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The Wonderful World of Wine (WWW) 05-19-18

May 19, 2018

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The Wonderful World of Wine (WWW) 05-17-18

May 17, 2018

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The Wonderful World of Wine (WWW) 05-15-18

May 15, 2018

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Liquor Industry News/Links 05-14-18

May 14, 2018

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By: Mark C Lenzi

CSW, CSS, CWAS, FWS, IWS*

 

05-14-2018

 

Liquor Industry Week In Review

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This Weeks Highlights:

 

New Products

 

Why Are Alcoholic Drinks Called ‘Booze’?

Here Are America’s Most Popular Beer Brands

Busting Common Myths About Rosé Wine

 

AND MORE!

 

New UFO Beer

The Massachusetts Bay Brewing Company has launched UFO Pink Lemonade Shandy, the brewery’s newest summer seasonal. The 4.4%-abv wheat ale is brewed with citrus flavor and will be available though August. UFO Pink Lemonade has launched nationally in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans and bottles, as well as on draft. This is the third release of 2018 for UFO, which has taken advantage of the growing popularity of fruit beers by releasing UFO Apricadabra and UFO Pineapple in January and February, respectively.

IN STOCK!

 

Budweiser Debuts a New Patriotic Beer Based on George Washington’s Handwritten Recipe

Budweiser‘s new summer brew would most likely have George Washington’s stamp of approval.

http://people.com/food/budweiser-george-washington-handwritten-beer-recipe/?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=fbfcd5eef4-The+Daily+Brew%3A+January+11%2C+2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-fbfcd5eef4-36686829

 

The Next Big Thing in Beaujolais

A small revolution is taking place in an area called Les Pierres Dorées, and it might not be long before you start seeing Pinot Noir from southern Beaujolais on shelves

http://www.foodandwine.com/news/wine-regions/france/pinot-noir-beajolais

 

How to open a bottle of wine with just a humble lighter

Simply grab a lighter and ease the cork out of the bottle with minimal fuss, mess or time wasted.

http://metro.co.uk/2018/04/29/open-bottle-wine-just-humble-lighter-7506334/

BOB DYLAN UNVEILS HEAVEN’S DOOR WHISKEY BRAND

Legendary singer songwriter Bob Dylan has launched his own brand of Tennessee whiskey called Heaven’s Door, named after his 1973 hit that was later famously covered by Guns n’ Roses in 1987.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/04/bob-dylan-unveils-heavens-door-whiskey-brand/

How much wine is sold in grocery stores?

Grocery store wine probably accounts for more than one-half of the U.S. total, but no one is quite sure – even though the number has long-term implications about how and where we buy wine

https://www.winecurmudgeon.com/how-much-wine-is-sold-in-grocery-stores/

The world’s biggest wine producers in 2018

Here are the 15 biggest wine producers in the world – and how their yields have changed

https://businesstech.co.za/news/business/240307/the-worlds-biggest-wine-producers-in-2018-including-south-africa/

Prosecco: What it is and what it isn’t

Prosecco isn’t Champagne. Or Cava. Or Cremant. Or some new world traditional method sparkler.

https://acevola.blogspot.com/2018/04/prosecco-what-it-is-and-what-it-isnt.html

 

Württemberg: The Insider Hotspot for German Red Wines

Württemberg is the place to discover distinctive, delicious red wines that span the range from earthy and spicy to lively and floral. This in-depth guide to the wines of Württemberg will let you in on all the secrets.

http://winefolly.com/review/wurttemberg-german-red-wines/

 

If You Get 100% On This Quiz, You Know Too Much About Wine

If you clicked on this quiz, you probably drink plenty of wine (no judgment, so do we), but how much do you know about it? We pulled together a random sampling of fun wine facts that only the most knowledgeable amateur wine taster would know!

https://vocally.com/quizzes/take-this-super-hard-wine-quiz

 

Some of the best pours in wine country happen in industrial parks

The words “wine country” conjure images of beautiful vistas and vine rows marching (or sprawling, depending on viticultural philosophies) into the sunset. But as you plan your wine country vacations this year, don’t ignore the industrial parks, the winery co-ops or the “custom crush” facilities where several winemakers pool their resources. Warehouses may not be as sexy as sunsets, but some of the best wines are being made in the most unscenic places.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/some-of-the-best-pours-in-wine-country-happen-in-industrial-parks/2018/04/27/dc7fd5dc-4995-11e8-827e-190efaf1f1ee_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.5141dcc1a4ab

