Liquor Industry News/Links 5-17-14

Liquor Industry News/Links


By: Mark C Lenzi CSW, CSS, CWAS*

Liquor Industry Week In Review

Toast Like You’re at the Preakness

The Kentucky Derby may have the Mint Julep, but the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown held in Maryland on May 17, is all about the Black Eyed Susan

MA Wine legislation uncorks debate

Another interesting article about MA wine direct shipping.

If you drink wine and care about the planet, cork growers want your attention

production of natural cork has zero waste


How to Sniff and Taste Your Wine Like a Boss

Flavor is a combination of aroma, which is perceived through the nose, and taste, which is perceived in the mouth

Beer Foamer by Norm Architects

promises better pints

A new invention by Danish studio Norm Architects for Menu is designed to try and make your favourite beer taste even better

Mark Wahlberg Is Going From Burgers To Beer In New Reality TV Show Deal!

The Big Brew Theory that will be executive produced by Mark!

What’s the deal with white whiskey?

Lets talk moonshine


‘Whisky: The Manual’ Tells You What To Drink And How

New book by Dave Broom

Alcohol Impairment Chart

This chart is intended as a guide, NOT a guarantee!


The term “Rutherford dust” gets applied to tasting notes of wines from that part of Napa Valley. But what does it really mean?


The complicated business of recreating a wine aroma

How wine aroma happens is both very simple and very, very complicated.

What makes one wine cost more than another?

is the $50 wine really over 200% better than the $15 bottle or are you just paying to finance the winery’s fancy tasting room?


What Do I Need to Learn About Italian Wine?

Nice review of Italian wines

Why Some Wine Smells like a Farmyard

Where do these rustic aromas of farmyard, barnyard, old saddle leather, sweaty socks and cured meat come from?

What You Need To Know About Wine Additives

Did you know that there are a lot of wine additives used in producing wine?

Society Of Wine Educators Revolutionizes Certification Process

The Society of Wine Educators announced that it has entered into an agreement with the Pearson VUE testing centers



13th May, 2014 by Lucy Shaw

Having been credited with reducing the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease, a new study has found that resveratrol’s health benefits are a “myth”.


This week a study claimed that the health benefits of resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, could have been grossly overhyped, despite scientists from across the world repeatedly hailing its benefits.

red wine tasting man



After the success of our top 10 ways to recycle a wine barrel, we decided to turn our attention to beer, discovering a host of weird and wonderful ways to transform the humble keg.



12th May, 2014 by Amy Hopkins

Buffalo Trace has claimed that its Bourbon shortages “still remain” and there is “no way to predict” when supply will catch up with booming demand.


9th May, 2014 by Melita Kiely

A US distillery has embarked on an experiment to see if it can breed pigs that taste like whiskey.

MA Gov. Deval Patrick proposes eliminating liquor license cap, mayors respond positively

Gov. Deval Patrick has proposed to eliminate the cap on liquor licenses in communities around the state, and local leaders couldn’t be drunker with delight.

Wine descriptors

descriptions of what to look for in the aromatics and palate flavors of the wine.

10 Things Every Wine Lover Should Know About Robert Mondavi Winery

It’s 10 years since Constellation Brands bought Robert Mondavi Winery. W. Blake Gray pays a visit and discovers Cabernet reigns supreme.


Uproot Wines uses a visual “Flavor Palette” to represent the various notes in each bottle.

instead of a traditional wine label featuring the variety and year, they use a bold color block system on the front of their bottles and move the other information to the back label.


Wente Vineyards Update

;Livermore, California-based Wente Vineyards has revamped the packaging for its flagship wine portfolio. Featuring a more contemporary look and updated color scheme, the Wente Vineyards redesign also places added emphasis on Wente’s Single Vineyard and Estate Grown designations. To better differentiate the two tiers, Single Vineyard labels now include a signature from winemaker Karl Wente, while Estate Grown labels feature a watermark of the Wente family’s Cresta Blanca estate. Debuting later this month, the redesigned packaging will be available at retail nationwide. Along with its eponymous brand, Wente Vineyards—an Impact “Hot Brand” up 16% to 335,000 cases in 2013—the company also produces Entwine, a brand launched in partnership with the Food Network.

Can making your wine listen to music improve its flavour?

Its the latest bonkers trend to come out of the viticulture industry – and although, yes, it’s almost certainly nonsense, it’s no stranger than a lot of ideas kicking around in the wine world

portrait of Joao Nathis, Lagos, Algarve, Portugal. Image shot 2008. Exact date unknown.


A summer reading list for wine fans

What kind of person reads a 620-page book listing all 2,000 native Italian grapes? Or an off-the-wall mystery that involves murder in a vineyard in Provence?

Why, it’s one of us — a wine fan

The most overrated white, red varietals

What other varietals do I regularly find to be overrated?

Book by News’ Beer Nut examines history of Boston brewing

MetroWest Daily News reporter Norman Miller, who pens the Beer Nut column, recently changed tack, however, and shifted his attention backward. His new book, “Boston Beer: A History of Brewing in the Hub,”

Vermont needs credit for new IPA style beer

Whether you love it or hate it, the India pale ale, or IPA for short, continues to get the most coverage of any beer style in the United States

Six Ways To Keep Opened Wine Fresh

What’s the best way to keep an unfinished bottle of wine tasting fresh?


15th May, 2014 by Neal Baker

We’ve all been there – settled down for a picnic with a lovely bottle of red in the hamper, and the realisation dawns that you haven’t packed a corkscrew. But now you need not despair, especially if you have cycled to your secluded spot…

This Buds For You!

Anheuser-Busch InBev has launched new red, white and blue packaging on Budweiser cans and bottles as part of an initiative aimed at helping military families. Using codes on the packaging, consumers can donate $1 to military families. The company expects the codes and contributions from wholesalers to account for up to $3 million in donations, which will provide more than 600 scholarships to families of soldiers killed or disabled in action. Budweiser partnered with the foundation in 2010 and with its wholesalers has raised almost $10 million to date.

New Josh Red Blend

Josh Cellars brand, and is eyeing other opportunities across the burgeoning red blend category. Josh Cellars’ new offering, Legacy, is a blend of Merlot, Zinfandel, Syrah and Petite Sirah that retails at around $15. It joins a brand portfolio that includes Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc varietals ranging from $14-$17 a bottle.

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