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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 to decode a wine label like a pro

The 25 Most Important IPAs Right Now, Ranked



A Law Used Against Mobsters May Prevent Cannabis From Hurting Wine

Cannabis crops compete with vineyards for water and they tend to increase the value of land. In addition, some believe cannabis crops have the potential to contaminate grape crops; a recent court case took up that issue, but with a twist.


That Wine Simile That Everyone Uses

Fine wine is a vague term, that can change meaning depending on who you’re talking to.

Pumpkin beer in August. Summer Ale in March. Do brewers know what season it is?

You’re just as likely to see Christmas ales pop up before Thanksgiving. Seasonal Irish reds may show up in the depths of winter

The hard seltzer gamble

The summer is over, but beer companies are banking the hard seltzer trend is here to stay.

Red Blends Are More Popular Than Ever With U.S. Wine Drinkers

Cabernet Sauvignon is the undisputed top-selling red wine varietal in the United States, but the second-most-popular choice is far less specific.

That would be red blends, now sitting at No. 2

Massachusetts wine sales post mixed results

It appears that wine sales in Massachusetts will probably end the year as a mixed bag, with solid sales growth for some sectors and little to none for others–wine-sales-post-mixed-results


Multiple celebrity-backed tequilas are gold medal winners. For many stars-turned-distillers, this is clearly something more than a vanity project.



Jose Cuervo creates Day of the Dead designs

Consumers can purchase the Dia de Muertos Jose Cuervo Silver and Reposado bottles from across the US ahead of the annual celebration, which will take place on 2 November.

Dewar’s Unveils Caribbean Smooth, The First In A Series Of New Cask-Finished Expressions

Dewar’s Scotch whisky is launching Dewar’s Caribbean Smooth, an 8-year-old, double-aged Scotch finished in Caribbean rum casks. The new release, which carries a retail price of $22, combines up to 40 single malt and grain whiskies aged at least eight years and finished in ex-Caribbean rum casks for around six months. The casks were filled at the Dewar’s aging warehouses in Glasgow.

The Dewar’s plan is for Caribbean Smooth to be the first in a series of cask finishes at this entry-level pricing tier. “Cask finishes have hitherto mainly been confined to single malts or above-$30 blends,” says Brian Cox, vice president, Dewar’s Scotch whisky, North America. “With this series, we intend to bring these flavor profiles to a broader market. We see this as significant, as in the longer term it’s important to feed the entry level in order to have a premiumization ladder.”

Caribbean Smooth follows the Dewar’s “double-aging” process, whereby single grain and single malt whiskies, all matured at least eight years, are blended together and returned to oak casks for about six months. In the case of Caribbean Smooth, the blend is then finished in Caribbean rum casks.

What Are Sulfites in Wine? Everything You Need to Know

This article looks at the uses and side effects of sulfites in wine, plus some easy ways to limit your sulfite intake.

You can now enjoy a cup of tea and glass of wine in one drink

Its currently only available in Australian alcohol chain Dan Murphy’s.

Is wine by the glass a rip-off?

Like most things in life, the answer to whether wine by the glass is a rip-off is pretty much: Well, that depends.

What’s Amphora Wine?

To geek out just for a second, amphora is something of a misnomer.


How much does a wine’s vintage really matter?

Since the weather changes from year to year or even day to day, it makes perfect sense to me that no two vintages ever taste exactly the same.


Hot temperatures “damage” Spanish wine production

August 2019 was the fifth consecutive August with above average temperatures. Although rainfall during the month matched the yearly average of 23 liters a square meter, this rain didn’t fall evenly, but in damaging heavy storms, meaning some areas received the yearly average in as little as a single hour.


5 Tips for Cooking with Wine

Here are five suggestions for cooking with wine:


Is There Actually Any Pumpkin in Pumpkin Beer?

The spice flavors are what drinkers associate with pumpkin beer, not the flavor of actual pumpkin.

It’s official: pink beer is a thing

Rosé beer has officially become a thing

Can Marijuana Odor Taint Wine Grapes?

Instead of “smoke taint,” call it “smoking taint.”

Everything You Need To Know About ‘Smashable’ Reds, A Wine Category That Breaks All The Rules

Compared to the typical red, smashables are lighter in body but full in flavor


Welcome fall with pears baked in wine

Choose Anjou, Bartlett, Bosc or other not too ripe but not too mushy pears



How the Hell is White Claw Hard Seltzer Outselling Budweiser?

This is no joke. Millennials are drinking staggering amounts of hard seltzer instead of beer.


If You Don’t Like Our Wine Vocabulary, Suggest an Alternative

Finding a way to communicate about the flavors, aromas, and textures of a wine became essential to the health of the wine community.


