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The Wonderful World of Wine (WWW) 06-18-19

June 18, 2019

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June 17, 2019

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By: Mark C Lenzi

CSW, CSS, CWAS, FWS, IWS*

 

06-17-2019

 

Liquor Industry Week In Review

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

This Weeks Highlights:

New Products

 

HOW TO FIND OUT IF YOUR WINE IS VEGAN

 

Inside Hennessy | How Cognac is Made?

 

The 10 Best Light Beers for Athletes

5 easy tricks to avoid looking stupid when ordering wine in public — while still getting exactly what you like

What makes wine exciting and sometimes intimidating is the phenomenal variety of it that exists.

https://www.businessinsider.co.za/tricks-to-avoid-looking-stupid-when-ordering-wine-in-public-2019-4

 

 

17 Amazon Wine Products So Wildly Creative, You’ll Forget How You Drank Without Them

If you love to sip vino on the regular, we have found some incredible products you will definitely enjoy.

https://www.popsugar.com/food/Best-Wine-Accessories-Amazon-46221048

 

Want to know how to taste like a pro?

Five basic stages of wine tasting

https://www.irishnews.com/lifestyle/2019/06/03/news/want-to-know-how-to-taste-like-a-pro-five-basic-stages-of-wine-tasting-1630536/

 

 

Consumers Clearly Prefer Smaller Sizes of Wine-in-a-Can.

Ask TTB to Allow 250ml Single-Size

https://wineindustryadvisor.com/2019/06/03/consumers-prefer-smaller-sizes-wine-in-a-can

 

Millennials are spending less money on alcohol than previous generations.

Now, brands are marketing their booze as ‘wellness’ drinks in a desperate bid to capture the market.

https://www.businessinsider.com/brands-marketing-alcohol-wellness-drinks-appeal-to-millennials-2019-5

What is a Bottle Shot?

It is the standard picture ID of your product that gets reused over and over again on your website,

http://wineindustrynetwork.com/suppliers/outshinery-creative-inc.html#whatsnew

What Beer Should You Drink Based on Your Wine Preference?

Get to know more about specific hop varieties and find your new favorite beer by using your wine preferences as a guide.

https://www.winemag.com/2019/06/03/beer-hops-wine-preference/

If you thought Kona beer was brewed in Hawaii, you’re probably eligible for a refund

Kona beer sold on tap in Hawaii is brewed in Hawaii, but bottled and draft Kona beer in the U.S. is brewed at CBA’s facilities in New Hampshire,

https://thetakeout.com/kona-beer-refund-lawsuit-brewed-hawaii-1835205171

9 Things You Should Know About Bouchard Père & Fils

Here are nine more things you should know about Bouchard Père & Fils.

https://vinepair.com/articles/bouchard-pere-fils-burgundy-guide/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=f59416cfea-JUNE_4_2019&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-f59416cfea-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-f59416cfea-38937345&mc_cid=f59416cfea&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

These Are the Cocktails at Disney’s Star Wars Cantina

Inspired by the Mos Eisley Cantina from Episode IV – A New Hope

From left to right, alcoholic beverages: The Outer Rim, Bespin Fizz, Yub Nub, and Fuzzy Tauntaun can be found at Oga’s Cantina inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. (Photo by Kent Phillips, Disney Parks)

https://vinepair.com/booze-news/star-wars-disney-cocktails/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=f59416cfea-JUNE_4_2019&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-f59416cfea-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-f59416cfea-38937345&mc_cid=f59416cfea&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

4 Lesser-Known Spanish Wine Regions You Need to Discover Right Now

When you think of Spanish wine, the Rioja region likely comes to mind

https://www.afar.com/magazine/4-lesser-known-spanish-wine-regions-you-need-to-discover-right-now

 

Is there a future for half-bottles?

Half-bottles should be well positioned to take advantage of the consumer’s growing interest in moderation,

https://tablascreek.typepad.com/tablas/2019/06/is-there-a-future-for-half-bottles.html

Want to find the perfect bottle of wine? Ask these questions first

White-wine drinkers tend to spend around $3 less per bottle than red-wine drinkers, who spend an average of $40 per bottle versus the $37 that white-wine drinkers spend,

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/people-who-prefer-white-wine-spend-money-differently-than-red-wine-drinkers-2019-05-30

What Is a Tomato Leaf and What’s It Doing in My Wine?

