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Liquor Industry News/Links 9-27-13

September 27, 2013

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Friday September 27th 2013

Today’s Liquor Industry News/Links

By: Mark C Lenzi CSW


New Biodynamic Wine Film

Between passion and poetry, this film traces the life of winemakers who have chosen to live closer to nature. It depicts remarkably biodynamic issues.

Just ordered mine!

Get to Know Sparkling Italian Wine

Another Great Winefolly Blog

4 Wine Styles To Rule Them All, Which one fits you?

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Wine Book Review–Jon Bonné’s “The New California Wine”

Winemaker Perspective: “People that rate wines… are not understood” (Video)

Why wine critics and the 100 point system are here to stay, despite the rising influence of social media and crowd-sourcing.

Best Vodka Cocktails this Fall


The world of gaming came alive recently with the launch of Grand Theft Auto 5, but what cocktail should you be drinking with this and other games?


American football team the Philadelphia Eagles have launched a wine to celebrate their 80 anniversary


25th September, 2013 by Lucy Shaw

Skinnygirl, the low-calorie wine and pre-mix cocktail brand founded by US reality TV star Bethenny Frankel, has added a Prosecco to its ever-expanding line-up.


New Angry Orchard Flavor

Boston Beer Co.’s Angry Orchard cider brand is releasing Green Apple, a new year-round entry made with American-grown apples. Featuring tart, green apple flavors balanced with notes of kiwi and honeydew, the 5%-abv offering is launching this fall alongside Cinnful Apple, a spiced seasonal cider also made with American fruit. Cinnful Apple will be available nationwide through February, while Green Apple will initially be in limited release, with a nationwide rollout slated for early 2014. Both ciders will be available in six-packs and 12-packs, priced at $7.99-$9.99 a six-pack. The pair, which mark Angry Orchard’s first foray into American-sourced ciders, join the brand’s existing Crisp Apple, Traditional Dry and Apple Ginger entries, its Elderflower seasonal and its Cider House Collection series, all of which are made with European apples.

Hollywood & Vine? The Latest in Wine Themed Movies

The world’s most marked-up wines

By Kate Parham | Compass – Tue, Sep 24, 2013 5:00 PM EDT

French Wine Test Finds Pesticides in Each of 92 Bottles Analyzed

By Rudy Ruitenberg – Sep 25, 2013 10:50 AM ET

Laboratory testing of 92 French wines from across the country found pesticide traces in every bottle, including those made from organically-grown grapes, consumer organization UFC-Que Choisir reported.

The Wine Advocate is measurably less influential than sommeliers, wine shop assistants, and the Wine Spectator, when it comes to taking wine advice, according to a new survey.

The “Exciting” World of Alcohol Industry Statistics

cork recycle

12 Things You Should Know about Sake

Did You Wine Know… How Wine Gets Its Flavor

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Liquor Industry News/Links 9-24-13

September 24, 2013



Tuesday September 24th 2013

Today’s Liquor Industry News/Links

By: Mark C. Lenzi CSW

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Today Is A Biodynamic ROOT Day



20th September, 2013 by Andy Young

A 61-year-old man in Texas has stunned medical experts in the US, after they discovered he was making his own home brew – in his stomach.

Woodford Reserve Adds Rare Kentucky Malt Whiskies To Master’s Collection

Brown-Forman’s Woodford Reserve Bourbon brand is releasing a pair of limited edition malt whiskies as part of its Master’s Collection series this November. Known as The Double Malt Selections, the pair—said to be the first fully matured whiskies crafted from malt in Kentucky since Prohibition—include a Straight Malt whiskey matured in new barrels and a Classic Malt whiskey aged in used barrels, offering consumers the opportunity to compare the two aging methods. The individually numbered whiskies are both bottled at 90.4-proof, priced at $99.99 a 750-ml., and will be released in major U.S. metro markets and select international locations.

The Double Malt Selections mark the eighth release in Woodford Reserve’s Master’s Collection, following the launch of the brand’s Four Grain, Sonoma-Cutrer Finish, Sweet Mash, Seasoned Oak, Maple Wood Finish, Rare Rye and Four Wood offerings. An Impact “Hot Prospect,” Woodford Reserve has seen its volume upswing accelerate in each of the past two years, improving from a 9% advance in 2010 to an 18% increase in 2011. In 2012, the brand rose 23% to 181,000 cases, according to Impact Databank.


24th September, 2013 by Lucy Shaw

50 Shades of Grey author E L James has launched a range of wines inspired by the erotic trilogy.

Moët Hennessy’s Cloudy Bay Extends Beyond Marlborough With New Pinot Noir

Upscale New Zealand winery Cloudy Bay, part of the Moët Hennessy USA portfolio, is expanding its product line with a new ultra-premium Pinot Noir, representing its first new wine in more than two decades, and a branching out from its home Marlborough region.

