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Liquor Industry News/Links 7-24-13

July 24, 2013



Wednesday July 24th 2013


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Sisters to lead wine empire

By Rebecca Lynne Tan

The Straits Times

Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013

For the first time since the Antinori family began making wines more than 600 years ago, the world-renowned Italian wine company will continue into the future with an all-women team at its helm.

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Burgundy Wine Area Hit by Hail Pounding Pommard and Volnay

By Rudy Ruitenberg – Jul 24, 2013 12:06 PM ET

The Burgundy wine region in eastern France was hit by storms yesterday that damaged as much as 90 percent of vines in growing areas including Pommard and Volnay.

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Major Study Endorses French Paradox

Wine linked to lower disease-related deaths in men.

By AFP | Posted Tuesday, 23-Jul-201

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24th July, 2013 by Andy Young

From a “quintessentially English” drink served in tea cups to new beers and cocktails, there are already a range of drinks to commemorate the future king.

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24th July, 2013 by Lucy Shaw

Marnier Lapostolle, owner of the Grand Marnier liqueur brand, is to launch a super-premium pisco in the UK market from the Elqui Valley in Chile.

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Terrapin Beer Co. re-releases Dos Cocoas Chocolate Porter


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Chill out with do-it-yourself summer wine coolers

Here are a few more suggestions on ways to make your wine cooler-spritzer-sangria-cocktail pitcher perfect

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A Guide To Eco-Friendly Wine

JULY 24, 2013 6:04 AM

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Liquor Industry News/Links 7-23-13

July 23, 2013



Tuesday July 23rd 2013

Today’s Liquor Industry News/Links

By Mark C. Lenzi CSW


Portuguese Wines Rise In U.S. As Domestic Market Struggles

July 23, 2013

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London luxury retailer Harrods has teamed up with The Dalmore Scotch whisky to create a limited edition range, The Dalmore Paterson Collection. Consisting of 12 whiskies, the collection is for sale in Harrods’ newly renovated Fine Spirits Room for £987,500 ($1.52 million). The collection features 12 expressions, each of which have been nosed, tasted and selected by The Dalmore’s master distiller, Richard Paterson, in partnership with Harrods’ wine and spirits buyer, Nick Fleming. The whiskies were chosen from an old stock and date from 1926 up to the 1990s. Each is packaged in a handcrafted crystal decanter produced by leading crystal house Glencairn.

Chateau St. Jean has officially announced its partnership with singer Sheryl Crow as part of its “Soak Up Sonoma” initiative. The partnership, originally reported by SND February 28, will feature 18 months of in-store activations, online and social media initiatives, and music downloads from Crow, including a free download of her new single, “Easy.” Consumers will also be able to get Crow’s cookbook, If It Makes You Healthy, featuring recipes that are paired with Chateau St. Jean wines. The brand will also donate $1 for every bottle of wine sold (up to $100,000) to breast cancer charities throughout October. Chateau St. Jean was up 18% in the U.S. last year to 525,000 nine-liter cases, according to Impact Databank.

Kansas City, Missouri-based Boulevard Brewing Co. has added a new IPA to its year-round portfolio. Billed as a drinkable “session beer” with low bitterness and a relatively low abv, Pop-Up IPA will be available in 12-ounce bottles and 1/6 and 1/2 barrels starting next month. The 4.2%-abv offering joins Boulevard’s Single-Wide IPA and Double-Wide IPA in the brewer’s existing, eight-label year-round lineup. Additional session beer recipes, meanwhile, are currently in the works. Boulevard, which also produces five seasonal labels and an array of specialties under its Smokestack Series, has a distribution footprint of around 20 states.


23rd July, 2013 by Andy Young

A brewery in Hertford is hoping to make the most of the new royal birth after releasing a special ale to mark the arrival of the third in line to the throne.

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23rd July, 2013 by Lucy Shaw

UK drinks distributor Hi-Spirits has struck a deal to bring singer-turned-actor Justin Timberlake’s Tequila – 901 – into the UK.

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Marijuana-Loving Beer Breweries Embrace Weed-Themed Branding, Defying Federal Government

Source: Huff Post


When it comes to showing their embrace of marijuana, beer breweries are standing by the plant and sticking it to The Man, man.

A handful of the nation’s over 2,500 breweries have recently incorporated marijuana innuendo into their branding efforts, following a trend that’s already seen pot jokes used to sell everything from power bars and ice cream to fast-food burritos.

