t yet got them a gift.

https://www.afr.com/lifestyle/food-and-wine/how-to-buy-the-right-wine-for-someone-special-20181122-h1875w

Surviving the Festive Season When It’s “Your Job” To Drink

Navigating wellness through the holiday season can trigger anxiety and stress responses in even the biggest tinsel-lover.

https://abalancedglass.com/30-days-of-discovery/2018/11/23/moderating-in-the-festive-season

How to name a wine: a look at different approaches

Apart from their brand identities, whether these be large or small in scale, and any collective appellations that designate a place of origin for a wine, be that on the scale of a country, a region, a county or a smaller geographical entity, wine producers still have to decide what to call each of the wines that they produce.

https://les5duvin.wordpress.com/2018/11/26/how-to-name-a-wine-a-look-at-different-approaches/

Let’s Talk About Sekt, Baby

Not many know Germany consumes more sparkling wine than any country on earth. Even less known are the exceptional bottles they make. Here’s your Sekt 101.

https://www.winemag.com/2018/11/27/lets-talk-about-sekt/

Finding its roots: Syrah’s success in New Zealand

While the country might be associated with Marlborough Sauvignon, New Zealand has much more to offer. Recently returned from the country, Amanda Barnes explains why Syrah is emerging as one of its most prized varieties, producing complex and cellar-worthy styles

https://blog.bbr.com/2018/11/24/finding-its-roots-syrahs-success-in-new-zealand/

The Growing Wine World: Everyone Wants In

Wine-drinkers live in all parts of the globe and the wine world needs to adapt.

https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2018/11/the-growing-wine-world-everyone-wants-in

 

The Ugly Truth About Wine Retailers

It’s common knowledge that wine wholesalers everywhere are genetically opposed to free trade and real consumer access to products.

https://fermentationwineblog.com/2018/11/the-ugly-truth-about-wine-retailers/

 

Select Board denies liquor license requests

The Needham Select Board found itself in a precarious situation back in October when two separate retailers- Volante Farms and Gordon’s Fine Wines and Liquors- requested a liquor license from the board when there was only one left to spare.

Following a month of deliberation, during which time members reviewed both applications and written input from the public, the Select Board voted on Tuesday to deny both of the applications in favor of reserving the license for future use.

http://needham.wickedlocal.com/news/20181128/select-board-denies-liquor-license-requests

 

Sip from a nip? Not in Chelsea MA

Chelsea MA this year became the first municipality in Massachusetts to ban the sale of the ubiquitous little liquor bottles, blaming them for contributing to public drunkenness in the downtown area it has worked hard to revive.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/11/29/sip-from-nip-not-chelsea/IMOLjTjTSgJrO26ghqoY1K/story.html

 

PUB BUILDS GIANT 20FT SNOWMAN OUT OF 2,000 WINE BOTTLES

The giant snowman stands alongside the pub’s gingerbread house display, first installed last year, which sees the 19th century inn covered in oversized sweets and treats made by two local artists.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/11/pub-builds-giant-20ft-snowman-out-of-2000-wine-bottles/

 

WHAT’S THE BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION ABOUT SPARKLING WINE?

From where to turn for bubbly bargains, to food pairing tips, we spoke with some of the country’s leading wine professionals about the biggest misconceptions surrounding sparkling wine.

https://vinepair.com/articles/we-asked-11-somms-whats-the-biggest-misconception-about-sparkling-wine/

 

Why Valpolicella Ripasso Is The Best Wine To Please A Crowd

Valpolicella Ripasso is often referred to as Baby Amarone

https://www.forbes.com/sites/katiebell/2018/11/28/why-valpolicella-ripasso-is-the-best-wine-to-please-a-crowd/#69e1bed76a30

 

5 uses for all that leftover holiday party wine — both red and white

Whatever you do, don’t dump that sweet elixir! Here are five quick and easy uses for all that vino.

https://www.expressnews.com/food/recipes-cooking/article/5-uses-for-all-that-leftover-holiday-party-wine-13429077.php

 