 

The Secret Brazilian Wine Region You’ve Never Heard of but Will Want to Visit

Here are the ins and outs of visiting Serra Gaúcha in southern Brazil.

http://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/wine/serra-gaucha-wine-region-brazil

 

A Wine-Drinking Marathon In France, “Le Marathon Des Chateaux Du Medoc,” Has Over 20 Wine Stops On The Course

The world’s longest boozy race: the 26.2 mile Marathon du Médoc, a wine-drinking marathon in France

https://www.bustle.com/p/a-wine-drinking-marathon-in-france-le-marathon-des-chateaux-du-medoc-has-over-20-wine-stops-on-the-course-8937796

 

The Real Difference Between Cool-Climate and Warm-Climate Wine

A lot goes into making the wines you love, but one of the most important aspects is out of the winemaker’s control: climate. It’s knowing whether you prefer warm-climate or cool-climate wines that can help you pick your next bottle.

https://www.winemag.com/2018/05/01/cool-vs-warm-climate-wine/

 

Decanter launches wine learning app

Decanter has launched a micro-learning app called Know Your Wine, designed to help you increase your knowledge from grape to glass, as well as understand more about some of the world’s best-known wine regions.


http://www.decanter.com/learn/decanter-launches-wine-learning-app-389078/#I8hMc3DeVZJm5e0b.99

Delicious, Simple Homemade Dandelion Wine Recipe

I’ve tasted some different wines over the years, but one of the best and most unique wines I have ever tasted is this dandelion wine recipe, that you can easily make yourself!

https://www.diynatural.com/dandelion-wine-recipe/

Jack Daniel’s launches Around the Barrel podcast

American whiskey brand Jack Daniel’s has launched its first official podcast, called Around the Barrel with Jack Daniel’s.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2018/05/jack-daniels-launches-around-the-barrel-podcast/

Formula One Has Trademarked ‘Shoey’ — Drinking Champagne From Sweaty Shoes

Looking to capitalize on its pop culture rise, Formula One has trademarked the phrase

http://footwearnews.com/2018/focus/news/formula-1-trademarks-shoey-daniel-ricciardo-1202556869/

Researchers are creating an antidote for alcohol poisoning

A team of researchers from universities in California and China is developing a pair of pills that break down alcohol in a person’s bloodstream

https://thenextweb.com/science/2018/05/01/researchers-are-creating-an-antidote-for-alcohol-poisoning/

Why Change?

Because if you don’t, you’ll miss the real joy of modern wine

A recent study by the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University confirms what pretty much everyone who loves wine already knows: Most people’s taste in wine changes over time.

http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/Modern-Wine-Enjoyment-Demands-Change-Kramer

Wine with meal kits? Lots of buyers would like the option

New Study Refutes The ‘Wine Will Kill You’ Nonsense

A few weeks ago, the media ran wild with an outlandish claim that an extra glass of wine will take 30 minutes off of your life.

https://www.acsh.org/news/2018/05/03/new-study-refutes-wine-will-kill-you-nonsense-12915

Guy Learns The Hard Way That There’s A Reason People Don’t Open Wine Bottles With Blow Torches

Seriously, what did this man think was going to happen here?

http://digg.com/video/guy-wine-bottle-torch

 

Millennials rank wine last among AlcBevs. And the younger they are, the less they like it.

 

Five ways Framingham MA’s liquor license regulations could change

With a new city government in place, changes could be in store for local restaurants and package stores.

http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/20180502/five-ways-framinghams-liquor-license-regulations-could-change

 

Here Are America’s Most Popular Beer Brands

Smaller brewers make some major gains in production, while big beer continues to struggle.

http://www.foodandwine.com/news/most-popular-beer-brands-2018

 

US BREWERY PLANS 105-ROOM BEER HOTEL AS PART OF $65M REDEVELOPMENT

Shipyard Brewing has submitted plans for a 105-room ‘Brewtel’ where guests can order a beer keg via room service as part of a $65 million redevelopment proposal submitted to authorities in Portland.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/05/us-brewery-plans-105-room-beer-hotel-as-part-of-65m-redevelopment/

