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Our Liquor Industry News/Links 08-15-15

August 15, 2015

Liquor Industry News/Links

08-15-15

By: Mark C Lenzi

CSW, CSS, CWAS, FWS, QCE*

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Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

New Products

New Quini Search Feature

Angry Orchard Recall

Beer Making Us Sick?

 

AND MORE!

6 great apps for craft beer lovers

Looking for a craft brewery, a beer you might like, or on the hunt for a rare whale beer? There are apps for that.

http://fortune.com/2015/08/08/apps-craft-beer-lovers/

The 5 biggest mistakes wine drinkers make — and how to avoid them

Here are five of the most common mistakes people make with wine, and how to correct them.

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-most-common-mistakes-people-make-with-wine-2015-8

THE WORST DECISIONS YOU CAN MAKE WHEN BUYING WINE

It’s understandable that picking out a wine can be fairly intimidating. But, believe it or not, employees at stores and wineries actually want to help you find a wine that is perfect for you.

http://www.thrillist.com/drink/nation/biggest-wine-buying-mistakes-buying-wine#/

Quini News

If you have followed Quini for a while, you’d know that our mission is to make wine tasting accessible to all and help people discover their palate faster than ever. They have upgraded the site to open our wine listings and reviews for public browsing without having to sign in to Quini.

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http://blog.quiniwine.com/news-and-events/go-ahead-browse-wine-reviews-all-you-want/#more-1796

What Is Whole Cluster Pinot Noir?

What does whole cluster (or whole berry) fermentation mean in winemaking?

http://www.forbes.com/sites/katiebell/2015/08/06/ask-a-winemaker-what-is-whole-cluster-pinot-noir/

Angry Orchard Recalls Hard Cider Over Potential Bottle Explosion

The company said two batches of the hard cider may be showing signs of refermentation in the bottle, which could result in increased carbonization levels. That could cause overflowing upon opening or a bursting bottle under increased pressure.

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http://www.nbcnews.com/business/consumer/angry-orchard-recalls-hard-cider-over-potential-bottle-explosion-n405291

New JD Products

Brown-Forman is expanding its Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select brand, available at 45% abv and priced around $200, with a more limited label this fall called Sinatra Century (this is the centenary year of the singer’s birth), distilled at 50% abv and priced at $500 a 750-ml. The limited release is already shipping to travel retail and is expected to be on U.S. shelves by October. For the Sinatra series, Jack Daniel’s has employed special barrels with grooves on the staves to draw more whiskey into the wood, explains senior vice president and chief marketing officer John Hayes.

Another product, Jack Daniel’s No. 27 Gold, is currently sold only in travel retail but likely to be released into the U.S. market by year-end, Hayes says. No. 27 Gold is bottled at 80-proof with extra maturation in maple barrels, as well as a second charcoal filtering, resulting in a lighter and sweeter whiskey originally aimed at the Asian market. The price is likely to be around $100.

Looking ahead to next year, Hayes said a new rye product, called Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Rye, will be released in limited quantities at around $50. Two other ryes, the Jack Daniel’s Unaged Rye ($70) and the Jack Daniel’s Rested Rye ($60) are no longer being actively marketed by Brown-Forman.

NEW APP ALLOWS USERS TO ‘VISUALLY TASTE’ SPIRITS

The new smartphone app is marketed as “the IMDb for spirits”, and provides the user with a rating of the chosen spirit, information about the distillery, production methods, and a personalised Flavour Spiral – a visual depiction of each of the tasting notes.

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2015/08/new-app-allows-users-to-visually-taste-spirits/?article-source=newsletter&source=489&date=2015-08-10

XINOMAVRO KEY TO UNLOCKING GREEK POTENTIAL?

Xinomavro, a variety native to Greece and often compared to Nebbiolo due to its ability to develop complex earthy aromas with age, has the potential to unlock Greece’s  full potential, according to its winemakers.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2015/08/xinomavro-key-unlocking-greek-potential/

THE 5 BEST SIMPLE SANGRIA RECIPES

With only a few simple ingredients and a short amount of time, you’ll be able to whip up a delicious Sangria and immediately imagine yourself drinking on the streets of Spain.

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http://vinepair.com/wine-blog/tested-the-5-best-simple-sangria-recipes/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=5765192825-August_8_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-5765192825-38937345

More than 60% of Americans now avoid soda: Gallup

Nearly two-thirds of Americans avoid drinking either diet or regular soda, according to Gallup’s annual Consumption Habits poll.

http://www.gallup.com/poll/184436/majority-americans-say-try-avoid-drinking-soda.aspx

Everything you need to know about beer, in one chart

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http://www.businessinsider.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-beer-in-one-chart-2015-8

Drink Red Wine to Lose Weight: Researchers

A component of red wine turns flabby white fat into fat-blasting brown fat, says a new study published in the International Journal of Obesity.

http://www.newsmax.com/Health/Headline/red-wine-resveratrol-obesity/2015/08/09/id/669272/

Are Hidden Ingredients in Your Beer Making You Sick?

Fortunately, beer “allergies” are rarely life threatening.

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http://www.msn.com/en-us/health/wellness/are-hidden-ingredients-in-your-beer-making-you-sick/ar-BBlCnPj

Indianapolis brewery explains ‘Tom Brady Sux’ beer can born-on date

Sun King Brewery is doing after some 20,000 cans of their Wee Mac Scottish Ale were printed with a born-on date that included the message, “Tom Brady Sux.”

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http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/25266527/indianapolis-brewery-explains-tom-brady-sux-beer-born-on-date

THIS MAP SHOWS WHICH EUROPEAN COUNTRIES DRINK THE MOST BEER

A map created by Czech linguist, mathematician, and artist Jakob Marian breaks down just how much beer each European country is drinking (in liters per year per capita), and surprise, surprise: Eastern Europe is the biggest consumer.

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http://www.thrillist.com/drink/nation/which-european-countries-drink-the-most-beer-mapped

Jamaica Plain MA liquor store is accused of racial profiling

Professor says he was falsely identified as thief

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/08/11/umass-boston-professor-accuses-liquor-store-racial-profiling/9DON3Z2Zk4wYrerBcvfkHL/story.html

Heat Wave Shrivelling French Wine Production

A long period of hot weather threatens to hit the wine harvest in France’s famous Burgundy and Beaujolais regions

http://news.discovery.com/earth/weather-extreme-events/heat-wave-shrivelling-french-wine-production-150811.htm

Sicilian wine’s time to shine

Sun-kissed and windswept, Sicily is the Mediterranean’s largest island, characterized by rocky mountains, dramatic seascapes and diverse microclimates that together yield a bounty of succulent grapes

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http://experience.usatoday.com/food-and-wine/story/tours-and-trails/wine-tours-and-trails/2015/08/11/sicilian-wine-industry-grows/31173807/

Handmade business cards with inlaid real grape stems

The idea was to create handmade cards by using recycled paper and real grape stems that would be in the pulp but also inlaid in small particles on the paper.

http://socialvignerons.com/2015/08/12/handmade-business-cards-real-inlaid-grape-stems/

‘Soft’? ‘Hot’? ‘Clean’? 7 ways to decode the secret language of beer

There are a few descriptors in particular that crop up often in beer writing, and clarifying these seven terms can go a long way toward communicating what a beer will actually taste like.

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http://www.latimes.com/food/dailydish/la-dd-beer-terms-language-20150810-htmlstory.html

Italy’s Best-Kept Secret Is Its Sparkling Wine Region

Italy’s best kept secrets: the Franciacorta wine region.

http://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2015-08-10/italys-best-kept-secret-is-its-sparkling-wine-region-franciacorta

Boston startup Kuvée wants to sell you the last wine bottle you’ll ever need

Kuvée is designing an Internet-connected wine bottle that would hold different canisters of wine. It will be able to dispense one glass at a time, while preventing the rest of the wine in the canister from being exposed to air, which causes them to go bad.

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http://www.betaboston.com/news/2015/08/10/boston-startup-kuvee-wants-to-sell-you-the-last-wine-bottle-youll-ever-need/

There’s a Wheaties beer now

Fear not, there’s not actually any Wheaties in the beer.

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http://fortune.com/2015/08/12/wheaties-beer-hefewheaties/

Saving opened bottles of wine

These so-called methods of wine preservation range in cost from free to hundreds of dollars.

http://azdailysun.com/lifestyles/food-and-cooking/wine/pine-wine-saving-opened-bottles-of-wine/article_2802e53f-29c4-56ec-b19c-514a009995d1.html

MillerCoors Introduces Redd’s Wicked Black Cherry

The Redd’s family of brands is giving fans even more ways to break their routine with the nationwide debut of Redd’s Wicked Black Cherry.

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http://www.brewbound.com/news/millercoors-introduces-redds-wicked-black-cherry

Spreadable Beer Is a Real Thing … And It’s Delicious

Beer jelly is exactly what it sounds like. Instead of starting with fruit juice or pulp, you boil beer with the requisite sugar and pectin, stick it in a jar, and let it set.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-08-13/spreadable-beer-is-a-real-thing-and-delicious

N.H. reports record liquor, wine sales

The New Hampshire Liquor Commission’s gross sales hit a record $642 million in Fiscal Year 2015, an increase of $21 million – or 3.4 percent over 2014, according to unaudited sales figures. Total liquor net profits transferred to the state’s General Fund reached a record $151.7 million.

http://www.seacoastonline.com/article/20150813/NEWS/150819552

The Subtle Science of Wine Tasting

Tasting wine is science. Of course, you do not need to be a scientist to enjoy wine.

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http://winefolly.com/review/science-of-wine-tasting/?utm_source=Wine+Folly&utm_campaign=98d250dde9-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a18d8bdc1b-98d250dde9-62472929&mc_cid=98d250dde9&mc_eid=d73340fcba

New Jim Beam Apple

Beam Suntory has branched out with a new flavored offering in the Jim Beam lineup with the launch of Jim Beam Apple. The 70-proof Bourbon-based liqueur, a blend of apple liqueur and Kentucky straight Bourbon, joins the brand’s other flavored offshoots, including Jim Beam Honey, Red Stag by Jim Beam, Jim Beam Maple and Kentucky Fire, which debuted last August and hit 88,000 cases by the end of 2014, according to Impact Databank. Jim Beam Apple will compete against Diageo’s Crown Royal Regal Apple, which has had a hugely successful start since launching in November 2014. Diageo CEO Ivan Menezes recently told investors that more than 1 million cases of Crown Royal Regal Apple had been shipped during that time, with depletions nearing 900,000 case

Can playing classical music while making wine change its taste?

Enjoying a fancy dinner by candlelight to the sound of soft jazz may affect how you perceive the taste of your wine, studies show.

http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2015/08/wine-making-classical-music-seven-stones/

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Our Liquor Industry News/Links 08-01-15

August 1, 2015

Liquor Industry News/Links

08-01-15

By: Mark C Lenzi

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Our Facebook Beacon Is Installed!

Facebook Bluetooth beacons send information to smartphones and tablets that come in range with them. Inside Facebook, users will see “place tips,” including greetings and links to pages for locations they’re exploring.

Place Tips will deliver information derived from the locations’ Facebook pages, above the news feeds on users’ smartphones. For now, the service is free for businesses, but Facebook said it could one day sell ads tied to the information, giving it another way to make ads more personal, and potentially relevant.

When you stop in open Your Facebook. The top of your news feed will have our Facebook information.

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http://www.slashgear.com/facebook-bluetooth-beacons-released-free-for-small-businesses-09387536/

 

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A beer company launches near South Station

An open-concept office building in the middle of the city is a strange place for a beer company

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Wine is the ‘most dangerous’ drug on the market

Australia’s ‘most dangerous’ drug can be cheaper than bottled water, deadlier than crystal meth and more socially destructive than cigarettes; it targets the young, the poor and the most addicted.

http://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2015/07/22/dangerous-drug-market/

Local MA Cider

Salem, Massachusetts’ Far From The Tree cider house has partnered with distributor Massachusetts Beverage Alliance (MBA) to expand availability throughout the Bay State. The cider company had previously self-distributed around the North Shore and greater Boston area. Far From The Tree was founded in 2013 and produces a line of small-batch, traditional and craft hard cider from 100% Massachusetts pressed apples. MBA’s network includes distributors Merrimack, Burke, Colonial, Commercial and Atlas.

Exploring the Wines of Montefalco

Montefalco is a small mountain village in the province of Perugia in Umbria almost exactly half way down the boot,  in the middle of the peninsula.

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http://www.novacadamatre.com/exploring-the-wines-of-montefalco/

Inside Anheuser-Busch’s craft beer deals

But recently a new trend is starting to impact the marketplace: Goliath is spending big money to bring David over to its side.

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http://www.cnbc.com/2015/07/24/inside-anheuser-buschs-craft-beer-deals.html

The Daily Meal Uncorks the 101 Best Wineries in America in 2015

The world’s largest food and drink lifestyle site, just unveiled its annual list of the 101 Best Wineries in America.

http://www.wineindustryadvisor.com/2015/07/27/daily-meal-101-best-us-wineries/

Why the sommelier watches how you attack the bread basket

Not to make you self-conscious, but next time you sit down at a restaurant table, you might suspect you’re being watched.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/why-the-sommelier-watches-how-you-attack-the-bread-basket/2015/07/25/ede8d190-2fd3-11e5-97ae-30a30cca95d7_story.html

How to visualize wine

The story behind Wine Folly, a website-cum-blog-cum-graphic design business that’s introducing wine to a Millennial audience the digital way – with lots of visuals.

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https://www.meininger.de/en/wine-business-international/how-visualize-wine

What you can learn about wine from the makers

What they themselves have learned about it and how better to appreciate it.

http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2015/07/27/3737092_what-you-can-learn-about-wine.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

These 11 brewers make over 90% of all U.S. beer

U.S. beer market in which exactly nine companies controlled 90% of all beer sold here in 2014, according to Beer Marketer’s Insights.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/these-11-brewers-make-over-90-of-all-us-beer-2015-07-27?mod=latestnews

Inside Wine: Beauty in the Bottle

Are these photographs of wine merely abstract beauty or can they tell us more?

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sondra-barrett/inside-wine-beauty-in-the-bottle_b_7872394.html

A new approach to training wine experts

Aroxa capsules are designed to teach wine professionals how to identify specific flavor and aroma compounds.

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https://www.meininger.de/en/wine-business-international/new-approach-training-wine-experts

Linfield College Adds Online Wine Certificates

Two new online certificate programs: Wine Marketing and Wine Management.

http://campustechnology.com/articles/2015/07/27/linfield-college-adds-online-wine-certificates.aspx

Does Alcohol Go Bad? Yep, So Here’s How Long You Have To Finish Off Your Favorite Booze

Booze does go bad, so contrary to popular belief, you don’t have forever to finish off that bottle of sherry you inexplicably have stashed away in the back of your liquor cabinet.

http://www.bustle.com/articles/99585-does-alcohol-go-bad-yep-so-heres-how-long-you-have-to-finish-off-your-favorite

The most popular liquor in every state

Every drinker has his or her poison of choice, but it turns out that every state does, too.

