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Liquor Industry News/Links 03-26-18

March 26, 2018

 

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The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

By: Mark C Lenzi

CSW, CSS, CWAS, FWS, IWS*

 

03-26-2018

 

Liquor Industry Week In Review

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

 

This Weeks Highlights:

 

New Products

 

Losing the booze: five ways to drink less without missing out

10 best wine and kids food pairings

My Favorite New Gadget Is This Machine That Puts Pictures on Beer

 AND MORE!

 

Biodynamic Wine Production Illustrated

The video makes a difficult concept come to life with fun illustrations and easy-to-understand messages, keeping the magic of Biodynamic wine production alive, while eliminating some of the mystery!

https://youtu.be/iwbPS6eF5eo

40 Wines 
That Changed 
the Way We Drink

Some wines are good, some are bad, and some are significant. Here are 40 that made a difference.

http://www.foodandwine.com/wine/40-wines

AMERICA’S DRUNKEST STATES, RANKED

In its report, “America’s Drunkest States,” 24/7 Wall St. has mapped out the rate of adults’ excessive drinking, alcohol-related driving deaths, and general health outcomes in all 50 states—and where some states land may surprise you.

https://vinepair.com/booze-news/drunkest-states-ranked/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=d803cedc04-Mar_13_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-d803cedc04-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-d803cedc04-38937345&mc_cid=d803cedc04&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

NEW SERVICE OPENS UP JAPANESE WINES TO THE WORLD

A website that specializes in the sale of Japanese spirits has added a new service offering to deliver Japanese wines to anywhere in the world.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/03/new-service-opens-up-japanese-wines-to-the-world/

2017 Direct-to-Consumer Wine Trends for the United States

Wine Tasting Engages Your Brain More Than Any Other Behavior, Says Neuroscientist

It’s all about how we create the flavors.

Glasses lined-up and filled with wine for wine tasting at winery, Maipu, Mendoza, Argentina.

https://www.coastalliving.com/syndication/wine-tasting-engages-your-brain-more-any-other-behavior

How to order wine: a blagger’s guide to restaurant etiquette

There’s something very assuring about walking into a bar and knowing exactly what you’re going to order.

https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/restaurants/how-to-order-wine-a-blaggers-guide-to-restaurant-etiquette-a3788366.html

Forget taste and smell. Sound is the new way to sell wine to millennials

Podcasts are hot. Around 70 million Americans listen regularly to them

http://www.sacbee.com/food-drink/wine/dunne-on-wine/article204365204.html

A to Z Wineworks keeps spot among nation’s hottest wine brands

A to Z volume reached an estimated 285,000 cases in 2017, up 12.8 percent from 2016. That followed on double-digit increases the previous two years.

https://www.bizjournals.com/portland/news/2018/03/12/a-to-z-wineworks-keeps-spot-among-nations-hottest.html

New Roscato Wines

Palm Bay International has introduced two new red blend offerings under its Roscato brand. Both new entries—Roscato Dark and Roscato Smooth—are a blend of native Trentino red varieties and retail at $13 a 750-ml. Roscato’s new expressions mark the first still wines in the brand portfolio, and will be in national distribution by April 1. An Impact “Hot Brand,” Roscato has more than doubled in size in the U.S. since 2014, reaching 750,000 cases last year.

New Fetzer

Fetzer Vineyards is launching Flatbed Red—a new red blend—to commemorate the company’s 50th anniversary. The 13.9%-abv wine features a blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, and Teroldego and is aged for eight months in both French and American oak. Flatbed Red is available nationwide for a suggested retail price of $13 a 750-ml.

 

U.S. is 4th WORST in organic vineyards among major global wine grape growers

 

Why the liquor industry wants to get self-driving cars on the road

Automakers and tech firms have long been the ones hustling to get self-driving cars on the street. But they’ve lately been joined by a surprise ally: America’s alcohol industry.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2018/03/13/why-the-liquor-industry-wants-to-get-self-driving-cars-on-the-road/?utm_term=.bf92e9857fb5

10 best wine and kids food pairings

Grab a glass and get ready to raid your kid’s snack stash!

http://www.wcvb.com/article/wine-and-kids-food-pairings/19435257

Malfy Gin launches orange-flavored expression

Italian gin brand Malfy has added a new expression to its range – Malfy Gin Con Arancia, which is distilled with Sicilian blood oranges.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2018/03/malfy-gin-launches-orange-flavoured-expression/

More Winemakers Turn to Aluminium Closures

New research shows the global wine market shifting towards aluminium closures Aluminium closures now account for just under 30% of the total global bottled still wine market, according to research recently conducted by Euromonitor.

https://www.wineindustryadvisor.com/2018/03/14/winemakers-turn-aluminium-closures

What’s your favorite wine? It depends on the season

Working as a wine professional, I’ve been asked many interesting questions, but by far the most difficult is, “What is YOUR favorite wine?”

http://www.themonitor.com/life/vidafood/article_61a79970-2628-11e8-b9dd-eb43f7cf68f1.html

Is it detrimental to a wine to filter sediment through a coffee filter into a carafe?

With the exception of some unfiltered wines, sediment typically doesn’t appear until a wine is about 10 years old

http://www.winespectator.com/drvinny/show/id/Is-It-OK-to-Filter-Wine-Sediment-with-Coffee-Filter-56177

7 Deadly Sins of Wine and Food Pairing

The 7 Worst Wine and Food Pairings

http://winefolly.com/tutorial/7-worst-wine-and-food-pairings/?utm_source=Wine+Folly&utm_campaign=d78bed33c6-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_01_09&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a18d8bdc1b-d78bed33c6-62472929&mc_cid=d78bed33c6&mc_eid=d73340fcba

What is a Teinturier Grape?

A teinturier grape is a red wine grape with dark skins and flesh. In contrast, regular red wine grapes have dark skins, but clear flesh. Fittingly, the word “teinturier” comes from the French “to dye or stain.”

http://winefolly.com/tutorial/teinturier-grapes/?utm_source=Wine+Folly&utm_campaign=d78bed33c6-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_01_09&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a18d8bdc1b-d78bed33c6-62472929&mc_cid=d78bed33c6&mc_eid=d73340fcba

Can Science Make Alcohol Safer?

The scion of an Indian pharmaceutical giant spent $35 million to make your martini more liver-friendly. But regulators aren’t raising their glasses just yet.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/can-science-make-alcohol-safer-1508762361

Apothic Wine Launches New Red Wine Infused With Cold Brew Coffee

A wine brand known for challenging convention through its innovative blends, Apothic has created a one-of-a-kind wine infused with cold brew coffee labeled Apothic Brew that will hit shelves nationwide on April 1st.

https://www.winebusiness.com/newReleases/?go=getArticle&dataid=196792

Top bottled water brands contaminated with plastic particles

The world’s leading brands of bottled water are contaminated with tiny plastic particles that are likely seeping in during the packaging process, according to a major study across nine countries published Wednesday.

https://phys.org/news/2018-03-bottled-brands-contaminated-plastic-particles.html

IS THE WINE TRADE SPEAKING THE SAME LANGUAGE AS CONSUMERS?