Sourced from Central Otago’s Bannockburn, Bendigo and Lowburn subregions, Cloudy Bay’s new Pinot is named Te Wahi, translating to “our place” in Maori. The new extension is hitting Chicago and Dallas in October, with New York and other key markets to be added next March. Retailing at $75 a bottle, Te Wahi is Cloudy Bay’s first new wine since Te Koko Sauvignon Blanc ($52) in 1991. The line also includes a Sauvignon Blanc ($28), Chardonnay ($32) and Pinot Noir ($39) varietals. Led by its Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, Cloudy Bay has averaged 25,000-30,000 cases in the U.S. in recent years and has earned 15 scores of 90+ from Wine Spectator.

Cloudy Bay winemaker Tim Heath says Te Wahi is a more masculine expression of Pinot characterized by black fruit flavors, contrasting with the more feminine style of the brand’s Marlborough-sourced offering. “Te Wahi represents a very different and original expression of Pinot for Cloudy Bay,” he says. “It’s driven by place and the new possibilities that are out there for New Zealand Pinot Noir.”

In addition to Te Wahi, Cloudy Bay is also prepping single- and double-bottle “Rare Nature” gift box sets for several varieties for a February 2014 rollout. Designed by New Zealand artist Hayley King, the “Rare Nature” packaging depicts the native flora and fauna of the Marlborough region.

Craft on Pace for 17 Share of Massachusetts Beer Market

Posted September 19, 2013 at 12:33 PM by Chris Furnari

Fruit fly pest threatens Veneto vineyards

Friday 20 September 2013 by Caroline Gilby MW


A Review Of Wines In China And Its History

By Jancis Robinson

Cupcake wine review 2013: Blog

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New Moonshine

Idaho’s Grand Teton Vodka distillery is adding a line of moonshines and a cherry-infused vodka amidst an expansion project that will see its facility double to 5,000 square feet. According to the Idaho State Journal, Grand Teton Moonshine will include unflavored, Huckleberry and Apple Pie Spice variants and sell for $19.95 a 750-ml. jug. The distiller’s new Cherry vodka will be priced at $14.95 a 375-ml. Other projects on the horizon include a Teton Highland Single Malt Whiskey, which Grand Teton expects to begin laying down for aging by next spring. Grand Teton says it has shipped 2,000 cases over the past 12 months and expects to triple production next year.


Fall Whiskey Trend Alert: Maple Is the New Honey

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24th September, 2013 by Andy Young

Two engineers in the US have gone on to crowd-funding website Kickstarter to try and raise money for their new gadget, which they claim can chill a beer in less than a minute.

Watch The Video Of The Spin Chill!

New beer show ‘Brew Dogs’ will have you thirsty for more

Starts Tonight

The 25 Beers You Need to Drink This Fall

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Corks, Screwcaps and Wine Culture

French/American group concurs: We can all get along

by Jane Firstenfeld

Man dials ‘911’ over wine emergency after bar serves him glass with bits of cork in it

Officers say a drunk dialed 999 — the U.K.’s 911 — to demand officers intervene at a pub in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. His complaint? He wanted a refund on his drink.


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Liquor Industry News/Links 9-20-13

September 20, 2013

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Friday September 20th 2013

Today’s Liquor Industry News/Links

By: Mark C Lenzi CSW


Your bottle of fine corked wine have bouquet of a wet dog?

 Here’s why:

Friends most influential in wine buying decision

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Feeling tipsy? New apps read blood alcohol levels, hail a taxi

Breathometer, for iPhones and Android smartphones, and BACtrack, for iPhones, display a user’s blood alcohol level within seconds on smartphone-connected breathalyzers.

What Did The Ancient Greek God of Wine Drink?

Another Great Article From Wine Folly

Does Bottle Variation Exist?

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Forbes magazine has published its top 100 most innovative companies, but which drinks companies appeared on the list?

Gansett Fall Beer Is Out

Providence, Rhode Island’s Narragansett Beer has relaunched returning fall seasonal Narragansett Fest in select U.S. markets. Billed as a traditional German Oktoberfest-style beer, Narragansett Fest is brewed with Vienna, Pilsner and Light and Dark Munich malts and Northern Brewer and Tettnanger hops. The 5.5%-abv offering is currently available on draft and in 16-ounce cans across the New England, New York, New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., North Carolina, Florida and Wisconsin markets, as well as in Nashville, Tennessee, for the first time. In addition to Fest, Narragansett’s lineup includes its Porter, Bock and Summer seasonals and the brand’s core Lager, Light and Cream labels

Where Do Wine Tannins Come From? Tannosomes

Scientists discover new plant organelles that produce key wine compounds


MA Wine Direct Shipment Update

In Massachusetts wine lovers continue to wait and wait and wait for a chance to purchase wine from out of state sources. This is despite the fact that a bill, HB 294, has been introduced to fix what was determined to be an unconstitutional restriction on free trade in wine in that state. Authored by Rep. Ted Speliotis, the bill would allow out of state wineries to ship wine to MA residents. However, as written, the bill would ban MA consumers from having French, Italian, German, Spanish or any other imported wines shipped into the state due to the bill’s ban on consumers having wine shipped to them from out of state retailers. AWCC supports HB 294, but will seek amendments. CLICK HERE to read AWCC’s action alert on HB 294.


