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Liquor Industry News/Links 12-10-18

December 10, 2018

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Liquor Industry News/Links

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

By: Mark C Lenzi

CSW, CSS, CWAS, FWS, IWS*

 

12-10-2018

 

Liquor Industry Week In Review

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

This Weeks Highlights:

 

New Products

 

What Exactly Is Kosher Beer Anyway?

FIREBALL-SPIKED CUPCAKES ARE HERE TO LIGHT UP YOUR HOLIDAY SPREAD

How to Gift Wrap a Bottle of Wine 

 

AND MORE!

How Big Is Italy

https://www.wanderingitaly.com/blog/article/1063/how-big-is-italy

 

How to name a wine: a look at different approaches

Apart from their brand identities, whether these be large or small in scale, and any collective appellations that designate a place of origin for a wine, be that on the scale of a country, a region, a county or a smaller geographical entity, wine producers still have to decide what to call each of the wines that they produce.

https://les5duvin.wordpress.com/2018/11/26/how-to-name-a-wine-a-look-at-different-approaches/

 

US wine drinkers defined in six segments

US drinkers are changing their behavior towards the wine category, the US Portraits 2018 from Wine Intelligence has revealed.

http://www.harpers.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/24407/US_wine_drinkers_defined_in_six_segments.html

 

Wines $20 and under make up 51.1% of the market by value and all are growing.

 

Coffee’s bitterness is a natural warning system

It turns out that the more sensitive people are to the bitter taste of caffeine, the more coffee they drink

https://www.thecordovatimes.com/2018/11/25/coffees-bitterness-is-a-natural-warning-system/

 

A new association for Chianti Classico

Twenty-five local estates have joined to establish the San Casciano Classico Association, whose aim is the promotion and protection of winegrowing estates in the municipal area of San Casciano in Val di Pesa, in the Chianti Classico production zone.

https://www.meininger.de/en/wine-business-international/news/new-association-chianti-classico

 

Don’t Overlook Wines from the Abruzzo Region

Wine cooperatives dominate the Abruzzo region. This gives small growers more of a voice in policy decisions being made and allows them to focus on new opportunities and export.

https://hudsonvalleywinegoddess.com/dont-overlook-wines-from-the-abruzzo-region/

 

A New Era for U.S. Wine-Labeling Laws

Recent disputes find winemakers and legislators reconsidering America’s laissez-faire attitude toward veracity in wine labeling

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/a-new-era-for-u-s-wine-labeling-laws/

 

 

10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SIERRA NEVADA BREWING

Now a household name among beer drinkers, Sierra Nevada Brewing was once a one-man show.

https://vinepair.com/articles/10-things-you-should-know-about-sierra-nevada-brewing/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=b59945d24d-Nov_27_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-b59945d24d-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-b59945d24d-38937345&mc_cid=b59945d24d&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

 

Big Wine Brands vs. Independent Wineries

Did you know that much of the wine we see at supermarket chains actually stem from just a handful of major brands? It’s true – and slightly shocking. Let’s take a closer look at the differences between big brands and independent wineries to uncover how where you shop really affects the wines you see and the bottles you bring home.

https://winefolly.com/tutorial/wine-brands-vs-independent-producers/

 

Everything You Need to Know About Merlot

Here are answers to all your burning questions about one of America’s favorite red wines.

https://www.winemag.com/2018/11/26/everything-you-need-to-know-about-merlot/

 

5 Questions You’re Too Scared to Ask a Wine Expert

Ah wine. Wine, wine, wine. What would we do without you and your grapey goodness?

https://tendaily.com.au/lifestyle/life/a181126cqk/5-questions-youre-too-scared-to-ask-a-wine-expert-20181126

 

The Hottest Trends in Italian Wine

The Tre Bicchieri tasting hosted by Gambero Rosso offer a snapshot of Italy and its wines.

https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2018/11/the-hottest-trends-in-italian-wine

 

Delicato Adds To Import Stable, Taking On Schmitt Söhne

California’s Delicato Family Vineyards is expanding its imported wine portfolio, adding Germany’s Schmitt Söhne to its range effective in January. Schmitt Söhne, which previously handled its own U.S. importing, is known for Riesling and includes its namesake flagship brand, as well as Relax Wines, Fünf Wines, and the Thomas Schmitt Private Collection. Delicato will also import luxury estate wines Bischöfliche Weinguter Trier, Schloss Vollrads, Friedrich-Wilhelm-Gymnasium, and Franz Keller, which are distributed but not owned by Schmitt Söhne. Overall, the Schmitt Söhne range totals about 700,000 cases in the U.S. Delicato’s import lineup also includes Chile’s Santa Rita, which joined the portfolio in April.

