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Liquor Industry News/Links 04-09-18

April 9, 2018

 

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Liquor Industry News/Links

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

By: Mark C Lenzi

CSW, CSS, CWAS, FWS, IWS*

 

04-09-2018

 

Liquor Industry Week In Review

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

 

This Weeks Highlights:

 

New Products

 

Attleboro MA man brews up idea for beer-making league

How obesity dulls the sense of taste

Buffalo Trace bottles fans’ ‘perfect’ Bourbon

 AND MORE!

 

China’s Tariffs Are Sobering News for California’s Wine Country

China is one of California’s biggest importers of wine

China just announced plans to add a 15% tariff on U.S. wine

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-22/china-s-tariffs-are-sobering-news-for-california-s-wine-country

Why is it becoming harder to buy wine online?

Shipments to quite a few states have dropped, but the biggest loss is Illinois and Massachusetts, with tens of thousands of dollars

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/why-is-it-becoming-harder-to-buy-wine-online/2018/03/23/52372ed6-2e09-11e8-b0b0-f706877db618_story.html?utm_term=.8eb326955691

How to pair wine and cheese like you know everything about both

While it’s convenient and you know, delicious, there’s actually a scientific explanation behind it, with numerous studies finding the strong flavor of cheese accentuates the dominant flavors in wine.

https://nypost.com/2018/03/23/how-to-pair-wine-and-cheese-like-you-know-everything-about-both/

Wine-bottle pool floats will rule your summer Instagram feed

What beats giant unicorn and swan pool floats? Man-sized, buoyant wine-bottle floats, sure to dominate Instagram feeds all summer long.

https://nypost.com/2018/03/23/wine-bottle-pool-floats-will-rule-your-summer-instagram-feed/

Vegan and vegetarian wine: does it really matter to the wine consumer?

Vegans beware: there are two fairly common non-vegan methods of clarifying wine

https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/food-and-drink/drink/vegan-and-vegetarian-wine-does-it-really-matter-to-the-wine-consumer-1.3428434

 

Wine Coolers Are Back And Here Are A Few Worth Trying

Wine coolers have come a long way since the 1980s. In those days, brands like Bartles & Jaymes and their cloyingly sweet “wines” reigned supreme. In the height of the John Hughes era, everyone drank these sugary drinks — which tasted more like soda than wine. They were cheaply made, low in alcohol, and high in sugar and extra additives. Not surprisingly, they usually led to a wicked hangover.

https://uproxx.com/life/wine-coolers-are-back/

 

MARSELAN: CHINA’S NEW FAVORITE GRAPE

The red grape, which has its roots in the French town Marseillan on the Mediterranean coast, first popped up in China in 2001 and when the debut vintage was introduced in 2003, responses were warm and receptive.

https://www.thebacklabel.com/marselan-china-favorite-grape/?utm_campaign=education&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=sunday-3-25-18&mc_cid=a2ce253364&mc_eid=307f1bbe08#.WrqFza2ZN8c

 

How obesity dulls the sense of taste

Obese mice had about 25 percent fewer taste buds than lean mice in study

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180320141339.htm

 

On Tasting Notes

There are few aspects of wine culture as reviled, ridiculed, and distrusted by the public as tasting notes. To many, they symbolize everything that is wrong about wine: the obscure and absurd nature of the language; the obsession with ludicrously trivial aspects; the sheer amount of fresh manure it seems to involve. Every single thing about it feels wrong.

https://medium.com/@peter.pharos/on-tasting-notes-8e5b0d5226ba

 

 

What Is The Role Of Native Yeast Versus Cultured Yeast In Winemaking? Ask The Expert!

This microscopic fungus is a big deal in the world of winemaking.

https://www.reversewinesnob.com/native-yeast-versus-cultured-yeast-in-winemaking

 

 

Why do most wines require preservatives when beers don’t?

There are two key differences between beer and wine. Firstly, beer is usually pasteurised, while wine is not. And secondly, beer is packaged while it still contains the carbon dioxide produced during fermentation. Wine has lost most of its CO² by the time it’s bottled and needs a preservative, usually sulphur dioxide.

