Liquor Industry News/Links 7-29-13

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Monday July 29th 2013

Today’s Liquor Industry News/Links

By: Mark C Lenzi CSW


Buffalo Trace Distillery has debuted a line of experimental Bourbons. The Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection consists of four different whiskies—Wheat 125, Wheat 115, Wheat 105 and Wheat 90—priced at $46 a 375-ml. bottle. According to Buffalo Trace, the company was experimenting with theories about whether a higher “entry proof” or lower “entry proof” (the alcohol content when it enters the barrel for aging) would result in a better product. By keeping all of the variables consistent such as the proof off the still, aging time and placement, the company studied how entry proof affects aging. Buffalo Trace put all four Bourbons in the barrel at different proofs (for which they were named), resulting in a variety of tastes. All were aged for 11 years and seven months, and were bottled at 90-proof.


Wine access device transforms how wine is served, sold, and enjoyed

by Cyril Penn | July 26, 2013 | 7:00 AM

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Marc Mondavi applies a special talent to vineyards

Not only is Marc Mondavi of C. Mondavi & Family a winemaker, he is also a water witch. He discovered at an early age his ability to find water underground using divining rods. He now produces wine under the Divining Rod label. J.L. Sousa/Register

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Calaveras Vineyards Reflect Diversity Tour highlights production challenges, quality improvement   by Jon Tourney

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Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and Marchesi Antinori announced today that they have promoted Darel Allwine to head winemaker of Col Solare

Some History Of American Wine


  • Grapes that can be used to make wine have been on the Continent of North America since before Leif Erikson discovered America in the year 1001. Seeing abundant vines he proposed to name the new country Vinland.
  • Paris Island in South Carolina is favored as the likely first place wine was made on the Continent in the
  year 1568 by Spanish colonists but that’s not a commercial success.
  • Dr Laurence Bohune is the first winemaker whose name is known. He made wine from Native grapes in the year 1610 in the Jamestown settlement.
  • In 1672 Charles Calvert, the proprietor of Maryland laid out 240 acres of vines using a ‘hogshed’ of vines from Europe. The vineyard died the next year and as many other vineyardists at the time, suffered from the success of the tobacco industry which pulled people and resources away from wine experimentation.
  • Robert Beverly (b.1673 d.1722) was one of the largest of Virginia landowners and in 1705 wrote the first comprehensive history of Virginia, including the planting of his estate which he named Beverly Park.
  • In no colony before the Revolution was there any enterprise that systematically grew and harvested grapes, and then crushed them for wine outside of a few individuals who had modest production.
  • The first successful commercial winery in New York was founded in 1839 at Washingtonville on the Hudson. Its still in existence today under a successor name.

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Dick Vermeil, Super Bowl-winning Coach and two-time NFL Coach-of-the-Year, and winemaker Paul Smith have announced the opening of the Vermeil Wines Tasting Room. Located at 1018 First Street in Napa, visitors to the tasting room can sample the selection of fine wines from Vermeil Wines.

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte has launched D’Luscious—a demi-sec rosé Champagne—in the U.S. market. Made with a blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay, the entry is priced at around $59 a bottle. D’Luscious joins Brut, Brut Grande Reserve, Brut Reserve, Brut Rose and Demi-Sec in the Nicolas Feuillatte portfolio, as well as the brand’s Refined Collection, Gourmet Collection, Palmes d’Or range and limited edition expressions. The fourth-largest Champagne brand in the U.S., Nicholas Feuillatte is handled in the market by Ste. Michelle Wine Estates.

Vine family trees

By Jancis Robinson

The family trees of great wine grapes

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