Liquor Industry News/Links 01-29-18


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Liquor Industry Week In Review

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This Weeks Highlights:


New Products


Science panel backs lowering drunken driving threshold from 0.08 to 0.05

New wine tax law is more tolerant of alcohol error, apparently

How have devastating hurricanes affected rum?




Did You Know That A ‘butt’ Is An Actual Unit Of Measurement?

This is interesting.

How do you make non-alcoholic beer and wine?

So how do you get the tasty flavor chemicals without the alcohol?


Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta has turned Jack Winery into label of love

The basement cellar of his home outside of his native Providence, R.I., is stocked with about 600 bottles; the wines of choice being well-aged and complex Cabernet Sauvignons. Within his collection are bottles from Jack Winery

Former major league outfielder Vernon Wells, left, and Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta cofounded Jack Winery. (Photo provided by Jack Winery)


Announcing the 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Sweepstake Winners

The largest competition of American wines in the world names best American wines of 2018


Wine Inspired Candles

We have three passions: wine, upcycling, and candles. We decided to combine our three passions and create Wicks & Spirits.


Pic Saint Loup Wine Region, Map, Wineries, Best Wines

Pic Saint Loup is a mountain and a wine-producing appellation area surrounding it in the southern France’s Languedoc wine region.


Lady Gaga ‘Joanne’ Inspired Wine Turns Sour After Official Suspension

Officials from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office have suspended Gaga’s application for “Joanne Trattoria Vino Rosso” because they claim it would cause confusion in the marketplace with a company who has already locked up rights to the term “Trattoria.”


Are anti-cork sentiments softening in New Zealand and Australia?

But things have changed. Now, the quality control in cork production is much better. Screwcaps were arguably the best thing to happen to the cork industry: they caused them to up their game. Cork quality is now a lot better, I think, and this seems to be backed up by evidence from large competitions.


What Are MGAs? Why Barolo Lovers Need to Know About Menzione Geografica Aggiuntiva

Let’s be honest: Most wine classification terminology confuses consumers.


Managing Customer Misconceptions About Wine and Spirits

Somms and retailers share strategies for counteracting confusion and fielding odd requests


How have devastating hurricanes affected rum?

After one of the most destructive hurricane seasons on record, Caribbean rum producers may have to prepare for worse to come. The Spirits Business speaks to some of the biggest players in the region.


KFC offers recipes for gravy-based cocktails

Fast-food chain KFC has created three new gravy-based alcoholic cocktail recipes, which it is encouraging consumers to make at home.


Getting to Know the Tintore di Tramonti Grape

Sommelier Shelley Lindgren explores Campania’s long-forgotten variety



Many of the top appellations share a common theme: a proximity to water. Why does water matter? The answers begin to unfold when we consider climate.


Is red wine good for your heart?

Red wine contains compounds thought to lower heart disease risk. But the evidence that wine protects the heart is muddled.


A Beginner’s Guide to Wine Faults and Flaws

Some flaws are a good thing. Here’s how to know.


7 Wine Tasting Bachelorette Party Ideas For The “Rosé All Day” Kind Of Bride

The most brilliant part about wine tasting is that it doesn’t have to be done one way and it’s acceptable for many occasions.


Wine Sales Gain 2% on Slow and Steady Growth

Dollars outpace case sales, reflecting consumer willingness to spend more


Ste. Michelle Unveils Borne Of Fire, First Release From Proposed New Washington AVA

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates has released Borne Of Fire, a new wine brand sourced from a proposed Washington AVA called The Burn, SND has learned. The new label is a Cabernet Sauvignon, and will hit the retail shelves nationwide by March.

Borne of Fire ($23) is being given a good runway for growth. Some 35,000 cases were produced from the inaugural 2016 vintage, and a further 60,000 cases are planned for the 2017 release.

The Burn is an agricultural area located in south central Washington by the Columbia River, between the AVAs of Columbia Gorge and Horse Heaven Hills. Its name is inspired by the region’s early settlers, who burned their fields every autumn to regenerate the soil. The land was planted to vines in 2002, initially with just a few acres of Cabernet Sauvignon. Plantings were expanded significantly in 2015, and while the varietal mix is mainly Cabernet Sauvignon, it also includes Malbec, Syrah, Chardonnay and Sangiovese. In fact, Malbec comprises 10% of Borne of Fire, with Cabernet Sauvignon accounting for the remaining 90%.

For the moment, Ste. Michelle isn’t planning additional varietal expressions for Borne of Fire, as it seeks to showcase Cabernet Sauvignon as the top expression from the region.

Borne of Fire will have a Columbia Valley designation for now, but if the newly proposed AVA is approved, the wine will carry The Burn appellation. Ste. Michelle submitted the AVA proposal September of 2017. There’s no specific timetable for a decision.

Ste. Michelle has a long-term contract to develop The Burn’s vineyards with Washington’s Mercer family, their partners of many years. The Mercers farm 2,000 acres of vines in the Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley and Yakima Valley AVAs, contracted to Ste. Michelle. The Mercers also make their own wines through their Mercer Estates division.

