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Liquor Industry News/Links 01-24-15

January 24, 2015

Liquor Industry News/Links

01-24-15

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

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Best Wines to Pair with Baked Eggs

Here are four wine pairing approaches to try with your baked eggs.

http://www.foodandwine.com/blogs/2015/1/17/best-wines-to-pair-with-baked-eggs

Sipping Liquor before Bed disrupts Sleeping Pattern

A new study has debunked the long-held popular belief that booze before bed helps nod-off. The study has showed that a small tipple before bed has great potential to disrupt sleeping patterns.

http://newsmaine.net/22089-sipping-liquor-bed-disrupts-sleeping-pattern

BETHENNY FRANKEL REPORTEDLY LAUNCHING SKINNYGIRL MARIJUANA

Bethenny Frankel, the founder of Skinnygirl cocktails, has been spotted visiting a cannabis dispensary in the US amid claims she is to launch Skinnygirl Marijuana.

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2015/01/bethenny-frankel-reportedly-launching-skinnygirl-marijuana/?article-source=newsletter&source=342&date=2015-01-19

SVEDKA MOVES INTO 100 PROOF VODKA CATEGORY

The Constellation Brands-owned vodka will launch Svedka 100 Proof and Svedka Grapefruit Jalapeño in the US in March this year.

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2015/01/svedka-moves-into-100-proof-vodka-category/?article-source=newsletter&source=342&date=2015-01-19

Hair of the dog? Introducing the beer designed exclusively for man’s best friend

Snuffle is a new Belgian beer brewed exclusively for pooches. Its makers say it’s good enough for humans, too

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/the-filter/11355132/Hair-of-the-dog-Introducing-the-beer-designed-exclusively-for-mans-best-friend.html

TTB Issues New Guidelines for Age Statements on Whiskey Labels

Require an age statement on the label of any whisky that has not been aged for at least four years

http://chuckcowdery.blogspot.com

How Discount Wine is Lying to You

If the region isn’t listed on the front label, check the back label. The TTB requires wines to list the origin

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http://winefolly.com/update/good-cheap-wine-is-lying-to-you/

Is Azerbaijan the 2nd Oldest Wine Region?

Azerbaijan, which is located on the Caspian Sea just south of Georgia and east of Armenia, has a long history of winemaking.

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http://www.winebusiness.com/news/?go=getArticle&dataid=144712

The top ten times to use your Coravin

Here are ten times you may not have considered using your Coravin (but definitely should)!

http://www.coravin.com/blog/usecoravin/

10 DIRTY SECRETS OF WINE (THAT NOBODY WANTS TO TALK ABOUT)

Real talk from the bowels of the vino industry—crack a bottle of Blue Nun and let’s get down to brass tacks.

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http://firstwefeast.com/drink/wine-taboos/

Don’t be afraid to go farther afield for wine values

Emerging regions offer value, new tastes to broaden your horizons

http://www.unionvilletimes.com/?p=24473

Factors of Taste: Results from a Special Tasting at the Digital Wine Communications Conference

Can we always tell what makes us like or dislike a wine? How much of it has to do, strictly speaking, with the grapes and the winemaking? And, do we always understand exactly why a wine is showing well or not?

http://www.nomacorc.com/blog/2015/01/factors-taste-results-special-wine-tasting-digital-wine-communications-conference/

JAMESON UNVEILS ANNUAL PADDY’S DAY BOTTLE

Irish whiskey brand Jameson has revealed its fifth annual limited edition bottle design to celebrate its homeland’s most iconic national holiday – St Patrick’s Day.

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Nebbiolo — Italy’s staid elder statesman of wine

Nebbiolo is a grape varietal from Piemonte, Italy, and it is one of the most traditional, intractable, stubborn old goats of the wine world.

http://www.news-press.com/story/life/food/2015/01/20/nebbiolo-italys-staid-elder-statesman-wine/22067027/

How is your state doing? MADD rates USA on drunk driving prevention

MADD created a five-star system for the report that looks at five different areas of countermeasures that can be taken to prevent drunk driving fatalities.

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http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/01/15/drunk-driving-efforts-across-usa/21776227/

What the Beer You Drink Says About Your Personality

What is your go-to beer?? Cha-Cha.com came out with a list that describes what your favorite beer says about your personality. How accurate do you think it is??

http://us995.cbslocal.com/2015/01/21/what-the-beer-you-drink-says-about-your-personality/

RED WINE NOW COMES IN POWDERED FORM, MINUS THE ALCOHOL…AND THE FUN

Sick of all the fun and joy that comes with drinking red wine but still want to bask in its health benefits? A powdered red wine will do the trick.

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http://www.foodandwine.com/fwx/drink/red-wine-now-comes-powdered-form-minus-alcohol-and-fun

Here’s to tannat, a big tannic monster wine

Tannat is a big wine, a tannic monster that is bigger than cabernet sauvignon and perhaps even petite sirah. With more than 100 wine-grape varieties in the Northwest, why would we want another one? Here’s why.

http://seattletimes.com/html/pacificnw/2025339112_0118grapevinexml.html

CASSIS, THE BLACK CURRANT FROM BURGUNDY

The great Burgundian wine kingdom has a quiet cousin, a little dark currant that is happy to makes its home in the shadow of the famous grape. This unassuming fruit goes by the name of cassis, blackcurrant or Ribes Nigrum

http://www.francetoday.com/articles/2015/01/12/french_food_provenance_cassis_the_black_currant_from_burgundy.html?utm_source=Le+Petit+Journal&utm_campaign=69eb628ab0-LPJ_for_January_21_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a09360c5c2-69eb628ab0-55781545

Brown-Forman Extends Woodford Reserve Into Rye

Thriving Bourbon brand Woodford Reserve is set to add a new rye offering to its portfolio next month. Woodford Reserve Rye ($38 a 750-ml.) will initially launch in 15 U.S. markets. The Kentucky straight rye whiskey is 45.2% abv and marks the third permanent extension to the Woodford Reserve portfolio, joining Distiller’s Select and Double Oaked. Brown-Forman’s newcomer will compete with Beam Suntory’s Knob Creek Rye, which debuted in 2012 and retails in the same segment. Woodford Reserve earned its first Impact “Hot Brand” award last year, having grown by more than 75% since 2010.

How to Build a Whiskey Still in Less Than 2 Minutes

The A. Smith Bowman distillery has released a unique video capturing the build of its brand new 500-gallon still called George.

http://youtu.be/_yXfYWQo8o0

Foxboro MA delaying request for more liquor licenses

A move to petition the state Legislature for more liquor licenses won’t be going to the voters this May.

http://www.thesunchronicle.com/news/local_news/foxboro-delaying-request-for-more-liquor-licenses/article_99345c03-7f6f-58d2-8f90-a908c6f4ca18.html

Where do tech-savvy millennials buy wine? Not online, Cal Poly study finds

Millennials, typically defined as those born between 1982 and the early 2000s, are known for being adept at using technology, whether it’s a smart phone, gaming console or social media.

http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2015/01/21/3453060_milennials-wine-purchase-study.html?rh=1

Harvard Buys Up Water Rights In Drought-Hit Wine Country

Harvard University has quietly become one of the biggest grape growers in California’s drought-stricken Paso Robles wine region,

http://www.businessinsider.com/r-harvard-buys-up-water-rights-in-drought-hit-wine-country-2015-1

Barrel-Aged Tequila Is the New Scotch

Here, three ways companies are using seasoned barrels to flavor their tequilas.

http://www.foodandwine.com/blogs/2015/1/22/barrel-aged-tequila-is-the-new-scotch

Private label wine: The future of the wine business?

Most states require distributors to offer every wine they sell to every retailer or restaurant they call on, so that it’s theoretically possible for someone else to sell Two-buck Chuck or Kirkland. But somehow, that never seems to happen.

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http://winecurmudgeon.com/private-label-wine-the-future-of-the-wine-business/

TURNING WINE PASSION INTO PROFESSION

The real scoop on becoming a Certified Specialist of Wine.

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http://www.snooth.com/articles/how-to-get-a-job-in-wine/

The relationship (or lack thereof) between scores, prices and appellations

Sub-appellations produce higher scores and prices than do the California, Carneros or county-based appellations.

http://www.vineyardfinancialassociates.com/#!The-relationship-or-lack-thereof-between-scores-prices-and-appellations/chh1/7C683C52-FC92-48B8-B1A3-0543D249AC45

PROPER BOURBON PAIRINGS FOR YOUR FAVORITE GIRL SCOUT COOKIES

A list of bourbons to pair and enjoy with your favorite Girl Scout Cookies

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http://www.theimpeccablelife.com/girl-scout-cookie-bourbon-pairing/

Happy Birthday, Beer Can!

The first can of beer was sold on January 24th, 1935 in Richmond, Virginia.

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2015-01-23/beer-can-celebrates-80th-birthday-80-years-of-beers

U.S. is top wine consuming country by volume, Italy leads per capita

The 13th annual International Wine and Spirits Research report found that Americans drank almost 340 million 9-liter cases of wine in 2014. Italians drink the most wine per person, though the rate is expected to drop.

http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/eats/top-wine-consuming-country-volume-article-1.2088489

Anheuser-Busch is bolstering its craft beer portfolio once again by acquiring a growing craft brewer, Seattle’s Elysian Brewing Co.

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Is craft beer a threat to wine?

Wine industry leaders are keeping a close watch on the craft beer market, according to a recent report from Wine Market Council, (WMC) an association of wine producers, grape growers, wine importers and distributors.

https://www.meininger.de/en/wine-business-international/news/craft-beer-threat-wine

The new documentary movie “Somm: Into the Bottle” will be out Summer 2015.

Here’s a preview of the wines and places featured in the film, as well as the people.

http://winefolly.com/episode/new-wine-movie-somm-2015/

Local Brewery News

Worcester, Massachusetts’ Wormtown Brewery has completed construction of a new 10,000-square-foot brewing facility to keep up with growth. Wormtown’s new facility is 10 times larger than the original one and features a taproom, a 30-barrel, two-vessel configuration that will double capacity to 6,000 barrels, as well as a GAI bottling system that allows for packaging bottles to complement its 16-ounce cans. The brewery says it hopes to eventually reach 30,000 barrels at the new site and is already planning further expansion of the new facility. Two 90-barrel fermentation tanks are expected to be delivered next month, bringing the capacity to 10,500 barrels and opening the possibility of expansion to new markets.

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Liquor Industry News/Links 01-17-15

January 17, 2015

Liquor Industry News/Links

01-17-15

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

 

Happy Birthday Benjamin Franklin

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What An Amazing Man. Not Just Because He Has Some Of The Most Famous Beer And Wine Quotes Ever!

