Liquor Industry News/Links 5-24-14

Liquor Industry News/Links


By: Mark C Lenzi CSW, CSS, CWAS*


Liquor Industry Week In Review


A great backyard BBQ would not be complete without great wine to wash down all the food

Memorial Day Cocktails

Memorial Day is more than just a nice day off of work and an excuse to have a BBQ.



we want to clear up one common misconception that surrounds wine headaches: sulfites do not cause headaches.

Study: Oaky taste lingers longer than fruity, apple flavor in Chardonnay

The oaky taste of Chardonnay fermented in wooden barrels really does linger on taste buds longer than the fruity, apple flavor

New Black Box

Constellation is extending its Black Box wine brand with a new California Pinot Noir offering. Retailing at $24.99 a 3-liter box, the new entry joins 10 other varietals offered by Black Box in 3-liter format (the brand also includes five varietal wines in 500-ml. Tetra Paks).

Constellation says the addition of Pinot Noir to Black Box should help the brand cross 4 million nine-liter cases this year. An Impact “Hot Brand,” Black Box rose 27% to 3.4 million cases last year, and has nearly doubled since 2010. Top competing brand Bota Box, part of DFV Wines’ portfolio, also recently added a Pinot Noir to its stable.

The Balvenie Introduces Its 15 Year Old Single Barrel Sherry Cask Whisky

Limited and Collectable Release Embodies the Delights of Whisky Drawn from an Individual Cask of a Single Distillation



While the big players continue to dominate the global vodka scene, there is a host of craft distilleries driving innovation in the category.




Rap star Pitbull is suing the New Amsterdam Spirits Company over the name of its vodka cocktail, The Pit Bull.


Wine tasting + perfume = disaster

perfume takes a lot away from a really pleasant experience.

Cocktail-Making Robot Promises to Pour ‘Perfect Drinks’

The open-source Barobot is an automated cocktail mixer that can hold up to 12 bottles of liquor at one time


The Rise in Cinnamon Imitators Hasn’t Slowed Fireball Whiskey

Fireball will be one of the top five spirits brands

Selectmen approve Hopkinton MA Farmers Market wine samples

Selectmen approved seasonal liquor licenses for Zoll Cellars Winery of Shrewbury and Vandervalk Farm in Mendon to give out 1-ounce samples of wine


21st May, 2014 by Melita Kiely

Stolichnaya Vodka has launched a new RTD in the US called Stoli Ginger Beer in celebration of the classic Moscow Mule Cocktail.


The Dilemma with Organic vs Non-Organic Wine

Let’s find out why organic wines face a dilemma in the US and what you can do to drink more green.



21st May, 2014 by Lauren May

Three US college students have claimed to have invented the world’s first alcoholic malt beverage capable of preventing a hangover.


Red Wine: It May Stain Your Teeth But It Fights Cavities

What a glass or two of red wine can do to your pearly whites!

Pernod Ricard launches ‘Wise Drinking’ mobile app campaign

Cool new app! Drinks giant Pernod Ricard has launched a free digital application designed to promote responsible

TTB Reconsiders Use of “Estate Bottled” Following a Winery Sale

Interesting read on “estate bottled” rules

Oenophiles Confirm Fruity Flavors Finish First

Wine researchers find that fruity flavors tend to finish quickest on the palate, whereas oaky flavors linger longer–as aficionados have long claimed.

Fountain Aerating Wine Glass Is The McMansion Of Stemware

New wine gadget! The Fountain Aerating Wine Glass is like a modern day Greek fountain


Yuengling will enter Rhode Island in June

D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc., America’s Oldest Brewery, is pleased to announce that it is expanding the distribution of its highly sought-after brands to the state of Rhode Island.

Beer 101

here’s an overview of some of the most popular styles of beer, plus serving tips to bring out the best in each one.



Scotch whisky continues to be one of the most popular and valuable categories in the spirits industry, but which nations favor it the most? We are #1

Johnny Appleseed Cider


Anheuser-Busch in April unveiled Johnny Appleseed, its first wholly new brand from in eight years. Johnny Appleseed is a refreshingly sweet and intense hard apple cider with a crisp apple bite, the company says. Made in Baldwinsville, NY, with apple juice sourced from apples in the U.S. and around the globe, as well as cider yeast and other natural ingredients, the cider has an ABV of 5.5%. Johnny Appleseed is available nationwide in 12-oz. glass bottles with a twist-off cap in six-packs and 12-packs, and sold individually in 16-oz. and 25-oz. cans. Draught distribution will be available starting this summer.

New Captain Morgan

Captain Morgan rum has introduced a new limited edition. Rolling out this month, Captain Morgan 1671 Commemorative Blend Spiced Rum pays tribute to privateer and brand namesake Captain Henry Morgan, who raided and captured Panama City’s Fort San Lorenzo in 1671. The 35%-abv offering features a blend of spices and is finished in Spanish oak. Captain Morgan 1671 Commemorative Blend Spiced Rum will be available nationwide, priced at $19.99 a 750-ml. Captain Morgan, which also added a new white rum ($15.99) earlier this year, grew U.S. volume 0.9% to 6.4 million cases in 2013, according to Impact Databank.

Why don’t alcoholic drinks have nutrition labels?

Shouldn’t beer, wine, and liquor be subject to at least the same labeling requirements as pomegranate juice?

Don’t Order Wine By The Glass

it’s time to make a big decision: a glass of wine or a bottle?

Best Alcoholic Drinks For Your Diet

A list of the lowest calorie offering for some classic favorites

Roche Bros. earns beer and wine license in Wellesley MA, set to give up Bridgewater license

Wellesley continues to approve licenses for stores hoping to sell beer and wine, adding Roche Bros. and The Cheese Shop in the weeks after awarding its first-ever license to Fells Market.

The big cork debate

THE status of cork as the closure of choice for wine bottles has been under threat for some time.


Infused Vodkas

The craze for flavored spirits seems nowhere near exhausted.

New to America, Pine Liqueur

Liqueur which is made with pinecones


New Evan Williams

Heaven Hill Distilleries is extending Evan Williams Bourbon with the summer release of Evan Williams Kentucky Slush to select test markets. The 12.5%-abv pre-mixed cocktail is made with the brand’s Bourbon along with Lemonade, Orange Juice and Sweet Tea flavors and will retail for about $14.99 a 1.75-liter bottle. Running under the marketing tagline of “For Seriously Refreshing Bourbon … Just Chill,” Kentucky Slush will be available June through August in Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Evan Williams Bourbon earned 2013 Impact “Hot Brand” honors with 15% growth to 1.65 million cases for the year.

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People sometimes forget that even the biggest wine expert once was a beginner! –

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