Liquor Industry News/Links 03-05-18


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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


Wine prices: How low can you go?


Dewar’s: a brand history



Beringer Bourbon Wines

Treasury Wine Estates is extending the Beringer brand with Beringer Bros. Bourbon Barrel Aged wines, including a Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Red Cuvee aged for 60 days in charred American oak Bourbon barrels and retailing at $18 a bottle. Mark Beringer, the great-great grandson of co-founder Jacob Beringer, oversees winemaking for the new offering. Beringer’s new barrel-aged wines sport interactive labels which can be scanned with the “Living Wine Labels” app to bring Beringer’s founding brothers Jacob and Frederick to life in an augmented reality feature. Other TWE brands utilizing the Living Wine Labels app to educate and engage consumers include The Walking Dead Wines from the Last Wine Company, Gentleman’s Collection, 19 Crimes and Chateau St. Jean.

How You Can Spot Fake Wines

Looking to acquire legendary bottles? The world’s foremost expert on detecting fake wines, Maureen Downey, shares six tips for ensuring you don’t end up the victim of fraud.

Shifting world wine trends

The winds of change are blowing through the world of wines as factors ranging from currency fluctuations to weather-impacted harvest levels cause both suppliers and consumers to look beyond stereotypical options to new markets and styles.

There are four types of drinker – which one are you?

It’s easy to see alcohol consumption being a result of thousands of years of ritual and a lifetime of habit. But have you ever stopped to consider why it is you choose to drink? Knowing what motivates people to drink is important to better understanding their needs when it comes to encouraging them to drink less, or in a less harmful way.

Understanding the Science Behind Ancient Wine

Using hi-tech tools to learn about the winemaking methods of the past

WTFilms Inks Deals on Buzzed-About Documentary ‘Wine Calling’

“Wine Calling” takes place in the South of France and follows a new generation of wine growers belonging to a global movement for taste and sustainability, from the harvest to the bottling.


Aging Wine FAQ

Be forewarned that that many answers are far from absolute and are simply guidelines.



What  is this stuff, exactly? How has it set up camp in pretty much every bar you’ve ever been to? Why should you care?


Cork Vs. Screw Top: Should You Judge a Wine by Its Seal?

Corks sometimes cause more problems than they solve, but proponents of these little lumps of tree bark feel strongly about their use.


French see red over health minister’s wine warning

Agnès Buzyn caused anger in Bordeaux, Burgundy and other vineyard regions by denouncing as fallacious claims that wine could be beneficial and increase longevity. She said it was an “alcohol like any other” and as bad for the health as beer, whisky or vodka.


Wine-quality scores for premium wines are not consistent through time

When dealing with professional wine-quality scores, the usual attitude seems to be: “one wine, one score”. We have all seen wine retailers where, for each wine, only one quality score is advertised from each well-known wine critic or magazine. This is often either the most recent score that has been provided, or it is the highest score that has been given to that particular wine.


Fear of wine snobs

Wine people, as I discovered last week, resent the image of wine lovers as pretentious, condescending and – worst of all – full of bullshit.


The wine never stops flowing at bottling facility in Hopland

Next time you drink a CA wine look at the back chances are you will see Hopland!

Top 10 Biodiverse Wineries in the US, 2017

The biodiversity ranking driven by Biome Makers measures and evaluates the global complexity of microbial communities as a basis for the biological activity in soils and as a sustainability indicator

Big Wine 2018: The good, the bad, and the ugly for consumers

Big Wine’s continuing dominance over what we drink means less interesting wines to buy, as well as fewer places to buy them

The Wild Ancient Greek Drinking Game That Required Throwing Wine

Strategic flicking was the name of this game, known as kottabos.

15 questions wine experts are always asked

Specialist Charles Foley answers your most pressing queries, from what to look for on a wine label to how to open champagne with a sword

What Really Is Natural Wine?

