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Liquor Industry News 04-22-19

April 22, 2019

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By: Mark C Lenzi

CSW, CSS, CWAS, FWS, IWS*

 

04-22-2019

 

Liquor Industry Week In Review

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

This Weeks Highlights:

 

New Products

 

THE SEAGRAM VO AND VO GOLD STORY

Does Red Wine Help You Live Longer? Here’s What the Science Says

Study: Drinkers value a beer less if they think it’s brewed by a woman

 

Corn Syrup, Spice, and Everything Nice: What Adjunct Beers Are Made Of

 

WHAT ARE ADJUNCT BEERS MADE OF?

https://vinepair.com/articles/adjunct-beer-guide/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=c1b271bd77-APRIL_8_2019&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-c1b271bd77-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-c1b271bd77-38937345&mc_cid=c1b271bd77&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

Pabst Blue Ribbon Extra ‘Boozy PBR’ Is Launching This Spring

PBR Extra weighs in at 6.5 percent ABV, compared to PBR’s 4.7 percent.

https://vinepair.com/booze-news/pabst-blue-ribbon-extra-boozy-pbr/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=c1b271bd77-APRIL_8_2019&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-c1b271bd77-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-c1b271bd77-38937345&mc_cid=c1b271bd77&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

New Dunkins Beer

Boston-based Harpoon Brewery has partnered with Dunkin’ Donuts to bring a coffee-influenced beer to market. Following last October’s collaborative porter, Dunkin’ and Harpoon are rolling out Summer Coffee Pale Ale in select locations across the Eastern U.S. The 5% abv ale is brewed with Dunkin’s cold brew coffee and, according to the brewery, combines a light roastiness with hop-derived fruit flavors. Harpoon Brewery is the 18th-largest craft brewer in the U.S., according to the Brewers Association.

Why Port Wine Cocktails Are Worth Your Attention

Port sometimes suffers from a popular misconception. A fortified Portuguese wine long seen as an after-dinner drink, it’s often seen as an outdated libation. Some consider it as more the territory of grandpas playing checkers than hip, vibrant cocktail lounges.

https://www.winemag.com/gallery/port-wine-cocktails-worth-attention/

Weighing Up the Value of Biodynamic Wine

Biodynamics is a growing segment of the wine industry, but is it worth the trouble and cost of conversion?

https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2019/04/weighing-up-the-value-of-biodynamic-wine

The latest chapter in the Napa Valley’s Franciscan wine saga: Sale to E. & J. Gallo

For Franciscan, the handoff brings an end to the winery’s chapter under Constellation, during which it enjoyed a significant presence in Napa that in time was considerably scaled back.

https://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/the-latest-chapter-in-the-napa-valley-s-franciscan-wine/article_5f9b303e-0cba-5de4-b9b7-2af5653ec95e.html

Is Gallo Saving the Wine Industry?

As a family business, they can take a longer, generational outlook focused on passing a flourishing business to future generations.

http://wineindustryadvisor.com/2019/04/08/is-gallo-saving-the-wine-industry

Wine Industry Floods The TTB With Its Opinions On Wine Nutritional Labeling
This initiative “is a major undertaking and not a small ruling,” so the extension is more than merited.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/lizazimmerman/2019/04/08/the-ttb-extends-its-deadline-for-opinions-on-wine-nutritional-labeling/#53cfcbbd49c3

How to reach the ever-changing beer shopper

The beer shopper of old waited until they were at the store to make their decision on what to buy.

https://www.millercoorsblog.com/news/how-to-reach-the-ever-changing-beer-shopper/amp/

BAD WEATHER HAMMERS BAROSSA HARVEST

Bad weather has pushed down yields in Barossa Valley, Australia’s best-known wine region, with harvests said to be the lowest in 10 years.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2019/04/bad-weather-hammers-barossa-harvest/

THIS NEW HOME BAR LETS YOU MAKE ‘IRISH WHISKEY’ IN YOUR KITCHEN

Tech company Smart Spirits has launched a drink dispenser that allows you to create unique beverages that supposedly replicate the flavour of spirits such as whiskey, gin or rum at home.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2019/04/this-new-home-bar-lets-you-make-irish-whiskey-in-your-kitchen/

