Liquor Industry News/Links 05-21-18

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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


How to Judge a Wine Without Tasting It




Overall alcohol e-commerce % sales and $ growth sluggish





Here are 10 things you should know about Crown Royal and its small kingdom of Canadian whiskies.


New Johnnie Walker

Diageo’s Johnnie Walker will team with HBO’s Game of Thrones to debut a “White Walker” Scotch whisky this fall. While details on the upcoming product are scant, Johnnie Walker teased the launch in a short video on social media in recent days. Game of Thrones is already present in the drinks space with a series of limited edition beers produced by Duvel Moortgat’s Brewery Ommegang.


A Beginner’s Guide to Wine Fraud

Potential buyers must therefore look closely at pictures and online information to make an assessment of wines.


What Does a Wine Score Tell You?

So keep on reading if you have always wondered about these scores and I will try and flush it out for you.


Art of winemaking at risk

Our warm temperatures mean that by nature we grow grapes with a lot of sugar. In winemaking, the more sugar there is in a grape – the higher the alcohol content in the wine.


Concern Over Accurate Labeling Grows

US trade agencies and marketers says consumer education depends on more precise labels.


Wine And Science Blend At This Rosé Research Center In Provence

The Center for Rosé Research (Centre de Recherche et d’Expérimentation sur le Vin Rosé) is located in the small commune of Vidauban, situated in Provence in southeast France. Originated in 1999 as the first and only rosé research center in the world, it serves as a resource for rosé producers in Provence and around the globe.


Why Moscato is Misunderstood

In recent years, Moscato has often become synonymous with cheap, sweet wine. But the Muscat grape forms a storied history behind one of Italy’s most celebrated wines, Moscato d’Asti. Here’s why you should give it another chance.


Baskin-Robbins Raises a Glass to Summer with its First-Ever Wine and Ice Cream Pairings

New pairings and Floral Stripe Cake give new ways to celebrate



The Wine Aroma Wheel is an incredible tool to learn about wines and enhance one’s ability to describe the complexity of flavor in red and white wines.

Pernod Ricard launches limited-edition Absolut America

US-inspired Absolut bottle design and will donate part of its profits to the Keep America Beautiful organisation.



Empty shelves have become the norm at Japanese liquor stores that stock Hibiki, Yamazaki and other premium Japanese whiskies.

Understanding the Legal Issues Around Cannabis-Infused Alcoholic Drinks

An industry lawyer discusses what brands need to know about using cannabis, CBD, THC, and hemp derivatives

World’s First Open-Source Winery Launches in Argentina

Featuring live data and a wine-backed cryptocurrency asset, the project is a new model for transparency and traceability

Strategies For Clearing The Shelves Of Slow Movers

Dealing with the slow-movers, those wines that should be selling well but aren’t, is a challenge that every retailer faces. And it’s a challenge that is even more daunting if you still have cases in back.


The Pale and Uninteresting Problem with Rosé

Rosé is still incredibly popular, but wineries need to be careful not to turn consumers off with substandard wines.


Today’s wine consumer wants more direct engagement

Here are three things consumers are seeking from wine producers:

#1 Entertaining, Educational and Experiential Experiences with Wine Brands

#2 Wine Brands that are Committed to Sustainability

#3 Wine Brands that offer Personalisation and Customisation

We don’t want our wines to taste nicer, but truer

Often these consumers are presented with a range of wines and asked to state a preference. Which tastes nicest?

These 5 Wineries Prove That Asia’s Wine Scene Is Worth Exploring

Asia may not exactly be the first place that comes to mind when thinking of wine. However, there are in fact plenty of wineries in the region that produce delicious vino capable of competing at the highest level

How to Pair Wine With Breakfast

Please do not drink a mimosa with a lumberjack breakfast — that’s just not the way things are done

Barefoot Wine’s New Canned Wine Spritzers Are Perfect For All Your Summer Parties On The Go

The wine spritzers come in five varieties, four of which were previously available in bottles.




So, you’re the lucky devil who gets to bring cheese to the party. Congratulations! You officially have the most fun assignment.


New Whistle Pig

Vermont’s WhistlePig Rye Whiskey has launched FarmStock Rye Crop No. 002, the company’s annual limited edition blend. This year’s iteration ups the amount of “Triple Terroir” whiskey—juice distilled from Vermont rye, proofed with estate well water, and aged in Vermont oak—to 32%, and balances the 2-year-old rye with 6-year-old MGP rye (45%), and 10-year-old rye from Alberta Distillers (23%). WhistlePig FarmStock Rye Crop No. 002 is available now in limited quantities across the U.S. at a suggested price of $73.