If you’re even slightly into wine, you’ve probably heard about natural wine. Natural wine is the unfiltered, untamed, un-photoshopped version of what we know to be wine. In most cases, natural wine doesn’t look or taste like a typical wine. In fact, some natural wines taste more like a sour beer or kombucha!

Dewar’s: a brand history

Dewar’s, or ‘Doo-ers’ as they say in America, was built by the most flamboyant whisky tycoon of them all. Tommy Dewar may have died in 1930 but his spirit lives on. The Spirits Business traces its fascinating story.

Is the Endless Growth of the Wine Industry Coming to an End?

The 2018 outlook suggests that overall wine industry pricing will remain flat, with price increases difficult to pass through to consumers. The premium wine segment, with bottles over $10 apiece, is called to grow in a range of 4% to 8%, down from the estimate of 10% to 14% in 2017. Increasing imports are expected to continue in the lower premium price points

6 Ways to Get Customers out of Their Comfort Zone

Wine retailers across the country discuss tactics for drumming up interest in niche wines

A Beginner’s Guide to Wine Expertise

It’s not what you know, it’s how you go about it

Top 4 Wine Brands That are Killing it Online

With its global reach, wine has become one of the many products to take advantage of the worldwide sales potential offered by the online world.

Four Sommelier-Approved Wedding Wine Hacks

While caterers do have experience planning weddings and providing bar service, their wine recommendations are a notoriously bad deal, especially if you and yours are wine lovers.

7 Wild Wines from Central Europe You Need to Czech Out Now

One of these wines tastes like a gin and tonic—and it’s the best cocktail I’ve had all year.

Ohio becomes 6th in nation for wine production by gallon

When you think of the top winemaking states, places like California and Washington probably come to mind. What you might not have guessed is that Ohio is not far behind those places.

The Best Red Wine to Drink While Eating on the Couch

If you’re going to drink red wine on the couch, make sure it’s a light red. Here are a few of my go-to options. Not only are they less likely to stain in the event of a spill, but they’re also downright gulpable while you’re binging shows on Netflix. Trust me.

New KJ Rosé

Jackson Family Wines has extended its flagship Kendall-Jackson brand with a Vintner’s Reserve Rosé. Previously available in select markets, Vintner’s Reserve Rosé is launching into national distribution this month. The new offering is sourced from vineyards in Santa Barbara, Monterey, Sonoma and Mendocino Counties and fermented in stainless steel. Kendall-Jackson’s Vintner’s Reserve California Chardonnay ($17) ranked 28th among Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2017. The Kendall-Jackson brand sells above 3.4 million cases in the U.S. annually, according to Impact Databank.

Millennials are dragging down beer sales — but Gen Z marks a ‘turning point’ that will cause an even bigger problem for the industry

A report from Berenberg Research found that members of Generation Z preferred spirits (like vodka or gin) and wine to beer.

2018 Top 40+ Wine Influencers: Who to Follow on Social Media?

2017 has come and gone, and we are well into 2018 by now. It is therefore clearly time for our traditional yearly list of top wine influencers on social media.

US online alcohol sales hit $1.7 billion

Online alcohol sales in the US hit US$1.7 billion dollars last year, according to a new report from Rabobank, which urges brands to “aggressively pursue strategies” for e-commerce growth.


A peek into a burgeoning industry in Asia.

Study: Red Wine Prevents Tooth Decay, Gum Disease

Smile and pour a glass.

The Glorious Grapes Defining Austrian Red Wine

While varieties like Blaufränkisch, Zweigelt and St. Laurent may not roll off the tongue as well as better known grapes, Austrian red wine needs to be on your must-try list.



WTF Is a “Wine Product” Anyway? (And… Can You Drink It?)

They’re cheap and convenient. Sounds great, right?

But adding to the confusion are these low-alcohol beverages dubbed “wine products.”

It’s a Brave New World When it comes to Wine Choices

More than 80 percent of wines produced and sold in the United States come from about 20 percent of the number of producers. By logical inference, there is very little production reaching our tables from the preponderance of wineries.

