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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


Scientists find way to make alcohol from wood


Scientists find way to make alcohol from wood


Should Wine Labels List Ingredients?





This Wine Keg Serves 130 Glasses Of Rose & It’s Here Just In Time For Summer

Summer means one thing: rosé season. There are few things in life more enjoyable than sipping a glass while enjoying beach views. Luckily for us, this wine keg serves 130 glasses of rosé, and it’s perfect for that upcoming beach party. Cheers!

The Tasting Note Dilemma: What Do Those Wine Words Mean?

Don’t we just want to know if the wine tastes good before we buy it? Of course! The problem is found in the words: what do they actually mean?


There’s a lot more a lot of us should know about gin in general. Which means there’s definitely plenty we should know about a gin like Bombay Sapphire.


The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas welcomed the latest controversy from English artist, Damien Hirst: his first bar, starring a petrified shark, sliced into pieces.

Premium-Plus Imported Wines Continue Fast Rise, Led By Italy, New Zealand

Though the U.S. market’s total imported wine segment was roughly flat at 67 million 9-liter case depletions last year, according to Impact Databank, the category is seeing significant gains at the premium level. The top 10 imported brands retailing at above $10 a 750-ml. shot ahead by an aggregate 16% last year to more than 9 million cases. Progress was primarily driven by premium-plus offerings from Italy—the leading import segment by value, whose shipments were worth $1.35 billion last year—as well as New Zealand.

Riboli Family Wine Estates’ Stella Rosa remains the largest player in the premium-plus segment, nearing 1.7 million cases on 28% growth last year. The brand, whose core portfolio includes Rosso, Moscato D’Asti, Peach, Pink, and Berry wines ($11-$12 a 750-ml.), now ranks among the U.S. market’s top five imported wine brands overall, and is the only top-five brand priced above $10.


How to sell more wine using Alice in Wonderland world of psychology

Why do some wines sell better than others? Why are people willing to pay more for one wine over another? The answer may lie not in the quality of the wine or how much a person even knows about it, it will most certainly rest in how well you are selling it.


Fungicides used most on wine grapes are one less thing to worry about, despite the numbers

Vineyards account for 80% of the total fungicide use in France, despite the low overall percentage of acreage of vineyards in total agricultural land use.


Expensive wines don’t just taste better, they’re also better value for money — here’s why

In terms of getting value for money, unfortunately, you get what you pay for, which sounds really obvious, but there’s a lot of things which go into the price of a wine once it hits the store shelves.

Raise a Glass to Your Health

According to the latest scientific studies, enjoying a glass or two of wine each day can offer health benefits for both your body and mind.



What’s the maximum amount of alcohol a “table wine” can have?

The first thing to note is that wine sold in the U.S. has an alcohol percentage by volume listed. Look carefully—it’s usually in tiny print, or on the edge of the label, but it should be there. If it’s not, and the label reads “red table wine” or “white table wine,” that means the wine is between 7 and 13.9 percent alcohol by volume.


Winery aims to save lives with new designated-driving initiative

Effective immediately, tasting fees will be waived for each person or group with a sober, designated driver present


Why Israel Needs A New Map — For Wine

Israel’s current wine map — the one that’s being revised — designates five regions: Galilee, Samaria, Samson, Judean Hills, and Negev. These regional names, printed on the labels of Israeli wine imported to the United States, indicate geographic area — but they hardly describe regionality as it pertains to the characteristics of the wines being grown there. Drawn in the 1970s, the map reflects the traditional regions of Israel. Today, many of the country’s top wines come from single vineyards, and terroir — the properties in the soil that contribute to the wine’s unique character — Matters.


Creative design agency Freytag Anderson is partnering with 3D visualisation specialist Render Studio to develop technology that will enable users to view animated can designs in real-time using a mobile application.

Should Wine Labels List Ingredients?

Wine industry experts weigh in on whether wine labels should be more transparent, revealing when common additives are used

People will spend more than twice as much per person at your winery than your urban tasting room


Here’s a tidbit that’s been under our noses for decades: Jack Daniel’s, famed Tennessee whiskey maker, was also, briefly, a Tennessee brewer.


The close link between key personality traits and our drink of choice.

This IPA Nut Butter Is the Beer-Flavored Spread You’ve Been Waiting For

This IPA nut butter is made not only with stone-ground blanched almonds and dry roasted peanuts, but also golden light dry malt, brewer’s yeast, and tangerine and pineapple, two fruits included in Stone Tangerine Express IPA.

You’ll Never Guess What State Has 2018’s Top Wine Destination

Here are the top 10 destinations for wine, along with the top rated winery in the region

How to Pair Wine With Mac and Cheese So They’re Both Even Better

The entire reason mac and cheese exists in the first place is because it’s a big bowl of creamy comfort.