The conversation around wine education has focused on different types of consumer for a long time – how best to market those who don’t give a fig about where the wine comes from and only about how it tastes as opposed to wine geeks who want to know everything possible about terroir and winemaking.

http://winemag.co.za/marthelize-tredoux-is-the-wine-trade-speaking-the-same-language-as-consumers/


Self-serve dispensing technology encourages exploration in alcoholic drinks – but could also challenge brand loyalty

With self-serve dispensing technology gaining momentum in the market, it is becoming easier for consumers to explore new types of drinks. This presents drinks manufacturers with new opportunities – but could also challenge brand loyalty, says GlobalData.

https://www.beveragedaily.com/Article/2018/03/14/Self-serve-dispensing-technology-encourages-exploration-in-alcoholic-drinks-but-could-also-challenge-brand-loyalty

 

Robust Sales for Premium, Small-Production Wines Latest Wine Industry Metrics

Report finds smaller wineries enjoying strong sales

https://www.winesandvines.com/news/article/196809/Robust-Sales-for-Premium-Small-Production-Wines

Should wine be savored or guzzled? For true pleasure, mindset matters

Wine is at its best and most powerful when it is paired with food in an extended dining experience.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/sc-food-how-to-savor-and-enjoy-wine-20180314-story.html

How a soak in a tub of wine remedied my crushing stress and anxiety

’m probably not the only one who has said they could dive headfirst into vat of wine after a long day of meetings, looming deadlines, and tube delays.

http://metro.co.uk/2018/03/15/soak-bath-wine-helped-battle-overwhelming-stress-anxiety-7388606/

Excellent Hospitality Shows Direct Impact on Wine Sales

“Staff Training: Your Best Investment”

https://www.wineindustryadvisor.com/2018/03/14/excellent-hospitality-wine-sales

Why Some Champagne Producers are Going Organic and Biodynamic

Farming biodynamically and organically in Champagne has traditionally been seen as risky business, but a growing movement is challenging that assumption

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/why-some-champagne-producers-are-going-organic-and-biodynamic/?utm_campaign=SevenFifty%20Daily%20Weekly%20Digest&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=61407547&_hsenc=p2ANqtz–sdcXx6wH7pY5D6mhwiZ01FZQ8C0VL6RLchSHABtnCaN3vDnutBIFls_48IBbJ0fsDGOKcGs7gSM9V8OH7bqFMw7Q5f8DKcg2L1ht-_dQPcNRO_2Q&_hsmi=61407424

A Backstreet Boys Tequila Business Is In The Works

Apparently, “The Boys” performed at Moon Palace, a luxury resort in Cancun, and spoke with Tasting Table about their interest in tequila (but honestly, who isn’t interested in tequila?

https://www.elitedaily.com/p/a-backstreet-boys-tequila-business-is-in-the-works-now-my-life-is-complete-8522339

Massive Côte du Rhône fine-wine fraud uncovered by French police

Some 66.5 million bottles of wine, the equivalent of 13 Olympic sized swimming pools full of plonk, was falsely sold as high quality Côtes-du-Rhône wine, French officials have revealed.

https://www.thelocal.fr/20180316/massive-cte-du-rhne-fine-wine-fraud-smashed-by-french-police

Losing the booze: five ways to drink less without missing out

Cutting down doesn’t have to be a chore. Try these simple tricks to cut alcohol consumption while maximizing your pleasure

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/mar/16/losing-the-booze-five-ways-to-drink-less-without-missing-out

Second Labels and parallel brands

Now enter a new category of “second” wine: the Parallel brand, supported by Ramey and other top-rate wineries. This is a relatively new phenomenon that allows wineries that specialize in some wines to delve into other things without competing with themselves.

http://napavalleyregister.com/wine/columnists/dan-berger/dan-berger-s-on-wine-second-labels-and-parallel-brands/article_751b141b-47bc-5050-8cea-e591b46390a8.html

Embracing Old Oak Barrels

Some winemakers are using 100-year-old barrels, disproving the premise that they must be discarded after five years

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/embracing-old-oak-barrels/

Understanding Barbera d’Asti vineyards

The Barbera d’Asti production zone stretches from the town of Asti, to Alessandria and Cuneo. It is produced in 167 towns in the south of Piedmont, and mainly in the Asti area (116 small towns in the Asti zone and 51 in the Alessandria one).

http://www.decanter.com/sponsored/barbera-asti-wines/understanding-barbera-dasti-vineyards-385511/#Yz8OWhOBeb7rxKbJ.99

What to do if your wine cork breaks or crumbles
We’ve all been there – a cork has started to crumble away in your bottle of wine. But what should you do next, and can you drink the wine?

http://www.decanter.com/learn/advice/what-to-do-if-your-wine-cork-breaks-or-crumbles-ask-decanter-385980/#kfLUmvxzIoUAV9od.99

My Favorite New Gadget Is This Machine That Puts Pictures on Beer

Beer Ripples, “a hospitality device that can produce any image or message”

http://nymag.com/selectall/2018/03/my-favorite-gadget-is-the-machine-that-puts-pictures-on-beer.html

2017’S TOP 50 CRAFT BREWERIES, ACCORDING TO THE BREWERS ASSOCIATION

The 2017 Top 50 U.S. Craft Brewing Companies list is led by D.G. Yuengling & Son, Boston Beer Co., Sierra Nevada Brewing, New Belgium Brewing, and Duvel Moortgat (which owns Ommegang, Firestone Walker, and Boulevard Brewing).

https://vinepair.com/booze-news/2017-top-50-craft-breweries/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=df476783ba-Mar_17_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-df476783ba-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-df476783ba-38937345&mc_cid=df476783ba&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO PAIRING BURGERS WITH WINE

Pairing burgers with wine surpasses high-low gimmickry. The humble patty is currently in its prime (pun absolutely intended), as chefs elevate black-bean burgers, bacon-topped behemoths, and everything in between with carefully chosen ingredients and housemade condiments.

https://vinepair.com/articles/burger-wine-pairing-guide/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=df476783ba-Mar_17_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-df476783ba-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-df476783ba-38937345&mc_cid=df476783ba&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

THE RETURN OF PULQUE: MEET THE ANCESTOR OF TEQUILA

Pulque is produced from the sap of the maguey plant, or agave, which makes it a relative (a very, very ancient relative) of mezcal and tequila. However, pulque is created through fermentation, rather than distillation, a process that begins as soon as the plant is cut into and one which will continue even as you drink it.

https://www.thebacklabel.com/pulque-ancestor-of-tequila/?utm_campaign=education&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=sunday-3-18-18&mc_cid=fcb19d20d9&mc_eid=307f1bbe08#.Wq6zca2ZOSM

To drink better wine, raise your price level

If you want to improve your wine picks, then get into a wine shop or a liquor store, big box store that has a big selection. And yes, you’re going to pay more for better wine.

http://www.tribstar.com/features/valley_life/to-drink-better-wine-raise-your-price-level/article_acf97c95-9e93-56b4-ad3d-8c30efdea25d.html

 

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Liquor Industry News/Links 03-19-18

March 19, 2018

 

Franklin Liquors

Liquor Industry News/Links

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

By: Mark C Lenzi

CSW, CSS, CWAS, FWS, IWS*

 

03-19-2018

 

Liquor Industry Week In Review

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

 

This Weeks Highlights:

 

New Products

 

How are Eucharistic bread and wine made?

Why Are New Hampshire’s Tax-Free Liquor Stores Selling So Much Hennessy?

New Poll Shows Broad Support For Laws To Protect Against Misleading Wine Labels

 

 AND MORE!

 

Hopedale MA man crafts guide to wool and wine

Things always seems to come in pairs – yarn and needles, wine and cheese. One Hopedale resident posed the question – what about yarn and wine?

http://orleans.wickedlocal.com/news/20180304/hopedale-man-crafts-guide-to-wool-and-wine

Wine’s Generations Game

Sales growth is slowing in the U.S. wine market, as Boomers retire and Millennials continue to crash on Mom’s couch

http://www.winespectator.com/blogs/show/id/Boomer-Gen-X-Millennial-Wine-Trends

Zinfandel is working through its identity crisis

Zinfandel tends to be high in alcohol. If it’s not made carefully, the burn from the alcohol can overwhelm the fruit. Tradition-minded producers strive to make a restrained “claret-style” zin.

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2018/02/26/zingfangddwel.html

U.S. not really a wine drinking country? Poor showing in per-capita spending indicates huge room for improvement.

WHAT IS CARBONIC MACERATION AND WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?

There’s a lot of jargon associated with wine, particularly with winemaking. Do most wine drinkers really need to be able to tell if a wine undergoes a punch-down versus a pump-over?

https://vinepair.com/articles/carbonic-maceration-care/

The Ultimate Wine Guide For Beer Lovers

Are you a beer drinker?  Maybe wine has never appealed to you, or you have found all the types of wine overwhelming. Who knows the difference between white and red, anyway?

http://www.dailyinfographic.com/wines-for-beer-lovers

Who Is The American Wine Buyer?

