Liquor Industry News/Links 02-26-18


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The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

By: Mark C Lenzi





Liquor Industry Week In Review

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)


This Weeks Highlights:


New Products


Is expensive wine really better?

Getting alcohol from mom or dad doesn’t prevent risky drinking

Does Legalizing Marijuana Threaten Wine (And Beer) Consumption?




New mobile app for Vermont Beer fans

The Vermont Brewers Association recently released a brand new mobile app. People will be able to drive around the state, check into a brewery, rate the beers that they’re tasting and get their electronic passport stamped

Monkey Shoulder unveils giant cocktail shaker

Scotch whisky brand Monkey Shoulder is taking a 2,400-gallon mobile cocktail shaker that mirrors a cement truck on a tour of the US


A vineyard operator has been found guilty of cultivating more than 100 cannabis plants and concealing them alongside vines at his estate in Berri, South Australia.


Market research firm Euromonitor looked at the spending habits of spirits drinkers around the world, revealing some curious predictions for the market in 2018.


So what’s the difference between these three delicious brown liquids?

New UFO Flavor

The Massachusetts Bay Brewing Company’s UFO brand has launched its newest core offering: UFO Pineapple. The 5.2%-abv Hefeweizen is brewed to be sweet, refreshing and easy drinking, according to the brewery. The flavored wheat ale is now available on draft and in six-packs of 12-ounce cans and bottles nationwide. UFO Pineapple is the brand’s second release of the year, following the seasonal UFO Apricot.


New Light Beer Line

MillerCoors has launched Two Hats, a 4.2%-abv light beer range that features two flavor options, lime and pineapple. Aimed at the 21-24-year-old demographic, Two Hats is rolling out nationwide in 16-ounce cans that retail at around $5 a six-pack depending on the market. MillerCoors is billing the brand as an alternative to higher-priced craft brews, and as an accessible entry point into the beer category for the younger generation, which has increasingly been favoring wine or spirits over beer in recent years.



Fetzer looks to showcase new vintages after 50 years as Mendocino County’s wine pioneer

Its golden anniversary offers an opportunity for the Chilean-owned wine company to reconnect with the past — and to use its history as a centerpiece of its marketing strategy while it ramps up new brands tailored to the latest customer trends, from rosé to bourbon barrel-aged red blends.


Vegans call for better labeling on wine

Veganism is becoming more common, with consumers motivated by a number of issues including allergies, environmental concerns and animal welfare. However, this may pose a problem for wine-lovers as wine bottles rarely display the ingredients label

Consistency is the Hobgoblin of Little Wines

Take your favorite wine or winery. As good as they may be, surely it’s possible for them to improve the quality of their product.

This is why it makes no since to give wines a 100-point score. It implies that no improvement is possible.

Debate on natural wine rages on

Natural wine can be anything. Wines that trumpet their “natural-ness” are sometimes sound and admirably fault-free.

Constellation Brands, Boston Beer Ink Kentucky Derby Sponsorships

Constellation Brands announced that its Corona Extra brand would become the exclusive import beer of the Kentucky Derby for the next two years.



Does Legalizing Marijuana Threaten Wine (And Beer) Consumption?

Spending on legal cannabis in North America was $7.3 billion in 2016 and up 33 percent in 2017 to $9.7 billion

Hangar 1 Introduces Rosé Vodka Made From Actual Wine

The vodka is a combination of the company’s classic vodka, which is distilled from grapes, and a Northern California rosé blend of Petit Verdot and White Meritage wines and is the first true rosé vodka on the market.

The Best Courses to Help You Land a Job in Wine

Looking to get a leg up in the wine world? Here’s a crash course in the various classes that will help you out.

Close up of female hands writing notes at wine tasting.

Review on Repour – a Wine Preservation System

Repour is a wine preservation system which looks like a simple stopper.

Beefeater Pink gin to launch in April

Pernod Ricard has unveiled a pink variation of its Beefeater London Dry gin, which is flavored with strawberries


Baileys unveils strawberries and cream liqueur

Diageo has launched a limited-edition strawberries and cream flavour of its Baileys Irish cream liqueur brand in the US.