 

The Evolution of Three-Tier is Here:

Liberation Distribution (LibDib) and Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) Form a New Partnership

https://libdib.com/blog/the-evolution-of-three-tier-is-here-liberation-distribution-libdib-and-republic-national-distributing-company-rndc-form-a-new-partnership/

100 Best Sonoma Wines 2018

Sonoma Magazine’s annual selection of the “Top 100 Wines of Sonoma” has been announced.

https://www.sonomamag.com/100-best-sonoma-wines-2018/

This Hidden Wine Region Is Putting the Midwest on the Wine Map

A little region best known for cherries, sprawling sand dunes, massive blue lakes, and bucolic scenery may just be America’s next great wine touring region.

https://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/wine/michigan-traverse-city-old-mission-leelanau-peninsula-wine-region-vineyards

ON THE ORIGINS OF CONSTANTIA

It’s time to introduce Constantia, the vast farm awarded to Cape commander Simon van der Stel on 13 July 1685, the sub-divisions of which go on to produce (historically) the southern hemisphere’s most famous wine, legendary sweet Constantia,

https://winemag.co.za/joanne-gibson-on-the-origins-of-constantia/comment-page-1/

11 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT PROSECCO

So before any of us makes our next Bellini (with Prosecco, ahem), let’s take some time to get to know the bubbles in the bottle.

https://vinepair.com/wine-blog/11-things-you-didnt-know-about-prosecco/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=6ecccfe538-Nov_28_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-6ecccfe538-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-6ecccfe538-38937345&mc_cid=6ecccfe538&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

This invention keeps bottled beer cold, did $1M in sales in 10 days and scored a million-dollar deal on ‘Shark Tank’

Bottlekeeper is a stainless steel bottle insulated with neoprene and padded so that it can hold a glass bottle, keep it cold and protect it from breaking if dropped.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/27/bottlekeeper-keeps-beer-cold-won-million-dollar-deal-on-shark-tank.html

This man was teased for his ‘beer belly.’ It turned out to be a 77-pound cancerous tumor.

At 300 pounds, he said, strangers had started to stare, and friends were cracking jokes about his “beer belly,” even though he said he rarely drank the beverage.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2018/11/27/this-man-was-teased-his-beer-belly-it-turned-out-be-pound-cancerous-tumor/?utm_term=.61e635acded9

Diageo unveils Baileys-flavored baking ingredients

The baking chips, which are non-alcoholic, are available from Amazon and through select retailers, and will be rolled out across the US by Easter 2019.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2018/11/diageo-unveils-baileys-flavoured-baking-ingredients/

What is natural wine and does ‘natural’ mean that it’s healthier?

Isn’t all wine technically natural? Here’s the answer to that question, and a few more questions you might have about the newest trend for wine enthusiasts:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/2018/11/27/natural-wines-what-they-and-they-healthier-than-wine/2090708002/

How wine corks are made – and why scientists are raising the alarm

In this 360 report, join us to see how wine corks are made and why scientists are worried about the future.

https://www.euronews.com/2018/11/26/how-wine-corks-are-made-and-why-scientists-are-raising-the-alarm

How to buy the right wine for someone special, according to 3 expert winemakers

We’ve all been there. A family member announces they can make it to Christmas lunch after all, or you realize a treasured friend’s big birthday is tomorrow and you haven’t yet got them a gift.

https://www.afr.com/lifestyle/food-and-wine/how-to-buy-the-right-wine-for-someone-special-20181122-h1875w

Surviving the Festive Season When It’s “Your Job” To Drink

Navigating wellness through the holiday season can trigger anxiety and stress responses in even the biggest tinsel-lover.

https://abalancedglass.com/30-days-of-discovery/2018/11/23/moderating-in-the-festive-season