THREE FACTS ABOUT THE GLOBAL ORGANIC WINE MARKET

While still wine consumption is set to stay fairly flat for the next few years, organic styles are rapidly entering the mainstream.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2019/04/three-facts-about-the-global-organic-wine-market/

11 Things You Should Know About Cantillon

Its beer was once near extinction, but today is among the rarest and most revered liquids in the world.

https://vinepair.com/articles/11-things-you-should-know-about-cantillon/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=2407874fca-APRIL_9_2019&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-2407874fca-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-2407874fca-38937345&mc_cid=2407874fca&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

Beyond G&T: The Best Cocktails to Make With Tonic Water

When sipped straight, the bitter complexity of tonic water can be divisive; but those same flavors make tonic a wonderful match for a range of spirits.

https://vinepair.com/articles/6-best-tonic-cocktail-recipes/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=2407874fca-APRIL_9_2019&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-2407874fca-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-2407874fca-38937345&mc_cid=2407874fca&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

A sommelier explains how ‘barnyard’ can be an attractive aroma in wine

When you smell barnyard, it’s almost like it’s an earthiness that’s as if you were to walk into, say, a horse barn

https://www.businessinsider.com/wine-sommelier-explains-barnyard-hay-aroma-taste-2019-4

The Game of Thrones Guide to Wine

As it turns out, there is a huge overlap in the Venn diagram of people obsessed with wine and people obsessed with “Game of Thrones.”

https://www.latimes.com/food/la-fo-game-of-thrones-wine-20190409-story.html

Analytical Wine Tasting, Consumer Focus Group And Survey Available At One Social Media Site

Quini’s name is from the ancient Latin to depict the concept of “five at a time.” Therefore, Quini integrates consumer-generated data using five levels or modules:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomaspellechia/2019/04/08/analytical-wine-tasting-consumer-focus-group-and-survey-available-at-one-social-media-site/#5913a1163a1e

The Scary Mommy Guide To Wine-ing

crash coursein what makes wine so fine.

https://www.scarymommy.com/scary-mommy-guide-to-wine-ing/

Understanding Clean Wine Designations

For those of us who go to great lengthsto  make sure our food is safe, why not do the same for wine?

https://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/understanding-clean-wine-designations-zbcz1904

The Changing Perceptions on Drinking While Pregnant

I know that consuming wine and spirits while pregnant is the fault line of American dining-out culture.

https://www.winemag.com/2019/04/08/on-drinking-and-not-drinking-while-pregnant/

25 Lesser-Known Wine Regions of the World

Have You Heard of These Wine Regions?

https://www.travelpulse.com/gallery/destinations/25-lesser-known-wine-regions-of-the-world.html

 

 

New Sparkling Drink

MillerCoors is launching Cape Line, a collection of three canned sparkling cocktails. Available in the flavors Strawberry Lemonade, Blackberry Mojito, and Margarita, the RTD slim can beverages are at 4.5% abv and contain six ingredients—carbonated water, alcohol from a cane sugar base, sugar, and fruit juice flavorings. Cape Line will be available in variety 6- and 12-packs and dedicated Strawberry Lemonade 6-packs. MillerCoors plans to push the brand with a marketing campaign that includes commercials on 20 different television networks and sampling events at festivals like Austin City Limits in the fall.

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New Mobile Disgorging Line is Open for Business

Wineries that want to produce sparkling wine have more options these days.

https://www.winebusiness.com/news/?go=getArticle&dataId=212230

Anatomy of the Rising Import Threat to U.S. Wine

Imports account for about a quarter to a third of US wine sales, a proportion that been relatively steady for the last few years but is higher now than it was 25 years ago

https://wineeconomist.com/2019/04/09/imports/

Understanding tension in wine

Tension’ and ‘energy’ are modish words to use about wine, as are ‘precision’ and ‘focus’.

https://www.decanterchina.com/en/columns/jefford-on-monday/understanding-tension-in-wine

 

Worst Wine Marketing Slogans

Our wines are as sustainable as an erection at a slaugherhouse.”

http://hosemasterofwine.blogspot.com/2019/04/worst-wine-marketing-slogans.html

 

