Liquor Industry News/Links 8-9-14

Liquor Industry News/Links


By: Mark C Lenzi CSW, CSS, CWAS*

What A Great Time Of Year This Is.:

Summer Products Start To Convert To Fall

California Wine Harvest Is Starting

Football Pre Season Is Here (GO PATS)

Back To School Shopping

And Finally We Get Some Vacation Time To Relax With Family.

Research Never Ends And I Will Catch Up On Many Books And Of Coarse “Taste” Wine!


Take Care

Franklin Liquors

Mike & Mark


Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

Microwave food and Wine Pairings

New Products

And More….

All About The Savoie Region In France

Very good information on this region in France.


Yeasts: do you know what’s flavouring your wine?

There’s an unseen hand in every wine – the yeast that fermented the juice

Wine Pairings For Microwave Dinners

Interesting video wine pairing

Results of Airline Wine Competition Released

Global Traveler Determines the Best in Airline Wines During its Annual Tasting

Watertown MA officials consider new liquor licenses

The other part of this story. There is currently a bill in the legislative process that, if passed, will change the course of liquor licenses. If the Senate has it their way, licenses purchased after January 2015 would be non-transferable; when/if the establishment closed their doors, the license would go back to the issuer. If the House has it their way, things will remain as are.

Mouthwash to hide liquor breath

Today using a mouthwash containing alcohol as you approach a road check can be a very dangerous thing to do.


Most retailers sour on new MA wine shipment law

Feedback on the new wine direct shipping law in MA

Our friend Frank Zoll of Zoll Cellars gives his take.


Wine Club World Coming Soon

Boasting an array of California vineyards and wineries for the club’s initial shipment, Wine Club World will feature wines created in the American Viticultural Areas (AVA), inclusive of the booming wine country of the Santa Ynez Valley and the Santa Barbara area.

Timilty: Walpole MA better off with liquor license cap

Elimination of the Liquor cap could potential also eliminate that local debate.

Timilty (D-Walpole) said the Governor’s proposal might do more harm than good, however Nice to hear support for local existing businesses.

Wine brand heritage doesn’t matter: Glossing the Rex Goliath effect

The success of newer US wine brands such as Rex Goliath and Barefoot suggests a new generation places less value on provenance and heritage than on what the drinks say about them.


A UK couple from Lancashire have developed a selection of deep-fried flavoured alcohol snacks


5 Pumpkin Beers On Shelves This Summer

Last year brought a first pumpkin beer press release Aug. 3.

This year, pumpkin beer made headlines by July.

New Ste Michelle Cabernet

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates’ Columbia Crest brand is crafting its latest Cabernet Sauvignon using a new crowdsourcing method. With the help of an interactive website, the Paterson, Washington state-based winery will ask consumers to weigh in on the 18-month winemaking process, allowing them to decide how to tend, irrigate and harvest the grapes. Additionally, Columbia Crest head winemaker Juan Munoz Oca will help guide the online community and answer questions. Around 1,000 cases of the final Crowdsourced Cabernet 2014 will be available, retailing across the U.S., online and at the Columbia Crest tasting room. For the six months through June, Columbia Crest shipments fell 16%, to 378,000 cases, according to Ste. Michelle.

So Typical: Navigating a New World of Wine Diversity

Jennifer Fiedler untangles the ever-evolving meaning of “typicity” in wine.



Non-GMO Beer

Look for the label below to make sure.




5th August, 2014 by Amy Hopkins

Wild Turkey Bourbon has released a new limited edition bottling to celebrate the 60-year service of master distiller Jimmy Russell, called Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary.



Winemakers are a hardy bunch having faced some undoubtedly challenging situations in recent history, as this list shows.


Guinness will attempt to capture the hearts of US beer drinkers by releasing a blonde American lager this year.


Will the Real Piña Colada Please Stand Up?

History of the pina colada

Sake With Your Burger? Japan Is Looking West to Save a Tradition

Push to pair sake with western foods

Wine you can eat: Vinia claims to give you benefits of wine without the hangover

Vinia, a red grape cell powder, claims that one single serve packet contains the same amount of antioxidants found in an entire bottle of red wine.