The Airlines with the Best Craft Beer, Ranked

Good news for beer lovers: Airlines are catching onto the craft brewing boom. Here’s how 8 major domestic carriers stack up.

http://www.foodandwine.com/beer/which-airlines-have-best-craft-beer?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=ef3a4bc634-The+Daily+Brew%3A+January+11%2C+2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-ef3a4bc634-36686829

Puglia Flourishes with Wines Made from Indigenous Grapes

Once known more for dazzling Adriatic beaches and medieval castles, the Italian region of Puglia is looking to its indigenous grapes (like Negroamaro and Primitivo) to put a spotlight on the region’s wine scene.

https://www.winemag.com/2018/03/05/puglia-wine-italy/

New Poll Shows Broad Support For Laws To Protect Against Misleading Wine Labels

Global wine alliance calls on U.S. lawmakers to heed consumers’ demand for accurate and clear wine labels

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/new-poll-shows-broad-support-for-laws-to-protect-against-misleading-wine-labels-300607800.html

Zero Oxygen Solutions To Release Wine Saver Kit

To use the wine saver, a consumer can insert the ZOS stopper with the attached, oxygen-absorbing cartridge into an open bottle of wine. Then, the wine saver is said to remove the oxygen that causes wine to go bad.

https://www.homeworldbusiness.com/zos-wine-saver-kit-to-debut-at-ihhs/

EVERYTHING YOU THINK ABOUT TANNINS IS PROBABLY WRONG

Tannins are complicated little bastards, and the wine world has turned them into one of the least-understood aspects of wine drinking.

https://vinepair.com/articles/what-are-tannins-wine/

Please just admire this guy in his ball pit of beer cans

Apparently 30,000 of them, as per a YouTube video

https://mashable.com/2018/03/07/beer-can-ball-pit/#IJTwaj7AGmql

Get out of your comfort zone with these 10 wines

Out of an estimated 1,200 grape varietals in the world, 65 percent of the wine sold in the United States is limited to seven categories — chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, pinot grigio, moscato, pinot noir and white zinfandel. Chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon account for 35 percent of total consumption, according to the Wine Institute.

http://www.capitalgazette.com/entertainment/ac-cn-wine-20180307-story.html

18 Things Only Wine Lovers Will Appreciate

For some, wine is an acquired taste. For others, it is the nectar of the Gods. These super-fun accessories were made for the latter.

https://www.tasteofhome.com/collection/wine-gifts/view-all/

Tullamore Dew Red Sox Edition

William Grant & Sons’ Tullamore Dew has released a limited edition Boston Red Sox bottle to celebrate the brand’s partnership with the MLB team. The Red Sox Collector’s Edition Bottle will be available exclusively throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont for a limited time, retail priced at $25-$29 a 750-ml. Tullamore Dew rose 11.5% to 240,000 cases in the U.S. last year, according to Impact Databank.

 

Weed or wine?

By far, the biggest game changer to come down the pike in years, the elephant just entering the room, is how will legal marijuana affect wine consumption?

https://www.theunion.com/entertainment/rod-byers-weed-or-wine/

 

Pabst Brewing Company Launches National Bohemian Crab Shack Shandy

Crab Shack Shandy will be available in 16 oz. can six packs (MSRP: $8.99) and 12 oz. can twelve packs (MSRP: $14.99) in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Crab Shack Shandy has an ABV of 4.2 percent, IBU of 15 and SRM of 5.

https://www.brewbound.com/news/pabst-brewing-company-launches-national-bohemian-crab-shack-shandy?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=b6f5db685f-The+Daily+Brew%3A+January+11%2C+2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-b6f5db685f-36686829

 

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc: too much of a good thing?

Ask consumers which nation makes the best Sauvignon Blanc on the planet, and most of them will say New Zealand. Very few countries have cornered the market in a single, popular variety like the Kiwis.

http://www.timatkin.com/articles?1859

 

How to bluff as a wine buff

Masquerade as a connoisseur with these tips from The Wine Show’s Amelia Singer

https://life.spectator.co.uk/2018/03/how-to-bluff-as-a-wine-buff/

 

The Ultimate Guide to Toasting With Sparkling Wine

Champagne isn’t the only bubbly you can use.

https://www.brides.com/story/the-ultimate-guide-to-toasting-with-sparkling-wine

 

Kevin O’Leary: 3 tips to pick a great bottle of wine for under $20

Kevin O’Leary is famous for his role as an investor on ABC’s “Shark Tank,”

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/07/kevin-oleary-3-tips-to-pick-a-great-cheap-wine.html

Wine Term: Cool Climate

The climate greatly affects what wines grow and how they taste. The term “cool climate” refers to wine regions which specialize in varieties like Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc.

http://winefolly.com/tutorial/cool-climate-wine/?utm_source=Wine+Folly&utm_campaign=c269d3209d-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_01_09&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a18d8bdc1b-c269d3209d-62472929&mc_cid=c269d3209d&mc_eid=d73340fcba

Captain Morgan targets shot market with Watermelon Smash

Spiced rum brand Captain Morgan has expanded its portfolio of shot-inspired spirits with a new limited-edition flavour: Captain Morgan Watermelon Smash.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2018/03/captain-morgan-targets-shot-market-with-watermelon-smash/

Booker’s Bourbon unveils Kathleen’s Batch

Beam Suntory-owned Booker’s Bourbon has unveiled its first bottling of 2018, which honours Kathleen DiBenedetto ­– the woman who helped launch Beam’s Small Batch Bourbon Collection in the 1990s.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2018/03/bookers-bourbon-unveils-kathleens-batch/

The Retailers Changing How We Buy Wine

Today’s wine store is no longer just a place to buy wine.

Retailers in many markets are able to expand offerings to include more corners of the wine world.

https://punchdrink.com/articles/new-wine-retail-best-wine-store-new-york-la/

The Barolo Style Guide

Few wine regions have such clearly defined stylistic differences as the Barolo communes of La Morra and Serralunga d’Alba.

https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2018/03/the-barolo-style-guide

Why Are New Hampshire’s Tax-Free Liquor Stores Selling So Much Hennessy?

So much Hennessy is being sold, in fact, that one New Hampshire official is asking state Attorney General Gordon MacDonald to investigate whether the Liquor Commission is turning a blind eye to bootlegging and money-laundering activities.

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2018/03/08/591568943/hennessy-hauls-raise-concerns-about-new-hampshire-s-tax-free-liquor-business

New Cavit Wines

Palm Bay International is launching two new limited edition wines under its Cavit label. Cavit Rosé, which is rolling out nationally now, is made from a proprietary blend of native Trentino red grapes and retails at $9 a 750-ml. Cavit Prosecco, retailing at $15, is comprised of 100% Glera grapes and will hit national distribution on April 1. Cavit, based in northeastern Italy’s Trentino region, is the top-selling Italian wine in the U.S. by volume, led by its Pinot Grigio varietal.

 

 

The TTB Gets a Master of Wine

Caroline Hermann is the bureau’s first-ever MW

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/the-ttb-gets-a-master-of-wine/?utm_campaign=SevenFifty%20Daily%20Weekly%20Digest&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=61230158&_hsenc=p2ANqtz–V30g_ekIRfbdMvKdZB51N84MuD9L2K8DylVvxmW7w7nv5RRkAyb0WIr2PsoCwFYfFxkilEg3krfRc1ABaiCC6s5vz4ATkkFo6mOcryP11wcMGv2k&_hsmi=61230124

 

 

Making the Case for Wine on Tap

Though the history of kegged wines is a young one, it’s a growing force. Find out how wine on tap offers benefits to the environment, winemakers and adventurous drinkers.

https://www.winemag.com/2018/03/07/wine-on-tap/

WE ASKED 10 WINEMAKERS: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WINE-AND-CHEESE PAIRING?