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/lifestyle/the-full-bottle-why-do-most-wines-require-preservatives-when-beers-dont-20180305-h0x0we.html

Biggest Job Gains

Boston Beer Releases New Truly Spiked & Sparkling Wild Berry Flavor

Truly Wild Berry, a clean spiked sparkling water with only 100 calories, 1 gram of sugars, 5% Alc./Vol. and naturally gluten-free.

https://www.brewbound.com/news/boston-beer-releases-new-truly-spiked-sparkling-wild-berry-flavor?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=8b9d80b2d6-The+Daily+Brew%3A+January+11%2C+2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-8b9d80b2d6-36686829

Getting to the Root of Terroir

Winemakers discuss how to best reveal site specificity

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/getting-to-the-root-of-terroir/

PAINT AND WINE PARTIES ARE ON THE RISE

Bust out the bottles and brushes, because the new craze for wine lovers involves canvas

https://www.winemag.com/find-paint-wine-parties/

Why doesn’t wine come in square bottles?

Wine bottles—and glass bottles in general—were initially round because they were made by glassblowers, and that was the easiest shape to make and replicate.

http://www.winespectator.com/drvinny/show/id/Why-Are-Wine-Bottles-Round-Not-Square-56212

The must-know trend in Boston’s evolving wine scene, according to one of the city’s youngest sommeliers

Lauren Hayes of Pammy’s in Cambridge believes in small lists and small-production wines.

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https://www.boston.com/culture/food/2018/03/27/the-must-know-trend-in-bostons-evolving-wine-scene-according-to-one-of-the-citys-youngest-sommeliers

Learn How to Pair Asparagus with Wine

Spring is finally here, opening up a new wealth of pairing options for seasonable vegetables. We look at asparagus, from how it pairs with Muscat and Riesling to its hangover-fighting enzymes.

https://www.winemag.com/2018/03/26/pairing-asparagus-wine/

Bottoms Up: These Sandals Are Made From Recycled Wine Corks

Could drinking wine be good for your feet? Sort of, says one sandal brand focused on sustainability.

http://footwearnews.com/2018/business/retail/these-sandals-are-made-from-recycled-wine-corks-sole-1202541941/

Wine Legislation Roundup: A Consumer’s Guide to 2018 State Politics

Your state legislature is in session. What bills are your representatives debating that could impact your access to wine?

Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island legislators are considering making out-of-state retailer-direct shipping into their states legal. In New York, the proposed bill would allow reciprocal shipping, meaning only licensees in states where retailer-direct shipping is also legal may ship into New York.

United States Jigsaw Puzzle Pieces

http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/Wine-Consumer-Guide-2018-State-Politics

Calories in Apothic Red Wine

 

Can’t Find the Corkscrew?

Open a Bottle of Wine With Your House Keys

http://www.firstforwomen.com/posts/how-to-open-a-wine-bottle-with-a-key-156811

 

Attleboro MA man brews up idea for beer-making league

The Attleboro-based National Brewers League will pit teams of three to five brewers against each other, vying to brew the best lager beer. Results will be judged by fans who pay admission to tastings at American Legion and VFW halls.

http://www.thesunchronicle.com/news/local_news/attleboro-man-brews-up-idea-for-beer-making-league/article_1c0f1d2e-3325-57ae-8882-f0220d67991c.html

 

JEAN-CHARLES BOISSET LAUNCHES CAVIAR-INFUSED VODKA

Flamboyant Frenchman Jean-Charles Boisset has branched out from wine into the world of spirits with a new collection that includes a caviar-infused vodka.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/03/jean-charles-boisset-launches-caviar-infused-vodka/

 

Buffalo Trace bottles fans’ ‘perfect’ Bourbon

Buffalo Trace is set to release a small batch Bourbon made from a wheat recipe, aged for eight years on the top floors of the warehouses, and bottled at 47.5% abv. The Bourbon will be launched this summer at an RRP of US$39.99 per 750ml.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2018/03/buffalo-trace-bottles-fans-perfect-bourbon/

 

Exciting wine facts to remember

There are 9,654 wineries in the U.S., up 9 percent, and California has 4,392 of them. Oregon has 774, Washington 772, New York 395 and Texas 391.

http://www.modbee.com/living/article207049464.html

Backpack Wine to be Canned by Eastside for Source Code Beverages

Capitalizing on the fast-growing market for canned wine

https://backpack-wine.com

Macallen 50yo
The Macallan has introduced a new limited edition label, The Macallan 50 Years Old. The 44%-abv release was aged in a single Sherry butt for 50 years, and only 200 bottles are available worldwide. Thirty-five of those bottles—all retailing at $35,000 a 750-ml.—are allocated to the U.S. The whisky will be available starting in April.