So why does this term crop up so often in wine descriptions?

https://vinepair.com/articles/tomato-leaf-wine-tasting/

PunchPops, boozy freeze pops created by two Worcester MA natives, hit liquor stores just in time for beach season

PunchPops currently come in a lemon flavor,

https://www.masslive.com/news/2019/06/punchpops-boozy-freeze-pops-created-by-two-worcester-natives-hit-liquor-stores-just-in-time-for-beach-season.html

Basil Hayden’s bottles rye whiskey and rum blend

Bottled at 40% abv, the expression is available throughout the US for a limited period, priced at RRP US$44.99 per 750ml.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2019/06/basil-haydens-bottles-rye-whiskey-and-rum-blend/

6 Questions About Natural Wine You’re Too Embarrassed to Ask

With little consensus and no official regulation, definitions are hard to come by. Besides, every wine is made from juiced fruits — aren’t they all natural?

https://vinepair.com/articles/natural-wine-faq/

Five Honeymoon Destinations for Wine Lovers

These five wine regions, from Europe to New Zealand, deliver.

https://www.winemag.com/2019/06/04/five-honeymoon-destinations-for-wine-lovers/

 

Why you should consider switching to sustainable wine

Natural, organic, biodynamic and vegan. What does it all mean when it comes to wine?

https://www.vogue.com.au/culture/lifestyle/why-you-should-consider-switching-to-sustainable-wine/news-story/369a4d642574cbfd60bdb9b4a2da8ab4

 

WILL PINOTAGE EVER BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY BY FINE WINE BUYERS?

There are few wine varieties that ignite more passionate debate and illicit more fiery, heart-wrenching commentary than the P-word. Yes, Pinotage.

https://winemag.co.za/greg-sherwood-mw-will-pinotage-ever-be-taken-seriously-by-fine-wine-buyers/

 

Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G. Announces Total Ban on the Use of Glyphosate

Regardless of whether Italian and European regulations still define it as a legal substance.

https://wineindustryadvisor.com/2019/06/05/conegliano-valdobbiadene-announces-total-ban-glyphosate

 

New Stags’ Leap Wine

Stags’ Leap Winery, part of the Treasury Wine Estates portfolio, is extending with a new Sauvignon Blanc varietal. Retailing at $30 a 750-ml., the new entry is sourced from Napa Valley and is rolling out nationally. According to Impact Databank, Stags’ Leap sells approximately 110,000 cases in the U.S. annually.

 

 

Get your taste of the best beer fests in New England

Festivals celebrating not just one creative beer company but dozens and dozens of them take place at mountain bases, along beaches and in lakeside cities.

https://www.bostonherald.com/2019/06/05/travel-26/

 

 

Crémant; An expression of France

Cremant gives great diversity thanks to the variation of influencing factors such as terrior and climate.

https://www.glassofbubbly.com/cremant-an-expression-of-france/

Prosecco

What you might not know is that Glera isn’t the only grape allowed in Prosecco wine!

https://winefolly.com/prosecco/?utm_campaign=6%2F6%2F2019%20-%20Prosecco%2C%20Corks%2C%20Cab%20v.%20Merlot%2C%20Coutale%20%28MjrDVk%29&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Wine%20Folly%20Newsletter&_ke=eyJrbF9lbWFpbCI6ICJmcmFua2xpbmxpcXVvcnNAdmVyaXpvbi5uZXQiLCAia2xfY29tcGFueV9pZCI6ICJRZE5ZNHkifQ%3D%3D

A Chemist Explains Why Corks Matter When Storing Wine

The way a bottle is sealed will directly affect how much oxygen passes into the wine each year.