China’s Changing Taste in Wine

All told, red wine has over 80 percent of the market. Add that red is a lucky color and it essentially means all other wines are afterthoughts, right? Not necessarily.

https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2018/11/chinas-changing-taste-in-wine

 

 

Pairing Wine with Holiday Movies

Why are there so many holiday movies? Everyone rolls their eyes at most of them, there really aren’t that many good ones, and yet we continue to devour them.

https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2018/11/pairing-wine-with-holiday-movies.html

 

THIS IS WHY PROSECCO IS THE PERFECT BUBBLY FOR THE HOLIDAYS

When planning the drinks menu for your holiday gathering, the question arises: Should one serve Champagne? Sparkling cider? Seltzer-spiked cocktails? The best option, however, is something else entirely: Prosecco,!

We Have Many Types AND Levels In Stock!

https://vinepair.com/articles/this-is-why-prosecco-is-the-perfect-bubbly-for-the-holidays/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=b86afa879c-Nov_29_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-b86afa879c-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-b86afa879c-38937345&mc_cid=b86afa879c&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

 

 

The Differences Between Prosecco, Franciacorta, And Other Italian Bubbles, Explained

Here are the differences between Prosecco, Lambrusco, Franciacorta, Trentodoc, and Asti Spumante.

https://vinepair.com/articles/the-differences-between-prosecco-franciacorta-and-other-italian-bubbles-explained/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=b86afa879c-Nov_29_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-b86afa879c-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-b86afa879c-38937345&mc_cid=b86afa879c&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

 

WHY WE ‘CHRISTEN’ SHIPS BY SMASHING BOTTLES OF CHAMPAGNE AGAINST THEIR HULLS

For as long as mankind has sailed the oceans, there’s been some form of ceremony to mark the launch of a new ship

https://vinepair.com/articles/champagne-christening-new-ships/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=b86afa879c-Nov_29_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-b86afa879c-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-b86afa879c-38937345&mc_cid=b86afa879c&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

 

 

Champagne Toe-sts: The Strange History of Drinking Bubbly From Women’s Shoes

The strange, once-popular practice is said to be of Russian origin, dating back to the late 19th century.

https://vinepair.com/articles/champagne-womens-shoes/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=b86afa879c-Nov_29_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-b86afa879c-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-b86afa879c-38937345&mc_cid=b86afa879c&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

 

 

Oregon Cabernet on the rise

Internationally renowned for Pinot Noir, the quality of Oregon’s Cabernet Sauvignon has now reached “unprecedented levels,” according to several producers in the state.

http://www.harpers.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/24431/Oregon_Cabernet_on_the_rise.html

Argentina’s top grape varieties: More Malbec and Syrah

The most important grape in Argentina is Malbec and it has doubled its acreage in the last 15 years. It has now 18% of the vine surface in the country. Syrah has also increased its acreage substantially.

https://www.bkwine.com/news/argentinas-top-grape-varieties-malbec-syrah/

The wine expert and liquor store owner has been selling for 47 years, sober for 33.

I know my wines. This is my specialty – the nose knows. If I have to, I swirl and spit. And I always spit.

http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/food_wine/the-wine-expert-and-liquor-store-owner-has-been-selling/article_513806f0-f36f-11e8-9daf-ab4e0a00144a.html

One man spent a decade studying hangovers. He may have found a cure.

Forget death and taxes: Hangovers may be society’s most brutal equalizer.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/one-man-spent-a-decade-studying-hangovers-he-may-have-found-a-cure/2018/11/28/d3a56f56-f185-11e8-80d0-f7e1948d55f4_story.html?utm_term=.15e6b1e392b9

Wine By Numbers: How Cathy Huyghe Created Big Data for the Wine Industry

The ability to crunch and analyze trillions of points of data has transformed so many consumer-facing industries: retail, fitness, even groceries. So why, Cathy Huyghe wondered, had it not impacted an industry she (and many of us) loved dearly: wine?

https://hypepotamus.com/people/cathy-huyghe/

How to Gift Wrap a Bottle of Wine 

Stumped on how to wrap a bottle of wine you’re gifting for the holidays? We’ve got you covered with 3 creative ways to give your gift a personal touch.

https://video.winespectator.com/play/id/5852516410001/name/How_to_Gift_Wrap_a_Bottle_of_Wine

Is Copper Safe for Wine?

