Liquor Industry News 05-13-19

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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


How Important Is a Wine’s Integrity?


A Scientist Explains Dry-Hopped Beer’s Juicy Secret


TTB’s Take on Alcohol Beverages Infused with Cannabidiol


 The 5 best questions to ask on a brewery tour

What can you do to get the most out of a brewery tour?



Wine drinkers don’t cheat much

A survey of Americans with different alcoholic beverage preferences to determine their cheating habits, academically and romantically.

Can people have a reaction to histamine in red wine?

Histamine is present in cheese, fish, meat, yeast products, vegetables and wine. It is known to be vasoactive, which means it constricts the blood vessels.

100-year-old woman reveals that drinking loads of wine is the secret to living longer

Florence Bearse recently celebrated her 100th birthday in Maine, New York, and when asked what her secret was to reaching the century milestone was, her response was enough to put smiles on the face of merlot drinkers everywhere.

We Need More Truthful Advertising in the Wine Industry

I see far too many industrial brands calling themselves “artisanal”, “family-owned” or claiming their wines are “hand-crafted” when they are anything but.

Could you be a Sommelier?

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What’s the difference between bourbon, scotch, and rye?

The Differences Between Ginger Ale and Ginger Beer, Explained

Though their names are almost identical, ginger beer and ginger ale are, in fact, two different drinks

Is Conor McGregor’s Whiskey to Blame for Jameson Sales Slump?

Proper No. Twelve accounted for just 4 percent of Irish whiskey sales in the U.S.


New Corona

Constellation Brands is rolling out its Corona Refresca flavored malt beverage label nationally. The 4.5% abv range includes Passionfruit Lime, Guava Lime, and Coconut Lime flavors, which each have 199 calories a 12-ounce serving. Passionfruit Lime and Guava Lime are available in 6-packs of cans retailing at $10, while a 12-pack featuring all three flavors will retail at $17. The national launch is being backed by national TV spots, digital, out-of-home, and social media initiatives. Last year, the Refresca line reached 59,000 cases, according to Impact Databank. Corona continues to drive growth within Constellation’s beer business, with the brand family’s total volume crossing 150 million (2.25-gallon) cases in the company’s fiscal year through February.


How Does Your Love of Wine Contribute to Climate Change?

Do wine consumers have a role in encouraging producers to take stronger steps to combat climate change? Some in the wine industry think they do, particularly by throwing their economic support to companies that are already acting decisively.


These Luxe Wine Carafes Will Totally Change How You Drink Wine

These wine carafes will bring out every note of your pinot noir — and look good doing it. (And they start at just $22!)


Why Drinking Red Wine May Save You From That Sore Throat

Could alcohol be a useful agent to treat tummy bugs and throat infections?


Amazon Ramps up Wine Sales

This year, US retailers have announced that 5994 stores will close. That number already exceeds last year’s total of 5864 closure announcements, according to a recent report from Coresight.


Beginner Wine Mistakes & Myths, Debunked by Sommeliers

Even if you’ve been drinking wine for a while, chances are you’ve fallen for some of wine’s myths, or found yourself making some mistakes once or twice.


Oregon discovering the value of Gamay

Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris certainly dominate Oregon production (with 59% and 15%, respectively, of the total harvest), yet industry attention is extending to other varieties.



The new Nielsen CGA Hotel Report, which measures consumer drinking habits in around 5,000 hotels in the US, showed that although 46% of American adults would drink beer during a regular drinking occasion this figures rose to 52% when they were at a hotel, with wine also showing a marginal uplift of 35%, compared to 34%.


New Mexico’s Deep Winemaking History

Grapes here benefit from some of the highest elevations in the country, sometimes above 6,000 feet.


Who Moved My Wine? The New Wine Buyers Who Play “Beat the Clock”

Which means that they play beat the clock when they come up again the wine wall.


Wine by the glass pitfalls

It is an issue with the way the wine is handled once the bottle is open.


What’s the point of wine evangelism?

It’s one thing to try and engage people with wine, says Robert Joseph. But it’s quite another to think that everybody has an inner wine lover who just needs to be liberated.



Did you know this existed?


Organic beer hasn’t caught on — why?

Of the 7,000-plus breweries in the United States, just a handful — a dozen or so, near as I can tell — make only organic beer,


Beer Advocate Magazine Ends Print Run
The enthusiast publisher pulls the plug after 12 years in print.


What Did Steve Jobs Know About the Booze Business? A Lot!

Marketing a brand with the consumer first mentality will guarantee that you have an audience to sell to.


What’s the point of wine evangelism?

It’s one thing to try and engage people with wine, says Robert Joseph. But it’s quite another to think that everybody has an inner wine lover who just needs to be liberated.


How Labels Sell Wines

Whether consumer or trade, when it comes to making a wine sale, aesthetics go a long way.


French Game of Thrones superfan develops his own Lannister wine

Rarely does an episode pass without one of the characters caught up in the savage struggle for the Iron Throne sipping a goblet or three, with Tyrion Lannister a particular fan of the vintage from the southern kingdom of Dorne.


Proudly Vegan Launches Range of 100% Vegan Wines in the USA

600-percent increase in the number of vegans in the U.S.A in the last 3 years and that 39% of Americans are trying to eat more plant-based foods.


Champagne earns GI status in Cambodia

The protection on French products in Cambodia is an important matter for French businesses. Today, Champagne becomes the first foreign product to be listed as a GI product in Cambodia,”


Olfactory age matter of taste

The way we perceive taste starts to change by the age of 60 – when the sensitivity of our sense of smell also starts to diminish – becoming severe from the age of 70.


