Liquor Industry News 04-29-19

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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


Why Weed and Wine Have More in Common Than You Think

Are Crazy State Liquor Laws Constitutional?

A guide to all of the Boston area’s beer and wine gardens in 2019




Diageo will also be removing plastic packaging from multipacks of beer products including Harp and Smithwick’s.


The Australian Ministry of Agriculture has announced the development of a ‘Wine Label Intellectual Property Directory’ to prevent “dodgy copies” of wines from being exported, especially to its most lucrative market – China.

New JD

Brown-Forman is rolling out a new high-end Jack Daniel’s extension in the U.S. Formerly a travel retail exclusive, Jack Daniel’s No. 27 Gold Tennessee Whiskey is aged in new charred American white oak barrels, then transitioned to maple wood barrels. The upscale expression also sees an additional charcoal filtration after aging. No. 27 Gold (40% abv) is suggested to be served neat or on the rocks and retails at $100 a bottle. According to Impact Databank, the core Jack Daniel’s brand was up 0.3% to 5.25 million cases in the U.S. last year.

The Truth About Big Box Whiskies

These bottles are created specifically and exclusively for large retailers and go by either a fictitious brand name (like Shieldaig) or a store brand, like Costco’s Kirkland.

The 5 new types of wine you need to know about

Looking for something new, different and unusual?

The Best AVA Not on the Label

The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater AVA hasn’t been seen much on front labels


Cîroc debuts Summer Watermelon vodka

Diageo has extended its Cîroc vodka line with a limited edition Summer Watermelon variant in the US.

Evan Williams launches apple-flavored Bourbon

Heaven Hill Brands has added an apple-flavoured Bourbon to its Evan Williams range.


Why American Winemakers Are Embracing Melon de Bourgogne

The Loire variety is gaining traction. Is it ripe for a renaissance in the New World?


Fake Smiling At Work Makes You More Likely To Drink Heavily, Study Says

A study conducted by the Pennsylvania State University analyzed the drinking habits of 1,592 service workers including nurses, teachers, and individuals who work in the food industry.


10 celebrities you didn’t realize had alcohol brands

It seems that celebrities rarely reach a certain level of prominence without having at least one branded product in their name, be it a fragrance, clothing line, or a collection of wellness items. In some cases, stars even choose to tie their name to different types of alcohol.


Beyond Bubble Wrap: How Six Industry Insiders Travel With Wine

What’s the best way to travel with wine bottles?


A sommelier explains what it means when a wine has a ‘personality’

In order for a wine to just be more than just itself, it has to have a personality.


Learn the Five S’s of Wine Tasting

To evaluate wine, it all comes down to the “five S’s.”


Little-Known Italian Grapes on the Rise

From Rossese Bianco to Schioppettino, these emerging varieties should be on your radar


Which Wine? Navigating the Retail Wine Wall’s Fluid Map

What’s the best way to organize supermarket products to facilitate consumer purchases?


Why are most wine lists so bad? Can anything be done?

Look, I’m a wine professional. I know a bit. But in most restaurants, faced with their list I’m just guessing when I choose a wine. So imagine how it is for normal people?



The movement towards sustainable practices in Champagne continues to gather momentum, as the Comité Champagne signals its desire to have 100% of producers certified by 2030.


Tannin timing

Tannin accumulation is the enemy of anyone who tastes many wines in a short period.


Beer Battle Over Keg Technology

As U.S. beer drinkers seek quality over quantity, Heineken and Anheuser-Busch are locked in a legal battle over serving the freshest brew



Spirits with shocking ingredients

Beaver secretion, scorpions and elephant dung are just some of the outlandish ingredients used in spirits. We take a look at the brands that have taken bold moves when it comes to selecting weird substances for production.



The 2018 harvest has been officially classified as a ‘Good’ vintage by the Regulatory Board of Rioja DOCa.

9 Things You Should Know About Collective Arts Brewing

Collective Arts Brewing is all about bringing craft beer and art together.

A Beginner’s Guide to the Wines of Sicily

Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, served as a crossroads for ancient civilizations.

Prosecco Leads The Italian Wine Market, But At What Cost?

The taking over of the vineyards is not only threatening diversity in the environment but it is also damaging the surrounding flora and the health of the people living in the area.

A cardiologist revealed the truth behind red wine’s health benefits

In the video above, we looked into the history of red wine and asked Dr. Harkin how the beverage can affect our health.

Study Reveals Bartenders’ 13 Most-Recommended Spirits Brands

Patrón took the top spot for overall spirit for the second year in a row, also claiming the top spot for tequila.

US mezcal consumption climbs 32% in 2018

Consumption of mezcal in the US grew by 32.4% in 2018 – the largest gain across all spirit categories, according to new data.

Sammy Hagar and Guy Fieri to launch Tequila

Launching in May, Santo Fino Blanco Tequila is described as an “old world-style” Tequila and is made with 100% blue weber agave.