While most wine and cheese pairings are going to be pretty darn O.K., there’s a special kind of magic when the flavors and textures of your wine and cheeseare well matched. And who better to match them than someone who made one of them? So, we asked 10 winemakers their favorite cheese pairings for their wine.

https://vinepair.com/articles/best-wine-cheese-pairing/

Says the Internet: Corks are the greatest wine closure ever; why use anything else?

Almost all of the wine the world drinks – most estimates are more than 90 percent – isn’t made to age. Most wine is made to drink for dinner that night.

https://www.winecurmudgeon.com/says-the-internet-corks-are-the-greatest-wine-closure-ever-why-use-anything-else/

Which wines are most likely to have tobacco aromas?

Tobacco notes are thought to both be a characteristic of certain grapes and the wines made from them, but can also be from the influence of oak barrels, which can add that spicy, tobacco complexity.

http://www.winespectator.com/drvinny/show/id/Which-Wines-Have-Tobacco-Aromas-56167

World Wide Wine Consumption

Why You Should Never Add Ice Cubes To Red Wine

It is a conundrum that never seems to go away – should you put ice cubes in your red wine if you desire a cool drink?

http://socialvignerons.com/2017/05/22/why-you-should-never-add-ice-cubes-to-red-wine/

How are Eucharistic bread and wine made?

The Roman Rite has very specific guidelines about the process.

https://aleteia.org/2018/03/11/how-are-eucharistic-bread-and-wine-made/

People Can Now Drink Wine Inside A Giant Butthole
Folks in Belgium are being given quite the opportunity to drink wine inside of a hotel that has been designed to look like an anus. The hotel is called CasAnus Hotel. And  not only is there an anus placed in the middle of a field, but there’s also some lower intestine, with a bar called BarRectum. And yes, I’m a college graduate that just wrote that sentence.


http://www.craveonline.com/mandatory/1378673-people-can-now-drink-wine-inside-giant-butthole#BE8dxjTjesJOFBvw.99

Kim Crawford Looks To Premiumize With New Upscale Range

Constellation’s Kim Crawford is extending at the high end with a new Signature Reserve line of wines. The first entry in the range is a Sauvignon Blanc retailing at $25 a 750-ml., compared with the core brand’s $18 price point. Constellation says the new offering—sourced from the lower Wairau sub-region of Marlborough, New Zealand—is in response to consumer demand for richer, more complex expressions of Sauvignon Blanc, and has big aromatics and a ripe tropical character. Each vineyard parcel is fermented separately in small lots. A total of 20,000 9-liter cases of Kim Crawford’s Signature Reserve Sauvignon Blanc were produced, with 6,800 cases coming to the U.S; the new wine will be available nationwide by the end of this month. Kim Crawford depleted 1.3 million cases in the U.S. in 2017 on growth of 13%, according to Impact Databank.

Craft wine: Does it exist? Can it exist?

Craft wine shouldn’t be about the size of the winery, but about the quality of its products. Otherwise, what’s the point?

https://www.winecurmudgeon.com/craft-wine-does-it-exist-can-it-exist/

 

 

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Rosé wine, hard cider are in the pink for Millennials

While rosé only represents about 1.5% of the total table wine category, it’s growing at a massive rate, according to Nielson. Rosé sales climbed nearly 40% in the 12 months ended Dec. 2, according to the market researcher.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2018/02/25/rose-wine-hard-cider-pink-millennials/371411002/

New Zealand confirmed number 3 in USA wine market

Last year the total value of New Zealand wine imported to the US reached US$422 million, up 6% on 2016 and surpassed only by Italy (US$1.9 billion) and France (US$1.8 billion).

New Zealand sits ahead of Australia, Spain, Argentina and Chile.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1802/S00658/new-zealand-confirmed-number-3-in-usa-wine-market.htm

Affordable White Burgundy Exists — If You Know Where to Look

White Burgundy is unquestionably one of the greatest wines of the world. Almost exclusively made from Chardonnay on limestone soil, it can express both power and finesse. But as acclaim and demand rise, who can afford white Burgundy anymore?

https://vinepair.com/articles/affordable-white-burgundy/

Where To Spreadable Gin, Which, Yes, Is Literally What It Sounds Like It Is

If you just can’t be bothered with breakfast, this will probably change your mind: A new gin and tonic marmalade

https://www.bustle.com/p/where-to-spreadable-gin-which-yes-is-literally-what-it-sounds-like-it-is-8322077

KANGAROOS SOUR VINTAGE IN AUSTRALIA’S MARGARET RIVER

Wineries in Margaret River are trying to minimise the damage caused by a rising Kangaroo population invading the vineyards as harvest for the new vintage gets underway.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/02/kangaroos-sour-vintage-in-australias-margaret-river/

Super-Premium Bourbon Tops 5 Million Cases In The U.S.

Since 2010, U.S. volumes of super-premium Bourbon ($25 and above) have now grown by nearly 3.3 million cases.

Drew Bledsoe shares how making wine is a natural extension of football

The first overall pick in the 1993 NFL Draft catches us up on his fruitful retirement endeavors.

BLEDOSE WINES IN STOCK!

https://www.boston.com/sports/new-england-patriots/2018/02/26/drew-bledsoe-doubleback-winery-vineyards

Private label wines: Like a seat on a no-frills airline, people may complain but they love them

Private label wines are everywhere but don’t announce their presence. There’s an ocean of bulk wine made cheaply in California’s San Joaquin Valley, Australia, Chile, and elsewhere. What a private label wine does is attempt to make it seem like this wine was handmade by a person from a single place.

http://blog.wblakegray.com/2018/02/private-label-wines-like-seat-on-no.html

Ten myths about the Chinese wine market

For the past decade, everybody’s been talking about China and its potential as a wine market. Which is as you’d expect, because it’s already an important market that’s only going to get stronger. But if you’re thinking about doing business in China, or you’d like to do more, you need to know what’s good market information and what’s just a myth.

https://www.meininger.de/en/wine-business-international/ten-myths-about-chinese-wine-market

MICH ULTRA GOES ORGANIC TO STAY ON TOP OF LOW-CAL BEER BOOM

Ultra Pure Gold. It has 85 calories, 10 less than regular Ultra, and will be marketed as containing “organic grains.”

IN STOCK

http://adage.com/article/cmo-strategy/mich-ultra-organic-stay-top-low-cal-beer-boom/312513/

JOHNNIE WALKER BECOMES JANE WALKER FOR LIMITED EDITION

Diageo’s popular Scotch whisky brand Jonnie Walker has given its Black Label a makeover, turning its striding man logo into a woman for a ‘Jane Walker’ limited edition.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/02/johnnie-walker-becomes-jane-walker-for-limited-edition/

 

New Arnold Palmer

MillerCoors and AriZona Beverages have launched Arnold Palmer Spiked Half & Half. The 5%-abv flavored malt beverage is a non-carbonated blend of iced tea and lemonade based on the popular non-alcoholic AriZona product. To promote the new offering, MillerCoors has placed Arnold Palmer Spiked at events, like the TPC Scottsdale golf tournament, and music festivals across the U.S. Arnold Palmer Spiked is now available nationwide in 24-ounce cans and in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans.