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http://www.businessinsider.com/the-most-popular-liquor-in-every-state-2015-7

Is There a Better Way to Talk About Wine?

As extravagant tasting notes have become de rigeur in the marketing world, they’ve also arguably lost their practical function as consumer guides.

http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/is-there-a-better-way-to-talk-about-wine

Winetasting Terminology

The purpose of each of the charts below is to link the chemical causes of distinctive wine aromas to the potential descriptions we can use to describe these elements

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http://www.guildsomm.com/TC/stay_current/features/b/guest_blog/archive/2015/04/02/winetasting-terminology-the-poetry-and-the-prose

5 Great Things That Beer Does for America

What the beer industry does for all of us, including employing millions of people and generating billions in economic output.

http://time.com/money/3976822/beer-jobs-taxes-sales/

PREMIUM SAKE LATEST TREND TO HIT US

A Maine resident has produced his own sake and is set to release it in the US, believing premium rice wine to be “an untapped market.”

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2015/07/craft-sake-is-latest-trend-in-us/

BLUE WINE: THE LATEST ADDITION TO THE WINE COLOR SPECTRUM

The wine world is full of choices – red or white, sparkling or still, refreshing rosé or spritzy vinho verde. Well now there’s one more: blue vino.

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http://vinepair.com/booze-news/blue-wine-the-latest-addition-to-the-wine-color-spectrum/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=fee6a24a58-July_29_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-fee6a24a58-38937345

10 facts you didn’t know about Spanish wine

Wine blogger Timmer Brown lifts the lid on everything you (probably) didn’t know about Spanish vino.

http://www.thelocal.es/20150729/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-spanish-wine

Midnight Cellars celebrates 20 years

One of the truly great family vineyards! Always in stock!

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http://pasoroblesdailynews.com/midnight-cellars-celebrates-20-years/39501/

Coppola Launches Vendetta, A New Red Blend

Francis Ford Coppola Winery has unveiled Vendetta, a new California red blend retailing at $24.95. Making its debut with a 2013 vintage, Vendetta is a blend of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendocino County and 34% Malbec from Monterey County. The new entry will be available at retail and on-premise. Geyserville, California-based Francis Ford Coppola Winery also produces the FC Reserve, Director’s Cut, Diamond Collection, Gia by Gia Coppola, Sofia and Rosso & Bianco brands, among others.

PRODUCER RELEASES CHIPOTLE PEPPER WHISKEY

Rogue Ales and Spirits has launched Rogue Chipotle Whiskey, a new small-batch expression distilled with chipotle peppers.

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2015/07/producer-releases-chipotle-pepper-flavoured-whiskey/?article-source=newsletter&source=483&date=2015-07-31

ROOIBOS: AN ALTERNATIVE TO SULPHUR?

A winery in Stellenbosch is channelling the antioxidant properties of South Africa’s native rooibos plant to avoid adding sulphur to its wines.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2015/07/rooibos-an-alternative-to-sulphur/

Our Very Best Summer Wine Cocktails

Summer cocktails should be light and crazy refreshing.

http://winefolly.com/tutorial/our-very-best-summer-wine-cocktails/?utm_source=Wine+Folly&utm_campaign=db8e13ffd3-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a18d8bdc1b-db8e13ffd3-62472929&mc_cid=db8e13ffd3&mc_eid=d73340fcba

How Much Wine Should You Pour In A Glass?

You May Not Agree With What Experts Have To Say

http://www.bustle.com/articles/100781-how-much-wine-should-you-pour-in-a-glass-you-may-not-agree-with-what-experts

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE WINES OF SICILY

The wines of Sicily have a true personality all their own and are often quite affordable.

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http://vinepair.com/wine-geekly/intro-wines-of-sicily-guide-with-map/

20 Amazingly Simple Food and Wine Pairing Ideas

Food wines are rapidly growing in popularity. Not only are they affordable, but they will make things taste better.

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The Four Pillars of Greek Wine

Greece is one of the oldest wine producing regions in the world

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2014/12/14/the-four-pillars-of-greek-wine/

Natick selectmen to resume controversial liquor license hearing

Total Wine & More, a Maryland-based company with more than 100 stores across the country, hopes to open its first location in Massachusetts at the Cloverleaf Mall.

http://natick.wickedlocal.com/article/20141214/NEWS/141218086

http://natick.wickedlocal.com/article/20141216/NEWS/141217625/1489/FRONTPAGE/?Start=1

Profile of the US Wine Consumer

Who is the American wine consumer today? What types of wine do they prefer and where do they purchase their wine?

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http://lizthach.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/profile-of-the-us-wine-consumer/

New Sutter Home

California winemaker Sutter Home Family Vineyards, part of the Trinchero Family Estates group, has launched a new red blend simply called Sutter Home Red Blend. The new release is made from California Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. It’s packaged with a distinctive black label—a look that has become a prevailing trend among recent California red wine releases. Sutter Home Red Blend has a suggested retail price of $6.99 and is available nationwide.

BAR PROSECUTED FOR NEAR-FATAL LIQUID NITROGEN COCKTAIL

Court proceedings have started against a bar that served an 18-year-old girl a liquid nitrogen cocktail which led to doctors removing her stomach.

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/12/bar-prosecuted-for-near-fatal-liquid-nitrogen-cocktail/?article-source=newsletter&source=324&date=2014-12-16

THE SCOTCH BRANDS TO WATCH IN 2015

Only time will tell if Scotch whisky can claw back sales after a year of decline, but which will be the three brands worth keeping an eye on in 2015?

http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/12/the-scotch-brands-to-watch-in-2015/?article-source=newsletter&source=324&date=2014-12-16

New Spanish Cava

Spanish Cava brand Segura Viudas has debuted a new Gran Cuvée Reserva and updated the packaging across its line. The newest offering is a hand-harvested blend of Spain’s Macabeo and Parellada grapes as well as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, which is aged on the lees in the winery’s subterranean caves. Gran Cuvée Reserva ($14) joins the estate’s top cuvee, Reserva Heredad ($25), as well as Brut, Brut Rosé and Extra Dry (all $10). The line is also receiving a new modern packaging design prominently featuring the Segura Viudas crest that celebrates the winery’s history. Segura Viudas is owned and operated by Spain’s Ferrer family of Sant Sadurni d’Anoia and imported by Freixenet USA.

New report: Wine will always have a place at the table

Wine Market Council conducted two online discussion groups to gain insight into the relationship of wine, craft beer and cocktails.

http://napavalleyregister.com/star/business/new-report-wine-will-always-have-a-place-at-the/article_e49220f5-d339-5104-8cd5-209f61c5a6b9.html

 

Selectmen Give 10-Day Liquor License Suspension to Waxy O’Connor’s

The establishment will serve a 10-day suspension with three days being a Friday or Saturday.

http://patch.com/massachusetts/foxborough/selectmen-give-10-day-liquor-license-suspension-waxy-oconners-0

Limited Edition Dress Shoe Hides A Bottle Of Scotch In Its Heel

British shoemaker Oliver Sweeney has partnered with legendary scotch whiskey producer Johnnie Walker for a limited collaboration dress shoe.

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http://www.businessinsider.com/oliver-sweeney-johnnie-walker-shoe-2014-12

Big Y opens Table & Vine Fine Wines, Spirits and Beer at Boston Road supermarket in Wilbraham

Big Y Foods Inc. has opened its fourth Table & Vine Fine Wines, Spirits and Beer location, within the Big Y supermarket at 2035 Boston Road in Wilbraham.

http://www.masslive.com/business-news/index.ssf/2014/12/big_y_opens_table_vine_fine_wines_spirit.html

Chow Bella’s Quick Holiday Guide to Sparkling Wine

Hey, did you know that Champagne can only be called Champagne if it comes from the Champagne region of France? If it’s not, it’s just called sparkling wine.

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http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/bella/2014/12/chow_bellas_quick_holiday_guide_to_sparkling_wine.php

Drinks to make your spirits bright

In addition to good food, glogg, mulled wine, colorful cocktails and festive punches can help bolster most everyone’s holiday spirit.

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http://www.mywebtimes.com/life/drinks-to-make-your-spirits-bright/article_08c258c9-2cdc-56a6-8bb7-eb5431a570d7.html

A beer for the Hanukkah holiday

After nearly two decades of producing He’Brew brand Jewish beers, Shmaltz Brewing Co. has finally brewed a special beer for Hanukkah.

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http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2014/12/16/next-round-chanukah-beer/20462037/

America’s Fastest Growing Beer Brands

American beer sales have followed a downward trend in recent years.

http://247wallst.com/special-report/2014/12/17/americas-fastest-growing-beer-brands/

Peppermint beer? Try these 5 offbeat holiday flavors

Pumpkin is out. Peppermint is in. It’s time to warm your belly with seasonal flavors.

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http://www.indystar.com/story/life/food/2014/12/16/local-beers-winter/20261037/

 

DIAGEO WINS TRADEMARK BATTLE

A Texas court has ruled in favour of Diageo and against a Canadian whiskey rival in a trademark lawsuit over its Crown Royal brand.

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/12/diageo-wins-trademark-battle-with-us-rival/

Jackson Family Buys South African Vineyard

Jackson Family Wines, which owns more than 20,000 acres of vineyards in California and around the world, is expanding to a new wine region: South Africa. Wine Spectator has learned the company is buying Fijnbosch farm, which includes 20 acres of vines in the Banghoek Valley, a ward in the prominent Stellenbosch region, according to a spokesperson for the firm.

Jackson Family is planning to release 1,000 cases of a Chardonnay called Capensis made from the farm’s 2013 vintage, co-produced with vintner Antony Beck, a local whose family owns Graham Beck Wines. The purchase price for the farm, which totals 121 acres of land overall, was not disclosed. The deal continues a wave of expansion for the company, which has recently added vineyards in Oregon and California.

The Engelage family is selling the property, located near Bartinney and Thelema Mountain Vineyards, two top producers. Until now, they have sold the grapes to other wineries, including Jackson Family. South African wines have improved markedly and steadily in the past decade, though annual exports to the U.S. have plateaued at around 1 million cases

New Moonshine

Gatlinburg, Tennessee’s Sugarlands Distilling Company is adding to its lineup of moonshine offerings with the release of American Peach, created with TV personality Mark Rogers. Rogers, who appears on the Discovery Channel’s “Moonshiners” program, is the second personality to participate in Sugarlands’ Legends Series, following Jim Tom Hedrick. Sugarlands Shine American Peach ($25 a 750-ml. jar) will roll out in mid-January 2015 at retail in Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky, Illinois, Minnesota and Florida. American Peach marks the distillery’s first 70-proof moonshine and joins other products including Silver Cloud Tennessee Sour Mash, Jim Tom Hedrick’s Unaged Rye, Appalachian Apple Pie, Blockader’s Blackberry, Butterscotch Gold, Old Fashioned Lemonade and Southern Sweet Tea.

New Harpoon Beer

Boston-based Harpoon Brewery has released Tuscan Pool Party—a new wine grape-infused beer—as part of its limited edition 100 Barrel Series. Created as part of a collaboration between Harpoon’s Charlie Cummings and Italian brewer Moreno Ercolani, Tuscan Pool Party is brewed with a Sangiovese and Merlot grape juice blend and Amarillo dry hops, then aged on oak spirals. The 7.6%-abv offering is currently offered in 22-ounce bottles, as well as on limited draft. Tuscan Pool Party is the 52nd installment in Harpoon’s 100 Barrel Series, which offers individual Harpoon brewers the opportunity to formulate a new recipe and brew a one-off beer.

COGNAC THE SPIRIT

Today more than 21,000 people work to produce and market 130 million bottles a year which are sold in more than 100 countries

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http://www.francetoday.com/articles/2014/12/16/cognac_the_spirit.html?utm_source=Le+Petit+Journal&utm_campaign=c957afde64-LPJ_for_December_17_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a09360c5c2-c957afde64-55781545

THE HISTORY OF CHAMPAGNE SABERING

So who was the ‘genius’ to first sabre a bottle of Champagne?

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10 Things Every Self-Respecting Wine Lover Should Know About Prosecco

Today, exports of Prosecco rival those of Champagne, in both volume and sales numbers.

http://blogs.houstonpress.com/eating/2014/12/best_prosecco_houston_christmas.php

6 things to know about Sauternes, Bordeaux’s liquid gold

The holiday season is a time to indulge, and Sauternes — the sweet white wine from France’s Bordeaux region — is a perfect fit.

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2014/12/15/6-things-to-know-about-sauternes-bordeauxs-liquid-gold/

The Art of Davis Bynum Blending: A Pinot Noir Clonal Lesson

Pinot Noir, a widely known grape, has several sub-varieties, referred to as “clones.”

http://www.dallaswinechick.com/the-art-of-davis-bynum-blending-a-pinot-noir-clonal-lesson/

DEAD SPIDER FOUND IN SMIRNOFF VODKA

Diageo has launched an investigation after a dead spider was found floating inside a bottle of Smirnoff vodka.

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/12/dead-spider-found-in-smirnoff-vodka-bottle/

FedEx will begin shipping wine to Massachusetts on February 1st

FedEx announced today that, effective Feb. 1, 2015, FedEx Express and FedEx Ground will open the state of Massachusetts for legal shipments of alcoholic beverages

http://shipcompliantblog.com/blog/2014/12/17/fedex-will-begin-shipping-wine-massachusetts-febuary-1st/#sthash.WiyGEuPh.dpuf

17 Bottles Of Liquor That Make Amazing Gifts

Business Insider reached out to our friends in the booze business

http://www.businessinsider.com/bottles-of-liquor-to-give-as-gifts-2014-12

Will Liquor Laws OK Drinks in Mass. Assisted Living?

In Massachusetts, alcohol in assisted living may soon become a reality, according to local reports this week on a state bill that has recently passed in Massachusetts’ Senate.

http://seniorhousingnews.com/2014/12/17/will-liquor-laws-ok-drinks-mass-assisted-living/

9 of the Year’s Best Red Wine Values

Food And Wines

Here are nine of my favorite red wine values from the past year of tasting, from wine regions around the world.

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Gallo Releases Data On Consumer Wine Drinking

E & J Gallo Winery’s Consumer Wine Trends Survey asked where, when and how Americans are enjoying wine.

http://www.beveragedynamics.com/2014/12/10/gallo-releases-data-on-consumer-wine-drinking/2910/

New Uncle Val’s Peppered Gin

35 Maple Street Spirits of Sonoma, California has spiced up their portfolio with Uncle Val’s Peppered Gin, a new handcrafted gin infused with red peppers, black peppers and pimento. All-natural and gluten-free, Uncle Val’s Peppered Gin is available nationally for a suggested retail price of $39 for a 750-ml. bottle.

