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May 13, 2019

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By: Mark C Lenzi

CSW, CSS, CWAS, FWS, IWS*

 

05-13-2019

 

Liquor Industry Week In Review

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

This Weeks Highlights:

 

New Products

 

How Important Is a Wine’s Integrity?

 

A Scientist Explains Dry-Hopped Beer’s Juicy Secret

 

TTB’s Take on Alcohol Beverages Infused with Cannabidiol

 

 The 5 best questions to ask on a brewery tour

What can you do to get the most out of a brewery tour?

https://thetakeout.com/5-best-questions-to-ask-on-beer-brewery-tour-1834335490

 

 

Wine drinkers don’t cheat much

A survey of Americans with different alcoholic beverage preferences to determine their cheating habits, academically and romantically.

https://www.therealreview.com/2019/04/29/wine-drinkers-dont-cheat-much/

Can people have a reaction to histamine in red wine?

Histamine is present in cheese, fish, meat, yeast products, vegetables and wine. It is known to be vasoactive, which means it constricts the blood vessels.

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/lifestyle/the-full-bottle-can-people-have-a-reaction-to-histamine-in-red-wine-20190329-h1cyzb.html

100-year-old woman reveals that drinking loads of wine is the secret to living longer

Florence Bearse recently celebrated her 100th birthday in Maine, New York, and when asked what her secret was to reaching the century milestone was, her response was enough to put smiles on the face of merlot drinkers everywhere.

https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/drink/100-year-old-woman-reveals-that-drinking-loads-of-wine-is-the-secret-to-living-longer-c-83773

We Need More Truthful Advertising in the Wine Industry

I see far too many industrial brands calling themselves “artisanal”, “family-owned” or claiming their wines are “hand-crafted” when they are anything but.

https://foodandwineaesthetics.com/2019/04/29/we-need-more-truthful-advertising-in-the-wine-industry/

Could you be a Sommelier?

Take the quiz

https://californiawineryadvisor.com/could-you-be-a-sommelier-v2/

BROWN LIQUOR 101

What’s the difference between bourbon, scotch, and rye?

https://giadzy.com/food/brown-liquor-101/

The Differences Between Ginger Ale and Ginger Beer, Explained

Though their names are almost identical, ginger beer and ginger ale are, in fact, two different drinks

https://vinepair.com/articles/ginger-beer-different-ale-soda/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=53b2acb9ce-APRIL_30_2019&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-53b2acb9ce-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-53b2acb9ce-38937345&mc_cid=53b2acb9ce&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

Is Conor McGregor’s Whiskey to Blame for Jameson Sales Slump?

Proper No. Twelve accounted for just 4 percent of Irish whiskey sales in the U.S.

https://vinepair.com/booze-news/conor-mcgregor-whiskey-jameson-sales-slump/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=53b2acb9ce-APRIL_30_2019&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-53b2acb9ce-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-53b2acb9ce-38937345&mc_cid=53b2acb9ce&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

 

New Corona

Constellation Brands is rolling out its Corona Refresca flavored malt beverage label nationally. The 4.5% abv range includes Passionfruit Lime, Guava Lime, and Coconut Lime flavors, which each have 199 calories a 12-ounce serving. Passionfruit Lime and Guava Lime are available in 6-packs of cans retailing at $10, while a 12-pack featuring all three flavors will retail at $17. The national launch is being backed by national TV spots, digital, out-of-home, and social media initiatives. Last year, the Refresca line reached 59,000 cases, according to Impact Databank. Corona continues to drive growth within Constellation’s beer business, with the brand family’s total volume crossing 150 million (2.25-gallon) cases in the company’s fiscal year through February.

 

How Does Your Love of Wine Contribute to Climate Change?

Do wine consumers have a role in encouraging producers to take stronger steps to combat climate change? Some in the wine industry think they do, particularly by throwing their economic support to companies that are already acting decisively.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/30/dining/drinks/wine-climate-change.html

 

These Luxe Wine Carafes Will Totally Change How You Drink Wine

These wine carafes will bring out every note of your pinot noir — and look good doing it. (And they start at just $22!)

https://www.bravotv.com/home-design/best-luxe-wine-carafes-decanters-shop

 

Why Drinking Red Wine May Save You From That Sore Throat

Could alcohol be a useful agent to treat tummy bugs and throat infections?

https://www.inverse.com/article/55367-alcohol-wine-kill-off-bacteria-throat-gut-infections

 

Amazon Ramps up Wine Sales

This year, US retailers have announced that 5994 stores will close. That number already exceeds last year’s total of 5864 closure announcements, according to a recent report from Coresight.

https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2019/04/amazon-ramps-up-wine-sales

 