ThE IDEAL SERVING TEMPERATURES FOR EVERY TYPE OF BEER, EXPLAINED

Serving beer can have kind of a Goldilocks effect: too warm, it’s flat and possibly off-flavor; too cold, and its flavors will be masked. Just as there are optimal serving temperatures for wines, beer also benefits from being served the right way

https://vinepair.com/articles/best-temperature-beer/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=00d6399bc8-Feb_28_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-00d6399bc8-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-00d6399bc8-38937345&mc_cid=00d6399bc8&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

 

 

A Better Way to Bottle in MA

M.S. Walker’s State of the Art New Facility Raises the Industry Bar

http://www.beveragejournalinc.com/new/easyblog/entry/a-better-way-to-bottle

Some Guy Figured Out How to Make Wine in His Instant Pot

If you want to try your hand at making your own wine, most homebrew shops will sell you the supplies to get things started. Or, if you’re David Murphy, you could just pull out your Instant Pot to the make the magic happen.

https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2018/02/some-guy-figured-out-how-to-make-wine-in-his-insta.html

Pour wine to savor and enjoy, not guzzle

Don’t limit yourself by over-pouring.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/sc-food-wine-serving-size-0302-story.html

How to read a Spanish wine label

The label is your friend and guide — it’s not there to confuse you, it’s there to tell you what’s inside the bottle and where it’s from.

http://www.decanter.com/spanish-fine-wine/read-spanish-wine-label-384254/

The Best Wine to Pair with Lasagna

Who wants some lasagna? That’s a silly question. The answer, of course, is everyone. Everyone wants lasagna.

http://winefolly.com/food-wine/what-kind-of-wine-goes-with-lasagna/?utm_source=Wine+Folly&utm_campaign=c89325bd71-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_01_09&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a18d8bdc1b-c89325bd71-62472929&mc_cid=c89325bd71&mc_eid=d73340fcba

SWA secures GI for Scotch in New Zealand

New Zealand now joins more than 100 other countries, which have officially recognised Scotch whisky as a Scottish product, including Australia and Taiwan.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2018/03/swa-secures-gi-for-scotch-in-new-zealand/

Angels’ Share launches Bourbon-filled angel

The Bourbon-filled angels are available exclusively from A Taste of Kentucky for US$49.99

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2018/03/angels-share-launches-bourbon-filled-angel/

FOR MANY WINEMAKERS, CONCRETE IS THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS

Over the past decade, more winemakers have started using concrete tanks, a fermentation and aging alternative that offers the best of both steel and oak.

https://vinepair.com/articles/concrete-tanks-winemaking/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=0b73affe56-Mar_1_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-0b73affe56-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-0b73affe56-38937345&mc_cid=0b73affe56&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

5 Tips to Store Leftover Wine

Good practices to better preserve an opened bottle of wine, for longer…

http://socialvignerons.com/2018/03/01/5-tips-to-store-left-over-wine/

 

Bailey’s and Beyond: The Irish Cream PGI

In addition to meeting the EU standards for liqueurs, the PGI for Irish Cream requires the following:

40148369 – cold coffee drink with ice, beans and splash, close-up.

http://winewitandwisdomswe.com/2018/02/28/baileys-and-beyond-the-irish-cream-pgi/

 

YOUR FAVORITE TACO AND ITS PERFECT WINE PAIR

Pairing wine with tacos might seem a little unorthodox. However, they’re two of my favorite things, so why not enjoy them together?

https://www.thebacklabel.com/your-favorite-taco-and-its-wine-pair/?utm_campaign=lifestyle&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=thursday-3-1-18&mc_cid=44871f5f10&mc_eid=307f1bbe08#.WprQ1a2ZOSM

 

What Does Your Bottle Really Say About the Wine?

We spend a lot of time talking about the stuff inside wine bottles. But can the bottle itself, from its shape to color of the glass, tell you more about what you’re drinking? We go deeper than a punt into what’s behind your wine bottle.

https://www.winemag.com/2018/03/01/what-does-your-bottle-really-say-about-the-wine/

Phenolic compounds deserve superhero status

Antioxidants in wine credited with yet another health benefit.

https://www.mnn.com/food/beverages/blogs/superhero-phenolic-compounds-wine-foods

What you need in your Spanish wine cellar – a guide
Spanish wine expert Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW shares his advice on what to put in your cellar and when to drink…

http://www.decanter.com/spanish-fine-wine/what-you-need-in-your-spanish-wine-cellar-a-fguide-384116/

This Guy’s Dangerous Fail After Attempting A Popular YouTube Hack For Wine Is A Warning To Us All

DO NOT DO THIS. DO NOT DO WHAT LAWRENCE DID.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/tanyachen/just-dont-do-this?utm_term=.yc0EQMgo1p#.ucYLKQz837

US distillery creates ‘first’ coffee bean-rested Bourbon

The Stillhouse Spirits Company has created the ‘first’ Bourbon rested in roasted small-batch coffee beans, which will go on sale later this month.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2018/03/us-distillery-creates-first-coffee-bean-rested-bourbon/

New Irish Whiskey

Beam Suntory has released the Tyrconnell 15-year-old, an Irish whiskey finished in Madeira casks. The 46%-abv offering is a limited release that the company will roll out this month to select markets at a suggested retail price of $100 a 750-ml. The 15-year-old expression joins a Tyrconnell portfolio that already includes the core namesake brand, as well as a 10-year-old Madeira Cask Finish, 10-year-old Port Cask Finish, and 10-year-old Sherry Cask Finish.

Discovery shows wine grapes gasping for breath

University of Adelaide researchers have discovered how grapes “breathe,” and report that shortage of oxygen leads to cell death in the grape.

https://phys.org/news/2018-03-discovery-wine-grapes-gasping.html

Do Parker points matter any more?

Points, points, points. It’s such a complicated and polarized discussion.

http://www.wineanorak.com/wineblog/uncategorized/do-parker-points-matter-any-more

What makes beer taste like beer?

Beer is one of the most consumed beverages on the planet and for good reason. It’s delicious, refreshing and it has a huge variety of styles.

http://www.food24.com/Drinks/Beer/what-makes-beer-taste-like-beer-20180302

10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT HENNESSY COGNAC

The company — which reads “modern” but is in fact 253 years young — puts out a solid half of the world’s Cognac. It has Irish roots, and kept two families in business for eight and seven generations, respectively.

https://vinepair.com/articles/best-hennessy-cognac/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=e80cc6a51d-Mar_3_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-e80cc6a51d-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-e80cc6a51d-38937345&mc_cid=e80cc6a51d&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

Choose the Right Wine: 7 Tips on How to Shop Smarter

Overwhelmed. Baffled. Bewildered. That’s how most people feel when shopping for wine.

http://www.foodandwine.com/wine/how-america-buys-wine

Do Wine Competition Medals Impact The Price Of Your Wine?

When you visit wineries, no doubt you’ve seen shiny medals on ribbons draped around bottles of wine. A new study by French economists examines whether wine competition awards have an impact on wine price and are indicators of quality.

http://www.vino-sphere.com/2018/02/do-wine-competition-medals-impact-price.html

Mood Swings For Wine Lovers

Personal taste is very, well, personal; it is also maddeningly dependent on context. It is the same as having a music playlist for working out, which you’d never play during a candlelight dinner. So, if you pick a wine for the mood you are trying to establish, everyone will be happy.

https://www.memphisflyer.com/memphis/mood-swings-for-wine-lovers/Content?oid=11498317

 

The Bodyguard of Wine: Cork Is More Than a Closure

The Bodyguard of Wine: Cork Is More Than a Closure

https://www.thedailymeal.com/drink/bodyguard-wine-cork-more-closure

Love It or Hate It, Without Jameson You Wouldn’t Be Drinking Irish Whiskey

The brand’s hell-raising reputation moves units and inspires loyalty, but it doesn’t exactly secure Irish whiskey a spot in the craft canon.

https://vinepair.com/articles/jameson-irish-whiskey/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=036ec5a1ec-Jan_31_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-036ec5a1ec-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-036ec5a1ec-38937345&mc_cid=036ec5a1ec&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

THE 7 MISTAKES EVERYONE MAKES AT A WINE SHOP

For many people, heading to the local wine shop can be an intimidating and anxiety-inducing experience.

https://vinepair.com/wine-blog/the-7-most-common-mistakes-youre-making-at-the-wine-shop/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=036ec5a1ec-Jan_31_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-036ec5a1ec-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-036ec5a1ec-38937345&mc_cid=036ec5a1ec&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

Cremant sparkling wine muscles in as new champagne as sales soar

French crémant sparkling wines have muscled in on the party circuit and are challenging the domination of those two old favorites.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/03/03/cremant-sparkling-wine-muscles-new-champagne-sales-soar/

New Zac Brown Wine

Delicato Family Vineyards is extending its Z. Alexander Brown brand with a new Uncaged Sauvignon Blanc retailing at $20 a 750-ml. The new entry is sourced from Napa Valley, warmer Lake County Vineyards in the North Coast, and cool southern Suisun Valley vineyards just south of Napa County. Z. Alexander Brown also includes an Uncaged Red Blend, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot Noir, as well as the recently released Uncaged Chardonnay.