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MA Jack’s Abby Announces Brewery Expansion

Jack’s Abby, one of Massachusetts’ fastest growing craft breweries, is set to embark on a major expansion that will more than triple its brewing capacity.

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http://www.brewbound.com/news/jacks-abby-announces-brewery-expansion

Life with Wine: Oral Hygiene

How wine lovers can maintain a healthy white smile

http://www.bottlenotes.com/the-daily-sip/wine-tips/red-wine-white-teeth-december-2014

The Inside Scoop on How Wines Make the Wine Spectator Top 100 List

Everyone loves lists, and for wine lovers the only list is the Wine Spectator Top 100 that comes out near the end of every year – and has been since 1988.

http://radio.foxnews.com/2014/12/18/the-inside-scoop-on-how-wines-make-the-wine-spectator-top-100-list/

How the physics of champagne bubbles may help address the world’s future energy needs

Uncork a bottle of champagne, and as the pressure of the liquid is abruptly removed,

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http://phys.org/news/2014-12-physics-champagne-world-future-energy.html

Wine Books Make Perfect Last-Minute Gifts

A round up of some cracking reads and essential guides for wine lovers.

http://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2014/12/wine-books-make-perfect-last-minute-gifts

PAPPY VAN WINKLE 20YO TOPS CONSUMER RATINGS

Buffalo Trace’s coveted Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year Old is the whisky most highly rated by consumers, a new report has revealed.

Pappy is the most requested item we can NEVER get!

http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/12/pappy-van-winkle-20yo-tops-consumer-ratings/?article-source=newsletter&source=327&date=2014-12-19

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Clever wine gadgets to pop your cork

Wine expert Charlotte Sager-Wilde tests out some tools for wine-lovers to see if they’re a great idea or a gimmick

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/dec/07/wine-gadgets-tried-and-tested-by-expert-charlotte-sager-wilde

Wine cork makers seek to put a stop to declining sales

The world’s wine cork producers want you to know they’re sorry

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-cork-campaign-20141207-story.html#page=1

Wine Bottle-Turned-Lamp Is Held Up by Spurting Drink

It doesn’t even matter what kind of spirit you choose. As long as it’s a bottle, you can turn it into a lamp with just a 3D printing session and a bit of creativity.

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http://news.softpedia.com/news/Wine-Bottle-Turned-Lamp-Is-Held-Up-by-Spurting-Drink-466802.shtml

TOP 10 NEW PRODUCTS

New Liquor products this holiday season

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/12/top-10-new-products-12/

OVER 65’S STINGIEST WITH PARTY WINES

Consumers aged 65 and over are most likely to bring cheap wine to parties according to a new study by Wine Intelligence.

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/12/over-65s-stingiest-with-party-wines/

TOP 10 GADGET GIFTS FOR BEER LOVERS

Still struggling to find a gift for the beer-lover in your life? Our round up of nifty beer gadgets could offer some much-needed inspiration.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/12/top-10-gadget-gifts-for-beer-lovers/

Would You Go to the Wine Equivalent of a Tupperware Party?

This is a serious question. When a major wine producer embraces the Tupperware selling model, an at-home wine-buying party just might be in your future.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-12-08/would-you-go-to-the-wine-equivalent-of-a-tupperware-party-.html

Minerality: Truth or fiction?

The term “minerality” is often used as a wine but has no real definition or generally accepted scientific basis for its existence.

http://napavalleyregister.com/lifestyles/food-and-cooking/wine/columnists/allen-balik/minerality-truth-or-fiction/article_fcf5f9d4-a690-549c-8099-666a272c5db6.html

Wine competitions need reforms to avoid leaving bitter aftertaste

Competitions typically charge wineries at least $50 per entry.

http://www.sacbee.com/food-drink/wine/dunne-on-wine/article4242725.html

21 Things People Who Love Wine Are Tired of Hearing, Especially From You Craft Beer Snobs

As everyone who loves wine knows, being a wino can leave you open to the commentary of others

http://www.bustle.com/articles/52485-21-things-people-who-love-wine-are-tired-of-hearing-especially-from-you-craft-beer-snobs

Ship Wine as a Gift Without Breaking the Law

If you have a friend or family member who loves wine, but lives in another state, you may be inclined to ship some over to him or her as a gift.

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http://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/shopping/2014/ship-wine-as-gift-without-breaking-law/

Will FDA’s Calorie-Count for Alcoholic Drinks Affect Your Drinking?

A new FDA rule forces restaurants to post calorie counts for alcoholic beverages, but some drinkers can still find ways to hide from their caloric consequences.

http://www.nationaljournal.com/outside-influences/know-your-bartender-know-your-booze-20141202

Investigate whether the grapes grown at higher altitudes have more antioxidants and phenolic compounds

The hypothesis is that higher above sea level crops receive more solar radiation

http://www.betawired.com/investigate-whether-the-grapes-grown-at-higher-altitudes-have-more-antioxidants-and-phenolic-compounds/1421057/

The science of alcohol: How booze affects your body

Drinking alcohol can make humans feel pretty good, at least in the short term.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/30350860

Fight fire with vino: A fire extinguisher in the guise of a wine bottle

The Wine Bottle Fire Extinguisher is skinned with a wine bottle, olive oil, or basaltic vinegar label, so it looks right at home on a kitchen countertop.

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http://www.digitaltrends.com/home/fight-fire-vino-fire-extinguisher-guise-wine-bottle/

 

The everything-under-$60 beer lover’s gift guide

The shopping guide for every beer lover on your list.

http://draftmag.com/2014-gift-guide-beer/

TOP 10 ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS SPIRITS

It’s that time of year when bottles of sloe gin fly off the shelves, but this Christmas there are plenty of festive alternatives to choose from.

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/12/top-10-christmas-spirits-2014/?article-source=newsletter&source=318&date=2014-12-08

  Mass. farmer-wineries decry change to law

Under the new rules, farmer-wineries can get a license to ship directly to consumers. But if they want to continue selling to stores and restaurants, they would now have to go through one of the state’s alcohol distributors, who might be uninterested in taking on the low-volume businesses.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2014/12/06/massachusetts-farmer-wineries-decry-change-law-legislators-scrambling-fix-mistake-before-jan/AT8gp49QLcMVpOILkn4ZBK/story.html

8 Winter Beers & A Cider To Try Now Before They Are Gone

Amidst the glut of holiday seasonals The New School has painstakingly identified the best 8 Winter Beers & a Cider to try now before they are gone.

http://newschoolbeer.com/2014/12/eight-beers-ciders-winter-must-try-now.html

Skipjacks Handed Seven-Day Liquor License Suspension, Punishment for Waxy O’Connors to Come Next Week

Skipjack’s at Patriot Place will be barred from serving alcohol for seven days.

http://patch.com/massachusetts/foxborough/skipjacks-handed-seven-day-liquor-license-suspension-punishment-waxy-oconnors-come-next-week

The Incredible Story Of Starting The World’s Largest Wine Brand, Barefoot Wines

They successfully sold the brand to E&J Gallo in 2005 and Barefoot is now the largest wine brand in the world.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertreiss/2014/12/09/the-incredible-story-of-starting-the-worlds-largest-wine-brand-barefoot-wines/

ZIPZ WINE GETS FUNDING ON SHARK TANK

Single serve wine brand Zipz has secured a record $2.5m in funding on the US equivalent of Dragon’s Den, called Shark Tank on ABC.

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/12/zipz-wine-gets-2-5m-funding-on-shark-tank

Wine Glasses: Three Fun Ways To Personalize Them

Personalized wine glasses will come in handy when you are enjoying wine with several people or hosting a party or dinner.

http://www.webpronews.com/wine-glasses-three-fun-ways-to-personalize-them-2014-12

14 Hands a Washington wine phenomenon

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates created the brand in 2005 as a restaurant-only label.

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http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20141210/BLOG5203/141219984

Top 100 Wines: The Best of the West Coast in 2014

S.F. Chronicle’s Top 100 Wines of 2014

http://nblo.gs/11VAEH

Seven hot toddies for a cold day

A classic, simple mix of whisky (or brandy or whatever), honey, lemon and hot tea (or hot water), it’s a cure for what ails ya

http://www.examiner.com/article/seven-hot-toddies-for-a-cold-day

MAKER’S MARK HIT WITH ‘HANDMADE’ LAWSUIT

Maker’s Mark has become the latest spirit brand to find itself in the midst of a lawsuit alleging false advertising promoting the Kentucky Bourbon as handmade.

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/12/makers-mark-hit-with-handmade-lawsuit/?article-source=newsletter&source=320&date=2014-12-10

MAP: Where Did Your State Get Its Booze During Prohibition

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31 of the Best and Worst Christmas Ales

Here they all are, counting down to the Prima Melior, the best of the best.

http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2014/12/31-of-the-best-and-worst-christmas-ales.html?a=1

More Liquor Licenses Approved For Mansfield MA

The legislation that included nine more licenses for Mansfield was recently signed by Gov. Deval Patrick.

http://patch.com/massachusetts/mansfield-ma/more-liquor-licenses-approved-mansfield

State’s largest liquor store to open in Salem NH

Renovations to begin in January

http://www.nhbr.com/December-26-2014/States-largest-liquor-store-to-open-in-Salem/

23 Craft Distilleries Every Liquor Lover Should Know

American craft distilleries are getting attention both here as well as across the pond.

http://www.businessinsider.in/23-Craft-Distilleries-Every-Liquor-Lover-Should-Know/articleshow/45460332.cms

Bota Box Spearheads Innovation In The 1.5-Liter Wine Category With Launch Of Bota Brick

NAPA, Calif., Dec. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Bota Box, the nation’s leading eco-friendly wine producer of premium 3-liter varietals, announces the launch of Bota Brick, a groundbreaking new entry in the 1.5-liter wine category. Featuring the same environmentally responsible packaging as the original 3-liter Bota Box, Bota Brick offers wine consumers a new alternative in the 1.5-liter section that stays fresh after opening more than four times longer than any 1.5-liter glass bottle.

Chilled Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season is upon us and yes, it’s time to shop for all those gifts.

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Liquor Industry News/Links 12-06-14

December 6, 2014

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By: Mark C Lenzi CSW, CSS, CWAS, QCE*

 

This Week We Hosted Franklin Adult Education With Big Y Supermarket.

Holiday Desserts And Wine Tasting.

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 Coming Next Week 2015 Medway Adult Education Winter Classes

 Our Franklin Wine Club Had First Annual Holiday Party At Davio’s Patriot Place

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Wine Scented Clothes

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Lovely bubbly in the Champagne region of France

CHAMPAGNE. The word needs little explanation to any adult and is almost guaranteed to conjure up a memory or two.

http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/travel/bigread/lovely-bubbly-in-the-champagne-region-of-france-299920.html

Why shiraz/viognier is the perfect red wine for beginners

This unique blend of grapes hales from France in the Northern Rhone region just south of Burgundy

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http://www.rochdaleonline.co.uk/news-features/2/news-headlines/92793/why-shiraz-viognier-is-the-perfect-red-wine-for-beginners

WHAT THE HECK IS ICE WINE? – AN EXPLAINER

One of the main wines drunk around the holidays is ice wine,

http://vinepair.com/wine-blog/heck-ice-wine-explainer/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=e9a35dc344-November_30_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-e9a35dc344-38937345

REASERCHERS: WINE AS THERAPY FOR ALZHEIMER’S?

Researchers concluded that resveratrol may be an effective tool in providing treatment for Alzheimer’s

http://www.snooth.com/articles/reaserchers-wine-as-therapy-for-alzheimers/

WHISKY-SCENTED ‘SMART’ TWEED LAUNCHED

It could be the perfect gift for the whisky-lover who has everything – a fabric that will permanently give off the scent of Johnnie Walker’s Black Label whisky.

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/12/whisky-scented-smart-tweed-launched/

Top 3 Beverage Alcohol Trends for 2015

Predictions on what’s hot in the wine and spirits industry in 2015

http://www.buzzbinpadillacrt.com/top-3-beverage-alcohol-trends-for-2015/

Sensory-active compounds influencing wine experts’ and consumers’ perception of red wine

For experts, wine quality is linked to high contents of norisoprenoids. For consumers, wine quality is linked to high contents of oak-related volatiles. Ethanol increases finish intensity and duration of coconut and floral flavors in red wine

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http://www.teatronaturale.com/technical-area/grapevine-and-wine/5027-sensoryactive-compounds-influencing-wine-experts-and-consumers-perception-of-red-wine.htm

WINE AND INSECT MATCHING GUIDE LAUNCHED

UK wine merchant Laithwaite’s has launched the world’s first guide to wine and insect matching in response to the growing trend for edible critters.

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/11/wine-and-insect-matching-guide-launched/

Alcohol in wine: Keeping the balance

Each winemaker seeks a certain sugar level and flavor combination before deciding to harvest.

http://napavalleyregister.com/lifestyles/food-and-cooking/wine/alcohol-in-wine-keeping-the-balance/article_937c84b8-af13-5658-910d-21ec86b4112b.html

Champagne flutes’ tune now out of favor

Maximilian Riedel wants us to leave those flutes and coupes in the cupboard

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/champagne-flutes-tune-now-out-of-favor/2014/12/01/1e3b8790-742a-11e4-a589-1b102c2f81d0_story.html

Biodynamic versus Organic Vineyard Management: Sensory Showdown

There are several differences between organic and biodynamic viticulture, but probably the biggest difference relates to the use of fermented “preparations” in biodynamic vineyard management protocols.

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http://www.academicwino.com/2014/12/biodynamic-v-organic-wines.html/

The 25 best beers of 2014

Draft Magazines Top Beers

http://draftmag.com/the-25-best-beers-of-2014/

Bottoms Up Doorbell Dings Wine Glasses

Invented by Peter van der Jagt, this delightful mechanical doorbell strikes two wine glasses to produce sound.

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http://technabob.com/blog/2014/12/02/bottoms-up-wine-glass-doorbell/

A good time for Cava

Overlooked Spanish wine is an option for the holiday season

http://blogs.praguepost.com/food-and-drink/42961-a-good-time-for-cava

A winemaker’s quest to capture Vermont in a bottle

Vermont winemaker Deirdre Heekin calls herself a farmer.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/food-dining/2014/11/29/winemaker-quest-capture-vermont-bottle/9IzOxcMvFzPDmsoU49bJIM/story.html

TOP 10 CHAMPAGNE MOVIES

From the roaring 20s to the swinging 60s, Champagne has held a special place in the heart of popular culture for the best part of 100 years, not least on the silver screen.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/12/top-10-champagne-movies/

Oenology in Long Island: Anthony Nappa Wines

Born in Massachusetts, he went to the University of Massachusetts in Amherst to earn a degree in agriculture with a focus on fruit-growing

We Have Wines In Stock!