Sonoma Coast’s New Style of High-Acid Chardonnays

Sonoma Coast producers are embracing a new style of Chardonnay driven by complexity and acidity. Even if you’ve avoided California Chardonnay in the past, you will want to look for bottles from these three coastal regions.

The Millennial Wine Smell Test: Do Grapes Matter?

Young wine drinkers may not care what varieties are in their beverage

Busting the Myths Surrounding Spirits

“Beer before liquor” isn’t the only myth that needs to be debunked. Here are five more commonly held misbeliefs about both clear and dark liquors.

Crown Royal unveils mesquite-smoked whisky

Diageo-owned Canadian whisky brand Crown Royal has launched a “smoky and spicy” expression, which has been infused with Texas mesquite wood.

New UFO Beer

The Massachusetts Bay Brewing Company’s UFO Beer has partnered with Polar Seltzer to launch UFO Blueberry Lemonade. The new, unfiltered wheat beer is brewed with the essence of Polar Seltzer’ade Blueberry Lemonade and clocks in at a sessionable 4.8%-abv. Available throughout the summer in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans and on draft, Blueberry Lemonade joins White, Pineapple, Raspberry, and Hefeweizen expressions in the current UFO lineup.

California Wine Sales in U.S. Market Hit $35.2 Billion in 2017

California wine sales to all markets, including shipments to the U.S. and exports worldwide, were 278 million cases in 2017.

5 Descriptors Wine Professionals Avoid

How sommeliers adapt the language of wine to better serve their customers

Part of the problem is that guests often don’t understand the vocabulary of wine.

What Internet Users Want VS What Received

How To Navigate Big Wine Events

These events are enthralling at best and overwhelming at worst, particularly when attendees face enormous halls filled with wines, winemakers and virtually unlimited access to samples. Approached with a strategy, though, big wine tastings are prime learning opportunities for novices and a chance for seasoned wine drinkers to expand their knowledge and find new favorites.

Zimbabwe To Re-Launch Bubbly Production Next Year

Africa has always been the continent of the brave and one brave producer is looking to bring back the golden era of Zimbabwe wines, after years of the country being in a depression.


Champagne, Fried Food’s Best Friend

Champagne: a celebratory drink for every victory and a companion to most food types. Not to be mistaken for sparkling wine, which is basically its own category, Champagne is granted its name by the place it is made in — Champagne, France.

The trick to finding your favorite wine: Know your importer

Importers have palates, too, after all. Find one you trust, and then search for their other wines by looking not at the front label—but near the barcode on the back.

It’s Official: Wine Slushies Are My Summer Drink Obsession

A bottle of wine and a bag of frozen fruit are all you need to get a the party started this summer.

How High Are Beer Taxes in Your State?

According to the Beer Institute, “Taxes are the single Scientists find way to make alcohol from wood

most expensive ingredient in beer, costing more than the labor and raw materials combined.”

How long does it take for alcohol to go bad? 

“All spirits have a shelf life. Even if they’re stored absolutely impeccably and climate-controlled beautifully, they’re all going to expire at some point and that’s simply due to oxidation.”

3 Things Insurance Professionals Should Know in Honor of Wine Day

Wine Day also offers some interesting things to keep in mind for those with an interest in wine insurance.


Meghan Markle doesn’t just have a favorite wine. She had a lifestyle blog named after it.

Why Ohio is The Midwest’s Next Wine Destination

Right in the global “Pinot Belt,” Ohio has the potential to produce some serious attention-grabbing wines. While many of its bottles often stay within the state, here are the regions and wineries you’ll want to keep an eye out for.

Scientists find way to make alcohol from wood

Scientists in Japan found ways to ferment wood to make alcohol.

The process takes about 10 days and doesn’t use chemicals or heat.

A brief history of American winemaking

The American love affair with wine dates back to the earlier European settlers in the 16th century, when they began making wine with a native grape known as muscadine.

How to Pick the Perfect Anniversary Wine

Every milestone you and a partner reach is a cause for celebration. Whether you’re looking for a traditional bottle or something a bit off-beat, we’ll help you find a wine that’s as rich and complex as the time you’ve spent together.

Gay couple toasting with wine at counter

Prosecco rosé wine moves closer to reality
Prosecco DOC producers are on the brink of allowing sparkling rosé within their appellation, marrying two of the biggest trends in the wine world.

French chemists have an ingenious new use for rotten, discarded wine grapes

You can trust the French, masters of wine that they are, to find amazing innovations involving grapes. That is what a team of researchers at the University of Clermont Auvergne have done with research which seeks ways to transform the waste grape skins, stems, and seeds left behind during wine production into more durable plastics.


Did You Know These Celebs Had Their Own Wine?

Keep an eye out for these celebrity labels the next time you need a glass — or bottle!



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