 

Guide To The Various Types of Wine Corks

A wide variety of types of wine corks and bottle stoppers exist to preserve wine. Some winemakers — especially those who mass produce value wines — are using metal twist off caps instead of corks. While cork type (or lack there of) in some ways affects wine flavor over time, as well as our perception of taste, it’s also critical in protecting wines as they age. Some corks are more reliable than others.

https://www.winetraveler.com/wine-resources/types-of-wine-corks/

 

Don’t Be A Wine Novice, Let Comedian Ben Schwartz Be One For You In New Podcast

  1. & J. Gallo Winery Launches ‘The Wine Down’ Podcast to Teach You Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Wine

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/dont-be-a-wine-novice-let-comedian-ben-schwartz-be-one-for-you-in-new-podcast-300620485.html

 

Belvedere unveils ginger-flavored vodka

The new expression is created by extracting fragrant oils from ginger, lemon and grapefruit that have been immersed in Belvedere Vodka.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2018/03/belvedere-unveils-ginger-flavoured-vodka/

 

16 Stylish Wines For Upscale Breakfasts

If you can drink a mimosa for breakfast, then wine for breakfast is fine too. In fact, one could make a pretty strong argument to ditch the OJ altogether and just drink wine.

http://winefolly.com/tutorial/wine-for-breakfast/?utm_source=Wine+Folly&utm_campaign=adaabce6a3-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_03_27&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a18d8bdc1b-adaabce6a3-62472929&mc_cid=adaabce6a3&mc_eid=d73340fcba

 

THE 8 BEST VODKAS FOR MOSCOW MULES, RANKED

Moscow Mules have just three ingredients: vodka, ginger beer, and lime. A rubric that simple asks a lot of each player. The ginger beer should be spicy-sweet but not cloying, and the vodka needs enough structure to stand up to citrus and soda without any boozy burn.

https://vinepair.com/buy-this-booze/best-vodka-moscow-mule/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=6424cbccdd-Mar_28_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-6424cbccdd-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-6424cbccdd-38937345&mc_cid=6424cbccdd&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

 

Blue Moon Weed Beer

Blue Moon founder Keith Villa and his wife Jodi are launching Ceria, a new brand of cannabis-infused non-alcoholic craft beverages containing THC, a key psychoactive chemical from cannabis plants. The Villas say that Ceria’s products will be “designed to deliver a consistent user experience with the same onset time as alcohol.” Based in the Denver suburb of Arvada, Colorado, the plan is for Ceria to launch at least three variants of “cannabis beers”—light, regular and full-bodied—where legal by the end of 2018. Ceria is partnered with cannabinoid research firm Ebbu, also based in Colorado. Villa retired from MillerCoors in January after 32 years with the company.

 

France’s Wine Theme Park Is The Stuff Of Grown-Up Dreams

Admission includes a glass of wine.

t’s called La Cité du Vin — The City of Wine — and you’ll find it in Bordeaux, one of France’s most storied wine regions. The theme park-meets-museum cost 80 million euros to be made, but it was well worth it: It’s become a veritable mecca for oenophiles.

https://www.delish.com/food/a19622924/france-wine-theme-park/

André: The Voice of Wine’ documentary

In an homage to his grand uncle André Tchelistcheff, filmmaker Mark Tchelistcheff has crafted an intimate portrait of the legendary “Maestro” of Napa Valley in “André: The Voice of Wine.”

http://napavalleyregister.com/wine/andr-the-voice-of-wine-documentary-set-for-a-gala/article_59afb1e2-ffd1-5853-b3f4-505b355b3980.html

How green is your wine?

When you hear the phrase “green wine,” do you think of a herbaceous sauvignon blanc from New Zealand? Or does your mind conjure words like “sustainable,” “organic,” and “biodynamic,” which describe responsible growing practices?

https://www.summitdaily.com/explore-summit/events/how-green-is-your-wine/

WHERE IS BARBERA? THE ANSWER MIGHT SURPRISE YOU

f it weren’t for Prohibition and the disruption of the commercial wine trade in California, we’d probably be drinking Barbera today instead of “Napa Valley Cab”

https://www.mynameisbarbera.com/barbera-italian-swiss-colony-wine/


Charles Shaw Launches Shaw Made With Organic Grapes

Charles Shaw Winery, producer of Charles Shaw Wines, aka “Two Buck Chuck,” launched Charles Shaw Wines made with Organic Grapes.