How to name a wine: a look at different approaches

Apart from their brand identities, whether these be large or small in scale, and any collective appellations that designate a place of origin for a wine, be that on the scale of a country, a region, a county or a smaller geographical entity, wine producers still have to decide what to call each of the wines that they produce.

https://les5duvin.wordpress.com/2018/11/26/how-to-name-a-wine-a-look-at-different-approaches/

Let’s Talk About Sekt, Baby

Not many know Germany consumes more sparkling wine than any country on earth. Even less known are the exceptional bottles they make. Here’s your Sekt 101.

https://www.winemag.com/2018/11/27/lets-talk-about-sekt/

Finding its roots: Syrah’s success in New Zealand

While the country might be associated with Marlborough Sauvignon, New Zealand has much more to offer. Recently returned from the country, Amanda Barnes explains why Syrah is emerging as one of its most prized varieties, producing complex and cellar-worthy styles

https://blog.bbr.com/2018/11/24/finding-its-roots-syrahs-success-in-new-zealand/

The Growing Wine World: Everyone Wants In

Wine-drinkers live in all parts of the globe and the wine world needs to adapt.

https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2018/11/the-growing-wine-world-everyone-wants-in

 

The Ugly Truth About Wine Retailers

It’s common knowledge that wine wholesalers everywhere are genetically opposed to free trade and real consumer access to products.

https://fermentationwineblog.com/2018/11/the-ugly-truth-about-wine-retailers/

 

Select Board denies liquor license requests

The Needham Select Board found itself in a precarious situation back in October when two separate retailers- Volante Farms and Gordon’s Fine Wines and Liquors- requested a liquor license from the board when there was only one left to spare.

Following a month of deliberation, during which time members reviewed both applications and written input from the public, the Select Board voted on Tuesday to deny both of the applications in favor of reserving the license for future use.

http://needham.wickedlocal.com/news/20181128/select-board-denies-liquor-license-requests

 

Sip from a nip? Not in Chelsea MA

Chelsea MA this year became the first municipality in Massachusetts to ban the sale of the ubiquitous little liquor bottles, blaming them for contributing to public drunkenness in the downtown area it has worked hard to revive.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/11/29/sip-from-nip-not-chelsea/IMOLjTjTSgJrO26ghqoY1K/story.html

 

PUB BUILDS GIANT 20FT SNOWMAN OUT OF 2,000 WINE BOTTLES

The giant snowman stands alongside the pub’s gingerbread house display, first installed last year, which sees the 19th century inn covered in oversized sweets and treats made by two local artists.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/11/pub-builds-giant-20ft-snowman-out-of-2000-wine-bottles/

 

WHAT’S THE BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION ABOUT SPARKLING WINE?

From where to turn for bubbly bargains, to food pairing tips, we spoke with some of the country’s leading wine professionals about the biggest misconceptions surrounding sparkling wine.

https://vinepair.com/articles/we-asked-11-somms-whats-the-biggest-misconception-about-sparkling-wine/

 

Why Valpolicella Ripasso Is The Best Wine To Please A Crowd

Valpolicella Ripasso is often referred to as Baby Amarone

https://www.forbes.com/sites/katiebell/2018/11/28/why-valpolicella-ripasso-is-the-best-wine-to-please-a-crowd/#69e1bed76a30

 

5 uses for all that leftover holiday party wine — both red and white

Whatever you do, don’t dump that sweet elixir! Here are five quick and easy uses for all that vino.

https://www.expressnews.com/food/recipes-cooking/article/5-uses-for-all-that-leftover-holiday-party-wine-13429077.php

 

China’s Changing Taste in Wine

All told, red wine has over 80 percent of the market. Add that red is a lucky color and it essentially means all other wines are afterthoughts, right? Not necessarily.

https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2018/11/chinas-changing-taste-in-wine

 

 

Pairing Wine with Holiday Movies

Why are there so many holiday movies? Everyone rolls their eyes at most of them, there really aren’t that many good ones, and yet we continue to devour them.

https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2018/11/pairing-wine-with-holiday-movies.html

 

THIS IS WHY PROSECCO IS THE PERFECT BUBBLY FOR THE HOLIDAYS

When planning the drinks menu for your holiday gathering, the question arises: Should one serve Champagne? Sparkling cider? Seltzer-spiked cocktails? The best option, however, is something else entirely: Prosecco,!