Why alcohol health warning labels are a good idea: findings from the latest Global Drug Survey

Drink-driving and drinking while pregnant are socially unacceptable in many countries, yet when it comes to other alcohol-related health risks, public awareness is low.


What’s the best way of choosing and serving rosé wine?

As soon as the hot weather hits us we all check to see how much rosé is in the fridge. Or head to the nearest bar to while away the evening in front of an ice bucket or two. But have you ever noticed how poor the rosé selection is on most wine lists?

Wine in a keg? There’s more to it than meets the eye

Ecofass-Vin is wine on tap, thanks to a keg. The keg preserves the taste and quality of the wine while also providing a more ecological approach. One barrel of 20 liters replaces 30 glass bottles of wine, requires less space to store, and saves on recycling of corks, labels and wine boxes – which translates to a lower carbon footprint overall.

The Unwritten Rules of Tasting Room Etiquette

Showing up in a party bus, making faces after sampling a wine or bragging about your 4,000-bottle cellar will not put you in the good graces of any winery. Here are tips on how to avoid the most irksome tasting room behavior.

Male vintner pouring red wine in winery barrel room

Is Wine Vegetarian, Vegan or Neither?

A beverage made from pressed grapes must be vegetarian, right? Well, some winemaking techniques can make certain bottles a no-go for the animal-friendly crowd. Learn how animal derivatives end up in your wine, and how to spot vegetarian- and vegan-friendly wine.


How to Drink Natural Wine Like Someone Who Knows What They’re Doing

Seriously talking about wine without sounding like the worst person ever is a very delicate dance; the risk heightens even further when you delve into the world of natural wine



Eagles unveil commemorative Super Bowl wines

The team has partnered with Mano’s Wine, a Kansas City, Mo.-based winery, to make “Championship Red” and “Championship Bubbly,” which are available to purchase online now.


What drives people to make wine?

In Europe, religion has played a direct role in the growth of vineyards – from the first communities of monks in the 6th century through to the famous settlements of Cluny and Cîteaux in the 10th and 12th centuries and beyond.

Tips for saving money on wine

Americans spend more than $60 billion a year on wine, and if you’re one of the millions who enjoy a little vino – you’ll want these tips for saving serious money on it.


How to train your nose for wine – the kit that helps you become an expert taster

A good sense of smell is essential for wine tasters, and Frenchman Jean Lenoir’s aroma quiz can help beginners develop it


Treat yourself to the charms of a half-bottle of wine

This is for all the single people, all those who sometimes find themselves alone during mealtime. It could be that you live alone or that you’re traveling alone, miles into a solo journey and holed up in a could-be-anywhere hotel — and you’re fine with that. These are your opportunities to acquaint yourself with the charms of the half-bottle of wine.


Ex-Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe says he’ll develop a Terry Rozier-inspired wine

Bledsoe and Rozier have become friends during the playoffs

10 Cheap Wines That Taste Expensive

Or at least they’ll fool your friends who think they know what expensive wine tastes like.

Overall alcohol e-commerce % sales and $ growth sluggish – Nielsen

New Hampshire Lowers the Boom on Wine Shipping

If shipped directly to consumers, are still taxed but the state is nonetheless still losing money on them. He estimates that there are approximately 80 retailers shipping in product that is already on the shelves, which adds up to a loss of $3-4 million in lost annual revenue. He estimates the total value of product shipped into the state costs the state $11-12m a year.

Can You Judge a Wine By the Shape of Its Bottle?

A curiously shaped bottle can be more than a gimmick—it can offer clues to the flavor and quality of the wine inside. Lettie Teague tried buying wines based on shape and found a few as interesting as the bottles they came in

How to Judge a Wine Without Tasting It

An economist’s method predicts a vintage’s quality using only statistics. Why hasn’t it caught on?


Japanese drinks giant Suntory is launching a clear, non-alcoholic ‘beer’ packaged in a plastic bottle which it hopes will be particularly popular with office workers.

How Wineries Take Advantage of Big Data (or Any Data)
“Data analysis is what the ‘big guys’ do, but not here. We’re just farmers.”


Canned wine: explosive growth from tiny revenue base. Other alt-packaging also growing strongly


French Wine & Cheese Pairing

In a fruitful collaboration with Andrew at, Social Vignerons is giving you examples of how the incredible variety of French cheese can marry and sublime some of the most popular regional French grape varieties and blends.


Italian Wine & Cheese Pairings

The variety in Italian wine is famously enormous. So many different grape varieties made in different areas and villages.

But the variety in cheese is just as astonishing.


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