HOW CAN IT BE $3.99???

https://www.winebusiness.com/blog/?go=getBlogEntry&dataid=197292

 

Smart Cellars: New CorkGuru Digital App Helps Restaurants Harness the Business Value of Their Wine Programs

Digital wine app delivers wine purchasing intel and cellar management to restaurant owners, makes ordering and tracking wine preferences easier for guests

https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180328005885/en/Smart-Cellars-New-CorkGuru-Digital-App-Helps

 

A HANDS-ON GUIDE TO THE WINES OF IDAHO

The bulk of vintners in Idaho don’t own their vineyards or often even produce their own wines, which is an odd decision in most of the winemaking world.

https://www.thebacklabel.com/a-hands-on-guide-to-idaho-wine/?utm_campaign=education&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=thursday-3-29-18&mc_cid=14527b356b&mc_eid=307f1bbe08#.Wr-AR62ZN8c

 

The Science of Pét-Nat Wines

How interrupting fermentation enables winemakers to create semi-sparkling wines

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/the-science-of-pet-nat-wines/?utm_campaign=SevenFifty%20Daily%20Weekly%20Digest&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=61745211&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8NtJ8Chy1L2VUWa_bENhYw2Vsh39tXt6zQHZnqTadzPPJEgSatEH2tKrU1ptdFgvOJ_lfYuH2BRY2RO0qIuuMchgwR5vB551pa-JuctdXua_NaBNs&_hsmi=61744789

 

Bota Box Introduces Campaign For Bota Box Sippers

Alternative packaging trend continues with “one-sip-at-a-time” option

Delicato Family Vineyards has introduced the new Bota Sippers, a coffee pod-sized product for those who want wine ‘one sip at a time.’

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/bota-box-introduces-campaign-for-bota-box-sippers-300622070.html

UFO Pink Lemonade Shandy

Sunny, citrusy, and fun, UFO Pink Lemonade Shandy is the perfect summertime beer. Find your beach chair, grab a 6-pack, add some friends and you’ve got yourself a recipe for a sensational summer day

 

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Liquor Industry News/Links 04-02-18

April 2, 2018

 

Franklin Liquors

Liquor Industry News/Links

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

By: Mark C Lenzi

CSW, CSS, CWAS, FWS, IWS*

 

04-02-2018

 

Liquor Industry Week In Review

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

 

This Weeks Highlights:

 

New Products

 

Tito’s vodka lawsuit over ‘handmade’ settled

How to pair beer with food

What Does Wine Do to Your Teeth?

 

 AND MORE!

 

A more nuanced approach to upgrading your wine palette

Going to a wine shop should expose you to someone with expertise who can ask you questions about what you’re drinking and suggest the next logical step. Logic doesn’t dictate going from $15 to $100. If you’re sold that bill of goods, leave and don’t return to that wine retailer.

http://www.heraldbulletin.com/opinion/columns/howard-hewitt-column-a-more-nuanced-approach-to-upgrading-your/article_12a3cef3-0f5d-5ad6-98fc-2ef16a2dc54b.html

Take any discount deals on wine at grocery stores

A supermarket is not a true wine store, but it likely is a place where you buy wine. Who can pass up the convenience of buying toilet paper, green beans, and wine in a one-stop shop experience?

http://www.lubbockonline.com/news/20180318/gus-clemens—take-any-discount-deals-on-wine-at-grocery-stores

Two glasses of wine before bed can help you lose weight, according to actual science

Put down the dumbbells and back away from the treadmill, there’s a new weight loss regime in town

https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/food/5841128/two-glasses-wine-bed-lose-weight-science/

THE MOST EXPENSIVE WINE FROM EVERY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD

There are more than 70 countries worldwide producing wine. Historically, 90 percent of the world’s wine came from 15 countries, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization.

https://vinepair.com/articles/most-expensive-wine-world/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=460deb747f-Mar_19_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-460deb747f-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-460deb747f-38937345&mc_cid=460deb747f&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT NARRAGANSETT BEER

Narragansett Brewing is an American beer success story. The first ‘Gansett lager debuted in 1890, after which the Rhode Island-born brewery survived Prohibition, became the biggest lager maker in New England, and then, after complications following the 1965 sale of the brewery to Falstaff Brewing Corporation, shut down in the 1980s.

https://vinepair.com/articles/narragansett-beer-rhode-island/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=460deb747f-Mar_19_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-460deb747f-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-460deb747f-38937345&mc_cid=460deb747f&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

New Mich Ulta And Size

Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI) has released Michelob Ultra in 7-ounce bottles in select markets in the U.S. At 55 calories per bottle, the smaller format is aimed at calorie-conscious drinkers looking for a lighter way to indulge. Michelob Ultra 7-ounce bottles are rolling out this month across Texas, Florida, Arizona, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia, and California. Though the domestic mainstream beer category continues to soften in the U.S., ABI reported double-digit growth for Michelob Ultra last year. The company also recently extended the brand with Michelob Ultra Pure Gold, an expression made with organic grains.