Study: Drinkers value a beer less if they think it’s brewed by a woman

“Our research suggests that customers don’t value and are less inclined to buy traditionally male products if they think they’ve been manufactured by women,”

https://thetakeout.com/study-beer-brewed-men-women-brewers-gender-bias-1833911171

 

ALSACE ‘CLOSER THAN EVER’ TO IMPOSING LEGAL SWEETNESS GUIDES ON LABELS

“We are closer than we have ever been,” said Séverine Schlumberger of Domaines Schlumberger in reference to Alsace imposing legal guides to sweetness levels in wine on labels.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2019/04/alsace-closer-than-ever-to-imposing-legal-sweetness-guides/

 

GIUSTI LAUNCHES EXTRA BRUT PROSECCO

Asolo, is the only appellation in Prosecco that permits this drier style of fizz.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2019/04/giusti-launches-extra-brut-prosecco/

 

What is Oxidation Doing to My Wine?

Oxidation isn’t always bad. In fact, it’s a key part of most winemaking.

https://www.winemag.com/2019/04/09/wine-oxidation/

 

 

How To Make Small Wine Barrel Bluetooth Speaker

Cool project

https://www.instructables.com/id/Small-Wine-Barrel-Bluetooth-Speaker/

 

The Future of Weed Is High-End Wine Pairings

Care for some kush with that Merlot?

https://www.esquire.com/food-drink/restaurants/a26454549/weed-wine-food-pairings/

 

Homogeneity And Difference In The Wine World

If the thousands of bottles on wine shop shelves all taste the same, there is no justification for the vast number of brands and their price differentials.

https://www.3quarksdaily.com/3quarksdaily/2019/04/homogeneity-and-difference-in-the-wine-world.html

 

Grasshopper secretion-infused Bourbon launches in US

US spirits producer Tamworth Distilling has created a Bourbon infused with the foul-smelling foam excreted as a defence mechanism by the eastern lubber grasshopper.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2019/04/grasshopper-secretion-infused-bourbon-launches-in-us/

 

All About Riesling

An aromatic white variety that can produce white wines ranging in style from bone-dry to very sweet. Germany is the world’s most important producer of Riesling.

https://winefolly.com/riesling/?_ke=eyjrbf9lbwfpbci6icjmcmfua2xpbmxpcxvvcnnadmvyaxpvbi5uzxqilcaia2xfy29tcgfuev9pzci6icjrze5znhkifq%3d%3d

 

New Effen

Effen vodka has added two new flavors. Effen Rosé, is a pink-colored, 37.5% abv expression that aims to capitalize on the ongoing rosé wine trend. Effen Yuzu Citrus is distilled with yuzu, a Japanese citrus fruit, and also is at 37.5% abv. Both vodkas are made with wheat sourced from Northern France, and have no added sugar or artificial flavors. Effen Rosé and Effen Yuzu Citrus are currently rolling out nationwide, retail priced at $22 a 750-ml.

 

Official ‘Game of Thrones’ wine collection was inspired by climates, cuisines of Westeros

As Tyrion Lannister matter-of-factly tells Jon Snow, “Everything is better with wine in the belly.” And as it turns out, the folks behind HBO’s “Game of Thrones” believe that principle extends to the show itself, too.

https://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/official-game-of-thrones-wine-collection-was-inspired-by-climates-cuisines-of-westeros

 

Five things you can learn from the color of your wine

The shade of the wine in your glass can hint at how it was made, which grape variety was used and where it is from

https://www.channel3000.com/content/five-things-you-can-learn-from-the-color-of-your-wine/1067807195

 

US wine exports: Who is buying the most?