We Have Many Types AND Levels In Stock!

https://vinepair.com/articles/this-is-why-prosecco-is-the-perfect-bubbly-for-the-holidays/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=b86afa879c-Nov_29_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-b86afa879c-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-b86afa879c-38937345&mc_cid=b86afa879c&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

 

 

The Differences Between Prosecco, Franciacorta, And Other Italian Bubbles, Explained

Here are the differences between Prosecco, Lambrusco, Franciacorta, Trentodoc, and Asti Spumante.

https://vinepair.com/articles/the-differences-between-prosecco-franciacorta-and-other-italian-bubbles-explained/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=b86afa879c-Nov_29_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-b86afa879c-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-b86afa879c-38937345&mc_cid=b86afa879c&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

 

WHY WE ‘CHRISTEN’ SHIPS BY SMASHING BOTTLES OF CHAMPAGNE AGAINST THEIR HULLS

For as long as mankind has sailed the oceans, there’s been some form of ceremony to mark the launch of a new ship

https://vinepair.com/articles/champagne-christening-new-ships/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=b86afa879c-Nov_29_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-b86afa879c-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-b86afa879c-38937345&mc_cid=b86afa879c&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

 

 

Champagne Toe-sts: The Strange History of Drinking Bubbly From Women’s Shoes

The strange, once-popular practice is said to be of Russian origin, dating back to the late 19th century.

https://vinepair.com/articles/champagne-womens-shoes/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=b86afa879c-Nov_29_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-b86afa879c-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-b86afa879c-38937345&mc_cid=b86afa879c&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

 

 

Oregon Cabernet on the rise

Internationally renowned for Pinot Noir, the quality of Oregon’s Cabernet Sauvignon has now reached “unprecedented levels,” according to several producers in the state.

http://www.harpers.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/24431/Oregon_Cabernet_on_the_rise.html

Argentina’s top grape varieties: More Malbec and Syrah

The most important grape in Argentina is Malbec and it has doubled its acreage in the last 15 years. It has now 18% of the vine surface in the country. Syrah has also increased its acreage substantially.

https://www.bkwine.com/news/argentinas-top-grape-varieties-malbec-syrah/

The wine expert and liquor store owner has been selling for 47 years, sober for 33.

I know my wines. This is my specialty – the nose knows. If I have to, I swirl and spit. And I always spit.

http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/food_wine/the-wine-expert-and-liquor-store-owner-has-been-selling/article_513806f0-f36f-11e8-9daf-ab4e0a00144a.html

One man spent a decade studying hangovers. He may have found a cure.

Forget death and taxes: Hangovers may be society’s most brutal equalizer.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/one-man-spent-a-decade-studying-hangovers-he-may-have-found-a-cure/2018/11/28/d3a56f56-f185-11e8-80d0-f7e1948d55f4_story.html?utm_term=.15e6b1e392b9

Wine By Numbers: How Cathy Huyghe Created Big Data for the Wine Industry

The ability to crunch and analyze trillions of points of data has transformed so many consumer-facing industries: retail, fitness, even groceries. So why, Cathy Huyghe wondered, had it not impacted an industry she (and many of us) loved dearly: wine?

https://hypepotamus.com/people/cathy-huyghe/

How to Gift Wrap a Bottle of Wine 

Stumped on how to wrap a bottle of wine you’re gifting for the holidays? We’ve got you covered with 3 creative ways to give your gift a personal touch.

https://video.winespectator.com/play/id/5852516410001/name/How_to_Gift_Wrap_a_Bottle_of_Wine

Is Copper Safe for Wine?

The European Union is considering severely limiting the use of copper sulfate to fight mildew in vineyards; organic farmers argue fungus will run rampant without it

https://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/Is-Copper-Safe-for-Wine

Syrah or Shiraz, what does it mean for price?