The European Union is considering severely limiting the use of copper sulfate to fight mildew in vineyards; organic farmers argue fungus will run rampant without it

https://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/Is-Copper-Safe-for-Wine

Syrah or Shiraz, what does it mean for price?

Syrah and Shiraz are made from the same variety of grapes but what you call the wine on the label has a big impact on the price, according to research by Charles Sturt University (CSU).

https://www.miragenews.com/syrah-or-shiraz-what-does-it-mean-for-price/

WU-TANG CLAN’S RAEKWON LAUNCHES LAMBRUSCO

As reported by Wine Spectator, the Wu-Tang Clan rapper has released Licataa Lambrusco in the US, which comes in a pale blue chrome bottle with an archer logo.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/11/wu-tang-clans-raekwon-launches-lambrusco/

CHAMPAGNE BOTTLE EXPLODES AS MAN TRIES TO SHOW-OFF SABERING SKILLS

A man was left red-faced after his attempt at sabrage didn’t exactly go to plan, with the bottle exploding all over him as he tried to remove the cork with a knife.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/11/watch-champagne-bottle-explodes-as-man-tries-to-show-off-sabering-skills/

How to Pretend to Know Something About Wine This Holiday Season

And Other Wine-Related Tips from American Wine Expert and Former Playboy Columnist, Dan Dunn

https://www.urbandaddy.com/articles/42948/how-to-pretend-to-know-something-about-wine-this-holiday-season

The Legalities of Hosting a Drink Event

Lawyers and event planners share tips for reducing the risk of alcohol-related accidents and limiting liability

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/the-legalities-of-hosting-a-drink-event/?utm_campaign=SevenFifty%20Daily%20Weekly%20Digest&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=67930057&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8LFoMLcli_8NF0QBucJPcXcYY7NK6QtX_mhkirznVYGUpcjUW_-z9t0d1NwcxrNmvVrdGqlLl9JJup78tQl7B9LMnDlRRHOGdYcLaEmLeDEmsKVX8&_hsmi=67930603

Do Wine Drinkers Really Trade Up?

It’s a more complicated question than you might think

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/voices/do-wine-drinkers-really-trade-up/?utm_campaign=SevenFifty%20Daily%20Weekly%20Digest&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=67930057&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8LFoMLcli_8NF0QBucJPcXcYY7NK6QtX_mhkirznVYGUpcjUW_-z9t0d1NwcxrNmvVrdGqlLl9JJup78tQl7B9LMnDlRRHOGdYcLaEmLeDEmsKVX8&_hsmi=67930603

FIREBALL-SPIKED CUPCAKES ARE HERE TO LIGHT UP YOUR HOLIDAY SPREAD

Fireball Cinnamon Whisky-dosed cupcakes are here, and all you have to do to make the dream come true is add Fireball to your cake batter.

https://vinepair.com/booze-news/fireball-spiked-cupcakes-are-lit/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=18f7fc6201-NOV_30_2018_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-18f7fc6201-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-18f7fc6201-38937345&mc_cid=18f7fc6201&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

 

 

What makes a wine vintage?

Knowing the differences between various vintages is of paramount importance to wine collectors

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/food-and-drink/wine/expert-guide/what-makes-a-vintage-wine/

What Exactly Is Kosher Beer Anyway?

When it comes to beer, though, the rules start to get a bit fuzzier.

https://oct.co/essays/kosher-beer-hanukkah-101

 

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Liquor Industry News/Links 12-03-18

December 3, 2018

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12-03-2018

 

Liquor Industry Week In Review

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This Weeks Highlights:

 

New Products

 

Top 10 Reasons Wine Lovers Can Be Thankful

 

What Buyers Need to Know About Gose

Bloody Marys Require Restraint

 

AND MORE!