Ben Franklin Has Always Been In My Life:

Born And Raised In Franklin MA. (Family Business Vintage 1978)

As A Child I Remember Visiting The Ben Franklin Bank And Seeing This:

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Longtime User Of The Franklin Town Library

Graduate Of The Benjamin Franklin Institute In Boston

So Today Raise A Glass To A TRUE Patriot!

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The Top 10 Predicted Wine And Beer Trends of 2015

So here are the top 10 predicted wine and beer trends for 2015.

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/25477/20150109/the-top-10-predicted-wine-and-beer-trends-of-2015.htm

Do “hand-picked” grapes mean better wine?

The vast majority of wine is made from machine-harvested grapes.

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http://palatepress.com/2015/01/wine/hand-picked-grapes-mean-better-wine/

Silent, motionless wine fridge created to protect fine wines

A ‘no-compressor’ wine cabinet by Haier debuted at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas as a world-first this week, in response to demand from top wine connoisseurs who point out that subtle vibrations and temperature changes common in wine coolers can affect taste.

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http://www.thestar.com.my/Lifestyle/Food/News/2015/01/12/Silent-motionless-wine-fridge-created-to-protect-fine-wines/

The Health Benefits Of Drinking Beer

When consumed in moderation it can benefit the heart, improve mental health, memory and decreases the risk of Alzheimer’s.

http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/578784/20150112/beer-health-benefits-alcohol-consumption-beverages-diabetes.htm#.VLPF08ZU00k

US WINERIES PRESS FOR CALORIE ‘ESTIMATES’

Winemakers in the US are lobbying to have new rules over labeling softened, citing the costs involved in providing the exact calorific content of their products.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2015/01/us-wineries-press-for-calorie-estimates/

Tickle Moonshine

Gatlinburg, Tennessee’s Sugarlands Distilling Co. has extended its Sugarlands Shine Legends Series with the launch of Tickle’s Dynamite Cinnamon Moonshine. Inspired by Steven Ray Tickle, best known for appearing on the Discovery Channel television show “Moonshiners,” Tickle’s Dynamite Cinnamon Moonshine will initially be available at Sugarlands’ Gatlinburg headquarters this month, with wider retail distribution to follow in early February. Priced at $25 a jar, the new entry joins Jim Tom Hedrick’s Unaged Rye and Mark Rogers’ American Peach moonshines in Sugarlands’ Legends Series lineup. Sugarlands Distilling currently has a distribution reach spanning Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky, Illinois, Minnesota and Florida.

Woman Caught Driving Drunk on Vanilla Extract

Well, police say vanilla extract has an alcohol level of 41%. “That puts it on comparison to both vodka and gin,”

http://www.newser.com/story/201170/woman-caught-driving-drunk-on-vanilla-extract.html

Labatt Blue the beer for USA Hockey

Canadian brewing company Labatt is to become the official beer sponsor of USA Hockey.

http://www.sportspromedia.com/news/labatt_blue_the_beer_for_usa_hockey1

2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Winners

Results of SF Wine Competition

http://winejudging.com/medal-winners/

Wine closures market share

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Corsica: Napoleon’s Vinous Dreamscape

The island was sold to France in 1768, a year before the birth of history’s most famous Corsican—Napoleon Bonaparte.

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http://intoxreport.com/2015/01/12/corsica-napoleons-vinous-dreamscape/

Charlie Hebdo wine labels: goûtez la différence!

a wonderful post devoted to wine labels drawn by Charlie Hebdo contributors on Intravino, the popular Italian wine blog.

http://dobianchi.com/2015/01/12/charlie-hebdo-wine-lables/

What drives our wine choice – taste, or the price tag?

Can a wine drinker judge the quality of a bottle by its price?

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http://theconversation.com/what-drives-our-wine-choice-taste-or-the-price-tag-35252

A Complete Guide to the 2015 Boston Wine Expo

The 24th annual Boston Wine Expo—one of the country’s biggest food and wine festivals—has announced this year’s lineup

http://www.bostonmagazine.com/restaurants/blog/2015/01/13/complete-guide-2015-boston-wine-expo/

Giant info-graph makes wine shopping an educational experience

The giant info-graph the owners put up to answer any questions you might have about wine.

http://wgno.com/2015/01/13/giant-info-graph-makes-wine-shopping-cooler-at-new-shop/

JIM BEAM USES PRE-PROHIBITION RECIPE FOR NEW RYE

Beam Suntory has released a new version of its Jim Beam Rye that uses a pre-prohibition recipe to create a “bolder” taste.

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2015/01/jim-beam-uses-pre-prohibition-recipe-for-new-rye/?article-source=newsletter&source=339&date=2015-01-14

Sierra Nevada launches into 2015 with three all new beers

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is debuting two year-round beers in early 2015

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http://www.craftbrewingbusiness.com/news/sierra-nevada-2015-new-beers/?utm_source=Craft+Brewing+Business+E-Newsletter&utm_campaign=01db1f6c2f-CBBNews_20150114&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1e143189ee-01db1f6c2f-80019125

LONG WORK HOURS LINKED TO ALCOHOL ABUSE

Professionals who work more than 48 hours a week are 11% more likely to abuse alcohol,  a study carried out by Finnish researchers suggests.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2015/01/long-work-hours-linke-to-alcohol-abuse/

Your Beer Bucket List: 20 Must-Try Styles

20 styles of beer you really should try to broaden your beer horizons—and specific bottles to seek out.

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http://www.seriouseats.com/2015/01/essential-beer-styles-bucket-list-must-try-ale-lager.html

Cheers! Study Reveals Drinking Champagne Helps Prevent Alzheimer’s

It seems like your champagne-filled nights are going to give you some benefits after all!

http://www.latintimes.com/cheers-study-reveals-drinking-champagne-helps-prevent-alzheimers-288323

Can an IPA Beer Trademark Be Confusingly Similar to a Wine? TTAB says “Yes”

As a brewer (or seasoned beer drinker), you might think that a trademark for an IPA–with “IPA” in its name–could not possibly be confusingly similar to a wine product that bears a similar name, but without “IPA” in it.

http://www.lawfullibations.com/2015/01/can-an-ipa-beer-trademark-be-confusingly-similar-to-a-wine-ttab-says-yes/

Prosecco Continues to Create Confusion

Poor information about Prosecco means consumers care less and less about quality differences between the DOC and DOCG wines

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http://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2015/01/prosecco-doc-continues-to-create-confusion

What does the drop in oil prices mean for wine?

The link between oil prices and fine wine was made pretty clear back in the 1970s

https://www.decanterchina.com/en/index.html?article=1006

THE UNITED STATES OF ALCOHOL

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Coors Is Releasing A Gluten-Free Beer

MillerCoors is the latest brand to accommodate those with gluten allergies and sensitivities.

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http://www.businessinsider.com/coors-is-releasing-a-gluten-free-beer-2015-1

OVER 50% OF YOUNG DRIVER FATALITIES INVOLVE ALCOHOL

Statistics show that more than half of young drivers who died in car crashes in the US were either under the influence of alcohol or marijuana, or both.

http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2015/01/over-50-of-young-driver-fatalities-involve-alcohol/?article-source=newsletter&source=340&date=2015-01-15

Report Shows Record-Breaking Year for Direct Wine

ShipCompliant and Wines & Vines Release Annual Report Showing Value of Winery Direct Shipments Jumping 15.5% in 2014

http://shipcompliantblog.com/blog/2015/01/15/report-shows-record-breaking-year-direct-wine-shipping/

Glera: You’ve never heard of this Italian grape, but you’ve tasted it in your Prosecco glass

Most likely you’ve not heard of glera.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/food-and-wine/wine/glera-youve-never-heard-of-this-italian-grape-but-youve-tasted-it-in-your-prosecco-glass/article22427580/

A-B Launches Beer Home Delivery App

Anheuser-Busch InBev is introducing a new beer delivery app, the Bud Light Button, that will allow consumers to have the leading U.S. beer brand delivered to their door. ABI partnered with digital innovation agency of record AKQA and “platform provider” Klink to create the service, which will begin today with an initial launch in the Washington, D.C. market. Consumers can order between one and 100 cases of beer and have it delivered by Klink—via an independent retailer—within an hour, ABI says.

Currently available for the Android platform, the Bud Light Button will follow with an iPhone version coming soon. The service will dovetail with Bud Light’s existing “Up for whatever” positioning by offering additions like Bud Light branded gear and “Up for whatever experiences” on certain deliveries. “Once in a while, we’re going to deliver a really over-the-top experience,” said Lucas Herscovici, Anheuser-Busch vice president of consumer connections. “Maybe that means we show up with a DJ who turns your gathering of friends into an amazing event.”

Prosecco DOCG just $6.99! Unfair pricing practices undermine small Prosecco growers

When I asked a Prosecco grower and bottler how such a low price could be possible, he told me that the grower and bottler of the big box wine were probably making just cents on the dollar for the wine.

http://dobianchi.com/2015/01/14/kirkland-prosecco-costco-price/

TOP 10: Snapshots of the American Wine Consumer

Source: 2014 Gallo Consumer Wine Trends Survey

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http://www.starkinsider.com/2015/01/2-3-consumers-base-wine-purchase-label-plus-wine-trends.html

Bay State’s direct wine shipping law off to robust start

Massachushetts’ new direct wine shipping law is off to a successful start with more than 100 out-of-state wineries taking out licenses and dozens more waiting on approvals, according to state officials.

http://www.lowellsun.com/breakingnews/ci_27329331/bay-states-direct-wine-shipping-law-off-robust

New Hampshire measure would allow minors on beer labels

In New Hampshire, it is illegal for brewing companies to sell its ales, stouts, porters and lagers with an image of a minor on a label.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/01/16/new-hampshire-measure-would-allow-minors-on-beer-labels/

There’s now a ‘wine’ for pregnant women

What’s a pregnant woman to sip? Well, one North Carolina company thinks it has an answer — boutique sparkling grape juice, imported from Australia.

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http://www.marketwatch.com/story/theres-now-a-wine-for-pregnant-women-2015-01-16?link=MW_latest_news

Jim Beam Extends With New Bonded Bourbon

Beam Suntory is set to debut a new bonded Bourbon under its flagship Jim Beam brand next month. Hitting select accounts nationwide, Jim Beam Bonded ($23 a 750-ml.) is a 100-proof Bourbon aged four years and produced in a single distillery season at a single distillery in line with the “Bottled in Bond Act” of 1897. Said to feature spicy oak notes with a background of vanilla and caramel, the newcomer is geared toward classic cocktail serves.

