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The Wonderful World of Wine (WWW) 04-24-18

April 24, 2018

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Liquor Industry News/Links 04-23-18

April 23, 2018

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The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

By: Mark C Lenzi

CSW, CSS, CWAS, FWS, IWS*

 

04-23-2018

 

Liquor Industry Week In Review

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

This Weeks Highlights:

New Products

 

Why don’t Americans drink wine with lunch?

IF YOU DRINK TEQUILA WITH SALT AND LIME, YOU DON’T LIKE TEQUILA

Anheuser-Busch debuts summery new Bud Light Orange

 

AND MORE!

 

Wine & PB&J

Wine. Peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. Could two things be more at odds?

https://www.traderjoes.com/digin/post/wine-pbj

  

MillerCoors Releases Henry’s Hard Sparkling in Slim Cans

Just in time for spring, Henry’s Hard Sparkling Water is now available in new 12-ounce slim cans at retailers nationwide. With only 88 calories and no sugar per 12-ounces, Henry’s Hard Sparkling Water has the lowest calories and sugar amongst the largest players in the category.

https://www.brewbound.com/news/millercoors-releases-henrys-hard-sparkling-slim-cans?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=ffe1eeb256-The+Daily+Brew%3A+January+11%2C+2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-ffe1eeb256-36686829

 

Winemakers Love April Showers…. but Only Before May Flowers

The real danger for Northern California vineyards, however, lies not with flooding (so far) but with the frost that comes when the warm storm front moves through and is replaced by clear, cold nights.

http://www.girlandthegrape.com/uncategorized/winemakers-love-april-showers-may-flowers/

 

Who judges the wine judges? And how can we increase judge diversity?

What makes a good judge?

http://www.wineanorak.com/wineblog/uncategorized/who-judges-the-wine-judges-and-how-can-we-increase-judge-diversity

 

Emerging American Wine Regions

Ask someone 20 years ago about American wine, and your answer likely would have highlighted California wines. Ask the same question 10 years ago, and you may have seen a few nods to Washington and Oregon as well. But today, American wine has started to take on a different shape.

https://www.guildsomm.com/public_content/features/articles/b/jessica-dupuy/posts/emerging-american-wine-regions

 

Anheuser-Busch debuts summery new Bud Light Orange

The orangey creation will be joining Bud Light Lime as a citrusy riff off Bud Light, America’s best-selling beer.

http://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/2018/04/08/anheuser-busch-debuts-summery-new-bud-light-orange.html?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=70180c6d31-The+Daily+Brew%3A+January+11%2C+2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-70180c6d31-36686829

 

Red wine is the number one alcoholic drink that is bad for your skin

This is not what we wanted to hear…

https://www.rsvplive.ie/life/food/red-wine-bad-skin-alcohol-12325758

 

Three-tier system failure: A tale of three wines

Three quality cheap wines readers aren’t able to buy, thanks to three-tier system failure

https://www.winecurmudgeon.com/three-tier-system-failure-a-tale-of-three-wines/

 

Top 3 Ways to Make Your Wine Labels Stand Out From the Crowd

As wine label producers for over 18 years, we are asked daily by our clients what they should do to improve their labels – to help their brand stand out from the crowd and ultimately sell more wine. Many of the wineries for whom we produce labels have realized that attractive labels have maximized their impact and are well worth the time and investment.

http://wineindustrynetwork.com/suppliers/vintage-99-label.html#whatsnew

 

Spain beats Italy, France as world’s biggest wine exporter

This puts the country ahead of its main competitors Italy (21 million hectolitres) and France (15 million hectolitres).

http://www.euronews.com/2018/04/09/spain-2017-s-biggest-wine-exporter-beating-both-italy-and-france

 

How the wine biz breaks a social taboo with the art of spitting

IT’S one of the most anti-social acts of all. Spitting.

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/thesourcesa/how-the-wine-biz-breaks-a-social-taboo-with-the-art-of-spitting/news-story/d44bc3f98e029e54e793270a4aa23dd5

 

The craft beer industry’s buzz is wearing off

Has craft beer peaked? In one sign that the industry has grown less frothy, more craft breweries closed in 2017 than any time in the past decade.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2018/04/10/the-craft-beer-industrys-buzz-is-wearing-off/?utm_term=.fd83e0d568ad

 

Science Gives Sake a Modern Upgrade

Centrifuge physics are being used to update traditional sake brewing methods. But is this technological twist just a gimmick, or could it be the future of this classic Japanese drink?

https://www.winemag.com/2018/04/09/centrifuge-sake-science/

WHY IS CHUCK ONLY TWO BUCKS?

