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CSW, CSS, CWAS, FWS, IWS*

 

03-25-2019

 

Liquor Industry Week In Review

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

This Weeks Highlights:

 

New Products

 

TOP 10 DRINKING MYTHS, LEGENDS AND ANCIENT RITUALS

These Are 2018’s Official Top 50 Craft Brewing Companies

9 Things You Should Know About Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery

 

 

How Having Just 2 Alcoholic Drinks Affects Your Sleep, According To Science

Around 20 percent of adult Americans use alcohol to help them fall asleep

https://www.bustle.com/p/how-having-just-2-alcoholic-drinks-affects-your-sleep-according-to-science-16814809

This One Thing Makes Buying Wine WAY Less Overwhelming

I used to be an anxious, freaked-out wine shopper. And then everything changed.

https://www.bonappetit.com/story/pick-wine-store-become-regular

Why is wine getting more complicated in an age of simplicity?

Is wine’s love of place reaching a level where it ceases to be a benefit, and actually starts to become a problem?

https://www.just-drinks.com/comment/why-is-wine-getting-more-complicated-in-an-age-of-simplicity-comment_id127924.aspx?utm_source=weekly-html&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=11-03-2019&utm_term=107157&utm_content=508916

The Differences Between Parmesan, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and Grana Padano, Explained

While we often use the name “parmesan” to refer to all of Italy’s grateable hard cheeses, there are a number of different styles within the category. Parmesan is one of them, though that particular cheese isn’t necessarily as closely linked to Italy as you might imagine.

https://vinepair.com/articles/parmesan-vs-parmigiano-reggiano-vs-grana-padano/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=5e6db04ce7-MAR_11_2019&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-5e6db04ce7-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-5e6db04ce7-38937345&mc_cid=5e6db04ce7&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

 

Unlucky Man Shows How Not to Pour a Champagne Tower

Sadly for that guy, things don’t quite go to plan.

https://vinepair.com/booze-news/champagne-tower-pour-fail/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=5e6db04ce7-MAR_11_2019&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-5e6db04ce7-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-5e6db04ce7-38937345&mc_cid=5e6db04ce7&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

Could vermentino be the next big thing in Australian wine?

A wine grape steeped in old Mediterranean tradition is finding its way into the glasses of a fresh new generation of Australians, as they continue to swelter in the heat.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2019-03-11/vermentino-wine-popularity-increases/10889060

 

Secrets of George Washington’s Hidden Beer Recipe

It’s not as delicious as you might expect.

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/george-washington-hidden-beer-recipe

 

Spirits Europe launches website with nutrition info

Trade association Spirits Europe has launched a new website to give consumers access to nutrition and ingredients information on all spirit drinks legally sold in the EU.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2019/03/spirits-europe-launches-website-with-nutrition-info/

SARAH JESSICA PARKER TO MAKE PROVENCE ROSÉ

Having announced the launch of her wine brand last month, American actress Sarah Jessica Parker will follow in Brangelina’s footsteps by making a Provence rosé.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2019/03/sarah-jessica-parker-to-make-provence-rose/

How Producers Dial In the Right Shade of Pink for Rosé

The timing of harvest and winemaking adjustments are among the factors producers consider to achieve desired color intensity

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/how-producers-dial-in-the-right-shade-of-pink-for-rose/?utm_campaign=SevenFifty%20Daily%20Weekly%20Digest&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=70670093&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8jL_8hmZ0mYfvyGeMJ43QSK2R1brWeuenjwGHpDzrE-yhlq0LEOLWZMClkz1_gR0SwtuO1H4Ne3a62H6lOAYG5kJf0NR51frELwYf5ojV0d6mGJZo&_hsmi=70671604

A Guide to Finding Value Burgundy Wine

If you want a bargain from Burgundy, look for wines from Rully, Mercurey, Givry and Montagny as many of the bottles range from $20–30.

https://www.winemag.com/2019/03/11/guide-finding-value-burgundy-wine/

A beginner’s guide to ordering French wine like a Francophile

A wine from Burgundy, Bordeaux, or the Loire Valley is a great place to start.

https://www.boston.com/culture/lifestyle/2019/03/11/french-wine-tips-from-boston-sommelier

Which States Have the Most Underrated Wine Regions?

