Liquor Industry News/Links 3-22-14

Liquor Industry News/Links


By: Mark C Lenzi CSW, CWAS*


Liquor Industry Week In Review


Our Chocolate And Wine Tasting In Local Paper

The Milford News Featured Our Tasting Event



Sunday morning liquor sales an affront to area clergy

Legislation that cleared the Massachusetts House this month and is now being considered by the Senate would allow liquor stores to open two hours earlier on Sunday, at 10 a.m.

What Really Makes a Spirit Gluten-Free?

We have seen a huge interest in people concerned about glutens.

Here is a great article about it.


Get Out Your Corkscrew

Each month The NY Times will pick a type of wine to explore together.


17th March, 2014 by Lauren May

A chemical found in red wine could slow cancer growth without the toxicity and irritation of chemotherapy, and improve surgical outcomes for  bladder cancer, according to a recent report.

Boston City Council moves proposal for a tax on liquor sales forward

This is a crazy Tax! If you recall the State of Ma repealed a state wide retails tax.

Now Boston wants its own.

Sugars found in tequila may protect against obesity, diabetes

Tequila shots may do more than lighten the mood at a party; the drink may be beneficial for your health as well.


Kathie Lee Gifford launches wine line

Gifft chardonnay and a Gifft red blend


March Madness: 7 Beer Cocktails to Numb Your Bracket Pain

Before you sit down to watch March Madness this year, ask yourself a simple question: is your beer missing something?

Find Out if You’re a Wine Supertaster

If you have more than 30 taste buds in a space the size of a hole punch on your tongue then you are a supertaster.


Italian Aperitivi and Digestivi Drinks

The Italian way of eating is about the enjoyment of quality genuine food and drink

Why Gin Tastes Like Christmas Trees (And More Weird Gin Facts)

All About Gin

MA Bottle bill expansion in hands of legislative working group

If Approved you will have deposit on water bottles!


Starbucks to add alcohol in evenings at thousands of stores

Starbucks will expand its evening alcohol and light bites menu, which includes bacon-wrapped dates and Malbec wine, to thousands of stores.


Petition to overhaul Boston’s liquor licensing process addressed at first hearing on Beacon Hill

Looking to reform license laws


20th March, 2014 by Lucy Shaw

A jacket dyed with the pigment from Sangiovese grape skins has gone on sale in Italy.



New Cruzan Rum Flavor

Cruzan rum brand has added a new peach expression to its flavored lineup. A blend of Cruzan rum and ripe peach flavors, the new summer-inspired entry is currently available nationwide, priced at $14.99 a 750-ml. Cruzan Peach, which marks the brand’s 14th flavored rum, comes on the heels of several recent Cruzan innovations, including the launch of Cruzan Velvet Cinn—a premium rum horchata—and the upscale Cruzan Distiller’s Collection range, both released late last year. Cruzan sells approximately 750,000 cases in the U.S., according to Impact Databank.



A branding agency in Russia has unveiled its designs for new concept vodka called Democracy, featuring missile-shaped bottles.


2014 Ultimate Spirits Challenge Results

The results are in for the 2014 Ultimate Spirits Challenge®, the world’s premier spirits competition.


Consumers prefer screwcaps, says survey

A survey of 6,000 consumers has shown that the majority prefer screwcaps over other closures because they’re more convenient

Less filling, tastes awesome

Every beer here is under 5% ABV, yet intoxicatingly tasty. From a lime-and-passionfruit witbier to a tart Berliner weisse to hopped-up pale ale, there’s something for everyone in the session beer game.

Franklin MA: New liquor license policy in the works

The town is instituting a new policy for issuing liquor licenses that makes the entire process more public.

Interesting “would not meet a public demand”

Does wine have to be certified organic to be sustainable?

Even though many winemakers follow sustainable practices, they don’t always achieve USDA organic certification or indicate eco-friendly processes on the label. If bottles aren’t labeled organic, what should you look for?

Why low-calorie liquor is doomed

“People don’t drink alcohol for health and wellness reasons,”

US Government’s Booze Tab Totals $1.3M for Fiscal 2013

Federal records show the government has racked up a seven-figure bar tab.

In fiscal 2013, the government spent nearly $1.3 million on alcohol, more than quadruple the $315,000 spent in 2005, according to The Washington Times. Spending on beer, wine, and liquor in 2013 was up more than $400,000 over the year before.

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