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http://blogwine.riversrunby.net/oenology-in-long-island-anthony-nappa-wines/2014/11/30/

The Hunt for Pappy van Winkle

There are lines around the block and long waiting lists. Some are even bidding to buy empty bottles. It seems like everyone wants to own Pappy Van Winkle whiskey…but is it worth it?

We get daily calls looking for this!!

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http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/12/03/the-hunt-for-pappy-van-winkle.html

The Bar Code: How Wine Labels Lie to Us

Did you know that your wine bottle is lying to you?

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http://www.seattleweekly.com/home/955431-129/the-bar-code-how-wine-labels

Col Solare releases first Red Mountain vintage

Col Solare, the landmark winery on Red Mountain in Washington state, has released the first-ever Red Mountain-designated vintage of its flagship wine – the 2011 Col Solare Red Blend.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/col-solare-releases-first-red-190900903.html

Sebastiani launches new wine venture

Wine company Don Sebastiani & Sons, known for novel mass-market brands such as Smoking Loon and Pepperwood Grove, on Tuesday said it plans to launch a new venture that will focus on “craft-winemaking” brands.

http://www.northbaybusinessjournal.com/102738/sebastiani-launches-new-wine-venture/

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FIRST FEMALE-ONLY WINE LIST LAUNCHED

A wine list composed entirely of wines made by women has been launched at a London restaurant.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/12/first-female-only-wine-list-launched/

TOP 10 CHRISTMAS COCKTAILS

‘Tis the season to get hosting, and what better way to entertain your nearest and dearest than with a Christmas cocktail. Here, we’ve assembled the top jolly tipples.

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/12/top-10-christmas-cocktails/

Bud Light Announces Super Bowl Plans

The beer brand is creating the Bud Light House of Whatever for Super Bowl XLIX, also utilizing its hashtag #UpForWhatever from the 2014 ad campaign.

http://www.beveragedynamics.com/2014/11/26/bud-light-announces-super-bowl-plans/2847/

Nook: The Ultimate Innovation For Storing Wine Anywhere

Craig Nottage and Paul Smith from Nook Wine Racks in Adelaide, Australia have created the ultimate innovation for storing wine anywhere.

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http://www.chilledmagazine.com/Cool_Products-detail/nook-the-ultimate-innovation-for-storing-wine-anywhere/

2014 holiday gifts for the beer lover

All About Beer magazine has created a 2014 holiday gift guide for the beer enthusiast

http://www.dailyrecord.com/story/life/food/2014/12/03/john-holl-holiday-gifts-beer-lover/19821217/

‘SPILL-PROOF’ WINE GLASS LAUNCHED

A San Francisco-based design company has created what it claims to be a “spill proof” wine glass after four years of research.

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/12/spill-proof-wine-glass-launched/

ROBOTIC COCKTAIL MAKER TO LAUNCH

An at-home, fully-automated cocktail maker that promises to churn out bespoke “craft” cocktails in just five seconds is on track to receive funding via Kickstarter.

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/12/at-home-robotic-cocktail-maker-to-launch/

Computer Testing Now Available for Society of Wine Educators Certification

Think you’ve got what it takes to be a certified wine educator?

http://www.snooth.com/articles/computer-testing-now-available-for-society-of-wine-educators-certification/

What do You Really Smell in That Glass?

Ambitious newbies, eager to experience the breadth and depth of what the world of wine has to offer, often find themselves frustrated at their inability to pick out some of the tantalizing scents that wine critics offer up in their tasting notes.

http://www.vinography.com/archives/2014/12/zeroing_in_on_the_gap_between.html

Erath releases first wine from Willakia Vineyard

Erath Winery, one of the pioneering wineries of Oregon’s Willamette Valley and the region’s leading producer of Pinot Noir, has released the first wine from their new estate vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills, Willakia Vineyard.

http://www.winebusiness.com/newReleases/?go=getArticle&dataid=142736

Is Red Wine Good For You? Two New Studies Say Yes

Two new studies weigh in and suggest that a substance found in red wine, resveratrol, does come with some health benefits, including preventing cancer and cardiovascular diseases.

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/21504/20141204/is-red-wine-good-for-you-two-new-studies-say-yes.htm

Sommelier certification

The University of Delaware has become one of only five colleges in the nation to offer the Introduction to Wine certification course to hotel, restaurant and institutional management students.

http://www.udel.edu/udaily/2015/dec/sommelier-certification-120314.html

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Liquor Industry News/Links 11-01-14

November 1, 2014

Liquor Industry News/Links

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By: Mark C Lenzi CSW, CSS, CWAS, QCE*

 

Happy November!!

All The Signs Of The Holidays Are Around Us Already.

It Will Be A Great Time For Wine. We Are Here To Help You Get Ready!

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Star Wars Creator Sues Beer Company Over Copyright

The company behind Star Wars has filed a trademark dispute with a small brewery in Syracuse, New, York.

http://www.business2community.com/social-buzz/n-2-01048546#4hVpwqpTdY2RKvcL.99

New Irish Whiskey

M.S. Walker is launching the West Cork Irish whiskey range in the U.S. The new offering is produced in Skibbereen by West Cork Distillers, a family-owned distillery specializing in artisanal whiskies made with local ingredients. The brand’s U.S. lineup will include West Cork Original Classic Blend ($26.99 a 750-ml.), which is made with locally-grown grains and aged in Bourbon casks, and West Cork 10 Year Single Malt ($39.99 a 750-ml.), which is aged in first-fill, flame-charred Bourbon barrels. West Cork joins the Kennedy Irish whiskey and malt, Newfoundland Screech Caribbean rum and Grand Macnish Scotch whisky brands in M.S. Walker’s imported spirits portfolio.

 

AUSTRIA STEPS UP SPARKLING AMBITIONS

The Austrian Wine Marketing Board has announced a new three-tier quality hierarchy for the country’s sparkling wines as it seek to raise the profile of this style.

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/10/austria-steps-up-sparkling-ambitions/

 

GUINNESS LAUNCHES ‘ULTRA-PREMIUM’ ALE

A limited-edition amber ale brewed with both beer and whisky malt has become the first in a new Signature Series line launched by Guinness.

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/10/guinness-launches-ultra-premium-ale/

TEN THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT WINE

Here are ten surprising facts from the world of wine, making you quite the conversation starter next tasting time around.

https://grapecollective.com/articles/ten-things-you-didnt-know-about-wine

 

5 Must-Drink Oatmeal Stouts

Which oatmeal stouts should you seek out?

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http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/10/best-oatmeal-stout-beer-cicerone-picks.html

 

Why Mark Cuban Invested $1 Million In This Boxed Wine Company On ‘Shark Tank’

Mark Cuban, who says he actually likes the neon-coloured fruit wines, is so quick to lay down $US1 million for a third of the company, an investment that’s unusually large for the show.

http://www.businessinsider.com.au/mark-cuban-beatbox-shark-tank-2014-10

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE WINE CORKSCREW

The earliest reference to a corkscrew was noted in the 1680s.

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http://vinepair.com/wine-blog/history-of-the-wine-corkscrew/

 

The where and why of wine bottle shapes

The most basic aspect of wine packaging – the bottle shape – can tell you a great deal about the wine before the cork is even popped.

http://westmorelandtimes.com/news/15341/28/the-where-and-why-of-wine-bottle-shapes/

SF Wine School offers CSW online program

San Francisco Wine School announces the debut of CSW Online

http://napavalleyregister.com/star/business/sf-wine-school-offers-csw-online-program/article_695525aa-8921-5477-bcfe-13a7a8a15076.html

2014 California wine grape crop an excellent vintage

California vintners and growers across the state are grateful for another excellent vintage

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http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/2014-california-wine-grape-crop-excellent-vintage

Three Things You Didn’t Know About Alsace Wine

Think you know Alsatian wine? Try your hand at some of these little known facts about the region.

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http://wine.answers.com/french-wine/three-things-you-didnt-know-about-alsace-wine

OREGON CATTLE DEVELOP A TASTE FOR PINOT

Van Duzer Vineyards in Oregon has found a novel use for its leftover Pinot Noir grape pomace – feeding it to calves on a neighbouring farm.

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/10/oregon-cattle-develop-a-taste-for-pinot/

14 Hands Wine News

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates’ 14 Hands Winery has become the official partner of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships and sponsor of the $2 million 14 Hands Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at this year’s championships. The international thoroughbred racing event, which consists of 13 races and takes place this Friday and Saturday at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California, will be televised on NBC and NBCSN. 14 Hands will collaborate with the Breeders’ Cup to develop media and entertainment programs to support the event at the local and national level and will be served at sanctioned events at Santa Anita Park and surrounding areas. 14 Hands, an Impact “Hot Brand,” grew 34% last year to reach 1.44 million nine-liter cases in the U.S.

 

THE WORLD’S 10 MOST HAUNTED BARS

The world’s most haunted bars full of ghoulish spectres, malevolent ghosts and downright terrifying occurrences.

http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/10/the-worlds-10-most-haunted-bars/?article-source=newsletter&source=288&date=2014-10-28

 Martini Vermouth Infused with Sustainably Sourced Botanicals

The signature, vibrant taste of MARTINI vermouth originates from a blend of some of the world’s finest botanicals.

http://www.chilledmagazine.com/Industry_News-detail/martini-vermouth-infused-with-sustainably-sourced-botanicals/

 

Barossa and Clare Valley split vineyards to create geological sub-regions

Winemakers in Barossa and Clare Valley are splitting their vineyards into new sub-regions as part of a stronger focus on soil and climate in Australia’s wine sector.

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http://www.decanter.com/news/wine-news/587661/barossa-and-clare-valley-split-vineyards-to-create-geological-sub-regions

California AVAs: Too Much of a Good Thing

There are 130 official American Viticultural Areas in California, and W. Blake Gray says only about a quarter have any real meaning.

http://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2014/10/california-avas-too-much-of-a-good-thing

Facing up to alcoholism with new photo tool

A rehab clinic has come up with a distinctly disturbing tool to show you the impact of alcohol on your appearance. Interesting if you try it!

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http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/lifestyle/diet-and-fitness/facing-up-to-alcoholism-with-new-photo-tool-20141028-11d2ll.html

How Do You Say Sangiovese In Chinese? The Language Of Wine, Translated

One of the most off-putting things for new wine drinkers is the language that experienced drinkers use to describe wine.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/cathyhuyghe/2014/10/28/how-do-you-say-sangiovese-in-chinese-the-language-of-wine-translated/

 

Top 10 biggest wine myths

New world wine myths

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/new-world/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503704&objectid=11346622

Cernilli Launches New Italian Wine Guide

Gambero Rosso co-founder Daniele Cernilli has just published a new guide to the best wines in Italy, in direct competition to his former publication.

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http://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2014/10/cernilli-launches-new-italian-wine-guide

Chile-infused wine in New Mexico gets $50,000 taxpayer-funded grant

Should U.S. taxpayers help fund the making and marketing of that locally produced product? Even if it’s a chile-infused wine from southern New Mexico?

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http://watchdog.org/179514/chile-wine-grant/

 

Villa Bellangelo produces French-style fortified wine

Villa Bellangelo has produced what its owner believes to be the Finger Lakes’ only French-style fortified muscat wine.

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/roc-drink/2014/10/29/villa-bellangelo-vin-doux-naturels/18099135/

 

How to host a wine tasting

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http://www.myfoxchicago.com/clip/10784739/how-to-host-a-wine-tasting-john-terlato

BOOK REVEALS US PRESIDENTS’ DRINKING HABITS

America’s first president, George Washington, loved to drink beer and had a particular penchant for a Philadelphia brew called “Porter beer”, according to a new book exploring the role of alcohol in US politics.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/10/book-reveals-us-presidents-drinking-habits/

FIREBALL HITS BACK AT ‘ANTIFREEZE’ CHEMICAL CLAIMS

Fireball Cinnamon Whisky has hit back at claims the product is not safe for consumption due to the high levels of propylene glycol it contains – a chemical found in antifreeze.

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/10/fireball-whisky-defends-use-of-antifreeze-chemical/?article-source=newsletter&source=289&date=2014-10-29

 

WHISKY ADVENT CALENDAR 2014 GOES ON SALE

The Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar is back for another year and now available to pre-order from Maverick Drinks.

http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/10/whisky-advent-calendar-2014-goes-on-sale/

 

How hops grow: A time-lapse video

Cool hops growing time-lapse video

http://www.craftbrewingbusiness.com/ingredients-supplies/hops-grow-time-lapse-video/?utm_source=Craft+Brewing+Business+E-Newsletter&utm_campaign=7d75796200-CBBNews_20141029&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1e143189ee-7d75796200-80019125

Discovering your own taste in wine beyond 100-point scores

Expert” reviews are almost always based upon just one person’s taste or opinion.

Another reason we believe in Quini!

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http://www.lodiwine.com/blog/discovering-your-own-taste-in-wine-beyond-100-point-scores

Strippers know Champagne

Some interesting facts about Champagne

http://blog.wblakegray.com/2014/10/strippers-know-champagne.html

The 12 New Rules Of Wine

The best Rieslings? Not necessarily from Germany. Chablis? Unfairly maligned. Want to stay current? Keep reading.

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https://www.yahoo.com/food/the-12-new-rules-of-wine-100079835713.html

 

What twisted mind came up with these beer gadgets?

10 beer things you never knew existed:

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http://www.philly.com/philly/food/20141030_What_twisted_mind_came_up_with_these_beer_gadgets_.html

Valar Morghulis is an ale to die for

Game of Thrones Beer Review. IN STOCK!

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http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/entertainment/nightlife/beer-man/2014/10/29/beer-man-valar-morghulis-ale-die/18131129/

 

JIM BEAM TO RELEASE BOURBON ‘INFUSED’ WITH SCOTCH WHISKY

Beam Suntory has blended Bourbon with Scotch whisky to create a new hybrid whisky offer named Jim Beam Kentucky Dram.

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/10/jim-beam-to-release-bourbon-infused-with-scotch-whisky/?article-source=newsletter&source=291&date=2014-10-31

 

32 Must Mix Halloween Cocktails

Forget the candy! Let’s make some cocktails!

http://www.chilledmagazine.com/Drinks-detail/32-must-mix-halloween-cocktails/

A Seriously Useful Guide on Biodynamic Wine

Why we believe in scheduling your serious wine tastings on either flower days or fruit days.