What’s the difference between grape juice and wine?

Life on earth conspires to turn grapes into something more highly evolved with a single element

The 5 Best White Wines for Cooking

Once you move past grocery store “cooking wine” (and I strongly advise you to do so!) and introduce even moderately priced white wine into the equation (leave that $40 Chardonnay in the wine fridge), your possibilities and cooking style expand exponentially.

Top 10 US Sparkling Wine Drinking States In US


Former NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire has launched a line of kosher wines ahead of Passover made from vineyards in Israel, retailing at up to US$250 a bottle.



How Should We Evaluate Distinctive, Original Wines?

We develop standards of quality through conversations between experts. In the wine world those standards are often region-specific and are sometimes supported by legal requirements. But the standards themselves are perceptual patterns

A Guide to Franciacorta, Italy’s Most Chill Wine Region

Because of its relative new-kid status, there’s a refreshing casualness to Franciacorta’s wineries.

Beer vs. Wine vs. Liquor: The Most-Ordered Alcohol in Your City May Surprise You

Of the 12 markets the brand looked at, New York City had sold the highest percentage of wine – 50 percent of all alcohol sold in the city was wine – whereas Boston had the highest percentage of beer – 31 percent.

The 6 Best Wines for a Breakup

Breakups suck. They might even inspire you to drink. So, if you’re going to drink, you might as well do it right! Here are 6 classic breakup situations and the wines to match them.


Wine is an eternal quest. Like us, it lives, breaths and changes. But also like us, some wines are in better shape than others. Wine is a curious topic, because there’s so much that’s unknown and so much that’s just wrong. At the end of the day, it’s fun to look fancy and knowledgeable, so here are a few tips to buy and drink wine like a fine connoisseur, on any budget.

Top 10 Best Wine Apps for 2018

The following 10 applications, gathered in an infographic, are some of the 2018 top-rated wine apps, here to help you finding,  choosing, buying, and remembering bottles of great wines. Most are free to download, so compatible with the smart phone user on a budget!

Biodynamics: Fruit and Root days

Biodynamics is not just for winemakers – wine lovers are now being encouraged to plan their drinking by the lunar calendar. christelleguibert considers whether wines really can taste different on different days of the year

New Bubbly From Clos Du Bois

California’s Clos du Bois, part of the Constellation portfolio, has launched Lightly Bubbled Rosé and Chardonnay wines. Made from Sonoma-sourced grapes, the new line of frizzante wines will begin rolling out nationwide in March, both retail priced at $13 a 750-ml. The Clos du Bois portfolio also includes still wines from Sonoma County’s North Coast, Alexander Valley, and Russian River Valley appellations. Clos du Bois depleted 1.9 million cases in the U.S. in 2017, down 2%, according to Impact Databank.

New Simple Life Rosé

Sonoma-based Don Sebastiani & Sons has extended its Simple Life wine brand with a new rosé. Sourced primarily from Lodi, Simple Life Rosé is made with Syrah, Mourvedre, and Barbera and retails at $13 a 750-ml. The offshoot joins existing Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon labels in the Simple Life portfolio, which first debuted in 2012. In addition to Simple Life, Don Sebastiani & Sons’ stable includes the Smoking Loon, Pepperwood Grove, Don & Sons, and Sivas-Sonoma brands, among others.


Wine prices: How low can you go?

The average price for the equivalent of a standard-sized 750-milliliter bottle of wine sold by U.S. retailers is $10 a bottle. The average hit double digits for the first time about a year ago


Mass Spectrometry Based Analysis Reveals the Chemistry of Wine Bouquet

Scientists from the University of Zaragoza, Spain, have developed an automated dynamic headspace (DHS) method that can provide a snapshot of the aroma compounds emanated from wine in conditions close to those found during wine tasting. They have then implemented the technique to see how this profile changes over time as it might in the glass during consumption


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