 

Wine consumption down the Old World, up in the New. U.S. remains #1

 

Busting Common Myths About Rosé Wine

These six lesser-known rosé facts will have wine lovers drinking rosé in a whole new way this season.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/courtneyschiessl/2018/05/03/rose-wine-myths/#3fa38e8528bd

TURNS OUT, WINE IS GOOD FOR YOUR BRAIN

According to a new study in Scientific Reports, low levels of alcohol help decrease inflammation in the brain and facilitate in removing waste. Some of the toxins it flushes out? Those linked to Alzheimer’s disease.

https://www.thebacklabel.com/turns-out-wine-is-good-for-your-brain/?utm_campaign=education&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=thursday-5-3-18&mc_cid=e2cd857125&mc_eid=307f1bbe08#.Wu861K2ZM9c

 

Online Wine Sales Skyrocket in US

Convenience, pricing and demographic change continue to drive the internet wine market in the US.

https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2018/05/online-wine-sales-skyrocket-in-us

 

Wealthier People Are Replacing Wine With Cannabis

Healthy consumers are putting down the bottle for bud.

https://cannabisnow.com/wealthier-people-are-replacing-wine-with-cannabis/

 

PREPARING WINE FOR BOTTLING

Winemaking may be an ancient art, but modern innovations have vastly improved methods and outcomes. Here are a few scientific and technological developments that can drastically enhance a finished wine.

http://www.spiritedbiz.com/guest-column-preparing-wine-for-bottling/

 

Why Swiss Wines Continue To Impress

In this Alpine country one sixteenth the size of Texas, or about twice the size of Wales, 250 grape varieties grow on one fifth of one percent of the planet’s vineyards, which cover about 37,000 acres (15,000 hectares).

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tmullen/2018/05/03/why-swiss-wines-continue-to-impress/#787c557d25d5

 

How to Saber a Bottle of Sparkling Wine

Watch this brief, how-to video and learn how to open a bottle of Sparkling Wine with a saber to impress and amaze your friends.

https://www.flemingssteakhouse.com/experience/how-to-saber-a-bottle-of-sparkling-wine

 

THE ICONIC CHEESES OF FRANCE

So here’s your official guide to the cheeses of France. Get to know them, dig in, and then go grab a bottle of vino.

https://vinepair.com/wine-blog/map-the-iconic-cheeses-of-france/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=156b596df4-May_04_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-156b596df4-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-156b596df4-38937345&mc_cid=156b596df4&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

 

Why Are Alcoholic Drinks Called ‘Booze’?

The term has a few origin stories.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/why-are-alcoholic-drinks-called-booze_us_5aeb2414e4b0c4f1931fb0cf

 

The oldest members of America’s largest demographic are now 21

 

NZ VITICULTURAL TECHNIQUE COULD COMBAT EFFECTS OF GLOBAL WARMING

The method, which involves the removal of selected leaves to reduce the photosynthetic ability of the vine and thus the sugar accumulation, can be used by wineries that are struggling to control the alcohol levels in their wines due to global warming.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/05/nz-viticultural-technique-for-lowering-alcohol-can-also-combat-effects-of-global-warming/

IT’S NEVER BEEN SO EASY TO AVOID A WINE HEADACHE!

No expensive aerators, no costly filters, no need to wash parts or devices, no excess packaging

https://dropitwine.com

Top Trends Of The American Wine Consumer

 

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The Wonderful World of Wine (WWW) 05-11-18

May 11, 2018

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Franklin Wine Club Exploring Pizza And Wine

May 11, 2018

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Exploring Pizza And Wine

An Education And Tasting 

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Thursday May 10th 2018

 

Exploring Pizza And Wine

Hosts: Courtney Nappa, Ciro Pirone

Is there anything better than pizza and wine?

Ciro will talk and pair Italian wines with Courtney’s 360 Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen.

Three pizza styles will be matched with two wines each.

About Ciro

Ciro Pirone, Director of Italian Wines for Horizon Beverage Company, is a graduate of the Istituto Alberghiero (Hotel and Restaurant Management school) of Salerno, Italy and a Certified Italian Wine Specialist by the NASA (North American Sommelier Association affiliated with the Italian Sommelier Association). Traveling and working in Italy, England and the US, Ciro developed an incredible passion for wine, food and culture. After all, growing up in Italy, wine was always a very important part of his family’s lifestyle and traditions.