7 science-backed reasons beer may be good for you

A pint of beer a day may come with a host of health benefits

https://www.nbcnews.com/better/health/7-science-backed-ways-beer-good-your-health-ncna788986?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=153542a795-The+Daily+Brew%3A+January+11%2C+2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-153542a795-36686829

New Bread And Butter

Bread & Butter Wines is adding a new Cabernet Sauvignon to its portfolio. Retailing at $15 a 750-ml., the new entry is California-appellated and will be in limited release this spring with expanded distribution slated for the fall. Bread & Butter, which also features a Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, is part of the WX Brands portfolio, whose other labels include the Jamieson Ranch Vineyards range (Double Lariat, Reata, Whiplash, and Light Horse), Chronic Cellars, Jelly Jar, Our Daily Wines, Orleans Hill, and Echelon.

Organic Pinot Grigio New DOC

Pizzolato Organic Pinot Grigio Now DOC VENEZIA

https://naturalmerchants.com/organicwines/organic-pinot-grigio-new-doc/

 

How much should you care about wine?

There are, roughly, three categories of people who drink wine, based on how they view it. This is how much you should care about it in each.

https://medium.com/@peter.pharos/how-much-should-you-care-about-wine-f4ee3d2cfec

 

From landfill to lipstick: Grape waste as a cosmetic and food ingredient

The global wine industry produces about 14 million tons of pomace every year, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and winemakers struggle with what to do with it

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-03/acs-flt021418.php

 

How to make any wine taste better

Pour off a glass, re-cork the bottle and shake it up. That’s all there is to it!

http://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/2018/03/19/how-to-make-any-wine-taste-better.html

 

THE WINE ENTHUSIAST GUIDE TO ART & WINE

RALPH STEADMAN ON WINE AND LABEL DESIGN

https://www.winemag.com/ralph-steadman-interview/

 

DISTILLED SPIRITS (GRAIN ALCOHOLS) AND VINEGAR: ARE THEY GLUTEN-FREE?

Distilled alcohol (ethanol) does not contain any gluten.

https://www.celiac.com/articles.html/safe-gluten-free-food-list-unsafe-foods-amp-ingredients/distilled-spirits-grain-alcohols-and-vinegar-are-they-gluten-free-r1494/

Jim Beam: a brand history

America’s powerhouse Bourbon brand has been around for a long time and, as The Spirits Business discovers, it shows little sign of slowing down.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2018/03/jim-beam-a-brand-history/

NOW YOU CAN PAINT THE TOWN ‘ENGLISH SPARKLING’

UK wine merchant Laithwaites has teamed up with colour institute Pantone to create a bespoke shade called ‘English sparkling’ to mark the growing success of the category.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/03/now-you-can-paint-the-town-english-sparkling/

NZ’s largest wine region to add size of second largest wine region

Marlborough, New Zealand’s largest wine region, is planning to add the size of the Hawke’s Bay wine region, and some, over the next two years.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/102400350/nzs-largest-wine-region-to-add-size-of-second-largest-wine-region

Yuengling’s first new year-round beer in 17 years is coming to select markets in April

The new beer is getting a limited release in the first week of April, with central Pennsylvania, Orlando and Tampa markets in Florida, parts of Georgia, Cleveland, Ohio, Rhode Island and Virginia Beach as the six test markets. Wide release in all Yuengling markets are expected by the end of 2018.

http://www.pennlive.com/life/2018/03/yuengling_new_beer.html?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=933c0bed8d-The+Daily+Brew%3A+January+11%2C+2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-933c0bed8d-36686829

Diageo Launches ‘Happy Hour’ Skill For Amazon Alexa Celebrating One Of The Most Spirited Hours In The Day

New Skill for Alexa Brings Bar Environment into the Home

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/diageo-launches-happy-hour-skill-for-amazon-alexa-celebrating-one-of-the-most-spirited-hours-in-the-day-300615831.html

Organic wine boom continues

Organic vineyards have almost tripled in the last seven years / trend towards biodynamics

https://www.prowein.com/cgi-bin/md_prowein/lib/pub/tt.cgi/Organic_wine_boom_continues.html?oid=29664&lang=2&ticket=g_u_e_s_t