THE UNITED STATES OF ALCOHOL

Here’s what a map of our country might look like if our drinking preferences were what divided us, instead of politics.

https://vinepair.com/wine-blog/united-states-of-alcohol-map/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=a9a4c41b98-Mar_5_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-a9a4c41b98-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-a9a4c41b98-38937345&mc_cid=a9a4c41b98&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

 

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Wine prices: How low can you go?

EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT ANGOSTURA BITTERS

Dewar’s: a brand history

 

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Beringer Bourbon Wines

Treasury Wine Estates is extending the Beringer brand with Beringer Bros. Bourbon Barrel Aged wines, including a Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Red Cuvee aged for 60 days in charred American oak Bourbon barrels and retailing at $18 a bottle. Mark Beringer, the great-great grandson of co-founder Jacob Beringer, oversees winemaking for the new offering. Beringer’s new barrel-aged wines sport interactive labels which can be scanned with the “Living Wine Labels” app to bring Beringer’s founding brothers Jacob and Frederick to life in an augmented reality feature. Other TWE brands utilizing the Living Wine Labels app to educate and engage consumers include The Walking Dead Wines from the Last Wine Company, Gentleman’s Collection, 19 Crimes and Chateau St. Jean.

How You Can Spot Fake Wines

Looking to acquire legendary bottles? The world’s foremost expert on detecting fake wines, Maureen Downey, shares six tips for ensuring you don’t end up the victim of fraud.

https://www.winemag.com/2018/02/15/how-to-spot-fake-wines/

Shifting world wine trends

The winds of change are blowing through the world of wines as factors ranging from currency fluctuations to weather-impacted harvest levels cause both suppliers and consumers to look beyond stereotypical options to new markets and styles.

https://www.morningadvertiser.co.uk/Article/2018/02/16/What-are-the-global-wine-trends

There are four types of drinker – which one are you?

It’s easy to see alcohol consumption being a result of thousands of years of ritual and a lifetime of habit. But have you ever stopped to consider why it is you choose to drink? Knowing what motivates people to drink is important to better understanding their needs when it comes to encouraging them to drink less, or in a less harmful way.

https://theconversation.com/there-are-four-types-of-drinker-which-one-are-you-89377

Understanding the Science Behind Ancient Wine

Using hi-tech tools to learn about the winemaking methods of the past

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/understanding-the-science-behind-ancient-wine/

WTFilms Inks Deals on Buzzed-About Documentary ‘Wine Calling’

“Wine Calling” takes place in the South of France and follows a new generation of wine growers belonging to a global movement for taste and sustainability, from the harvest to the bottling.

http://variety.com/2018/film/global/berlianle-2018-berlin-film-festival-wtfilms-inks-deals-on-buzzed-about-documentary-wine-calling-exclusive-1202702131/

 

Aging Wine FAQ

Be forewarned that that many answers are far from absolute and are simply guidelines.

http://www.timgaiser.com/blog/aging-wine-faq?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TimGaiserMasterSommelier-Blog+%28The+Blog+of+Tim+Gaiser%2C+MS%29

 

EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT ANGOSTURA BITTERS

What  is this stuff, exactly? How has it set up camp in pretty much every bar you’ve ever been to? Why should you care?

https://vinepair.com/wine-blog/everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know-about-angostura-bitters/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=pagepost

 

Cork Vs. Screw Top: Should You Judge a Wine by Its Seal?

Corks sometimes cause more problems than they solve, but proponents of these little lumps of tree bark feel strongly about their use.

https://www.vogue.com/article/cork-vs-screw-top-wine

 

French see red over health minister’s wine warning

Agnès Buzyn caused anger in Bordeaux, Burgundy and other vineyard regions by denouncing as fallacious claims that wine could be beneficial and increase longevity. She said it was an “alcohol like any other” and as bad for the health as beer, whisky or vodka.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/french-see-red-over-health-ministers-wine-warning-fjljr607n

 

Wine-quality scores for premium wines are not consistent through time

When dealing with professional wine-quality scores, the usual attitude seems to be: “one wine, one score”. We have all seen wine retailers where, for each wine, only one quality score is advertised from each well-known wine critic or magazine. This is often either the most recent score that has been provided, or it is the highest score that has been given to that particular wine.

http://winegourd.blogspot.com/2018/02/wine-quality-scores-for-premium-wines.html

 

Fear of wine snobs

Wine people, as I discovered last week, resent the image of wine lovers as pretentious, condescending and – worst of all – full of bullshit.

https://www.meininger.de/en/wine-business-international/fear-of-wine-snobs

 

The wine never stops flowing at bottling facility in Hopland

Next time you drink a CA wine look at the back chances are you will see Hopland!

http://www.ukiahdailyjournal.com/general-news/20180218/the-wine-never-stops-flowing-at-bottling-facility-in-hopland

Top 10 Biodiverse Wineries in the US, 2017

The biodiversity ranking driven by Biome Makers measures and evaluates the global complexity of microbial communities as a basis for the biological activity in soils and as a sustainability indicator

https://www.wineindustryadvisor.com/2018/02/19/top-10-biodiverse-wineries-us

Big Wine 2018: The good, the bad, and the ugly for consumers

Big Wine’s continuing dominance over what we drink means less interesting wines to buy, as well as fewer places to buy them

https://www.winecurmudgeon.com/big-wine-2018-good-bad-ugly-consumers/

The Wild Ancient Greek Drinking Game That Required Throwing Wine

Strategic flicking was the name of this game, known as kottabos.

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/kottabos-ancient-greek-wine-spilling-game

15 questions wine experts are always asked

Specialist Charles Foley answers your most pressing queries, from what to look for on a wine label to how to open champagne with a sword

http://www.christies.com/features/15-questions-wine-experts-are-always-asked-8890-1.aspx?sc_lang=en

What Really Is Natural Wine?

If you’re even slightly into wine, you’ve probably heard about natural wine. Natural wine is the unfiltered, untamed, un-photoshopped version of what we know to be wine. In most cases, natural wine doesn’t look or taste like a typical wine. In fact, some natural wines taste more like a sour beer or kombucha!

http://winefolly.com/review/really-natural-wine/

Dewar’s: a brand history

Dewar’s, or ‘Doo-ers’ as they say in America, was built by the most flamboyant whisky tycoon of them all. Tommy Dewar may have died in 1930 but his spirit lives on. The Spirits Business traces its fascinating story.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2018/02/dewars-a-brand-history/

Is the Endless Growth of the Wine Industry Coming to an End?