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http://winefolly.com/review/biodynamic-wine-guide/?utm_source=Wine+Folly&utm_campaign=55d2bc13af-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a18d8bdc1b-55d2bc13af-62472929&mc_cid=55d2bc13af&mc_eid=d73340fcba

How Wine is Made: From Grapes to Glass

A picture guide of how wine is made, from picking grapes to bottling wine.

http://winefolly.com/review/how-wine-is-made-in-pictures/?utm_source=Wine+Folly&utm_campaign=55d2bc13af-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a18d8bdc1b-55d2bc13af-62472929&mc_cid=55d2bc13af&mc_eid=d73340fcba

New Jeremiah Weed Flavors

Diageo has officially launched a range of new flavored whiskies under the Jeremiah Weed brand. The line includes Jeremiah Weed Spiced (70.6 proof), Cinnamon (71.2 proof) and Sarsaparilla (70.4 proof) flavored American whiskies, all retailing at $19 a 750-ml. bottle and suggested to be consumed as shots or mixed with cola. The Jeremiah Weed brand also includes Southern Style Sweet Tea Vodka and Blended Bourbon Whiskey offerings.

 

Anchor Christmas Spirit

San Francisco’s Anchor Distilling Co. has partnered with sister company Anchor Brewing to release Christmas Spirit, a new holiday entry. Featuring winter spice notes, Christmas Spirit is distilled using Anchor Brewing’s Christmas Ale, an annual beer release typically available from November through mid-January. The 45%-abv clear spirit will be sold throughout the holiday season, priced at $49.99 a 750-ml. Christmas Spirit marks the latest “beer-meets-spirit” collaboration from Anchor Distilling and Anchor Brewing, following their December 2012 launch of Hophead vodka ($29.95), made with hops from Washington state’s Yakima Valley.

 

The Weird World of Wine and Spirits Vaping

As the multi-billion-dollar e-cigarette business continues to come of age, a subculture of “vaping” flavors and production methods are taking cues from both wine and spirits. Jennifer Cacicio on everything from vape and wine pairing websites to “aged” e-liquids.

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http://punchdrink.com/articles/the-weird-world-of-wine-and-spirits-vaping/

 

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AND MORE!

8 Shocking World Beer Records

You might not even want to attempt to break these records

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http://www.thedailymeal.com/8-shocking-world-beer-records

 

Wine reviews: Sauvignon Blanc

The new 2014 New Zealand sauvignon blancs are coming on to the market and those in this tasting are delicious, ripe and mouth-filling with a lively fresh finish.

http://www.odt.co.nz/lifestyle/food-wine/wine-reviews/316120/wine-reviews-sauvignon-blanc

 

MICRO-DISTILLERY TO LAUNCH CINNAMON WHISKY

A micro-distillery is readying to release a new cinnamon-flavoured whiskey later this month.

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/10/micro-distillery-to-launch-cinnamon-whisky/?article-source=newsletter&source=282&date=2014-10-20

 

BEER BOX KEEPS MOSQUITOES AWAY

A beer company in Papua New Guinea is using a beer box that, when burned, acts as an insect repellent.

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/10/beer-box-keeps-mosquitoes-away/

 

GAMAY: NZ’S RED ANSWER TO SAUVIGNON BLANC?

The winery that claims to be New Zealand’s only Gamay producer has suggested that this grape variety has scope to fulfill a similar role for the country as Sauvignon Blanc.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/10/gamay-nzs-red-answer-to-sauvignon-blanc/

 

MALBEC BECOMING MORE ‘MICHELANGELO’

The discovery of limestone soils and the use of new winemaking techniques are turning Argentine wines from “Schwarzenegger” to “Michelangelo”, according to one international consultant.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/10/malbec-becoming-more-michelangelo/

 

5 health benefits of drinking wine

Ready to raise a glass to, well, your glass? Here are five awesome reasons to buy a bottle of red, adapted from “The 5 Skinny Habits” by Dave Zulberg.

http://www.postcrescent.com/story/life/family/2014/10/20/health-benefits-drinking-wine/17241779/

 

Feds put new wine region on NC/Georgia map

A new American Viticultural Area – the Upper Hiwassee Highlands.

http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/10/18/4241155_let-it-pour-feds-put-new-wine.html?rh=1

 

What are half bottles good for?

In the south of France, half bottles are called “bed-wetter bottles” and are frequently chosen by people who don’t want to get up too many times at night.

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http://www.drvino.com/2014/10/17/half-bottle-wine/

 

WHAT YOUR WINE CHOICE SAYS ABOUT YOU, WHETHER YOU PREFER A BOTTLE OF RED OR A GLASS OF WHITE

Each popular varietal with its accompanying personality assessment, and further punctuated them with what else? Gifs. Go forth young grasshopper, and choose wisely.

http://www.bustle.com/articles/44821-what-your-wine-choice-says-about-you-whether-you-prefer-a-bottle-of-red-or-a

 

Why Does Beer Smell So Delicious?

Scientists have discovered why beer smells so good — and it has nothing to do with us. Beer, that living, breathing elixir, smells the way it smells to appeal to a totally different species.

http://modernfarmer.com/2014/10/beer-smell-delicious/?utm_source=Modern+Farmer+Newsletter&utm_campaign=dc5e0aef9b-Weekly_11_1511_15_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e8a89c7e43-dc5e0aef9b-75543437&mc_cid=dc5e0aef9b&mc_eid=5cec488ac6

 

How to Pair Wine with Halloween Candy

Some of Boston’s most respected oenophiles showed us the best bottles to pair with everything sweet, sour, and savory.

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http://www.bostonmagazine.com/restaurants/blog/2014/10/20/pairing-wine-halloween-candy/

 

Here are some wine-drinking tips

Wine is an adventure in a glass, something other cultures have recognized for centuries

http://readingeagle.com/life/article/here-are-some-wine-drinking-tips

 

What you should know about unscrewing your wine

The brisk crack we hear when opening a screw-capped wine might be less sonorous than the pop of a cork but it’s at least an assurance that the wine has been properly sealed – right? Wrong.

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http://www.goodfood.com.au/good-food/drink/what-you-should-know-about-unscrewing-your-wine-20141015-116ew5.html

 

Pro golfers crafting new beer product line

With the help of Florida-based brewer The Brew Hub, PGA tour members Graeme McDowell, Keegan Bradley and Freddie Jacobson are teeing up a line of new craft beers targeting golfers.

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http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/10/20/graeme-mcdowell-keegan-bradley-golf-beer/17498697/

 

NEW SYRUPS SET TO ‘REVOLUTIONISE’ COCKTAIL INDUSTRY

One US company is hoping to “revolutionize the cocktail market” with a new range of fruit infused syrups.

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/10/new-syrups-set-to-revolutionise-cocktail-industry/?article-source=newsletter&source=283&date=2014-10-21

 

New Beer For Stone Brewery

Stone Brewing has released a new citrus- and chocolate-flavored variant of its Smoked Porter as a limited edition seasonal offering. Brewed with Magnum and Mt. Hood hops, the new brew saw orange peel added post-fermentation and gained cocoa flavors from dark malts and the addition of chocolate from Los Angeles-based producer ChocoVivo. Stone’s Smoked Porter with Chocolate and Orange Peel is 5.9% abv, and is rolling out in 22-ounce bottles and on draft this month throughout the brewery’s distribution territory

 

B.C. Wine Subappellation Moves Ahead Wine Authority asks agricultural minister to OK Golden Mile Bench

British Columbia’s first subappellation is in sight, paving the way for additional proposals for new geographical indications in one of Canada’s primary wine regions.

http://www.winesandvines.com/template.cfm?section=news&content=140582

 

Low-calorie alcoholic drinks on the rise

According to the International Wine & Spirit Research (IWSR) Global Trends Report, the popularity of low-calorie alcoholic beverages is continuing to gain momentum across the US and Europe.

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http://www.foodmag.com.au/news/low-calorie-alcoholic-drinks-on-the-rise-iwsr

 

Wine Tasting Terms And How to Use Them

You know what wines you like but how do you describe them?

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http://winefolly.com/review/wine-tasting-terms-to-use/

 

A Gravity-Defying Way To Store Even More Beer In Your Fridge

Finally, finding room in your fridge for both a six-pack of beer and that large pizza won’t be next to impossible.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/17/store-more-beer-in-fridge_n_6004414.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000015&ir=Business

 

Everything You Need To Know About Why Mezcal Is So Smokily Unique

When it comes to the distillate of agave, most people in the United States think only of tequila. But tequila’s older, smokier forefather, mezcal, is slowly gaining more followers.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/21/mezcal_n_6022218.html

 

Phantom Gourmet: Great 8 Spots For Beer

Lager, Stout, Pilsners and Pale Ales, everyone has a favorite type of beer. These are Phantom’s 8 Greatest spots for some serious suds in MA

http://boston.cbslocal.com/2014/10/22/phantom-gourmet-great-8-spots-for-beer/

 

Perfect Pair(ings): 7 Wines to Sip with Your Favorite Halloween Treats

Instead of eating a bucket-full of Halloween candy until you collapse on the couch, why not enjoy this year’s trick-or-treating loot with a complementary glass of wine?

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http://greatideas.people.com/2014/10/21/wine-halloween-candy-pairings/

 

Red wine blends complement strengths, weaknesses of grapes

Here are some popular red grapes and what they add to blended wines:

http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/red-wine-blends-complement-strengths-weaknesses-of-grapes-20141022

 

Halloween Wine: Tricks and Treats

Here are some creative ideas for bringing wine into this year’s Halloween celebrations. We have Vampire wines in stock!

http://www.msn.com/en-us/foodanddrink/wines/halloween-wine-tricks-and-treats/ar-BB9E2Tk

 

App developers traveling nation to collect 40,000 beers for Beer Census

The makers of a new app are trying to map the beer genome, so to speak.  In the world of craft beer, the app developers want to find out what makes one beer stand out amongst others.

http://fox17online.com/2014/10/22/app-developers-traveling-nation-to-collect-40000-beers-for-beer-census/

 

Drinking a Beer Can Save You From Radiation Poisoning

If you’ve been exposed to a certain type of radiation, you should waste no time getting decontaminated — by having a beer.

http://io9.com/drinking-a-beer-can-save-you-from-radiation-poisoning-1648955835

 

MAKE THIS AT HOME: SPICED PEAR LIQUEUR

A note about this recipe: homemade infusions are something of an inexact science.

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http://theproof.bottlenotes.com/entertaining/pear-liqueur

 

TEN BIGGEST MOMENTS IN GIN HISTORY

The storied history of gin has been shaped by many political, legal and cultural shifts such as the Prohibition Act to the global craft distilling boom.

http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/10/ten-biggest-moments-in-gin-history/?article-source=newsletter&source=284&date=2014-10-22

 

COLLECTOR’S 2,447 BOTTLES HEADED FOR THE SINK

A Philadelphia lawyer is fighting plans by the authorities to destroy almost two and a half thousand bottles of fine wine seized earlier this year.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/10/2447-bottles-headed-for-the-sink/

 

You Can Now Buy Liquid Chocolate Booze

Dude, Sweet Chocolate, a unique, artisan chocolate making operation.

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http://vinepair.com/booze-news/can-now-buy-liquid-chocolate-booze/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=e503925870-October_22_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-e503925870-38937345

 

TITO’S LEGAL TROUBLES STILL GROWING

In addition to the lawsuit filed in California court and Florida federal court, Tito’s Handmade Vodka is now facing a lawsuit in Cook County, Illinois. This case, filed by plaintiffs Mario Aliano and Due Frattelli, uses very similar arguments to the previous two, namely alleging false marketing and capitalizing on the artisanal theme in order to charge more for the product, reports the Cook County Record (and brought to our attention by the Craft Beverage Association.)

“Defendant knows that Plaintiffs and other consumers and businesses believe they are paying costs associated with a high-quality, small-scale production process when they purchase Tito’s … Had they known that Defendant’s misrepresentations regarding Tito’s were false, they would have not purchased Tito’s,” the suit states. Furthermore, the plaintiffs claims Tito’s actions violate not just Illinois law, but Texas.

Like the other two cases, these plaintiffs will also be looking for class action certification for this case. Because these three cases all have similar complaints against Tito’s, Legal experts tell WSD the ball is in Tito’s court as to whether these three separate cases will be combined or they would prefer to try them all separately.

 

Top Five Reasons to Expand the Massachusetts Bottle Bill

We don’t want to be one sided as we will VOTE NO.

Interesting that the only Vote Yes support Is On The State Website!!

http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/recycle/reduce/top-5-reasons-mass-needs-expanded-bottle-bill.html

 

Vin de France has driven ‘important growth’ for French wine

The creation of the Vin de France category has driven “important growth” in French wine exports as well as acceptance among younger consumers, Harpers France Summit heard.

http://www.harpers.co.uk/wine/european-wine-news/france/vin-de-france-has-driven-important-growth-for-french-wine/372796.article

 

In Italy, a tough vintage

2014 vintage shall be remembered among the most outlandish and difficult in recent years – and also the poorest, quantity-wise, since 1950

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http://palatepress.com/2014/10/wine/italy-tough-vintage/

 

Six common wine faults and tips on how to identify them

Faults and how to detect them

http://wineindustrynetwork.com/suppliers/nomacorc.html#whatsnew

 

Learning about the wine you drink leads to insights about priorities

A wine class can become a symposium on people, places and culture.

http://www.pressherald.com/2014/10/22/appel-on-wine-learning-about-what-you-drink-leads-to-insights-about-priorities/

 

Winning Beer Blogs To Add To Your Reading List

The North American Guild of Beer Writers announced the winners of its 2nd annual beer writing contest earlier this month at a ceremony held during the Great American Beer Festival in Denver.

http://45b.645.myftpupload.com/?p=3055

 

10 Spooky Beer and Movie Pairings

October is a great month for both craft beer and horror films, and unsurprisingly the two go great together.

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http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/lists/2014/10/10-spooky-beer-and-movie-pairings.html

 

THE BOOZE YOU NEED TO GET YOU THROUGH TRICK-OR-TREATING [INFOGRAPHIC]

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THE ETIQUETTE OF SWIRLING WINE

The swirling serves a purpose: it aerates the wine, opens it up, and allows the flavors to come alive. Before taking that first taste, aerating a wine can be the difference between enjoying the wine and hating it. So it’s fine to swirl your glass, just don’t be a snob about it.

http://vinepair.com/wine-blog/etiquette-swirling-wine/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=e503925870-October_22_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-e503925870-38937345

 

Massachusetts-Based Clown Shoes Barrel Ages a Beer Especially for Minnesota

The Itasca Loonidragon Russian Imperial Stout. Released only in Minnesota, the beer is a bourbon barrel-aged version of their Russian Imperial Stout, the Blaecorn Unidragon.

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http://blogs.citypages.com/food/2014/10/clown_shoes_barrel_ages_a_beer_especially_for_minnesota.php

 

Regional wine, liquor distributor eyes spot in Taunton’s industrial park

Martignetti Companies of Norwood may be granted both a Tax Increment Finance property-tax discount by the city, and a 5 percent Investment Tax Credit from the sate’s Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP).

http://www.tauntongazette.com/article/20141023/News/141028387

 

Build a Better Home Bar With 50 Tips from Boston Bartenders

A plethora of tips on what to read, what to buy, and how to learn.

http://boston.eater.com/2014/10/23/7007733/ultimate-guide-to-building-your-home-bar

 

Plastic Bits Found Floating Around In 24 Out Of 24 Samples Of German Beer

A new study found that 100% of the tested German beer brands contained samples of plastic floating around inside the sealed bottles.