Jim Beam marketed a bonded Bourbon years ago, but this is a completely new product, the company tells SND. Including Devil’s Cut, Red Stag and its other flavored whiskies, Jim Beam rose an estimated 4.7% to 4.1 million cases in the U.S. market in 2014, according to Impact Databank.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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

THE WINE GRAPE FAMILY VINE

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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.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/cathyhuyghe/2014/09/24/who-harvests-your-grapes-youd-be-surprised/

9 GREAT GIFTS FOR THE WINE LOVER WHO HAS EVERYTHING

Gadgets for wine lovers

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http://vinepair.com/wine-blog/9-great-gifts-wine-lover-everything/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=e6dcc17f74-The_Drop_9_24&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-e6dcc17f74-38937345

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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http://vinepair.com/wine-blog/introduction-need-wine-washington-state/

MEAD: A PERFECT FALL DRINK

All about Mead

http://vinepair.com/wine-blog/mead-perfect-fall-drink/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=e6dcc17f74-The_Drop_9_24&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-e6dcc17f74-38937345

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.

http://www.thesunchronicle.com/news/local_news/foxboro-to-decide-on-liquor-licenses-at-town-meeting/article_b9aaacc2-41cb-5a01-9450-bb396bf4a084.html

 

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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Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

New Products

New Apps

Wine Spectator Selling Ratings?

AND MORE!

Bruins Coors Light Packages

The limited edition 36 pack emblazened with the Bruins colors and logo is now available. Get your customers excited for Bruins season.

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10 Hacks to Make a Box of Wine Taste Amazing

Make cheap wine delicious and fun to drink with these tricks and recipes

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http://www.cosmopolitan.com/food-cocktails/a27555/boxed-wine-recipes/

Guinness Goes Blonde for U.S. Market

Guinness, maker of the famed Irish stout often called “the dark stuff,” is rolling out a new lager aimed at American beer drinkers.

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http://www.ozarksfirst.com/story/d/story/guinness-goes-blonde-for-us-market/28429/zQWTD-f7VEOok111An7U1w

Does the Alcohol Industry Really Advocate Responsible Drinking?

new study charges the opposite is actually true.

http://news92fm.com/474377/does-the-alcohol-industry-really-advocate-responsible-drinking/

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http://vinepair.com/wine-pizza-pairing-app/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=62efa6cbf5-September_7_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-62efa6cbf5-38937345&mc_cid=62efa6cbf5&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

Intro to Wine Pairing with Sushi

In Tokyo, popular sushi places and traditional Japanese kappo restaurants are increasingly taking this trend to include wines in their beverage program.

http://www.examiner.com/article/intro-to-wine-pairing-with-sushi

 

Glass Of Wine With Dinner Increases Life Span

Heart experts reveal a glass of white or red wine with dinner followed by a cup of tea is a recipe for longer life

http://leadership.ng/style/383296/glass-wine-dinner-increases-life-span-study

A beginners guide to mixing beer

Not all beers are compatible for mixing, but there are some fun things you can do

http://collegian.csufresno.edu/2014/09/07/beer-review-a-beginners-guide-to-mixing-beer/

Pumpkin-ale guide: Our annual seasonal ranking evaluates 19 ales

19 pumpkin brews in a blind tasting format

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http://www.cleveland.com/drinks/index.ssf/2014/09/pumpkin-ale_guide_our_annual_s.html

WAITER BREAKS BEER-CARRYING RECORD

The world record for the number of beer-filled mass carried by one waiter has been broken in Germany.

http://youtu.be/9oNrq4hYqow

5 hearty beer-infused slow-cooker recipes

Put your slow cooker to work and whip up these easy beer-braised dishes that go from dinner party to school night to tailgate.

http://draftmag.com/features/beer-infused-recipes-crock-pot-slow/

Can cheap wine do this?

Fortunately, the Wine Curmudgeon is here to answer five of the most suggested cheap wine questions on Google:

http://winecurmudgeon.com/can-cheap-wine-do-this/

Diageo taps tech start-ups to tackle irresponsible drinking and retail theft

Diageo wants technology start-ups to help solve some of its toughest business challenges and is inviting innovative companies to come up with solutions to issues such as theft and responsible drinking.

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http://www.marketingmagazine.co.uk/article/1311092/diageo-taps-tech-start-ups-tackle-irresponsible-drinking-retail-theft

New Ciroc Flavor

Cîroc vodka has extended its flavored range with the launch of Cîroc Pineapple. Rolling out this month, Cîroc Pineapple will be available in 50-ml., 200-ml., 375-ml., 750-ml., 1-liter and 1.75-liter formats, priced at $34.99 a 750-ml. Additionally, the 35%-abv offering will  be supported by a nationwide “Tropical Luxury” campaign, featuring print, digital and experiential activities. Cîroc Pineapple is the fifth addition to Cîroc’s flavored lineup, joining the brand’s existing Amaretto, Peach, Red Berry and Coconut expressions. Cîroc was up 8.5% to 1.9 million cases in the U.S. last year, according to Impact Databank.

La Cantina Wine School In Franklin Ma

Looking to make your own wine? Let Bob help you!

http://www.franklinmatters.org/2014/09/la-cantina-wine-school.html

JACK DANIEL’S TO GIVE AWAY A KILO OF GOLD

Travellers purchasing any bottle from the Jack Daniel’s range at Dubai Duty Free store in Terminal Three of Dubai International Airport during September will be entered into a prize draw to win the pile of gold.

http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/09/jack-daniels-to-give-away-a-kilo-of-gold/?article-source=newsletter&source=252&date=2014-09-08

 

Maker of fine wines wants to see more expansive labeling of additives

It’s no secret that winemakers, large and small, use additives in their wines.

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http://www.sacbee.com/2014/09/07/6679610/maker-of-fine-wines-wants-to-see.html

ARE WE WASTING HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS ON WINE GLASSES EVERY YEAR?

Any industry that marries the existence of experts, the spending of cash, and the words “acquired taste” as exquisitely as the wine industry does is bound to intimidate the uninitiated.

http://vinepair.com/wine-blog/wine-glass-placebo/

WHY MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL GOT INTO…THE WINE BUSINESS?

HINT: BECAUSE SOMEONE WOULD BE VERY, VERY UNHAPPY IF THE MLB MADE ITS OWN BEER.

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http://www.fastcompany.com/3035303/innovation-agents/why-major-league-baseball-got-intothe-wine-business

Wine + Life: How Smartphones Revolutionized The Tasting Note

Tasting notes are a very useful tool when it comes to wine.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/cathyhuyghe/2014/09/05/wine-life-how-smartphones-revolutionized-the-tasting-note/

Is New Zealand the world’s most sustainable wine producing country?

New Zealand is the world leader in sustainable wine production.

http://palatepress.com/2014/09/wine/new-zealand-worldmost-sustainable-wine-producing-country/

“Beer” Made from Concentrate Isn’t Very Good

Don’t want to lug around a case of beer every time you go camping? Now just add water!

http://punchdrink.com/news/beer-made-from-concentrate-isnt-very-good/

Heaven Hill releases Elijah Craig 23-year-old

Heaven Hill Distilleries has released a limited edition Elijah Craig 23-year-old single barrel Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey.

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http://www.thedrinksreport.com/news/2014/15606-heaven-hill-releases-elijah-craig-23-year-old.html?utm_source=TDR_Newsletter_Sept_9&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=TDR_Newsletter

 

Facebook And Budweiser Now Let You E-Gift Beer To Friends

Did you miss a friend’s birthday? Thanks to Facebook, Anheuser-Busch, and gifting service Gratafy, you can send your friends and family members a free beer on their special day.

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http://www.business2community.com/social-buzz/facebook-budweiser-now-let-e-gift-beer-friends-01002067#!bRWEAJ

“Brewed” Now Available on iTunes and Google Play

Track over 1,000 brew fests nationwide with this app

http://www.jsonline.com/business/pressrelease/national-press-releases/brewed-now-available-on-itunes-and-google-play-274443841.html

JACK DANIEL’S TENNESSEE FIRE ROLLS OUT AFTER SUCCESSFUL TRIALS

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire is being rolled out to five additional states following successful trials of the cinnamon-flavored whiskey this summer.

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/09/jack-daniels-tennessee-fire-rolls-out-after-successful-trials/?article-source=newsletter&source=253&date=2014-09-09

New Duckhorn Wine

Napa Valley-based Duckhorn Wine Company has launched the inaugural vintage of its Washington-sourced wine, Canvasback. The 2012 Canvasback Washington State Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from vineyards located in the Red Mountain AVA—such as Klipsun, La Coye, Shaw and Quintessence—and retails at $40. In 2013, Duckhorn purchased an unplanted 20-acre Longwinds Estate Vineyard on Red Mountain, which Canvasback planted this year with 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot. The company has also hired Washington winegrower Dick Boushey as vineyard manager and local winemaker Brian Rudin. “Current production (on Canvasback) is about 2,000 cases,” Duckhorn president and CEO Alex Ryan recently told SND. “I’d like Canvasback to become big enough to gain national distribution, so that would be about 15,000-25,000 cases in the future.”

How Miller Lite Tricked New Drinkers Into Liking Its Same Old Beer

MillerCoors released a limited-edition version of its original 1975 white Miller Lite can

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-09-11/miller-lites-original-label-sales-boost

New Black Stallion Wine

Napa’s Black Stallion Estate Winery, part of the Delicato Family Vineyards portfolio, has debuted Transcendant, a new luxury Cabernet Sauvignon. Including fruit from Mount Veeder, Atlas Peak, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Oak Knoll District, the first vintage of Transcendant is a 2010, retailing at $135 and distributed to select markets. The new wine, which is in limited production, is a blend of 89% Cabernet and 11% Merlot.

New Busch Beer Cans

Anheuser-Busch has introduced a special-edition can for its Busch brand aimed at hunters and outdoors enthusiasts. The 2014 Busch Hunting can, which displays graphics of deer, elk and duck silhouettes over Busch’s signature background, is available in select states, mostly across the Midwest and South, in 18-, 24-, and 30-packs of 12-ounce cans. The core Busch brand’s volume was down 7% last year, while Busch Light was flat. Earlier this year, the brand began testing a new, higher-alcohol entry, Signature Copper Lager (5.7% abv), in a dozen states across the Midwest.

 

Tasting the Effects of Wine Closures

Conference examines sensory effects of natural corks, screwcaps, synthetics

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http://www.winesandvines.com/template.cfm?section=news&content=138398

WINE IN A CAN ADS POKE FUN AT DRINKS SNOBS

A US company that sells wine in cans has released a series of tongue-in-cheek ads poking fun at the pretentious corners of the wine world with hilarious results.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/dbtv/wine-in-a-can-ads-poke-fun-at-drinks-snobs/

TOP 10 CELEBRITY DRINKS BRANDS

Celebrities and alcohol have long enjoyed a mutually useful relationship with brands benefitting from a much-needed sprinkle of star dust and celebrities a dose of well-placed exposure.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/09/top-10-celebrity-endorsed-drinks-brands/?article-source=newsletter&source=968&date=2014-09-09

TOP 10 WACKY WINE DESIGNS

While spirits brands are known for their derring-do approach to branding and fearlessness about taking risks in order to appeal to a broad swath of consumers, wine brands are often accused of being stuck in the dark ages when it comes to packaging and design. Not this lot.