Beginner Wine Mistakes & Myths, Debunked by Sommeliers

Even if you’ve been drinking wine for a while, chances are you’ve fallen for some of wine’s myths, or found yourself making some mistakes once or twice.

https://www.brit.co/wine-for-beginners/

 

Oregon discovering the value of Gamay

Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris certainly dominate Oregon production (with 59% and 15%, respectively, of the total harvest), yet industry attention is extending to other varieties.

https://www.winebusiness.com/news/?go=getArticle&dataId=212958

 

US ALCOHOL SALES GROWING FASTER IN HOTELS THAN WIDER ON-TRADE

The new Nielsen CGA Hotel Report, which measures consumer drinking habits in around 5,000 hotels in the US, showed that although 46% of American adults would drink beer during a regular drinking occasion this figures rose to 52% when they were at a hotel, with wine also showing a marginal uplift of 35%, compared to 34%.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2019/04/us-booze-sales-seeing-faster-growth-in-hotels-than-wider-on-trade/

 

New Mexico’s Deep Winemaking History

Grapes here benefit from some of the highest elevations in the country, sometimes above 6,000 feet.

https://www.winemag.com/2019/04/29/new-mexicos-deep-winemaking-history/

 

Who Moved My Wine? The New Wine Buyers Who Play “Beat the Clock”

Which means that they play beat the clock when they come up again the wine wall.

https://wineeconomist.com/2019/04/30/supermarket/

 

Wine by the glass pitfalls

It is an issue with the way the wine is handled once the bottle is open.

https://www.therealreview.com/2019/04/30/wine-by-the-glass-pitfalls/

 

What’s the point of wine evangelism?

It’s one thing to try and engage people with wine, says Robert Joseph. But it’s quite another to think that everybody has an inner wine lover who just needs to be liberated.

https://www.drinks-today.com/wine/analysis/whats-point-wine-evangelism

 

WYAND NAMED ‘WINE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR’

Did you know this existed?

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2019/05/wine-photograph-of-the-year-picked/

 

Organic beer hasn’t caught on — why?

Of the 7,000-plus breweries in the United States, just a handful — a dozen or so, near as I can tell — make only organic beer,

https://www.marinij.com/2019/04/30/organic-beer-hasnt-caught-on-why/

 

Beer Advocate Magazine Ends Print Run
The enthusiast publisher pulls the plug after 12 years in print.

https://www.foliomag.com/beer-advocate-ends-print-run/

 

What Did Steve Jobs Know About the Booze Business? A Lot!

Marketing a brand with the consumer first mentality will guarantee that you have an audience to sell to.

https://wineindustryadvisor.com/2019/04/30/what-steve-jobs-know-booze-business

 

What’s the point of wine evangelism?

It’s one thing to try and engage people with wine, says Robert Joseph. But it’s quite another to think that everybody has an inner wine lover who just needs to be liberated.

https://www.drinks-today.com/wine/analysis/whats-point-wine-evangelism

 

How Labels Sell Wines

Whether consumer or trade, when it comes to making a wine sale, aesthetics go a long way.

https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2019/05/how-labels-sell-wines

 

French Game of Thrones superfan develops his own Lannister wine

Rarely does an episode pass without one of the characters caught up in the savage struggle for the Iron Throne sipping a goblet or three, with Tyrion Lannister a particular fan of the vintage from the southern kingdom of Dorne.

https://www.thelocal.fr/20190430/french-game-of-thrones-superfan-develops

 

Proudly Vegan Launches Range of 100% Vegan Wines in the USA

600-percent increase in the number of vegans in the U.S.A in the last 3 years and that 39% of Americans are trying to eat more plant-based foods.

https://www.winebusiness.com/newreleases/?go=getArticle&dataId=213225

 

Champagne earns GI status in Cambodia

The protection on French products in Cambodia is an important matter for French businesses. Today, Champagne becomes the first foreign product to be listed as a GI product in Cambodia,”

https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50599383/champagne-earns-gi-status-in-cambodia/

 

Olfactory age matter of taste

The way we perceive taste starts to change by the age of 60 – when the sensitivity of our sense of smell also starts to diminish – becoming severe from the age of 70.

https://www.odt.co.nz/lifestyle/food-wine/news-features/olfactory-age-matter-taste

 

Ripping the Label off Wine Labels

What Does Greater Transparency in Wine Labeling Mean for the Industry and Consumers? Wine Business Leaders From All Sides Weigh In.

https://devinparr.com/2019/04/30/ripping-the-label-off-wine-labels/

 

Five Reasons Why Cabernet Sauvignon Loves French Oak

So, who is the king’s favorite mate when it comes time for his essential 12-plus months of beauty rest?

