Liquor Industry News 03-11-19

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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


Can Scotch have terroir, like wine?

Is this a good time to douse people in wine?

The New ‘Game of Thrones’ Beer Arrives


New Ste Michelle

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates has launched Prayers of Sinners & Saints, a new pair of wines. A blend of 90% Syrah and 10% Merlot, Prayers of Sinners is aged in new and once-used barrels for 10-12 months prior to bottling. Prayers of Saints, meanwhile, is a 100% Chardonnay offering that includes 7% “Black Chardonnay”—so-called because the juice is oxidized before fermentation, thus reducing bitterness—and is aged in a combination of French and American oak barrels. Both wines will be available starting in March, retailing at $13 a 750-ml.

Concerns over plans to ‘modernize’ alcohol labels

A trio of consumer groups has criticised the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) over its proposal to “modernise” alcohol labels without making nutritional information mandatory.


A Swiss wine buyer visiting Australia was allegedly charged AUS$8,000 (£4,386) in corkage, having brought eight bottles of his own wine to a restaurant in Melbourne.

Bud’s Super Bowl Ad Threatens to Derail Beer Alliance

Industry wide campaign to revive beer sales is on the rocks after a fight broke out between brewers

Did you look forward to last night’s bottle of wine a bit too much?

Women’s relationship with alcohol has become a hot topic.



Inside Penfolds’ clinic for testing the health of your Grange

Unique in the wine world, Penfolds Red Wine Re-Corking Clinics allow owners of Penfolds’ hallowed drop to get their bottles of Grange assessed by experts.

Inside the Greek wine industry

While times have been tough, with the Greek economy still fragile and unpredictable, the Greek wine sector has been a bright exception.

Glyphosate pesticide in beer and wine

Test results and future solutions

The Wines of Portugal (Organized by Region)

Here is a great overview of everything you need to get started with Portuguese wine.

Old Vines That Still Make Great Wine

A celebration of distinct old-vine vineyards from the New World and Old World, plus the magnificent wines they yield.

This Wine Straw Lets You Drink Directly From The Bottle

For all the wine lovers out there!

Film Series Brings Wine Business Icons into the Classroom

Leadership Interview Series Examines Decision-making in Building Leading Global Brands

The Best Hangover Relief, Preferred by Doctors and Celebrities, Is 99.9% Perfect

To stick a needle in your arm and pump yourself with fluid seems outrageous, but, honest to God, it works


Glenfiddich is the world’s leading single malt whisky distiller and sold 1.22 million 9-liter cases in 2017 alone.

The Science of Bubbles in Wine

Examining the effervescence in sparkling wine and its influence on mouthfeel, flavor, and aroma

Finding the right wine expert to help you select your next bottle

To what extent do wine experts agree in their evaluation of wines? Does it matter where the expert lives and how they were trained?

Handwritten Fonts on Menus Can Make Food Seem Healthier, Says Study

The way a restaurant’s menu can impact your dining experience might be more significant than you think.

Mapping Italy’s Vineyards – The Groundbreaking Work of Alessandro Masnaghetti

If you’re a wine lover, I think that a love of maps in inherent in your discipline. No doubt then that you would find the maps of Alessandro Masnaghetti from Italy as truly stunning

Natural Light Dropped A Strawberry Lemonade Beer That’s Made For People Who Don’t Actually Like Beer

It’s a light lager brewed with strawberry lemonade flavor

New Bread And Butter Wine

WX Brands has expanded its Bread & Butter Wines brand with the addition of a rosé. The inaugural 2018 vintage is a Grenache-based blend from California that will retail for $16. It joins Bread & Butter’s existing Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon offerings. Bread & Butter Rosé is now available in select markets and will roll out nationally later this year. Bread & Butter has enjoyed strong progress in the U.S. recently, with depletions leaping 60% to above 300,000 cases last year, according to Impact Databank.

There’s a beer that tastes just like Lucky Charms

Smartmouth Brewing Company has a limited supply of its Saturday Morning IPA brewed with cereal marshmallows at its Norfolk, Va., brewery

What’s Brewing? Will the craft beer bubble ever pop?

Some people are concerned the growth is reminiscent of the housing market that suddenly crashed in 2007. Is there such thing as a craft beer “bubble” and, if so, will it pop?

3 European Wine Regions Producing High-Quality Pinot Noir

The benchmark for Pinot Noir, Burgundy reigns supreme. But viable alternatives exist in a few European wine regions.