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/09/top-10-wacky-wine-designs-2/?article-source=newsletter&source=968&date=2014-09-09

U.S. Wine Consumption Expands for 20th Straight Year, Surpasses France as Largest Wine Market

The U.S. topped France as the world’s largest wine market last year as Americans continue to develop a greater appreciation for the libation.  According to the Beverage Information and Insights Group’s 2014 Wine Handbook, the wine category increased 1.9% to 325.4 million 9-liter cases last year.  Production and consumption levels are also at an all-time high.

USA AVA Details

Interesting read on AVA process with the TTB

http://wakawakawinereviews.com/2014/09/08/ttb-update-what-makes-an-effective-comment-ttb-extends-sta-rita-hills-expansion-comment-period/

Wine Spectator, Advocate can now legally sell a 90-point rating

I can see people paying for a good score. My experiences with Wine Spectator have never gone well. To be considered a “find wine retailer” you must sell their magazine!

http://blog.wblakegray.com/2014/09/wine-spectator-advocate-can-now-legally.html

Italy braced to lose title of number one wine producer

Italy’s 2014 wine harvest will be the smallest since 1950 and is set to cost the country its crown as the world’s biggest producer by volume to France.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/soshiok/italy-braced-lose-title-number-one-wine-producer

 

Nested wine glass aims to pace you

Wine glass gadget that prevents dehydration when you drink wine

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http://www.drvino.com/2014/09/09/nested-wine-glass-hydrated-hangover/

Objections raised to Ocean State liquor license request in Westboro MA

Ocean State Job lot having issues getting beer and wine license.

Will towns support small business’s like ours?

http://www.telegram.com/article/20140909/NEWS/309099588/1246

Some wines’ secret ingredient: Added sugar

Sugar in wine tends to soften the product on the taste profile, give it more body and thus make it more approachable

http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/life/2014/09/09/wine-cellar-sugar-rob-stein/15350843/

 

Applying Packaging Innovations

Purple Wine Co. executive describes process of packaging redesign

http://www.winesandvines.com/template.cfm?section=news&content=138510

CHILE WINE TRENDS: REDISCOVERING PAÍS

As part of a move to more southerly, historic wine regions in Chile, particularly Itata, the country is starting to create varietal and blended products using the País grape.

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/09/chile-wine-trends-7-rediscovering-pais/?article-source=newsletter&source=792&date=2014-01-31

PAINT TIN WINE SPARKS LEGAL ACTION

A US wine producer has launched legal action against a multinational advertising firm, claiming trademark infringement on a product which dispenses wine from paint tins.

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/09/paint-tin-wine-sparks-legal-action/?article-source=newsletter&source=970&date=2014-09-11

TOP 10 SHOCKING SPIRITS ADVERTS

Strict laws may limit how spirits brands market their products, but some still manage to shock with their sexy, strange, funny and completely outrageous adverts.

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/09/top-10-shocking-spirits-adverts/?article-source=newsletter&source=255&date=2014-09-11

Adding liquor licenses up in the air in Foxboro MA

May be asked to seek special legislation to allow the additional licenses needed at Patriot Place

http://www.thesunchronicle.com/news/local_news/adding-liquor-licenses-up-in-the-air-in-foxboro/article_2640287f-25c5-5915-809d-9ea0bfdea7a6.html

What is a Reserve Wine? Well, That Depends

In the US, the word ‘Reserve’ doesn’t technically mean anything. Find out the true definition of a reserve wine.

http://winefolly.com/tutorial/reserve-wine-well-depends/?utm_source=Wine+Folly&utm_campaign=d49eb72859-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a18d8bdc1b-d49eb72859-62472929&mc_cid=d49eb72859&mc_eid=d73340fcba

Woodwork Wines

Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines has launched Woodwork Wines, a brand with three varietals. The wines are created using wood staves instead of barrels, which is a lower impact on the environment and allows more robust flavors, according to the company. The three central coast varietals included in the launch are 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013 Chardonnay and 2013 Pinot Noir. Each is available at a suggested retail price of $14.99 per bottle.

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http://www.beveragedynamics.com/2014/09/09/woodwork-wines/2449/

Now A Machine That Freezes Your Favorite Liquor Into Ice Cubes!

Miami-based company that has been developing a machine which freezes liquor into ice cubes.

http://www.gizmodo.in/indiamodo/Now-a-Machine-that-Freezes-Your-FavoriteLiquor-Into-Ice-Cubes/articleshow/42280820.cms

Harpoon Brewing founder to speak at Old Sturbridge Village

Old Sturbridge Village will be hosting a beer-centered evening featuring Harpoon Brewery co-founder and president Dan Kenary on Sept. 25.

http://www.masslive.com/drinks/2014/09/beer_nut_harpoon_brewing_found.html

Does beer really taste better out of a bottle?

Breweries are increasingly favouring cans over bottles – so why does the common misconception that beer tastes bad from the tin persist, asks Mark Dredge

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/the-filter/11089605/Does-beer-really-taste-better-out-of-a-bottle.html

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Liquor Industry News/Links 8-16-14

August 16, 2014

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Happy Tax Free Weekend!

This Week Our Franklin Adult Education Classes Have Been Announced.

Starting In October We Will Have Three Classes.

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New Products

Sulfites In Wine

Two Buck Chuck

 

Midnight Moon Moonshine New Size

Piedmont Distillers has released its Midnight Moon in “half-moon” 375-ml. trial size jars. The new size is available in Apple Pie, Strawberry and Blueberry. The new size jars are distilled from corn, handcrafted in small batches and infused in the jar with fruit. They’re available for a suggested retail price of $11.99 to $13.99. The company has also launched an unflavored 100 proof version of Midnight Moon, which is available for $20 to $22.

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TOP 10 SPIRITS DEDICATED TO DEAD CELEBRITIES

In a highly competitive marketplace, spirits brands will do any multitude of things to stand out from the crowd, such as using a face or name from the past to sell their products.

http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/08/top-10-spirits-dedicated-to-bygone-stars/?article-source=newsletter&source=231&date=2014-08-07

  

How that nightly glass of wine can wreck your teeth: Dentists warn of the dangers of alcohol for oral health

A glass of wine can suck the calcium from your teeth as well as giving you bad breath

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2718388/How-nightly-glass-wine-wreck-teeth.html

A plea for sulfites in wine

A look at why sulfites are needed in wine

http://www.ajc.com/news/lifestyles/a-plea-for-sulfites-in-wine/ngr6m/?__federated=1

Are Beer Labels Sexist?

breweries are choosing to alienate a whole group of drinkers who would potentially buy their beer

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http://chicagoist.com/2014/08/06/time_out_chicago_sexist_beer_label.php

 

An In-Depth Look at the Proposed Sta Rita Hills AVA Expansion

TTB Notice to Open Comments on the Proposed Expansion of the Sta Rita Hills AVA

http://wakawakawinereviews.com/2014/08/06/an-in-depth-look-at-the-proposed-sta-rita-hills-ava-expansion/

Pinot Grigio shortage could see consumers opt for other white wines

Pinot Grigio is in short supply on the bulk market around the globe, which is starting to push up prices.

http://www.harpers.co.uk/insights/cost-controls/bulk-wine/pinot-grigio-shortage-could-see-consumers-opt-for-other-white-wines/370350.article

Advice to an Intern: 10 things Winemakers want you to know

Advice from winemakers to volunteers at harvest time

http://www.girlandthegrape.com/the-winemaking-life/advice-harvest-intern-10-things-winemakers-want-know/

Research suggests fruit flies could be responsible for wine’s pleasant aromas

Could fruit flies be responsible for the nice smell of most wines?

http://www.wineanorak.com/wineblog/wine-science/research-suggests-fruit-flies-could-be-responsible-for-wines-pleasant-aromas

Having Fun With Wine—The Video Version

http://youtu.be/NWoqnDUfyYI

China Uncovered: Interview With One Of The Largest Wine Importers In China

What Wine Importers Look for when Sourcing New Brands as Long Term Supply Partners.

http://beveragetradenetwork.com/en/article-base/china-uncovered-interview-with-one-of-the-largest-wine-importers-in-china-330.htm

TOP 10 WEIRD WAYS TO OPEN A BOTTLE

You have a bottle of wine / beer / bubbly. You are without anything that one might consider a vaguely useful opening tool. What do you do?

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/08/top-10-weird-ways-to-open-a-bottle/?article-source=newsletter&source=943&date=2014-08-08

PORTABLE ‘DATE RAPE’ DETECTOR INVENTED

A Canadian team of technologists are seeking funding to launch a pocket-size device capable of detecting whether a drink has been spiked.

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/08/portable-date-rape-detector-invented/?article-source=newsletter&source=943&date=2014-08-08

Don’t believe everything you read on bourbon bottles

If you follow the bourbon industry closely, you’re familiar with the debate over the concept of contract products.

http://www.bizjournals.com/louisville/news/2014/08/07/dont-believe-everything-you-read-on-bourbon.html?page=all

How The Quini App Helps You Become a More Consistent Wine Taster

Great step by step guide on our new wine education program

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http://www.thevineyardtrail.com/how-the-quini-app-helps-you-become-a-more-consistent-wine-taster/

Gnarly Head Debuts Authentic Black Wine

Black is a dark, inky Petite Sirah-based blend

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http://chilledmagazine.com/Wine-detail/gnarly-head-debuts-authentic-black-wine/

Vermentino Is Mediterranean Summer In A Glass

The region of Gallura, in Sardinia’s northeastern corner, is Vermentino’s natural home Read about this Italian white grape.

http://zesterdaily.com/drinking/sardinian-wine-vermentino-at-costa-smeralda/?utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=13759798&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8K53bQNyncFxh7t-nqF1pqnKeGduaINMHGnVpSWqgFNA83o0Idp2Ll27OQrGpFoE6x-sXzXamKVlx6wCbsL2Kt2kWxoJSDsz5fmBWXNgLgUc_LKwY&_hsmi=13759798

5 Sauvignon Blancs That Will Change Minds

Sauvignon sales are growing apace, up over 15% year on year in volume terms, and they represent around 25% of our white sales. Five recommendations:

http://zesterdaily.com/drinking/sauvignon-blanc-detractors-stand/?utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=13759798&_hsenc=p2ANqtz–fI0U9BGOkxbXpuStNcao49nL3EQUqvAkkGrQNPHlRShcNsj7o_BL-7MxMuPnjEaf_AnojzkgPunohNOtywluiY6f_bktYzXZXNA4vxKY8gVmZ9Ag&_hsmi=13759798

 

ANCIENT GRAPE SEEDS UNEARTHED IN CHIANTI

US archaeologists have discovered what could be the ancestor of Chianti’s famous wine style in the form of 500 waterlogged grape seeds.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/08/ancient-grape-seeds-unearthed-in-chianti/?article-source=newsletter&source=945&date=2014-08-12

The really big ruckus over ‘Two Buck Chuck’

Follow up on a story we posted last week which as been taken down.

http://www.cnbc.com/id/101910833#

Standard wine bottles

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Manton Valley AVA

In the shadow of Mt. Lassen in the far northern reach of California.