In 1999, Ciro moved to the US permanently. He landed in Boston, where he continued his wine studies at Boston University, the International Sommelier Guild, the London –based Wine & Spirits Educational Trust (WSET), as well as he completed and passed with Honors the Italian Wine Specialist Certification by the North American Sommelier Association (part of the worldwide recognized Italian Sommelier Association). In June of 2017 he completed the Vinitaly Wine Academy and received the prestigious Vinitaly Wine Ambassador certification.

In 2007, Ciro accepted the position of Italian Wine Specialist for Horizon Beverage. After successful growth at HBC, Ciro accepted on a new challenge as the US Brand Manager for the Arnaldo Caprai Winery of Montefalco (Umbria), the top producer of worldwide recognized Sagrantino di Montefalco. In June 2011, Ciro returned to Horizon Beverage with a new position of Director of Italian Wines in support of their expanding presence in the New England marketplace. Ciro is happy to share his passion for Italian wine and culture in an effort to give the American wine consumer a better understanding and appreciation for Italian wine!

About Courtney

360 Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen (Formerly Ciao Bella )

Italian dining finally perfected for takeout and delivery.

All fresh ingredients and original Italian family recipes used to bring you the best Thin crust Neapolitan pizza, shrimp scampi, Noni’s  Bolognese, chicken Parmesan and so much more!

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Franklin MA 02038

https://www.meetup.com/Franklin-Wine-Club/events/250045278/

 

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Classic Margherita

Pizza #2

Mozzarella, Sausage, Broccoli Rabe ( No Tomato )

Pizza #3

Tomato, Mozzarella, Prosciutto, Rucola

 

The Wines:

 

Wine #1

N/V Merotto Extra Dry Prosecco





750ml $15.99

 

Wine #2

2016 Feudo Maccari Grillo


750ml $15.99

 

Wine #3

2017 Feudo Maccari Rosé

750ml $15.99

 

Wine #4

2014 Querceto Chianti

 

750ml $11.99

 

Wine #5

2014 Banfi Centine Rosso






750ml $12.99

 

Wine #6

2016 Feudo Maccari Nero D’Avola

 

750ml $15.99

 

 

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The Wonderful World of Wine (WWW) 05-07-18

May 7, 2018

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Liquor Industry News/Links 05-07-18

May 7, 2018

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The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

By: Mark C Lenzi

CSW, CSS, CWAS, FWS, IWS*

 

05-07-2018

 

Liquor Industry Week In Review

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

This Weeks Highlights:

 

New Products

 

Do you know how much sugar is in your wine?

New Amazon series to make Scotch ‘less stuffy’

Dogfish rolling out Mixed Media beer-wine combo

 

AND MORE!

 

Italian Wine Aims to Up Its Game in the United States

At Vinitaly, the country’s trade agency announces plans for a $25 million marketing push

http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show?id=56337

10 ICONIC BEER BRANDS IN EMOJI FORM

Beer is so much more than the mug emoji.

https://vinepair.com/articles/beer-emojis-brands/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=93ededd7f5-Aprl_24_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-93ededd7f5-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-93ededd7f5-38937345&mc_cid=93ededd7f5&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

 

SLEEP IN A TEQUILA BARREL IN A FIELD OF AGAVE AT THIS MEXICAN HOTEL

Guests can elect to stay overnight in giant wooden barrels akin to those used to age tequila.

https://vinepair.com/booze-news/tequila-barrel-hotel-mexico/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=93ededd7f5-Aprl_24_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-93ededd7f5-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-93ededd7f5-38937345&mc_cid=93ededd7f5&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

 

 

Jack Daniel’s sues ‘inferior’ Lonehand Whiskey maker

Brown-Forman has taken legal action against the producers of Lonehand Whiskey, accusing the company of causing “irreparable harm” to the Jack Daniel’s trademark.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2018/04/jack-daniels-sues-inferior-lonehand-whiskey-maker/

FIVE THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT CHINESE WINE

Did you know how exciting wine in China is right now?