Try visiting one of these underrated U.S. wine regions to get a taste.

https://www.cheatsheet.com/culture/which-states-have-the-most-underrated-wine-regions.html/

How Wineries Can Support Their Restaurant Customers: Tools of the Trade

Wineries, boost your sales by building a strong restaurant connection & by improving your customer service. Here’s how you do it.

https://www.wineindustryadvisor.com/2019/03/12/wineries-support-restaurant-customers-tools

THREE HIGH-POWERED DRINKS EXECS CHARGED IN UNIVERSITY ADMISSIONS SCANDAL

A Napa vintner, a Bourbon distiller and a founder of a food and drink distributor are among those that have been arrested for paying large sums of money as bribes to get their children into top US universities.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2019/03/three-high-powered-drinks-execs-charged-in-university-admissions-scandal/

 

How to Talk About the Way Wine Tastes Without Sounding Like a Jerk

You can talk about wine without annoying yourself and the people around you. We’ll show you the way.

https://www.bonappetit.com/story/how-to-talk-about-the-way-wine-tastes

 

Syrah: The Versatile Wine that Goes with Burgers and Fries

Syrah is versatile. A dark-skinned grape from France, it is planted around the world in coastal climates like Santa Barbara, moderate ones like Walla Walla, and hot zones like Australia’s Barossa Valley.

https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2019/03/syrah-the-versatile-wine-that-goes-with-burgers-an.html

A brief guide to organic wine

Organic wine can be confusing. Here is a quick guide to a few of the important categories.

https://www.theunion.com/news/local-news/rod-byers-a-brief-guide-to-organic-wine/

How Natalie MacLean changes the world of wine

The biggest change in wine in the past 20 years did not happen in vineyards or wineries. It happened on the Internet

https://www.lubbockonline.com/news/20190312/clemens-how-natalie-maclean-changes-world-of-wine

TTB Slated Over Wine Labeling

Consumer advocates demand both calorie and nutritional information should be on wine labels.

https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2019/03/ttb-slated-over-wine-labeling

Why Your Red Wine Tastes Green

A new generation of wine lovers are trading big, fruity wines for lighter wines with more herbaceous and savory flavors.

https://www.winemag.com/2019/03/12/why-your-red-wine-tastes-green/

An Ohio man is consuming only beer for Lent. He’s lost 15 pounds.

Just like the monks used to do it back in the 1600s,

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/03/13/man-drinking-only-beer-lent-ohio-has-already-lost-15-pounds-fifty-west-brewing-cincinnati/3149323002/

Coors Will Give You Free Beer Every Time It Gets Trolled by Bud Light

It works like this: Coors is installing light-up tap handles in bars.

When Bud Light trolls, the bewitched tap handles will light up with the fury of eight, maybe nine, candles.  This happens in every bar in which they have been installed. Then, Coors says, the next round is on them.

https://www.thrillist.com/news/nation/coors-light-free-beer-bud-light-trolls

Anheuser-Busch Backs Snack Made from Recycled Beer Protein

When you’re drinking your favorite beer, you might not think too much about what happens to the leftovers from the brewing process—namely, the beer protein, which lives in the leftover grains

https://www.foodandwine.com/news/beer-protein-snacks

 

 

A Beginner’s Guide to Trentino, Northern Italy’s Wine Mecca

Trentino, the southern half of the famous Trentino-Alto Adige wine region.

https://vinepair.com/articles/beginners-guide-trentino-italy/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=820935d1a2-MAR_14_2019&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-820935d1a2-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-820935d1a2-38937345&mc_cid=820935d1a2&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

Pops launches Gordon’s Gin-infused popsicles

Adult ice lolly manufacturer Pops has partnered with Diageo to release Gordon’s Gin-infused popsicles.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2019/03/pops-launches-gordons-gin-infused-popsicles/

Why is Wine So Expensive?