TTB announced its approval August 1st

http://www.winesandvines.com/template.cfm?section=news&content=136989

Is Wine-Tasting Junk Science?

What makes the connoisseur different from the rest of us is that he or she is simply a better thermometer, a more specific, more reliable device for measuring facts about art or wine or whatever.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/13.7/2014/08/08/338839598/is-wine-tasting-junk-science

HOW TO DECANT A BOTTLE OF WINE

How to Video

http://youtu.be/_xxvyi5iPKA

 

BEERS BASED ON TOLKIEN’S HOBBIT LAUNCHED

JRR Tolkien’s fantasy novel The Hobbit is to become the basis for a new range of beers set to be released in the US this month.

pilsner-r2

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/08/beers-based-on-tolkiens-hobbit-launched/?article-source=newsletter&source=946&date=2014-08-13

What is tannin?

Information on a very common term in wine

http://www.winecountrythisweek.com/articles/what-tannin-4

Coolest Beer Taps

For decades tap handles have been catching the eye of inexperienced drinkers, lost in a sea of beer as well as seasoned Craft Beer veterans.

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http://chilledmagazine.com/Whats_Chilling_Right_Now-detail/coolest-beer-taps/

The Old Wine Pairing Rules Don’t Work Anymore

you can still pair wine in the traditional way, but as eating habits have changed so should wine pairing.

http://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2014/08/the-old-wine-pairing-rules-don-t-work-anymore

A Match Made in Heaven — an Introduction to Rioja Wines

Discover the history of Rioja wine and make the perfect match with the heavenly grapes.

http://honestcooking.com/match-made-heaven-introduction-rioja-wines/

Research finds hormone-disrupting chemicals in 59% of wines

New research has found that 59% of tested French wines contain at least one form of phthalate, most likely as a result of plastics used in wineries.

http://www.sciencealert.com.au/news/20141208-26008.html

SOUTH AFRICAN BRANDY REGULATIONS TIGHTENED

Requirements for pot still and vintage brandies changed

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/08/south-african-brandy-regulations-tightened/?article-source=newsletter&source=236&date=2014-08-14

ABSINTHE APPELLATION REFUSED BY SWISS COURT

A court has overturned a decision to give Swiss absinthe producers a protected designation of origin, calling the spirit a “generic” product and not explicitly tied to any one geographical location.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/08/absinthe-appellation-refused-by-swiss-court/?article-source=newsletter&source=947&date=2014-08-14

Collio wine country: Italy’s undiscovered region

Located about an hour-and-a-half drive from Venice, in the Province of Gorizia

http://www.usatoday.com/story/experience/food-and-wine/tours-and-trails/wine-tours-and-trails/2014/08/13/collio-italy-wine-region/14001759/

A primer on flaws in wine

How to identify flaws that rear their ugly heads in the winery or the bottle.

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http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/taste/271120521.html

What’s Up With Organic Wine?

Details on the differences and some recommendations

http://www.free-times.com/restaurants/081314-whats-up-with-organic-wine

Former NFL Quarterbacks New Wine

Dan Marino and Damon Huard New Wine Passing Time.

Interesting Washington Wine

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http://www.passingtime.com

Baiju Buying Tips

An introduction to the world’s most popular drink you’ve never heard of: Baijiu.

http://www.winemag.com/September-2014/Chinese-Fire-Thrill/

What’s Inside a Bottle of Wine

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Society Of Wine Educators Goes Mobile With New App!

Free educational wine and spirits quizzes.

http://www.thestreet.com/story/12845917/1/society-of-wine-educators-goes-mobile-with-new-app.html

Biodynamic wine: Setting the table for seriously sustainable agriculture

Biodynamics explained

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http://www.informnny.com/story/d/story/biodynamic-wine-setting-the-table-for-seriously-su/10626/emRI9h43eEC5af7vXY-iUw

Ballantine is coming back

Starting September, Pabst will start selling Ballantine India Pale Ale in six packs and larger bottles in the Northeast.

http://money.cnn.com/2014/08/14/news/ballantine-pabst/

New app finds the right craft beer to pair with your supper

Brewmasters.Club will help users choose the right food to go with the beer they ordered or the right beer to go with the food they are cooking.

http://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/news/2014/08/14/new-app-finds-the-right-craft-beer-to-pair-with.html

9 Lesser-Known IPAs You Should Be Drinking

Now’s the time to diversify your fridge collection and remember why you fell in love with IPA in the first place. Here are nine excellent beers to get you started.

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http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/08/best-ipa-beer-lesser-known-india-pale-ale-societe-long-trail-great-divide-uinta-ithaca-thirsty-dog.html

New Italian Spirit

Italian fine wine importer Vias Imports is debuting a new line of artisanal spirits from Sibona Antica Distilleria in the U.S. market. Located in the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy, family-owned Sibona Antica is working with Vias to bring its line of grappas and liqueurs to the U.S. The initial introduction will include 1-liter offerings of aperitif Amaro Sibona ($29.99, 28%-abv), Chamomile Grappa-Infused Liqueur ($35.99, 32%-abv), Tennessee Wood Aged Grappa Riserva ($69.99, 44%-abv) and Uve di Langa Grappa Brandy ($62.99, 40%-abv). Plans are in place to extend the line in 2015. New York-based Vias Imports has a portfolio with more than 60 products, including Produttori del Barbaresco and Damilano.

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Liquor Industry News/Links 8-9-14

August 9, 2014

Liquor Industry News/Links

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By: Mark C Lenzi CSW, CSS, CWAS*

What A Great Time Of Year This Is.:

Summer Products Start To Convert To Fall

California Wine Harvest Is Starting

Football Pre Season Is Here (GO PATS)

Back To School Shopping

And Finally We Get Some Vacation Time To Relax With Family.

Research Never Ends And I Will Catch Up On Many Books And Of Coarse “Taste” Wine!

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Liquor Industry Week In Review

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Microwave food and Wine Pairings

New Products

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All About The Savoie Region In France

Very good information on this region in France.

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http://armchairsommelier.wordpress.com/2014/08/02/vin-nouveau-la-deuxieme-partie/comment-page-1/#comment-2501

Yeasts: do you know what’s flavouring your wine?

There’s an unseen hand in every wine – the yeast that fermented the juice

http://www.decanter.com/people-and-places/wine-articles/587335/yeasts-do-you-know-what-s-flavouring-your-wine

Wine Pairings For Microwave Dinners

Interesting video wine pairing

http://www.boston.com/food-dining/food/2014/08/01/wine-pairings-for-microwave-dinners/xw9cGM4mnNIdEOQciQgG5O/video.html

Results of Airline Wine Competition Released

Global Traveler Determines the Best in Airline Wines During its Annual Tasting

http://www.ssuchronicle.com/2014/08/01/results-of-airline-wine-competition-released/

Watertown MA officials consider new liquor licenses

The other part of this story. There is currently a bill in the legislative process that, if passed, will change the course of liquor licenses. If the Senate has it their way, licenses purchased after January 2015 would be non-transferable; when/if the establishment closed their doors, the license would go back to the issuer. If the House has it their way, things will remain as are.

http://watertown.wickedlocal.com/article/20140731/NEWS/140739380

Mouthwash to hide liquor breath

Today using a mouthwash containing alcohol as you approach a road check can be a very dangerous thing to do.

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http://www.castanet.net/news/Behind-the-Wheel/120172/Mouthwash-to-hide-liquor-breath

Most retailers sour on new MA wine shipment law

Feedback on the new wine direct shipping law in MA

Our friend Frank Zoll of Zoll Cellars gives his take.

http://www.telegram.com/article/20140803/NEWS/308039949/1237

 

Wine Club World Coming Soon

Boasting an array of California vineyards and wineries for the club’s initial shipment, Wine Club World will feature wines created in the American Viticultural Areas (AVA), inclusive of the booming wine country of the Santa Ynez Valley and the Santa Barbara area.

http://wineclubworld.com/contactWCW.php

Timilty: Walpole MA better off with liquor license cap

Elimination of the Liquor cap could potential also eliminate that local debate.

Timilty (D-Walpole) said the Governor’s proposal might do more harm than good, however Nice to hear support for local existing businesses.

http://walpole.wickedlocal.com/article/20140802/News/140809891

Wine brand heritage doesn’t matter: Glossing the Rex Goliath effect

The success of newer US wine brands such as Rex Goliath and Barefoot suggests a new generation places less value on provenance and heritage than on what the drinks say about them.

http://www.beveragedaily.com/Manufacturers/Wine-brand-heritage-doesn-t-matter-Glossing-the-Rex-Goliath-effect/?utm_source=newsletter_daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=04-Aug-2014&c=62LAdFMV8ZXM0XbRGEehpxGhhKTxiyyS

DEEP-FRIED ALCOHOL PROVES A HIT

A UK couple from Lancashire have developed a selection of deep-fried flavoured alcohol snacks

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/08/deep-fried-alcohol-proves-a-hit/?article-source=newsletter&source=939&date=2014-08-04

5 Pumpkin Beers On Shelves This Summer

Last year brought a first pumpkin beer press release Aug. 3.

This year, pumpkin beer made headlines by July.

http://www.thestreet.com/story/12823432/1/5-pumpkin-beers-on-shelves-this-summer.html

New Ste Michelle Cabernet

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates’ Columbia Crest brand is crafting its latest Cabernet Sauvignon using a new crowdsourcing method. With the help of an interactive website, the Paterson, Washington state-based winery will ask consumers to weigh in on the 18-month winemaking process, allowing them to decide how to tend, irrigate and harvest the grapes. Additionally, Columbia Crest head winemaker Juan Munoz Oca will help guide the online community and answer questions. Around 1,000 cases of the final Crowdsourced Cabernet 2014 will be available, retailing across the U.S., online and at the Columbia Crest tasting room. For the six months through June, Columbia Crest shipments fell 16%, to 378,000 cases, according to Ste. Michelle.

So Typical: Navigating a New World of Wine Diversity

Jennifer Fiedler untangles the ever-evolving meaning of “typicity” in wine.

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http://punchdrink.com/articles/so-typical-navigating-a-new-world-of-wine-diversity/

 

Non-GMO Beer

Look for the label below to make sure.