https://www.winemag.com/2019/05/01/five-reasons-why-cabernet-sauvignon-loves-french-oak/

 

The Surprisingly Short History of Single-Malt Scotch

Up until the 1960s, “the fortunes of Scotland’s commercial whisky industry was based entirely on blended Scotch,”

https://vinepair.com/articles/best-single-malt-scotch-history/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=0abaa55a15-MAY_2_2019&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-0abaa55a15-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-0abaa55a15-38937345&mc_cid=0abaa55a15&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

 

Monks launch legal fight to protect water purity of Trappist beer

Belgian brothers fear Lhoist lime quarrying will threaten production of brew

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/01/monks-launch-legal-fight-to-protect-water-purity-of-trappist-beer

 

Know A Wine Just By Looking At The Color

There are some fascinating insights you can gain just by looking at the color of red wine.

https://winefolly.com/review/know-a-wine-just-by-looking-at-the-color/?utm_campaign=5%2F2%2F2019%20-%20Weekly%3A%20White%20Color%2C%20Pinot%2C%20James%20Beard%20%28LkRsCQ%29&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Wine%20Folly&_ke=eyJrbF9lbWFpbCI6ICJmcmFua2xpbmxpcXVvcnNAdmVyaXpvbi5uZXQiLCAia2xfY29tcGFueV9pZCI6ICJRZE5ZNHkifQ%3D%3D

THE STORIES BEHIND ORIN SWIFT’S QUIRKIEST WINE LABELS

After working a harvest at Robert Mondavi and planting experimental blocks of Zinfandel in Arizona, in 1997 Phinney began developing his debut wine brand, The Prisoner, a blend of California Zinfandel, Cabernet and Petite Sirah that rocketed to success shortly after it launched.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2019/05/the-stories-behind-orin-swifts-quirkiest-wine-labels/

 

HOUSE OF SAKA LAUNCHES CANNABIS-INFUSED SPARKLING ‘WINE’

The sparkling brut and still rosé wines, from Napa Valley, California, are blended mixed with both THC (the psychoactive component of the plant) and cannabidiol (CBD), derived from “organic craft cannabis.”

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2019/05/house-of-saka-launches-cannabis-infused-alcohol-removed-sparkling-brut-still-rose-wines/

 

When Wine and Sauce Labels Were Glorious Works of Art

The wealthy once labeled their ketchup, soy sauce, and champagne with style.

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/silver-wine-labels

 

France’s deliciously incestuous relationship between wine and medicine,

People from all over France came to the hospital to receive ‘wine treatments’, which were exactly what they sound like: up to two bottles a day of wine to treat various ailments.

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190501-frances-fascinating-wine-treatment

 

 

What’s a Super Tuscan and is the Term Still Relevant?

Super Tuscans arrived decades ago. It was a category born of frustration with Italy’s traditional wine production rules.

https://www.winemag.com/2019/05/01/what-is-super-tuscan-is-term-still-relevant/

 

 

TTB’s Take on Alcohol Beverages Infused with Cannabidiol

The hot topic of alcohol beverages (especially beer) infused with hemp-derived ingredients–with cannabidiol (CBD) as the clear focus of industry interest.

https://www.alcohollawadvisor.com/2019/04/ttbs-take-on-alcohol-beverages-infused-with-cannabidiol/

 

The Science Behind Your Cheap Wine

How advances in bottling, fermenting and taste-testing are democratizing a once-opaque liquid

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/science-behind-your-cheap-wine-180962783/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=socialmedia&fbclid=IwAR2PqIah6qQ3RInRoYt-D3HIjNxmfcuwRF9lzxjvzy9i7XOPeyCa1htTY3I

 

Jackson Family Wines CEO calls for protections against imports

Saying he believes foreign wine imports could exceed the number of U.S. brands sold in America by 2050, Jackson Family Wines CEO Rick Tigner on Wednesday called for a reciprocal tax to ensure fair trade, not free trade.

https://www.northbaybusinessjournal.com/industrynews/wineindustry/9556660-181/jackson-family-wines-ceo-calls

 

Cahors: A French wine region seeks to regain malbec crown

Malbec is so closely associated with Argentina that some wine drinkers may think the South American country is the grape’s historic home.

http://lauriedanielonwine.com/2019/05/01/cahors-a-french-wine-region-seeks-to-regain-malbec-crown/

 

Six-figures on booze? People actually spend a surprising amount on alcohol!