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http://tinyurl.com/m4922a9

 

New Guinness Beer

Diageo Guinness USA will climb the pricing ladder with next month’s launch of a new beer called Guinness The 1759. Rolling out nationwide November 1, Guinness The 1759 was created to commemorate the year Arthur Guinness established the storied brand, signing a 9,000-year lease for the St. James’s Gate brewery in Dublin. The limited-edition brew is packaged in 750-ml. bottles, and it marks the first expression in the new Guinness Signature Series, which will debut a new commemorative beer each year. It also constitutes the first Guinness foray into the ultra-premium beer segment, according to Guinness brand director Doug Campbell.

“Guinness The 1759 is tapping into what we believe is a pretty interesting space—the emerging luxury beer category, which is geared toward sharing a bottle with a couple of people, special occasions and gifting for the holidays,” says Campbell, adding that The 1759 will have a suggested retail price of $34.99 a 750-ml.

The 1759 is an amber ale brewed with traditional beer malt as well as peated whisky malt typically used to produce Scotch and Irish whiskies, which Campbell says lends a “smoke character” to the beer. Just 90,000 bottles of the 9%-abv label were produced, with the vast majority reserved for the U.S. market.

 

New Gnarly Head

Delicato Family Vineyards has extended its Gnarly Head brand with a new limited edition wine, Authentic Black. A Petite Sirah-based blend from Lodi, California, Gnarly Head Authentic Black is currently available in limited quantities, priced at $11.99 a 750-ml. The entry marks the third release in the brand’s Gnarly Head Authentic Collection series, which also features the Zinfandel-based Authentic Red and white blend Authentic White. Along with the Authentic Collection, Gnarly Head’s stable includes its Old Vine Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay labels.

 

11 OF THE COOLEST WINE-THEMED TATTOOS

Here are some people brave enough to rock some pretty killer wine tattoos.

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http://vinepair.com/wine-blog/11-coolest-wine-themed-tattoos/

 

 

Petaluma Gap AVA Bid Blowing in the Wind

Sonoma County already has 16 AVAs, but growers in the Petaluma Gap are applying for their own sub-appellation.

http://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2014/10/petaluma-gap-ava-bid-blowing-in-the-wind

 

France regains top wine maker rank after bad weather hits Italy’s harvest

France regained its seat as the world’s top wine producer in 2014

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http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/international-business/european-business/france-regains-top-wine-maker-rank-after-bad-weather-hits-italys-harvest/article21259060/

 

Women, more knowledgeable about wines

As this beverage has become synonymous with distinction and elegant palate, they are increasingly interested in not only consuming it, but knowing more about it.

http://www.winesur.com/news/women-more-knowledgeable-about-wines

 

Introducing The Wines Of British Columbia

With a partnership between Whole Foods and the Wines of British Columbia, the opportunity to procure wines from Canada is now much easier.

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http://www.komonews.com/seattlerefined/eat-drink/Introducing-the-wines-of-British-Columbia-279842732.html

 

Top Ten Pumpkin Ales to Try this Fall

We still have a few in stock.

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http://www.chilledmagazine.com/Top_Tens-detail/top-ten-pumpkin-ales-to-try-this-fall/

 

Fall Cocktails, Minus the Pumpkin

There are so many fall flavors that can be used to mix up a great cocktail.

http://www.chilledmagazine.com/Whats_Chilling_Right_Now-detail/fall-cocktails-minus-the-pumpkin/

 

New for oenophiles: Wine-infused denim

Some of us wear our hearts on our sleeves. Now we can add a splash of syrah and merlot.

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http://blogs.mercurynews.com/eat-drink-play/2014/10/23/new-oenophiles-wine-infused-denim/

 

 

WOODFORD RESERVE RELEASES PINOT NOIR-FINISHED WHISKEY

Woodford Reserve is to release the ninth edition of its Master’s Collection this November, a Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir-finished whiskey

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/10/woodford-reserve-releases-pinot-noir-finished-whiskey/?article-source=newsletter&source=286&date=2014-10-24

 

 

Brewers Association Publishes Beer & Food Course

Free Online Curriculum Enhances Use of Craft Beer in Culinary Education

http://www.craftbeer.com/news/craftbeer-com-news/brewers-association-publishes-beer-and-food-course

 

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The Coldest Beer In Town!!

What Liquor Store Does Not Say That??

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This Weeks Highlights:

New Products

Halloween Craft

10am Sunday Opening

AND MORE!

RUM: AGE STATEMENTS ‘DO NOT MATTER’

Consumers need to be re-educated about the significance of age statements associated with rum and understand the importance of maturation better, a distiller has stated.

http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/10/rum-age-statements-do-not-matter/?article-source=newsletter&source=276&date=2014-10-10

Italian Wines’ U.S. Value Rising In 2014, Despite Volume Decline

Italian wine exports to the U.S. rose 5.5% by value, even as volumes dipped 0.9%, in the first eight months of 2014, according to data from the Italian Food & Wine Institute. The U.S. market’s largest imported wine region, Italy exported a total of 1,683,770 hectoliters (18.7 million cases) to the U.S. from January through August, compared to 1,698,320 hectoliters (18.9 million cases) over the same period last year. Value, meanwhile, jumped from $869.7 million to $917.7 million.

Sparkling wine, in particular, helped drive much of Italy’s progress in the U.S., where Italian offerings account for more than 50% of the market’s total sparkling wine category. The Italian sparkling wine segment grew 17.3% by volume to nearly 2.8 million cases, and 21.3% by value to $120.8 million, during the eight-month period.

New Boston Rum

Boston-based Bully Boy Distillers is launching a bottled rum punch called the Hub Punch, an homage to an original recipe dating back to the late 1800s in Boston. To create Hub Punch, Bully Boy steeps its own Boston Rum with orange and lemon peel and raspberry, and then infuses the liquid with botanicals and herbs. It’s bottled at 35% abv and is best served on the rocks, neat or mixed with soda water, ginger ale or lemonade. The suggested retail price is $29 a 750-ml. and the release date is October 22. Bully Boy will be made in limited-run batches on the company’s 750-gallon copper pot still, with distribution limited to Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Ste. Michelle’s Bob Bertheau on Riesling, lots and lots of Riesling

Interview with Ste. Michelle winemaker now making over 1 million cases of Riesling every year!

http://www.greatnorthwestwine.com/2014/10/09/bob-bertheau-riesling/

The next big thing in wine? Lesser-known grapes

Unusual grape names are making an impact on supermarket shelves as our taste for adventure stretches to wine.

Not new for what we have in stock!

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/wine/11151115/The-next-big-thing-in-wine-Lesser-known-grapes.html

Crew/Matchbook Wine Co. Expands Production

Growing Matchbook and Sawbuck estate wines, and to increase capacity for its Mossback and Chasing Venus brands,

http://www.winesandvines.com/template.cfm?section=news&content=140058

Henniker Expands Distribution to Vermont and Massachusetts

Henniker Brewing Company is proud to announce the expansion into the neighboring states of Vermont and Massachusetts.

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http://www.brewbound.com/news/2014/henniker-expands-distribution-to-vermont-and-massachusetts

Beyond the Black and Tan: 4 Great Beer Blends to Try

Four fall-friendly blends to help get you started.

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http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/10/two-ingredient-beer-blend-cocktail-recipes-to-try.html

Moderate drinking reduces risk of aneurysm

This study has been published by the British publication The Drinks Business.

http://blog.uvinum.com/moderate-drinking-reduces-risk-aneurysm-2363877

Game of Thrones – Wine Mix Season 1-4

Ever watched Game of Thrones and thought they drink a lot of wine.

http://youtu.be/QPf-sXqMb90

Lodi: A wine region which deserves attention

In the last decade or so, Lodi grape growers have been establishing family-owned, small-production wineries at an increasing rate—in order to utilize their own grapes and produce their own wine.

http://www.examiner.com/list/lodi-a-wine-region-which-deserves-attention

DIY Halloween Decor: Candy Corn Wine Bottles

Make a big impression with a candy corn painted bottle that makes for a cute decoration after it’s been enjoyed

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http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/DIY-Candy-Corn-Spray-Painted-Bottles-35504205

Football Game Day Wine Pairings Chart has the perfect wines to pair with your meal.

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Turning winery waste into biofuels

Researchers at Swinburne University of Technology have developed a technique for converting winery waste into compounds that could have potential value as biofuels or medicines.

http://www.swinburne.edu.au/media-centre/news/2014/09/turning-winery-waste-into-biofuels.html

Deep-fried tequila shots begin social media craze

Yes, deep-fried tequila shots are a thing.

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http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Deep-fried-tequila-shots-start-craze-5814811.php

SINGER LAUNCHES CANNABIS-INFUSED WINE

American singer Melissa Etheridge has announced the launch of a range of products made from cannabis, including a cannabis laced wine, aimed at people suffering from cancer.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/10/us-singer-to-launch-cannabis-infused-wine/

TOP 5 ‘OFF-THE-BEATEN-PATH’ WHITE GRAPES

We have a more diverse selection of wines available at higher quality levels (and at more reasonable prices) than ever before.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/10/top-10-off-the-beaten-path-white-grapes/

BUSY BARS TO BENEFIT FROM ‘AFFORDABLE’ ROBOT BARTENDER

The artificially intelligent robotic bartender named Monsieur, which was unveiled through a Kickstarter campaign at the start of this year, has been given a new lease of life after attracting significant funding from seed investors.

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/10/busy-bars-to-benefit-from-affordable-robot-bartender/?article-source=newsletter&source=277&date=2014-10-13

TTAB Finds “Naughty Girl” Not Merely Descriptive of Wine

In a recent opinion, the TTAB found a registered mark for “Naughty Girl” in Class 33 (wines and fortified wines) not merely descriptive of wine.

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http://www.winelawonreserve.com/2014/10/13/ttab-finds-naughty-girl-descriptive-wine/?utm_source=On+Reserve%3A+A+Wine+Law+Blog&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=81b55f1a0d-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_term=0_26d2f0b59f-81b55f1a0d-121923797

The Wine Advocate is launching a new international lifestyle magazine, 100 Points by Robert Parker.

An international perspective on bespoke experience, adventure and quality craftsmanship, presented in an elegant, contemporary environment

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A major win for organic New Zealand wine in the EU

New Zealands organic wine industry has scored a major export victory with the announcement that the European Commission (EC) has agreed to recognise New Zealands organic wine production methods as equivalent to its own

http://business.scoop.co.nz/2014/10/13/a-major-win-for-organic-new-zealand-wine-in-the-eu/

How Trader Joe’s Sells Twice As Much As Whole Foods

Trader Joe’s sells twice as much per square foot as Whole Foods.

http://www.businessinsider.com/trader-joes-sales-strategy-2014-10#ixzz3G6PK8mxe

New High End Johnnie Walker

Diageo has unveiled a new limited edition luxury variant under its Johnnie Walker Scotch whisky brand, John Walker & Sons Private Collection 2014. A blend of 29 casks selected by Johnnie Walker master blender Jim Beveridge, Private Collection 2014 is a 46.8% abv whisky packaged in individually numbered decanters retailing at $850 each. 8,888 bottles of the limited-edition offering are being released. Diageo says forthcoming whiskies under the John Walker & Sons Private Collection will “build into a collectible series year on year.”

TOP 10 CINNAMON FLAVOURED WHISKIES

Whisky producers the world over have been embracing the flavour phenomenon, but it’s not just honey leading the trend as cinnamon expressions vie to capture consumers’ attention.

http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/10/top-10-cinnamon-flavoured-whiskies/?article-source=newsletter&source=278&date=2014-10-14

Perfectly pair your pumpkin beer

Planning a meal around pumpkin beer is fun, seasonal, and easy!

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http://wotv4women.com/2014/10/13/perfectly-pair-your-pumpkin-beer/

Kathie Lee Gifford draws fans in Granite State visit to promote wine

Kathie Lee Gifford attracted large crowds in Nashua and Bedford this past weekend as fans were eager to meet the celebrity and taste her newest wine.

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http://www.newhampshire.com/article/20141012/NEWHAMPSHIRE07/141019703

Biodynamics, or, What Poop, Crystals, and the Moon Have to Do with It

For those of you curious about what biodynamics is all about, here’s a look back at some comics that explain the ideas behind the farming philosophy.

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http://wakawakawinereviews.com/2014/10/13/biodynamics-or-what-poop-crystals-and-the-moon-have-to-do-with-it/

THE FIVE FAMOUS FIRST GROWTHS OF BORDEAUX COMPARED [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Personal Wine Releases Zombie Apocalypse Wine Bottle Series

Personal Wine released their Walking Dead Wine Collector’s Series in October

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https://finance.yahoo.com/news/personal-wine-releases-zombie-apocalypse-190100204.html

Top 10 unusual places to go wine tasting in the US

Here are ten states deserving your supping scrutiny.

http://www.nguoi-viet.com/absolutenm2/templates/viewarticlesNV2.aspx?articleid=196639&zoneid=39#.VD5kR0sVzOw

 

Franklin MA sting: Two restaurant chains caught selling to minors

Two popular restaurants are facing possible liquor license suspensions after police caught them selling alcohol to a minor who had been working undercover with the department

http://franklin.wickedlocal.com/article/20141015/News/141018133

The influence of the multisensory environment on the wine drinking experience

Recent studies have demonstrated that simply by changing the music playing in the background one can effectively change how people rate the taste of a drink or food, and/or how much they enjoy the overall experience.

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http://www.teatronaturale.com/technical-area/grapevine-and-wine/4963-the-influence-of-the-multisensory-environment-on-the-wine-drinking-experience.htm

New Menage A Trois Products

Trinchero Family Estates has added new wines under its Ménage à Trois brand, including a Prosecco and a dark red blend called Midnight. Ménage à Trois Prosecco DOC is made from 100% Glera grapes and retails at $14.99 a 750-ml. Midnight, meanwhile, is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot that is positioned at $12.99. The Prosecco and dark red blend launch on the heels of another recent extension to the Ménage à Trois stable—its line of vodkas including Straight, Triple Berry and Triple Citrus, which debuted in June at $24.99 a bottle.

Sierra Nevada Snowpack Variety Hits Shelves

Sierra Nevada (Chico, CA) Snowpack Winter Variety Pack is hitting shelves now.

The 12 pack features two brand new offerings alongside Pale Ale and Porter – Boomerang IPA, and Coffee Stout.