19th September, 2013 by Gabriel Savage

Warwick Ross, producer of new wine documentary Red Obsession, has revealed how reluctant many of the Bordeaux first growths were to be interviewed for the project.

Florida’s Key West To Get First Legal Distillery

Key West, Florida, once a haven for rum smugglers during the Prohibition era,is set to get its first legal distillery with the debut of Chef Distilled, a new craft spirits company. The brainchild of chef and professional kiteboarder Paul Menta, Chef Distilled is located in a 2,500-square-foot former Coca-Cola bottling plant and plans to begin operations early next month. Menta says initial production will be around eight to 10 110-bottle batches a week.

Chef Distilled’s first offering will be a white rum called Legal Rum (around $22), which will initially be available in the South Florida market, handled by Opici Family Distributing. Menta hopes to start shipping to retail by November. “Legal Rum will be our bread and butter, because that’s what the distributor is concerned about and what everyone wants,” says Menta, adding that additional rum entries—including locally sourced flavor infusions and other specialties—will be available onsite at the distillery. Offshoots currently being considered include vanilla crème brûlée and Spanish lime infusions, and Menta is also planning on launching a “raw” rum bottled straight from the still, as well as a barrel-aged offering.

Chef Distilled’s launch follows the recent passage of a new law allowing Florida craft distilleries to sell directly to the public. The legislation, which went into effect this summer, limits sales to two bottles a year per consumer and defines a craft distiller as producing less than 75,000 gallons annually.


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Americans Are Starting To Hate Beer

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Aaron Taube

Sep. 19, 2013

Millennials’ changing tastes are loosening beer’s stranglehold on the U.S. alcohol market.

That’s the story from Ad Age’s E.J. Schultz, who reports that the growth in popularity of wine and spirits has caused beer’s share of the total domestic booze market to plummet by more than 7% since 1999.

Now, beer makes up just 48.8% of alcohol sales in the U.S. In other words, for the first time in decades, a majority of Americans are NOT choosing beer as their No.1 booze.

Chief among the victims are the two biggest beer manufacturers, MillerCoors and Anheuser-Busch InBev, who are losing market share not only to novelty flavored liquors – like Smirnoff Cinna-Sugar Twist – but also to craft beers that have fragmented the market. “Eight of the top 10 u.s. beer brands lost share at stores in the 52 weeks ended Aug. 11,” Ad Age notes, referring to brands like Budweiser, Bud Light, and Coors Light.

In March, Budweiser’s market testing began questioning “the very nature” of its beer, but Ad Age suggests that the answer to reversing the beer industry’s fortunes could be to produce more creative, less sexist advertising.

Women make up just 20% of the beer drinking market, a problem that could be attributable to campaigns like Miller Lite’s “Man Law” ads that branded beer-drinking as a strictly male pursuit and Coors Light’s “Twins” commercials that proudly objectified women.

As evidenced by Guinness’ fantastic wheelchair basketball ad that launched a few weeks back, the industry is working to produce ads with fewer cheap laughs and scantily clad women. If the industry can present beer-drinking as something a woman might also like to do, it just might be able to turn things around.

Wine myths: don’t believe everything you drink

Always serve red wine at room temperature? Port and cheese are perfect partners? Hamish Anderson punctures the five biggest myths about wine.

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Liquor Industry News/Links 9-17-13

September 17, 2013

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Tuesday September 17th 2013

Today’s Liquor Industry News/Links

By: Mark C Lenzi CSW


Today Is A Biodynamic ROOT Day

But Tonight Is A FLOWER Night.

Great To Taste Or Drink Wine!


Like a good wine: How your age affects your hangover

Contrary to popular belief, older people are less likely to report experiencing a hangover after a night of drinking, according to a new study from Denmark.


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Smarter Kids Are Smart Enough to Avoid Alcohol and Drugs, Right?

Maybe not. The latest study of twins shows that early bloomers may become heavier drinkers who start chugging earlier in life.

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Cheers! Alcohol doesn’t Cause Depression, Study Finds

Researchers from Australia say that there is no evidence that excess alcohol consumption can cause depression. The study was based on genetic mutations associated with lower alcohol tolerance.

Little to cheer for brewer as bug threatens Germany’s Oktoberfest

To the horror of German beer drinkers and producers alike, a potentially lethal bacteria has been found in the waste water at the Warsteiner brewer, the largest family-owned beer maker in the country.

An Italian Red Wine’s Star Turn

Intensely aromatic as well as affordable, Nero d’Avola just might be the next Malbec. Always in stock at Franklin Liquors!


16th September, 2013 by Lucy Shaw

Chinese former NBA basketball star Yao Ming has added a new red wine to his Yao Family Wines portfolio at his most wallet-friendly price point yet.

Establishing a ‘Cellar’

Advice on Starting A Wine Collection

 Society of Wine Educators

Certified Specialist Of Wine On Staff

How many tasting rooms are enough?