 

More proof that millennials are beer snobs

Americans spend $60 a month on craft beer, according to a new survey — more than the average cost of a cell phone bill

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/more-proof-that-millennials-are-beer-snobs-2019-05-02

 

A Scientist Explains Dry-Hopped Beer’s Juicy Secret

For those not currently arguing about its benefits on Reddit, “dry-hopping” is a term used to describe the practice of adding hops to a beer-in-progress during or after fermentation.

https://vinepair.com/articles/dry-hopped-beer-science/

 

The Science of Enzymes in Winemaking

Understanding enzyme use in winemaking can shed light on the nature of grapes and wine development

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/the-science-of-enzymes-in-winemaking/?utm_campaign=SevenFifty%20Daily%20Weekly%20Digest&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=72315941&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_24OlEbptmstW5OWS7Lvkl7G2GkrP4C9z8-HnObRTIlu-C0Occ7XHl9Bz4K48vsLhwVKNTB5l18f9V0Zyp_RZX3-rub90PNJJ-jTzbG9oIge-xIys&_hsmi=72316560

 

New Smirnoff

Diageo has expanded Smirnoff’s line of flavored vodkas with Smirnoff Zero Sugar Infusions. The 30% abv extension comes in three flavors—Cucumber & Lime, Watermelon & Mint, and Strawberry & Rose—each with 72 calories per 1.5-ounce serving. The release is supported by ads featuring Ted Danson and Cecily Strong, which are currently on YouTube and will air on national TV in June. Smirnoff Zero Sugar Infusions are now rolling out across the U.S. for a suggested price of $12 a 750-ml. Last year, Smirnoff slipped 1% to 9.1 million cases in the U.S., according to Impact Databank.

High Noon

E.&J. Gallo Winery has launched High Noon, a new hard seltzer brand made with vodka and fruit juice. The 4.5% abv seltzers are available in watermelon, black cherry, grapefruit, and pineapple flavors and all contain 100 calories per 12-ounce can. To support the brand, Gallo has invested in TV, out-of-home, and digital activations. The gluten-free drinks are currently distributed in 32 states across the U.S. for $2.50 for a single can and $10 for a 4-pack of 12-ounce cans.

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WHICH FRENCH WINE REGION IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

DEPENDING UPON YOUR PREFERRED TYPE OF WINE EXPERIENCE, TRAVELERS CAN CHOOSE AMONG THE MOST ICONIC WINE REGIONS FRANCE HAS TO OFFER.

https://www.newsweek.com/french-wine-regions-1394983

 

How Important Is a Wine’s Integrity?

So why do wineries use additives?

https://www.winemag.com/2019/05/02/how-important-wine-integrity/

 

Private label emerges in the US

US retailers have yet to adopt private label in the high-quality way of their European peers. But, as Jeff Siegel reports, that may be about to change.

https://www.drinks-today.com/wine/power-lists/private-label-emerges-us

 

Meet Wine’s Worst Enemy, Phylloxera

Starting around 1860, a tiny yellow louse called phylloxera (pronounced fi-lok-SUH-ruh) decimated Europe’s vineyards, brought to the continent unknowingly by Victorian-era botanists through American native vines.

https://www.winemag.com/2019/05/02/wines-worst-enemy-phylloxera/

 

What happens to the fruit used in wine?

Typical wine is created by crushing and fermenting grapes, of course, but wine can be made from just about any fruit.

https://www.concordmonitor.com/Happy-hour-on-the-farm-25245826

 

Do you pour from a wine bottle for what’s in it — or what’s behind it?

How do you choose a wine? Whether it tastes good and how much it costs are the basic criteria of any wine purchase. Beyond that, how do you whittle down the choices to decide which wine to pluck from the shelf and place in your cart?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/do-you-pour-from-a-wine-bottle-for-whats-in-it–or-whats-behind-it/2019/05/03/d2c3b492-6cf7-11e9-be3a-33217240a539_story.html?utm_term=.bee375ac79a5

 

 

Wine Drinking Should Be Pointless: Why It’s Time to Stop Scoring Wine

A single number never defines the full story.

https://robbreport.com/food-drink/wine/its-time-to-stop-scoring-wines-2849286/

The Best Wine Aerators

If you’re on the hunt for a wine aerator, you know that these little gadgets can seriously improve the quality of your wine.

https://www.elitedaily.com/p/the-best-wine-aerators-17292751

Hibiscus Sangria (Sangria de Jamaica)

In Mexico and Central America, flor de jamaica refers to a species of hibiscus used to make a striking ruby-colored infusion with a rich citrus flavor.

https://www.winemag.com/recipe/hibiscus-sangria-de-jamaica/

 

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Liquor Industry News

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

By: Mark C Lenzi

CSW, CSS, CWAS, FWS, IWS*

 

05-06-2019

 

Liquor Industry Week In Review

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This Weeks Highlights:

 

New Products

 

How Does Oak Affect the Flavor of Wine?