Beer That Tastes Like Beer But Doesn’t Get You Buzzed Is Booming

Alcohol-free brews let nondrinkers feel like part of the bar scene.

Budweiser launches commemorative Apollo 11 Moon landing beer

The Budweiser Discovery Reserve American Red Lager salutes the “pioneering American spirit” that propelled the historic event, while recognizing the next great space frontier, Mars.

All You Ever Wanted to Know About Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine (And More)

Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a French wine appellation known for its bold Grenache-based red blends.

New Whisky

Irving, Texas-based Silver Screen Bottling Co. will release The Fixer, a blended whiskey based on the Showtime series Ray Donovan. Named for the titular character’s underworld profession, The Fixer is now in pre-sales for $40 a 750-ml. before shipping begins in June. The 45% abv blend is 40% four-year-old Bourbon and 60% two-year-old whiskey. Ray Donovan, which has aired six seasons, stars Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight. Silver Screen Bottling has previously produced tie-in spirits for Star Trek and the movie Predator.

A guide to all of the Boston area’s beer and wine gardens in 2019

Sunshine and beer are a perfect pair.


For more than 50 years, the Davies family have operated the California vineyards, producing world-class sparkling wine modeled after the vintage Champagne method practiced France,

A Guide to Chillable Red Wine

While Gamayand Pinot Noir are well-known contenders, the varieties listed here are also ripe for the refrigerator. Whatever you select, serve it at 50–60˚F.

Round 2 on Legislation for Labeling Texas Appellation Wines

Two years ago, a small group of Texas wineries found a legislator who was willing to introduce a bill in the Texas House of Representatives that would require all wines with a Texas appellation to contain 100 percent Texas-grown grapes. The bill never moved out of committee.

9 Rieslings for People Who Think They Hate Riesling

Ready to rethink Riesling?


New JD App

Jack Daniel’s is releasing a smartphone app that uses augmented reality to illustrate the history of the brand. The app uses a phone’s camera to recognize a bottle of Jack Daniel’s whiskey. On-screen, the bottle’s label will fold out like a pop-up book in a series of informative dioramas on the Cave Spring water used and the distilling process, among others. This brand activation follows a virtual reality experience in 2016 and the launch of the official Jack Daniel’s podcast, “Around the Barrel,” last year. The app is available now as a free download on the Apple and Google Play stores.

Trentodoc: Italy’s Answer To Champagne Could Be Your Next Bubbly Obsession

Trentodoc, the name for the style of Italian sparkling wine from the Trentino region, is made by metodo classico, which is to say, in the French style of making Champagne

Are Crazy State Liquor Laws Constitutional?

Today, the labyrinth-like legal apparatus constructed in Prohibition’s wake is just as likely to provide protection for entrenched alcohol interests as it is to encourage the responsible distribution and sale of beer, wine, and spirits.

A changing climate means an evolving Long Island wine industry

While discussions about climate change often evoke images of melting ice caps and dying coral reefs, winemakers, who are intrinsically in tune with changes in weather patterns, are concerned about the industry’s viability in the face of a changing climate.


What does it mean if a wine has a “bolt of iron”?

Sometimes wines have a metallic note to them. It’s neither a positive nor negative attribute (unless you don’t care for that type of flavor).

How did the taster come to the conclusion it reminded them of iron and not another type of metal? We don’t typically go around sucking on pieces of iron. But if you’ve ever tasted blood, blood tastes like iron. Other irony things you may have come across include raw steak, the smell of a butcher shop, or water that comes from old iron pipes. Sometimes athletes can have a metallic, bloody taste in their mouth after a workout, and some vitamins and medicines leave a similar aftertaste. A related descriptor is “sanguine,” which is a nice way to say “bloody.” I’ve also seen wines described as “steely” and “tinny” (“tinny” usually carries a negative connotation). Metallic notes sometimes overlap with minerallity.

As far as the “bolt” in this descriptor, I don’t think the taster was referring to “a metal fastener made of iron.” Rather, they meant it as a metaphorical flash of lightning of this iron flavor. When tasting a wine, sometimes elements crescendo, or fade away, creep up or sing in harmony with other elements. Here I’m imagining that iron note was “striking. “

Why Choosing the Second Cheapest Wine on the Menu Isn’t Such a Good Idea

Restaurants are well aware of this customer habit and might even use it to their advantage by taking a bottle they’re looking to get rid of and placing it in the second-cheapest slot.

50 People Try to Open a Bottle of Wine

Watch as 50 people try to open a wine bottle using corkscrews, screwdriver, hammers and knives!

Why Weed and Wine Have More in Common Than You Think

Cannabis and Cabernet have a lot in common

Making Game of Thrones Booze Is a Game of ‘Cat-and-Mouse’

A brewery, a winemaker, and a whisky master took us inside their fast-selling collaborations with the notoriously tight-lipped series.



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