How Many Napa Tasting Rooms Are Too Many?

Dallas Businesswoman and Educator

Is the First and Only Texas Resident to Achieve

The Coveted Title of Master of Wine

Making wine in Maine all about having fun for Younity Winery owner

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New Black Velvet Flavors

Constellation’s Black Velvet Canadian whisky is launching a new flavor extension, Cinnamon Rush, into national distribution beginning this month. Available in 1-liter, 750-ml. and 50-ml. sizes, Cinnamon Rush is 70%-abv and retails at $12.49 a 750-ml. Constellation says Cinnamon Rush is geared toward the shot occasion—where it will take on Sazerac’s Fireball, Hood River’s SinFire and Brown-Forman’s Early Times Fire Eater, among other cinnamon-flavored brands—as well as cocktails. Cinnamon Rush is joined in the Black Velvet flavor stable by Toasted Caramel, which debuted a year ago.


Scientists ‘fingerprint’ firewater to bust US whiskey fraud

It’s usually something we associate with the latest season of CSI Miami but US scientists have now mastered the art of ‘fingerprinting’ fire water to help crack whisky fraud.


17th September, 2013 by Patrick Schmitt

North America will become New Zealand’s largest market for wine within two years according to Philip Gregan, CEO of New Zealand Winegrowers.


17th September, 2013 by Lucy Shaw

The presence of cork taint in wine shuts off signals from our noses to our brains, preventing the ability to detect other odours, Japanese scientists have found.

Great Joke On Video

Mans Friends Install Beer Kegs To All Water Lines In Home

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Liquor Industry News/Links 9-14-13

September 14, 2013

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Saturday September 14th 2013

Todays Liquor Industry News/Links

By: Mark C Lenzi CSW


No Biodynamic Rating Today’s Top Pumpkin Beers 2013

The Top Pumpking Beers Of 2013

We Have The #1 And Many Others In Stock


New Bud Light Cranberry Rita

Anheuser-Busch is extending its Bud Light Lime range with a new flavor, Cran-Brrr-Rita. The new release will be a winter seasonal, available across the U.S. in November and December in 12-packs of 8-ounce cans and single 25-ounce cans. A-B initially launched Bud Light Lime Lime-A-Rita in spring 2012 and saw it jump out to 7.3 million (2.25-gallon) cases in volume last year, according to Impact Databank estimates. Nearly a year later it followed up with Straw-Ber-Rita. Both innovations have been performing well in the U.S. of late, according to A-B, which reported that the two achieved a combined market share of 1.1% (based on sales to retailers) in the company’s fiscal second quarter ending in June.


New Sweet Potato Pumpkin Spice Vodka

Polish potato vodka brand Spud Vodka has added Spud Sweet Potato Pumpkin Spice to its flavor portfolio. Featuring sweet potato, vanilla and clove notes, the new, gluten-free expression is priced at around $22.99 a 750-ml. Sweet Potato Pumpkin joins the existing Spud lineup, which includes the brand’s core unflavored option, as well as its Red Hot Chili Pepper, Ginger Lemongrass and Heirloom Tomato offerings. Spud vodka was launched nationwide across the U.S. and in Canada in June 2012.



So, what the heck are “wholesale price restrictions?”

These regulations involve restrictions on price practices that would make cheap alcohol readily available.  Cheap alcohol usually increases consumption and problems, particularly among youth.  These include:

.         Restrictions on volume discounts.   Wholesalers are precluded from offering discounts for purchasing in large volume.

.         Uniform pricing.  Wholesalers must offer the same price to all retailers no matter how large or small.

.         Minimum pricing or mark-ups.  States that own part or all of the alcohol business usually mark-up prices by some minimum level.

.         Post and hold.  This is a requirement that wholesalers publish their prices and stick to those prices for a period of time (e.g. 30 days)

.         Credit bans.  This prevents wholesalers from extending credit to some retailers which can be used as a way to manipulate prices.

Not all states have these policies.  For more information visit the Alcohol Policy Information System,

Which Vodka Bottle Do Americans Find ‘Sexiest’? And Why Should We Care?

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New Buffalo Trace Release

Buffalo Trace Distillery will release its 2013 Antique Collection in the coming weeks. It will feature five limited release whiskies of varying age statements, recipes and proofs, priced at $70 each. This year’s collection includes Eagle Rare 17 Year Old, distilled in 1993 and aged for 19 years; George T. Stagg, an uncut, unfiltered 128.2-proof Bourbon distilled in 1997; Sazerac Rye 18 Year Old; Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye, an uncut and unfiltered straight rye whiskey; and William Larue Weller, the collection’s uncut, unfiltered, wheated Bourbon, distilled in 2001 and released at 136.2 proof. Buffalo Trace has been offering its Antique Collection annually for over a decade.

What does wine production really mean?