Syrah and Shiraz are made from the same variety of grapes but what you call the wine on the label has a big impact on the price, according to research by Charles Sturt University (CSU).

https://www.miragenews.com/syrah-or-shiraz-what-does-it-mean-for-price/

WU-TANG CLAN’S RAEKWON LAUNCHES LAMBRUSCO

As reported by Wine Spectator, the Wu-Tang Clan rapper has released Licataa Lambrusco in the US, which comes in a pale blue chrome bottle with an archer logo.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/11/wu-tang-clans-raekwon-launches-lambrusco/

CHAMPAGNE BOTTLE EXPLODES AS MAN TRIES TO SHOW-OFF SABERING SKILLS

A man was left red-faced after his attempt at sabrage didn’t exactly go to plan, with the bottle exploding all over him as he tried to remove the cork with a knife.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/11/watch-champagne-bottle-explodes-as-man-tries-to-show-off-sabering-skills/

How to Pretend to Know Something About Wine This Holiday Season

And Other Wine-Related Tips from American Wine Expert and Former Playboy Columnist, Dan Dunn

https://www.urbandaddy.com/articles/42948/how-to-pretend-to-know-something-about-wine-this-holiday-season

The Legalities of Hosting a Drink Event

Lawyers and event planners share tips for reducing the risk of alcohol-related accidents and limiting liability

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/the-legalities-of-hosting-a-drink-event/?utm_campaign=SevenFifty%20Daily%20Weekly%20Digest&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=67930057&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8LFoMLcli_8NF0QBucJPcXcYY7NK6QtX_mhkirznVYGUpcjUW_-z9t0d1NwcxrNmvVrdGqlLl9JJup78tQl7B9LMnDlRRHOGdYcLaEmLeDEmsKVX8&_hsmi=67930603

Do Wine Drinkers Really Trade Up?

It’s a more complicated question than you might think

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/voices/do-wine-drinkers-really-trade-up/?utm_campaign=SevenFifty%20Daily%20Weekly%20Digest&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=67930057&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8LFoMLcli_8NF0QBucJPcXcYY7NK6QtX_mhkirznVYGUpcjUW_-z9t0d1NwcxrNmvVrdGqlLl9JJup78tQl7B9LMnDlRRHOGdYcLaEmLeDEmsKVX8&_hsmi=67930603

FIREBALL-SPIKED CUPCAKES ARE HERE TO LIGHT UP YOUR HOLIDAY SPREAD

Fireball Cinnamon Whisky-dosed cupcakes are here, and all you have to do to make the dream come true is add Fireball to your cake batter.

https://vinepair.com/booze-news/fireball-spiked-cupcakes-are-lit/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=18f7fc6201-NOV_30_2018_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-18f7fc6201-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-18f7fc6201-38937345&mc_cid=18f7fc6201&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

 

 

What makes a wine vintage?

Knowing the differences between various vintages is of paramount importance to wine collectors

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/food-and-drink/wine/expert-guide/what-makes-a-vintage-wine/

What Exactly Is Kosher Beer Anyway?

When it comes to beer, though, the rules start to get a bit fuzzier.

https://oct.co/essays/kosher-beer-hanukkah-101

 

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Bloody Marys Require Restraint

 

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INHALABLE ALCOHOLIC BALLOONS TO LAUNCH ON INDIEGOGO

Cloud Buzz is described as a “refreshing” way to enjoy shots of all spirits, served in specially designed balloons that are pressurized, and contain vaporized premixed spirits inside.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/11/inhalable-alcoholic-balloons-to-launch-on-indiegogo/

MEXICAN TEQUILA REGULATORS NOT A FAN OF ELON MUSK’S ‘TESLAQUILA’

As reported by Reuters, Mexico’s Tequila Regulatory Council (CRT) is worried the name will confuse consumers, as “‘Teslaquila’ evokes the word tequila … [and] tequila is a protected word.”

https://vinepair.com/booze-news/mexican-tequila-regulators-teslaquila/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=5991a86be4-Nov_19_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-5991a86be4-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-5991a86be4-38937345&mc_cid=5991a86be4&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

Bloody Marys Require Restraint

The Bloody Mary is the most inconsistently made cocktail

https://vinepair.com/articles/dos-donts-bloody-mary-recipe/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=5991a86be4-Nov_19_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-5991a86be4-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-5991a86be4-38937345&mc_cid=5991a86be4&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

 

AB INBEV WANTS TO SELL YOU A KEURIG FOR PRE-MIXED COCKTAILS

Drinkworks, a joint venture between the single-serving coffee machine maker, and Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), announced a new pod-based drinks maker.

https://vinepair.com/booze-news/ab-inbev-pre-mixed-cocktails/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=5991a86be4-Nov_19_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-5991a86be4-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-5991a86be4-38937345&mc_cid=5991a86be4&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

 

Is Less Really More for Wine Labels?