A trade dispute damaged US wine exports to China in 2018, while one African country came from a long way back to become a top-10 destination, show new figures.
https://www.decanter.com/wine-news/us-wine-exports-figures-412012/#FI7u5A4Ovqh0Qgjz.99

HOW TO BUILD A WINE COLLECTION AT HOME WITHOUT THE STRESS

Despite what many people think, building a solid wine collection at home is an attainable—and affordable—goal.

http://imbibemagazine.com/how-to-build-a-wine-collection/

2018 California Final Grape Crush Report; Total crush 4.5 Million tons, up 6.2% from 2017

The 2018 crush totaled 4,506,583 tons, up 6.2 percent from the 2017 crush of 4,241,945 tons.

http://wineindustryinsight.com/?p=99321

 

Does Red Wine Help You Live Longer? Here’s What the Science Says

Almost 30 years have passed since those early “red wine is good for you” studies came to light.

http://time.com/5552041/does-red-wine-help-you-live-longer/

 

Croatian Premium Wine Imports, Inc. Ready to Take Orders in USA

Based in Boston, Mass., CPWI imports, distributes and promotes boutique Croatian wines in the US. Currently representing wineries from the Dubrovnik county in Dalmatia, including all seven wineries in the Komarna region

https://www.apnews.com/Business%20Wire/1064cca6b7ec41399c0c254c1c649179

 

Idaho: The Next Grapegrowing Frontier

In the last ten years the number of wineries in Idaho has doubled, but I don’t think we can measure how much the quality has improved in that time

https://www.winebusiness.com/news/?go=getArticle&dataId=212368

 

Biodynamics – new approach needed?

We have frequently found ourselves looking to the scientific research of academia for help with issues that have arisen in the vineyard and winery

https://www.jancisrobinson.com/articles/biodynamics-new-approach-needed?sfns=mo

 

Eight takeaways on closure choice and cork taint in Washington wine

Here are eight takeaways.

https://www.wawinereport.com/2019/04/eight-takeaways-on-closure-choice-and.html

 

7 times you should never drink alcohol

Here are some situations that don’t mix well with alcohol.

https://www.businessinsider.com/when-to-avoid-alcohol-2019-4

 

5 Reasons to Know the Wines of Spain’s Montsant DO

In 2002, Montsant, the Falset subzone of Tarragona DO in the Catalonian region of northeastern Spain, was approved as its own DO level.

https://napavalleywineacademy.com/5-reasons-to-know-the-wines-of-spains-montsant-do/

 

THE SEAGRAM VO AND VO GOLD STORY

Most interesting to the VO story is the packaging, notably the ribbon on the bottle.

http://www.boozebusiness.com/the-seagram-vo-and-vo-gold-story

 

Kosher Wine Explained

What makes these wines different? We asked winemakers about the misperceptions and requirements

https://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/Kosher-Wine-Explained

 

Can I ferment table grapes into wine? How?

First, it’s important to note that table grapes and wine grapes are not bred or grown for the same purposes. Table grapes are sturdier, bigger and crunchier, with thinner skins and often without seeds. Wine grapes are more fragile, with thicker skins, bigger seeds and more juice. Most important, wine grapes have more sugar than table grapes.

Sugar is the fuel for fermentation, the process by which yeast consumes sugar and converts it to alcohol and carbon dioxide. If you crushed a bunch of table grapes, I doubt that a fermentation would spontaneously commence; you would probably need to add sugar, as well as yeast. Even then, the resulting wine wouldn’t have the flavor or structure of wine made from wine grapes.

The wine producing nation you may not be familiar with

When it comes to producing wine, few countries have such a rich and captivating history like Hungary does.

https://www.euronews.com/2019/04/13/the-wine-producing-nation-you-may-not-be-familiar-with

Can vegans drink wine?

How many vegetarians and vegans know animal products are often used to make wine.

https://www.thestar.com/life/food_wine/advice/2019/04/12/can-vegans-drink-wine.html

Can you pair wine with asparagus?

Asparagus frightens the bejeezus out of wine.

http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/blogs/food_blog/burning-question-can-you-pair-wine-with-asparagus/article_c4fb60ce-5d68-11e9-9839-e750b1e93390.html

 

Corked, heat damage and other flaws in your wine to watch out for

Admit it, you experience a flutter of dread when you open a bottle of wine, especially one not familiar to you or one you’ve held for extended time. Could this wine be, uh, flawed—even spoiled? We investigate this the next three weeks.

https://amp.gosanangelo.com/amp/3232398002

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Liquor Industry News 04-15-19

April 15, 2019

Franklin Liquors

Liquor Industry News

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

By: Mark C Lenzi

CSW, CSS, CWAS, FWS, IWS*

 