https://winefolly.com/review/chemist-explains-corks-matter-storing-wine/?utm_campaign=6%2F6%2F2019%20-%20Prosecco%2C%20Corks%2C%20Cab%20v.%20Merlot%2C%20Coutale%20%28MjrDVk%29&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Wine%20Folly%20Newsletter&_ke=eyJrbF9lbWFpbCI6ICJmcmFua2xpbmxpcXVvcnNAdmVyaXpvbi5uZXQiLCAia2xfY29tcGFueV9pZCI6ICJRZE5ZNHkifQ%3D%3D

New Technology On Malibu Rum

Pernod Ricard is experimenting with adding interactive technology to bottles of Malibu rum. By scanning a QR code on the neck of Malibu’s new “Connected Bottle” or by tapping one’s smartphone against the Near Field Communication tag in the cap, consumers will gain access to a mobile game for a chance to win Malibu-branded merchandise. They will also be able to view cocktail recipes and other extras. The connected bottle has been tested in Germany and the U.K. and will debut in select U.S. markets and stores this month.

Trade War Is Hurting U.S. Wineries

As the Trump administration fights over trade with China, Mexico and the E.U., winemakers fight to overcome retaliatory tariffs

https://www.winespectator.com/articles/trade-war-is-hurting-u-s-wineries

Can the cat wine demographic save the wine business?

This is an untapped market, save for a few novelty products, and it’s huge – almost 40 million U.S. households have cats.

https://www.winecurmudgeon.com/can-the-cat-wine-demographic-save-the-wine-business/

New Angry Orchard

Angry Orchard has introduced its newest line extension, Spritz Rosé, in select markets across the U.S. The 4% abv cider is made with red-flesh apples and is light, crisp, and floral, according brand-owner Boston Beer Company. Angry Orchard Spritz Rosé is now available in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans in New Jersey; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Massachusetts; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Including beer, malt-based RTDs, and cider, Boston Beer’s volume in calendar 2018 was 4.29 million barrels, up 17% from the previous year.

Histamine and wine

Histamine is present in cheese, fish, meat, yeast products, vegetables and wine. It is known to be vasoactive. It can dilate the blood vessels, causing redness, or constrict them. Both can cause headaches.

https://www.therealreview.com/2019/06/06/histamine-and-wine/

Italy’s Prime Pinot Nero

In the 1850s, nobles brought Pinot Noir to this corner of the country. After boom and bust, will it find its stride again?

https://www.winespectator.com/articles/italy-s-prime-pinot-nero

The 10 Best Light Beers for Athletes

These craft-brewed IPAs, wheat beers, and lagers have half the calories of their full-strength counterparts, and nearly all the flavor.

https://www.runnersworld.com/nutrition-weight-loss/g27793622/the-10-best-light-beers-for-athletes/

Crown Royal debuts French oak cask-finished whisky

Crown Royal Noble Collection French Oak Cask Finished has been finished in French oak barrels sourced from the Vosges region in France.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2019/06/crown-royal-debuts-french-oak-cask-finished-whisky/

CHANGYU’S NINGXIA ESTATE TO BECOME 100% BIODYNAMIC

China’s oldest and largest wine producer, Changyu, is in the process of converting its 250-hectate Château Changyu Moser XV estate in Ningxia to biodynamic viticulture.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2019/06/changyus-ningxia-estate-to-become-100-biodynamic/

THE DOORS ARE OPEN FOR DIALOGUE WITH CORPINNAT

“We regret that these historic houses left the DO in January 2019. Their dissatisfaction was based on issues that have been on the table for a long time: zoning/origin, quality and a lack of clear segmentation according to regulatory requirements.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2019/06/pages-the-doors-are-open-for-dialogue-with-corpinnat/

New Fetzer Cans

Fetzer Vineyards has released three wines from Bonterra in 250-ml. cans for the first time. The company has canned its Sauvignon Blanc and rosé, and released a new blend called Bonterra Young Red. All three wines are made with organic grapes and are suggested to be served chilled. The three wines are available nationwide in 4-packs of 250-ml. cans for a suggested price of $20. Last year, Bonterra was at 419,000 cases, according to Impact Databank.