LIQUOR STORE DENSITY BY STATE

Interesting data from 2014 curious numbers now

http://thecapitolist.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Liquor-Stores-in-Non-Quota-Non-Control-States.pdf

Pabst Sued for Saying Some of Its Beer Is Fancier Than It Really Is

He discovered it’s not from an artesian spring in Tumwater, Washington, as the company suggests, but rather from one of America’s most polluted industrial areas outside of Los Angeles. The Sacramento Bee says that last week, he filed a lawsuit accusing the brewery of false advertising.

http://www.grubstreet.com/2018/03/pabst-blue-ribbon-sued-for-water-used-in-olympia-beer.html

THE RIGHT WAY TO DRINK A CORONA IN FIVE EASY STEPS

Acolytes would likely argue there is no wrong way to enjoy Corona, while detractors turn their noses up at the stuff. There is, however, an art to consuming la cerveza mas fina— lime flip and all

https://vinepair.com/articles/how-to-drink-corona/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=e3471b499a-Mar_21_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-e3471b499a-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-e3471b499a-38937345&mc_cid=e3471b499a&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

NEW NETFLIX FILM TO BE SET IN NAPA

American actress-turned-producer Amy Poehler is to step into the director’s seat with a new Netflix film called Wine Country set in California’s Napa Valley.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/03/new-netflix-film-to-be-set-in-napa/

SCIENTISTS ENGINEER ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY HOPLESS BEER

Scientists in California have developed a method enabling them to produce a beer without the use of hops, or the vast amounts of water it takes to grow them, raising questions on the environmentally-friendly future of beer production.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/03/scientists-engineer-environmentally-friendly-hopless-beer/

NIH will examine ethics of its study on the health effects of a daily glass of wine

The director of the National Institutes of Health said Tuesday that he has assigned a group of advisers to examine whether any improprieties were committed in a recently begun study of the health effects of moderate alcohol use — research that is being funded largely by the liquor industry.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/nih-will-examine-ethics-of-its-study-on-the-health-effects-of-a-daily-glass-of-wine/2018/03/20/db8f2806-2c78-11e8-b0b0-f706877db618_story.html?utm_term=.a04af0b98737

Declining Beer Sales Lead To Anti-Wine Ads

According to Nielsen data reported last month, between 2006 and 2016, beer lost 10% of market share to wine and spirits.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomaspellechia/2018/03/21/declining-beer-sales-leads-to-new-ads-and-possibly-to-a-lawsuit/#1d67697d255b

We Shouldn’t Sacrifice Creativity for Ideology

The production process as much as the climate and geology of the vineyard determines what ends up in the bottle. This is crucial information for the consumer to know and is sometimes more useful than knowing the AVA in which the grapes were grown, which may have so much diversity as to be meaningless.

https://foodandwineaesthetics.com/2018/03/21/we-shouldnt-sacrifice-creativity-for-ideology/

What Does Wine Do to Your Teeth?

You don’t need to fear a wine-stained smile, if you follow a few simple rules, and wine can even fight cavity-inducing bacteria

http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/What-Does-Wine-Do-to-Your-Teeth

The Music of Wine

Pairing wine and sound can be rewarding, and instructive

Romance on the piano!

http://www.winespectator.com/blogs/show/id/Pairing-Wine-and-Music-with-Harvey-Steiman

BON JOVI ROSÉ SELLS OUT ON ALLOCATION

Rock star Jon Bon Jovi’s Diving into Hampton Water rosé, made in collaboration with Gerard Bertrand, has proved so popular that the entire 2017 vintage has been sold on allocation.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/03/bon-jovi-rose-sells-out-on-allocation/

 

Everything You Need to Know About Orange Wine

Though the amber-hued drink has been around for some time, the term “orange wine” was allegedly coined in the early 2000s by a U.K.-based wine importer. It also has nothing to do with citrus.

https://www.dmagazine.com/food-drink/2018/03/orange-wine-dallas-bar-and-garden/

 

WHY YOU SHOULD ALWAYS TAP THE TABLE BEFORE TAKING A SHOT

Many drinkers believe this demonstrates respect for the establishment and those who work there. Tapping the bar is a way to celebrate the often-unseen folks who made the moment possible, such as barbacks, kitchen porters, delivery truck drivers, locksmiths, and so on.

https://vinepair.com/articles/you-should-always-tap-the-table-before-taking-a-shot/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=f418f40236-Mar_22_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-f418f40236-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-f418f40236-38937345&mc_cid=f418f40236&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

 

 