Flat wine bottles could cut costs and emissions, says firm

Case big enough for four round glass bottles can hold 10 letterbox-sized plastic ones

A Beginner’s Guide to the Wines of Veneto

Italy’s Veneto diversity goes well beyond Prosecco and Pinot Grigio. Learn about the wines of Valpolicella, Soave and Bardolino.

Waxing philosophical on wax and wine

The capsule today is largely an advertising gimmick/opportunity

Sour IPAs Manage to Be Both Complicated and Crowd-Pleasing

The tart, hoppy brews are made with the softest malts, the trendiest hops, and the most luscious fruit purées.

The Ultimate Guide to Beer Glass Types

The number of potential options is far too many to list, but we’ll take you through a quick guide for some of the best glasses for beer.


Losing the Prosecco name would be ‘catastrophic’

The Australian Government is currently conducting free trade negotiations with the European Union (EU) and arguments are being had over whether Prosecco is a geographical indicator (GI), like Champagne, or a grape variety.

Millennials are not killing the wine industry. We are.

Sometimes the wine industry can turn into its own worst enemy. Why do we care so much about how people hold their wine glass?


Love the taste of whiskey? Thank an oak tree

Historically the wooden barrel has been the world’s most important shipping container, only comparable to today’s large iron shipping containers, the holding vessels of our globalized consumer society.


How to prune grapevines

Understanding growth, fruiting characteristics of grapevine helps simplify pruning process


The New ‘Game of Thrones’ Beer Arrives Just in Time for the Final Season

For a long time now, Brewery Ommegang has been making official Game of Thrones beers. Often, they’re far more clever than you’d expect


Smirnoff: a brand history

The original vision behind the brand was to take the highest­-quality vodka the Czars had access to and bring it to the masses,


Is There Such Thing as Good Cabernet Under $20?

It’s the ultimate question.

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Gigantic Floods Made Washington Wine Country

Washington wines are famous for bold fruit, zesty acidity and balanced tannins, but why?


Can Georgian wine win over global drinkers?

The former Soviet state of Georgia is considered to be the birthplace of winemaking. But as it aims to boost exports around the world, will its unique wines be too challenging for most drinkers?


This Is Why Wine Is So Expensive in Restaurants

Wine prices double the moment you walk through a restaurant’s door. Here are the restaurants have the highest markups and how to find a decent value.



American actress Sarah Jessica Parker, famous for playing Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City, is launching a wine range in collaboration with New Zealand winery Invivo.



New Ready To Drink Item

Russian Standard vodka is launching its ready-to-drink Moscow Mule nationwide. Clocking in at 8% abv, the canned cocktail is made with natural flavors and packaged in a 12-ounce copper-colored can, in a nod to the traditional Moscow Mule mug. The Russian Standard Moscow Mule is retail priced at $15 a 4-pack of cans. Roust Americas, the U.S. subsidiary of Russian Standard producer Roust Group, handles the brand stateside.



As with any spirit, there is diversity within the category. Certain vodkas are light and crisp, others are round and viscous, and some smell alarmingly like nail polish remover.


Is this a good time to douse people in wine? A helpful guide

A guide as to when it might be appropriate to douse people in wine. Are you currently in any of the following situations?



Can Scotch have terroir, like wine? Breaking down effects of grain, water, peat and barrels

The flavor of place, or terroir, comes up frequently in discussions of wine. But how to talk sensibly about terroir in whisky?


Cariñena: Spain’s Home of Garnacha

D.O.P. Cariñena was named by Wine Enthusiast as a region to watch in 2016 – and for good reason. The food-friendly wines from this historic region feature great value and intense flavors.,1DP51,74ID5P,4JHZK,1


Pairing Snacks and Wine

Whether you prefer red or white—or even Champagne—there’s a bottle to uncork that will play just as nice with your snacks as it might with a steak.


Did you know? What exactly goes into a bottle of French wine (apart from grapes)

Wine producers in France don’t have to label all the ingredients included in their product so we’ve looked at what your bottle of wine really contains (other than grapes). WARNING this article might put you off wine.


Tempranillo: workhouse wine or thoroughbred tipple?

Both the cheapest and most expensive wines in Spain are made from the same grape variety: tempranillo.

Grilled Steak and Cabernet Sauvignon Pairing

The flavors of this tender cut of steak covered in a homemade salsa verde are ideal for enjoying with a rich Cabernet.


The Danger of Biased Drinking Studies

A recent report on the effects of drinking raises some questions – about the people behind it.


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