Yet unlike other companies, which might face pushback to their edgy marketing mainly from church pastors and the PTA, beer makers are facing off with Uncle Sam for the right to advertise as they please. The federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), a small office that must approve nearly all alcoholic beverage labeling, is subject to an industry guidance document from 1994 that forbids weed references on alcohol labels.

That government document says “drugs, drug terms or slang associated with drugs” are forbidden in beer labeling. “We do not believe that responsible industry members should want or would want to portray their products in any socially unacceptable manner,” it reads.

That’s a problem for Michigan-based Dark Horse Brewing Company, which wanted to distribute a brew previously sold in limited batches as “Smells Like Weed IPA.” After being rejected by the feds, the manager at that brewery said that Dark Horse renamed the beer to “Smells Like A Safety Meeting IPA.” (A “safety meeting,” in stoner slang, is a break taken while on the job to smoke marijuana.)

In Seattle, Wash., Redhook Ale Brewery is bypassing the feds’ dislike of its newest beer, “Joint Effort Hemp Ale,” by distributing it only within Washington state — which is allowed because the federal government only has power over interstate commerce. Karmen Olson, Redhook’s brand manager, said the brew is being marketed to celebrate the 2012 legalization of recreational cannabis by voters in that state. The federal government objects to the words “joint” and “hemp” being used to do that.

Thomas Hogue, a spokesperson for the TTB, said the bureau’s authority to nix beer labels, including on “socially unacceptable” grounds, is based on well-established rights of the government to prevent consumer fraud.

A single TTB agent currently approves all beer labels, Hogue said. The TTB has approved 13,958 individual beer label applications since October of last year.

“It requires the judgment of a person,” Hogue said.

Besides drug references, the government considers suggestions that a beer has positive health effects or unusual potency to be unlawful. “Representations that are obscene or indecent” are equally rejected. Since 1954, the government has also banned “any design or pictorial representation relative to the American flag” and “decorations associated with such flag” on beer packaging. Curiously, the TTB allows Budweiser, one of the most popular beers in the country, to be sold in cans and bottles decorated with stars and stripes. Both the TTB and Anheuser-Busch, which makes Budweiser, say that the pattern depicts something other than the U.S. flag.

Anheuser-Busch, which uses patriotic branding, says the design on the cans above does not depict the U.S. flag, prohibited under federal law from being shown on beer labels.

Tony Magee, the founder of Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma, Calif., has previously run afoul of authorities where marijuana is concerned. In 2005, California state agents shut down his brewery for 20 days after witnessing the use of marijuana on premises. More recently, the company was denied a federal permit to introduce an ale named “The Kronik,” given “chronic” is a slang term for high-grade cannabis. The brewery ended up naming the beer “Censored” as a dig at the feds.

Magee said he has no ill will towards the government for nixing his branding.

“When they rejected Kronik, we did push a little,” he said. “I told them ‘Let me just ask you guys a question: What do you think Bud means? What about High Life?'”

“It is what it is,” Magee said. “The world is a place of enormous irony.”

Steve Lopas, the co-owner of Concord, Calif.-based Ale Industries, similarly named one of his brewery’s offerings “Orange Shush” to commemorate censorship by the feds. The original label of the ale was “Orange Kush,” which is also the name of a high-potency strain of cannabis.

“They basically approved us making fun of them,” Lopas said, noting he tried to fight to keep the original beer name when it was rejected but did not have the resources to contemplate a protracted battle with the government.

One brewer who did choose to fight was Vaunne Dillman, co-owner of Mt. Shasta Brewing Co. in Weed, Calif. In 2008, the feds told Dillman he could not market his brewery’s “Weed Golden Ale” with bottle caps that read “Try LEGAL Weed.” With the aid of the American Civil Liberties Union, Dillman argued the word “weed” in his branding references the town where the beer is made, itself named after 19th century California lawmaker Abner Weed.

The government caved in after the case received international media attention, Dillman told HuffPost.

“You’ve heard of ‘You can’t fight City Hall?’ You’ve heard of ‘I fought the law and the law won?'” Dillman said. “Well, I fought the federal government on the Weed issue. Weed fought the law and Weed won.”