To really get to the bottom of this mystery, it’s important to take a look at how this brand of juice is made.

https://www.thebacklabel.com/why-is-chuck-only-two-bucks/?utm_campaign=education&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=tuesday-4-10-18&mc_cid=0fae1e402f&mc_eid=307f1bbe08#.Ws0MGq2ZOSM

Danica Patrick Readies for Next Chapter as a Wine Entrepreneur

Somnium, her vineyard on Howell Mountain

https://www.wineindustryadvisor.com/2018/04/10/danica-patrick-next-wine-entrepreneur

Benzinger Family Winery Releases New Tier of Organically Farmed Reserve Wines

Benziger Organic Reserve Wine tier, a selection of wines made with grapes from organically farmed vineyards in premiere California appellations.

https://www.wineindustryadvisor.com/2018/04/10/benzinger-new-organically-farmed-wines

Move over Bordeaux: Could Brittany soon rule France’s wine map?

Brittany, the region of northwestern France, is renowned for its beaches, seagulls and delicious seafood – but one of the last things you’d associate with the area is local wine.

https://www.thelocal.fr/20180410/move-over-bordeaux-climate-change-brings-back-brittany-wine

How to Make Weed Wine

Weed wine, however, is easy to make—while remaining delicious and potent.

https://www.chowhound.com/food-news/199311/how-to-make-weed-wine/

 

Three Olives debuts rosé-flavored vodka

Proximo Spirits has extended its Three Olives Vodka range with the launch of a rosé-flavored expression.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2018/04/three-olives-debuts-rose-flavoured-vodka/

INJECTABLE BIO CHIP CREATED TO MONITOR ALCOHOL USE

The chip has been developed by engineers at the San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, and can be implanted just under the surface of the skin and is powered wirelessly by a wearable device, such as a smartwatch or patch.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/04/injectable-bio-chip-created-to-monitor-alcohol-use/

Prosecco DOC Announces the First Ever “National Prosecco Week”

The Prosecco DOC Consortium, the entity that oversees the production of the hugely popular Italian sparkling wine, is pleased to announce the launch of the first ever National Prosecco Week, beginning Monday, June 11th.

https://www.winebusiness.com/news/?go=getArticle&dataid=197733

 

50 Fastest Growing U.S. Craft Brewers

Milford, Massachusetts’s CraftRoots Brewing, LLC topped the inaugural list of fastest growing brewers between 2016 and 2017. The taproom and brewery, located about an hour southwest of Boston, has a deep focus on community and locally-sourced ingredients.

https://www.craftbeer.com/editors-picks/50-fastest-growing-u-s-craft-brewers?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=66436f1cd8-The+Daily+Brew%3A+January+11%2C+2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-66436f1cd8-36686829

 

Port 2016 vintage ‘likely’ to be widely declared
‘2016 is likely to be only the fourth fully declared vintage since 2000 and the first since the well received 2011s,
http://www.decanter.com/wine-news/port-2016-vintage-likely-widely-declared-388433/

Prosecco Wars: should the Aussies be able to use the name?

But the story is more nuanced than that, and the Australians have a strong case. When the grape came to Australia, its name was Prosecco

http://www.wineanorak.com/wineblog/australia/prosecco-wars-should-the-aussies-be-able-to-use-the-name

Alcoholic beverage machines bill clears Connecticut House

A bill allowing consumers to purchase glasses of wine, beer and hard cider from a machine has again cleared the Connecticut House of Representatives.

http://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article208474569.html

The vocabulary of scent

Uniquely, our scent perception is filtered through the emotional centre of our brains, bypassing rational interpretation for the instinctual hub: the hypothalamus. That’s why we have such an emotional response to a stranger wearing our mother’s perfume; and why smells are so hard to separate from these innate emotional responses.

https://www.celiadrinks.com/home/the-vocabulary-of-scent

With Cognac, it’s all about terroir

The environment, including the chalky soil, is everything when it comes to producing the right grapes

https://troymedia.com/2018/04/10/cognac-terroir-grande-champagne/

 

How Self-Driving Cars Will Change The Wine Industry

Making roads safer is only part of the picture of what can be done with AI for the wine business. The marketing support they will able to provide wineries with, eventually, is going to be mind blowing

https://www.forbes.com/sites/lizazimmerman/2018/04/11/self-driving-cars-are-coming/#7a2622ad31a2