If you’ve ever found yourself standing in the wine aisle gawking at the prices, you may have also found yourself wondering,

https://winefolly.com/tutorial/why-is-wine-so-expensive/?utm_campaign=3%2F14%2F2019%20-%20Weekly%3A%20Cheap%20v%20Expensive%20Wine%20%28MXjUzq%29&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Wine%20Folly%20Newsletter&_ke=eyJrbF9lbWFpbCI6ICJmcmFua2xpbmxpcXVvcnNAdmVyaXpvbi5uZXQiLCAia2xfY29tcGFueV9pZCI6ICJRZE5ZNHkifQ%3D%3D

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Cheap vs Expensive Wine Taste Test

https://winefolly.com/episode/cheap-vs-expensive-wine-taste-test/?utm_campaign=3%2F14%2F2019%20-%20Weekly%3A%20Cheap%20v%20Expensive%20Wine%20%28MXjUzq%29&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Wine%20Folly%20Newsletter&_ke=eyJrbF9lbWFpbCI6ICJmcmFua2xpbmxpcXVvcnNAdmVyaXpvbi5uZXQiLCAia2xfY29tcGFueV9pZCI6ICJRZE5ZNHkifQ%3D%3D

How to Pair Wine with Prosciutto

When you’re selecting a wine to drink with this silky cured meat, the options can feel as complex as the ham itself.

https://www.winemag.com/2019/03/13/how-to-pair-wine-prosciutto/

By the glass pours — and what does “dry” really mean?

Dry” is a term on many white wine labels. It is supposed to indicate a lack of sweetness in a wine. But the term is rarely accurate.

https://www.pressdemocrat.com/lifestyle/9377733-181/berger-on-wine-by-the

Everything you need to know about corked wine in 2 minutes

Corked wine, also referred to as flawed or tainted wine, is caused by the presence of 2, 4, 6-trichloroanisole, or TCA, a contaminant sometimes found in food and beverages

https://thetakeout.com/what-is-corked-wine-explainer-1833262279

Goodbye to tired old wine customs

Wine lovers often adhere to certain unwritten rules of wine appreciation that are, frankly, idiotic.

https://www.telegram.com/entertainmentlife/20190314/off-vine-goodbye-to-tired-old-wine-customs

The Effects of Mandatory Wine Label Nutritional and Ingredient Information on Purchase Behavior

The wine industry, on the other hand, has been generally opposed to the ideal of mandatory labeling of nutrition and ingredient information on wine.

http://www.academicwino.com/2019/03/nutritional-wine-label-information.html/

These Are 2018’s Official Top 50 Craft Brewing Companies

The Top 50 Craft Brewing Companies, and the Top 50 Overall Brewing Companies.

https://vinepair.com/booze-news/official-2018-top-craft-breweries/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=42451ffbbe-MAR_15_2019&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-42451ffbbe-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-42451ffbbe-38937345&mc_cid=42451ffbbe&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

New Cider App

Angry Orchard Cider, part of the Boston Beer portfolio, is launching an augmented reality (AR) smartphone app called Cider & Food. AR technology typically uses a phone’s camera and screen to superimpose something onto the real world. In this case, looking at a specific Angry Orchard expression will prompt food pairings and recipe suggestions for how best to enjoy the cider—for example, by drinking Angry Orchard Pear to accompany a cheese plate. Users will also be able to take a virtual tour of the brand’s orchard in Walden, New York. Cider & Food is now available as a free download in the Apple Store.

TOP 10 DRINKING MYTHS, LEGENDS AND ANCIENT RITUALS

The world of drinks is full of tall tales, myths and legends. While some are more credible than others, all are intriguing, and offer an insight into the rich history of booze culture, customs and rituals.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2019/03/top-10-drinking-myths-legends-and-ancient-rituals/

7 Spectacular Sparkling Wines From One of Italy’s Youngest Growing Regions

Franciacorta has become one of Italy’s leading producers of premium, traditional-method sparkling in the short period since its inception.

https://www.foodandwine.com/wine/sparkling-wines-franciacorta-italy

Top Israeli Wine Misconceptions Debunked

Although the Middle East is the historic birthplace of wine, there’s still much confusion about offerings from Israel.