 

INHALABLE ALCOHOLIC BALLOONS TO LAUNCH ON INDIEGOGO

Cloud Buzz is described as a “refreshing” way to enjoy shots of all spirits, served in specially designed balloons that are pressurized, and contain vaporized premixed spirits inside.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/11/inhalable-alcoholic-balloons-to-launch-on-indiegogo/

MEXICAN TEQUILA REGULATORS NOT A FAN OF ELON MUSK’S ‘TESLAQUILA’

As reported by Reuters, Mexico’s Tequila Regulatory Council (CRT) is worried the name will confuse consumers, as “‘Teslaquila’ evokes the word tequila … [and] tequila is a protected word.”

https://vinepair.com/booze-news/mexican-tequila-regulators-teslaquila/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=5991a86be4-Nov_19_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-5991a86be4-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-5991a86be4-38937345&mc_cid=5991a86be4&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

Bloody Marys Require Restraint

The Bloody Mary is the most inconsistently made cocktail

https://vinepair.com/articles/dos-donts-bloody-mary-recipe/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=5991a86be4-Nov_19_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-5991a86be4-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-5991a86be4-38937345&mc_cid=5991a86be4&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

 

AB INBEV WANTS TO SELL YOU A KEURIG FOR PRE-MIXED COCKTAILS

Drinkworks, a joint venture between the single-serving coffee machine maker, and Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), announced a new pod-based drinks maker.

https://vinepair.com/booze-news/ab-inbev-pre-mixed-cocktails/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=5991a86be4-Nov_19_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-5991a86be4-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-5991a86be4-38937345&mc_cid=5991a86be4&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

 

Is Less Really More for Wine Labels?

Wine labels have a habit of being dense and over-complicated.

https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2018/11/is-less-really-more-for-wine-labels

 

New Industry Podcast

Pernod Ricard has launched a new podcast highlighting happenings across its portfolio. The bi-weekly podcast will run every other Wednesday, hosted by Tavarus Hogans, Pernod’s manager of performance and learning, and will center on “Four Key Things To Know” each week, including timely, seasonal products in the portfolio alongside material on new-and-noteworthy launches.

 

 

Brands are clueless about what consumers think are important (And the consequences can be disastrous)

 

THE UNLAMENTED DISAPPEARANCE OF RAISIN BLANC

The chances are, of course, that at least 90% percent of Winemag’s readership have never heard of raisin blanc

https://winemag.co.za/tim-james-the-unlamented-disappearance-of-raisin-blanc/

 

Do You Know Verdicchio and Le Marche, Italy Are Quietly Famous?

Some might even say it’s a best kept secret, but I don’t mind letting this secret out of the bag…

https://www.wine-blog.org/index.php/2018/11/18/do-you-know-verdicchio/

 

Wine without grapes

For thousands of years, wine has been a product that has played a role in festivities, religious events and day to day life. While some of those wines have been made from other fruit sources, the majority have relied on the production of grapes. Could this be set to change?

https://www.ruralnewsgroup.co.nz/wine-grower/wg-general-news/wine-without-grapes

 

Wine Spectator Unveils The Top 100 Wines Of 2018

After revealing its Top 10 Wines of 2018 in a countdown last week, Wine Spectator has now published its full Top 100 Wines list for the year.

Each year, Wine Spectator editors survey the wines reviewed over the previous 12 months and select the Top 100, based on quality, value, availability, and excitement. This annual list honors successful wineries, regions, and vintages around the world.

For detailed profiles of the 2018 picks, check out the complete Top 100 Wines of 2018 package in the upcoming December 31, 2018, issue of Wine Spectator, which hits newsstands on December 4.

 

New Wine

Cooper & Thief Cellarmasters, part of the Constellation portfolio, has launched a new Cooper & Thief Cabernet Sauvignon ($60) that has aged six months in rye whiskey barrels from Constellation’s High West Distillery in Utah. This is the third entry in Cooper & Thief’s line of wines aged in spirits barrels, joining the Red Blend (primarily Merlot and Syrah) aged in ex-Bourbon barrels and Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc aged in former Casa Noble Añejo Tequila barrels.