Why Red Bull and vodka is a recipe for trouble: Mixing alcohol and energy drinks could be even more harmful than previously thought

Mixing alcohol with energy drinks to get a bigger hit could be more harmful than research currently suggests, claims a leading psychologist.

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Inventor Cracks Open Beer-Can IP Suit Against MillerCoors

Source: Law 360

By Allissa Wickham

September 12, 2013

An Arizona man hit MillerCoors LLC with an infringement suit Wednesday in Texas federal court, claiming the company is ripping off his patent for a vented beer can that creates a smoother pour.


13th September, 2013 by Rupert Millar

A range of glassware has been developed which, its creators claim, can detect the addition of “date rape” drugs.

New Kahlua Seasonal Flavor

Pernod Ricard-owned Kahlúa liqueur has launched its newest seasonal, Pumpkin Spice. Priced at $16.99 a 750-ml. bottle, the extension will be available from September through December 31. It features a blend of autumnal spices and pumpkin with 100% Arabica coffee and sugarcane rum. Pumpkin Spice joins returning flavor Peppermint Mocha in the Kahlúa’s lineup of seasonally available liqueurs, as well as the core coffee-infused liqueur, Cinnamon Spice, French Vanilla, Mocha, Hazelnut, Especial and Midnight expressions, which are available year-round. Last year, Kahlúa was down 4.8% in the U.S. market to 939,000 nine-liter cases (excluding the Ready-To-Drink and to-go Iced Coffee extensions), according to Impact Databank.

I Hate CA Wine Country Video

Comedian Suzi Barrett is guzzling the Golden State hate-orade again in the third installment of her “I Hate California” series. This week’s target? California’s beautiful wine country. Warning: Barrett uses the f-word. A lot.

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Liquor Industry News/Links 9-10-13

September 10, 2013


Tuesday September 10th 2013

Todays Liquor Industry News/Links

By: Mark C Lenzi CSW


Today Is A Biodynamic FLOWER Day

Great To Taste Or Drink Wine!


Sustainability certification program grows across Oregon

All About LIVE (Low-Input Viticulture and Enology)

12 Reasons Why Wine Is Better Than Men

Men Will Even Find These Funny!

6 Signs Your Bottle of Wine’s Gone Bad

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Top 8 best value wine picks

From Dayton Business Page

We Have 6 of 8 In Stock!

WineAlign Announces National Wine Awards of Canada 2013 Results

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Guinness beer ad has heart, may make men cry (Video)

there are some similarities between the Guinness ad and this one below for a milk products company. You be the judge.

Grand Marnier releasing a raspberry peach version

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Pinnacle® Vodka Introduces New Innovations And Brings Back Popular Pumpkin Pie Flavor In Time For Fall And The Festive Holiday Season

Celebrate This Fall and Winter with Pinnacle Vodka’s Caramel Apple, Peachberry Cobbler, Pecan Pie, Salted Caramel, Peppermint Bark and Pumpkin Pie

By Pinnacle Vodka

Published: Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2013 – 6:11 am

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Hardys owners splash out $15m to revitalise brand

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Apps for wine lovers find their social side

Jon Bonné

Published 4:35 pm, Friday, September 6, 2013

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Consumer Perceptions of Sulfites in Wine: How this Perception Influences Purchase Decisions

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New Rums

Cruzan rum has officially unveiled a trio of blended aged rums under its new super-premium Distiller’s Collection range. Rolling out this month, the lineup includes Cruzan’s new Estate Diamond Dark and Estate Diamond Light rums (each priced at $19.99 a 750-ml.), both of which are aged between five and 12 years. The range also includes returning expression Cruzan Single Barrel ($29.99), which is made from a blend of vintage rums aged up to 12 years and bottled one cask at a time. The trio, which are all intended to be consumed neat, on the rocks or in cocktails, marks Cruzan’s latest effort to move upmarket, following the brand’s debut of premium rum horchata entry Velvet Cinn ($20) this summer. Last year, Cruzan was up 3.4% to 750,000 cases in the U.S., according to Impact Databank.

New Early Times Bottle

Brown-Forman is introducing a new Hunter’s Edition bottle series for its Early Times Kentucky Whisky brand into national distribution this month. Early Times’ 2013 Hunter’s Edition is packaged in a brown and green camouflage design, celebrating sportsmen and the great outdoor traditions. The 80-proof, limited edition offering retails at $11.99 a 750-ml. Early Times’ U.S. depletions were down 1% to 564,000 cases in 2012, according to Impact Databank.


Fraunhofer optical sorter promises ‘exactly the wine you want’

Scientists at Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute have developed an optical sorter that they claim can significantly improve the quality of wine grapes and thus wines such as Riesling.


10th September, 2013 by Andy Young

A feral pig has caused havoc at an Australian campsite after drinking up to 18 cans of beer and then going on a drunken rampage.

Toxic and GMO Ingredients In Your Beer?

September 9, 2013

Bluffer’s Guide to Wine Tasting

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Drink of the Gods: Wine in the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean

the religious, cultural, and social importance of wine across the centuries.