https://www.winemag.com/2019/03/14/top-israel-wine-questions/

The Right Red Wine Temperature Is Cooler Than You Think

If you think the proper red wine temperature is “whatever your thermostat says”…well, it just isn’t

https://www.bonappetit.com/story/red-wine-temperature-cooler-than-you-think

How to Do a Wine Tasting the Right Way

Just like how non-gamers wouldn’t know the first thing about what goes on in a Fortnite game, the majority of us are not privy to wine tasting room etiquette.

https://wogl.radio.com/blogs/how-do-wine-tasting-right-way

Why France is Still the Home of Fine Wine
Despite the competition from wine producers all over the world, France continues to be adored and respected by oenophiles everywhere, producing around 8 billion bottles each year. Here, we’ll look at why France is still the home of fine wine.

https://finewineconcierge.com/why-france-is-still-the-home-of-fine-wine#jDxPIk44uvodhxxo.99

9 Things You Should Know About Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery

Chateau Ste. Michelle is more than just the largest winery in America’s second-largest wine-producing state.

https://vinepair.com/articles/chateau-ste-michelle-winery-washington-riesling/

4 BLACK-OWNED WINERIES EVERY WINE LOVER SHOULD KNOW

As the weather warms up and the day parties with tastings begin to pour in, here is a list of four Black-owned wineries that every wine lover should add to their collection.

https://aurn.com/4-black-owned-wineries-every-wine-lover-should-know/

 

 

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The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

By: Mark C Lenzi

CSW, CSS, CWAS, FWS, IWS*

 

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Liquor Industry Week In Review

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This Weeks Highlights:

 

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SCREAMING EAGLE RELEASES 2016, BUT 2017 UNLIKELY

Smoke taint from the California wildfires of 2017 has prompted the estate to consider not producing either Screaming Eagle or second wine ‘Second Flight’.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2019/03/screaming-eagle-releases-2016-but-2017-unlikely/

 

Tracing the Origin Story of Biodynamic Wine

How the holistic agricultural philosophy caught on with winemakers—and the pioneers who helped popularize it

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/tracing-the-origin-story-of-biodynamic-wine/

 

Does Organic Matter in Wine?

Will making a vineyard organic make my wine taste better?

https://jwilkeswine.wordpress.com/2019/02/28/2-28-2019-organic-sustainable-biodynamic-and-conventional-wine-growing-whats-in-your-glass/

 

NEW PHYLLOXERA OUTBREAK DETECTED IN VICTORIA

A new phylloxera outbreak has been detected within a commercial vineyard in Australia’s Yarra Valley, within a currently designated Phylloxera Risk Zone.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2019/03/new-phylloxera-outbreak-detected-in-victoria/

 

PESTICIDE LABELLING ON CONVENTIONAL WINES SHOULD BE ‘MANDATORY’

Pesticides and other artificial chemicals used in conventional winemaking should be listed as ingredients on the end product, according to a French MW leading the charge for a low intervention revolution.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2019/03/pesticide-labelling-on-non-organic-wines-should-be-mandatory/

What the Wine Industry Understands About Connecting with Consumers

To better understand how firms succeed by educating consumers, we studied the U.S. wine industry.

https://hbr.org/2019/03/what-the-u-s-wine-industry-understands-about-connecting-with-customers

 

What goes into your glass of wine? The answer isn’t as simple as you think

Federal law allows wineries to add up to 250 chemicals in the winemaking process:

https://wjla.com/features/7-on-your-side/what-goes-into-your-glass-of-wine-the-answer-isnt-as-simple-as-you-think

 

The Only Wine You’ll Ever Have to Take on Your Adventures

They have resealable cans. That means that you can keep bugs, dirt, and other not fun things out of your wine while you’re staying active

http://vivaglammagazine.com/the-only-wine-youll-ever-have-to-take-on-your-adventures/

 

Is Wine Gluten-Free?