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/04/5-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-chinese-wine/

TEN CELEBRITIES WHO HAVE LAUNCHED TEQUILA BRANDS

Everyone from The Rock to the Backstreet Boys is jumping on the Tequila bandwagon.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/04/ten-celebrities-who-have-launched-tequila-brands/

What QR Code – It’s All About Snapping Photos

Why did this QR revolution not happen?

https://jamesthewineguy.wordpress.com/2018/04/21/what-qr-code-its-all-about-snapping-photos-james-melendez/

It’s Time to Let Go of the Idea that Wine Makes Itself

The ideology that a winemaker is nothing but a custodian was useful in drawing a contrast with mass-produced, industrial wines or wines made according to a recipe intended to get big scores.

https://foodandwineaesthetics.com/2018/04/23/its-time-to-let-go-of-the-idea-that-wine-makes-itself/

How Do Volcanic Soils Influence Wine?

Exploring how volcanoes and wine can be an explosively good

https://www.reversewinesnob.com/how-do-volcanic-soils-influence-wine

AMERICANS LOVE JAMMY WINES. JUST DON’T TELL THEM HOW THEY WERE MADE.

These wines have been trending for several years, but their common use of such additives as sugar, water, and copious quantities of crystalline acid, is rarely discussed

https://vinepair.com/articles/jammy-wine-zinfandel-additives/

Corona and Lime Gummies Are Here Just in Time for Cinco de Mayo

Cerveza is a Corona Light-flavored gummy in the shape of a beer bottle

http://www.foodandwine.com/news/sugarfina-corona-flavored-gummies-cinco-de-mayo

For Maximum Health Benefits, Have Your Wine with a Meal

Why is wine better for you when consumed with food? Here’s what we know

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http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/For-Maximum-Health-Benefits-Have-Your-Wine-with-a-Meal

Dogfish rolling out Mixed Media beer-wine combo

Brewed with a Belgian yeast strain, Mixed Media is a vino-esque ale with a spicy white wine body, and notes of sweet melon and white grape.

https://delawarebusinessnow.com/2018/04/dogfish-rolling-out-mixed-media-beer-wine-combo/

BRAZIL: THE NEXT SPARKLING WINE DESTINATION

Sparkling wines are generally associated with the Old World wine regions, like France, Spain, and Italy, which is fair because they’ve been around for absolutely ever. The cool thing about the modern wine industry is that there are countries all over the world that are gearing up their own production and putting their name in the hat for the New World best wines.

https://newyorkwineevents.com/brazil-the-next-sparkling-wine-destination/

5 Strategies for Selling Dessert Wines

Wine directors and retailers weigh in on increasing revenue and enhancing guest experiences with after-dinner sips

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/5-strategies-for-selling-dessert-wines/?utm_campaign=SevenFifty%20Daily%20Weekly%20Digest&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=62320183&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9JTol0YuXk5Pb_r7QEUnMMm93dFxh5ZajnNj-2K0_gor_IvnSkK8JfXeRJ0IzOVofeGHL-iEEJBETrB8SQPdXMVJcavy8dPUUBDcwn2f8gZ_ntwVY&_hsmi=62320306

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/?utm_campaign=SevenFifty%20Daily%20Weekly%20Digest&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=62320183&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9JTol0YuXk5Pb_r7QEUnMMm93dFxh5ZajnNj-2K0_gor_IvnSkK8JfXeRJ0IzOVofeGHL-iEEJBETrB8SQPdXMVJcavy8dPUUBDcwn2f8gZ_ntwVY&_hsmi=62320306

World wine output falls to 60-year low

Global wine output fell to its lowest level in 60 years in 2017 due to poor weather conditions in the European Union that slashed production in the bloc, international wine organization OIV said.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-wine-oiv/world-wine-output-falls-to-60-year-low-idUSKBN1HV12G

Wine’s share of world alcohol consumption by volume has been dropping since the 1960s

Pairing Cannabis With Food like Wine With Food is a Ploy

Everyone’s body chemistry and everyone’s tolerance for alcohol is different. For myself, I can probably enjoy upwards of 30 or 40 sips of wine with a meal before questioning my reason for being at the table and before the ability to appreciate the pairing of wine and food goes by the wayside.