The 2018 outlook suggests that overall wine industry pricing will remain flat, with price increases difficult to pass through to consumers. The premium wine segment, with bottles over $10 apiece, is called to grow in a range of 4% to 8%, down from the estimate of 10% to 14% in 2017. Increasing imports are expected to continue in the lower premium price points

https://247wallst.com/consumer-products/2018/02/16/peak-wine-is-the-endless-growth-of-the-wine-industry-coming-to-an-end/

6 Ways to Get Customers out of Their Comfort Zone

Wine retailers across the country discuss tactics for drumming up interest in niche wines

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/6-ways-to-get-customers-out-of-their-comfort-zone/

A Beginner’s Guide to Wine Expertise

It’s not what you know, it’s how you go about it

http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/Beginners-Guide-Wine-Expertise-Matt-Kramer

Top 4 Wine Brands That are Killing it Online

With its global reach, wine has become one of the many products to take advantage of the worldwide sales potential offered by the online world.

http://socialvignerons.com/2018/02/21/top-4-wine-brands-that-are-killing-it-online/

Four Sommelier-Approved Wedding Wine Hacks

While caterers do have experience planning weddings and providing bar service, their wine recommendations are a notoriously bad deal, especially if you and yours are wine lovers.

https://vinepair.com/articles/best-wedding-wines/

7 Wild Wines from Central Europe You Need to Czech Out Now

One of these wines tastes like a gin and tonic—and it’s the best cocktail I’ve had all year.

https://www.bonappetit.com/story/central-europe-czech-austrian-german-wines

Ohio becomes 6th in nation for wine production by gallon

When you think of the top winemaking states, places like California and Washington probably come to mind. What you might not have guessed is that Ohio is not far behind those places.

http://abc6onyourside.com/news/local/ohio-becomes-6th-in-nation-for-wine-production-by-gallon

The Best Red Wine to Drink While Eating on the Couch

If you’re going to drink red wine on the couch, make sure it’s a light red. Here are a few of my go-to options. Not only are they less likely to stain in the event of a spill, but they’re also downright gulpable while you’re binging shows on Netflix. Trust me.

https://www.thekitchn.com/the-best-red-wine-to-drink-while-eating-on-the-couch-254182

New KJ Rosé

Jackson Family Wines has extended its flagship Kendall-Jackson brand with a Vintner’s Reserve Rosé. Previously available in select markets, Vintner’s Reserve Rosé is launching into national distribution this month. The new offering is sourced from vineyards in Santa Barbara, Monterey, Sonoma and Mendocino Counties and fermented in stainless steel. Kendall-Jackson’s Vintner’s Reserve California Chardonnay ($17) ranked 28th among Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2017. The Kendall-Jackson brand sells above 3.4 million cases in the U.S. annually, according to Impact Databank.

Millennials are dragging down beer sales — but Gen Z marks a ‘turning point’ that will cause an even bigger problem for the industry

A report from Berenberg Research found that members of Generation Z preferred spirits (like vodka or gin) and wine to beer.

http://www.businessinsider.com/millennials-gen-z-drag-down-beer-sales-2018-2

2018 Top 40+ Wine Influencers: Who to Follow on Social Media?

2017 has come and gone, and we are well into 2018 by now. It is therefore clearly time for our traditional yearly list of top wine influencers on social media.

http://socialvignerons.com/2018/02/13/2018-top-40-wine-influencers-who-to-follow-on-social-media/

US online alcohol sales hit $1.7 billion

Online alcohol sales in the US hit US$1.7 billion dollars last year, according to a new report from Rabobank, which urges brands to “aggressively pursue strategies” for e-commerce growth.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2018/02/us-online-alcohol-sales-hit-1-7-billion/

JAPANESE WINE AND GRAPE CULTIVATION

A peek into a burgeoning industry in Asia.

https://www.alcoholprofessor.com/blog/2018/02/20/japanese-wine-and-grape-cultivation/

Study: Red Wine Prevents Tooth Decay, Gum Disease

Smile and pour a glass.

https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2018-02-21/study-red-wine-prevents-tooth-decay-gum-disease

The Glorious Grapes Defining Austrian Red Wine

While varieties like Blaufränkisch, Zweigelt and St. Laurent may not roll off the tongue as well as better known grapes, Austrian red wine needs to be on your must-try list.

https://www.winemag.com/2018/02/21/austrian-red-wine-grapes/

DRINKING WINE FROM THE SPIT BUCKET

UNSOPHISTICATED OR INNOVATIVE?

http://roadsandkingdoms.com/2018/wine-in-fruska-gora-serbia/

WTF Is a “Wine Product” Anyway? (And… Can You Drink It?)

They’re cheap and convenient. Sounds great, right?

But adding to the confusion are these low-alcohol beverages dubbed “wine products.”

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

It’s a Brave New World When it comes to Wine Choices

More than 80 percent of wines produced and sold in the United States come from about 20 percent of the number of producers. By logical inference, there is very little production reaching our tables from the preponderance of wineries.

https://www.theexaminernews.com/its-a-brave-new-world-when-it-comes-to-wine-choices/

What’s the difference between grape juice and wine?

Life on earth conspires to turn grapes into something more highly evolved with a single element

http://www.phillyvoice.com/whats-difference-between-grape-juice-and-wine/

The 5 Best White Wines for Cooking

Once you move past grocery store “cooking wine” (and I strongly advise you to do so!) and introduce even moderately priced white wine into the equation (leave that $40 Chardonnay in the wine fridge), your possibilities and cooking style expand exponentially.

https://www.thekitchn.com/the-5-best-white-wines-for-cooking-202573

Top 10 US Sparkling Wine Drinking States In US

EX-NBA STAR STOUDEMIRE LAUNCHES KOSHER WINE RANGE

Former NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire has launched a line of kosher wines ahead of Passover made from vineyards in Israel, retailing at up to US$250 a bottle.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/02/ex-nba-star-stoudemire-launches-kosher-wine-range/

LEARN ABOUT TENNESSEE WHISKEY

TENNESSEE WHISKEY ESSENTIAL INFO

https://vinepair.com/spirits-101/intro-tennessee-whiskey-guide/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=8f8cea8da2-Feb_22_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-8f8cea8da2-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-8f8cea8da2-38937345&mc_cid=8f8cea8da2&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

How Should We Evaluate Distinctive, Original Wines?

We develop standards of quality through conversations between experts. In the wine world those standards are often region-specific and are sometimes supported by legal requirements. But the standards themselves are perceptual patterns

https://foodandwineaesthetics.com/2018/02/22/how-should-we-evaluate-distinctive-original-wines/

A Guide to Franciacorta, Italy’s Most Chill Wine Region

Because of its relative new-kid status, there’s a refreshing casualness to Franciacorta’s wineries.

https://www.cntraveler.com/story/a-guide-to-franciacorta-italys-most-chill-wine-region

Beer vs. Wine vs. Liquor: The Most-Ordered Alcohol in Your City May Surprise You

Of the 12 markets the brand looked at, New York City had sold the highest percentage of wine – 50 percent of all alcohol sold in the city was wine – whereas Boston had the highest percentage of beer – 31 percent.

http://www.foodandwine.com/news/new-york-prefers-wine-austin-loves-liquor-according-new-sales-data

The 6 Best Wines for a Breakup

Breakups suck. They might even inspire you to drink. So, if you’re going to drink, you might as well do it right! Here are 6 classic breakup situations and the wines to match them.

http://winefolly.com/update/6-best-wines-break/

10 TIPS FOR DRINKING AND BUYING WINE – LIKE A CONNOISSEUR…

Wine is an eternal quest. Like us, it lives, breaths and changes. But also like us, some wines are in better shape than others. Wine is a curious topic, because there’s so much that’s unknown and so much that’s just wrong. At the end of the day, it’s fun to look fancy and knowledgeable, so here are a few tips to buy and drink wine like a fine connoisseur, on any budget.

http://www.godsavethepoints.com/2018/02/22/tips-drinking-buying-wine-like-connoisseur/

Top 10 Best Wine Apps for 2018

The following 10 applications, gathered in an infographic, are some of the 2018 top-rated wine apps, here to help you finding,  choosing, buying, and remembering bottles of great wines. Most are free to download, so compatible with the smart phone user on a budget!

http://socialvignerons.com/2018/02/23/top-10-best-wine-apps-for-2018/

Biodynamics: Fruit and Root days

Biodynamics is not just for winemakers – wine lovers are now being encouraged to plan their drinking by the lunar calendar. christelleguibert considers whether wines really can taste different on different days of the year

https://www.decanterchina.com/en/news/Decanter%20Features/biodynamics-fruit-and-root-days

New Bubbly From Clos Du Bois

California’s Clos du Bois, part of the Constellation portfolio, has launched Lightly Bubbled Rosé and Chardonnay wines. Made from Sonoma-sourced grapes, the new line of frizzante wines will begin rolling out nationwide in March, both retail priced at $13 a 750-ml. The Clos du Bois portfolio also includes still wines from Sonoma County’s North Coast, Alexander Valley, and Russian River Valley appellations. Clos du Bois depleted 1.9 million cases in the U.S. in 2017, down 2%, according to Impact Databank.