 

 

Woodford Reserve unveils silver and gold Julep cups

Kentucky Bourbon brand Woodford Reserve has unveiled two limited-edition Mint Julep cups, one made from sterling silver and another plated with 24 karat gold.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2018/04/woodford-reserve-unveils-silver-and-gold-julep-cups/

MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY UNVEILS WILD TURKEY BOURBON

Actor Matthew McConaughey has taken his role as creative director of Wild Turkey a step further, announcing the launch of his own signature bourbon made under the guidance of master distiller Eddie Russell.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/04/matthew-mcconaughey-unveils-wild-turkey-bourbon/

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT RIOJA’S NEW RULES

Rioja has launched a new global marketing campaign to highlight a series of changes to the region’s quality tiers and regulations – but what’s different, and why?

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/04/everything-you-need-to-know-about-riojas-new-rules/

Cold Brew & Wine Had A Beverage Baby & Here’s What It Tastes Like

Last month, Apothic Wine announced it was getting in on the coolest trend in coffee — yes, you read that correctly. Just in time for summer, the wine brand introduced a limited release red wine which is infused with cold brew. The wine, which is called Apothic Brew, is now beginning to show up on store shelves and we got to try it.

IN STOCK

https://www.refinery29.com/2018/04/196076/apothic-cold-brew-coffee-red-wine-review?bucketed=true&bucketing_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F

 

IF YOU DRINK TEQUILA WITH SALT AND LIME, YOU DON’T LIKE TEQUILA

Tequila, despite being one of the most popular spirits in the world, is also among the most misunderstood.

https://vinepair.com/articles/never-salt-lime-tequila/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=d4d4d20681-April_12_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-d4d4d20681-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-d4d4d20681-38937345&mc_cid=d4d4d20681&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

 

Superstar Somm Shares Five Expert Tips for Pairing Wine With Chinese Food

Most Americans are under the misconception that Chinese fare is not especially wine-friendly.

https://vinepair.com/articles/best-chinese-food-wine-pairing/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=d4d4d20681-April_12_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-d4d4d20681-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-d4d4d20681-38937345&mc_cid=d4d4d20681&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

 

Introduction to Soil Types and Wine

Here are two very common questions when it comes to soil types and wine:

http://winefolly.com/review/introduction-soil-types-wine/?utm_source=Wine+Folly&utm_campaign=2d3320d039-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_04_11&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a18d8bdc1b-2d3320d039-62472929&mc_cid=2d3320d039&mc_eid=d73340fcba

 

The Pagan Origins of Toasting (Really?)

You mean to tell me that toasting (a highlight of wedding celebrations) is pagan?

Pre-Christian yes, but calling it pagan seems a bit heathen.

Here’s a brief history of the tradition of toasting.

http://winefolly.com/tutorial/pagan-origins-of-toasting/?utm_source=Wine+Folly&utm_campaign=2d3320d039-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_04_11&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a18d8bdc1b-2d3320d039-62472929&mc_cid=2d3320d039&mc_eid=d73340fcba

 

Beaujolais exports boom boosted by entry-level

In 2017, overall exports of wine from the region rose 21% in value on volumes up 24% compared to the previous year, second only to Provence and SW France, according to the latest data released by BusinessFrance.

http://www.harpers.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/23362/Beaujolais_exports_boom_boosted_by_entry-level__.html

How to identify common wine taints and Amorim trying to help

One source of the contamination can be the cork, TCA deriving from a natural mould that thrives in the cork tree’s bark. But most TCA taint comes from other sources pre-bottling and a cork can actually prevent airborne contamination, or so it is claimed.

http://www.the-buyer.net/people/producer/most-common-wine-taints-amorim/

 

KALE VODKA IS HERE TO MAKE YOU FEEL HEALTHY

Calling anyone who religiously follows Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP or only eats non-GMO, organic, gluten-free, no-sugar-added food: superfood inspired vodka has arrived.

https://www.thebacklabel.com/kale-vodka-is-here-to-make-you-feel-healthy-af/?utm_campaign=lifestyle&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=thursday-4-12-18&mc_cid=020f6889d0&mc_eid=307f1bbe08#.WtH16a2ZN8c

ARE YOU A SUPERTASTER?

