Liquor Industry News/Links 01-17-15

Liquor Industry News/Links


By: Mark C Lenzi CSW, CSS, CWAS, QCE*


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Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

New Products

Wine Education

SF Wine Comp Winners




The Top 10 Predicted Wine And Beer Trends of 2015

So here are the top 10 predicted wine and beer trends for 2015.

Do “hand-picked” grapes mean better wine?

The vast majority of wine is made from machine-harvested grapes.


Silent, motionless wine fridge created to protect fine wines

A ‘no-compressor’ wine cabinet by Haier debuted at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas as a world-first this week, in response to demand from top wine connoisseurs who point out that subtle vibrations and temperature changes common in wine coolers can affect taste.


The Health Benefits Of Drinking Beer

When consumed in moderation it can benefit the heart, improve mental health, memory and decreases the risk of Alzheimer’s.


Winemakers in the US are lobbying to have new rules over labeling softened, citing the costs involved in providing the exact calorific content of their products.

Tickle Moonshine

Gatlinburg, Tennessee’s Sugarlands Distilling Co. has extended its Sugarlands Shine Legends Series with the launch of Tickle’s Dynamite Cinnamon Moonshine. Inspired by Steven Ray Tickle, best known for appearing on the Discovery Channel television show “Moonshiners,” Tickle’s Dynamite Cinnamon Moonshine will initially be available at Sugarlands’ Gatlinburg headquarters this month, with wider retail distribution to follow in early February. Priced at $25 a jar, the new entry joins Jim Tom Hedrick’s Unaged Rye and Mark Rogers’ American Peach moonshines in Sugarlands’ Legends Series lineup. Sugarlands Distilling currently has a distribution reach spanning Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky, Illinois, Minnesota and Florida.

Woman Caught Driving Drunk on Vanilla Extract

Well, police say vanilla extract has an alcohol level of 41%. “That puts it on comparison to both vodka and gin,”

Labatt Blue the beer for USA Hockey

Canadian brewing company Labatt is to become the official beer sponsor of USA Hockey.

2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Winners

Results of SF Wine Competition

Wine closures market share



Corsica: Napoleon’s Vinous Dreamscape

The island was sold to France in 1768, a year before the birth of history’s most famous Corsican—Napoleon Bonaparte.


Charlie Hebdo wine labels: goûtez la différence!

a wonderful post devoted to wine labels drawn by Charlie Hebdo contributors on Intravino, the popular Italian wine blog.

What drives our wine choice – taste, or the price tag?

Can a wine drinker judge the quality of a bottle by its price?


A Complete Guide to the 2015 Boston Wine Expo

The 24th annual Boston Wine Expo—one of the country’s biggest food and wine festivals—has announced this year’s lineup

Giant info-graph makes wine shopping an educational experience

The giant info-graph the owners put up to answer any questions you might have about wine.


Beam Suntory has released a new version of its Jim Beam Rye that uses a pre-prohibition recipe to create a “bolder” taste.


Sierra Nevada launches into 2015 with three all new beers

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is debuting two year-round beers in early 2015



Professionals who work more than 48 hours a week are 11% more likely to abuse alcohol,  a study carried out by Finnish researchers suggests.

Your Beer Bucket List: 20 Must-Try Styles

20 styles of beer you really should try to broaden your beer horizons—and specific bottles to seek out.

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Cheers! Study Reveals Drinking Champagne Helps Prevent Alzheimer’s

It seems like your champagne-filled nights are going to give you some benefits after all!

Can an IPA Beer Trademark Be Confusingly Similar to a Wine? TTAB says “Yes”

As a brewer (or seasoned beer drinker), you might think that a trademark for an IPA–with “IPA” in its name–could not possibly be confusingly similar to a wine product that bears a similar name, but without “IPA” in it.

Prosecco Continues to Create Confusion

Poor information about Prosecco means consumers care less and less about quality differences between the DOC and DOCG wines


What does the drop in oil prices mean for wine?

The link between oil prices and fine wine was made pretty clear back in the 1970s



Coors Is Releasing A Gluten-Free Beer

MillerCoors is the latest brand to accommodate those with gluten allergies and sensitivities.



Statistics show that more than half of young drivers who died in car crashes in the US were either under the influence of alcohol or marijuana, or both.

Report Shows Record-Breaking Year for Direct Wine

ShipCompliant and Wines & Vines Release Annual Report Showing Value of Winery Direct Shipments Jumping 15.5% in 2014

Glera: You’ve never heard of this Italian grape, but you’ve tasted it in your Prosecco glass

Most likely you’ve not heard of glera.

A-B Launches Beer Home Delivery App

Anheuser-Busch InBev is introducing a new beer delivery app, the Bud Light Button, that will allow consumers to have the leading U.S. beer brand delivered to their door. ABI partnered with digital innovation agency of record AKQA and “platform provider” Klink to create the service, which will begin today with an initial launch in the Washington, D.C. market. Consumers can order between one and 100 cases of beer and have it delivered by Klink—via an independent retailer—within an hour, ABI says.

Currently available for the Android platform, the Bud Light Button will follow with an iPhone version coming soon. The service will dovetail with Bud Light’s existing “Up for whatever” positioning by offering additions like Bud Light branded gear and “Up for whatever experiences” on certain deliveries. “Once in a while, we’re going to deliver a really over-the-top experience,” said Lucas Herscovici, Anheuser-Busch vice president of consumer connections. “Maybe that means we show up with a DJ who turns your gathering of friends into an amazing event.”

Prosecco DOCG just $6.99! Unfair pricing practices undermine small Prosecco growers

When I asked a Prosecco grower and bottler how such a low price could be possible, he told me that the grower and bottler of the big box wine were probably making just cents on the dollar for the wine.

TOP 10: Snapshots of the American Wine Consumer

Source: 2014 Gallo Consumer Wine Trends Survey


Bay State’s direct wine shipping law off to robust start

Massachushetts’ new direct wine shipping law is off to a successful start with more than 100 out-of-state wineries taking out licenses and dozens more waiting on approvals, according to state officials.

New Hampshire measure would allow minors on beer labels

In New Hampshire, it is illegal for brewing companies to sell its ales, stouts, porters and lagers with an image of a minor on a label.

There’s now a ‘wine’ for pregnant women

What’s a pregnant woman to sip? Well, one North Carolina company thinks it has an answer — boutique sparkling grape juice, imported from Australia.


Jim Beam Extends With New Bonded Bourbon

Beam Suntory is set to debut a new bonded Bourbon under its flagship Jim Beam brand next month. Hitting select accounts nationwide, Jim Beam Bonded ($23 a 750-ml.) is a 100-proof Bourbon aged four years and produced in a single distillery season at a single distillery in line with the “Bottled in Bond Act” of 1897. Said to feature spicy oak notes with a background of vanilla and caramel, the newcomer is geared toward classic cocktail serves.

Jim Beam marketed a bonded Bourbon years ago, but this is a completely new product, the company tells SND. Including Devil’s Cut, Red Stag and its other flavored whiskies, Jim Beam rose an estimated 4.7% to 4.1 million cases in the U.S. market in 2014, according to Impact Databank.

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