Liquor Industry News/Links 9-24-13



Tuesday September 24th 2013

Today’s Liquor Industry News/Links

By: Mark C. Lenzi CSW

Society of Wine Educators


Today Is A Biodynamic ROOT Day



20th September, 2013 by Andy Young

A 61-year-old man in Texas has stunned medical experts in the US, after they discovered he was making his own home brew – in his stomach.

Woodford Reserve Adds Rare Kentucky Malt Whiskies To Master’s Collection

Brown-Forman’s Woodford Reserve Bourbon brand is releasing a pair of limited edition malt whiskies as part of its Master’s Collection series this November. Known as The Double Malt Selections, the pair—said to be the first fully matured whiskies crafted from malt in Kentucky since Prohibition—include a Straight Malt whiskey matured in new barrels and a Classic Malt whiskey aged in used barrels, offering consumers the opportunity to compare the two aging methods. The individually numbered whiskies are both bottled at 90.4-proof, priced at $99.99 a 750-ml., and will be released in major U.S. metro markets and select international locations.

The Double Malt Selections mark the eighth release in Woodford Reserve’s Master’s Collection, following the launch of the brand’s Four Grain, Sonoma-Cutrer Finish, Sweet Mash, Seasoned Oak, Maple Wood Finish, Rare Rye and Four Wood offerings. An Impact “Hot Prospect,” Woodford Reserve has seen its volume upswing accelerate in each of the past two years, improving from a 9% advance in 2010 to an 18% increase in 2011. In 2012, the brand rose 23% to 181,000 cases, according to Impact Databank.


24th September, 2013 by Lucy Shaw

50 Shades of Grey author E L James has launched a range of wines inspired by the erotic trilogy.

Moët Hennessy’s Cloudy Bay Extends Beyond Marlborough With New Pinot Noir

Upscale New Zealand winery Cloudy Bay, part of the Moët Hennessy USA portfolio, is expanding its product line with a new ultra-premium Pinot Noir, representing its first new wine in more than two decades, and a branching out from its home Marlborough region.

Sourced from Central Otago’s Bannockburn, Bendigo and Lowburn subregions, Cloudy Bay’s new Pinot is named Te Wahi, translating to “our place” in Maori. The new extension is hitting Chicago and Dallas in October, with New York and other key markets to be added next March. Retailing at $75 a bottle, Te Wahi is Cloudy Bay’s first new wine since Te Koko Sauvignon Blanc ($52) in 1991. The line also includes a Sauvignon Blanc ($28), Chardonnay ($32) and Pinot Noir ($39) varietals. Led by its Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, Cloudy Bay has averaged 25,000-30,000 cases in the U.S. in recent years and has earned 15 scores of 90+ from Wine Spectator.

Cloudy Bay winemaker Tim Heath says Te Wahi is a more masculine expression of Pinot characterized by black fruit flavors, contrasting with the more feminine style of the brand’s Marlborough-sourced offering. “Te Wahi represents a very different and original expression of Pinot for Cloudy Bay,” he says. “It’s driven by place and the new possibilities that are out there for New Zealand Pinot Noir.”

In addition to Te Wahi, Cloudy Bay is also prepping single- and double-bottle “Rare Nature” gift box sets for several varieties for a February 2014 rollout. Designed by New Zealand artist Hayley King, the “Rare Nature” packaging depicts the native flora and fauna of the Marlborough region.

Craft on Pace for 17 Share of Massachusetts Beer Market

Posted September 19, 2013 at 12:33 PM by Chris Furnari

Fruit fly pest threatens Veneto vineyards

Friday 20 September 2013 by Caroline Gilby MW


A Review Of Wines In China And Its History

By Jancis Robinson

Cupcake wine review 2013: Blog

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New Moonshine

Idaho’s Grand Teton Vodka distillery is adding a line of moonshines and a cherry-infused vodka amidst an expansion project that will see its facility double to 5,000 square feet. According to the Idaho State Journal, Grand Teton Moonshine will include unflavored, Huckleberry and Apple Pie Spice variants and sell for $19.95 a 750-ml. jug. The distiller’s new Cherry vodka will be priced at $14.95 a 375-ml. Other projects on the horizon include a Teton Highland Single Malt Whiskey, which Grand Teton expects to begin laying down for aging by next spring. Grand Teton says it has shipped 2,000 cases over the past 12 months and expects to triple production next year.


Fall Whiskey Trend Alert: Maple Is the New Honey

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24th September, 2013 by Andy Young

Two engineers in the US have gone on to crowd-funding website Kickstarter to try and raise money for their new gadget, which they claim can chill a beer in less than a minute.

Watch The Video Of The Spin Chill!

New beer show ‘Brew Dogs’ will have you thirsty for more

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The 25 Beers You Need to Drink This Fall

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Corks, Screwcaps and Wine Culture

French/American group concurs: We can all get along

by Jane Firstenfeld

Man dials ‘911’ over wine emergency after bar serves him glass with bits of cork in it

Officers say a drunk dialed 999 — the U.K.’s 911 — to demand officers intervene at a pub in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. His complaint? He wanted a refund on his drink.


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