Liquor Industry News/Links 2-15-14

Liquor Industry News/Links


By: Mark C Lenzi CSW, CWAS*


Liquor Industry Week In Review

A Rechargeable LED Cork That Turns Empty Bottles Into Lamps

Cool gadget that can be use for wine crafts

Wine + Life: How To Find A Wine You Like

Tips on finding wines


Seattle sommelier hacks wine world with award-winning site

All about the woman behind one of the best wine education blogs


Boston Wine Expo Bans Direct-To-Consumer Exhibitors

No direct shippers or wine ship supporters will have booths


10th February, 2014 by Lucy Shaw

US scientists have found that Champagne kept at lower temperatures is less likely to develop a “browning” compound that turns wine bad.



11th February, 2014 by Lauren May

A compound found in red wine combined with aspirin could kill abnormal cells that lead to cancer, new research suggests.

Plainville Ma gas station pulls wine, beer application after selectmen say supermarket might need it

This is crazy! Towns telling small business owners they are saving things for bigger stores as they sell more!

Gluten labelling and the American government’s problem with fermentation

Nice blog about labeling wine and alcohol for glutens

Learn The Secrets of Each Red Wine Color

Nice pictures of the colors in red wines

Yuengling pushes distribution into Massachusetts

In stock Soon!

New Souverain Wine Line

Treasury Wine Estates has revamped California wine brand Souverain, aiming to reinvigorate a label historically known as a reliable, value-oriented Sonoma producer. The relaunch will include a new look intended to “breathe fresh life” into Souverain while staying true to its roots. Elements in the brand’s new label depict a crown, a cluster of grapes, the California golden bear and the thistle of Scotland, a tribute to winery founder Lee Stewart’s heritage.

Concurrently, Souverain will introduce a new range of North Coast wines—including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot—targeting the fast-growing $15 segment. Those wines will join the brand’s flagship Winemaker’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from the Alexander Valley ($40) and Winemaker’s Reserve Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley ($35). According to Treasury, the intention is to build on Souverain’s legacy of producing high-quality North Coast Cabernet

New Sam Adams Beer

Boston Beer’s Samuel Adams brand has released Escape Route, a new limited edition spring seasonal. Billed as a Kölsch-style, 5%-abv brew, Escape Route is made with an “untraditional” yeast strain, which ferments at ale-like temperatures, but is then cold-conditioned like a lager, resulting in a blend of honey, floral, grapefruit and herbal hop notes. The hybrid entry is currently available nationwide, priced at $7.99-$9.99 a six-pack. Escape Route is also available as part of the Samuel Adams Spring Brews variety 12-pack, which retails for $14.99-$17.99.

Spring Mix Pack In Stock And ON SALE $13.99


The Countries that drink the most liquor

Map and story


12th February, 2014 by Lauren May

A fridge filled with beer that will only open at the touch of a Canadian passport has been installed at the Sochi Winter Olympics.



If the thought of Valentine’s Day fills you with a sense of dread and despair then these are the drinks for you.

Can You Pair Wine and Chocolate?

Some wine and chocolate pairing advice


Six Exciting Wine Regions To Explore In 2014

Wine regions to explore

Americans Are Drinking More Italian Wines Than Italians

New Study according the Italian Wine and Food Institute

New Patron Tequila

Patron has officially unveiled its upscale Gran Patron Piedra Tequila in the U.S. market. A limited production extra anejo Tequila, Piedra is made via the “Tahona” process in which steam-cooked agave is slowly crushed with a two-ton volcanic stone wheel called a Tahona. The resulting juice is then fermented and distilled along with the agave fiber. Piedra, retailing at $399 a hand-numbered 750-ml. bottle, was previously available only in travel retail.

New Busch Beer Soon

Anheuser-Busch is extending its Busch brand with its first new product in more than 15 years. The new entry, Busch Signature Copper Lager, is a higher-alcohol brew reminiscent of the recent Platinum and Black Crown extensions to A-B’s Bud Light and Budweiser brands respectively. Copper Lager is at 5.7% abv, compared with 4.3% for the core Busch brand. It’s rolling out across 12 Midwestern states for now—backed by print, TV and digital ads under the tagline “More Flavor. No Fuss”—with further expansion possible depending on performance.

Tired of Morning Hangovers? You Could Be Allergic to Alcohol

May actually be the result of an allergic reaction to ingredients in alcohol.

U.S. sales volume.

Wine Business Monthly, which puts out the annual report top producers in 2013. The top 10:

1. Gallo, with an estimated volume of 80 million cases. The company does not disclose this data.

2. The Wine Group, whose holdings include the former Franzia Winery near Ripon, 57.5 million.

3. Constellation Brands, which is based in New York state but is a major California producer, 50 million.

4. Bronco Wine Co., south of Ceres, 20 million.

5. Trinchero Family Estates, based in Napa Valley, 18.5 million.

6. Treasury Wine Estates, based in Australia but with some brands from California, 15.4 million.

7. Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Washington state, 7.5 million.

8. DFV Wines, formerly Delicato, near Manteca, 7 million.

9. Jackson Family Wines, Sonoma and other regions, 5.5 million.

10. Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines, Napa and other regions, 3.8 million.

This Video Demystifies Wine Terms Like “Aerate,” “Corked,” and “Tears”

10 chocolate beers to share with your sweetie


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