Wine labels have a habit of being dense and over-complicated.

https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2018/11/is-less-really-more-for-wine-labels

 

New Industry Podcast

Pernod Ricard has launched a new podcast highlighting happenings across its portfolio. The bi-weekly podcast will run every other Wednesday, hosted by Tavarus Hogans, Pernod’s manager of performance and learning, and will center on “Four Key Things To Know” each week, including timely, seasonal products in the portfolio alongside material on new-and-noteworthy launches.

 

 

Brands are clueless about what consumers think are important (And the consequences can be disastrous)

 

THE UNLAMENTED DISAPPEARANCE OF RAISIN BLANC

The chances are, of course, that at least 90% percent of Winemag’s readership have never heard of raisin blanc

https://winemag.co.za/tim-james-the-unlamented-disappearance-of-raisin-blanc/

 

Do You Know Verdicchio and Le Marche, Italy Are Quietly Famous?

Some might even say it’s a best kept secret, but I don’t mind letting this secret out of the bag…

https://www.wine-blog.org/index.php/2018/11/18/do-you-know-verdicchio/

 

Wine without grapes

For thousands of years, wine has been a product that has played a role in festivities, religious events and day to day life. While some of those wines have been made from other fruit sources, the majority have relied on the production of grapes. Could this be set to change?

https://www.ruralnewsgroup.co.nz/wine-grower/wg-general-news/wine-without-grapes

 

Wine Spectator Unveils The Top 100 Wines Of 2018

After revealing its Top 10 Wines of 2018 in a countdown last week, Wine Spectator has now published its full Top 100 Wines list for the year.

Each year, Wine Spectator editors survey the wines reviewed over the previous 12 months and select the Top 100, based on quality, value, availability, and excitement. This annual list honors successful wineries, regions, and vintages around the world.

For detailed profiles of the 2018 picks, check out the complete Top 100 Wines of 2018 package in the upcoming December 31, 2018, issue of Wine Spectator, which hits newsstands on December 4.

 

New Wine

Cooper & Thief Cellarmasters, part of the Constellation portfolio, has launched a new Cooper & Thief Cabernet Sauvignon ($60) that has aged six months in rye whiskey barrels from Constellation’s High West Distillery in Utah. This is the third entry in Cooper & Thief’s line of wines aged in spirits barrels, joining the Red Blend (primarily Merlot and Syrah) aged in ex-Bourbon barrels and Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc aged in former Casa Noble Añejo Tequila barrels.

 

9 QUESTIONS ABOUT BEAUJOLAIS YOU’RE TOO EMBARRASSED TO ASK

Made from acidic and fruity Gamay, Beaujolais is lighter-bodied and lower-alcohol than most reds, and offers a (relatively) inexpensive alternative to similar styles from nearby Burgundy.

https://vinepair.com/articles/best-beaujolais-nouveau-2018-wine-guide/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=078c766b04-Nov_20_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-078c766b04-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-078c766b04-38937345&mc_cid=078c766b04&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

9 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT TECATE

Tecate is more than a Mexican lager. The self-described “true champion of men” claims to provide legendary nights, lifelong memories, and an ideal grilling companion. It also, somehow, thinks it is the perfect light lager for ladies.

https://vinepair.com/articles/tecate-beer-mexico-review-meaning/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=078c766b04-Nov_20_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-078c766b04-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-078c766b04-38937345&mc_cid=078c766b04&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

What Buyers Need to Know About Gose

A primer on the little-known sour beer style, which is seeing explosive growth in the American craft market

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/what-buyers-need-to-know-about-gose/?utm_campaign=SevenFifty%20Daily%20Weekly%20Digest&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=67635657&_hsenc=p2ANqtz–5in0dX6FM–93P_xf8i-SzKy3YwcYXS3A175YvfZYAr1FnhZsSqjqoLbQLMnDjixAuPlnLcOjjsx6wbWggHOB4FYkq5yrrdqRk34AryirlKoS49M&_hsmi=67635802