Chardonnay and Botrytis

Chardonnay is less vulnerable to botrytis than those varieties, but it’s not impervious.

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120+ Most Common Wine Descriptions (Infographic)

Wine Folly

September is National Honey Month, and a great way to add more honey to your diet is to incorporate it into your cocktails. Honey happens to be a natural cure for a range of diseases.

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Liquor Industry News/Links 9-9-13

September 9, 2013

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Monday September 9th 2013

Todays Liquor Industry News/Links

By: Mark C Lenzi


Today Is A Biodynamic ROOT Morning

And A FLOWER Late Night

Great To Taste Or Drink Wine Later Tonight


That’s the spirit: Snake preserved in wine for 3 months bites woman

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Wine for One: Interesting High End Single Serve

W1NE is a partnership between Steelhead Vineyards owner Dan Leese and long-time wine collector, and Hall of Fame baseball player, Joe Morgan who both realized the enormous untapped opportunity to expose more consumers to super-premium wine in casual settings, such as ballparks, through this unique new bottle

Get a taste of the land in Canada’s wine regions


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With Wild Turkey Spiced, Campari America Targets Rum Giants’ Turf

Campari America has extended its Wild Turkey brand with Wild Turkey Spiced, a new flavored Bourbon offering intended to compete against spiced rums. Retailing at $22.99 a 750-ml., Wild Turkey Spiced’s sweet and spicy profile is said to resemble spiced rum and is suggested to be consumed neat or with cola. Campari says the 86-proof entry is positioned as a male-targeted trade-up from spiced rum and is intended to bring rum drinkers into the Bourbon fold. Backed by a new digital campaign, Wild Turkey Spiced will be hitting national distribution this fall.

Wild Turkey Spiced is the latest innovation on a brand that was among the pioneers in the flavored segment with Wild Turkey American Honey, which was introduced back in 2007. In recent weeks, Wild Turkey also extended its line with Forgiven, a limited edition Bourbon and rye whiskey hybrid retailing at $49.99 a 750-ml. Last year, the Wild Turkey brand was up 9.7% to 822,000 nine-liter cases in the U.S. market, according to Impact Databank. American Honey contributed 25% growth to 286,000 cases.

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R.I. to eliminate sales tax on wine and liquor

The state will raise the excise tax on alcohol, affecting wholesalers and liquor store owners

By Hannah Kerman

Winery Webcam

Kutch Wines Installed a webcam to watch harvest



Budweiser BBQ Sauce and Marinade

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New Beer

Narragansett Bohemian Pils

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Organic Wines and Certifications

Great Article On Organic Certifications

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All the News You Can Drink: Bud Light Blitzes NFL, Guinness Plays Ball, Heineken’s Scavenger Hunt and more

Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 6, 2013 06:35 PM


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Wine Of The Day: La Massa 2010

September 7, 2013



Wine Of The Day

Fattoria La Massa 2010

By: Mark C Lenzi CSW


About Fattoria La Massa Vineyards

Fattoria La Massa can be found hidden amongst the Chianti Classico hills of Panzano in the prestigious “Conca d’Oro,” (Golden Basin). It was acquired by its passionate owner, Giampaolo Motta, in 1992. Giampaolo, originally from Naples, came to the area in 1989 to follow his dream of making high quality wines. After working in some of the most famous Chianti Classico estates and spending time in Bordeaux, Giampaolo established La Massa with the technical consultation of famed enologist and friend Carlo Ferrini. Since the end 2008, he relies on the advice of renowned Stéphane Derenoncourt for the vineyards and cellar.

La Massa’s vineyards range in altitude from 315 to 460 meters (1,033 to 1,510 feet) above sea level, occupying an area of about 45 hectares (111 acres), of which 27 are planted with vines. As a result of a 10-year research project dedicated to understanding the distinct terroir of the area, a complete re-structuring of the vineyards has been carried out over the past few years, respecting the particular characteristics of the soil, geography and microclimate.

The estate’s main varieties are the classic Tuscan Sangiovese as well as varieties more typical of Bordeaux, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Giampaolo is passionate about the great wines of Bordeaux and is convinced of the magnificent potential that these varieties have in the terroir of La Massa. In fact, since the 2007 vintage, he has decided to eliminate Sangiovese completely from La Massa’s flagship Giorgio Primo IGT blend, resulting in a wine that more fully represents his personality.

La Massa produces two wines: La Massa IGT (predominantly Sangiovese, blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot) and the winery’s first wine, Giorgio Primo IGT (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot). Driven by an unremitting pursuit of excellence, Giampaolo’s dedication and enthusiasm continues to be recognized worldwide, receiving accolades for his wines from the most important wine critics and publications.