 

Alcohol Sales Dropped 15% In States With Medical Marijuana Laws

 

6 Descriptors Beer Professionals Avoid

 

How The Prisoner Went From Outsider Wine to $285 Million National Phenomenon

Prisoner creator Dave Phinney was famously given a print of the creepy Francisco de Goya etching that appears on the bottle as a gift from his parents at age 12.

https://vinepair.com/articles/prisoner-wine-red-blend-history/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=fd8bf3aafa-APRIL_22_2019&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-fd8bf3aafa-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-fd8bf3aafa-38937345&mc_cid=fd8bf3aafa&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

New Bud

A-B InBev has introduced its new Budweiser Discovery Reserve American Red Lager, a limited edition beer that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. Brewed with Voyager barley malt, the beer was inspired by an archival recipe for Budweiser from the Apollo 11 era. The bottle features 11 stars to represent the historic Apollo 11 mission and two different bottle caps recalling the Moon and pointing toward Mars as a future destination. Discovery Reserve is part of Budweiser’s Reserve Collection, and follows Reserve Copper Lager and Freedom Reserve. It will be available through September.

 

Get your wine on with Carivino

Carivino is a portable, steel, insulated, full-sized 750ml wine bottle.

https://the-gadgeteer.com/2019/04/22/get-your-wine-on-with-carivino/

 

The One Accessory Red Wine Lovers Can’t Live Without

Equipped with a high sensitive air pressure and sensor detection system, it senses the air pressure inside the wine bottle, automatically removes the air and then creates a vacuum environment that keeps your wine tasting fresh and full of flavor.

http://www.thatsmags.com/shanghai/post/27637/griser-red-wine-vacuum-preserver

 

Organic Wine vs. Sustainable Wine

With the market trending so considerably, it’s time to take a closer look at sustainable and organic viticulture to see what’s similar and what’s different:

https://www.tastingpanelmag.com/organic-wine-vs-sustainable-wine/

 

 

Why blend? Exploring the art and science of blending

Whether your favourite drink is tea or coffee, champagne or Scotch whisky, you may be surprised to learn that what you’re drinking is probably a blend.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-47980485

 

HOW DOES A CASK’S BACKGROUND IMPACT WHISKY?

Word on the street is that the second big player in whisky wood is the Sherry cask, made of Spanish oak and turned sweet and tasty on the inside by the official wine of tapas

https://scotchwhisky.com/magazine/the-whisky-virgin/25321/how-does-a-cask-s-background-impact-whisky/

 

 

7 Things You Should Know About Four Roses Bourbon

At the end of the 1950s, in a perplexing move, Seagram’s discontinued Four Roses bourbon in the U.S. Though still available in European and Asian markets, the bourbon didn’t return to American liquor stores until 2002.

https://vinepair.com/articles/four-roses-kentucky-bourbon/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=126239defa-APRIL_23_2019&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-126239defa-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-126239defa-38937345&mc_cid=126239defa&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

 

Understanding All the Flavors and Aromas in Gin (Flavor Wheel)

Here to help you dissect all the nuanced notes in your glass

https://vinepair.com/articles/gin-flavors-aromas-flavor-wheel/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=126239defa-APRIL_23_2019&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-126239defa-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-126239defa-38937345&mc_cid=126239defa&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

 

The newest trend in athletic recovery? Drinking beer

These ‘wellness beer’ makers believe a pint can improve your physical fitness

https://www.sfchronicle.com/style/article/The-newest-trend-in-athletic-recovery-Drinking-13785551.php

 

Jim Beam launches educational programme for distillers

Bourbon brand Jim Beam has donated US$5 million to the University of Kentucky to create an educational programme for distillers, called the James B Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2019/04/jim-beam-launches-educational-programme-for-distillers/

 

LODI HAS BECOME ‘A HOTBED FOR EXPERIMENTATION’

While Napa and Sonoma steal most of the limelight, Lodi in California has become “a hotbed for experimentation”, according to one key player in the region.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2019/04/lodi-has-become-a-hotbed-for-experimentation/

 

The Benefits of Using a Wine Rack

A wine rack will help the enthusiast adhere to the best practices of wine storage.

https://www.fb101.com/2019/04/the-benefits-of-using-a-wine-rack/

 

Three Great Reasons To Drink Wines Made With Organic Grapes

They look and taste the same as conventional wines, but they’re better for the earth (and us)!

https://winefolly.com/tutorial/3-great-reasons-to-drink-wines-made-with-organic-grapes/

 

Survey: Tequila drinkers more likely to cheat

The survey, which polled whiskey, Tequila, wine and beer drinkers, found that 81% of Tequila imbibers admit to cheating in a relationship. The survey also found that 34% of whiskey drinkers say they have done the same.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2019/04/survey-us-tequila-drinkers-more-likely-to-cheat/