Teacher died after sharing bottle and a half of wine with friend in her garden, inquest told

She had had just under four times the amount of alcohol of the legal drink drive limit.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/teacher-death-cause-alcohol-consumption-bottle-wine-gill-howe-cleeve-primary-school-hull-a8946836.html

 

Your Everything Guide to Rosés from Provence

These wines are blends of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and, sometimes, Mourvèdre, and occasionally incorporate a small amount of white grapes before pressing to help keep the color pale.

https://www.winemag.com/2019/06/06/your-everything-guide-to-roses-from-provence/

 

Bonterra Organic Vineyards Introduces California’s First Organically Farmed Wine in Cans

Latest Bonterra Innovation Blends Two Skyrocketing Trends: Organics and Canned Wine

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/bonterra-organic-vineyards-introduces-californias-141200362.html

 

The 10 Best Boxed Wines To Sip On All Year Long

Still frequently less expensive than bottled varieties, boxed wines are making a comeback for a reason: they’re increasingly delicious, easily portable (and usable), and environmentally friendly

WE HAVE MANY IN STOCK!

https://www.womenshealthmag.com/food/g27571641/best-boxed-wine/

 

Turn Crappy Rosé Into Surprisingly Good Cocktail Syrup

Gently heat it with an equal amount of table sugar to make a gorgeous cocktail syrup with an alcohol content all its own.

https://skillet.lifehacker.com/turn-crappy-rose-into-a-surprisingly-good-cocktail-syru-1835301955

A Wine Lover’s Guide to New Orleans

These neighborhoods all have special bars and, blended with the character, all of the original history

https://www.winemag.com/2019/06/06/a-wine-lovers-guide-to-new-orleans/

Hey, Moms: Can We Please Stop Calling Alcohol “Mommy Juice”?

Mommy juice wine culture seems to be everywhere, from Instagram to Facebook, and even slapped onto party napkins and travel wine glasses.

https://www.thekitchn.com/mom-wine-culture-268335

CannaWine: a company leading the cannabis wine wave

With attitudes towards cannabis softening in many parts of the world in recent years, there are many new ideas about how to use the plant – including adding it to wine.

https://www.morningadvertiser.co.uk/Article/2019/06/06/Is-cannabis-infused-wine-a-thing-of-the-future

 

Inside Hennessy | How Cognac is Made?

A unique visit of the Distillery at famous Cognac maker house Hennessy, witnessing and explaining how the fine French oak-aged spirit is made, distilled from grapes and wine.

https://youtu.be/KTKjf_yMP0c

 

 

Your Guide to South African Wine Country

The best places to eat, stay, and—of course—swirl and sip your way through the Winelands.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/south-african-wine-country-guide-where-to-eat-stay-and-drink

Here are 6 health and nutrition benefits of red wine vinegar.

Vinegars are made by fermenting a carbohydrate source into alcohol. Acetobacter bacteria then convert the alcohol into acetic acid, which gives vinegars their strong aromas

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/red-wine-vinegar

 

 

Mezzacorona Introduces Mezza di Mezzacorona Rosé

Mezzacorona, the leading Italian wine producer announces the launch of its sparkling rosé Mezza di Mezzacorona Rosé

https://wineindustryadvisor.com/2019/06/07/mezzacorona-introduces-mezza-di-mezzacorona-rose

Are all scores from year to year weighted the same? Is a score of 93 in a bad vintage year the same as a 93 in an exceptional year?

Our wine ratings are not weighted by vintage. When our tasters sit down to a blind tasting, they are informed of the grape variety and/or region of the wine as well as the vintage. Even though we believe wines should reflect the vintage they hail from, the scores do not change in good vintages or bad ones. In the scenario you describe, a 93-point wine is a 93-point wine, regardless of the overall quality of the vintage.

In exceptional vintages, you should expect more 90+ wines than in weaker vintages. We take this data into account when we are assessing our vintage ratings.