The Magic of Moscato d’Asti

It’s hard not to fall in love with Moscato d’Asti. This perfumed, sweet Italian white wine is well-loved by wine drinkers of all kinds. Why? Simple: it’s so easy to drink! Of course, if you go beyond the blue bottle bling, you’ll find Moscato d’Asti is much more sophisticated than you might think.

http://winefolly.com/review/the-magic-of-moscato-dasti/?utm_source=Wine+Folly&utm_campaign=a35f4b6840-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_03_22&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a18d8bdc1b-a35f4b6840-62472929&mc_cid=a35f4b6840&mc_eid=d73340fcba

 

Total Wine & More Sharpens Focus on Winery Direct

“As the wholesalers become consolidated, their ability to handle new projects, new wineries, and new brands, is going to become more and more focused on the big wineries,” he said, “Less focused on family-owned individual wineries. That’s just common sense.”

Trone said his business is about getting more customers in the door and making more money through higher sales or higher margins.

This leaves us as a small business to focus on the 10% of wineries that are not MAJOR COPRERATIONS and not overpriced private labels

https://www.winebusiness.com/news/?go=getArticle&dataid=197021

Drink Better Wine!

U.S. restaurants are among the best in the world, specialty food shops are proliferating, and we have farmer’s markets in every town large enough to feature a traffic light.

But wander down the wine aisle of most supermarkets and you find nothing but the same old same old differing only in the flash of the marketing or the cuteness of the name on the label. It’s really depressing. Hundreds of Chardonnays and Cabs all tasting alike but nary a Austrian Gruner Veltliner or Blaufrankisch.

https://foodandwineaesthetics.com/2018/03/22/drink-better-wine/

 

Wine Labels Are Little White Lies With Enormous Implications

If you think that wine labels don’t matter, that they don’t affect the way a wine tastes, think again. What you think about a wine absolutely makes a difference to how much you enjoy it. And labels play a very important role in how you think about what you’re drinking.

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

 

Bubbly Blaster Makes Spraying Champagne Even More Fun

The Bubbly Blaster is an exciting new product that aims to make spraying champagne easier, more efficient and more fun than ever before. The device attaches to a bottle of champagne, allowing the user to control a thin stream of champagne using a trigger mechanism.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1758911923/the-bubbly-blaster-champagne-sprayer

 

How to pair beer with food

Enjoy a glass of stout with your steak or an IPA with your Indian

https://life.spectator.co.uk/2018/03/how-to-pair-beer-with-food/?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=3caa9c3eec-The+Daily+Brew%3A+January+11%2C+2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-3caa9c3eec-36686829

How your palate (and more) affects tasting wine

You’re baffled.

You’re at a tasting and hear a description of a wine you’re drinking, and think, “What are they talking about? I can’t taste that.”There’s a simple reason.

http://www.richmond.com/food-drink/jack-berninger/wines-spirits-how-your-palate-and-more-affects-tasting-wine/article_fc61b286-aee6-5195-96d4-1eee0341e39a.html

Internet-connected wine bottle startup Kuvée is shutting down

Though there was significant initial interest in Kuvée — the early bird preorders on Indiegogo sold out in three hours — it wasn’t enough to keep the company going

https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/3/22/17153048/internet-connected-wine-bottle-startup-kuvee-shutting-down

Are Single-Site Wines Better than Regional Blends?

Wines are known for communicating the terroir of the regions in which they are grown. But in world that’s striving for authenticity, is there still a place for regional blends?

https://www.winemag.com/2018/03/22/single-site-regional-blends/

Tito’s vodka lawsuit over ‘handmade’ settled

A US consumer is to settle a lawsuit against Tito’s Handmade Vodka, after arguing that the brand “deceived” drinkers into believing it is handmade.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2018/03/titos-vodka-lawsuit-over-handmade-settled/

New Prisoner Wine

Constellation’s The Prisoner Wine Company is extending its lineup with the launch of The Snitch, a new limited offering. Rolling out nationwide, The Snitch is a Napa Valley Chardonnay retailing at $35 a 750-ml. The wine joins The Prisoner Wine Company’s existing range, which is led by its namesake red blend, and also includes the Derange, Blindfold, Saldo, Cuttings, and Thorn labels. Constellation acquired The Prisoner Wine Company from Huneeus Vintners for $285 million in 2016. Impact Databank estimates that the flagship red blend ($47) was up 17.5%, to 165,000 cases in the U.S. last year.