Supertasters live in a world where food and drink are felt more intensely than their average taster and non-taster counterparts

https://www.thebacklabel.com/are-you-a-supertaster/?utm_campaign=education&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=thursday-4-12-18&mc_cid=020f6889d0&mc_eid=307f1bbe08#.WtH2Yq2ZN8c

California Cabernet Too Hot to Handle

It’s slowly dawning on winemakers that certain popular grape varieties are not best suited to the Californian climate.

https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2018/04/california-cabernet-too-hot-to-handle

 

Three Reasons Wine Could Be Hurt by Marijuana Legalization

Adult-use marijuana is now legal in nine states, and Canada looks to legalize by the end of the summer. Should the alcoholic beverages sector be worried, and if so, which category is most vulnerable to the rise in marijuana use that comes with legalization?

https://research.rabobank.com/far/en/sectors/beverages/Three-Reasons-Wine-Could-Be-Hurt-by-Marijuana-Legalization.html?utm_source=%20%20&utm_medium=Email&utm_region=&utm_sector=beverages

 

NEW STUDY SAYS DRINKING EVERY DAY CAN TAKE YEARS OFF YOUR LIFE, AND THE DRINKS INDUSTRY IS FURIOUS

Industry leaders have hit out at new research which claims that drinking an extra glass of wine every day can take years off your life.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/04/new-study-says-drinking-every-day-can-take-years-off-your-life-and-the-drinks-industry-is-furious/

WINE AGED IN BOURBON BARRELS TAKES USA BY STORM

The product hails from Fetzer Vineyards ­– a business owned since 2011 by Chile’s Concha y Toro – and has enjoyed phenomenal growth from 5,000 cases in 2014 to 120,000 cases of annual sales in the past 12 months, according to Fetzer winemaking director, Bob Blue.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/04/wine-aged-in-bourbon-barrels-takes-usa-by-storm/

WINERY RELEASES SAUVIGNON BLANC AGED IN EX-TEQUILA BARRELS

A Napa winery has released a Sauvignon Blanc aged in ex-Tequila barrels, in an effort to “challenge the norm of traditional winemaking” while drawing on the increasing popularity of the agave-based spirit.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/04/winery-releases-sauvignon-blanc-aged-in-ex-tequila-barrels/

E&J GALLO SIGNS NEW DISTRIBUTION DEAL IN MAINLAND CHINA

Californian wine giant E&J Gallo has signed a new regional distribution deal with Chinese company Eternal Asia, following its break with Nanpuearlier last year, ambitious to turn its entry-level Carlo Rossi brand into the No. 1 imported wine in the mainland market.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/04/ej-gallo-signs-new-distribution-deal-in-mainland-china/

In Drought-Stricken Central California, Harvard Hopes to Turn Water Into Wine

Harvard owns 7,500 acres of vineyards in Cuyama Valley, California. Water scarcity threatens the future of agriculture in the region.

http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2018/4/13/water-harvard-vineyards/

Why don’t Americans drink wine with lunch?

Even when we dine in restaurants with kitchens that turn out carefully prepared, sophisticated food that begs for wine accompaniment, we don’t drink wine at lunch, for the most part. We say, “I’m fine with just water,” or we upgrade to sparkling water or some other nonalcoholic beverage. We do this partly because returning to the office with boozy breath is taboo in our work-worshipping culture.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/sc-food-drinking-wine-at-lunch-0413-story.html

 

 

Flax bottle seeks to offer eco-friendly alternative for wine, beer and spirits

A bottle made from flax fibres could provide a lightweight, biodegradable alternative to traditional glass wine spirit and beer bottles: according to the French company that will put the first flax-based bottle on the market this year.

https://www.beveragedaily.com/Article/2018/04/13/Flax-bottle-seeks-to-offer-eco-friendly-alternative-for-wine-beer-and-spirits

 

Why old vines?

We often hear the expression “Old Vine” and see it printed primarily on Zinfandel labels, but has anyone defined what that means?

http://napavalleyregister.com/wine/columnists/allen-balik/allen-balik-the-wine-exchange-why-old-vines/article_d02b22ec-7f39-57aa-be43-981f1e872d7c.html

 

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The Wonderful World of Wine (WWW) 04-20-18

April 20, 2018

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Liquor Industry News/Links 04-16-18

April 16, 2018

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The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

By: Mark C Lenzi

CSW, CSS, CWAS, FWS, IWS*

04-16-2018

Liquor Industry Week In Review

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

This Weeks Highlights:

New Products

An intro to beer for non-beer drinkers

What Does it Mean When the Same Grape has Different Names?