 

 

The Macallan: a brand history

The Macallan is almost a victim of its own success, with fans complaining about being unable to get their hands on the coveted whisky. But, as The Spirits Business reports, the company has invested in production capacity to keep up with demand.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2019/04/the-macallan-a-brand-history/

 

Prosecco classifications

The Prosecco DOC production area covers the northeast Italian territories of Treviso, Venice, Vicenza, Padua and Belluno in the Veneto; and Gorizia, Pordenone, Trieste and Udine in Friuli Venezia Giulia.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2019/04/five-stunning-proseccos-from-under-10-to-over-40/7/

 

The 10 Most Popular Moscato Wine Brands In the World

Made from the Muscat family of grapes, Moscato (known as Moscatel in Spain) has a flavor profile that ranges all over the spectrum, from bone dry to syrupy sweet.

https://vinepair.com/articles/top-10-moscato-wine-brands/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=8cc1341f0b-APRIL_24_2019&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-8cc1341f0b-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-8cc1341f0b-38937345&mc_cid=8cc1341f0b&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

 

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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.com/tricks-to-avoid-looking-stupid-when-ordering-wine-in-public-2019-4

 

The Pros & Cons of Different Wine Closures

As the saying goes, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. But should you judge a wine by its closure?

https://www.winemag.com/2019/04/23/wine-closures-pros-cons/

 

Everything You Need to Know About Syrah/Shiraz

Though the spiritual homeland of this red grape is France, Syrah has been planted throughout the world to great success.

https://www.winemag.com/2019/04/23/everything-you-need-to-know-about-syrah-shiraz/

 

10 DIY Wine Racks to Store Your Bottles in Style

A little know-how and good taste make for wine storage that ages well.

https://www.countryliving.com/diy-crafts/g27149672/diy-wine-rack-ideas/

 

What’s in a wine label?

Often our first impressions of a bottle, here’s how they are fashioned

http://www.theflorentine.net/art-culture/2019/04/whats-wine-label/

 

5 WINE GADGETS ACTUALLY WORTH INVESTING IN, ACCORDING TO A SOMMELIER

As one of the most universally consumed beverages, there are a lot of gadgets on the market promising to make wine-drinking a more pleasurable experience.

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/wine-gadgets-best-accessories-sommelier-glasses-corkscrew-coravin-a8881801.html

 

The Case for Marsala

Cook with it, drink it — just don’t disregard the fortified Sicilian wine, whose name has been sullied by supermarket knockoffs.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/23/dining/marsala-wine.html

 

 

What You Need to Know About Chile’s New DOs

These four new appellations reflect the country’s growing focus on defined terroirs

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-chiles-new-dos/

 

Why scientists are studying sommeliers’ brains

Fresh research has looked at how young sommeliers develop sensory skills as part of ongoing efforts to understand potential links between an acute sense of smell and brain health.

https://www.decanter.com/wine-news/sommelier-brain-science-study-412803/

 

How Aroma Bit Can Help You Visualize Smell

This new technology is based on the Odor Imaging Sensor that works the same way your nose functions.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/akikokatayama/2019/04/23/what-if-you-can-visualize-smell-aroma-bit-does-it-for-you/#ae70db71be08

 

Extended Maceration

THIS CENTURIES’ OLD TECHNIQUE ADDS DEEP COLORS, FLAVORS AND TEXTURE FROM THE GRAPES THEMSELVES

https://www.alcoholprofessor.com/blog-posts/wine-school-extended-maceration

 

Only 27% of consumers have purchased wine online,

But here’s some ways to increase that number

https://www.starkinsider.com/2019/04/trendspotting-only-27-of-consumers-have-purchased-wine-online-but-heres-some-ways-to-increase-that-number-report.html

 

Beam Suntory relaunches website with nutritional info

The corporate website, beamsuntory.com, now offers nutritional information on brands such as Jim Beam Bourbon, Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Yamazaki Japanese whisky and Courvoisier Cognac. The information is linked to drinksmart.com, the firm’s global platform for responsible drinking.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2019/04/beam-suntory-relaunches-website-with-nutritional-info/

 

 

What to Watch for in the World of Wine

Takeaways from North America’s top international wine and spirits exhibition

https://www.theepochtimes.com/what-to-watch-for-in-the-world-of-wine_2881569.html

 

Collecting Wine and Spirits Is Pointless

There’s a common belief that if you consider yourself a wine lover, you are under some sort of moral imperative to start a wine collection.

https://vinepair.com/articles/collecting-wine-and-spirits-is-pointless/

 

Wine is flowing at furniture stores, book clubs — even at work. But is it good for you?