5 Winemaking Terms All Wine Lovers Should Know

You have probably seen some wine terminology thrown around here and there – but do you know what they mean?

https://www.foleyfoodandwinesociety.com/Magazine/News-and-Articles/5-Winemaking-Terms-All-Wine-Lovers-Should-Know

HOW TO FIND OUT IF YOUR WINE IS VEGAN

According to the TTB, there are 62 ingredients that can be added to wine without needing disclosure on the label, ranging from animal-based fining agents

https://www.livekindly.com/find-out-if-your-wine-is-vegan/

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The Best Wines For Dads Who Love Sports

The below list has not only examples of winery owners (and in some cases winemakers) who are living sports legends but also represents serious red wines that have gained respect and admiration from top wine critics.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/cathrinetodd/2019/05/26/fathers-day-gift-guide-the-best-wines-for-dads-who-love-sports/#688a229e6cd4

The Secret to Sampling Wines? Pair Them — with One Another

Tasting flights are passé. Instead, get to know a wine by putting two of them in dialogue with each other.

http://www.chicagomag.com/dining-drinking/May-2019/The-Secret-to-Wine-Tasting-Pair-Them–with-One-Another/

Five Traits of the World’s Most Expensive Wines

What do the most expensive wines have in common? It turns out, they’re more similar than you might think.

https://winefolly.com/tutorial/5-traits-of-the-worlds-most-expensive-wines/

Malibu harnesses ‘power of pink’ with new RTDs

Pernod Ricard is capitalising on the ‘millennial pink’ trend with the launch of two new ready-to-drink Malibu products: Malibu Strawberry Spritz and Malibu Fizzy Pink Lemonade.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2019/05/malibu-harnesses-power-of-pink-with-new-rtds/

New Wine

Terlato Wines has unveiled Big Max, a new California wine brand. Launching with Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc expressions retailing at $30 and $25 a 750-ml., respectively, Big Max has a Central Coast appellation and is part of the portfolio of Maxville Wines, based in the Napa region’s Chiles Valley. Named for a brown bear formerly seen on the Maxville property, the new brand produced 8,300 cases in its first vintage. Terlato’s California portfolio also includes Chimney Rock, Jack Nicklaus Wines, Terlato Vineyards, The Federalist, Seven Daughters, Dueling Pistols, and Sanford, among other brands.

We taste-tested 5 of Trader Joe’s organic Shaw wines. Here’s how they ranked from worst to best.

Trader Joe’s is famous for its super cheap Charles Shaw wines, better known as “Two-Buck Chuck.”

https://www.businessinsider.com/trader-joes-organic-shaw-wines-tasting-2019-5

9 Non-Alcoholic Drinks For Rose Wine Lovers

Whether you are just trying to cut back or you don’t drink at all, you may want another way to get your rosé fix — without the alcohol.

https://www.bustle.com/p/9-non-alcoholic-drinks-for-rose-wine-lovers-17923199

Pairing Wine with Seafood

Seafood does not always have to be paired with white wine. Actually, some fish and shellfish dishes go quite well with varietals such as Pinot Noir and Merlot

https://www.gayot.com/wines/pairing-wine-with-seafood/

A Brief History of The Rogue Valley Wine Region

There a number of other American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) in Oregon that are making incredible, high quality wines.

https://thecraftycask.com/wine/rogue-valley-wine-region/

Top five global wine industry trends of 2019

From canned wines to cannabis infusions, FoodBev is raising a glass to this perennial alcoholic drink by looking at the top new global wine industry trends of 2019 so far.

https://www.foodbev.com/news/top-5-wine-trends-of-2019/

THE HISTORY OF SAUVIGNON BLANC

Sauvignon blanc is one of the few grape varieties that makes delicious wines all over the world

https://winespeed.com/blog/2019/05/the-history-of-sauvignon-blanc-plus-the-musque-muddle/

Italy’s booming Prosecco production is ‘unsustainable’, say researchers

The boom in prosecco production in recent years may be an environmental hazard, as it is contributing to the erosion of some 400 million kiograms of soil every year,

https://www.thelocal.it/20190528/italys-booming-prosecco-production-is-unsustainable-say-researchers

 

Biodynamics is Out, Phrenology is Wine’s New Trendy Pseudoscience!

