Liquor Industry News 3-1-14

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By: Mark C Lenzi CSW, CWAS*


Liquor Industry Week In Review


Guide to Amaretto

Facts and more about Amaretto. Did you know its Apricot used NOT almond?


Where the world’s biggest vodka drinkers are

No one downs vodka like Russia does see maps and charts


24th February, 2014 by Lucy Shaw

Red wine is able to stop lung cancer growth according to a recent study by Canadian scientists.

DO-IT-YOURSELF: Upcycle a wine bottle into a dish soap dispenser


MA Bottle Bill Expansion

Proposed Changes:

H3848, a bill to expand the bottle bill. Here is a brief outline of the bill:

Waters, teas, juices and energy drinks would now have a 5 cent deposit.

The Executive Office of Environmental Affairs will review the refund value every 5 years, and would have the authority to adjust the 5 cent deposit up or down based upon the current economic situation.

The handling fee to dealers (stores and/or redemption centers) would increase from 2.25 cents per unit to 3.5 cents per unit.

A separate fund called the “Clean Environment Fund” would be created to segregate the money collected from the bottle bill and to be used for environmental purposes.

The Executive Office of Energy and the Environment will create regulations that will give small businesses the right to seek exemption from accepting “empties” provided no other law is enacted to prohibit this. Small businesses are defined as businesses with less than 3,000 feet of retail space and those business models in which three or fewer establishments are controlled by one owner.

If expansion is enacted it will take effect on April 22, 2015.

As MA Looks To Expand Bottle Bill VT Wants To End!

Vermont beverage distributors have an alternative to the state’s bottle bill

Berkshire Distillers News:

Sheffield, Massachusetts-based Berkshire Mountain Distillers has partnered with 10 U.S. craft brewers to create a new range of Bourbons finished in beer barrels for a minimum of three months. Several offerings in the limited edition range began rolling out in January, including collaborations with Georgia’s Terrapin Brewing, Pennsylvania’s Tröegs Brewing and Massachusetts’ Samuel Adams. In the coming months, Berkshire will unveil new entries created in partnership with Michigan’s Founders Brewing, Florida’s Cigar City Brewing, Montana’s Big Sky Brewing, Washington’s Hale’s Ales, Oregon’s Full Sail Brewing, New York’s Brewery Ommegang and New Hampshire’s Smuttynose Brewing. The Bourbons, which range in price from $42.99-$60 a bottle, feature the name of the participating brewery and are available only in each brewer’s region.

Sturbridge MA Ocean State Job Lot to sell beer and wine

Selectmen granted the discount chain’s local branch, at 178 Main St., a beer and wine license. This will be the first Ocean State Job Lot to sell beer and wine in Worcester County. The sales now await the blessing of state alcohol regulators.

The world’s weirdest beer laws

Strange but true beer laws


A Beer And Cheese Pairing Guide

Guide to help you take the beer/cheese love affair to the next level.

Colorado Girl Scouts barred from selling cookies outside pot shops

That’s the bad news..good news still sell outside Liquor Stores!

N.H. beer distributors object to bill for booze ads on billboards

A “weird holdover law” from the days of prohibition bans alcoholic beverage advertisements on billboards in NH

Washington Malbec grows up: 7 to try

Malbec has become one of the more important and fascinating grapes in Washington.


The Wines of South West France

Wine Folly blog


Napa filmmakers use drones over vineyards


Watch A Drone Vineyard Video:

On Average, one grape vine equals how much wine

On Average, one grape vine equals how much wine is a question that pops up a lot. All The details and #’s


25th February, 2014 by Lauren May

Budweiser has announced details of its “Rise As One” global marketing campaign ahead of its sponsorship of the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.


How movies have influenced cocktails

To Get You Ready For Awards Night

New US Wine Export Stats

U.S. wine exports, of which around 90% come from California, reached a new record in 2013, rising 16% to $1.55 billion on a volume increase of 7.5% to 435 million liters, according to the Wine Institute. Among wine export regions, California shipments to the European Union rose 31% to $617 million, Canada was up 12% to $454 million, Japan fell 7% to $102 million, Hong Kong slipped 12% to $78 million, China increased 6% to $77 million and Mexico jumped 21% to $22 million. Wine Institute president and CEO Robert Koch said California, which now exports a fifth of its wine production, is on track to reach its goal of $2 billion in exports by 2020.

New Italian Chianti Category

Tuscany’s Chianti Classico DOCG has introduced Gran Selezione, a new top-tier wine category. Unveiled in Florence last week, the Gran Selezione classification dictates that a wine must be sourced from a winery’s own vineyards, adhere to strict production regulations and can only be sold following a 30-month maturation and period of bottle refinement. Gran Selezione wines are estimated to account for around 10% of Chianti Classico production and are collectively valued at between €70-€100 million ($95-$136 million). Previously, the Chianti Classico denomination featured just two quality classifications, including the Annata (year’s vintage) and Riserva categories.

9 Beers Americans No Longer Drink

No love for this glug glug


The CÎROC Coco Light Martini is an official specialty cocktail of the 86th Oscars® Governors Ball. The CÎROC Coco Light Martini has less than 130 calories!

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