“We have a planting program for The Burn that will take us to about 2,100 acres within the next couple years,” says Juan Muñoz-Oca, director of winemaking, Paterson Group of Wineries, at Ste. Michelle. The Burn’s scale would then be on a par with some very established Washington AVAs such as Red Mountain (nearly 2,000 planted acres) and Walla Walla (about 1,650 planted acres).

The Burn’s microclimate is warmer than most other Washington growing areas, but it also gets more precipitation and greater moisture-retention in its soils—factors that allow for longer hang time for the grapes, says Muñoz-Oca. Borne of Fire is aged in large-format, 120-gallon puncheons made of Hungarian oak. “Using larger oak is about respecting the things that make this area’s Cabernet unique,” says Muñoz Oca. “Borne of Fire’s taste profile bridges the ripeness, richness and intensity of New World Cabernets with the elegance and brightness of the Old World.”



War over planting rights erupts in Champagne

A war over planting rights is being waged in France, where Champagne growers want to severely limit new plantings of vines by rival growers in areas surrounding Champagne’s production zone.



New wine tax law is more tolerant of alcohol error, apparently

Thee amount a winery can legally misstate the actual alcohol percentage — was not addressed in the tax reform.


The growth of wine in cans and other alt-packaging is outpacing glass.


Canned Wine Sales In US



Nebbiolo in a Nutshell

If you like your wines big, bold, and red, Nebbiolo needs to be on your radar.



Vinexpo reports that the US spent nearly $34 billion on wine in 2016 and remains the firm leader in value sales of wine around the world.



SysTech Stainless Works and its founders Jason and Amanda Spurrell have been accused of defrauding clients who had paid deposits for new brewing systems which they never received.


Josh Update

Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits’ Josh Cellars brand continues to soar, topping the 2-million-case mark on 51% growth in 2017, the company tells SND. Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon is leading the way for the franchise, with its volume surpassing 1 million cases on a 38% jump last year. By value, Josh Cellars leapt 46% to $179 million in Nielsen channels for the 52 weeks ending December 30. With that performance, it added more new dollars to the total table wine category than any other brand for the second year in a row, Deutsch notes. Over the past two years, Josh’s Nielsen dollar sales have risen by more than $100 million.


It’s Time For Massachusetts to Embrace The 21st Century and Authorize Retailer Wine Shipments

Massachusetts still bars its citizens from receiving wine shipments from out-of-state wine stores and wine retailers.


Science panel backs lowering drunken driving threshold from 0.08 to 0.05

Most women would need to draw the line at two drinks, and men at two or three if states follow a blueprint by a prestigious scientific panel for eliminating the “entirely preventable” 10,000 alcohol-impaired driving deaths in the United States each year.


Total U.S. beer sales exceeded $34 billion, essentially falling flat, with volume sales decreasing 0.4 percent and dollar sales increasing 1.2 percent.


What used to be the go-to region for jug wine and subpar juice has become a mecca for unique, terroir-driven vino.

Skip The Syrupy Stuff: All About the Best Ciders

Imagine holding an unmarked amber bottle – your only clues as to what’s inside are that this beverage is one of America’s oldest, boasts an alcohol by volume between four and six percent, and is not as manly as a pint of beer or a glass of whiskey.

Which clue is the dead giveaway that inside is an artisanal, farm-to-glass cider?

What makes a wine successful?

The wine world’s new products generally come in two forms. On the one hand, there are branded wines, such as Gallo’s Apothic and Jay Z’s Armand de Brignac, and the short-lived, wannabe ‘critter’ brands that piled into the US market in the hope of catching the slipstream of hits like Yellowtail and Rex Goliath. On the other, there are the officially designated appellations that are being created almost weekly in almost every region with a vineyard.


Cork producers are suffering from ‘Kodak syndrome’ and are struggling to accept that the market has moved beyond natural cork, according to one leading closures producer.


US wine magazine Wine Spectator is on a list of publications banned from New Jersey state prisons, along with the likes of HustlerBooty and 50 Shades of Grey, despite being offhandedly referred to as ‘Wine Spectacular‘ – much to the surprise of its editorial team.

Can You Measure a Wine’s Worth in ‘Likes’?

Social media can offer oenophiles tasting notes, industry news and a bit of fun—as well as egregious displays of trophy bottles and interminable video tutorials. Lettie Teague finds the feeds worth following

Untappd releases the Top 10 most checked in beers of 2017. Guess which style dominated…

It comes as no surprise that the India pale ale continues to dominate the craft side of the beer industry, claiming 7 out of 10 of top 10 check-ins last year.


Sulfites or sulfur dioxide is a fruit preservative widely used in dried fruits as well as wine.

There are many erroneous ideas about sulfites, so to put the record straight:


Craft Beer Is the Strangest, Happiest Economic Story in America

Corporate goliaths are taking over the U.S. economy. Yet small breweries are thriving. Why?


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