Beer is generally off-limits on a gluten-free diet—but what about wine?!

https://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/healthy-drinks/wine-gluten-free

 

Treasury Wine Estates Launches New 19 Crimes Beers

Treasury Wine Estates has extended its 19 Crimes brand into the beer category. The releases include a Pilsner, an American IPA, and a Lager and will initially launch in Ohio with more states to come by the end of the year. The beers will be packaged in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans and will retail for $13. Like the 19 Crimes wine portfolio, the beers will feature Australian convicts on their labels and will use the Living Wine Labels augmented reality app to tell their stories. Last year, the 19 Crimes wine lineup surged 47% to 1.56 million cases in the U.S., according to Impact Databank.

 

Why is your wine crying? Scientists say shock waves likely play a role

Alcohol content, the pour, and shape of the glass are also factors in wine tears.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/03/why-is-your-wine-crying-scientists-say-shock-waves-likely-play-a-role/

 

 

A Beginner’s Guide to Sherry Wine

Sherry has held certain esteem throughout, wearing its nutty, briny, dried fruit flavors on its shimmering gold sleeves.

https://www.themanual.com/food-and-drink/what-is-sherry-wine-beginners-guide/

 

The difference between sparkling wine, prosecco and Champagne

The next time someone asks you if Prosecco is just Champagne, you can school them with your knowledge.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/2019/03/05/difference-between-champagne-prosecco-and-sparkling-wine/3005561002/

 

What’s The Gunk in My Wine?

It’s safe to swallow the sediment from the bottom of the bottle, but why would you?

https://www.winemag.com/2019/03/05/gunk-in-my-wine-sediment/

 

Why You Should Buy a Decanter, but Skip an Aerator

According to one wine expert and enthusiast, at least

https://www.eater.com/2019/3/5/18233201/wine-decanter-aerator-breather-accessories

 

Easy Guide To Calculating Bottles Needed For Your Wine Party

Buying BIG makes more sense if you are serving more than three people at your gathering.

https://www.dailyinfographic.com/easy-guide-calculating-bottles-neeed-wine-party

 

Ste Michelle News

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates has partnered with Allrecipes.com to algorithmically pair its wines with recipes on the website. Allrecipes’ technology will classify their recipes to determine which of Ste. Michelle’s wines are best suited to accompany them. When consumers view a certain recipe, the site will display a link to the selected wine pairing to allow them to order the bottle from a store or delivery service. The companies will be able to see users’ locations and proximity to stores and will be able to target advertising and content to encourage further purchases. In a recent interview with SND, Ste. Michelle CEO Jim Mortensen said the multi-year partnership is part of the company’s “emphasis on consumer engagement, particularly in the digital space.”

 

The state of Chardonnay in 2019

Chardonnay continues to be the largest selling varietal by case value and volume on the market

https://napavalleyregister.com/wine/the-state-of-chardonnay-in/article_a569d16e-5902-575d-9dde-c6cdcfce9e6c.html

 

1000 Stories Launches Prospectors’ Proof Cabernet Sauvignon

California Winery Remains at the Forefront of Bourbon Barrel-Aging with Latest Offering

https://www.wineindustryadvisor.com/2019/03/05/1000-stories-launches-prospectors-proof-cabernet-sauvignon

 

Margaritas rule the U.S. Cocktail Market, But These Major Markets Beg to Differ.

 

Measuring the body’s response to aromas in wine

Researchers are studying people’s physiological reactions to wine aromas

https://www.morningagclips.com/measuringwine/

 

Six Rare Red Wine Grapes You Deserve to Know About

Despite how rare these varietal wines are, they are within reach.

https://winefolly.com/tutorial/6-rare-red-wine-grapes-you-deserve-to-know-about/?utm_campaign=03%2F07%2F2019%20-%20Weekly%3A%206%20rare%20grapes%2C%20blends%2C%20digital%20guides%20soft%20launch%20%28KJmXLs%29&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Wine%20Folly%20Newsletter&_ke=eyJrbF9lbWFpbCI6ICJmcmFua2xpbmxpcXVvcnNAdmVyaXpvbi5uZXQiLCAia2xfY29tcGFueV9pZCI6ICJRZE5ZNHkifQ%3D%3D

 

Wine Blending – Why Certain Grapes Are Blended

We can learn more about modern blends by looking at several classic regions that specialize in wine blending.