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http://www.bevlaw.com/bevlog/alcohol-beverages-generally/non-gmo-beer

  

NEW WILD TURKEY DIAMOND ANNIVERSARY BOURBON

5th August, 2014 by Amy Hopkins

Wild Turkey Bourbon has released a new limited edition bottling to celebrate the 60-year service of master distiller Jimmy Russell, called Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary.

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/08/wild-turkey-diamond-anniversary-launches/?article-source=newsletter&source=229&date=2014-08-05

WORLD’S WORST WINE DISASTERS

Winemakers are a hardy bunch having faced some undoubtedly challenging situations in recent history, as this list shows.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/08/worlds-worst-wine-disasters/?article-source=newsletter&source=940&date=2014-08-05

GUINNESS TARGETS US WITH BLONDE LAGER

Guinness will attempt to capture the hearts of US beer drinkers by releasing a blonde American lager this year.

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/08/guinness-targets-us-with-blonde-lager/?article-source=newsletter&source=940&date=2014-08-05

Will the Real Piña Colada Please Stand Up?

History of the pina colada

http://punchdrink.com/articles/will-the-real-pina-colada-please-stand-up/

Sake With Your Burger? Japan Is Looking West to Save a Tradition

Push to pair sake with western foods

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/05/world/europe/sake-with-your-burger-japan-looks-west-to-save-a-tradition.html?_r=0

Wine you can eat: Vinia claims to give you benefits of wine without the hangover

Vinia, a red grape cell powder, claims that one single serve packet contains the same amount of antioxidants found in an entire bottle of red wine.

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2014/08/04/wine-can-eat-vinia-gives-all-benefits-wine-without-hangover/

Box Wine Dispenser helps you maximize every single drop

New gadget for your box wines

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http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20140804/box-wine-dispenser-helps-maximize-single-drop/

Trinchero Family Estates Announces National Wine Education Day and the World Wine Challenge

To help increase awareness and create excitement about wine education and the World Wine Challenge®, Trinchero Family Estates also announced that August 15th will be dedicated as Trinchero National Wine Education Day.

http://worldwinechallenge.com

How to Make Sangrita (VIDEO)

Sangrita is the classic accompaniment to tequila shots in Mexico.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/liquorcom/how-to-make-sangrita-vide_b_5648853.html?page_version=legacy

Massachusetts millennials spend big on guilty pleasures

Massachusetts ranked top state for alcohol sales among young adults.

http://wwlp.com/2014/08/04/massachusetts-millennials-spend-big-on-guilty-pleasures/

Napa Valley, Sonoma…Hiwassee Highlands? Georgia Gets Its First “American Viticultural Area”

Georgia’s wine industry took a step forward last month, when the federal government recognized the state’s first American Viticultural Area, or AVA

http://www.gpb.org/news/2014/08/04/napa-valley-sonoma-hiwassee-highlands-georgia-gets-its-first-american-viticultural-a

Concha y Toro’s Casillero Del Diablo Debuts New Devil’s Collection

Concha y Toro’s flagship Casillero del Diablo brand is launching a new line of Chilean blends under the moniker Devil’s Collection. The range makes its debut with Devil’s Collection White 2012, which features Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer from the Casablanca Valley, and Devil’s Collection Red 2012, made with Carmenère, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah from the Rapel Valley. Both offerings are priced at $15 a 750-ml. Casillero del Diablo—which is handled in the U.S. by Excelsior Wines, the joint marketing venture between Concha y Toro and Banfi Vintners—was up 4% to nearly 400,000 cases in the U.S. last year, according to Impact Databank.

New Paul Hobbs Wine

Winemaker Paul Hobbs has partnered with French vintner Bertrand Vigouroux to launch a new Malbec from the Cahors region of southwest France. Named for the crocus flower, the pair’s Crocus Malbec de Cahors is made with a single Malbec clone sourced from three Vigouroux family properties in Cahors, which is Malbec’s historic home. Around 1,250 cases of Crocus Malbec de Cahors’ inaugural 2011 vintage are currently available in the U.S., retailing for around $45 a bottle. Paul Hobbs Imports (PHI) serves as Crocus’ exclusive importer.

The 50 Best Craft Breweries in America

Slide show of readers choice for top 50 breweries

http://www.thedailymeal.com/50-best-craft-breweries-america

PINNACLE VODKA UNVEILS NEW AMARETTO FLAVOR

Another new flavored Vodka

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/08/pinnacle-vodka-unveils-new-amaretto-flavour/?article-source=newsletter&source=230&date=2014-08-06

 

FIRST UV ENERGY TABLET COCKTAIL TO LAUNCH

A US entrepreneur is to launch what he claims is the world’s first  “tablet cocktail mixer” producing a beverage that glows under UV lighting and boosts energy levels.

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/08/first-uv-energy-tablet-cocktail-to-launch/?article-source=newsletter&source=941&date=2014-08-06

 

CorkGuard launches new SmartCork range

CorkGuard has launched SmartCork, a range of cork closures said to provide all the benefits of natural cork but with none of the downsides, and at a cost that competes with screw caps and plastic closures.

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http://wine.drinks-business-review.com/news/corkguard-unveils-new-cork-closures-range-for-wine-producers-300514-4281112

New Miller Lite Bottle Design Soon

MillerCoors has decided, with the success of the retro can, to implement the same design on their bottles. This package will be coming soon to retail.

First Pumpkin Beer Is Here!

Popularly known as one of the iconic beers of fall in New England, Shipyard Pumpkinhead is back again! It comes alive once a year! Make sure to get yours while it lasts. Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale is a crisp and refreshing wheat ale with delightful aromatics and subtle spice flavor. Try Pumpkinhead with a shot of spiced rum or in a pint glass rimmed with sure and cinnamon.

NOW IN STOCK

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New Shandies from Leinenkugel’s

This year, Leinenkugel’s did it again with some new shandies. One of which is Harvest Patch Shandy, a pumpkin shandy. This seasonal is available on draft and in the Shandy Sampler variety pack only. In the variety pack, it comes with Cranberry Ginger Shandy and Old Fashioned Shandy

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Prosecco vs. Champagne: What’s the difference?

Here are five major differences between the two:

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2014/08/05/prosecco-vs-champagne-whats-difference/

Wine vernacular: Five terms wine lovers should master

Here are five terms that every new wine lover should master.

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/lifestyles/wine/vino-vernacular-five-terms-wine-lovers-should-mast/ngtmD/?__federated=1

You’re Cooling Your Wine All Wrong

There’s a better way to chill your chardonnay, and it won’t cost a dime or take up space in your fridge. That’s right. We want you to put your wine in a toilet.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/06/toilet-tank-wine-cooler_n_5452483.html

Wine drinkers often overpour, study says

The study, published in Substance Use and Misuse, found that participants poured 12% more wine into a wide glass than a narrow one.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/09/30/wine-serving-size-too-much/2895661/

Why you should be drinking cheap wine

Very interesting article of wine bottle costs over the years.

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/drink/2011/11/why_you_should_be_drinking_cheap_wine.html

These Are the 10 Best Booze Ads of All Time: TV Edition

Ten of the best TV ads that have aired in recent years

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/liquorcom/these-are-the-10-best-boo_b_5652240.html

HOW TO MAKE BUSINESS CARDS FROM BEER BOXES

Here’s how to turn your recycling bin into a pile of unique up-cycled business cards.

http://allaboutbeer.com/beer-business-cards/

Drink Your Watermelon

Watermelon cocktails

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http://chilledmagazine.com/Whats_Chilling_Right_Now-detail/drink-your-watermelon/

How Are Organic Wine Labels Regulated in the U.S.?

In the U.S., TTB recognizes four different types of “ORGANIC” claims.

http://www.winelawonreserve.com/2014/08/06/how-are-organic-wine-labels-regulated-us/

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Liquor Industry News/Links 6-7-14

June 7, 2014

Liquor Industry News/Links

6-7-14

By: Mark C Lenzi CSW, CSS, CWAS*

 

Liquor Industry Week In Review

Belmont Bets on a Signature Drink

Race Officials Search for a Winner Among Libations

http://online.wsj.com/articles/belmont-bets-on-a-signature-drink-1401845020

10 Father’s Day Presents for Your Beer-Loving Dad

So on this Day of the Dad, we celebrate him with his favorite beverage and 10 beer-related gifts

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http://www.heraldmailmedia.com/entertainment/parade/parade_food/father-s-day-presents-for-your-beer-loving-dad/article_b647e62e-acff-572c-898f-39b3c4060852.html

6 Summery Sangria Recipes

For punch newbies, this alcoholic drink is usually made with wine mixed with fresh fruit and juice and served over ice

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http://www.yumsugar.com/Different-Sangria-Recipes-24084140

Beer Brewing Basics: What You Need to Know to Craft Your Own Brew

Brewing your own beer has many benefits.

http://wallstcheatsheet.com/life/beer-brewing-basics-what-you-need-to-know-to-craft-your-own-brew.html/

 

Gov. Patrick Pushing to Lift Liquor License Cap

Gov. Deval Patrick is pushing legislation to give cities and towns more control over the number of liquor licenses in their communities.

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2014/05/31/gov-patrick-pushing-lift-liquor-license-cap/6QGxC9VdfjYGf8VUK6fhDN/story.html

There’s A ‘Whiskey Crisis’ In America

The surge of interest in whiskey has been a boon for distillers, but it has also led to a shortage of many brands and varietals that has been dubbed a “whiskey crisis” by the media.

http://www.businessinsider.com/whiskey-crisis-in-america-2014-5

Coravin halts sales because of exploding wine bottles

Coravin, the maker of a wine preservation device that costs $300, has stopped selling new units and urges owners of existing units to stop using the device because of a hazard of exploding bottles

http://www.drvino.com/2014/06/02/coravin-exploding/

Unknown Facts About Wine

4 Facts Everyone Gets Wrong About Wine

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http://uk.askmen.com/fine_living/wine_dine_archive_500/500_unknown-facts-about-wine.html

Could This New Countertop Device Turn the Beer Industry on Its Head?

At $1,700, the Zymatic won’t appeal to every beer drinker out there.

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http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2014/06/02/could-this-new-countertop-devide-turn-the-beer-ind.aspx

Bagged Beer Anyone?

Bagged beer? Bagged beer. If wine can do it, I don’t see why beer can’t.