Here’s How Enormous Pot Sales Could Get With Legalization

 AND MORE!

 

Nonprofit Finds Trace Amounts of Arsenic in Popular Beer, Wine Brands

The culprit? Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer.

https://www.geek.com/culture/nonprofit-finds-trace-amounts-of-arsenic-in-popular-beer-wine-brands-1735555/

 

Searching for Chocolate in Wine

Why do some wines taste or smell of chocolate?

https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2018/03/searching-for-chocolate-in-wine

 

Anheuser-Busch Recalls Certain Stella Artois Bottles in US and Canada

In a press release, A-B, the world’s largest beer manufacturer, said a packaging flaw in some 11.2 oz. bottles manufactured by an unnamed European third-party vendor “may cause a small piece of glass to break off and possibly fall into the beer.”

https://www.brewbound.com/news/anheuser-busch-recalls-certain-stella-artois-bottles-us-canada?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=a71eabc236-The+Daily+Brew%3A+January+11%2C+2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-a71eabc236-36686829

 

Bacardi Targets Cognac, Whisky Drinkers With Premium Portfolio Revamp

Bacardi is looking to bring more consumers into the high-end rum category with a major revamp of its upscale range. The rum giant has added two new premium offerings—Bacardi Añejo Cuatro and Gran Reserva Diez—to the portfolio of its flagship brand. According to Bacardi, the move is expected to tap nascent trading-up trends within the U.S. rum category, which, thus far, has premiumized at a far slower pace than other spirits segments like Tequila and whisk(e)y.

“It’s no secret that rum has been on the decline for the past 10 years. But where we’re seeing growth is within the premium side of the category,” says Bacardi vice president Ned Duggan. “There’s massive opportunity, as rum is the final spirits category whose volume remains predominantly within the standard segment. Only 15% of the value of the rum category is at the premium-plus level.”

The newly launched Bacardi Añejo Cuatro and Gran Reserva Diez retail at $20 and $40 a 750-ml., respectively. They join Bacardi’s existing Gran Reserva Limitada ($100) and Reserva Ocho ($30) labels, with the latter also receiving a packaging update as part of the portfolio refresh. Reserva Ocho has a current U.S. volume of roughly 30,000 cases, while Gran Reserva Limitada sells between 500 to 1,000 cases annually. The revamped portfolio will be targeted toward existing spirits consumers in the 25- to 34-year-old age range, with a focus on metropolitan areas and people who already consume Cognac and whiskies.

 

 

Meet the Beer Perfect for Wine Drinkers

American craft breweries are putting a tart twist on classic German-style ales, making fruit-forward, low-alcohol beers perfect for wine drinkers looking to try something different.

https://www.winemag.com/2018/04/02/fruited-german-style-ales-wine-drinkers-beer/

 

Women, especially millennials, are driving wine trends

“We do know from our research that 60 percent of wine consumers are women, so of course, women are very important to the wine industry and for reasons beyond those percentages,” said Jennifer Jo Wiseman, vice president of E&J Gallo Winery. “One reason is because women frequently connect to one another and gathering around food with family and friends.”

http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/sc-fam-women-who-wine-0410-story.html

 

What Is Natural Wine…and Why Should You Drink It?

Perhaps you heard the phrase “natural wine” ten years ago, and it referred to a wine bottled without sulfites. And then you tried said wine and experienced something so funky it was off-putting — or, worse yet, bad — because so-called sulfite-free wines, when made poorly, tend to turn quickly, since sulfur acts as a preservative. This is why, when sommeliers tell us they serve natural wines exclusively, they often feel compelled to immediately follow up with this defensive caveat: “But I’d never serve you bad wine.”

http://www.westword.com/restaurants/what-is-natural-wineand-why-should-you-drink-it-10148062

 

MARYSE CHEVRIERE ON ILLUSTRATING WINE TASTING NOTES

When wine is described as “hedonistic,” “funky” or “tightly wound,” what do you picture? How would you illustrate “freshly baked bread and sweaty latex gloves morphing to heavenly petrichor and black thick bosomy cherry laced in a spearmint bodice?”

https://www.winemag.com/maryse-chevriere-wine-notes/

 

FORGET BEER, IRELAND IS ALSO WINE COUNTRY

European wine aficionados traditionally think of France, Italy or Spain when it comes to quality vino.

However, Ireland has had a wine culture that dates back 16 centuries.

Like many countries, the Irish involvement with wine started with monks. Monasteries needed wine for mass and monks made it. So in the 5th century a Cistercian monastery in County Kilkenny started a vineyard.