Now, ask yourself this same question, but replace “wines” with cannabis strains, “wine” with cannabis and replace “sips” with “hits off a vape pen”. In other words, How many different strains of cannabis can you enjoy with a meal and how many hits of cannabis can you combine with a meal before you are uselessly stoned?

https://fermentationwineblog.com/2018/04/pairing-cannabis-with-food-like-wine-with-food-is-a-ploy/

This Company Helps Consumers Discover Which Winery Is Right For Them

A day touring wineries sounds like a good time, but what constitutes a good time varies from person to person. Is there a better way?

https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomaspellechia/2018/04/23/an-online-company-helps-consumers-discover-which-winery-is-right-for-them/#599ffe5065c7

The other ‘4Ps’ of Italian wine

While the textbook definition of the 4Ps Product, Place, Price & Promotion might be used to explain the success of Italian wine in export markets, the truth is that the category benefits more from another set of 4Ps: Pizza, Pasta, Prosecco and Pinot Grigio, as seen at this year’s Vinitaly

http://www.wineintelligence.com/the-other-4ps-of-the-italian-wine/

5 CLASSIC CHAMPAGNE COCKTAILS THAT ARE PERFECT FOR SPRING

While Champagne (or sparkling wine if you’re on a budget) cocktails are terrific aperitifs year round, they’re unequivocally appropriate for spring.

https://www.thebacklabel.com/5-classic-champagne-cocktails-that-are-perfect-for-spring/?utm_campaign=lifestyle&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=tuesday-4-24-18&mc_cid=b5650c4caf&mc_eid=307f1bbe08#.Wt99662ZN8c

New Stoli Flavor

Stoli Group USA has extended its namesake vodka brand with a new Cucumber offshoot. The expression marks the first flavor to join the core Stoli range in more than five years. Infused with notes of savory cucumber, the 37.5%-abv entry is designed to be served on the rocks or in cocktails, and will be available nationwide starting this month, retail priced at $20 a 750-ml. A package featuring Stoli Cucumber with Tajín chile seasoning affixed to the bottle will also be available at select retail outlets, providing consumers a built-in garnish. The Stoli brand was up 0.8% to 1.73 million 9-liter cases in the U.S. last year, according to Impact Databank.

 

Rosé: Wave hits Wall?

Pardon the pun, but the outlook for rosé is still rosy, right? The category’s double-digit growth just begins to hint at the pink success story. Over the past four years, rosé has almost quadrupled in volume and jumped in varietal wine rank from #17 to #9, according to Nielsen. Rosé’s largest segment is $11-$15, so premiumization is already at play. Plus, consumption is still accelerating. Americans drank 67% more rosé in 2017 than they did in 2016, and that year was up by 44% over 2015.

https://www.beveragemedia.com/2018/04/24/rose-wave-hits-wall/

Why your Wine Brand Needs a Digital Marketing Strategy

In 2014, Constellation Brands, a leading premium wine company, invested 25 percent of its wine and spirits marketing budget on digital, with a particular focus on mobile, given that wine drinkers tend to be heavy users of these devices. A 200 percent increase has been observed in digital engagement, and while in the past, the company leveraged third-party apps such as Hello Vino and Shopkick, the focus today is digital engagement.

https://dtcwineworkshops.com/2018/04/24/wine-brand-needs-digital-marketing-strategy/

Minorities vs majorities

What this means is that consumer behavior and shopping habits are far from ‘normal’ in a statistical sense. A few examples:

http://www.wineintelligence.com/minorities-vs-majorities/

Bird Repellent Alternatives to Gas Cannons and Netting

Over recent years, the emergence of falcon replica kites has issued a challenge to more established opinions on how to scare birds away from vineyards. One fact that has not changed is that bird damage to grapes incurs a significant cost that justifies reducing to the economic minimum. With grapes at $4000 a ton and losses in the range of 10-80%, the cost of bird damage is very significant indeed.

http://wineindustrynetwork.com/suppliers/falcon-crop-protection.html#whatsnew

Sazerac launches educational agave website

The new website – www.GreatAgave.com – includes information on the history of agave, its terroir and how it is used to make spirits such as Tequila and mezcal.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2018/04/sazerac-launches-educational-agave-website/

BLACK BOX IS MAKING BOXED WHISKEY, TEQUILA, AND VODKA

Black Box Whiskey, Black Box Vodka, and Black Box Tequila are currently available in Colorado, Louisiana, Missouri, New Jersey, Nevada, and Pennsylvania.

https://vinepair.com/booze-news/black-box-whiskey-tequila-vodka/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=cb77eaf396-Aprl_25_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-cb77eaf396-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-cb77eaf396-38937345&mc_cid=cb77eaf396&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

THE WINE GLASSES TO USE FOR DIFFERENT TYPES OF WINE, EXPLAINED

Why do wine glasses come in so many styles? How do you know which kind to use? Does it really make a difference?