Panzano in Chianti, Italy

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Giampaolo Motta

Name Of Winemaker:
Giampaolo Motta & Stephane Derenoncourt

Cultivated Area:

27 hectares (67 acres)

Hillside (vines, olive groves and forest)

Soil Type:
Clay schist, calcareous marl, siliceous limestone, sandstone

Varieties Cultivated:
Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot

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About The Winemaker

Giampaolo Motta

Giampaolo Motta, born in 1964, changes his career to become a winemaker. He comes from Naples, where his parents run a furrier’s workshop. Yet Giampaolo Motta’s professional life does not lead him to the leather business, but to winemaking. While studying chemistry in France he discovers his love of Bordeaux. Back in Italy he takes on temporary jobs in top vineyards such as Riecine and Castello dei Rampolla. In 1992 he manages to buy an old vineyard directly next to Riecine with borrowed money: the vineyard La Massa which has been documented since the 15th century.

The vines of this property stand mainly in the “conca d’oro“, the „golden shell“ of Panzano, a southern vineyard which gets a lot of warmth and sun due to its conical shape. Motta begins to rebuild the vineyard to a top winery together with the star oenologist, Carlo Ferrini. To do this Motta plants the vines closer together, he plants new clones and experiments with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The very first bottling of the 1993 vintage Motta’s top cuvee “Giorgio Primo” (at the time a Chianti classic, today a Tuscany IGT, half Sangiovese, half Merlot and Cabernet) achieves the sought-after “three glasses” from the Italian wine guide “Gambero rosso”. The praise of the international press has not stopped ever since.

2008 Newcomer Of The Year Award Winner


The Wine

La Massa I.G.T. is a blend of 30% Merlot 60% Sangiovese (Chianti Grape) and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and Alicante.

14% Alcohol

3.63 pH

150,000 Bottles Produced ( 12,500 Cases )

Aged 10 Months In oak

Nice dark color

Strong red berry/cherry aroma and flavors

Slight earth on a long finish


1 @ $25.99

6 @ $23.39

12 @ $20.79

92 Points-Wine Advocate

The 2010 La Massa is gorgeous. Freshly cut flowers, mint and juicy red berries flow from this gracious, effortless wine. The 2010 impresses for its vibrancy, focus and purity. This is a great showing for the entry-level La Massa.


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Winning Wine Cocktails

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The next time you want to enjoy your favorite varietal, consider reaching for a cocktail menu instead of the wine list. Wine, port, sherry and other grape-based options are appearing as ingredients in high-end cocktails. Here are five wine cocktails to sample at home.

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4th September, 2013 by Andy Young

From Pinot Noir, to Chardonnay and Riesling, here are the world’s top 10 most expensive wines.



Celebrate National Bourbon Heritage Month

Every September since 2007 marks a time when bourbon lovers around the country can raise a glass toasting the U.S. Senate for passing a resolution that officially declared the month of September to be “National Bourbon Heritage Month.”

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Pernod Introduces Absolut Amber, A Blend Of White And Dark Spirits

Absolut vodka has launched Absolut Amber—a new oak-aged expression—in the North American travel retail channel. Handcrafted by master blender Per Hermansson, Absolut Amber is created using a blend of Swedish, American and Bourbon barrel-aged spirits and oak-macerated spirits. According to the company, the 40%-abv offering is a “transformative” product designed to blur the line between white and dark spirits. The new entry follows another “hybrid” innovation from Pernod Ricard, Malibu Red, a rum-Tequila mix that launched last year and is already above 100,000 cases in the U.S. market.

Absolut Amber is currently available at JFK International Airport, Miami International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, as well as in Panama’s travel retail segment and select on-premise venues, with additional markets in the pipeline. Absolut was up 1.6% to 4.6 million cases in the U.S. last year, according to Impact Databank.

New Single Malt Scotches

Diageo has unveiled the 10 single malt Scotches set to launch under its annual Special Releases series this year. The limited edition lineup will include a 37-year-old Lagavulin (1,868 bottles available); 12-year-old Lagavulin; 28-year-old Talisker (3,000 bottles); 21-year-old Cardhu (6,000 bottles); 28-year-old Singleton of Dufftown (3,816 bottles); 36-year-old Convalmore (2,980 bottles); 21-year-old Oban (2,860 bottles); Caol Ila Stitchell Reserve; 34-year-old Port Ellen (2,958 bottles); and 35-year-old Brora (2,944 bottles). Ranging in price from around $108 to $3,030 a bottle, the series will be available across the U.S., Northern Europe and select Asian markets starting this fall. Established in 2001, Diageo’s annual Special Releases series was launched to offer collectors and connoisseurs access to older, unusual and rare single malt expressions.


New Beer By Gansett

Providence, Rhode Island’s Narragansett Beer has added a new label to its year-round lineup. Modeled after Narragansett’s limited edition Imperial Bohemian Pilsner release, Narragansett Bohemian Pils is a 5.2%-abv brew featuring a blend of Pale malt, Pilsner malt, Wheat malt and Cara Blonde malt flavors, as well as Northern Brewer and Hallertau hops. The new offering is currently available in six-packs of 16-ounce cans and on draft throughout Rhode Island, Boston, Southeastern Massachusetts and New Haven, Connecticut, priced at around $8.49-$8.99 a pack. Bohemian Pils joins Narragansett Lager, Narragansett Light and Narragansett Cream Ale in Narragansett’s core year-round portfolio.