Ireland is now home to five vineyards in counties including Dublin, Waterford and Cork.

 

Jim Beam And Bud Partner

Jim Beam and Budweiser have collaborated on a new cross-merchandising campaign and limited-edition beer. Inspired by the “beer and a Bourbon shot,” occasion, the joint marketing push pairs the two brands together at on- and off-premise venues across the U.S., effective immediately. Additionally, Budweiser brewmasters and Jim Beam master distiller Fred Noe are set to debut Budweiser Reserve Copper Lager this September. The limited release brew—made with two-row barley and aged on Jim Beam Bourbon barrel staves—will honor the 85th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition.

 

WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER POUR YOUR OWN SAKE

All drinking culture is rich with tradition. Unspoken codes and customs find us clinking glasses, buying rounds, and tapping the bar before taking a shot, regardless of our surroundings.

https://vinepair.com/articles/sake-serving-guide/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=017ed329ca-April_03_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-017ed329ca-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-017ed329ca-38937345&mc_cid=017ed329ca&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

 

Heineken to Release 18-Bottle CoolerPack This Summer

Heineken is bringing back the CoolerPack, an engineered 18-pack cardboard packaging innovation that allows consumers to chill their Heineken by simply removing the top to the case and adding ice, bringing convenience and occasion-based purchase choice to beer drinkers everywhere.

https://www.brewbound.com/news/heineken-release-18-bottle-coolerpack-summer?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=1395cf3b1a-The+Daily+Brew%3A+January+11%2C+2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-1395cf3b1a-36686829

 

 

How Organic Wine Finally Caught On

Overall, less than 5% of the world’s vineyards are organic. In the United States, the world’s largest consumer of wine, only 1% of wine sold by volume was organic.

https://hbr.org/2018/04/how-organic-wine-finally-caught-on

 

Scratching the Surface of Wine in America

American Wine By the Numbers

https://wineeconomist.com/2018/04/03/us-wine-world/

 

Don’t judge a wine by its high tech label

Ah, the good old days. Remember when a wine label was pleasantly understated — a time when both the producer and the buyer were focused solely on what was inside the bottle?

http://www.capitalgazette.com/entertainment/ac-cn-wine-20180404-story.html

 

13 CRAZY WINE GLASSES FOR CRAZY WINE DRINKERS

Have a crazy wine drinker in your life for whom you need to get a gift?

https://tipsybartender.com/13-crazy-wine-glasses-for-crazy-wine-drinkers/

 

Now You Can Buy Alcohol Using A Hashtag – You’re Welcome

Now, for those over 21 years old in the US, Saucey has partnered with LA based start up, Boost Inc. to unlock purchasing via social hashtags and text. You can simply text the hashtag #DUSSE100 to 81000 to buy, or registered Boost users can comment with the hashtag on Twitter or Instagram to easily order a bottle of D’USSÉ V.S.O.P. cognac to be shipped to their door using Saucey’s delivery platform.

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/now-you-can-buy-alcohol-using-a-hashtag—youre-welcome-300623605.html

 

Why buyers want super varietal wines 1st, country of origin 2nd

The world of wine is slowly being dominated by what could be referred to as the “Super Varietal”. Grape varieties that now sell the wine far more than the country, the region or even the producer where they are made. Driven by private label and exclusive wine ranges and a number of high profile wine brands that all make the grape variety the hero, it is changing the face of wine buying, particularly in a year when there is so less wine to buy.

http://www.the-buyer.net/opinion/richard-siddle-why-buyers-are-looking-at-varietal-first-country-of-origin-second/

 

Tech start-up bids to demystify ‘baffling’ supermarket wine aisles

The latest version of Corkscrew, an app set up in 2016 to demystify restaurant wine lists and act as a virtual sommelier, will sift through the thousands of supermarket wines to give recommendations based on personal preferences, food pairings and expert reviews.

http://www.harpers.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/23313/Tech_start-up_bids_to_demystify__91baffling_92_supermarket_wine_aisles.html

 

 

Cavit Collection Wines Introduces Limited Edition Rosé and Cavit Prosecco

The latest additions to the popular collection. Imported by leading U.S. wine & spirits importer Palm Bay International, the new wines will be available nationally at specialty wine and liquor stores nationwide.

https://www.wineindustryadvisor.com/2018/04/03/cavit-collection-rose-cavit-prosecco

 

How to Pair Indian Food with Wine, Beer and Cocktails

Indian dishes are often well-balanced, and it may not seem like they need the added flavor of a drink, but we spoke with a few experts who all agreed that no matter your preferred beverage there’s always a perfect pairing.

https://www.winemag.com/2018/04/04/indian-food-wine-beer-cocktails/

 

Would you drink wine for breakfast?