 

9 QUESTIONS ABOUT BEAUJOLAIS YOU’RE TOO EMBARRASSED TO ASK

Made from acidic and fruity Gamay, Beaujolais is lighter-bodied and lower-alcohol than most reds, and offers a (relatively) inexpensive alternative to similar styles from nearby Burgundy.

https://vinepair.com/articles/best-beaujolais-nouveau-2018-wine-guide/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=078c766b04-Nov_20_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-078c766b04-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-078c766b04-38937345&mc_cid=078c766b04&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

9 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT TECATE

Tecate is more than a Mexican lager. The self-described “true champion of men” claims to provide legendary nights, lifelong memories, and an ideal grilling companion. It also, somehow, thinks it is the perfect light lager for ladies.

https://vinepair.com/articles/tecate-beer-mexico-review-meaning/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=078c766b04-Nov_20_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-078c766b04-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-078c766b04-38937345&mc_cid=078c766b04&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

What Buyers Need to Know About Gose

A primer on the little-known sour beer style, which is seeing explosive growth in the American craft market

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/what-buyers-need-to-know-about-gose/?utm_campaign=SevenFifty%20Daily%20Weekly%20Digest&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=67635657&_hsenc=p2ANqtz–5in0dX6FM–93P_xf8i-SzKy3YwcYXS3A175YvfZYAr1FnhZsSqjqoLbQLMnDjixAuPlnLcOjjsx6wbWggHOB4FYkq5yrrdqRk34AryirlKoS49M&_hsmi=67635802

Feds shut down controversial Elouan wine labels

Wineries are forbidden from referring to specific Oregon winegrowing regions on their labels and marketing materials if the grapes are trucked from Oregon to California for production. All such wines are limited to using the word “Oregon” to describe their point of origin.

https://www.oregonlive.com/wine/index.ssf/2018/11/feds_lower_boom_on_controversi.html

THE ENTHUSIAST 100 OF 2018

The Enthusiast 100 is the apex of our yearly round-ups, offering an impressive collection that represents some of the top wines reviewed this year

https://www.winemag.com/toplists/enthusiast-top-100-wines-2018/

PORTUGAL RECORDS ‘LOWEST WINE PRODUCTION OF THE LAST TWO DECADES’

Reduction in yields was blamed on a heatwave in August and heavy rains that interrupted harvesting in October, as well as flash floods and storms in the Douro.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/11/portugal-records-lowest-wine-production-of-the-last-two-decades/

 

CHINA LAUNCHES ITS OWN WINE RATING SYSTEM

The Chinese wine rating system will use a scoring scale of 10 points, different from the more popular 100 point system favoured by critics such as Robert Parker and James Suckling

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/11/china-launches-its-own-wine-rating-system/

 

TOP WINE TRENDS FOR 2019

While a trend for veganism looks set to dominate the hospitality industry, will 2019 be the year it makes a significant mark on the drinks industry?

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/11/bibendum-top-wine-trends-for-2019/

 

How To Not Be A Boring Wine Person

How to not be boring, when it comes to all things wine for the holidays.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/cathyhuyghe/2018/11/20/how-to-not-be-a-boring-wine-person/#9c589cc7a6ef

 

 

Keep an eye out for unusual varietals

The U.S. wine culture, one of the world’s youngest, has relied on a few grapes for its table wines. Wine regions in many other areas make table wines from far more grape varieties than most Americans ever imagined.

https://www.pressdemocrat.com/lifestyle/8976220-181/berger-on-wine-keep-an

 

Top 10 Reasons Wine Lovers Can Be Thankful

Interesting read

https://fermentationwineblog.com/2018/11/top-10-reasons-wine-lovers-can-be-thankful/

 

 