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http://beerstreetjournal.com/sierra-nevada-snowpack-variety-hits-shelves/

Why Some Wines Taste Better With Age

Why is it that some wines taste better as they get older while others get worse?

http://www.wired.com/2014/10/whats-wines-tastes-better-age/

Researchers pinpoint mechanism for aroma formation in wine

The majority of wines are produced from around 20 different types of grape, all of which have their own typical aroma. This is due to the terpenes, a diverse category of chemical substances including cholesterol and estrogen

http://www.teatronaturale.com/technical-area/grapevine-and-wine/4961-researchers-pinpoint-mechanism-for-aroma-formation-in-wine.htm

VFW and American Legion May Receive Liquor License Fee Exemption From Selectmen

Two organizations for military veterans could be getting an exemption for their liquor license fees next month in Sharon MA.

http://patch.com/massachusetts/sharon/vfw-and-american-legion-may-receive-liquor-license-fee-exemption-selectmen-0#.VD-yOksVzOw

Quiz: What type of beer are you?

Take this quiz by USA TODAY Network to find out what type of beer you are.

I was wheat beer!

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http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2014/10/15/quiz-type-beer/17325389/

US and European wine regions step up campaign to protect online wine names

American winemakers were joined by their counterparts from Champagne at a conference on deregulating internet domain names in an effort to boost awareness of how weaker controls would negatively impact the wine business.

http://www.harpers.co.uk/news/us-and-european-wine-regions-step-up-campaign-to-protect-online-wine-names/372610.article

Sunday 10am Opening Time Approved By Town Of Franklin

Resolution 14-62: Local Licensing Authority’s Approval of Package Store Licensees’ Notifications of Change in Hours to Permit Earlier Sunday Openings

motion to accept, passed via roll, unanimous (6-0)

October 26th will be first Sunday to open at 10am

NEW CHIANTI TIER HIGHLIGHTS ‘PERSONALITY’

Tuscan producer has welcomed the Chianti region’s recently introduced top tier classification, Gran Selezione, as a tool for distinguishing wines with “personality”.

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/10/new-chianti-tier-highlights-personality/

This Chart Will Help You Choose the Perfect Wine to Pair With Your Halloween Candy

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State regulators investigating Somerville brewery’s ‘pay-to-play’ allegations

State regulators are investigating charges made by a Somerville brewer, Dann Paquette, who touched off a firestorm among beer enthusiasts when he accused two popular Boston bars of refusing to carry his company’s products because other brewers or distributors had paid to reserve taps there.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2014/10/15/cambridge-brewer-fed-with-alleged-pay-play-arrangements-bars-takes-his-gripes-twitter/lKazzxUJvnLIgIjPnJEteM/story.html

9 things on a wine label you should know

If you don’t know a few basic terms on a bottle, your confusion probably will grow

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http://www.cleveland.com/drinks/index.ssf/2014/10/9_things_on_a_wine_label_you_s.html

New Shipyard Winter Beer

Portland, Maine’s Shipyard Brewing Company will release new winter seasonal, GingerBreadHead Ale, next month. Available through February, the full-bodied, 4.6%-abv craft offering is brewed with Caramunich and Chocolate malts and features notes of ginger, clove and cinnamon, the company says. It will be distributed in six-packs, 12-packs and on draft. Shipyard produces 20 varieties of craft beer and in 2013 was ranked the 14-largest craft brewery in the U.S. by the Brewers Association.

US BASKETBALL PLAYER BATHES IN WINE

Amar’e Stoudemire, of the New York Knicks, has taken a novel approach to recovery by bathing in red wine.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/10/us-basketball-player-bathes-in-wine/

That Worm at the Bottom of Your Mezcal Isn’t a Total Lie

The worm is added at the end of the production process

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/that-worm-at-the-bottom-of-your-mezcal-isnt-a-lie-1

Soju Makers Aim to Turn Fire Water Into Liquid Gold

More of the Korean spirit soju is made than any other liquor in the world.

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http://blogs.wsj.com/korearealtime/2014/10/17/soju-makers-aim-to-turn-fire-water-into-liquid-gold/

Stoneham MA secures five new liquor licenses

And so it begins…”the licenses will be a boost to the town”

http://stoneham.wickedlocal.com/article/20141016/News/141017750

The Best Beer in the Country Just Got Better

Heady Topper by Vermont brewery The Alchemist is a world-beating IPA. Now if only you could find some.

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http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/gadgets/news/the-best-beer-in-the-country-just-got-better-17316585

New Study: Cities With Cheapest And Most Expensive Beer&Wine

A survey released this week by WalletHub found that both beer and wine prices could vary by almost 100% depending on the city.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-city-with-the-cheapest-beer-in-america-is-2014-10-17

Time and Oak May Change the Way You Enjoy Your Whiskey

Customize the flavor of your favorite whiskey and improve the quality in 24hrs.

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https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/263766519/whiskey-elements-customize-your-whiskey-in-24-hour

The difference between cheap wine and wine that is made cheaply

How to tell the difference between cheap wine and wine that is made cheaply

http://winecurmudgeon.com/the-difference-between-cheap-wine-and-wine-that-is-made-cheaply/

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Liquor Industry News/Links 10-4-14

October 4, 2014

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By: Mark C Lenzi CSW, CSS, CWAS, QCE*

 

Another Great Week For Our Franklin Wine Club. We Had Our First Road Trip To Greenvale Winery. The Weather Was Beautiful For A Tour, Tasting And Picnic Lunch.

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Here Is A Nice Blog From Club Member Michele:

http://www.micheleuncorked.com/10201/greenvale-winery-vineyard-near-the-sea/

October is Non-GMO Month

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We Have Added Non-GMO Wines To Our Organic Section.

Find more information about the verification process at www.nongmowines.com.

 

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Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

New Products

Tito’s Sued Again!

New Liquor Studies

 

AND MORE!

Fall Whiskey Cocktails

Check out these autumnal whiskey cocktails by NYC master mixologist Josh Brandenburg.

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http://masonjar.shindig.me/warm-whiskey-fall/

Riesling’s an Oktoberfest-friendly wine

October means Oktoberfest, which for wine lovers means Riesling.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/rieslings-an-oktoberfest-friendly-wine/2014/09/25/fb2ba098-429f-11e4-9a15-137aa0153527_story.html

25 breweries you should know

By the latest stats, the number of breweries in the United States has nearly doubled from 1,625 in 2010 to 3,040 today.

http://draftmag.com/features/25-breweries-you-should-know/

5 Great Gluten-Free Beers

There are plenty of beer companies out there that want to provide you with tasty, gluten-free beer

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http://masonjar.shindig.me/5-great-gluten-free-beers/

Meet the man who scaled Argentina’s mountains to bring malbec wine to the world

Nicolas Catena has scaled mountains to make seriously good wine.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/food-and-wine/wine/meet-the-man-who-scaled-argentinas-mountains-to-bring-malbec-wine-to-the-world/article20737771/

New wine from Cornell’s latest grape variety

Aromella make a name for itself, by releasing the first wine pressed from the great grape.

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http://cornellcals.tumblr.com/post/98390816894/new-wine-from-cornells-latest-grape-variety

Think you drink a lot? This chart will tell you.

To break into the top 10 percent of American drinkers, you would need to drink more than two bottles of wine with every dinner. And you’d still be below-average among those top 10 percenters

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/09/25/think-you-drink-a-lot-this-chart-will-tell-you/

Beer may keep your brain sharp

In lab experiments on young mice, scientists found than xanthohumol a type of flavonoid found in beer helped improve cognitive functions in them.

http://post.jagran.com/beer-may-keep-your-brain-sharp-1411983182

Three Things You Didn’t Know About Chablis

A few fascinating facts about one France’s most celebrated white wine regions.

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http://wine.answers.com/french-wine/three-things-you-didnt-know-about-chablis

ALCOHOL MAKES SMILES MORE ‘CONTAGIOUS’

Men are more likely to “catch” a smile from people in their social group after drinking alcohol, according to a new study.

http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/09/alcohol-makes-smiles-more-contagious/?article-source=newsletter&source=268&date=2014-09-30

LEBRON JAMES SCORES A WINE TOUCHDOWN

A Single Tweet By LeBron James, going out to his 15.1 million followers, and the wine in question is made by American football legend, Drew Bledsoe, you can be sure it’s going to get some coverage.

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/09/lebron-scores-a-wine-touchdown/

Glenmorangie has released a new single malt, Taghta, which it says is the world’s first crowdsourced whisky. Created over the past 18 months with input from whisky enthusiasts in more than 30 countries, Taghta—which is Scots Gaelic for “The Chosen One”—will be available globally in a supply of 12,000 bottles, retailing at £70 ($114) apiece. The new malt was developed by—and will be sold through— Glenmorangie’s Cask Masters program, led by Dr. Bill Lumsden, the brand’s director of distilling and whisky creation. Through the Cask Masters program, consumers helped decide in which casks the spirit was matured and assisted with packaging design and imagery associated with the finished malt. An Impact “Hot Prospect,” Glenmorangie has more than doubled its U.S. volume to 108,000 cases over the past three years.

New UV Vodka Flavor

UV vodka has launched UV Salty Caramel Apple, the brand’s first limited edition seasonal flavor. Featuring notes of apple, caramel and salt, the fall-inspired offering will be available nationwide, retailing for $11.99 a 750-ml. and $12.99 a 1-liter. Salty Caramel Apple joins UV’s existing range of more than 20 flavored vodkas, including its recently released UV Sugar Crush and UV Sriracha entries. UV vodka is projected to hit 2 million cases this year, according to Phillips Distilling.

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The science of skunky beer (and how to prevent it)

Even though it’s cool and breezy out, your beer can still get skunked.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2014/09/29/the-science-of-skunky-beer-and-how-to-prevent-it/

 

WINE WASTE TURNED INTO BIOFUELS

Wine just got even better for you as Australian researchers have developed a technique for converting winery waste into compounds that could have potential value as biofuels or medicines.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/09/we-can-now-turn-wine-waste-into-biofuels/

Samuel Adams releases 16-ounce cans

Samuel Adams has released its Boston Lager and Rebel IPA in 16-ounce cans.

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http://www.ohio.com/blogs/the-beer-blog/the-beer-blog-1.273124/samuel-adams-releases-16-ounce-cans-1.527222

Beer Today, Gone Tomorrow: Why You Need to Drink Wet-Hopped Beer Right Now

wet-hopped beer, the fleeting embodiment of the season

http://www.bonappetit.com/drinks/beer/article/fresh-hops

11 OF THE WEIRDEST WINE AROMAS

not all of the smells are straightforward and pleasant.

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http://vinepair.com/wine-blog/11-weirdest-wine-aromas/

Antioxidant found in wine may help fight acne

A key antioxidant derived from grapes – and also found in wine – inhibits the growth of acne-causing bacteria, a new study has found.

http://www.financialexpress.com/news/antioxidant-found-in-wine-may-help-fight-acne/1294738

What can your wine tell you?

you can learn about a white wine by looking at the color.

http://weeklyvillager.com/2014/09/30/what-can-your-wine-tell-you/

Make Your Own Yarn-Wrapped Wine Bottle

Get creative and make your own yarn-wrapped wine bottle to decorate for your own home or as a gift!

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http://news92fm.com/482632/diy-make-your-own-yarn-wrapped-wine-bottle/

Leading Producers of Beer, Wine, and Spirits Launch Digital Guiding Principles

The first-ever set of global guidelines for beverage alcohol producers’ online marketing and social media use.

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20140930006689/en/Leading-Producers-Beer-Wine-Spirits-Launch-Digital#.VCyBO0sVzOy

Young drinkers have abandoned big beer. Can it be saved?

Big Beer still has a problem: Drinkers, especially millennials, aren’t consuming enough of it.

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http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20141001/NEWS06/141009992/young-drinkers-have-abandoned-big-beer-can-it-be-saved#

Keg theft crackdown in California with signing of new bill

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All you would-be keg thieves out there beware, California is coming for you.

http://www.craftbrewingbusiness.com/packaging-distribution/keg-theft-california-signing-bill/?utm_source=Craft+Brewing+Business+E-Newsletter&utm_campaign=89ecb59804-CBBNews_20141001&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1e143189ee-89ecb59804-80019125

New Gansett

Providence, Rhode Island’s Narragansett Beer is returning its collaborative Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout label this month. Created in partnership with Rhode Island coffee producer Autocrat LLC, Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout first appeared in December 2013 as part of Narragansett’s limited edition Hi Neighbor Mash-Up series. The 5.3%-abv entry, which features roasted barley, chocolate malt and crystal malt notes, will be available across select East Coast markets through December, in 16-ounce can six-packs and 12-ounce bottle 12-packs, priced at $8.99-$9.49 a six-pack.

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Wine Lover’s Guide to Austria

Austrian wine producers have been crafting superlative wines—sparkling, dry, and sweet—from white and red grapes in small quantities at competitive prices for centuries

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http://www.fodors.com/news/wine-lovers-guide-to-austria-10850.html

10 Things Every Wine Lover Should Know About Gaja

The story of Gaja, one of Italy’s outstanding and most influential wine producers.

http://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2014/10/10-things-every-wine-lover-should-know-about-gaja

Infographic: Beer Versus Wine, Oktoberfest Edition

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http://www.ladybud.com/2014/10/01/infographic-beer-versus-wine-oktoberfest-edition/

 

Pack It Up Folks, There’s Now Spreadable Beer

“Birra Spalmabile” or spreadable beer, is being manufactured and distributed by an Italian company

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http://www.thedailymeal.com/news/pack-it-folks-there-s-now-spreadable-beer/100114

The family trees of the six companies that make 50% of the world’s beer

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Foxboro bars get poor marks

One-third of Foxboro’s liquor establishments get failing grades in sting

http://www.thesunchronicle.com/news/local_news/foxboro-bars-get-poor-marks/article_267ce0df-fe26-54de-9ee6-3fe7a4a9b90f.html

TEN OF THE WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE COCKTAILS

Submerged diamonds, rare Cognac, luxurious Champagne and extravagant garnishes are just some of the things which make these cocktails so expensive.

http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/10/ten-of-the-worlds-most-expensive-cocktails/?article-source=newsletter&source=270&date=2014-10-02

JOHN WAYNE BOURBON LAWSUIT THROWN OUT

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by the descendants of John Wayne over the trademark of a Bourbon brand launched in the late actor’s name.

http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/10/john-wayne-bourbon-lawsuit-thrown-out/?article-source=newsletter&source=270&date=2014-10-02

 

SHERYL CROW PARTNERS WITH US WINERY

Sheryl Crow has joined up with Chateau St. Jean winery in California’s Sonoma Valley to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/10/sheryl-crow-partners-with-sonoma-winery/

WOMAN CREATES DISABLED WINE GUIDE

A disabled woman frustrated at the lack of information on access when travelling has  a blog offering disabled people tips and advice on getting around California’s wine country.

