Liquor Industry News/Links 11-14-15

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Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

New Products

Another Total Wine In MA?

2015 Survey of American Wine Consumer Preferences


This Sommelier Is Turning Wine-Speak into Comics

Maryse Chavrier—sommelier at Dominique Crenn’s Petit Crenn in San Francisco—decided to channel foofy wine slang into art. The result: Fresh Cut Garden Hose, an Instagram account that contains a series of cartoons inspired by the strangest of somm-speak.


The importance of being Cannubi (and its subzones)

Every owner of rows planted to Nebbiolo in Cannubi was granted the right to use the mention of Cannubi at the estate’s discretion

The Best New IPAs to Drink

The American IPA is the number-one craft style and accounts for about a quarter of all craft beer sold.

Cupcake Chardonnay Update

Cupcake Vineyards has moved its Chardonnay offering to a Monterey County appellation for the newly released 2014 vintage, and is also now 100% barrel fermented. Previously, Cupcake Chardonnay ($10 a 750-ml.) fell under a Central Coast appellation. Part of The Wine Group portfolio, Cupcake sells 3 million cases annually in the U.S. market.

Samuel Adams Introduces Rebel Grapefruit IPA

Samuel Adams seems to be making up for lost IBU’s, quickly expanding their Rebel IPA line to a new Rebel Grapefruit IPA


These Craft Beers For Christmas Hit the Shelves

8 great seasonal beers, appealing to a gamut of tastes.

Massachusetts Excise Tax On Wine

How much excise tax is your winery paying in Massachusetts?

Alsace seeks grand cru status for red wines

Pinot Noir, the only red grape grown in Alsace, cannot be labeled grand cru even if it is grown in the same vineyard as grand cru whites


New quality standards set for Austrian Sekt

A new three-tier quality pyramid developed for Austrian Sekt matches – or even surpasses – the standards set by Champagne, according to the country’s Wine Marketing Board.


This State’s Wine Has a LOT Less Arsenic & Lead Than The Others

Study says that wine consumption should be considered as one of multiple food and beverage sources.


James Sucklings Top 100 Wines In 2015

In all, reviewed close to 9,000 wines to create this formidable list of the Top 100 Wines in 2015

A Tasting of Chinese Wines

Because Bordeaux is so prized in China, most Chinese wine producers use it as a model.


Fetzer Vineyards Becomes Largest Winery To Go Net Positive

It is the first winery in California to operate on 100 percent renewable energy, the first wine company in the world to receive zero-waste certification, and the first winery to publicly report its greenhouse gas emissions with the climate registry.

Beetle juice creates headaches for wine makers

An abundance of ladybugs is creating headaches for Iowa’s wine industry.

Strategies for Teaching Beginning Tasters: Discovering the Internal Wine Map

Find out how they organize all this sensory information in their internal field—their so-called wine map


Get your corkscrew primed — a bunch of suggestions are coming your way.

Why does wine smell?

Recent chemical analyses suggest that wines contain something in the range, roughly, of 25 to 35 odor-active compounds.


Study: Drinking Champagne boosts memory

Researchers hope to translate their findings into concrete recommendations

Owner Hubert de Billy, the grandson of Maurice Pol Roger, pours a glass of his 2004 vintage champagne at the Pol Roger Champagne House in Epernay, France, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Owner Hubert de Billy, the grandson of Maurice Pol Roger, pours a glass of his 2004 vintage champagne at the Pol Roger Champagne House in Epernay, France, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Can Wine Grapes Be Grown Without Chemicals?

Water is a chemical. Compost is a complex mix of chemicals.


New Gansett

Narragansett Beer is introducing Big Mamie Indestructable American Pale Ale, a new offering. The release commemorates the 50th anniversary of the maritime museum Battleship Cove at Fall River, Massachusetts, where the World War II war ship USS Massachusetts—known as Big Mamie—is still docked. A 4.5% abv pale ale, the new entry will be available through the winter in six-packs of 16-ounce cans across Narragansett’s distribution footprint, retailing at $8.99-$9.99.

The Great Bourbon Heist: The Sordid Tale of the Stolen Pappy Van Winkle

Van Winkle whiskeys have become liquors of legend in recent years,

Sam Adams Utopia

Boston Beer has debuted the 2015 edition of its Samuel Adams Utopias barrel-aged beer. Brewed in small batches, this year’s Utopias vintage was blended with previous vintages going back to 1992, then finished in a mix of barrels—including Cognac, Armagnac, Port, Madeira and others—at the Samuel Adams Boston Brewery. At 28% abv, it’s suggested to be served as a two-ounce pour in a snifter glass at room temperature. 10,000 bottles were produced, retailing at $199 apiece at select specialty beer and liquor stores.