Should Tasting Fees Be Waived with Purchase?

Before you decide whether you wish to waive the tasting fee for any guest who buys, you might want to do a cost analysis to discover how much a tasting actually costs.


Wine Scores Are The Worst Marketing Technique – So Stop It!

Receiving a 100 point score was a game changer for wineries and instantly catapulted them from obscurity to fame and success. But, is that still the case today?



Get Ready For Cancer Warnings on Wine Labels

Is the wine industry doing anything to combat this attack?

Why Mexican Wine Is No Longer a Restaurant Novelty

Mexican winemaking is not new. It’s been practiced since Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés was said to have brought the Mission grape (now known to be Listán Prieto) to the Americas in the 16th century.

Maker’s Mark releases 2019 Wood Finishing Bourbon

The new expression joins permanent bottlings Maker’s Mark 46 and Maker’s Mark Private Select in the collection, with additional limited edition Bourbons to be released in the coming years.


Among the recipes are classic cocktails from the 1920s, including The Clover Club and Mint Julep, alongside libations inspired by characters in the show, such as the Downton Heir, Turkish Attaché, The Valet and The Chauffeur.


How Many Glasses in a Bottle and Other Wine Facts

What’s Inside a Bottle of Wine


Turn Your Old Corks Into Cash! (The Bottles, Too)

How To Sell On Ebay



12 Of The Most Impressive Wineries In The World

These are impressive facilities that have the sole purpose of connoting the gravitas of the wine within.

Hard Cold Brew

MillerCoors is rolling out La Colombe Hard Cold Brew Coffee, a new offering created with La Colombe Coffee Roasters. Initially launching in Massachusetts, Florida, and Colorado, the newcomer is at 4.2% abv and is made from medium-roasted Colombian and Brazilian cold brew coffee, alcohol, cane sugar, and natural flavor. It’s debuting with two flavors, Black and Vanilla, and sells in 4-packs of 9-ounce cans and single-serve 9-ounce cans.


What ingredients are really in wine?

Wineries make it difficult to know every ingredient used in their wines


How to Pair Wine with Pears

The many types of pears can be quite different, but most share certain qualities and complementary flavors that make wine pear-ing a breeze.


Rodney Strong Wine Estates Announces Launch of Upshot White Blend

UPSHOT is defined as the final positive outcome of an action or series of events, in this case – the growing season and blending process


Pinotage, South Africa’s Very Own National Grape

Some loved it, many were less enthusiastic




Since the year 2000 Nestlé has launched over 200 different KitKat flavours, including matcha tea, soy sauce, cherry blossom, edamame and umeshu.


The 25 Most Important IPAs Right Now, Ranked

This includes the ones everyone’s already talking about, plus those we should be — and will be — drinking more in the months to come.


Six of the Best Vodka Mixers

Vodka is supposed to be flavorless, says the TTB, the government bureau that regulates alcohol.


99 percent of Sonoma County Vineyards Certified Sustainable

The record-breaking percentage of vineyards certified sustainable was announced five years after 1,800 said they were committed to pursuing best management practices and having their properties certified sustainable by a third party.


Your Definitive Guide to NFL Wines and Winemakers

14 teams have official wines, while retired Hall-of-Famers are making their own plays on the grape field


Here Are The Major Types Of Red Wine

Never get embarrassed in a wine store again!


Are Online Wine Courses Worth Your Time?

Our wine columnist found copious information just a click away—but the pedagogy wasn’t always A+


Want to Join a Wine Club? Here’s What You Need to Know

You’ll learn about wines and make friends.


Tips to Follow When Choosing Good Quality Wine

Your experience of choosing wine based on your knowledge is magical.


Rethinking the Classic Oak Barrel for Wine

Many people know wine is often aged in oak barrels. But there are a number of different ways to ferment and age a wine, from clay amphorae to concrete eggs.


The Complete Guide to Phylloxera

Phylloxera is famous as the pest that destroyed vast areas of European vineyard in the 19th Century, almost wiping out some of the world’s greatest wine regions.


Notice of Emergency Regulation

The MA Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission has issued an emergency regulation, effective immediately, that amends 204 CMR 2.08, “Inducements,” to prohibit the receipt of inducements by any licensee.

Key terms to help you find the bottle of your dreams

Here are common wine tasting terms with brief explanations that can help you interpret tasting notes or those wine-geek conversations at dinner parties.

In case you’ve ever wondered, these are the best wines to pair with tailgate foods

Dare we suggest wine as an alternative Sunday Funday drink of choice?

How to decode a wine label like a pro

Some tips on how to get the most important information off a wine bottle label,



The World’s Best Value Pinot Noir

Value and Pinot Noir in the same sentence? Oh yes, indeed – let us show you how.



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