Adam Wolf, a San Francisco, Calif., civil rights lawyer now in private practice, was one of the ACLU attorneys who fought on behalf of Dillman. Wolf said he wishes more breweries would act like Mt. Shasta did. “The history of our civil liberties is the history of people standing up to the government,” Wolf said.

However, Trevor Burrus, a research fellow at the libertarian CATO Institute and an expert in constitutional commercial speech law, said it was unlikely beer brewers would succeed by suing the government.

Government agents are given “discretion and deference” by the courts to pursue policies they claim to be part of their mission. The broad discretion is worrying, Burrus said, as it opens the door to a ban on any expression the government finds unsavory.

“What if someone produced an ‘NSA Is Spying On You’ beer and then, suddenly, coincidentally, they went under review by the TTB?” he said.


Does Temperature Really Matter? Wine Serving Survival Guide

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Beer combined with a high intake of fruits and vegetables” is the best way to quench your thirst and stay hydrated in summer

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Liquor Industry News/Links 7-22-13

July 22, 2013



Monday July 22nd 2013

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Breaking Bad Beer!

Albuquerque, New Mexico-based Marble Brewery is set to roll out two new beers inspired by the “Breaking Bad” television show next month. They will be available beginning August 8, just before the premiere of the show’s final season, on tap throughout Marble’s distribution network in New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado. Inspired by the two sides of the show’s main character, Walter White, Marble has created Heisenberg’s Dark (6.5% abv), an India black ale, and Walt’s White Lie (7.5% abv), an India white ale (the beers are not licensed by the show’s network, AMC). Marble has brewed about 60 kegs of each variant. The brewer also produces a number of other beers, including Pilsner, Wildflower Wheat, Amber Ale, Red Ale and India Pale Ale, among others.

‘Vintage Of A Lifetime’ For New Zealand Wines?

Update on 2012 New Zealand Vintage.  This does mention Kim Crawford…which sold out its name to one of the big guys!

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22nd July, 2013 by Lucy Shaw

Several wineries in Marlborough, New Zealand, have been affected by a 6.5 magnitude earthquake that struck the region yesterday afternoon.

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22nd July, 2013 by Lucy Shaw

A newly developed “wonder pill” said to harness the health-boosting benefits of red wine has been found to undo many of the positive effects of exercise.

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22nd July, 2013 by Andy Young

A Spanish man has died after he downed 13 pints in 20 minutes during an annual beer drinking competition in Murcia, in the country’s south west.

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Single student in 70 passes recent Master Sommelier exam

Friday 19 July 2013 by Courtney Humiston

Only one person out of 70 Master Sommelier candidates from around the United States passed the most recent exam that took place last week in Dallas, Texas.


States balk at lower alcohol limit for DUI

Source: The Hill

By Ben Goad


The National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman’s push to lower legal blood-alcohol limits for drivers appears headed down a dead end road.

States show little interest in revisiting the hot-button issue, industry groups are lining up against the plan and even the most ardent foes of intoxicated drivers –  including Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) – have declined to endorse it.

In May, Hersman and the NTSB rolled out a series of recommendations meant to reduce the number of alcohol-impaired crashes in the U.S., including a bold call for all 50 states and the District of Columbia to lower the legal limit from .08 to .05.

Accompanied by a study finding the decrease would lead to a significant drop in U.S. traffic deaths, the proposal generated lots of attention this spring. But little, if any, action has taken place in the country’s state legislatures, which must approve laws lowering the limit.

“We don’t see any state going to .05,” said Jonathan Adkins, deputy executive director for the governor’s safety group. “This doesn’t seem to be getting any traction.”

GHSA, MADD and other groups have declined to take a formal position on the proposal, but have endorsed a range of anti-drunk driving measures including state laws that require breath-activated ignition interlocks for convicted offenders.

The groups’ campaign for that and other safety measures is predicated on enforcement of the .08 limit, and state-by-state consideration of more stringent blood alcohol levels could muddle the effort, the groups fear.

Without backing from the influential groups, states face less pressure to act. To date, none has taken up consideration of legislation in line with the NTSB recommendation.

Many state lawmakers recall the painstaking process of lowering the level to .08 from .10, which took more than two decades to accomplish nationwide.

State Rep. Terri Austin, an Indiana Democrat, said the federal argument to lower the limit would have to demonstrate clear, scientific evidence that the change is the best way to improve safety in order to convince the Hoosier State to act.