https://winefolly.com/review/wine-blending-why-certain-grapes-are-blended/?utm_campaign=03%2F07%2F2019%20-%20Weekly%3A%206%20rare%20grapes%2C%20blends%2C%20digital%20guides%20soft%20launch%20%28KJmXLs%29&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Wine%20Folly%20Newsletter&_ke=eyJrbF9lbWFpbCI6ICJmcmFua2xpbmxpcXVvcnNAdmVyaXpvbi5uZXQiLCAia2xfY29tcGFueV9pZCI6ICJRZE5ZNHkifQ%3D%3D

 

The best beer bar in Massachusetts?

Here’s why Armsby Abbey keeps getting awards.

https://www.boston.com/culture/beer/2019/03/06/armsby-abbey-best-beer-bar-massachusetts

 

BEER AND FOOD PAIRING CHART

https://www.ciaprochef.com/beerandfood/pairingbeerandfood/

 

120,000 GALLONS OF MASH SPILLS FROM TANKS AT KENTUCKY DISTILLERY

Sazerac-owned distillery Barton 1792 has reported its second major equipment failure in a year after around 120,000 gallons of mash spilled from tanks this week, injuring two people.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2019/03/120000-gallons-of-mash-spills-from-tanks-at-kentucky-distillery/

TOP 10 BOOZE BILLIONAIRES

Every year Forbes publishes its list of the world’s wealthiest individuals – not those that have made millions, but billions – highlighting the movers and shakers of the business world and where they have made their money.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2019/03/top-10-booze-billionaires/

My favorite wine switched from corks to screwcaps. Will that impact the quality?

No, the wine is not compromised by a screwcap. In fact, it’s quite possible the producer made the switch to screwcaps to better ensure the quality of the wine. Even though screwcaps used to be associated with inexpensive wines, more and more wineries are switching to them, and not just for the affordable wines.

I understand there can be an emotional connection to wines bottled under cork. But cork brings with it the possibility of cork taint, when a wine becomes contaminated by TCA (the chemical compound 2,4,6-trichloroanisole), which mutes wine’s aromas and flavors and can cause it to smell musty or moldy—what’s referred to as a “corked” wine. To be fair, TCA can also come from barrels or other sources of wood, but eliminating corks is one way to battle the problem. Using screwcaps also eliminates the problems of crumbly or otherwise compromised corks, which can lead to oxidized wines.

I’ve been lucky enough to sit through multiple tastings of wines aged under screwcaps, and the results are great. Wines can age under twist-off tops. In fact, the wines can seem to stay fresher longer.

That’s not to say that corks are bad. The cork industry has invested millions of dollars in improving the quality and consistency of the product over the past decade, and in our own official Wine Spectator blind tastings, we have found that incidences of cork taint are generally on the decline.

Change is hard, and a new closure can feel like a strange adjustment, but I recommend thinking of your wine purchases based on the wine inside, not the way the wine is sealed.

 

Notable First Women in Wine History

These six trailblazers each became “the first” to achieve a high accomplishment in the wine industry.

https://www.winemag.com/2019/03/06/notable-first-women-in-wine-history/

 

This is the official time of ‘wine o’clock’

America named a glass of wine as their best little treat, with 65 percent voting it to the top of Americans’ top 20 little luxuries.

https://nypost.com/2019/03/06/this-is-the-official-time-of-wine-oclock-says-survey/

 

Understanding That Off-putting Aroma or Taste in Wine

We’ve all experienced some form of adulteration in a glass of wine. While at times off-putting and unsavory, often these anomalies in the expected purity and clarity of such a revered product are harmless.

https://www.theexaminernews.com/understanding-that-off-putting-aroma-or-taste-in-wine/

 

Pabst Blue Ribbon Whiskey Set To Debut This Summer

Pabst Blue Ribbon Whiskey will be an 80-proof (40 percent ABV) “white whiskey” that is “aged five seconds

https://vinepair.com/booze-news/pabst-blue-ribbon-whiskey-set-to-debut-this-summer/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=5a8559603e-MAR_8_2019&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-5a8559603e-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-5a8559603e-38937345&mc_cid=5a8559603e&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