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/04/the-wine-glasses-to-use-for-different-types-of-wine-explained/

Not everyone’s a fan of wine scores, but there’s a way to use them

For some folks, those at-a-glance scores are a welcome bit of information, a tool that helps people get in and out of a wine shop quickly as they hustle to a dinner party.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/sc-food-wine-ratings-numbers-defended-0427-story.html

WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH SULFITES?

The term sulfite technically refers to sulfur dioxide (SO2) and is a preservative found in plenty of food.

https://newyorkwineevents.com/whats-the-deal-with-sulfites/

The PUNCH Insider’s Guide to Alt-California

The essential producers, wines and methods that define the “alt” branch of New California

https://punchdrink.com/articles/punch-insiders-guide-alt-california-wine/

The Bugs that Give Wine Its Flavor

Can sequencing a vineyard’s microbiome make it possible to reverse engineer a fine wine?

https://medium.com/neodotlife/wine-soil-microbiome-61d6dad04cba

The New Sparkling Wines of the Northeast

La Crescent, Cayuga, Brianna and Marquette might be lesser-known varieties, but many producers in the Northeast are embracing these hardy grapes to make exceptional sparklers.

https://www.winemag.com/2018/04/24/sparkling-wines-northeast-grapes/

WE ASKED 9 SOMMS: WHAT’S THE MOST OVERRATED WINE?

We took to the professionals and asked nine sommeliers across the nation which wines they viewed as the most overrated bottles. Here are their answers.

https://vinepair.com/articles/the-most-overrated-wine-according-to-nine-sommeliers/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=8939d29800-Aprl_26_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-8939d29800-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-8939d29800-38937345&mc_cid=8939d29800&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

Prosecco Still On A Strong Rise, But Growth Appears To Be Decelerating

Global growth of Prosecco slowed somewhat in 2017, as export shipments increased just 4.6% in volume terms to 28.8 million 9-liter cases, compared to 19% growth the year prior. Shipment volume to the United States also decelerated last year, rising 5% to 5.5 million cases. That marked the first time in five years that Prosecco failed to grow by double-digits in the American market. In IRI channels, Prosecco was up 30% in the U.S. in 2016, but slowed to 17% in 2017, and in the 24 weeks through March 24, volume growth decelerated to 11%.

The leading Prosecco brands in the U.S.

The points system for wine is a crutch
Here’s the problem: there’s lots of good wine out there that’s not going to score above 90 points, and it can be unjustly ignored. As wine lovers also know, the vast majority of wines on this planet are bought and consumed within four to eight hours of purchase — in other words, everyday drinking wines, not the high-end stuff like the Bordeaux first growths that are meant, and often need, to be laid down for number of years before they reach maturity.

http://www.newhampshire.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20180425/NEWHAMPSHIRE0705/180429607&source=RSS

Wine store ‘shelf talkers’ have a message to convey

These so-called “shelf talkers” are typically placed there by wholesale wine reps who want you to buy their wine and that’s perfectly acceptable. But how much trust are you as a consumer willing to have in a sign that reads “Plummy, nutty, fruity, velvety smooth, plush, aromatically appealing and full of flavor”?

http://www.telegram.com/entertainmentlife/20180426/off-vine-wine-store-shelf-talkers-have-message-to-convey

Do We Really Want Stories Instead of Quality?