“I think legislators are going to want to have a pretty compelling case,” Austin said.

A past chairwoman of the Transportation Committee in the Indiana House of Representatives who also sits on the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), Austin said she has seen no legislative in response to the recommendation.

Similarly, there has been no action in California, often the first state to move on public protection issues.

The state has become accustomed to the .08 level, which in some cases is seen as too low, said lobbyist Ignacio Hernandez, who has worked on numerous drunk driving bills and lobbied on behalf of the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice.

“If anything, we see cases when someone is at point .08 and there are questions about whether their driving is impaired,” said Hernandez, of the Hernandez Strategies Group. “It just doesn’t seem like there’s enough justification.”

The NTSB points to studies showing that someone with a .08 level is roughly twice as likely to get into a wreck as someone with a level of .05. More than 100 countries have already established at or below .05, the safety board notes, adding that a person is killed, on average, every hour by a drunk driver and some 100,000 die every year in the United States.

NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson acknowledged that lowering the limit could take time.

The transition from .10 to point .08 began in Utah in 1983 and was not complete until Delaware ended its holdout in 2004.

Knudson said there he had heard of some level of interest in a variety of states, including Washington State, Illinois and Tennessee. But ultimately, he said, the NTSB doesn’t base its findings on political viability.

“We make recommendations based on what we think are the best things to do for safety” said Knudson. “We don’t predicate our recommendations on how likely they are to be adopted.”

Even so, MADD, GHSA and other safety groups have embraced most of the NTSB’s 18 other recommendations, which include the interlock ignition initiative, immediate license suspensions for drunk drivers and bolstered programs to reduce recidivism.

But few got as much attention as the blood-alcohol proposal, which was panned by the hospitality and restaurant industries.

The American Beverage Institute, for instance, blasted the proposal, calling it a “ludicrous” plan that would criminalize responsible behavior.

Other groups were less bombastic. The National Restaurant Institute questioned whether the recommendation would substantially improve safety.

“We have reservations that the proposal calling for a lower blood alcohol content level would not impact the issue of excessive drinking in a significant way,” said Sue Hensley, a spokeswoman for the association.

Other business groups echoed those sentiments, saying they are committed to tackling the problem through proven means, but were not ready to support another drop in the blood-alcohol limit.

“The NTSB recommendation goes beyond the science cited by public health and safety groups in the fight to eliminate drunk driving,” said Rebecca Spicer, vice president of communications and public affairs for the National Beer Wholesalers Association.

These Are the Drunkest Countries in the World

By Rich Smith

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Liquor Industry News/Links 7-18-13

July 18, 2013

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Thursday July 18th 2013
Biodynamic FLOWER Day And LEAF Night

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What happens when wine gets hot
29 May 2012 by Jancis Robinson
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Rhode Island: Rhode Island Spirits Tasting Bill Signed Into Law
Source: DISCUS
Jul 17th
Rhode Islanders can raise a toast to the repeal of an old Blue Law banning spirits tastings at liquor stores, according to the Distilled Spirits Council which praised Governor Chafee for signing legislation yesterday allowing consumer spirits tastings. The Council called the move the latest in a trend of liquor law modernizations around the country. 
“States across the country are updating their liquor laws to reflect modern convenience and demand,” said DISCUS Vice President Jay Hibbard, noting that Rhode Island becomes the 11th state since 2009 to allow spirits tastings at liquor stores for a total of 38 states. “Spirits tastings are a responsible marketing tool that generates revenue for the state by boosting consumer interest in premium products. We applaud Governor Chafee for signing this bill which benefits consumers, small businesses and the State Treasury.”

The joint file bill (Senate Bill 477/House Bill 5795) gives adult consumers the opportunity to sample spirits during a controlled, pre-planned tasting event – allowing up to two 1/4 ounce samples of no more than two products at any one tasting event. SB 477 passed the Senate on April 25 by a 37-0 vote and passed the House June 26 by 70-0.  HB 5795 passed the House on June 26 by 72-0 and passed the Senate on July 1 by 35-0.  The bill became effective immediately upon Gov. Chafee’s signature. 
“In today’s economy it’s more important than ever to give customers the tools to make better purchasing decisions,” Hibbard said.  “Repealing the ban on spirits tastings is a modern convenience for Rhode Island consumers that ultimately helps the state’s bottom line.”