The Best White Wines For Red Wine Drinkers

Wine drinkers often times pick a side: Team Red or Team White. Red enthusiasts, who make up 58% of the American population

https://www.thrillist.com/drink/nation/best-white-wines-for-red-wine-drinkers

Holiday Wine Pairing Guide

Sharing good food enriched with even better drink, the holidays seem to make their own memories.

https://www.modernrestaurantmanagement.com/holiday-wine-pairing-guide-infographic/

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Costco’s Wine

Here are seven things I learned about Costco’s wine. Did you know these things?

https://www.thekitchn.com/costco-wine-secrets-shopping-tips-262993

The 18 wine regions of Oregon, from green valleys to the high desert

When we talk about Oregon wine country, we are typically speaking about one place: the Willamette Valley.

https://www.oregonlive.com/expo/life-and-culture/erry-2018/11/40a837e3663598/the-18-wine-regions-of-oregon.html

 

Top 100 Aromas in Wine – A to Z

This is, for a large part, why many wine lovers, winos and amateurs think wine is one of the finest and most-interesting foods out there! —

http://socialvignerons.com/2018/05/08/top-100-aromas-in-wine-a-to-z/#prettyPhoto

 

 

Is Your Wine Collection Insured? Probably Not!

On average, the value of the wine cellars of self-described wine connoisseurs is between $50,000 and $100,000. The total value of collectible wines and spirits in private hands has been estimated to be between $5 and $10 billion. Less than 10% of those collections are insured.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/joemicallef/2018/11/24/is-your-wine-collection-insured-probably-not/#2793b4aa2010

 

Organic wine market set to grow dramatically over next five years

According to Reuters, sales of organic wine are forecast to top 1 billion bottles by 2022, up from 676 million last year and nearly three times the 349 million bottles sold in 2012.

https://europe.businesschief.com/leadership/2380/Organic-wine-market-set-to-grow-dramatically-over-next-five-years

 

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November 26, 2018

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Going for a checkup? You may be screened for alcohol use

 

Is Wine Gluten-Free?

 

THE 10 MOST POPULAR BEER BRANDS IN THE WORLD (2018)

 

AND MORE!

 

HESTON REVEALS TRICK TO MAKE WINE TASTE BETTER

He told the Australian paper that the trick to making any wine taste better is to picture someone “you love dearly” while you’re sipping it. To test the theory, he said you should then take another sip while thinking of someone you actively dislike.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/11/heston-reveals-trick-to-make-wine-taste-better/

 

TUSSOCK JUMPER BRINGS ‘WINE TO LIFE’ WITH APP

Just scan the front label, and the animal will come to life to tell the consumer about the product in an accent reflecting the source country of the wine.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/11/tussock-jumper-brings-wine-to-life-with-app/

 

Beer and American Patriotism are Inseparable Thanks to WWII

As anyone who has ever watched any sports broadcast can attest, nothing is more American than beer.

https://vinepair.com/articles/world-war-two-beer-patriotism/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=8bf9aaf70b-Nov_12_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-8bf9aaf70b-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-8bf9aaf70b-38937345&mc_cid=8bf9aaf70b&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

 

The Next Wave of Sustainability in Wine

Winemakers discuss three ways to take environmental efforts to new heights

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/the-next-wave-of-sustainability-in-wine/?utm_campaign=SevenFifty%20Daily%20Weekly%20Digest&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=67440873&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9BNFhfdi21IYBnzFmdRcVG__hBN47gDuu0QAvOuDkiFPPDvwQxoge2AAbI1zlJNFycO44uxcY6b61tRO793wZ_IznoH7q0MGXQan1V76mhOwQyFDI&_hsmi=67441329

 

Pabst says MillerCoors is trying to put it out of business

Pabst needs 4 million to 4.5 million barrels brewed annually and claims MillerCoors is its only option

https://m.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Pabst-says-MillerCoors-is-trying-to-put-it-out-of-13381917.php

 

Diageo to sell 19 brands to focus on premium ones

The company has agreed to long-term supply contracts with Sazerac for five of the brands for 10 years.