Cracking the Code to Better Wines

Scientists in Uruguay have announced that they have uncovered the genetic make-up of the tannat grape, which is considered to be the best variety for a healthy heart.

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Jim Beam Bourbon brand has launched Jim Beam Maple in the U.S. A blend of natural flavors and Jim Beam Kentucky Straight Bourbon whiskey, the new 80-proof entry features brown maple, wood and caramel notes. In national distribution this month, Jim Beam Maple retails around $15.99 a 750-ml. Maple joins Beam’s expanding flavor range, which has been led by its Red Stag flavors Black Cherry, Honey Tea, Spiced Cinnamon and Hardcore Cider, as well as Jim Beam Honey and Jim Beam Devil’s Cut.

Campari America’s X-Rated liqueur brand has introduced Tropix, a new pineapple- and coconut-flavored offshoot. Made with French vodka, Tropix is a yellow-hued liqueur targeted toward off- and on-premise cocktail and shot occasions. The new offering is also being positioned as a low-calorie, female-friendly option, claiming to offer 81 calories per 1.5-ounce serving. Rolling out this month, Tropix will be available in 375-ml., 750-ml. and 1-liter formats, priced at around $24.99 a 750-ml. The X-Rated liqueur brand was down 12% to 77,000 cases in the U.S. in 2012, according to Impact Databank.

;MillerCoors has expanded its Redd’s Apple Ale brand with the launch of a new strawberry extension. Billed as a flavored golden ale, Redd’s Strawberry Ale is characterized by strawberry and apple flavors, as well as low malt and bitterness notes. The 5%-abv offering is set to appear nationwide, available in six-packs and 12-packs of 12-ounce bottles and four-packs of 16-ounce cans. Redd’s Strawberry Ale marks the second offering under the Redd’s lineup, following Apple Ale, which originally launched in 2012 and has enjoyed a strong start.

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Winning the rat race: Rodents drink Champagne for better brain health

Kings and royalty swear by it as an expensive luxury and now rats do too, as scientists suggest Champagne may combat memory loss linked to aging and brain disorders like dementia in elderly rodents.

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Liquor Industry News/Links 9-3-13

September 3, 2013

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A man in California has been jailed for six years after pleading guilty to stealing US$2.7 million worth of wine from a storage facility.

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Blending different vintages to make table wines has been frowned upon by winegrowers, connoisseurs and authorities alike. Roger Morris searches out some contrarian winemakers who think non-vintage wines still make sense.

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AB InBev opens Budweiser ‘lab’ in Illinois

Anheuser-Busch InBev is opening a ‘Bud Lab’ at the University of Illinois that will focus on data analytics, data research and innovation.

Austria’s Mozart Distillerie is set to launch its Mozart R.G. Chocolate Cream liqueur in the U.S. early next year. Made with a blend of gourmet chocolate, vanilla, fresh cream and cocoa butter, Mozart RG Chocolate Cream is aged in Bourbon oak casks for a minimum of six months. The new offering is positioned as a super premium extension to Mozart Distillerie’s Mozart R.G. chocolate liqueur range, which includes Gold Chocolate Cream, White Chocolate Cream, Black Dark Chocolate and Dry Chocolate Spirit expressions.

Chico, California-based brewer Sierra Nevada has launched Flipside Red IPA, a new packaged seasonal. Featuring tropical fruit and citrus hop flavors, Flipside Red IPA is an early fall offering, joining Ruthless Rye, Summerfest, Tumbler and Celebration in Sierra Nevada’s seasonal stable. Concurrently, the brewer has also reintroduced its Narwhal Imperial Stout under its High Altitude series. Billed as a “malt-forward” packaged brew, Narwhal Imperial Stout is characterized by espresso, cocoa, roasted grain and light smoke notes. The returning favorite replaces Hoptimum Imperial IPA in the limited edition series.

Newport, Rhode Island-based Coastal Extreme Brewing Co. has introduced Angels’ Envy barrel-aged beer. Only 1,300 bottles of Angels’ Envy have been produced, and it will only be available locally. Angels’ Envy features English Chocolate malts mixed with North American Pale and Crystal malts for the base beer, which was then put into Thomas Tew rum barrels and aged for seven months. The debut will be the brewer’s first 22-ounce beer release, as well as the first non-Newport Storm brand of beer to be released by Coastal Extreme.

French wine snobs warn Apple not to release a ‘champagne’ iPhone

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Does wine drinking protect against depression?

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Enjoying several glasses of wine each week may not only protect your heart, it may also help protect your mental health, a new study suggests.

Researchers in Spain have found that drinking moderate amounts of alcohol especially wine was linked with a lower risk of depression

Siduri Touts Gluten-Free Wines California winery tests wines post-bottling to verify

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Most modern wines contain negligible levels of gluten, which might remain in trace levels after fining or from the wheat-flour paste traditionally used to seal some oak barrels.

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