04-15-2019

 

Liquor Industry Week In Review

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

This Weeks Highlights:

 

New Products

 

Top Gadgets for Cooling Your Wine

 

Take this quiz to find out what type of beer you should try

 

Irish whiskey gains GI status from European Commission

 

 

Hangover-Free Synthetic Alcohol Could Be Ready in Five Years

For the past decade, David Nutt, a London-based scientist, has been working on a safe form of synthetic alcohol that provides all the positives of drinking, without the health issues, hangovers, and risk of overindulging.

https://vinepair.com/booze-news/hangover-free-synthetic-alcohol/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=3afba0a606-APRIL_1_2019&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-3afba0a606-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-3afba0a606-38937345&mc_cid=3afba0a606&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

 

How Design Can Sell More Wine

Architects and designers offer tips for wineries on how to maximize the visitor experience.

https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2019/04/how-design-can-sell-more-wine

 

Which Red Wine Is the Most Likely to Stain My Teeth?

WHICH RED WINES ARE WORSE THAN OTHERS WHEN IT COMES TO STAINING MY TEETH?

https://vinepair.com/articles/ask-adam-which-red-wine-is-the-most-likely-to-stain-my-teeth/

 

I Found the Bag I’ll Be Wearing All Summer — It’s Only $5 and Holds a Bottle of Wine

Perfect for BBQs, picnics, and “BYO wine” festivals, this cute bag is a total win-win in our books.

https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Urban-Outfitters-Wine-Tote-Bag-45954618

 

Do we need more varieties

Are we heading toward the Coca-Cola-isation of wine?

https://www.therealreview.com/2019/04/01/do-we-need-more-varieties/

Champagne’s terroir problem

This is an ongoing issue for Champagne as their northern latitudes make them verysusceptible to rot and fungal issues so it’s difficult to work organically or even biodynamically

https://www.hudin.com/champagnes-terroir-problem/

Prosecco’s 21st Century Challenge

Prosecco is an Italian sparkling wine that is produced in the rolling hills of northwest Italy. It is also the world’s best-selling sparkling wine

https://www.forbes.com/sites/joemicallef/2019/03/27/proseccos-21st-century-challenge/amp/

TOP 10 APPS FOR WINE LOVERS

Apps have become a staple tool in modern life, helping to manage every aspect of one’s personal and professional life.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2019/04/top-10-apps-for-wine-lovers/

11 Things You Should Know About Stella Artois

Find out what the brand is up to, and why it’s ridding itself of an extremely offensive nickname

https://vinepair.com/articles/stella-artois/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=ccad8aba43-APRIL_2_2019&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-ccad8aba43-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-ccad8aba43-38937345&mc_cid=ccad8aba43&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

8 Up-and-Coming Varieties to Know from Portugal

From Encruzado to Baga, these grapes are gaining traction in the U.S. market

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/8-up-and-coming-varieties-to-know-from-portugal/?utm_campaign=SevenFifty%20Daily%20Weekly%20Digest&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=71340333&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_ms0OA5w6eQjdS-cEoN-511hI5uIMBsj-AhtACeWOiSYlarlQCM9CkaOi3QuzDhRCjSNNCcSgrLX7RNNffri-OqCodjxopHUnJIh8l853YZYoQJL0&_hsmi=71340949

Texas Lawmaker Introduces A Bill To Change The State’s Wine Appellation Rule

Let’s face it, a U.S. wine label isn’t always 100% clear

https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomaspellechia/2019/04/01/texas-lawmaker-introduces-a-bill-to-change-the-states-wine-appellation-rule/#1d7bd1f372e9

Wine Windows Were the Original Speakeasies

These clever little wine holes (can you spot one below?) let the people of Florence buy their wine right from the source.

https://www.housebeautiful.com/about/a26991587/wine-windows-florence/

Here’s what food you should pair with Trader Joe’s $4 wines, according to a sommelier

We asked a sommelier who also specializes in wine education and food pairing to taste three of these Charles Shaw organic wines — a cabernet sauvignon, a pinot grigio, and a rosé — and give her recommendations of food to pair with them.