Phrenology was the 100 Point Scale of its day. Yet another triumph of subjectivity over objectivity

https://hosemasterofwine.blogspot.com/2019/05/biodynamics-is-out-phrenology-is-wines.html

 

In lager, veritas: the physics of beer

Experimenting with beer in the name of science yields insights into volcanic eruptions, asteroid formation, and the perils of drinking in space.

https://cosmosmagazine.com/physics/in-lager-veritas-the-physics-of-beer

CONO SUR LAUNCHES CHILLED PINOT NOIR CAMPAIGN

Due to be launched in the UK next month, the campaign utilises the company’s temperature-sensitive, colour-changing label. Once sufficiently chilled, the image of the bike on the label turns from grey to blue.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2019/05/cono-sur-launches-chilled-pinot-noir-campaign/

Does a Lighter Work? Open Wine without Corkscrew

Is this wine hack process as easy as shown in many videos across YouTube?

https://youtu.be/xIadACeZfns

8 Things You Should Know About Sapporo Beer

Now world-famous, the Sapporo Beer Company is part of Sapporo Holdings, which also has real estate ventures, restaurants, and food and soft drinks brands.

https://vinepair.com/articles/sapporo-beer-guide/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=00e77a0c0d-MAY_29_2019&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-00e77a0c0d-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-00e77a0c0d-38937345&mc_cid=00e77a0c0d&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

Anheuser-Busch Launches Low-Cal Mead, Is a High-Key Hypocrite

After condemning mead and those who drink it via its insufferable “Dilly, Dilly” Bud Light commercials, Anheuser-Busch is now producing its own “honey alcohol beverage,” a sparkling mead called “b.

https://vinepair.com/booze-news/anheuser-busch-autumnal-mead/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=00e77a0c0d-MAY_29_2019&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-00e77a0c0d-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-00e77a0c0d-38937345&mc_cid=00e77a0c0d&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

New Ménage à Trois

Ménage à Trois is adding a Bourbon Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon to its lineup. Retailing at $15 a 750-ml., the limited edition wine is 91% Cabernet, 7% Merlot, and 2% Petite Sirah, and spends three months in barrels that formerly held 6-year-old Kentucky Bourbon. Part of the Trinchero Family Estates portfolio, Ménage à Trois’ other recent innovations have included Decadence Cabernet Sauvignon, Luscious Pinot Noir, and Lavish Merlot.

Never Drink Bourbon With BBQ

Here are six tips on pairing cocktails and spirits with barbecue

https://vinepair.com/articles/bourbon-bbq-pass-on-pairing/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=00e77a0c0d-MAY_29_2019&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-00e77a0c0d-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-00e77a0c0d-38937345&mc_cid=00e77a0c0d&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

Natural Wine, Explained

We’ve all heard of organic wine, and now there’s also biodynamic wine, but what the hell is natural wine?!

https://vinepair.com/articles/natural-wine-explained/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=00e77a0c0d-MAY_29_2019&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-00e77a0c0d-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-00e77a0c0d-38937345&mc_cid=00e77a0c0d&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

Constellation Unveils New Brand, To Kalon Vineyard Company

Constellation Brands is launching a new high-end Napa Valley wine label, To Kalon Vineyard Company. The new brand takes its name from the legendary To Kalon vineyard in Napa Valley’s Oakville AVA.

Partnering with winemaker Andy Erickson, Constellation’s first offering under the luxury brand will be a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon called Highest Beauty, a translation of the Greek phrase “To Kalon.” Retailing at $200 a 750-ml., Highest Beauty will debut in September through the brand’s mailing list. 500 cases were made for the inaugural 2016 vintage.

The launch comes amid ongoing legal wrangling over the To Kalon trademark. In March, The Vineyard House, a winery owned by Jeremy Nickel, son of the late Far Niente proprietor Gil Nickel, filed suit against Constellation, claiming that the company’s Robert Mondavi Corp. subsidiary fraudulently obtained the trademark of To Kalon and that Constellation has marketed it deceptively. Constellation says the allegations are without merit.