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/diageo-to-sell-19-brands-to-focus-on-premium-ones-2018-11-12

DOES GALLO PRODUCE 1% OF THE WORLD’S WINE?

By comparison, Coca-Cola owns about 50% of the global soft drinks market, while Anheuser-Busch have a 28% share of the global beer market.

https://www.richardhemmingmw.com/blog/does-gallo-produce-1-of-the-worlds-wine

You don’t drink the same wine at home

Wine is situational. Wine doesn’t exist outside of a drinking experience, and that experience is part of our perception of wine.

http://www.wineanorak.com/wineblog/uncategorized/you-dont-drink-the-same-wine-at-home

WINE VERSUS FOOD

For the last 8,000 years, wine’s closest companion has been food. Indeed, the two are so close that they are often thought of as inseparable.

https://winespeed.com/blog/2018/11/wine-versus-food-in-surprising-and-important-ways/

THE TOP 10 BEST WINERIES IN THE WORLD FOR TOURISTS

Best Of Wine Tourism awards, we bring you the top 10 best wineries in the world for tourists.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/11/the-top-10-best-wineries-in-the-world-for-tourists/

Nebbiolo – The King of Piedmont’s Wine Grapes

Let’s look at the major production zones for Nebbiolo in Piemonte.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomhyland/2018/11/12/nebbiolo-the-king-of-piedmonts-wine-grapes/#da8a1af34219

What Is the Difference Between Natural and Organic Wine?

If you’re struggling to understand the difference between the two, you’re not alone.

https://www.chowhound.com/food-news/211458/what-is-the-difference-between-natural-and-organic-wine/

MyOeno Scans Your Wine for a Simplified Selection

The average American consumes nearly 3 gallons of wine per year, and a new device from France is revamping how Americans choose its wine by delivering enology to the smartphone.

https://scopeweekly.com/2018/11/12/myoeno-scans-your-wine-for-a-simplified-selection/

Should You Smell the Cork When Opening Wine? Always.

Smelling the cork after opening a bottle can seem like a relic of the past. But you’re making a huge mistake if you skip this step in evaluating wine.

https://www.winemag.com/2018/11/12/smelling-wine-cork-when-open-wine/

Winery Websites Must Comply With The Americans With Disability Act, But How?

Under Title III of the federal ADA law, businesses open to the public are required to provide individuals with disabilities full and equal access to “goods, services, facilities and accommodations.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomaspellechia/2018/11/12/winery-websites-must-comply-with-the-americans-with-disability-act-but-how/#33c4aaa82cd0

How Many Wine Grape Varieties Exist?

Complexity of wine grape prime names as well as synonyms is truly a result of history:

https://jamesthewineguy.wordpress.com/2018/11/12/how-many-wine-grape-varieties-exist-james-melendez/

THE 10 MOST POPULAR BEER BRANDS IN THE WORLD (2018)

This year’s list of top-ranking beers, based on 2017 sales, is similar to last year’sresults, with a few key changes.

https://vinepair.com/articles/10-biggest-beer-brands-world-2018/?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=a0670b8b50-The+Daily+Brew%3A+January+11%2C+2018_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-a0670b8b50-36686829

SMIRNOFF MADE VODKA-FILLED ORNAMENTS SO YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE CAN GET LIT

The holiday season is fast-approaching and Smirnoff is helping you, and your Christmas tree, get lit this year with its newly-released vodka-filled ornaments.

https://vinepair.com/booze-news/smirnoff-vodka-filled-ornaments/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=4e90f90403-Nov_14_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-4e90f90403-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-4e90f90403-38937345&mc_cid=4e90f90403&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

 

The U.S. buys almost 1/3 of all European wine exports — #1 in the world

 

You can’t copyright taste, EU court says in setback for food industry

Unlike a literary, pictorial, cinematographic or musical work, the taste of a food product cannot be identified with precision and objectivity, judges said.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-copyright-netherlands-food-idUSKCN1NI1IN

 

Trump right and wrong on ‘French’ wine tariffs

Trump went after France on several fronts in tweets Tuesday, including blasting tariffs on its emblematic wine.

https://www.mercedsunstar.com/news/business/article221613485.html#storylink=cpy

Why You Should Reconsider Sekt

New designations from Austria and Germany are pushing forward the quality of this undervalued sparkling wine category

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/why-you-should-reconsider-sekt/

 

 

Is Wine Gluten-Free?