https://www.businessinsider.com/trader-joes-wine-pairings-sommelier-2019-4

Cupcake Vineyards Celebrates the National Launch of Its Wine Cans at Coachella

Cupcake Returns as Official Wine Sponsor Offering New Ways to Choose Joy This Festival Season

https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190402005217/en/Cupcake-Vineyards-Celebrates-National-Launch-Wine-Cans

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Bacardi Lime debuts in US

Bacardi Lime is made from a base of Bacardi white rum that is then infused with natural lime flavours, offering a lime zest aroma and citrus notes.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2019/04/bacardi-lime-debuts-in-us/

 

Love trivia? Here are wine facts to impress your friends with

Some winsome wine facts to amuse and entertain you over your morning cup of coffee or evening sips of wine:

https://www.gosanangelo.com/story/entertainment/2019/04/03/trivia-wine-facts-impress-friends-san-angelo/3232378002/

 

Michael David Winery Launches “Freakshow Maskerade” Face Filter App

Interactive face filter app now available for download – Become your favorite freak and win a spot on the label!

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/michael-david-winery-launches-freakshow-maskerade-face-filter-app-300823545.html

 

Constellation to offload 30 brands in $1.7 billion Gallo deal

US drinks firm Constellation Brands has agreed to sell approximately 30 wine and spirits brands to E&J Gallo Winery for US$1.7 billion.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2019/04/constellation-to-offload-30-brands-in-1-7-billion-gallo-deal/

What Gallo’s $1.7 billion buyout of Constellation’s bargain-priced wines really means

https://www.sfchronicle.com/wine/article/What-Gallo-s-1-7-billion-buyout-of-13739680.php

 

 

Irish whiskey gains GI status from European Commission

The geographic indication provides the strongest possible protection against these infringements and gives us the basis for enforcement action against misleading products.”

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2019/04/irish-whiskey-gains-gi-status-from-european-commission/

Peeps and beer: What brews pair best with Easter candy?

There’s no surer sign of spring than store aisles brimming with jelly beans, Peeps and chocolate rabbits.

https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/04/03/peeps-and-beer-what-brews-pair-best-with-easter-candy/

What craft beer’s continued growth means for beer drinkers

Either craft beer is going to completely take over the beer market, or, it’s an unsustainably growing bubble that’s going to burst any minute.

https://thetakeout.com/craft-beer-growth-2018-statistics-explained-analysis-1833778219

 

Dewar’s Unveils The Double Double Series, A New Release Of Ultra-Aged Scotch Whiskies

Dewar’s Scotch whisky has unveiled a new line of bottlings called the Double Double Series. The range includes a 21-year-old ($50 a 375-ml.), a 27-year-old ($100 a 375-ml.), and a 32-year-old ($150 a 375-ml.), the latter marking Dewar’s oldest expression to date.

All of the above are finished in Sherry casks—the 21-year-old in Oloroso, the 27-year-old in Palo Cortado, and the 32-year-old in Pedro Ximenez. The launch is being backed by a four-part short film created by actress Tuppence Middleton.

Dewar’s recently unveiled a new, $15 million ad campaign for the entire franchise, highlighting its maturation process. The campaign, which will run through the end of 2019, features television spots as well as print ads in sports, food and travel publications. Dewar’s also has been ratcheting up the focus on its single malt portfolio, which includes Aberfeldy, Aultmore, Deveron, Craigellachie, and Royal Brackla.

Top Wine Innovations in Bars & Restaurants

Read crowd-sourced reviews, make online reservations, explore electronic wine lists, pay at the table and email yourself the receipt. Just don’t forget to thank the restaurant on social media as you grab your rideshare home.

https://www.winemag.com/2019/04/03/how-wine-in-the-restaurant-industry-is-evolving/

 

Top Tools for Wine at Home

Looking for something wine-related to go with your smart home assistant, streaming device and video doorbell with facial recognition software?

https://www.winemag.com/2019/04/03/how-technology-is-improving-wine-at-home/

 

 

Franzia’s New “Little Franz” Mini Boxed Wines Make For The Most Adorable Summer Sip

The new “Little Franz” mini boxes of wine come in the following four flavors. Here’s what you can expect each one to taste like, per Franzia:

https://www.elitedaily.com/p/franzias-new-little-franz-mini-boxed-wines-make-for-the-most-adorable-summer-sip-17007129

