Liquor Industry News/Links 12-10-18

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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


What Exactly Is Kosher Beer Anyway?


How to Gift Wrap a Bottle of Wine 



How Big Is Italy


How to name a wine: a look at different approaches

Apart from their brand identities, whether these be large or small in scale, and any collective appellations that designate a place of origin for a wine, be that on the scale of a country, a region, a county or a smaller geographical entity, wine producers still have to decide what to call each of the wines that they produce.


US wine drinkers defined in six segments

US drinkers are changing their behavior towards the wine category, the US Portraits 2018 from Wine Intelligence has revealed.


Wines $20 and under make up 51.1% of the market by value and all are growing.


Coffee’s bitterness is a natural warning system

It turns out that the more sensitive people are to the bitter taste of caffeine, the more coffee they drink


A new association for Chianti Classico

Twenty-five local estates have joined to establish the San Casciano Classico Association, whose aim is the promotion and protection of winegrowing estates in the municipal area of San Casciano in Val di Pesa, in the Chianti Classico production zone.


Don’t Overlook Wines from the Abruzzo Region

Wine cooperatives dominate the Abruzzo region. This gives small growers more of a voice in policy decisions being made and allows them to focus on new opportunities and export.


A New Era for U.S. Wine-Labeling Laws

Recent disputes find winemakers and legislators reconsidering America’s laissez-faire attitude toward veracity in wine labeling




Now a household name among beer drinkers, Sierra Nevada Brewing was once a one-man show.


Big Wine Brands vs. Independent Wineries

Did you know that much of the wine we see at supermarket chains actually stem from just a handful of major brands? It’s true – and slightly shocking. Let’s take a closer look at the differences between big brands and independent wineries to uncover how where you shop really affects the wines you see and the bottles you bring home.


Everything You Need to Know About Merlot

Here are answers to all your burning questions about one of America’s favorite red wines.


5 Questions You’re Too Scared to Ask a Wine Expert

Ah wine. Wine, wine, wine. What would we do without you and your grapey goodness?


The Hottest Trends in Italian Wine

The Tre Bicchieri tasting hosted by Gambero Rosso offer a snapshot of Italy and its wines.


Delicato Adds To Import Stable, Taking On Schmitt Söhne

California’s Delicato Family Vineyards is expanding its imported wine portfolio, adding Germany’s Schmitt Söhne to its range effective in January. Schmitt Söhne, which previously handled its own U.S. importing, is known for Riesling and includes its namesake flagship brand, as well as Relax Wines, Fünf Wines, and the Thomas Schmitt Private Collection. Delicato will also import luxury estate wines Bischöfliche Weinguter Trier, Schloss Vollrads, Friedrich-Wilhelm-Gymnasium, and Franz Keller, which are distributed but not owned by Schmitt Söhne. Overall, the Schmitt Söhne range totals about 700,000 cases in the U.S. Delicato’s import lineup also includes Chile’s Santa Rita, which joined the portfolio in April.


The Evolution of Three-Tier is Here:

Liberation Distribution (LibDib) and Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) Form a New Partnership

100 Best Sonoma Wines 2018

Sonoma Magazine’s annual selection of the “Top 100 Wines of Sonoma” has been announced.

This Hidden Wine Region Is Putting the Midwest on the Wine Map

A little region best known for cherries, sprawling sand dunes, massive blue lakes, and bucolic scenery may just be America’s next great wine touring region.


It’s time to introduce Constantia, the vast farm awarded to Cape commander Simon van der Stel on 13 July 1685, the sub-divisions of which go on to produce (historically) the southern hemisphere’s most famous wine, legendary sweet Constantia,


So before any of us makes our next Bellini (with Prosecco, ahem), let’s take some time to get to know the bubbles in the bottle.

This invention keeps bottled beer cold, did $1M in sales in 10 days and scored a million-dollar deal on ‘Shark Tank’

Bottlekeeper is a stainless steel bottle insulated with neoprene and padded so that it can hold a glass bottle, keep it cold and protect it from breaking if dropped.

This man was teased for his ‘beer belly.’ It turned out to be a 77-pound cancerous tumor.

At 300 pounds, he said, strangers had started to stare, and friends were cracking jokes about his “beer belly,” even though he said he rarely drank the beverage.

Diageo unveils Baileys-flavored baking ingredients

The baking chips, which are non-alcoholic, are available from Amazon and through select retailers, and will be rolled out across the US by Easter 2019.

What is natural wine and does ‘natural’ mean that it’s healthier?

Isn’t all wine technically natural? Here’s the answer to that question, and a few more questions you might have about the newest trend for wine enthusiasts:

How wine corks are made – and why scientists are raising the alarm

In this 360 report, join us to see how wine corks are made and why scientists are worried about the future.

How to buy the right wine for someone special, according to 3 expert winemakers

We’ve all been there. A family member announces they can make it to Christmas lunch after all, or you realize a treasured friend’s big birthday is tomorrow and you haven’t yet got them a gift.

Surviving the Festive Season When It’s “Your Job” To Drink

Navigating wellness through the holiday season can trigger anxiety and stress responses in even the biggest tinsel-lover.

How to name a wine: a look at different approaches

Apart from their brand identities, whether these be large or small in scale, and any collective appellations that designate a place of origin for a wine, be that on the scale of a country, a region, a county or a smaller geographical entity, wine producers still have to decide what to call each of the wines that they produce.