Pinnacle Vodka Seasonal Favorites




The “first” vodka flavoured with real Chardonnay grapes is preparing to launch in the UK designed to “put sipping vodka back on the map”.


A ‘smart’ beer mug invented by a US tech start-up promises to monitor users’ drinking and even call them a cab when they’ve had enough.



“Uncorked” is a six–part series of hour long episodes following six aspiring Master Sommeliers as they prepare for, and eventually take, the Master Sommelier test.

Vines! That’s The Choice Premium Wine Boost Treasury Wine Estates Gets From Buying Diageo



What Kind of Wine Should I Bring to a Holiday Party?

There are three key types of holiday parties to which you should be concerned with bringing great wine: the office holiday party, you in-laws’ holiday party and your neighbor’s holiday party. Each one of these very different social gatherings could require a completely different mindset for holiday drinking, so let’s look at each separately and start shopping now.

2015 Survey of American Wine Consumer Preferences

American Wine Consumer Preference Survey launched by Sonoma State University (SSU) and the Wine Business Institute.

We love the graph for places to buy wine!




“Let’s Save The Prosecco”

Glera (the grape) also known has Prosecco (the wine) is probably one of the most incredible success stories of the wine industry of Italy


Domaine Select Agrees To Acquire France-Focused Importer Robert Kacher Selections

New York-based importer and wholesaler Domaine Select has agreed to acquire the majority of assets of importer Robert Kacher Selections. Under the deal, Domaine Select will manage the day-to-day business of the Robert Kacher Selections portfolio—focused on French wines, and also including offerings from Portugal and Argentina—starting immediately, with the transaction expected to close by the end of the year. The Kacher acquisition follows Domaine Select’s recent partnership with private equity Walden Capital Management, as well as its purchase of Miami-based fine wine distributor Vinecraft, LLC.

Another Total Wine In MA??

Total Wine & More is eyeing a new store location in Everett, Massachusetts, the Boston Globe reports. The proposed site is a 24,500-square foot space at the city’s Gateway Center, which formerly housed an OfficeMax. Total Wine has been moving aggressively in the Bay State recently. In addition to the Everett proposal, Total is set to open its first Massachusetts store in Natick this month and has also filed an application for a location in Shrewsbury.


Stop Being Intimidated by Wine, America

When was the last time you felt embarrassed and clueless when ordering juice, ice cream, or smoothies? Now, how about wine?

Hidden France: A Cahors Malbec masterclass

Malbec may be primarily associated with Argentina – particularly Mendoza – but its original home in Cahors in south west France is enjoying a revival, guests discovered at the Decanter Fine Wine Encounter.

The Seven Valleys of Rioja

This is an advanced article on the minutia of the different terroirs of Rioja


Understanding German Riesling by the Label

To understand German Riesling it’s helpful to know the two primary facets that define this wine: the origin of the wine and the quality/sweetness level.


Maui Brewing Expands Distribution to Florida, New York & Massachusetts

Maui Brewing Co is excited to announce that their craft beer can now be purchased in more states on the East Coast!  The beer can now be found in Florida, New York, and Massachusetts!


10 Hard Ciders You’ve Never Heard of, But Need to Try

Good news, the cider scene is better than ever.


The term “supertaster” was coined in 1991 by current professor at University of Florida’s Center for Smell and Taste, Linda Bartoshuk, while she was working at Yale

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Kim M. Simone, Founder and Wine Advisor

We’re an independent wine education and event company, providing unique classes, wine tasting events and personalized consulting. As a professional with a dozen years in the wine business, my favorite part of the job was helping people just like you pick out a great bottle. I’m excited to help you learn about wine in a relaxed environment where you can ask any question, no matter how small or basic.

Upcoming Classes Held In Our Wine Room

Thanksgiving Wines Class Thursday, November 19, 2015 7pm

When it comes to serving wine for Thanksgiving, did you know it’s more about matching the wine to the side dishes than to the turkey? We’ll taste through a variety of whites and reds, all of which would make a great addition to your Thanksgiving Day table. Cheese and crackers will be provided.

Great Holiday Gift Wines Class Thursday, December 3, 2015 7pm

Are you thinking of buying a bottle of wine as a holiday gift for that wine lover on your list? We can help! We’ll taste through six wines in different styles, all of which will make fantastic, stress-free gift giving. We’ll also explore other wine-related gift giving ideas. Cheese and crackers will be provided.

Sign ups are now open online or visit the Norfolk Recreation office at 1 Liberty Lane, Norfolk, MA 02056 Telephone: (508)520-1315,

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