Seven of the Most Popular Pinot Noir Clones, Compared

There are now approximately 1,000 clones of Pinot Noir, the famously fussy, world-renowned grape.

https://vinepair.com/articles/pinot-noir-clones-popular/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=5a8559603e-MAR_8_2019&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-5a8559603e-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-5a8559603e-38937345&mc_cid=5a8559603e&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

Sensory tests suggest ‘liking’ wines made with native grapes a learned response

Consumer preference or aversion to wines made from native grapes — such as Concord, Niagara and Catawba, which are mostly grown in eastern North America — may depend on early exposure to the fruits’ sweet, ultra “grapey” taste and aroma, according to researchers who conducted sensory tests with wine drinkers in Pennsylvania and California.

https://news.psu.edu/story/561996/2019/03/06/research/sensory-tests-suggest-liking-wines-made-native-grapes-learned

Americans’ drinking habits vary by faith

Half of U.S. adults (51%) who say they attend religious services at least once a month report drinking alcohol in the past 30 days

https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/03/06/americans-drinking-habits-vary-by-faith/

How to captivate a wine audience

Today, winemakers don’t just make wine. They must also attend winemaker dinners, where they are expected to deliver a memorable speech about the wine. It’s not easy.

https://www.meininger.de/en/wine-business-international/how-captivate-wine-audience

How globalisation made skin-contact great again

orange wine could almost be seen as a standard-bearer for globalisation.

https://www.themorningclaret.com/2019/planet-orange-globalisation-made-skin-contact-great-again/

Chianti Sale Saves a Piece of History

A looming financial crisis has had a happy ending for a historic Italian cooperative

https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2019/03/chianti-sale-saves-a-piece-of-history

Scores aren’t everything – or are they?

Now, this idea that ‘scores aren’t everything’. Wine writers like to think that, but major retailers still rely on them.

https://www.meininger.de/en/wine-business-international/scores-arent-everything-or-are-they

The Sauvignon Blanc riddle

U.S. wine lovers have taken a definite shine to New Zealand’s major entrant into the world wine scene: cool-climate Sauvignon Blanc.

https://napavalleyregister.com/wine/columnists/dan-berger/dan-berger-on-wine-the-sauvignon-blanc-riddle/article_6ba69a81-7433-5d95-b960-e7f6b2833e65.html

Corona is tapping into the non-beer drink trend with 3 tropical lime malt beverages

Corona is branching out beyond beer with a trio of tropical-flavored refreshing booze-spiked beverages.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2019/03/07/corona-joining-sparkling-drink-trend-non-beer-lime-beverages/3029409002/?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=bf84a404a8-The+Daily+Brew%3A+January+11%2C+2018_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-bf84a404a8-36686829

The best accessories for beer drinkers

We’ve rounded up our favorite ways to drink, transport, and enjoy a delicious brew so that you or someone you love drinking with, can enjoy that beer just a little more.

https://www.businessinsider.com/best-beer-accessories

What Kind Of “Wine Drinker” Are You?

Four kinds of nectar-of-the-gods drinkers, each of which develops its passion for wine in a unique and personal way.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/matteoparisi/2019/03/08/what-kind-of-wine-drinker-are-you/#1ff54bc454a9

How long does it take to make a bottle of wine?

The process of turning grapes into wine doesn’t take too long at all—the fermentation process by which yeast turns the sugar in grape juice into alcohol can take as short as a week

https://www.winespectator.com/drvinny/show/id/How-Long-Does-It-Take-To-Make-a-Bottle-of-Wine-57676

U.S. Wine Business, Says Two Academic Researchers

For the low end, education doesn’t matter very much…At the high end, storytelling is clearly very important

https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomaspellechia/2019/03/09/it-takes-status-to-succeed-in-the-u-s-wine-business-says-two-academic-researchers/#449bf90b3569

Seven tips to buying the perfect wine glass

The world of wine glasses can seem intimidating,

https://newsok.com/article/5624841/marni-jameson-seven-tips-to-buying-the-perfect-wine-glass

 

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