Let’s Talk About Sekt, Baby

Not many know Germany consumes more sparkling wine than any country on earth. Even less known are the exceptional bottles they make. Here’s your Sekt 101.

Finding its roots: Syrah’s success in New Zealand

While the country might be associated with Marlborough Sauvignon, New Zealand has much more to offer. Recently returned from the country, Amanda Barnes explains why Syrah is emerging as one of its most prized varieties, producing complex and cellar-worthy styles

The Growing Wine World: Everyone Wants In

Wine-drinkers live in all parts of the globe and the wine world needs to adapt.


The Ugly Truth About Wine Retailers

It’s common knowledge that wine wholesalers everywhere are genetically opposed to free trade and real consumer access to products.


Select Board denies liquor license requests

The Needham Select Board found itself in a precarious situation back in October when two separate retailers- Volante Farms and Gordon’s Fine Wines and Liquors- requested a liquor license from the board when there was only one left to spare.

Following a month of deliberation, during which time members reviewed both applications and written input from the public, the Select Board voted on Tuesday to deny both of the applications in favor of reserving the license for future use.


Sip from a nip? Not in Chelsea MA

Chelsea MA this year became the first municipality in Massachusetts to ban the sale of the ubiquitous little liquor bottles, blaming them for contributing to public drunkenness in the downtown area it has worked hard to revive.



The giant snowman stands alongside the pub’s gingerbread house display, first installed last year, which sees the 19th century inn covered in oversized sweets and treats made by two local artists.



From where to turn for bubbly bargains, to food pairing tips, we spoke with some of the country’s leading wine professionals about the biggest misconceptions surrounding sparkling wine.


Why Valpolicella Ripasso Is The Best Wine To Please A Crowd

Valpolicella Ripasso is often referred to as Baby Amarone


5 uses for all that leftover holiday party wine — both red and white

Whatever you do, don’t dump that sweet elixir! Here are five quick and easy uses for all that vino.


China’s Changing Taste in Wine

All told, red wine has over 80 percent of the market. Add that red is a lucky color and it essentially means all other wines are afterthoughts, right? Not necessarily.



Pairing Wine with Holiday Movies

Why are there so many holiday movies? Everyone rolls their eyes at most of them, there really aren’t that many good ones, and yet we continue to devour them.



When planning the drinks menu for your holiday gathering, the question arises: Should one serve Champagne? Sparkling cider? Seltzer-spiked cocktails? The best option, however, is something else entirely: Prosecco,!

We Have Many Types AND Levels In Stock!



The Differences Between Prosecco, Franciacorta, And Other Italian Bubbles, Explained

Here are the differences between Prosecco, Lambrusco, Franciacorta, Trentodoc, and Asti Spumante.



For as long as mankind has sailed the oceans, there’s been some form of ceremony to mark the launch of a new ship



Champagne Toe-sts: The Strange History of Drinking Bubbly From Women’s Shoes

The strange, once-popular practice is said to be of Russian origin, dating back to the late 19th century.



Oregon Cabernet on the rise

Internationally renowned for Pinot Noir, the quality of Oregon’s Cabernet Sauvignon has now reached “unprecedented levels,” according to several producers in the state.

Argentina’s top grape varieties: More Malbec and Syrah

The most important grape in Argentina is Malbec and it has doubled its acreage in the last 15 years. It has now 18% of the vine surface in the country. Syrah has also increased its acreage substantially.

The wine expert and liquor store owner has been selling for 47 years, sober for 33.

I know my wines. This is my specialty – the nose knows. If I have to, I swirl and spit. And I always spit.

One man spent a decade studying hangovers. He may have found a cure.

Forget death and taxes: Hangovers may be society’s most brutal equalizer.

Wine By Numbers: How Cathy Huyghe Created Big Data for the Wine Industry

The ability to crunch and analyze trillions of points of data has transformed so many consumer-facing industries: retail, fitness, even groceries. So why, Cathy Huyghe wondered, had it not impacted an industry she (and many of us) loved dearly: wine?

How to Gift Wrap a Bottle of Wine 

Stumped on how to wrap a bottle of wine you’re gifting for the holidays? We’ve got you covered with 3 creative ways to give your gift a personal touch.

Is Copper Safe for Wine?

The European Union is considering severely limiting the use of copper sulfate to fight mildew in vineyards; organic farmers argue fungus will run rampant without it

Syrah or Shiraz, what does it mean for price?

Syrah and Shiraz are made from the same variety of grapes but what you call the wine on the label has a big impact on the price, according to research by Charles Sturt University (CSU).


As reported by Wine Spectator, the Wu-Tang Clan rapper has released Licataa Lambrusco in the US, which comes in a pale blue chrome bottle with an archer logo.


A man was left red-faced after his attempt at sabrage didn’t exactly go to plan, with the bottle exploding all over him as he tried to remove the cork with a knife.

How to Pretend to Know Something About Wine This Holiday Season

And Other Wine-Related Tips from American Wine Expert and Former Playboy Columnist, Dan Dunn

The Legalities of Hosting a Drink Event

Lawyers and event planners share tips for reducing the risk of alcohol-related accidents and limiting liability

Do Wine Drinkers Really Trade Up?

It’s a more complicated question than you might think


Fireball Cinnamon Whisky-dosed cupcakes are here, and all you have to do to make the dream come true is add Fireball to your cake batter.



What makes a wine vintage?

Knowing the differences between various vintages is of paramount importance to wine collectors

What Exactly Is Kosher Beer Anyway?

When it comes to beer, though, the rules start to get a bit fuzzier.


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