Feds shut down controversial Elouan wine labels

Wineries are forbidden from referring to specific Oregon winegrowing regions on their labels and marketing materials if the grapes are trucked from Oregon to California for production. All such wines are limited to using the word “Oregon” to describe their point of origin.

https://www.oregonlive.com/wine/index.ssf/2018/11/feds_lower_boom_on_controversi.html

THE ENTHUSIAST 100 OF 2018

The Enthusiast 100 is the apex of our yearly round-ups, offering an impressive collection that represents some of the top wines reviewed this year

https://www.winemag.com/toplists/enthusiast-top-100-wines-2018/

PORTUGAL RECORDS ‘LOWEST WINE PRODUCTION OF THE LAST TWO DECADES’

Reduction in yields was blamed on a heatwave in August and heavy rains that interrupted harvesting in October, as well as flash floods and storms in the Douro.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/11/portugal-records-lowest-wine-production-of-the-last-two-decades/

 

CHINA LAUNCHES ITS OWN WINE RATING SYSTEM

The Chinese wine rating system will use a scoring scale of 10 points, different from the more popular 100 point system favoured by critics such as Robert Parker and James Suckling

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/11/china-launches-its-own-wine-rating-system/

 

TOP WINE TRENDS FOR 2019

While a trend for veganism looks set to dominate the hospitality industry, will 2019 be the year it makes a significant mark on the drinks industry?

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/11/bibendum-top-wine-trends-for-2019/

 

How To Not Be A Boring Wine Person

How to not be boring, when it comes to all things wine for the holidays.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/cathyhuyghe/2018/11/20/how-to-not-be-a-boring-wine-person/#9c589cc7a6ef

 

 

Keep an eye out for unusual varietals

The U.S. wine culture, one of the world’s youngest, has relied on a few grapes for its table wines. Wine regions in many other areas make table wines from far more grape varieties than most Americans ever imagined.

https://www.pressdemocrat.com/lifestyle/8976220-181/berger-on-wine-keep-an

 

Top 10 Reasons Wine Lovers Can Be Thankful

Interesting read

https://fermentationwineblog.com/2018/11/top-10-reasons-wine-lovers-can-be-thankful/

 

 

The Best White Wines For Red Wine Drinkers

Wine drinkers often times pick a side: Team Red or Team White. Red enthusiasts, who make up 58% of the American population

https://www.thrillist.com/drink/nation/best-white-wines-for-red-wine-drinkers

Holiday Wine Pairing Guide

Sharing good food enriched with even better drink, the holidays seem to make their own memories.

https://www.modernrestaurantmanagement.com/holiday-wine-pairing-guide-infographic/

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Costco’s Wine

Here are seven things I learned about Costco’s wine. Did you know these things?

https://www.thekitchn.com/costco-wine-secrets-shopping-tips-262993

The 18 wine regions of Oregon, from green valleys to the high desert

When we talk about Oregon wine country, we are typically speaking about one place: the Willamette Valley.

https://www.oregonlive.com/expo/life-and-culture/erry-2018/11/40a837e3663598/the-18-wine-regions-of-oregon.html

 

Top 100 Aromas in Wine – A to Z

This is, for a large part, why many wine lovers, winos and amateurs think wine is one of the finest and most-interesting foods out there! —

http://socialvignerons.com/2018/05/08/top-100-aromas-in-wine-a-to-z/#prettyPhoto

 

 

Is Your Wine Collection Insured? Probably Not!

On average, the value of the wine cellars of self-described wine connoisseurs is between $50,000 and $100,000. The total value of collectible wines and spirits in private hands has been estimated to be between $5 and $10 billion. Less than 10% of those collections are insured.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/joemicallef/2018/11/24/is-your-wine-collection-insured-probably-not/#2793b4aa2010

 

Organic wine market set to grow dramatically over next five years

According to Reuters, sales of organic wine are forecast to top 1 billion bottles by 2022, up from 676 million last year and nearly three times the 349 million bottles sold in 2012.

https://europe.businesschief.com/leadership/2380/Organic-wine-market-set-to-grow-dramatically-over-next-five-years

 

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