There’s more to breakfast boozing than a Bloody Mary

https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/esmagazine/would-you-drink-wine-for-breakfast-a3805851.html

 

Here’s How Enormous Pot Sales Could Get With Legalization

U.S. pot sales could reach $75 billion by 2030 if the nation fully legalized recreational use, an analyst said in a report Wednesday, potentially making the industry bigger than the U.S. wine market is today.

https://www.investors.com/news/marijuana-sales-after-legalization-compares-with-beer-wine-cigarette-sales/

 

Three Days Of Glory

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The hills of Burgundy are covered in legendary vineyards, pristinely manicured, tiny parcels rooted in the planet’s most exclusive soils. The wine growers are hardworking, humble vignerons who work in awe of the vines they farm.

But on April 27, 2016, a brutal frost devastated Burgundy. Some of the producers lost 90 percent or more of their crop before the year has even begun. Still, they press on with the stubborn courage forged by grit and generations of humility before the spiritual gift of the terroir, their soil and landscape, that produces the most stunning wines on the planet.

http://threedaysofglory.com

 

American project André: The Voice of Wine

American winemaker André Tchelistcheff, premiering at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater this coming Saturday, 7 April.

http://themaestrofilm.com/index.htm

 

What Will Wine Taste Like On Mars? A Virtual Reality Event.

Have you ever enjoyed a wine on vacation, only to be disappointed when you sip the same wine at home? Context plays a huge role in our enjoyment of food and drink – so it only makes sense that the flavors we enjoy on Earth will taste different on another plant.

https://bottlesfinewine.com/what-will-wine-taste-like-on-mars-a-virtual-reality-event/

 

Catena Appellation Wines Now Available Nationally

An extraordinary opportunity for wine lovers to taste the unique character of Argentina’s wine sub-regions.

https://www.wineindustryadvisor.com/2018/04/03/catena-appellation-wines-now-available

 

 

WHY ONLY TRASHY WINE BARS GIVE YOU GIANT POURS

When you fill a glass with wine, only the top part hits air, while the rest stays “raw.”

https://vinepair.com/articles/best-wine-pour-sizes/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=8458590961-April_05_2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-8458590961-38937345&goal=0_b653fb8c99-8458590961-38937345&mc_cid=8458590961&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

 

Why Is Wine Good for Your Heart?

Is it the alcohol, the resveratrol, or both? A new analysis seeks to better understand how wine benefits cardiovascular health

http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/Why-Is-Wine-Good-for-Your-Heart

 

Cover Crops in a Vineyard & How They Benefit the Wine Grapes

Do YOU know WHY vineyards plant a cover crop??

http://siponthisjuice.com/wine-facts-cover-crops-in-a-vineyard-how-they-benefit-the-wine-grapes/

 

India’s growing thirst for wine

In a country with a billion-plus population and 485 million people above the legal drinking age, India is a market with many opportunities

http://www.dynamicexport.com.au/export-market/articles-export-markets/India-s-growing-thirst-for-wine/

 

GMO Yeast Mimics Flavors Of Hops, But Will Craft Brewers Bite?

A team of beer-brewing chemists and geneticists in California has created a genetically modified yeast that produces hoppy aromas and flavors without any interaction with the fragrant blossoms themselves. In other words, they’ve developed a way to make beer hoppy without using hops.

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2018/04/04/599147983/gmo-yeast-mimics-flavors-of-hops-but-will-craft-brewers-bite?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=9f26c26a5e-The+Daily+Brew%3A+January+11%2C+2018&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-9f26c26a5e-36686829

 

GRAPE GUIDE: CHARDONNAY

Chardonnay is one of the most widely planted, versatile grapes in the entire viticultural world, creating cuvées with flavor profiles all over the spectrum.

https://www.thebacklabel.com/grape-guide-chardonnay/?utm_campaign=education&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=thursday-4-5-18&mc_cid=93f055632a&mc_eid=307f1bbe08#.Wsi_d62ZN8c

 

 