A handy guide for celiac sufferers, dieters and the gluten intolerant

https://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/Is-Wine-Gluten-Free?utm_medium=email&utm_source=Health111418&utm_campaign=Health111418

Lamplighter brewed up a Harry Potter-themed beer

Professor Lupulin apparates to Cambridge MA

https://www.boston.com/culture/beer/2018/11/14/lamplighter-brewed-up-a-harry-potter-themed-beer

The new Tide box looks like boxed wine, and the internet is freaking out

Tide’s new Eco-Box detergent container looks like a box of Franzia.

https://www.today.com/home/new-tide-eco-box-looks-boxed-wine-franzia-t141999

GUINNESS RELEASES ITS FIRST-EVER BARREL-AGED STOUT

According to an announcement from Diageo, parent company of both Guinness and Bulleit, the beer is brewed at the Guinness brewery in Dublin, then aged for eight months in Bulleit bourbon barrels in Baltimore.

https://vinepair.com/booze-news/guinness-releases-its-first-ever-barrel-aged-stout/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=4900d210ce-Nov_15_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-4900d210ce-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-4900d210ce-38937345&mc_cid=4900d210ce&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

Going for a checkup? You may be screened for alcohol use

Screening and counseling for unhealthy alcohol use could become part of a standard doctor’s visit, according to the United States Preventive Services Task Force.

http://www.latimes.com/newsletters/ny-news-screening-alcohol-use-20181113-story.html

Scientific study into Barbera d’Asti launched

A scientific study has been launched into the plant phytochemistry and the sensorial characteristics of Italian wine Barbera d’Asti.

http://www.harpers.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/24359/Scientific_study_into_Barbera_d_92Asti_launched.html

High-Priced Red Blends Hot in DtC DtC shipments up 22%, U.S. wine sales rise 5% in latest Wine Industry Metrics report

https://www.winesandvines.com/news/article/206144/High-Priced-Red-Blends-Hot-in-DtC

 

In the Red Zone: Drew Bledsoe Builds New Walla Walla Winery

The former NFL star and Doubleback vintner told us his plans for the snazzy new 14,000-square-foot facility.

IN STOCK

https://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/Drew-Bledsoe-Doubleback-NFL-Walla-Walla-Winery-Unfiltered

Study: More people drink alcohol in darker, colder climates

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have confirmed, by studying global data, that it’s true around the world: Climate and drinking patterns are inversely related, meaning the warmer and sunnier the climate, the less people drink alcohol.

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/2018/11/15/Data-alcohol-drinking-Pitt-temperatures-sunlight-cold-cirrhosis-liver/stories/201811140176

Thinking outside the wine barrel: 1000 Stories creator Bob Blue talks bourbon barrel-aged Zinfandel

When I first started out as a winemaker, wine barrels were not widely available and American oak barrels were for whisky, not wine. So we ended up purchasing used bourbon barrels, which we then neutralized.

http://www.harpers.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/24370/Thinking_outside_the_wine_barrel:_1000_Stories_creator_Bob_Blue_talks_bourbon_barrel-aged_Zinfandel.html

First lady of champagne: The extraordinary woman behind Veuve Clicquot

The French champagne house takes its name (which translates as “Widow Clicquot”) from an extraordinary, pioneering lady who overcame unimaginable hurdles to transform Veuve Clicquot into one of the world’s most sought-after fine wines.

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/veuve-clicquot/index.html

Could the Finger Lakes be the next Napa Valley for whites?

The Finger Lakes were named the “Best Wine Region in the United States” by national daily USA Today. Around 130 wineries strive to turn the spotlight on a region where admittedly the climate can be harsh, but whose potential for growing top Rieslings is undeniable.

https://www.v