Wine is a popular alcohol choice with American consumers, particularly women who make up about 60 percent of wine sales, according to the Wine Market Council.

https://www.sun-sentinel.com/health/fl-ne-wine-health-20190424-story.html

 

Is High-End Rosé Really Worth the Money?

Does any rosé merit more than $50?

https://www.winemag.com/2019/04/24/high-end-rose-worth-the-money/

Spanish Wine’s Identity Crisis

The fractious politics in the Spanish wine industry is causing confusion for producers and consumers.

https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2019/04/spanish-wines-identity-crisis

Move Over Easter Bunny: There’s A Cork Hunt At Belden Barns Winery In Sonoma

Of course, this is only compelling for parents if two criteria are met: the kids have something to do, and the wines are excellent (not necessarily in the order, though maybe).

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kimwesterman/2019/04/24/move-over-easter-bunny-theres-a-cork-hunt-at-belden-barns-winery-in-sonoma/#658e6df44f98

Understanding the Premium Proseccos of Cartizze

What you need to know about the grapes, terroir, and winemaking techniques that create the area’s top-tier sparklers

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/understanding-the-premium-proseccos-of-cartizze/

How Much Do People Spend On Alcohol? An Analysis Shows How Much People In U.S. Cities Spend Over A Lifetime

Recently, Alcohol.org, an alcohol use disorder resource, looked at how much people spend on alcohol over the course of a year — and over the course of a lifetime. The results might just make your bank balance wince.

https://www.bustle.com/p/how-much-do-people-spend-on-alcohol-analysis-shows-how-much-people-in-us-cities-spend-over-a-lifetime-17136956

How the modern Champagne bottle was created

There was a time when cellarmasters wore iron masks, to save their faces from exploding glass bottles. And then, an enterprising German changed everything.

https://www.drinks-today.com/wine/general/how-modern-champagne-bottle-was-created

Skyy taps into coffee trend with new flavored vodka

Available in the US, Skyy Infusions Cold Brew Coffee has been infused with Arabica coffee beans, giving the vodka a “mild, sweet and less bitter coffee taste”.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2019/04/skyy-taps-into-coffee-trend-with-new-flavoured-vodka/

Narragansett Beer Releases Del’s Watermelon Shandy

Summertime is around the corner and the living is shandy! Narragansett Beer and Del’s Frozen Lemonade are teaming up once again to release the new Del’s Watermelon Shandy,

https://www.brewbound.com/news/narragansett-beer-releases-dels-watermelon-shandy

Beer or wine? Magic Hat hopes that millennials say both

The most influential generation of drinkers is shaking up old drink categories, pressuring brewers to come up with new flavors and tastes, such as DuVine, a beer/wine hybrid.

https://www.fastcompany.com/90339453/beer-or-wine-magic-hat-hopes-that-millennials-say-both

TOTAL WINES FIGHTS TO EXPAND INTO NEW YORK

US retailer Total Wines & More will fight to expand its footprint in New York through the state’s Supreme Court next month, after the New York State Liquor Authority refused to allow it to open a second site, in Westchester.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2019/04/total-wines-fights-to-expand-into-new-york/

New Bud Light

Bud Light will add a new Lemon Tea line extension for the summer, launching on Monday. Brewed with lemon peels and aged over black tea leaves, the 4.2% abv ale joins Bud Light Lime and Orange in AB InBev’s seasonal portfolio. Billed as a light and sessionable brew, the beer is debuting in 12-packs of slim cans, in addition to 6- and 12-packs of bottles. The cans and bottles will be labeled with ingredients and serving facts, as well as icons advertising that it was made without corn syrup—in a nod to Bud Light parent company AB InBev’s ongoing feud with MillerCoors

 

 

The Best Gifts for Beer Lovers

They deserve something more creative than your standard six-pack.

https://www.townandcountrymag.com/leisure/drinks/g27244263/gifts-for-beer-lovers/

The science behind why chocolate and beer make such a good combo – for real

Beer and chocolate? Together? Are you serious? Absolutely. Why? Well, I’m glad you asked.

https://www.food24.com/Drinks/Beer/why-beer-and-chocolate-work-so-well-together-20190426

What You Need to Know About Armenian Wines

High-profile winemakers aren’t the only ones who’ve discovered the country’s wines—here’s what to try

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-armenian-wines/?utm_campaign=SevenFifty%20Daily%20Weekly%20Digest&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=72098411&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9jypqIG5tWS4Kv5-SlYRuySIqbBWmb40TSaNE60UJnbc7riWz614fO7EMhflWDiaI9tehqjnE33vAQ7usOxhtLMTjDt2xcg2COuY5PgUAkrPh5W8U&_hsmi=72098767