Ripping the Label off Wine Labels

What Does Greater Transparency in Wine Labeling Mean for the Industry and Consumers? Wine Business Leaders From All Sides Weigh In.


Five Reasons Why Cabernet Sauvignon Loves French Oak

So, who is the king’s favorite mate when it comes time for his essential 12-plus months of beauty rest?


The Surprisingly Short History of Single-Malt Scotch

Up until the 1960s, “the fortunes of Scotland’s commercial whisky industry was based entirely on blended Scotch,”


Monks launch legal fight to protect water purity of Trappist beer

Belgian brothers fear Lhoist lime quarrying will threaten production of brew


Know A Wine Just By Looking At The Color

There are some fascinating insights you can gain just by looking at the color of red wine.


After working a harvest at Robert Mondavi and planting experimental blocks of Zinfandel in Arizona, in 1997 Phinney began developing his debut wine brand, The Prisoner, a blend of California Zinfandel, Cabernet and Petite Sirah that rocketed to success shortly after it launched.



The sparkling brut and still rosé wines, from Napa Valley, California, are blended mixed with both THC (the psychoactive component of the plant) and cannabidiol (CBD), derived from “organic craft cannabis.”


When Wine and Sauce Labels Were Glorious Works of Art

The wealthy once labeled their ketchup, soy sauce, and champagne with style.


France’s deliciously incestuous relationship between wine and medicine,

People from all over France came to the hospital to receive ‘wine treatments’, which were exactly what they sound like: up to two bottles a day of wine to treat various ailments.



What’s a Super Tuscan and is the Term Still Relevant?

Super Tuscans arrived decades ago. It was a category born of frustration with Italy’s traditional wine production rules.



TTB’s Take on Alcohol Beverages Infused with Cannabidiol

The hot topic of alcohol beverages (especially beer) infused with hemp-derived ingredients–with cannabidiol (CBD) as the clear focus of industry interest.


The Science Behind Your Cheap Wine

How advances in bottling, fermenting and taste-testing are democratizing a once-opaque liquid


Jackson Family Wines CEO calls for protections against imports

Saying he believes foreign wine imports could exceed the number of U.S. brands sold in America by 2050, Jackson Family Wines CEO Rick Tigner on Wednesday called for a reciprocal tax to ensure fair trade, not free trade.


Cahors: A French wine region seeks to regain malbec crown

Malbec is so closely associated with Argentina that some wine drinkers may think the South American country is the grape’s historic home.


Six-figures on booze? People actually spend a surprising amount on alcohol!


More proof that millennials are beer snobs

Americans spend $60 a month on craft beer, according to a new survey — more than the average cost of a cell phone bill


A Scientist Explains Dry-Hopped Beer’s Juicy Secret

For those not currently arguing about its benefits on Reddit, “dry-hopping” is a term used to describe the practice of adding hops to a beer-in-progress during or after fermentation.


The Science of Enzymes in Winemaking

Understanding enzyme use in winemaking can shed light on the nature of grapes and wine development


New Smirnoff

Diageo has expanded Smirnoff’s line of flavored vodkas with Smirnoff Zero Sugar Infusions. The 30% abv extension comes in three flavors—Cucumber & Lime, Watermelon & Mint, and Strawberry & Rose—each with 72 calories per 1.5-ounce serving. The release is supported by ads featuring Ted Danson and Cecily Strong, which are currently on YouTube and will air on national TV in June. Smirnoff Zero Sugar Infusions are now rolling out across the U.S. for a suggested price of $12 a 750-ml. Last year, Smirnoff slipped 1% to 9.1 million cases in the U.S., according to Impact Databank.

High Noon

E.&J. Gallo Winery has launched High Noon, a new hard seltzer brand made with vodka and fruit juice. The 4.5% abv seltzers are available in watermelon, black cherry, grapefruit, and pineapple flavors and all contain 100 calories per 12-ounce can. To support the brand, Gallo has invested in TV, out-of-home, and digital activations. The gluten-free drinks are currently distributed in 32 states across the U.S. for $2.50 for a single can and $10 for a 4-pack of 12-ounce cans.






How Important Is a Wine’s Integrity?

So why do wineries use additives?


Private label emerges in the US

US retailers have yet to adopt private label in the high-quality way of their European peers. But, as Jeff Siegel reports, that may be about to change.


Meet Wine’s Worst Enemy, Phylloxera

Starting around 1860, a tiny yellow louse called phylloxera (pronounced fi-lok-SUH-ruh) decimated Europe’s vineyards, brought to the continent unknowingly by Victorian-era botanists through American native vines.


What happens to the fruit used in wine?

Typical wine is created by crushing and fermenting grapes, of course, but wine can be made from just about any fruit.


Do you pour from a wine bottle for what’s in it — or what’s behind it?

How do you choose a wine? Whether it tastes good and how much it costs are the basic criteria of any wine purchase. Beyond that, how do you whittle down the choices to decide which wine to pluck from the shelf and place in your cart?–or-whats-behind-it/2019/05/03/d2c3b492-6cf7-11e9-be3a-33217240a539_story.html?utm_term=.bee375ac79a5



Wine Drinking Should Be Pointless: Why It’s Time to Stop Scoring Wine

A single number never defines the full story.

The Best Wine Aerators

If you’re on the hunt for a wine aerator, you know that these little gadgets can seriously improve the quality of your wine.

Hibiscus Sangria (Sangria de Jamaica)

In Mexico and Central America, flor de jamaica refers to a species of hibiscus used to make a striking ruby-colored infusion with a rich citrus flavor.


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