Remember The Wine Cooler? It’s Back

EJG reintroduces Bartles & Jaymes as a premium wine cooler “in portable, chillable and sleek new cans.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomaspellechia/2019/05/28/something-old-and-fizzy-is-something-new-and-fizzy-in-the-wine-world-again/#5334bb9b1c1e

Horse Heaven Hills home to stellar wines

The Horse Heaven Hills is an acclaimed grape-growing region within Washington state that is not often visited by wine travelers because, despite its size, it offers few wineries.

https://www.tri-cityherald.com/living/food-drink/wine/article230925573.html

 

Pot in Wine Country? Napa group seeks ballot measure to grow marijuana

A group of Napa entrepreneurs from the wine and weed industries are seeking to make it legal to grow cannabis in the county for sale in stores.

https://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Pot-in-Wine-Country-Napa-group-seeks-ballot-13901978.php?psid=37t8d

 

Wine hard to say, delightful to drink

Chateauneuf-du-Pape, this French wine appellation is the gateway to all that is beautiful in French wine and everyone deserves to be drinking this gem.

https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2019/may/29/wine-hard-to-say-delightful-to-drink-20/?features-style

 

Yes, Colorado produces wine

There are actually more than 150 wineries, most of them growing their grapes between 4,000 and 7,000 feet in elevation.

https://www.vaildaily.com/entertainment/red-white-brew-yes-colorado-produces-wine/

 

What is Piquette? Meet Wine’s Easy-Drinking, Low-alcohol Style

A low-alcohol wine made from the second pressings of grape pomace, known to have been enjoyed by French farmhands and vineyard workers.

https://www.winemag.com/2019/05/28/piquette-easy-drinking-low-alcohol-wine/

Volcanic Wines Aren’t Just Trendy, They’re Timeless

Volcanos and wine are both pretty old, yet they continue to shape present-day landscapes both cultural and geographical.

https://growlermag.com/wine-time-volcanic-wines-arent-just-trendy-theyre-timeless/

World wine production

The world drinks a lot of wine — some 6.5 billion gallons in 2018, according to the Paris-based International Organisation of Vine and Wine.

https://www.lubbockonline.com/news/20190528/clemens-world-wine-production

How to Pair Sonoma’s Sparkling Wines with Seafood

The soils of Sonoma County can grow just about anything, which creates a natural playground for chefs who source from them.

https://www.winemag.com/gallery/how-to-pair-sonomas-sparkling-wine-with-seafood/

Who’s Winning the US Search Wars?

Across all our wine categories, things seem to be pretty much the same: California has the most actual searches, while Virginia (and occasionally New York) manages to slip in ahead on the adjusted figure

https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2019/05/whos-winning-the-us-search-wars

How Wineries Can Better Market to Millennials

66% of the wineries don’t have anybody looking at their data,

https://www.winemag.com/2019/05/28/how-wineries-can-better-market-to-millennials/

Wine On Wheels: A Mobile Tasting Room Is Rolling Into Wine Country

Considering the ever-growing popularity of the food truck, it’s no surprise that some wineries are now taking the tasting room on the road

https://www.sonomamag.com/wine-on-wheels-a-mobile-tasting-room-is-rolling-into-wine-country/

Lodi 101

Families who have been farming in the region as far back as the 1860s

https://www.lodiwine.com/blog/Lodi-101–for-true-blue-Lodi-wine-lovers-

Remember Bud Ice?

Bud Ice was launched under the name Ice Draft by Anheuser-Busch in 1993 as a tactical response to an industry-wide ice beer trend.

We Still Stock It!!

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Rioja Alavesa: Going Its Own Way

Began to explore forming a new DO that would allow Alavesa producers to include information on the label that reflected terroir, lot, and winemaking process.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/michellewilliams/2019/05/29/rioja-alavesa-going-its-own-way/#c241b6f3745b

 

NORTH KOREA TO LAUNCH ‘FIRST WHISKY’ THIS YEAR

Reports claim that North Korea is to launch what it is thought to be its first whisky from Samilpo Distillery this year, with the bottle and label said to have been inspired by Diageo’s blended Scotch brand Johnnie Walker.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2019/05/north-korea-to-launch-first-whisky-this-year/