In addition to Rhode Island, 10 other states have allowed spirits tastings since 2009, including: Kansas (2012), West Virginia (2012), Tennessee (2011), Washington (2011), New Jersey (2010), Virginia (2010), California (2010), Michigan (2010), Maine (2009), and Vermont (2009).

Winery promotes wine-popsicles
18th July, 2013
by Rupert Millar
New Zealand winery Kim Crawford has come up with one way to stay cool as temperatures spiral
 – iced-wine-lollies.
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Wine Of Day:Domaine Eugene Carrel 2011 Jacquere

July 17, 2013





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The primary white-wine grape of eastern France’s savoie region. These wines are light, dry and somewhat acidic, with hints of citrus and smoke. Jacquère is also known as Buisserate and Cugnette.


Domaine Eugene Carrel


2011 Jongieux ( 100% Jacquere )


In the glass, ultra pale yellow-white color, almost as clear as water, with bright pale golden reflects. The nose is extremely fresh, dry and mineral with delicate scents of white flower, wet stone minerality, citrus and especially white fruit. The palate is very inviting and cleansing with a great juicy attack expanding nicely in the mid-palate with citrus, lime, unripe white peach, almost white grape fruit, flavors. The finish is super dry and refreshing, and call for another glass. Balanced by a lovely mineral touch and great acidity, this wine is the perfect thirst quencher, and great food wine. Try with an aperitif, oysters, shellfish and any grilled white fish.

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Liquor Industry News/Links 7-16-13

July 16, 2013

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Tuesday July 16th 2013

Biodynamic ROOT Day

Drinking in the Alps: The Alto Adige Wine Story
Wine Folly
Tired of hearing about Tuscany? One of the least talked-about notable wine regions in Italy is Alto Adige
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Boxed Wine or Botched Wine: Why Does Boxed Wine Expire?
Wine Folly
I’ve been collecting samples of boxed wine for a while and noticed the boxes all had an expiration date.
Oh Snap! The box wines were good for only 6 months! This seemed strange,
so I asked a few wine people what they thought of boxed wine and a couple of the responses were leery:
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Craft Brew News:
Louisiana-based Abita Brewing will add a new Grapefruit IPA to its limited-release Abita Harvest line later
this year. Made with Louisiana ruby red grapefruit, pale, pilsner wheat and caramel malts and Cascade hops,
the new brew will debut in December. Meanwhile, Abita says it will release its popular Andygator high-gravity
Helles Doppelbock in six-packs this October. Abita president David Blossman said the addition of a new pack
aging line and planned improvements to the group’s brewhouse have enabled the six-pack format for Andygator,
which is made with pale malt, German lager yeast and German Perle hops. Andygator will continue to be sold in
22-ounce bottles as well.

Italy’s most important grapes
16th July, 2013 by Rupert Millar
With France dominating the grape pantheon of the wine world, it is always reassuring to know that there are a few countries
able to offer something a little different;
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Spirits producer adopts porn brand
16th July, 2013 by Patrick Schmitt
US-based VuQo is to launch a range of Playboy branded white spirits following a licensing deal between
the producer and famous pornography label.
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Greek Study Say Beer Is Good For You!
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Syrah Vs. Shiraz – DING! DING! DING!
Posted by themodernsomm  July 15, 2013
Great Blog..All You need to know about Shiraz/Syrah
Wine Myths You Havent Heard Off
Posted by: Denise Baptiste
Published: Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Famous wine myths
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World’s First Animated Label Wine Release
Terravant Wine Company Launches Spin the Bottle Wines
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Health Watch: Wine Consumption Reduces Kidney Stone Risk
Also, researchers find moderate drinking while pregnant does not damage children’s development
Esther Mobley, Jacob Gaffney
Posted: July 16, 2013
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Bad buzz: Mosquitoes love to bite beer drinkers, study
By Cheryl K. Chumley-
The Washington Times
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Liquor Industry News/Links 7-15-13

July 15, 2013

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Monday July 15th 2013

Biodynamic ROOT Day

Consumer empowerment
by Dan Berger
Consumer Options for Wine Shipping Changes
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Beam’s 2 Gingers Begins National Rollout
July 12, 2013
Beam Inc. is ramping up the focus on its Irish whiskey brand 2 Gingers (roughly $25 a 1-liter)
with plans to aggressively expand its U.S. distribution this year and next.
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Upscale Angel’s Envy Bourbon Aims High With New 500,000-Case Distillery
July 10, 2013
Angel’s Envy, an upscale Bourbon brand that’s earned high marks from critics like Whisky Advocate,
has unveiled ambitious expansion plans with a new state-of-the-art distillery that will allow it to markedly
ramp up production.
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Dennis Rodman Debuts Bad Boy Vodka

The Retired NBA star has always been full of surprises. A little earlier this year, Rodman put himself squarely back on the cultural radar when he went to North Korea with the Harlem Globetrotters and ended up hanging out at Kim Jong Un’s place, talking basketball and other world issues.