New Simple Life Rosé

Sonoma-based Don Sebastiani & Sons has extended its Simple Life wine brand with a new rosé. Sourced primarily from Lodi, Simple Life Rosé is made with Syrah, Mourvedre, and Barbera and retails at $13 a 750-ml. The offshoot joins existing Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon labels in the Simple Life portfolio, which first debuted in 2012. In addition to Simple Life, Don Sebastiani & Sons’ stable includes the Smoking Loon, Pepperwood Grove, Don & Sons, and Sivas-Sonoma brands, among others.

 

Wine prices: How low can you go?

The average price for the equivalent of a standard-sized 750-milliliter bottle of wine sold by U.S. retailers is $10 a bottle. The average hit double digits for the first time about a year ago

http://wineloverspage.com/2018/02/wine-prices-how-low/

 

Mass Spectrometry Based Analysis Reveals the Chemistry of Wine Bouquet

Scientists from the University of Zaragoza, Spain, have developed an automated dynamic headspace (DHS) method that can provide a snapshot of the aroma compounds emanated from wine in conditions close to those found during wine tasting. They have then implemented the technique to see how this profile changes over time as it might in the glass during consumption

https://www.technologynetworks.com/analysis/articles/mass-spectrometry-based-analysis-reveals-the-chemistry-of-wine-bouquet-297929

 

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New mobile app for Vermont Beer fans

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

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

Monkey Shoulder unveils giant cocktail shaker

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

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

SECRET MARIJUANA PLANTATION DISCOVERED IN VINEYARD

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

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

HERE ARE FOUR CONSUMER SPIRITS TRENDS TO WATCH IN 2018

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

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

THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN BOURBON, RYE, AND TENNESSEE WHISKEY

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

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

New UFO Flavor

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

 

New Light Beer Line

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

Vegans call for better labeling on wine

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

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

Consistency is the Hobgoblin of Little Wines

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

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

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

Debate on natural wine rages on

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

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

Constellation Brands, Boston Beer Ink Kentucky Derby Sponsorships

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

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

 

 

Does Legalizing Marijuana Threaten Wine (And Beer) Consumption?

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

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

Hangar 1 Introduces Rosé Vodka Made From Actual Wine

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

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

The Best Courses to Help You Land a Job in Wine

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

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

Review on Repour – a Wine Preservation System

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

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

Beefeater Pink gin to launch in April

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

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

 

Baileys unveils strawberries and cream liqueur

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

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

 

Burnett’s Vodka unveils first redesign in 25 years

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

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

 

STONE BREWING CO. SUES MILLERCOORS OVER KEYSTONE BEER

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

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

 

SCIENTISTS DISCOVER WHY PEOPLE CAN BECOME AGGRESSIVE WHEN DRINKING ALCOHOL

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

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

 

Wine and Your Sex Drive

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

Plainville MA voters back more liquor licenses

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

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

 

The NBA’s Secret Wine Society

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

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

 

8 Modern Wine Terms You Need to Know

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

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

 

Managers For Chance The Rapper & Skrillex Launch New Wine Company

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

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

 

Purple Wine + Spirits Eyes Expansion In Whiskey, Pinot Noir

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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New Fetzer

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

The Science of Whole-Cluster Fermentation

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

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

 

Am I allergic to sulfites?

I created a decision tree to answer this popular question.

Excellent interactive chart!!

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

 

Your Love Life May Affect Your Taste in Wine

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

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

 

HOW TO WRITE ABOUT WINE

TEN GOLDEN RULES OF WINE WRITING

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

 

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

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

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

THE SECRET TO PAIRING SWEET WINE WITH SAVORY FOOD

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

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

First All-Vegan Wine Club Launches in United States

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

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

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

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

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

WINES OF GREAT BRITAIN UNVEILS NEW BRAND IDENTITY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There are Reasons Why Good Wine is Expensive

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

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

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Leading Israeli Wineries Offer Food and Wine Pairing Tips for Passover

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

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

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

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

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

Is expensive wine really better?

Don’t get confused by these common misconceptions

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

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

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

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

TOP 10 WINE BRANDS IN THE US OFF-TRADE

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

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

THE ULTIMATE IPA FLAVOR MAP

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

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

HOW TO DECODE RED AND WHITE RHONE BLENDS

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

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

Top 25 Red Wine Grapes Crushed In CA

What Wineries Are Learning from Mystery Shoppers

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

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

Enhancing Beer Flavors with Cryogenic Technology

Craft brewers experiment with concentrated hops to boost bitterness in IPAs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It’s so on brand.

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

 

Senate Committee Set to Ban Wine Shipments to New Hampshire

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

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

 

2018 statistics on American wine consumption

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

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

 

What is ullage in wine and should you worry?

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

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

German Beer Sales Are Falling

Consumption in the land of Oktoberfest is showing no cheers

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

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

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

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

History Of Johnnie Walker Man

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

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

PERFECT PAIRINGS: WHAT GROWS TOGETHER GOES TOGETHER

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

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

How Vermont Beer Created a National Craze

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

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

 

CANADIAN BREWER FILES TECHNOLOGY PATENT FOR CANNABIS BEER

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

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

 

THIS CALCULATOR TRANSLATES YOUR WEEKLY ALCOHOL INTAKE INTO BURGERS AND DONUTS

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

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

 

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

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

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

All about Indian food and wine combos

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

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

Jameson unveils 2018 St Patrick’s Day bottle design

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

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

The best-selling spirits in the US market

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

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

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

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

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

The Three Tier System Sucks And Needs To Go Away

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

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

How to Be an Objective Wine Critic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scientist develops heart disease treatment from red wine

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

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

Absolut launches film featuring naked employees

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

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

Clone Wars: Selecting the Right Pinot

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

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

The Quest for Artisan-Made Cinnamon Whiskey

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

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

4 Reasons Why Long Island Wine Has Never Been Better

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

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

Cremant: France’s forgotten sparkling wine?

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

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

 

Barrel of Possibilities

Oak programs a matter of personal taste

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

 

Are Your Wine Bottles Safe by FDA Standards?

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

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

 

The way to instantly tell if your beer glass is dirty 

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

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

 

Chaos reigns in wine names

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

This is why hangovers get worse with age

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

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

 

Interesting Alcohol Market Share Report

 

Is Wine Only Healthy for the Wealthy?

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Guarachi Wine Partners Launches New Wine Brand: BACON

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

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

 

HERE ARE SEVEN CONSUMER WINE TRENDS TO WATCH IN 2018

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

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

 

Who’s Influencing Your Wine Choices?

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

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

 

A Swirling Controversy is Bubbling Up in Champagne Circles

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

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

 

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

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

Is this the same in USA??

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

 

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

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

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

 

MAKE YOUR OWN SOLO-INSPIRED STAR WARS SPACE WINE GLASSES

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

What Is Ginger Beer? What to Know About This Drink

Hint: it’s not beer.

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

 

GREEN ISSUES DRIVE INNOVATION IN WINE CLOSURES

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

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

 

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How New Alcohol Tax Laws May Affect Your Business

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

4 Reasons Why You Should Drink More White Wine

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

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

 

What’s the Deal with Soju?

Discovering the traditional South Korean spirit in honor of the Olympics

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

 

California Grape Crush Report

 

Considering Wine & Weed Events… Not So Fast

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

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

Twisted, Degrading Beer Labels And Names Spoils Industry Success

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

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

How to spike your cooking game with hard liquor

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

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

The Best Wine Stoppers, According to Sommeliers and Beverage Directors

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

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

The top 10 countries exporting wine to China

Now You Know Why Wine Snobs Are Faking It

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

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

Who writes the stuff on wine bottles?

Glossy flummery can only come after a generous sip

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

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