10 UNDERAPPRECIATED ITALIAN VARIETIES

With thousands of years of wine producing culture dating (possibly) more than 6,000 years, Italy is one of the world’s biggest wine producers and few countries have more indigenous grape varieties than the Mediterranean peninsula.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/03/10-underappreciated-italian-varieties/

How to Avoid Pay-to-Play Violations

The TTB has increased its enforcement budget—here’s what you need to know to stay in the clear

Possibly setting the tone for the $5 million trade enforcement budget was the 2016 Massachusetts Craft Beer Guild settlement with the TTB for $750,000. The settlement resulted from alleged violations that Craft Beer Guild paid “slotting fees” to retailers in exchange for favorable product placement and shelf space.

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/how-to-avoid-pay-to-play-violations/?utm_campaign=SevenFifty%20Daily%20Weekly%20Digest&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=61575468&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8F3prLsN78c19DHHuxMc52fasJQ2Ru4myl1aY2wHWxDSNyCzm5-NklntObv_CfjySu0le-eqBhOxIrTGIdMJ4CS3vtm97nwKvQs2AQ8OEKvbGRumc&_hsmi=61575685

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN NEARLY A DECADE, RICH PEOPLE INVESTED MORE IN ART THAN WINE

For the first time since 2010, wealthy folks have spent more money on art than “investment grade wine”,

https://quartzy.qz.com/1235444/for-the-first-time-in-nearly-a-decade-rich-people-invested-more-in-art-than-wine/

6 Reasons You Don’t Sell all the Wine You Make

The wine business is the most competitive consumer product group in the world. I defy you to come up with a category with more choices and more complexity. Oh, and guess what- every vintage is different!

Wine knowledge is great- in fact its compulsory. But if you own a winery and you think “more education” is going to help you sell more wine, get used to disappointment

http://salisburycreative.com/wordpress_d/6-reasons-you-dont-sell-all-the-wine-you-make/

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March 26, 2018

 

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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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Franklin Wine Club Exploring New Zealand Event

March 23, 2018

Franklin Wine Club

Exploring New Zealand Wines

An Education And Tasting 

CLUB

Thursday March 22nd 2018

 

March 22nd 2018

7PM

Exploring New Zealand Wines

Guest Host: Jillian Smith

 

Located in the South Pacific, with the southernmost vineyards in the world, 1,000 miles east of Australia, New Zealand is a sea of thirst-quenching Sauvignon Blanc. Top 20 in both wine consumption and wine production,

We will of coarse explore Sauvignon Blanc comparing two styles. Did you also know they make a sparkling version? We will have it along with Pinot Gris, Rosé, Pinot Noir AND a Malbec blend yes Malbec from New Zealand!

Jillian will share photos from her trips and tell us all about 7 wines.

These will be great food wines for your Easter meal and gifts!

 

Jillian Smith Bio

Jillian is the Brand Ambassador for Villa Maria Wine Estates. She has been working with the company since 2014 and has covered the MA, CT, and RI markets. The Boston native has had the opportunity to visit Villa Maria’s properties in New Zealand 3 times to familiarize herself with the vineyards, the winemaking, and the team of individuals who craft the wines. She graduated from UMass Amherst in 2012 with a degree in Economics and French and has completed her WSET Level 3 in wine certifications.

https://www.meetup.com/Franklin-Wine-Club/events/248228627/

 

The Wines:

 

 

Wine A

2016 Villa Maria Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc



750ml $14.99

 

Wine #1

2017 Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc


750ml $14.99

 

Wine #2

2016 Esk Valley Sauvignon Blanc

750ml $16.99

 

Wine #3

2015 Villa Maria Pinot Gris

 

750ml $14.99

 

Wine #4

2017 Villa Maria Rosé






750ml $14.99

 

Wine #5

2016 Villa Maria Pinot Noir




 

750ml $17.99

 

Wine #6

2015 Esk Valley Gimblett Gravels Red Blend

 

750ml $21.99

 

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Liquor Industry News/Links 03-19-18

March 19, 2018

 

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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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Liquor Industry News/Links 03-12-18

March 12, 2018

 

Franklin Liquors

Liquor Industry News/Links

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

By: Mark C Lenzi

CSW, CSS, CWAS, FWS, IWS*

 

03-12-2018

 

Liquor Industry Week In Review

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

 

This Weeks Highlights:

 

New Products

 

THE 7 MISTAKES EVERYONE MAKES AT A WINE SHOP

10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT HENNESSY COGNAC

What makes beer taste like beer?

 

 AND MORE!

 

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.”

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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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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