Now Rodman, who never seems to shy away from a party, is back and he is aiming to be part of your party. Rodman, who has spent time in rehab (and on “Celebrity Rehab”) dealing with substance abuse, has released his own vodka, Bad Boy Vodka, that will be found on store shelves later this month,
according to the Los Angeles Times.
“A perfect representation of whom and what I am all about,” said Rodman in a press release. Not many people can say that about a vodka bottle.

Two Washington-state microbrews, Redhook Brewery and Hilliard’s Beer,
 are so excited about Washington state’s new law that legalizes marijuana that they created a beer
 in celebration. The brew will be called Joint Effort Summer Session and will be available on tap through
 the summer and then in 22-ounce bottles. It will use hemp seeds in the process and go well with any munchies.

Wine consumption rises in 2012
Sacramento Business Journal
Despite a slow-to-rebound economy and constraints in supply,
American wine consumption increased in 2012, according to data just released by Technomic,
a research and consulting firm for the food industry, the Chicago Business Journal reports.
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How millennials are changing the booming wine biz
Portland Business Journal
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Liquor Industry News/Links 7-14-13

July 14, 2013

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Sunday July 14th 2013

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Understanding U.S. Wine Laws Part 2 – Quick Breakdown
—July 13, 2013 by themodernsomm

Here’s a further breakdown of the wine laws from yesterday’s post.

If you’re looking at a bottle of California Wine, Washington Wine or Oregon Wine, the more names you see the better.

Ex: Andrew Will – Horse Heaven Hills – Champoux Vineyard
Producer – Andrew Will
Region – Washington State
A.V.A. – Horse Heaven Hills
Vineyard – Champoux Vineyard

Breaking it down
The fact it comes from one Vineyard tells you the same thing you know when buying produce or meat from a local farm. Whether or not it tastes better, you know you’re getting something of higher quality than when a supermarket gets its produce from various producers all over the world from countries with fewer restrictions.

Wine Rule of Thumb: The smaller the area, the more likely it’s going to be a higher quality wine or adheres to more strict standards.

Ex: Cupcake Vineyard – California – Petite Syrah
Producer – Cupcake Vineyard
Region – California
A.V.A. – Central Coast

Now, I’m not saying this is a lesser quality wine (which it is); taste is subjective. What I am trying to point out is we know far less about this wine and the quality of what’s used to make it. We know it’s from the California’s Central Coast A.V.A. and that’s all.

Central Coast is quite large and has quite a few smaller A.V.A.s within it, so these grapes can come from a number of different vineyards all combined into one wine, and those could change every year.

How to Keep Wine Fresh
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Get rid of fruit flies with these 14 tips
By Teresa Tanoos July 14, 2013 – 12:19pm for eMaxHealth
If you’ve ever had fruit flies in your kitchen, you know how quickly they can proliferate,
and how difficult they can be to get rid of. Great Tips!
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Could A Dip In A Beer Bath Be Good For Your Skin?
by Elizabeth Licata.
Beer has long had supposed beauty benefits
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New Liquor Law Starts Today In RI
Starting on Sunday, July 14th, Rhode Island liquor stores will be lawfully allowed to open as early as 10:00 am
after a bill passed into law on July 3rd. Rhode Island lawmakers passed the bill with the intention of doing
whatever they can to help small businesses in the state.

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Liquor Industry News/Links 7-13-13

July 13, 2013

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Saturday July 13th 2013

Biodynamic FRUIT Day.

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Italian authorities crack down on ‘fake’ Prosecco
Tuesday 9 July 2013 by James Lawrence

Italian authorities have employed a local oenologist to combat the rising problem of ‘fake’ Prosecco
being sold in the Veneto region.
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Understanding U.S. Wine Laws – Know what you’re drinking!!!
by themodernsomm  Blog

What are wine laws?
Wine laws can create a higher standard and quality of wine production and tells you what Appellation the wine comes from. Appellation is just a fancy word for a wine growing area. Wine laws differ from country to country.