 

ANCIENT BUST OF BACCHUS DISCOVERED IN ROME

The discovery was made during excavations near the ancient Roman Forum.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2019/05/ancient-bust-of-bacchus-discovered-in-rome/

7 Questions About Vermouth You’re Too Embarrassed to Ask

The fortified wine flavored with botanicals, roots, and herbs gets its name from a 16th-century Bavarian wine, vermutwein, which was flavored with wormwood.

https://vinepair.com/articles/vermouth-wine-faq/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=4c89d947fe-MAY_30_2019&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-4c89d947fe-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-4c89d947fe-38937345&mc_cid=4c89d947fe&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

Grey Goose launches ‘groundbreaking’ cocktail machine

The system has been designed for a variety of drinks to be served with ease and at speed, producing consistent serves at sub-zero temperatures. It can be charged with either nitrogen to create drinks with a creamy texture, or carbonation to produce sparkling drinks.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2019/05/grey-goose-launches-groundbreaking-cocktail-machine/

 

 

New Macallan

The Macallan is set to release a new “Estate” whisky, featuring barley grown at its 485-acre Easter Elchies property in Speyside. The Macallan Estate was distilled over the course of a single week, is bottled at 43% abv, and is rolling out in June to the U.S. and select global markets, retailing at $250 a 750-ml. The new bottling is packaged in a gift box containing an inlay of slate, along with photography of the estate’s barley fields on the banks of the River Spey.

 

Rosé’s Latest Trend Turns Almost Any Beverage Into A Frosé.

The non-alcoholic frosé mixer, which, when blended with ice, turns any drink into a fruity and sweet slushy sipper.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/taranurin/2019/05/30/hold-the-wine-roses-latest-trend-turns-almost-any-beverage-into-a-frose/#53d595a14749

 

Meet Lambrusco, the Bubbly Wine that Tastes like Grape Soda

The easy-sipping sparkling red wine that’s a step up from bland rosé and straddles the divide between red wine, fizzy lifting drinks, even beer. This is the porch-pounder you need to try this year.

https://www.thrillist.com/eat/nation/best-lambrusco-wines

 

The Other Cabernet You Should Care About

Cabernet Franc is one of the direct parents of Cabernet Sauvignon, conceived centuries ago during a fertile fling with Sauvignon Blanc in a French, or possibly Spanish, vineyard.

https://www.winemag.com/2019/05/30/the-other-cabernet-you-should-care-about/

 

The 15 Best Appetizers for Wine Tasting Party

Sure, a glass of wine is good on its own, but pair it with the right food and the flavors of each will really sing. Read on to learn the best appetizer for wine tasting party.

https://www.tasteofhome.com/collection/best-appetizer-for-wine-tasting-party/

 

Learn Everything You Need to Know about Gavi

Italy has some local specialty whites that are very tasty and very well crafted that are worth learning about

https://youtu.be/zyA4GcPuEZU

 

Gluten Free Beer

The category can be tricky to navigate, though. Below, we break down the differences between gluten-free beer options.

https://vinepair.com/articles/gluten-free-beer-guide-how-made/

 

 

THERE’S SOMETHING DIFFERENT ABOUT RUEDA

One of the world’s top white wine regions, D.O. Rueda, unveiled a new look for the 2018 vintage.


http://www.snooth.com/articles/there-ys-something-different-about-rueda-7141/

Is an Electric Wine Opener Better Than a Manual Corkscrew?

We tried the Oster electric wine opener to find out if it was truly an easier way to open wine—and if easy is even what you want.

https://www.epicurious.com/expert-advice/is-an-electric-wine-opener-better-than-a-manual-corkscrew-article

5 ingenious ways to open a beer without a bottle opener

Don’t have a bottle opener on hand? Don’t worry — there are multiple items lying around the house and car that you can use to pop the cap off your bottle.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/15-ingenious-ways-to-open-a-beer-without-a-bottle-opener/

What Is Wine Fining

Fining is about removing unwanted material from wine while still in the cellar.

https://www.decanter.com/learn/advice/what-is-fining-51651/

 

 

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