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/10/woman-devises-disabled-wine-country-guide/

The Mead You Need

Often termed “the ancestor of all fermented drinks,” mead is the only fermented beverage that can emerge naturally from our surroundings.

http://modernfarmer.com/2014/09/mead-need/?omhide=true&utm_source=Modern+Farmer+Newsletter&utm_campaign=a73b6103bc-Weekly_11_1511_15_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e8a89c7e43-a73b6103bc-75543437&mc_cid=a73b6103bc&mc_eid=5cec488ac6

Out-of-the-box Oktoberfest beers

If you’ve sipped too many malty-sweet Oktoberfest beers to count, turn your sights to this mix-six: all fest-worthy, all a different direction from the seasonal lager

http://draftmag.com/features/sixer-out-of-the-box-oktoberfest-beers/

Yellow Tail producer to launch premium brand in the US

The new range will retail at up to US$100 per bottle as opposed to Yellow Tail which sells for around $7 per bottle.

http://www.foodmag.com.au/news/yellow-tail-producer-to-launch-premium-brand-in-th

Vintage Atlantic Wine Region

Wineries from New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania are part of this regional alliance

http://www.vintageatlanticwine.com

Wine and Your Sex Drive

Alcohol in small amounts will increase your libido.

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http://winefolly.com/update/wine-sex-drive-match/?utm_source=Wine+Folly&utm_campaign=08ce4246f9-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a18d8bdc1b-08ce4246f9-62472929&mc_cid=08ce4246f9&mc_eid=d73340fcba

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FIVE UNITS OF ALCOHOL A WEEK LOWER SPERM COUNT

Drinking as few as five units of alcohol per week could lower men’s sperm count, new research shows.

http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/10/five-units-of-alcohol-a-week-lower-sperm-count/?article-source=newsletter&source=271&date=2014-10-03

Tito’s Faces Another Lawsuit

Tito’s Handmade Vodka owner Fifth Generation Inc., which is currently being sued in a California court over its claim that the brand is “Handmade,” is now facing a similar lawsuit in Florida. In recent days, plaintiffs Shalinus Pye and Raisha Licht—both consumers who claim to have previously purchased Tito’s—filed a class action suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida in Tallahassee.

The Florida lawsuit alleges that “through unlawful, deceptive and unfair trade practices, and false advertising and marketing, defendants manufactured, marketed, and/or sold their ‘handmade’ vodka to consumers with the false representation that the Vodka was ‘handmade’ when, in actuality, the vodka is made via a highly-mechanized process, which is devoid of human hands.”

Similar claims were made in the California lawsuit. Fifth Generation owner Tito Beveridge said he would vigorously contest that suit. “All of our labels have gone through the approval process of the Department of the Treasury’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB),” says Beveridge. “After sending a field agent to Austin to review our processes, the TTB has approved our use of ‘Handmade’ on our label. We think our pot still batch distillation process is one of the key things that differentiates us from a great majority of other vodkas. We disagree with these claims and will defend ourselves against this misguided attack.”

Wine Beats Yogurt in Health Stakes

Probiotic levels in wine beat more traditional dairy sources of good bacteria, a new study in Spain reveal

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http://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2014/10/wine-beats-yogurt-in-health-stakes

What makes today’s Lodi wines special?

Great article to read as we prep for Grady Family Winery to visit our tasting room for the Franklin Wine Club!

http://www.lodiwine.com/blog/what-makes-todays-lodi-wines-special

Pumpkin Cocktails

How to make your own pumpkin purée

http://www.chilledmagazine.com/Whats_Chilling_Right_Now-detail/must-mix-pumpkin-cocktails/

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Liquor Industry News/Links 9-27-14

September 27, 2014

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Try Before You Buy.

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Pabst Acquired By Eastern European Brewer Oasis Beverages For Reported $700 Million

Pabst Brewing Company has been sold by private equity owner Metropoulos & Co. to Oasis Beverages, a Cyprus-headquartered brewer with operations focused in Eastern Europe. The purchase price was undisclosed, but sources told the New York Times that the deal was above $700 million. Metropoulos had acquired Pabst—including the Pabst Blue Ribbon, Lone Star, Rainier, Ballantine IPA, Schlitz, Old Style, Stroh’s and Old Milwaukee beer brands—from Kalmanovitz Charitable Foundation for around $250 million in 2010.

Oasis has global volume of 6.1 million hectoliters and claims to have a 12% share of the Moscow beer market. It also operates in Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Belarus. The company was founded in 2008 by Eugene Kashper, who began his career with Stroh’s in 1994. Oasis’s acquisition was backed by TSG Consumer Partners, which will retain a minority stake in Pabst as part of the deal.

“We intend to invest meaningfully in the organization, to continue strong marketing support for PBC’s unique brands, and to drive new product innovations and renovations, such as the recent launch of Ballantine IPA,” Kashper said.

Pabst’s core Blue Ribbon brand has grown by more than one-third in the U.S. market since 2010, rising 7% to 35 million (2.25-gallon) cases last year, according to Impact Databank.

Wine Maker Changes at Groth

Cameron Parry, a veteran Napa Valley winemaker who was recently hired by Groth to succeed Weis

http://napavalleyregister.com/lifestyles/food-and-cooking/wine/changes-at-groth/article_fa2468c8-cdcc-55df-8e7f-eeea96084dbb.html 

 

The Tito’s Lawsuit: When Approval is Not Approval

Tito’s vodka being sued for not being “handmade”

http://www.bevlaw.com/bevlog/vodka/the-titos-lawsuit-when-approval-is-not-approval

Tito’s Founder Response To Lawsuit

http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/09/titos-founder-hits-out-at-handmade-lawsuit/?article-source=newsletter&source=264&date=2014-09-24

Discover Your New Favorite Wine in Under 60 Seconds with Vinobly

New Wine App recommends wines from stores near you.

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http://www.vinobly.com

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ALCOHOL SAFETY BAND PRAISED BY MICROSOFT

A bracelet designed by students that can detect levels of alcohol in someone’s system and “check in” to ensure the wearer is conscious has been praised by Microsoft.

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/09/alcohol-safety-band-praised-by-microsoft/?article-source=newsletter&source=977&date=2014-09-22

How Important are Federal Excise Taxes to the Wine Industry?

The TTB, the federal agency that has primary jurisdiction over alcohol beverages in the U.S., is to collect federal excise taxes on alcohol beverages

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http://www.winelawonreserve.com/2014/09/22/important-federal-excise-taxes-wine-industry/?utm_source=On+Reserve%3A+A+Wine+Law+Blog&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=1c3b28b85e-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_term=0_26d2f0b59f-1c3b28b85e-121923797

 Minerality Lacks An Objective Meaning

One of the most perplexing words in common wine parlance: minerality.

http://princeofpinot.com/article/1570/

 

SOUTH AFRICA INTRODUCING WINE HOLOGRAMS

South African winemakers are adding holograms to their labels as wine fraud moves out of the top end and into the everyday.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/09/south-africa-introducing-wine-holograms/?article-source=newsletter&source=978&date=2014-09-23

STARBUCKS TESTS BEER-FLAVOURED LATTE

Coffee giant Starbucks is developing a non-alcoholic latte that tastes like Guinness.

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/09/starbucks-tests-beer-flavoured-latte/?article-source=newsletter&source=978&date=2014-09-23

5 Countries That Produce The Best Wine

Several factors are considered to classify a place as conducive for wine-production.

http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/566893/20140919/countries-make-best-wine.htm#.VCGLJ0sVzOy

Cider Cocktails to Mix this Fall

You won’t believe what mixologists are mixing with cider this season. Basil, bacon and ginger are some of the ingredients that will be popping up in fall cocktails.

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http://www.chilledmagazine.com/Whats_Chilling_Right_Now-detail/cider-cocktails-to-mix-this-fall/

Low alcohol wines dogged by lack of awareness and poor quality perceptions

France and the USA are the most attractive markets for lower alcohol wines, although others show great potential, says a new report from Wine Intelligence.

http://www.harpers.co.uk/news/low-alcohol-wines-dogged-by-lack-of-awareness-and-poor-quality-perceptions/371804.article

Sangria Over Sit-Ups: How Wine Might Help You Replace Your Pesky Gym Membership

Some researchers even referred to red wine as “exercise in a bottle”

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http://www.latinoshealth.com/articles/3160/20140922/sangria-over-sit-ups-how-wine-might-help-you-replace-your-pesky-gym-membership.htm

Farmers in the desert: the Horse Heaven Hills AVA

Home to some of the most important vineyard land in Washington State

http://palatepress.com/2014/09/wine/farmers-desert-horse-heaven-hills-ava/

Primitivo: A Gentle Giant

Nice review of Primitivo

http://intoxreport.com/2014/09/21/primitivo-a-gentle-giant/

Some Coca-Cola with your merlot? 5 Chinese wine myths debunked

Examine some of the myths that have grown up about wine drinking in China.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/22/world/asia/china-wine-myths/index.html

Good Vibrations in Your Wine Glass

Whether for marketing, to improve vine health or for sheer sensual appreciation, the links between sound and wine are growing.

http://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2014/09/good-vibrations-in-your-wine-glass

Update on Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping

Massachusetts could quickly become one of the top five states for wine sales and represent $70 million to $100 million in sales within a few years.

http://www.winesandvines.com/template.cfm?section=news&content=139133

California Law and Wine: Ups and Downs

Crazy new law in CA requires sign below in stores

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http://www.vinography.com/archives/2014/09/california_law_and_wine_ups_an.html

Do you prefer a glass of wine or a pint of bitter? The alcohol you choose is written in your genes, study finds

Genes influence intensity perceptions and whether we like certain drinks

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2766791/Do-prefer-glass-wine-pint-bitter-The-alcohol-choose-written-genes-study-finds.html

When Cigarettes Cost More, People Drink Less. Except For Wine

Published Wednesday in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, highlights the tie between the vices.

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http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/09/24/351162283/when-cigarettes-cost-more-people-drink-less-except-for-wine

Who Harvests Your Grapes? You’d Be Surprised

It seems like a simple enough question.

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9 GREAT GIFTS FOR THE WINE LOVER WHO HAS EVERYTHING

Gadgets for wine lovers

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THE ONLY INTRODUCTION YOU NEED TO WINE FROM WASHINGTON STATE

Washington is the second-largest producer of wine in the country,

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MEAD: A PERFECT FALL DRINK

All about Mead

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What’s behind ‘natural wine’?

No consumer would ignore a natural product for an unnatural one, and that distinction is at the heart of a huge wine controversy that, chances are, you haven’t heard about.

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/opinion/2860828-181/berger-whats-behind-natural-wine

Privateer Rum News

Massachusetts-based Privateer Rum has expanded its distillery to 18,000 square feet, tripling its production capacity to about 300 barrels (6,700 cases) of rum annually. The Boston-area distiller, led by founder and president Andrew Cabot—namesake and direct descendant of the 16th-century patriot, privateer and rum-maker—produces two rum offerings: best-seller Silver Reserve, which is 80 proof and retails at $27 a bottle; and True American Amber, which is 90 proof and retails at $34. Privateer’s rums are currently distributed in Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Colorado, California, Rhode Island and Washington, D.C.

JACK DANIEL’S RYE TO MAKE DEBUT NEXT YEAR

The Lynchburg, Tennessee-based distillery has been resting a charcoal-mellowed rye whiskey in new American oak barrels for the past two years, marking the first time since before Prohibition that Jack Daniel’s has experimented with a different mash bill.

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Manischewitz: The Great Story of a Not-So-Great Wine

The story of Manischewitz is as intriguing as the wine isn’t

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http://modernfarmer.com/2014/09/manischewitz-great-story-great-wine/

What kind of wine/alcohol should you cook with?

If you don’t enjoy taking a sip of it, you probably won’t enjoy chewing food that has been infused with it http://spartaindependent.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140925/EXPERTS11/140509998/-1/EXPERTS/What-kind-of-wine/alcohol-should-you-cook-with#sthash.L1VFoVbV.dpuf

Foxboro MA to decide on liquor licenses at town meeting

It’s only an eight-article town warrant, but it could pack an 80-proof buzz of debate.

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ALCOHOL CAN LOWER RISK OF HEART ATTACKS

Moderate alcohol consumption, as part of a healthy lifestyle, could help prevent four out of five heart attacks in men, according to a recent study.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/09/alcohol-can-lower-risk-of-heart-attacks/

 

GYM-GOERS DRINK MORE

A new US study has found a link between exercise and how much we drink, suggesting one could well follow the other.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/09/do-you-hit-the-gym-then-hit-the-pub/

New video series on California wine regions

In honor of California Wine Month 2014, the San Francisco Wine School has produced a series of videos on California wine regions featuring Founder & CEO David Glancy, MS.

http://napavalleyregister.com/star/business/new-video-series-on-california-wine-regions/article_15df5249-e806-53bc-aeb0-c0b25bdcb7be.html

 

More Smirnoff Vodka Flavors

Diageo’s Smirnoff vodka has extended its flavor stable with the addition of its new Smirnoff Sours range. The lineup, which features Green Apple, Watermelon and Fruit Punch expressions, is targeted toward the shot occasion and priced at $15.99 a 750-ml. The Sours launch will be supported by digital advertising, point-of-sale and on-premise initiatives. Smirnoff Sours brings Smirnoff’s flavor range—which also includes the brand’s recently-launched Sorbet Light lineup—to a total of 39 entries. The largest vodka brand in the U.S., Smirnoff was down 0.2% last year to 9.7 million cases, according to Impact Databank.

Rogue Craft Beer News

Oregon’s Rogue Ales & Spirits is launching two new craft ciders this fall. The first, Fruit Salad Cider, is a mix of cherries and plums from Rogue’s Tygh Valley, Oregon farm, blended with Oregon-sourced apples, peaches, marionberries, pears and apricots. The second, 7 Hop Cider, is an apple cider that is dry-hopped with seven varieties of hops from Rogue’s Independence, Oregon farm. Both ciders will debut in 22-ounce bottles and on draft in December. Meanwhile, Rogue has re-launched its Rogue Farms Wet Hop Ale, a returning limited edition entry. Made with fresh Freedom and Yaquina hops sourced from the Independence farm, Wet Hop Ale—available on draft—is produced within a short timeframe, with the hops harvested, transported to the Rogue Brewery and brewed in a little over two hours.

The Big Secret About Pinot

Time to get to the bottom of the story of Pinot, an ancient grape that has boggled us for centuries.

http://winefolly.com/review/big-secret-pinot/?utm_source=Wine+Folly&utm_campaign=4fef2efa50-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a18d8bdc1b-4fef2efa50-62472929&mc_cid=4fef2efa50&mc_eid=d73340fcba

Flavor Profiles of Red Wines

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The History of Sulfite Use in Wine

Consumers are constantly complaining about the sulfites in wine

http://www.academicwino.com/2014/09/history-sulfite-use-wine.html/

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