Liquor Industry News/Links 8-16-13

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Friday August 16th 2013

Liquor Industry News/Links

By: Mark C. Lenzi CSW


16th August, 2013 by Lucy Shaw

A 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck the New Zealand wine region of Marlborough at 2.31pm (AEST) today causing damage to several wineries.

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Campari-owned Wild Turkey has released Forgiven, a limited edition blend of small batch Bourbon and high-proof rye whiskey. The 91-proof offering was created by accident, when a distillery crew member mistakenly combined the two liquids. The blend is 78% (6-year-old) Bourbon and 22% (4-year-old) rye. Wild Turkey Forgiven is currently rolling out in limited quantities, retailing at $49.99 a 750-ml.

Diageo is extending Baileys with a new flavor entry, Vanilla Cinnamon, to roll out September 1. The new offering is 17% abv and will retail in line with the core brand at $21 a 750-ml. bottle. Made with Madagascar vanilla and cinnamon and billed as a “modern twist on classic Irish cream,” Baileys Vanilla Cinnamon is designed to have a lighter colored liquid and lighter mouthfeel. Diageo recommends serving it neat, on the rocks, in coffee, or in concoctions like the ”Baileys Glamour Shot,” in which it’s mixed with cinnamon schnapps.

MillerCoors will introduce two new higher-proof products to its stable, according to AdAge. The company will debut Miller Fortune, a higher-proof beer designed to compete with Anheuser-Busch’s Bud Light Platinum. Fortune will come in at about 6.9% abv, compared to Platinum’s 6% and be similarly priced. The company is also prepping a new higher-proof cider, called Smith & Forge Hard Cider (6% abv), designed to fill what it sees as an “unmet need” for ciders that target the male demographic

ER Injuries Most Often Related To Malt Liquor And Strong Beer

Source: RedOrbit

August 15, 2013

A preliminary study at a Baltimore hospital found that drinkers of hard liquors and high-alcohol beers like Steel Reserve were more prevalent in the emergency room than drinkers of regular beers.

David versus Goliath: Vodka maker orders Everett salon to change its name

BY JOSH KERNS  on August 15, 2013

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New gadget can ‘age’ wine in minutes, inventors claim

Friday 16 August 2013 by Richard Woodard


The American whisky industry is still concentrated in Kentucky and Tennessee, with eight big distillers there producing more than 90% of the whisky consumed in the United States. But the craft spirits movement is nibbling away at Tennessee and Kentucky’s dominance. Penn Jensen, executive director of the American Craft Distillers Association, estimates there are nearly 400 craft distillers in the United States today, up from 60 a decade ago and around 180 five years ago. He predicts that the total will swell to 1,000 distillers by 2015.

Beam Inc. is expanding its Red Stag flavored Bourbon franchise with the launch of Red Stag Hardcore Cider. An 80-proof whiskey infused with the flavors of apple cider, the latest entry is currently rolling out nationwide, priced at $17.99 a 750-ml. Combining cider and Bourbon—two of the hotter areas of the drinks market—Beam says the newest Red Stag flavor is well-positioned to bring new consumers into the whiskey category.

Virginia governor Bob McDonnell announced a new sales record for the state’s wine industry in its recently completed fiscal year. In the 12 months through June, sales of Virginia wine rose 5% to 511,000 cases, building on growth that’s seen the state’s wine business expand by nearly a quarter since 2010. Along with robust in-state sales, the governor said Virginia wines have been targeting markets like Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Florida and Washington, D.C. with increasing success. Currently tied with Texas as the fifth-largest winegrape-producing state, Virginia claims its wine industry contributes $750 million to the state economy annually.

French Paradox Confirmed by Major Study

Posted on 8/13/2013 10:02:00 AM by Rusty Gaffney

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The Perpetual Blend: Champagne’s Solera System

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A Beginner’s Guide to Virginia Wine

Rebecca Gibb reports on a fast-emerging wine region.

Posted Tuesday, 13-Aug-2013

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Fruit flies in your wine?

Little bugs can leave a bad odour that some people will smell while others won’t


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Video On Uses Of Wine Corks

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