 

How to keep your wine cool in warm weather

Some suggestions for combating ‘warm wine syndrome’

https://www.ft.com/content/47529b90-559f-11e9-91f9-b6515a54c5b1

Guide To Franciacorta, Italy’s Best Sparkling Wine Region

Franciacorta is a region infused with cultural significance and a thriving enological tradition.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/liviahengel/2019/04/04/a-weekend-guide-to-franciacorta-italys-best-sparkling-wine-region/#b085ec37cfc8

How to Pick Great Wine Without Relying Solely on Wine Scores

There are ways to choose great wine without relying on wine scores

https://www.familyfreshmarket.com/blog/how-pick-great-wine-without-relying-solely-wine-scores

 

The Wine Enthusiast Amazon Alexa Skill

The Wine Enthusiast skill will also provide step-by-step recipes pulled right from pages of the magazine and sent directly to your Alexa app.

https://www.winemag.com/2019/04/04/the-wine-enthusiast-amazon-alexa-skill/

Millennials are drinking less beer. So beer is becoming more like juice.

Explaining the rise of Naturdays, Corona Refrescas, and the “flavored malt beverage.”

https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2019/4/4/18295599/naturdays-corona-refresca-limearita-ritas-spritz

This Bright, Bracing Italian Sparkler Could Be a ‘Prosecco Killer’ — if Given the Chance

A frizzante wine from Emilia-Romagna, Pignoletto is light and fruity, with herbal aromas, citrus notes, and crisp apple flavors.

https://vinepair.com/articles/pignoletto-italian-sparkling-wine-guide/

Menthol Is Not Mint: Decoding Freshness in Wine

We identify flavors based on our stored memories of having encountered them before.

http://wineindustryadvisor.com/2019/04/05/menthol-is-not-mint-decoding-freshness-wine

Five Ways Smartphones are Changing How We Drink Wine

Smartphones have made it easier than ever to learn about wine

https://www.winemag.com/2019/04/05/smartphones-wine/

You’ve Been Serving Champagne All Wrong — Here’s How To Do It Right

Flutes may look pretty, but they diminish the aroma of your (probably pricey) bubbly. Good thing there’s a super simple solution.

https://www.coastalliving.com/syndication/how-to-serve-champagne

Take this quiz to find out what type of beer you should try

To simplify the process of picking a beer, take this quick and easy quiz which gives you a beer recommendation based on your flavor preferences.

https://www.thisisinsider.com/quiz-to-find-out-what-type-of-beer-to-drink-2019-4

TOP 9 WORST THINGS YOU CAN DO WITH YOUR WINE

Or a things that a dedicated wine lover will not do.

https://www.winepicker.co.uk/blog/top-9-worst-things-you-can-do-with-your-wine/

MEET THE HEALTHY RED WINE THAT COULD HELP YOU LIVE LONGER

Red wine has long been touted for its many alleged benefits, but there may be one particular type of red wine that supersedes them all.

https://www.harpersbazaar.com.au/health-fitness/cannonau-red-wine-18397

Is this the best wine in the world? 40 million reviews say so.

What’s the best wine in the world? Every winemaker would love to produce it. Every wine lover would love to drink it and hoard a few bottles in the cellar. Every wine writer would love to anoint it and tell you to buy it.

https://www.nhregister.com/food/article/Is-this-the-best-wine-in-the-world-40-million-13744695.php

Top Gadgets for Cooling Your Wine

Your days of plunging a bottle into an ice and salt bath in order to keep it cold are over—you’ve got more stylish and effective options.

https://www.winemag.com/2019/04/05/top-gadgets-for-cooling-your-wine/

This Exceptional $300 Wine is Produced in the Foothills of the Himalayas

Ao Yun is a vino easy to sip, almost impossible to produce.

http://www.realclearlife.com/food-drink/exceptional-300-wine-produced-foothills-himalayas/

Napa’s Problem is Cars, Not Drought

US editor W. Blake Gray looks at the options following the passing of Napa’s development bill.

https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2019/04/napas-problem-is-cars-not-drought

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