U.S. wine laws are known as the A.V.A. or American Viticultural Area.

Why are wine laws important to understand?
Knowing wine laws can help you to buy good wines or know what exactly you’re drinking. In the day and age of being conscious of where our food comes from, it’s pretty important to know where things come from. It can help you to learn where real quality grapes or wine comes from.

What countries have wine laws?
Most wine producing countries have their own system in place. While countries don’t have the same laws, they respect each other’s system in their respective countries as to not mess with the integrity of their wine.

Wine laws don’t always pertain to all wine, but rather to distinguish higher quality wines from wines that are maybe just a blend of many different grapes. U.S. wine laws for example have minimum percentage law(75% minimum) in order to allow wineries to say their wine is Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, etc…

Say a winery makes a red wine that is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 20% Malbec. The laws prohibit that winery from calling the wine simply Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery would have to label it a blend and list the percentages on the label.

Another law in place is one that keeps the integrity of the appellation. Example: Napa Cabernet from Rutherford. Rutherford is a growing area within Napa Valley. In order for a winery to put the name Rutherford on their label, the grapes must be from Rutherford.

The same law would disallow a winery from putting “Napa Red Wine” on the label unless the grapes came from Napa Valley. If you see a wine label that simply says California Blend or California Red Blend that means the grapes likely come from many different sources from around California.

Do wine laws mean it will be a good wine?
No, it doesn’t mean the wine will better, but wine laws can let you know that it’s adhering to a certain standards. European wine laws are a bit more complex and go deeper than U.S. wine laws, but I will get into that later.

While it doesn’t guarantee a good wine, wine laws let you know what exactly you’re drinking.

My page on wine laws is coming very soon as well as post European wine laws!

Yours Truly,
-The Modern Somm

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Diving into the world of Craft Spirits, strong growth likely to continue


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According to GuestMetrics, while craft spirits brands account for a relatively small portion of the overall spirits category on-premise, they are growing at a rapid pace. 


“In analyzing the nearly 600 craft spirits suppliers we track in our system, our data indicates they have been growing at a double digit clip thus far in 2013 in the on-premise channel, and are gaining momentum.  Craft spirits volumes grew about +26% in 1Q13 compared to the same period in the prior year, and looking at 2Q13 through June 16th, volume growth accelerated further to about +29%.  This is a strong out-performance versus mainstream spirits brands, which saw on-premise volumes down -2.0% during 1Q13, though there was a slight improvement to -1.1% in 2Q13 to-date.  The net result of this is that craft spirits brands’ volume share of the overall on-premise spirits category has expanded fairly rapidly, from 2.4% in 2012 to 2.6% in 1Q13, and is about 3.0% in 2Q13 to-date,” said Bill Pecoriello, CEO of GuestMetrics LLC.  “Furthermore, in analyzing the growth in the actual number of craft spirits brands sold in our on-premise universe for the first half of 2013 versus the same period in 2012, we see the number has expanded by 7.6%.  Given volumes are up about 27% during that time, we see this as a healthy sign for the underlying demand for craft spirits, given the growth is not just being driven by brand proliferation, and is likely a sign there is a lot of runway left for growth.”


“Additionally, we also analyzed which specific categories the craft brands are strongest in,” said Peter Reidhead, VP of Strategy and Insights at GuestMetrics.  “In terms of volume share of overall spirits, craft’s share is highest at 4.9% in Tequila, then 3.8% in Cordials, 3.5% in Vodka, 3.5% in Brandy/Cognac, 2.0% in Bourbons/Blends, 1.6% in Rum, 1.3% in Gin, and had a negligible volume share in Scotch, Irish, and Canadian.”


“While craft spirits are a relatively small portion of the overall spirits category with about a 3-share of total volumes in on-premise, given the competitive nature of the alcohol industry and the generally sluggish growth being experienced in overall on-premise, the strong trends for craft spirits could be a source for incremental growth for both suppliers and operators as we head further into the summer season,” said Brian Barrett, President of GuestMetrics.

South African Wine Exports Gain Most in 5 Years on Weakening Rand


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South Africa’s wine exports increased the most since 2008 in the first half, boosted by a better harvest and a weaker rand that made the price of locally produced goods more attractive, an industry association said.