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http://www.chipchick.com/2014/06/bagged-beer.html

Watch Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean’ Get Played on Beer Bottles [VIDEO]

http://youtu.be/NkbZlautuUc

SCOTCH AND TEQUILA INDUSTRIES TO SIGN AGREEMENT

30th May, 2014 by Amy Hopkins

Scotch Whisky Association representatives are set to sign a cooperation agreement between the Scotch whisky and Tequila industries next month.

http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/05/scotch-and-tequila-reps-to-sign-agreement/?article-source=newsletter&source=188&date=2014-06-03

Raising a Toast to Russian Wine

While most foreigners associate Russia with vodka, they may be surprised to know that the country has a far longer tradition of winemaking that dates back 3,000 years

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http://www.themoscowtimes.com/arts_n_ideas/article/raising-a-toast-to-russian-wine/501228.html

New KJ Line

Jackson Family Wines’ Kendall-Jackson brand has extended its K-J Avant tier with a new red blend and Sauvignon Blanc. Priced at $17 a 750-ml., the 2012 K-J Avant Red Blend is aged in neutral oak barrels. The 2013 K-J Avant Sauvignon Blanc, meanwhile, is cold-fermented in stainless steel and priced at $14. The pair join K-J Avant’s existing Chardonnay offering, which rolled out in 2011 and retails at $17. The K-J Avant lineup, which has done particularly well among younger LDA consumers, has helped boost Kendall-Jackson above the 3-million-case mark in recent years.

How to Make Weed Vodka, aka ‘Green Dragon’

The cannabis tincture is a simple enough concept but the methods of creating this weed vodka varies depending on who you ask.

http://www.foodbeast.com/2014/06/03/weed-vodka-recipe/#Hu7erUupTEWgYguE.99

Bars vs. grocery stores: Mapping America’s beer belly

great new map worked up by FlowingData.com, a Web site that specializes in all kinds of nifty visualizations:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/06/03/bars-vs-grocery-stores-mapping-americas-beer-belly/

Preservation of wine without sulphite addition

A new method for preservation of liquid foods, working at moderate temperatures and therefore referred to as “cold pasteurization,” is the so-called pressure change technology,

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140603135712.htm

What causes a flushed face after drinking wine?

Why your face gets red after a drink of wine

http://health.heraldtribune.com/2014/06/03/causes-flushed-face-drinking-wine/

ALCOHOL-DETECTING LASER DEVELOPED

3rd June, 2014 by Lauren May

Catching drink drivers could soon be as simple as pointing a laser, thanks to the development of a device that can detect the presence of alcohol inside a moving car.

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/06/scientists-develop-alcohol-detecting-laser/?article-source=newsletter&source=890&date=2014-06-04

Warning labels for wine?

The California Legislature has taken the first step toward putting warning labels on beverages containing high amounts of sugar, saying it contributes to health problems. Can wine be far behind?

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20140604/lifestyle/140609882

5 Lesser-Known Varietals You Should Add to Your Wine Rack

The black-and-white, Cabernet-and-Chardonnay world has faded.

http://food52.com/blog/10497-5-lesser-known-varietals-you-should-add-to-your-wine-rack

Really? 3 Surprising Things About Pinot Noir

some quirky factoids and some common misconceptions about my favorite grape

http://www.girlandthegrape.com/uncategorized/really-3-surprising-things-pinot-noir/

How We Rate Wines

Great chart that shows how major critics rate wine

https://www.easyvino.com/static/images/blog/20120210-how_we_rate_wine.png

The Secret’s In The Sugar: Lower-Alcohol Wines Are Taking Off

Big, bold wines have their fans. But with the arrival of summer, make room for a bumper crop of lighter, more subtle wines.

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http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/06/05/314923045/the-secrets-in-the-sugar-lower-alcohol-wines-are-taking-off

New trademark to certify quality Chinese wine

A new trademark promises to help customers identify quality Chinese wines on the market.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/soshiok/new-trademark-certify-quality-chinese-wine

 

Are wine tasting notes a load of old drivel?

A prank in a London branch of Tesco helps illustrate how ridiculous so much of what’s written about wine really is, says Jake Wallis Simons

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/the-filter/10880886/Are-wine-tasting-notes-a-load-of-old-drivel.html

Red Wine Compound May Improve Memory, Study Suggests

A substance found in red wine and dark chocolate that has been touted for its supposed anti-aging effects may improve people’s memory

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http://www.livescience.com/46139-red-wine-compound-may-improve-memory.html

 

5 Simple Rules for Wine and Barbecue Pairing

It doesn’t have to be all beer at your barbecue

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http://www.thedailymeal.com/5-simple-rules-wine-and-barbecue-pairing/6514

Top 7 Beer and Candy Pairings for Summer Parties

Draft Beer Jelly Belly Jelly Beans Named Most Innovative New Product, Complete Tasting Menu

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/top-7-beer-candy-pairings-210300775.html

Rhône Fast Facts

Facts about the Rhone in France

http://www.rhone-wines.com/planet-rhone/article/rhone-fast-facts

ALCOHOL HAS ‘LITTLE EFFECT’ ON MEN’S FERTILITY

6th June, 2014 by Lauren May

Drinking alcohol and smoking will not harm a man’s fertility, but sustained exposure to daylight could, researchers have found.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/06/alcohol-has-little-effect-on-mens-fertility/?article-source=newsletter&source=892&date=2014-06-06

CHAMPAGNE MATURATION ‘A MYSTERY’

6th June, 2014 by Patrick Schmitt

The majority of Dom Pérignon consumers have no understanding of the Champagne maturation process, according to the prestige cuvée’s winemaker Vincent Chaperon.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/06/champagne-maturation-remains-a-mystery/?article-source=newsletter&source=892&date=2014-06-06

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Liquor Industry News/Links 5-24-14

May 24, 2014

Liquor Industry News/Links

5-24-14

By: Mark C Lenzi CSW, CSS, CWAS*

 

Liquor Industry Week In Review

THE BBQ WINE PAIRING CHART

A great backyard BBQ would not be complete without great wine to wash down all the food

http://vinepair.com/wine-blog/bbq-wine-pairing-chart-infographic/?utm_source=The+Weekly+Drop&utm_campaign=36468f0981-February_2_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-36468f0981-38937345

Memorial Day Cocktails

Memorial Day is more than just a nice day off of work and an excuse to have a BBQ.

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http://chilledmagazine.com/Whats_Chilling_Right_Now-detail/memorial-day-cocktails/

WINE HEADACHE CURES

we want to clear up one common misconception that surrounds wine headaches: sulfites do not cause headaches.

http://vinepair.com/wine-blog/wine-headache-cures/?utm_source=The+Weekly+Drop&utm_campaign=36468f0981-February_2_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-36468f0981-38937345

Study: Oaky taste lingers longer than fruity, apple flavor in Chardonnay

The oaky taste of Chardonnay fermented in wooden barrels really does linger on taste buds longer than the fruity, apple flavor

http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/05/18/3200795/study-oaky-taste-lingers-longer.html

New Black Box

Constellation is extending its Black Box wine brand with a new California Pinot Noir offering. Retailing at $24.99 a 3-liter box, the new entry joins 10 other varietals offered by Black Box in 3-liter format (the brand also includes five varietal wines in 500-ml. Tetra Paks).

Constellation says the addition of Pinot Noir to Black Box should help the brand cross 4 million nine-liter cases this year. An Impact “Hot Brand,” Black Box rose 27% to 3.4 million cases last year, and has nearly doubled since 2010. Top competing brand Bota Box, part of DFV Wines’ portfolio, also recently added a Pinot Noir to its stable.

The Balvenie Introduces Its 15 Year Old Single Barrel Sherry Cask Whisky

Limited and Collectable Release Embodies the Delights of Whisky Drawn from an Individual Cask of a Single Distillation

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http://www.bevnet.com/news/spirits/2014/the-balvenie-introduces-its-15-year-old-single-barrel-sherry-cask-whisky/

TOP 10 CRAFT VODKA BRANDS

While the big players continue to dominate the global vodka scene, there is a host of craft distilleries driving innovation in the category.

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/05/top-10-craft-vodka-brands/?article-source=newsletter&source=184&date=2014-05-20

 

RAPPER PITBULL FILES LAWSUIT OVER COCKTAIL NAME

Rap star Pitbull is suing the New Amsterdam Spirits Company over the name of its vodka cocktail, The Pit Bull.

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/05/rapper-pitbull-files-lawsuit-over-cocktail-name/?article-source=newsletter&source=184&date=2014-05-20

Wine tasting + perfume = disaster

perfume takes a lot away from a really pleasant experience.

http://www.wine-blog.org/index.php/2014/05/20/wine-tasting-perfume-disaster/

Cocktail-Making Robot Promises to Pour ‘Perfect Drinks’

The open-source Barobot is an automated cocktail mixer that can hold up to 12 bottles of liquor at one time

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http://eater.com/archives/2014/05/20/cocktailmaking-robot-promises-to-pour-perfect-drinks.php

The Rise in Cinnamon Imitators Hasn’t Slowed Fireball Whiskey

Fireball will be one of the top five spirits brands

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-05-20/the-rise-in-cinnamon-imitators-hasnt-slowed-down-fireball-whiskey

Selectmen approve Hopkinton MA Farmers Market wine samples

Selectmen approved seasonal liquor licenses for Zoll Cellars Winery of Shrewbury and Vandervalk Farm in Mendon to give out 1-ounce samples of wine

http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/article/20140520/NEWS/140529427

NEW RTD STOLI GINGER BEER LAUNCHES IN US

21st May, 2014 by Melita Kiely

Stolichnaya Vodka has launched a new RTD in the US called Stoli Ginger Beer in celebration of the classic Moscow Mule Cocktail.

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/05/new-rtd-stoli-ginger-beer-launches-in-us/

The Dilemma with Organic vs Non-Organic Wine

Let’s find out why organic wines face a dilemma in the US and what you can do to drink more green.

http://winefolly.com/update/organic-wine-vs-non-organic-wine/?utm_source=Wine+Folly&utm_campaign=57191ca0ed-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a18d8bdc1b-57191ca0ed-62472929&mc_cid=57191ca0ed&mc_eid=d73340fcba

 

STUDENTS INVENT FIRST HANGOVER FREE ALCOHOL

21st May, 2014 by Lauren May

Three US college students have claimed to have invented the world’s first alcoholic malt beverage capable of preventing a hangover.

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/05/students-invent-first-hangover-free-alcohol/?article-source=newsletter&source=881&date=2014-05-21

Red Wine: It May Stain Your Teeth But It Fights Cavities

What a glass or two of red wine can do to your pearly whites!

http://inventorspot.com/articles/red-wine-it-may-stain-your-teeth-it-fights-cavities

Pernod Ricard launches ‘Wise Drinking’ mobile app campaign

Cool new app! Drinks giant Pernod Ricard has launched a free digital application designed to promote responsible

http://www.thedrum.com/news/2014/05/22/pernod-ricard-launches-wise-drinking-mobile-app-campaign

TTB Reconsiders Use of “Estate Bottled” Following a Winery Sale

Interesting read on “estate bottled” rules

http://strikeandtechel.com/2014/05/21/ttb-reconsiders-use-of-estate-bottled-following-a-winery-sale/

Oenophiles Confirm Fruity Flavors Finish First

Wine researchers find that fruity flavors tend to finish quickest on the palate, whereas oaky flavors linger longer–as aficionados have long claimed.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/wine-fruity-flavors-finish-first/

Fountain Aerating Wine Glass Is The McMansion Of Stemware

New wine gadget! The Fountain Aerating Wine Glass is like a modern day Greek fountain

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/22/self-aerating-wineglass_n_5364394.html

Yuengling will enter Rhode Island in June

D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc., America’s Oldest Brewery, is pleased to announce that it is expanding the distribution of its highly sought-after brands to the state of Rhode Island.

http://beerpulse.com/2014/05/yuengling-will-enter-rhode-island-in-june-with-cc-distributors-inc-3111/

Beer 101

here’s an overview of some of the most popular styles of beer, plus serving tips to bring out the best in each one.