6 Descriptors Beer Professionals Avoid

Hoppy, light, and funky are among the vague terms beer purveyors swap out to help customers find desired flavors and styles

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/6-descriptors-beer-professionals-avoid/?utm_campaign=SevenFifty%20Daily%20Weekly%20Digest&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=72098411&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9jypqIG5tWS4Kv5-SlYRuySIqbBWmb40TSaNE60UJnbc7riWz614fO7EMhflWDiaI9tehqjnE33vAQ7usOxhtLMTjDt2xcg2COuY5PgUAkrPh5W8U&_hsmi=72098767

The best affordable liquor, according to experts

Whether you’re trying to set up a bar in your home, make your favorite cocktail more affordable, or find a cheap but nice gift for a friend or family member, knowing which bottles of liquor you can buy without breaking the bank is good information to have.

https://www.thisisinsider.com/affordable-liquor-according-to-experts-2019-4

Officials warn public of exploding wine bottles from Eldon winery

Some bottles of wine from an Eldon winery are at risk of exploding, Missouri safety officials say.

https://www.news-leader.com/story/news/local/ozarks/2019/04/25/officials-warn-public-exploding-wine-bottles-eldon-winery/3578922002/

Wine-infused buttercream cupcakes

This sweet treat will be sure to impress at your next party!

https://wtvr.com/2019/04/25/wine-infused-buttercream-cupcakes/

Is “pay to play” wrecking wine criticism?

Pay to play journalism,” where wine, beer, and spirits and writers take samples, free trips, free meals, and who knows what else – and then write exactly what will make the producer happy.

https://www.winecurmudgeon.com/is-pay-to-play-wrecking-wine-criticism/

‘End of an era’: Sonoma’s Ravenswood tasting room to close

Constellation retained Ravenswood’s 12-acre eastside property and its tasting room. And earlier this month, employees of the tasting room say they were informed that they are being let go as of May 15.

https://www.sonomanews.com/business/9535497-181/end-of-an-era-sonomas

 

Alcohol Sales Dropped 15% In States With Medical Marijuana Laws

A joint study by researchers at two U.S. universities and one in South America claims a reduction in the U.S.’s overall alcohol consumption appears directly related to the rise of medical marijuana laws

https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomaspellechia/2018/01/22/alcohol-sales-dropped-15-percent-in-states-with-medical-marijuana-laws/?fbclid=IwAR2Is1JeEqTPE7pmjP_reeaZFl1HftxW_VCwGXjbHcdGvDGGFQjc3OQaWwA#7d60b37b5f22

 

The ‘What’s this?’ scenario

These are episodes where some smart-alecky self-proclaimed wine “expert” hands me a glass of a wine and, trying not to sound arrogant (as if!), asks me to identify it.

https://napavalleyregister.com/wine/columnists/dan-berger/dan-berger-on-wine-the-what-s-this-scenario/article_017f18bc-0c26-5f8e-a072-49e3549b1c2e.html

 

Cellar Palate Fatigue

what happens when a wine producer becomes too acclimatised to their own wines or those of their neighbors

https://spitbucket.net/2019/04/25/cellar-palate-fatigue/

What is an AVA and how does it affect the wine you drink?

California, which had its first American Viticultural Area designated by the federal government in 1981, now has 107 of them.

https://www.ocregister.com/2019/04/26/what-is-an-ava-and-how-does-it-affect-the-wine-you-drink/

 

Hot trends in wine: Understanding Rose’

There are so many different trends in wine, and types to choose from on the liquor store shelves the trusty Rose’ can get lost in the shuffle

https://www.kare11.com/video/news/local/kare11-saturday/hot-trends-in-wine-understanding-rose/89-30cf19c1-4906-4252-b025-180758d34881

All the Styles of Port Wine, Explained

Whether or not a trip to Portugal is your future, you’ve probably heard of port, the country’s signature fortified wine.

https://vinepair.com/articles/port-wine-guide-red-white/

These features could boost your home’s sale price by over 30%

Real-estate experts reveal the premium amenities that appeal most to home buyers

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https://www.marketwatch.com/story/steam-ovens-and-wine-cellars-heres-what-a-chefs-kitchen-is-really-worth-when-you-sell-your-home-2019-04-04

How Does Oak Affect the Flavor of Wine?

Since the Roman times, the use of oak in winemaking has been exercised. Originally thought of as storage vessels, winemakers discovered that the porous properties of the wood allowed an amount of oxygenation and evaporation of the wine to occur

http://www.grape-experiences.com/2019/04/how-does-oak-affect-flavor-wine/

 

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