Box Wine Dispenser helps you maximize every single drop

New gadget for your box wines


Trinchero Family Estates Announces National Wine Education Day and the World Wine Challenge

To help increase awareness and create excitement about wine education and the World Wine Challenge®, Trinchero Family Estates also announced that August 15th will be dedicated as Trinchero National Wine Education Day.

How to Make Sangrita (VIDEO)

Sangrita is the classic accompaniment to tequila shots in Mexico.

Massachusetts millennials spend big on guilty pleasures

Massachusetts ranked top state for alcohol sales among young adults.

Napa Valley, Sonoma…Hiwassee Highlands? Georgia Gets Its First “American Viticultural Area”

Georgia’s wine industry took a step forward last month, when the federal government recognized the state’s first American Viticultural Area, or AVA

Concha y Toro’s Casillero Del Diablo Debuts New Devil’s Collection

Concha y Toro’s flagship Casillero del Diablo brand is launching a new line of Chilean blends under the moniker Devil’s Collection. The range makes its debut with Devil’s Collection White 2012, which features Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer from the Casablanca Valley, and Devil’s Collection Red 2012, made with Carmenère, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah from the Rapel Valley. Both offerings are priced at $15 a 750-ml. Casillero del Diablo—which is handled in the U.S. by Excelsior Wines, the joint marketing venture between Concha y Toro and Banfi Vintners—was up 4% to nearly 400,000 cases in the U.S. last year, according to Impact Databank.

New Paul Hobbs Wine

Winemaker Paul Hobbs has partnered with French vintner Bertrand Vigouroux to launch a new Malbec from the Cahors region of southwest France. Named for the crocus flower, the pair’s Crocus Malbec de Cahors is made with a single Malbec clone sourced from three Vigouroux family properties in Cahors, which is Malbec’s historic home. Around 1,250 cases of Crocus Malbec de Cahors’ inaugural 2011 vintage are currently available in the U.S., retailing for around $45 a bottle. Paul Hobbs Imports (PHI) serves as Crocus’ exclusive importer.

The 50 Best Craft Breweries in America

Slide show of readers choice for top 50 breweries


Another new flavored Vodka




A US entrepreneur is to launch what he claims is the world’s first  “tablet cocktail mixer” producing a beverage that glows under UV lighting and boosts energy levels.



CorkGuard launches new SmartCork range

CorkGuard has launched SmartCork, a range of cork closures said to provide all the benefits of natural cork but with none of the downsides, and at a cost that competes with screw caps and plastic closures.


New Miller Lite Bottle Design Soon

MillerCoors has decided, with the success of the retro can, to implement the same design on their bottles. This package will be coming soon to retail.

First Pumpkin Beer Is Here!

Popularly known as one of the iconic beers of fall in New England, Shipyard Pumpkinhead is back again! It comes alive once a year! Make sure to get yours while it lasts. Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale is a crisp and refreshing wheat ale with delightful aromatics and subtle spice flavor. Try Pumpkinhead with a shot of spiced rum or in a pint glass rimmed with sure and cinnamon.



New Shandies from Leinenkugel’s

This year, Leinenkugel’s did it again with some new shandies. One of which is Harvest Patch Shandy, a pumpkin shandy. This seasonal is available on draft and in the Shandy Sampler variety pack only. In the variety pack, it comes with Cranberry Ginger Shandy and Old Fashioned Shandy


Prosecco vs. Champagne: What’s the difference?

Here are five major differences between the two:

Wine vernacular: Five terms wine lovers should master

Here are five terms that every new wine lover should master.

You’re Cooling Your Wine All Wrong

There’s a better way to chill your chardonnay, and it won’t cost a dime or take up space in your fridge. That’s right. We want you to put your wine in a toilet.


Wine drinkers often overpour, study says

The study, published in Substance Use and Misuse, found that participants poured 12% more wine into a wide glass than a narrow one.

Why you should be drinking cheap wine

Very interesting article of wine bottle costs over the years.

These Are the 10 Best Booze Ads of All Time: TV Edition

Ten of the best TV ads that have aired in recent years


Here’s how to turn your recycling bin into a pile of unique up-cycled business cards.

Drink Your Watermelon

Watermelon cocktails


How Are Organic Wine Labels Regulated in the U.S.?

In the U.S., TTB recognizes four different types of “ORGANIC” claims.

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