Italian Prisoners Are Making One of Their Country’s Most Unusual Wines

The famous Tuscan producer Frescobaldi is helping rehabilitate men through vermentino and sangiovese

https://www.thedailymeal.com/drink/italian-prisoners-are-making-one-their-countrys-most-unusual-wines

Belgian wine production increases 12 %

Belgian viticulture had to deal with weak weather conditions for the second year in a row. Nevertheless, the industry has performed well, with a 12 % production increase and a growing number of growers.

https://www.retaildetail.eu/en/news/food/belgian-wine-production-increases-12

LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN CHINESE WINE PRODUCTION

The county fared well in all wine categories. In 2017, it ranked 6th for the number of medals, following traditional wine producing countries like Spain, France, Italy, Portugal and Chile, and ahead of South Africa and Greece.

http://www.concoursmondial.com/en/news/latest-developments-chinese-wine-production/

What Does it Mean When the Same Grape has Different Names?

What’s really the difference between Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris? Syrah and Shiraz? Zinfandel and Primitivo? While these may be the same grape varieties with different names, local terroir can change their flavor more than you think. Learn how it works.

Close up of blue grapes

https://www.winemag.com/2018/03/27/same-grape-different-names/

Search for wine ‘smoke taint’ solutions intensifies after Northern California wildfires

The international pursuit of ways to predict how much smoke from a wildfire will end up in finished wine and what to do about it got a boost when the dark clouds of particles pumped out by the massive North Bay fires in October descended on the University of California, Davis, experimental vineyard in Napa Valley.

http://www.sonomanews.com/business/8188016-181/search-for-wine-smoke-taint

Myth-busting the taste of Arizona wine

If you think Arizona wine doesn’t compare to wine made in Sonoma or Napa Valley, you’re right.

Arizona wine doesn’t compare, but not for the reasons you may think.

http://arizonasonoranewsservice.com/myth-busting-the-taste-of-arizona-wine/

Why Smaller Distributors Are Banding Together in a Changing Market

A quick way to scale up is just one benefit of these mergers and acquisitions

https://daily.sevenfifty.com/why-smaller-distributors-are-banding-together-in-a-changing-market/?utm_campaign=SevenFifty%20Daily%20Weekly%20Digest&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=61892731&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8btTG13117u3C3UI4jzzVNN_TdoQXFkEy–hY08qGGrCvyTc_4QMWlaUJP6PD3TvjQ6KZa3QUJfdFm6ap_1UKlv41Fcorhuf_i2zXmdj49LCZftuU&_hsmi=61892676

Chaptalization: new labeling norms could force European winemakers to list sugar as an ingredient

Europe’s drinks sector announced plans [in March] to inform consumers more about the energy content and ingredients in beer, wine and spirits in a self-policing move, but critics said much of this information would only be available online.”

https://dobianchi.com/2018/04/05/sugar-wine-alcohol/

Best Time of Year for Chardonnay? You’d Be Surprised.

December, unsurprisingly, is the month of the year when interest exceeds any other.

http://www.enolytics.com/enolytics101/2018/4/6/best-time-of-year-for-chardonnay-youd-be-surprised

 

One wine writer asks wine lovers to reflect on their standards

You might also realize that you have been too rigid about some other aspect of wine drinking. Letting go of that hang-up might increase your enjoyment.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/sc-food-wine-rules-0406-story.html

What does wine made from Concord grapes taste like?

Concord grapes are native to the eastern United States, and most of the wines made from these grapes are made in an off-dry style (they taste pretty sweet).

http://www.winespectator.com/drvinny/show/id/What-Does-Concord-Grape-Wine-Taste-Like-56292

New label aims to help drinkers find eco-friendly wines

The new “California Certified Sustainable” logo was just approved for use on 2017 vintage wines by the California Su4tainable Winegrowing Alliance

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/new-label-aims-to-help-drinkers-find-eco-friendly-wines/2018/04/06/d342a54c-390c-11e8-8fd2-49fe3c675a89_story.html?utm_term=.29365c629817

What Does Minerality Mean When it Comes to Wine?

Wine does not, of course, taste like rocks.

http://www.foodandwine.com/wine/mineral-wines

An intro to beer for non-beer drinkers

There are actually two “types” of beer – craft beer and big beer.

http://abc7.com/food/an-intro-to-beer-for-non-beer-drinkers/3313105/

Argentinian wine beyond Malbec

For many people, Agentinian wines are associated with just one grape – malbec.

But there are plenty of others to try

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/apr/08/argentinian-wine-beyond-malbec-grape-variety-david-williams

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