Burnett’s Vodka unveils first redesign in 25 years

Heaven Hill Brands has given Burnett’s Vodka a packaging overhaul, the brand’s first in its 25-year history.



California’s Stone Brewing Co. has filed a lawsuit against MillerCoors over its emphasis of the word “stone” in its Keystone Light rebrand, calling it a “surprisingly bold” and “disconcerting” appropriation of its own name.



A team of scientists from the University of New South Wales have discovered the reason why some people can become aggressive when drinking alcohol by measuring blood flow to the brain.


Wine and Your Sex Drive

Wine and sex is definitely not a pairing that instantly comes into mind. However, even though we don’t talk about it, wine is used as a social lubricant all the time–which left us wondering…


Cakebread Cellars Launches Limited-Edition “Phoenix” Rosé Wine to Benefit Napa and Sonoma Valley Fire Relief Efforts

Made from cabernet sauvignon grapes, the 2017 Cakebread Cellars’ Phoenix Rosé offers aromas of raspberry, strawberry and mineral which give way to flavors of fresh green apple and cherry. Bottles retail at $27.50.


Consumers use these 3 online sources to make buying decisions.


Why Don’t You Buy Vanilla Extract in a Liquor Store?

Vanilla extract’s the same proof as vodka or rum, yet we buy it at the supermarket. Here’s why.



Plainville MA voters back more liquor licenses

The town is allowed 14 licenses for restaurants, but only has two more to give out. Selectmen would like six more. Plainville also has two liquor store and five beer and wine licenses but all are being used. Selectmen would like three more licenses for liquor stores and five more for beer and wine in convenience stores.


The NBA’s Secret Wine Society

The inside-the-bottle story of the intense love affair between NBA stars and the gilded grape.


8 Modern Wine Terms You Need to Know

Our wine lists have evolved—here’s how to sound smart when talking shop.


Managers For Chance The Rapper & Skrillex Launch New Wine Company

The pair teamed up with Ryan Arnold, noted sommelier and wine director for the Lettuce Entertain You restaurant group, to create No Fine Print Wine.


Purple Wine + Spirits Eyes Expansion In Whiskey, Pinot Noir

Since selling the Mark West brand to Constellation in 2012 for about $160 million, Sonoma-based Purple Wine + Spirits, led by founder Derek Benham, has been building its wine portfolio and expanding its presence in spirits with its Graton Distilling Co. offshoot.


Pick a glass of wine, and we’ll give you a Netflix rom-com to watch

Pick a wine, and we’ll give you a movie to accompany it.


Prehistoric wine discovered in inaccessible caves forces a rethink of ancient Sicilian culture

Monte Kronio rises 1,300 feet above the geothermally active landscape of southwestern Sicily. Hidden in its bowels is a labyrinthine system of caves, filled with hot sulfuric vapors.


Global Consumption


New Fetzer

Fetzer Vineyards’ 1000 Stories wine brand is set to debut Gold Rush Red, a new red blend offering. Along with Gold Rush Red, which is rolling out this spring, 1000 Stories is also planning a limited-release Carignan expected to hit the market around Father’s Day, June 17. Led by its core Bourbon barrel-aged Zinfandel, 1000 Stories has seen strong growth since launching in 2014. Last year, the brand was up 45% in the U.S. to 90,000 cases, according to Impact Databank


The Myth Buster: Dr. Paulo Lopes dispels long-held beliefs about cork

When it comes to wine storage, old habits are hard to break. But Dr. Paulo Lopes, Research and Development Manager at Amorim Cork, advises that if temperature
and humidity are maintained at the correct levels, wine can be stored upright
with no ill effects.


4 Reasons the Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping Channel Topped $2 Billion in 2018

Here are four of the more interesting data points concerning shipping to individual states:


The Science of Whole-Cluster Fermentation

Added complexity is just one of the benefits of fermenting grapes on their stems


Am I allergic to sulfites?

