Liquor Industry News/Links 07-18-15

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Not Your Father’s Root Beer Story

All About Residual Sugar



UPS Begins Shipping to Massachusetts

UPS has announced they are open for wine shipping services in Massachusetts.  Shipments to Massachusetts began on February 1st when FedEx received the proper permits and began shipping. Now both of the major carriers are operational in MA.

Restaurant wine lists: How to choose wisely

Yes, restaurant wine lists are overpriced. Here, a top sommelier offers three tips to ordering a good bottle (without breaking the bank).

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So, What Type of Wine Person Are You?

How does one get started? Well, the first question you can consider is why you want to learn about wine. There are two basic routes you can go to answer this question:


Champagne guide: where to eat, drink and sleep in France’s newest World Heritage Site

As the Champagne region celebrates being awarded Unesco World Heritage status, Anthony Peregrine offers a guide for the best vineyards, champagne houses and bars, and hotels

Hugel wines: a taste of Alsace

Famille Hugel boasts three generations of top notch winemakers; Victoria Moore eagerly awaits their latest riesling and gewürztraminer

The Power Of A Good Wine Label: It Sells More Wine

It’s a simple truth: most of us purchase wine based on our instant reaction to the wine label.


Letting the Wine Flow, Free of Charge

At Taste Wine Company in the East Village, all the wine is available to sample

Why rosé is in the pink

There’s an increasingly wide range of rosés around these days, from light, pale styles to heftier, dark numbers. So which ones are worth your attention?

Can Busch Non-Alcoholic Beer Get You Drunk?

Yes, Busch Non-Alcoholic does, in fact, contain small amounts of alcohol. Their official website pegs the exact number as a wimpy 0.4 percent—about a tenth of the amount found in Robitussin

The story behind Not Your Father’s Root Beer

SOMETHING smells about Not Your Father’s Root Beer, and I’m not talking about the heavy dose of vanilla extract that flavors the suddenly popular brew.


Bacardi Rolls Out Bonnie Rose White Whiskey

Bacardi Ltd. has unveiled Bonnie Rose, a new Tennessee white corn whiskey brand. Produced using an 80% white corn mash and copper pot stills, the Bonnie Rose lineup makes its debut with a pair of 35%-abv fruit flavored entries, Orange Peel and Spiced Apple. Both retail at around $19 a bottle. The range, which is being backed by a digital content series throughout the summer and fall, will initially launch across Nashville, Tennessee, with a nationwide expansion to follow shortly after. Along with Bonnie Rose, Bacardi’s American whiskey portfolio includes the Angel’s Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon range.

Are we brainwashed by wine prices and ratings?

How much of what we perceive or think about wine is a mind trick – much less real than we may suspect?

Residual sugar in wine is a matter of taste

There are a few reasons why you will find residual sugar in your wine, whether it is unfermented sugars from harvested grapes or sugar that’s added after the fermentation is complete.


If you would rather be soaking up the culture and sipping wine than languishing on a sun lounger this summer make a plan to visit one of these wine museums, which range from the state-of-the-art to the brilliantly quaint.

Board denies liquor permit

Another MA town denied license based on “Public need”!!

Is wine becoming sweeter?

“Sweet,” in fact, is the only wine descriptor that’s managed to stick with us through the past two millennia.

6 delicious new foods with booze snuck in

Here are some of our favorite new alcohol-infused treats and how best to enjoy them.


8 Ways To Catch a Lie on a Whiskey Label

American whiskey labels suck. Worse, they can be misleading. Here’s your easy guide to decoding them.


Heineken bottle keeps beer liquid during freezing

Heineken has developed a new bottle made from ultra-resistant polyethylene terephthalate (PET) that can chill beer in sub-zero conditions without the consequence of freezing.



Cognac and Armagnac are both French brandies made from white wine grapes.


A Guide to Italy’s Prosecco Road

Cheaper than Champagne, and often just as good, Prosecco is made in a tourist-free region of Italy that’s well worth a visit.

Making wine in a war zone: Syria’s ‘dream’ vineyard

Domaine de Bargylus is Syria’s only commercial winery, producing quality wine despite the country’s bitter civil war. It is run by brothers Karim and Sandro Saade, whose father dreamt of owning a vineyard in Syria.

Jack Daniel’s Launches First Barrel Proof Whiskey; Woodford Debuts Distillery Series

Brown-Forman has unveiled Barrel Proof, the latest entry in its Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Collection. Aged in charred white American oak, each barrel of Jack Daniel’s Barrel Proof is exposed to a range of temperature variations, resulting in a whiskey that hovers between 125-140 proof. The new Single Barrel offering will be available nationwide starting in August, retailing at around $65 a 750-ml. The newcomer marks the second iteration in Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel lineup, following the launch of Single Barrel Select, a 94-proof single barrel Tennessee whiskey.

In a related development, Brown-Forman is adding a special Distillery Series to its Woodford Reserve Bourbon brand, beginning late this month with the release of two whiskies: Double Double Oaked and Sweet Mash Redux. Both new products will be offered at the Woodford Reserve Distillery in Versailles, Kentucky at $50 a 375-ml. Looking forward, Woodford plans to release up to three Distillery Series whiskies annually.



The brand will release up to three small batch expressions in its new Distillery Series concurrently at different times throughout the year, ranging from finished whiskeys to straight Bourbons and other “unique spirits”.


Understanding Paso Robles Wine (w/ Maps)

Paso Robles is California’s fastest growing AVA. Since 2000, the number of bonded wineries has grown from 50 to over 200, driven by growth in ownership by small family-owned producers.



Make Beer Popsicles from Your Favorite Can of Beer, No Mold Required

These pops are refreshing and easy to make, and can be made without even pouring your brew from its can.



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