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http://blog.williams-sonoma.com/beer-101/

TOP 10 SCOTCH CONSUMING NATIONS

Scotch whisky continues to be one of the most popular and valuable categories in the spirits industry, but which nations favor it the most? We are #1

http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2014/05/top-10-scotch-consuming-nations/?article-source=newsletter&source=185&date=2014-05-22

Johnny Appleseed Cider

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Anheuser-Busch in April unveiled Johnny Appleseed, its first wholly new brand from in eight years. Johnny Appleseed is a refreshingly sweet and intense hard apple cider with a crisp apple bite, the company says. Made in Baldwinsville, NY, with apple juice sourced from apples in the U.S. and around the globe, as well as cider yeast and other natural ingredients, the cider has an ABV of 5.5%. Johnny Appleseed is available nationwide in 12-oz. glass bottles with a twist-off cap in six-packs and 12-packs, and sold individually in 16-oz. and 25-oz. cans. Draught distribution will be available starting this summer.

New Captain Morgan

Captain Morgan rum has introduced a new limited edition. Rolling out this month, Captain Morgan 1671 Commemorative Blend Spiced Rum pays tribute to privateer and brand namesake Captain Henry Morgan, who raided and captured Panama City’s Fort San Lorenzo in 1671. The 35%-abv offering features a blend of spices and is finished in Spanish oak. Captain Morgan 1671 Commemorative Blend Spiced Rum will be available nationwide, priced at $19.99 a 750-ml. Captain Morgan, which also added a new white rum ($15.99) earlier this year, grew U.S. volume 0.9% to 6.4 million cases in 2013, according to Impact Databank.

Why don’t alcoholic drinks have nutrition labels?

Shouldn’t beer, wine, and liquor be subject to at least the same labeling requirements as pomegranate juice?

http://www.freep.com/article/20140522/FEATURES08/305220211/1025/features/

Don’t Order Wine By The Glass

it’s time to make a big decision: a glass of wine or a bottle?

http://chicagoist.com/2014/05/22/dont_order_wine_by_the_glass.php

Best Alcoholic Drinks For Your Diet

A list of the lowest calorie offering for some classic favorites

http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/best-alcoholic-drinks-diet/story?id=23742344

Roche Bros. earns beer and wine license in Wellesley MA, set to give up Bridgewater license

Wellesley continues to approve licenses for stores hoping to sell beer and wine, adding Roche Bros. and The Cheese Shop in the weeks after awarding its first-ever license to Fells Market.

http://wellesley.wickedlocal.com/article/20140522/NEWS/140528376

The big cork debate

THE status of cork as the closure of choice for wine bottles has been under threat for some time.

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http://www.bdlive.co.za/life/travel/2014/05/23/wine-the-big-cork-debate

Infused Vodkas

The craze for flavored spirits seems nowhere near exhausted.

http://www.edgeboston.com/style/food_drink/Features/159199/in_the_spirit:_infused_vodkas

New to America, Pine Liqueur

Liqueur which is made with pinecones

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http://www.madisonmagazine.com/Madison-Magazine/December-2013/New-to-America-Pine-Liqueur-Makes-a-Great-Holiday-Mixer/

New Evan Williams

Heaven Hill Distilleries is extending Evan Williams Bourbon with the summer release of Evan Williams Kentucky Slush to select test markets. The 12.5%-abv pre-mixed cocktail is made with the brand’s Bourbon along with Lemonade, Orange Juice and Sweet Tea flavors and will retail for about $14.99 a 1.75-liter bottle. Running under the marketing tagline of “For Seriously Refreshing Bourbon … Just Chill,” Kentucky Slush will be available June through August in Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Evan Williams Bourbon earned 2013 Impact “Hot Brand” honors with 15% growth to 1.65 million cases for the year.

What is the best way for a beginner to learn the basics about wine?

People sometimes forget that even the biggest wine expert once was a beginner! – http://blog.kj.com/what-is-the-best-way-for-a-beginner-to-learn-the-basics-about-wine/#sthash.r4gpz9br.dpuf

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Liquor Industry News/Links 1-25-14

January 25, 2014

Liquor Industry News/Links

By: Mark C Lenzi CSW, CWAS

 

Keeping You Up To Date On Liquor Industry News

Information Found This Week

 

Drinking and Driving: Unsafe at Any Level, Study Concludes

New Research On “buzzed driving”

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http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140116084842.htm

Drinking Alcohol: The Health Pros and Cons

Alcohol’s effects on your body aren’t as simple as you might think — but they’re not as complex either.

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https://www.grandparents.com/health-and-wellbeing/health/drinking-alcohol

WINE AND CHOCOLATE ‘CAN GUARD AGAINST DIABETES’

20th January, 2014 by Lauren May

Eating dark chocolate and red wine could protect against the onset of diabetes, new research has found.

red wine flavours

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/01/red-wine-and-chocolate-can-guard-against-diabetes/?article-source=newsletter&source=782&date=2014-01-20

The 20 Weirdest, Coolest Liquor Bottles In The World

Crazy bottles you must see!

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http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2014/01/the-20-weirdest-coolest-liquor-bottles-in-the-world/

Matching beer and beef: how to choose the right cut and quaff

A guide to picking delicious cuts of steak and pairing them with eminently quaffable beers

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/the-filter/10524020/Matching-beer-and-beef-how-to-choose-the-right-cut-and-quaff.html

Miller Coors hopes its new high-end beer targeting spirits drinkers, Miller Fortune, will restore Miller Light’s flagging sales as declines continue.

New beer by Miller coming soon.

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http://www.beveragedaily.com/Manufacturers/We-re-going-up-against-spirits-Miller-Fortune-seeks-to-stop-Lite-rot

Is marijuana as safe as — or safer than — alcohol?

Latest studies on alcohol vs marijuana

http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/20/health/marijuana-versus-alcohol/

New Whiskey Brand

Proximo Spirits has introduced a new whiskey brand—Tincup American Whiskey—into select U.S. markets. Created in partnership with Stranahan’s Colorado whiskey founder Jess Graber, Tincup is made with a corn, rye and malt blend and aged in American white oak barrels. The 84-proof entry will initially be available in Colorado, Arizona, California, Illinois, New York, Texas and Washington, priced at $27.99 a 750-ml. The rollout will be supported by a multi-city tour, featuring interactive tastings led by Graber.

Jelly Belly debuts first beer-flavored jelly bean

First Vodka then Whiskey Now Beers?

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http://www.today.com/food/jelly-belly-debuts-first-beer-flavored-jelly-bean-2D11967843

MOTHER AND SON LAUNCH ‘WINE CONDOMS’

22nd January, 2014 by Lauren May

A mother and son duo have come up with a novel way to reseal a wine bottle – with a condom.

Watch the video:

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/01/mother-and-son-launch-wine-condoms/?article-source=newsletter&source=785&date=2014-01-22

TOP 10 BEER AND FOOD PAIRINGS

Have you ever wondered what food might best complement the malty hops of your brown ale or the crisp finish of your American lager? Then look no further.

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/01/top-10-beer-and-food-pairings/?article-source=newsletter&source=785&date=2014-01-22

Are wine drinkers healthier than beer drinkers? Not so fast…

Another New Study:

http://wineoscope.com/2014/01/21/are-wine-drinkers-healthier-than-beer-drinkers-not-so-fast/

FUNERAL HOME ADDS ON-SITE WINE CELLAR

23rd January, 2014 by Lucy Shaw

A funeral parlour in Florida has opened an on-site wine cellar in order to offer mourners “a different way to grieve.”

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http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/01/funeral-home-adds-on-site-wine-cellar/?article-source=newsletter&source=786&date=2014-01-23

New Smirnoff Light Flavor

Diageo is extending its Smirnoff Sorbet Light vodka range with a new flavor, Pineapple Coconut. The new entry, retailing at $15.99 a 750-ml. bottle, has 78 calories per 1.5-ounce serving, in line with the rest of the brand. The Smirnoff Sorbet Light line, which debuted last March, also includes Raspberry Pomegranate, Lemon and Mango Passion Fruit flavors.

Woodchuck Cider Soon In Cans

Vermont Hard Cider’s Woodchuck brand is releasing its flagship Amber entry in 16-ounce cans. The new package, which is targeted primarily toward the convenience channel, will be available individually and in four-packs. Rolling out into stores over the next few weeks, the 16-ounce Amber can joins the label’s existing bottle, draft and 12-ounce can formats. An Impact “Hot Brand,” Woodchuck sells around 2.5 million (2.25-gallon) cases in the U.S., with Amber accounting for the majority of volume. Woodchuck parent company Vermont Hard Cider was acquired in 2013 by Ireland’s C&C for $305 million.

Idaho Wine Commission uses potatoes in clever video

Funny video about Idaho Wines

http://www.greatnorthwestwine.com/2014/01/22/idaho-wine-commission-video/

17 disgusting descriptions for delicious wines

You’d think a Sauvignon Blanc characterized as smelling like cat pee would be awful. You’d be wrong.

http://theweek.com/article/index/255320/17-disgusting-descriptions-for-delicious-wines

Chicken Cock Is Back!

Chicken Cock Whiskey announced that the 156-year-old American Whiskey brand, made famous in the 1920s as a bootleg whiskey during Prohibition, is saddling up with country star Colt Ford. Chicken Cock Distillers CEO Matti Anttila, who resurrected the historic label earlier this year, says the partnership with the popular and multi-talented crossover performer is a natural fit for the irreverent Chicken Cock brand, which appeals to young adults with a taste for good times served up Southern-style.

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Ranking the Top 5 Bum Wines, From Thunderbird to Mad Dog 20/20

I Would Rather Say Top 5 Inexpensive Wine. Here They Are:

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/thrillist/ranking-the-top-5-bum-win_b_4610498.html

The new Dunville Irish Whiskey

Irish whiskey brand returns 80 years after Prohibition

Dunville develops new state-of-the-art distillery in Down

http://www.irishtimes.com/business/sectors/agribusiness-and-food/irish-whiskey-brand-returns-80-years-after-prohibition-1.1665413

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