Total shipments climbed 40 percent in the six months through June, the biggest first-half advance in five years, Su Birch, chief executive officer for Wines of South Africa, said by phone from Pretoria today.


“The weaker rand was the major driver behind the bulk-wine exports,” she said. “There was also a global imbalance because the Europeans have been short on wine due to a bad crop, while we had a good crop.”


The rand has declined 15 percent against the dollar and 14 percent versus the euro this year, the worst performer against both of 16 major currencies tracked by Bloomberg. South Africa is the world’s eighth-largest producer of wine, accounting for about 4 percent of global volumes and Europe is its biggest export destination, according to the website of the industry body, known as WOSA.


Bulk-wine sales from South Africa jumped 66 percent and bottled wine exports rose 8 percent, Birch said. The U.K., Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands remain the four biggest markets for packaged wine, while sales to China increased 36 percent and to Nigeria by 50 percent.


“We expect that exports will remain good for the rest of the year but we could see a decline in early 2014 after the northern hemisphere harvests it crop,” Birch said.


Wine exports rose 25 percent to 469 million liters (124 million U.S. gallons) in the year through April from a year earlier, according to WOSA data released in May.


Results Are In for International Women’s Wine Competition


Source: Balzac

Jul 11th


Harris Kratka 2010 Zinfandel from Alexander Valley Wins Best of Show


Vineyard & Winery Management has announced the results of the 2013 International Women’s Wine Competition (IWWC), including the overall Best of Show winner – Rock Wall Wine Company’s Harris Kratka 2010 Zinfandel from Alexander Valley.


More than 900 wines were entered in the competition. Judges awarded a total of 26 Double Gold medals, 100 Gold medals, 311 Silver medals, 225 Bronze medals, and a total of 37 Best of Class awards.


Judges also named five wines as Best of Show in their respective categories: 


Best of Show Dessert Wine: Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery – 2011 Late Harvest Cabernet Franc – Chester County, Pennsylvania


Best of Show Fruit Wine: Galena Cellars 2012 Red Raspberry Wine


Best of Show Red Wine: ROCK WALL – AGAIN – 3 AWARDS!


Best of Show Rosé Wine: Mey Icki Sanayi Ve Ticaret A.S. Kayra Vintage 2012 Blush, Turkey


Best of Show Sparkling Wine: Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards – 2005 Royal Cuvee, Carneros


Best of Show White Wine: Inman Family Wines – 2011 Russian River Valley Chardonnay        


Best Wine By A Woman Winemaker went to Shauna Rosenblum, Rock Wall Wine Company, for the Harris Kratka 2010 Zinfandel. The panelists gave this combined comment on the wine: “Friggin’ Gold! Spice, apple, perfectly picked grape.”


Chief Judge Debra Del Fiorentino, Sommelier, CWP, CSW, points out that the International Women’s Wine Competition is judged entirely by leading women in the wine industry. The judges recognize not only the best wines submitted, but also the wines they feel would appeal most to women wine buyers and consumers.


According to Del Fiorentino, “We had excellent, top notch judges including Liz Thach, MW, Professor of Wine Business & Management, SSU Wine Business Institute; Theo Snyder, wine buyer for Total Wine & More; Traci Dutton, Sommelier, The Culinary Institute of America; Jessica Alteri, Sommelier, CEO Wine Channel TV Network; and Shauna Rosenblum, Head Winemaker, Rock Wall Winery.”


Vineyard & Winery Management welcomed its media partnership with Women for WineSense for its 2013 International Women’s Wine Competition to help raise awareness and increase entries in the competition. “This media alliance is the logical fit,” says Del Fiorentino. “Their goals and objectives are perfectly in sync with ours for this niche judging.”


“Our organization is all about offering wine education to empower women, both in their wine careers and through the development of their palates in order to make more informed purchasing decisions,” enthused Women for WineSense National President Rebecca Moore. “We were thrilled to provide our members with this opportunity.”


Additional sponsors include Penta Water, Riedel Glassware, Wine Country Shipping, Alsco, Graber Olives, Sonoma Wine Country Hilton, Costeaux French Bakery, and Lagunitas Brewing Company.


The judging was held in Sonoma County, California July 9-10, 2013. Winners are now posted on and

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