We are often told by people in the wine industry, especially PR professionals, that new generations of wine drinkers no longer care about scores or critical commentary. They want a good story

https://foodandwineaesthetics.com/2018/04/26/do-we-really-want-stories-instead-of-quality/

No vineyard? No winery? No problem for Sean Minor

If not for the vineyard photo covering one wall, visitors to Sean Minor’s Sacramento office would have no clue they just had walked into the world headquarters of one of the California wine trade’s more offbeat success stories.

http://www.sacbee.com/food-drink/wine/dunne-on-wine/article209444459.html#storylink=cpy

5 ways to save money on wine when prices are up

With wine production on the decrease, the average price for a bottle of wine is going up.

But there are at least five ways you can save money on wine if you’re willing to change your wine-buying habits.

https://www.journal-news.com/business/personal-finance/ways-save-money-wine-when-prices-are/PiBNlHJ3uIRw2mGrUN6sXJ/

The best wine racks you can buy

Wine racks are a great way to save on counter space, show off your collection, and ensure that your bottles are stored properly

http://www.businessinsider.com/best-wine-rack

How many calories are there in a bottle of wine

Does red, white or rose have the most?

http://metro.co.uk/2018/04/25/many-calories-bottle-wine-red-white-rose-7497570/

New Amazon series to make Scotch ‘less stuffy’

Drinks experts Colin Hampden-White, Helena Nicklin and Adrian Smith are set to host a new educational series on Scotch whisky, which will air on Amazon Prime later this year.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2018/04/new-amazon-series-to-make-scotch-less-stuffy/

ARMAGNAC XO AGE REQUIREMENT INCREASED TO 10 YEARS

Effective from 1 April 2018, it means that 10 years is now the minimum age of the youngest eau-de-vie in an armagnac blend marked XO.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/04/armagnac-xo-age-requirement-increased-to-10-years/

Constellation Brands Enters Fast-Growing Hard Seltzer Segment

Constellation Brands’ beer division is launching Svedka Spiked premium seltzer in 10 northeastern states early next month. Packaged in 6-packs of 12-ounce slim cans retailing at $10, the malt-based hard seltzers will be available in Strawberry Elderflower and Tangerine Hibiscus flavors, with a third expression, Cucumber Basil, offered in a 12-pack variety pack. Svedka Spiked seltzers are targeted to female consumers, contain 100 calories a serving, and have an ABV of 4.5%. Launch markets include New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Rhode Island, and Delaware.

“The hard seltzer category grew five-fold last year and shows no signs of slowing down,” Matt Escalante, senior director of brand marketing, tells Shanken News Daily. Sales of Svedka, the fourth-largest vodka overall in the U.S., rose by 1.9% to 4.4 million cases last year, according to Impact Databank.

U.S. wine & spirits sales growth decline, beer posts slight gain: Nielsen

When It Comes To Wine, Don’t Sell American

There is one wine term I absolutely loathe on a wine label in the United States, it’s the moniker American.

http://thecorkreport.us/2018/04/when-it-comes-to-wine-dont-sell-american/

 

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

Wine podcasters as the new wine bloggers.

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

What’s the Big Deal About Barbaresco?

This sadly ignored wine is slowly moving out from under Barolo’s imposing shadow.

https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2018/04/whats-the-big-deal-about-barbaresco

The real reason Trader Joe’s sells $2 wine

Exactly how the store can maintain such low prices doesn’t have a simple, painless answer. In fact, the whole ordeal was quite painful for Charles Shaw, the founder of the wine label

https://www.aol.com/article/lifestyle/2018/04/27/the-real-reason-trader-joes-sells-dollar2-wine/23422204/

Do you know how much sugar is in your wine?

It’s not always obvious which wines contain the most

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/do-you-know-how-much-sugar-is-in-your-wine-shlm9schr

Stephanie Danler on Why Television Needs ‘Sweetbitter’ Right Now

On May 6, Starz will premiere a six-episode run of Sweetbitter, which Danler helped adapt for the screen. The show effortlessly captures the frenetic, and what Danler calls “sensual,” energy of a restaurant kitchen, but what makes it especially urgent right now is that it puts complex women at the center of the restaurant world.

http://www.foodandwine.com/news/stephanie-danler-sweetbitter-interview

Is your glass of wine poisoning wildlife?

An increase in the number of barn owls coming in with symptoms of poisoning.

http://www.wisconsingazette.com/blogs/is-your-glass-of-wine-poisoning-wildlife/article_84c31657-d730-5c8e-9f18-3715ad515892.html

 

 

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