I created a decision tree to answer this popular question.

Excellent interactive chart!!


Your Love Life May Affect Your Taste in Wine

A recent study shows that long-term couples share similar smell and taste preferences





Can a coffee filter remove some of the sulfites from white wine?

The short answer is “no,” but hopefully you’re up for a longer answer, because there is always a lot to untangle when it comes to questions about sulfites!


The general rule of thumb is that sweet wines should always be paired with sweet food (hence the term “dessert wines”) and that the wine should always be sweeter than the dish. But there’s something to be said for the combination of sweet and savory.

First All-Vegan Wine Club Launches in United States

Vegan Wines is the first of its kind in the US to deliver artisanal, cruelty-free wines to members’ doorsteps.

What’s the difference between Prosecco, Champagne, and Cava? Sparkling wine explained

If you think all sparkling wines are created equal then think again – there is more than just a difference in price between the three main players in the wine aisle


The newly formed Wines of Great Britain – formed from the merging of two industry bodies: United Kingdom Vineyards Association (UKVA) and English Wine Producers (EWP) – has unveiled its rebranded identity and announced a number of promotional events for 2018.

Barefoot Remains Top Brand; Wine Sales Rise 3% Josh Cellars grows fastest of Top 20 wine brands; Black Box and Bota Box also excel

Drilling down into the brands responsible for the growth in table wine sales, E. & J. Gallo Winery continues to beat the market with its popular Barefoot brand.

China’s wine drinkers embrace cork, to Portugal’s delight

Screwcaps lose ground as Asia’s No. 1 economy embraces natural stoppers

Forget Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand’s New Big Thing Is Pinot Noir

The island nation was once known merely for crisp, grassy sauvignon blanc wines. No longer.

Getting alcohol from mom or dad doesn’t prevent risky drinking

Parents may be tempted to give teens an occasional taste of alcohol to teach responsible drinking habits, but a new study suggests this may have the opposite effect.

There are Reasons Why Good Wine is Expensive

For those inclined to claim that there really is no difference between expensive wine and cheap wine, this symposium at the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium should be enlightening.

Share Of Wine Purchases


Leading Israeli Wineries Offer Food and Wine Pairing Tips for Passover

The recommendations, from Israel’s leading Golan Heights and Galil Mountain wineries, and their North American importer, Yarden Inc., are for the holiday that begins the night of Friday, March 30, and ends the evening of Saturday, April 7.

A New Look for Mezzacorona’s Flagship Pinot Grigio: New Label and Sustainability Certification

Celebrated Trentino DOC Producer Tells the Story of Estate Growers and Dedication to Sustainability with New Label Design

Is expensive wine really better?

Don’t get confused by these common misconceptions

How to check a case of wine for free on Alaska Airlines

That means Alaska Mileage Plan members departing from 29 airports in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and California wine regions can check up to a case of wine – 12 bottles – for free!


America is driving global volume and value growth of both still and sparkling wines and will spend a whopping $45 billion on wine in 2021.


India Pale Ale, or IPA, is inarguably the most sought-after style of craft beer in the country. It’s also the most misunderstood.


WashingtonPaso RoblesSouth Australia — despite having varying locations and topography, these New World wine regions all have something in common. All are billing themselves as the next big region to produce world-class Rhône blends.

Top 25 Red Wine Grapes Crushed In CA

What Wineries Are Learning from Mystery Shoppers

Some California producers are using anonymous evaluations to enhance their tasting room experiences and increase sales

Enhancing Beer Flavors with Cryogenic Technology

Craft brewers experiment with concentrated hops to boost bitterness in IPAs

Australia’s Treasury Wines says sues ‘copycat’ for imitating brand in China

Australia’s Treasury Wine Estates, the world’s largest standalone winemaker, on Friday said it launched legal action in the country’s Federal Court against a “copycat” it accused of imitating its prestigious Penfolds brand in China.

New Vine Varieties Will Reduce Need for Pesticides in French Wine Industry

The French wine industry has announced the creation of four new vine varieties.

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