Liquor Industry News 01-24-22

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By: Mark C Lenzi



Liquor Industry Week In Review

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

This Weeks Highlights:

New Products

The Absolute Best Wines To Pair With Steak 

10 Winter Vodka Cocktails to Keep You Toasty

3/4 people find the ‘rules of wine’ intimidating, study says

Need wine advice? Put down the app and ask your local shop.

Why would consumers rely on a point score instead of trusting their own palates

What is Sustainable Farming?

By adopting more environmentally responsible farming and business practices, we up the odds of survival for our irreplaceable Planet Earth.

Can your nail varnish tell you if your drink has been spiked?

New Netflix hit Stay Close has got fans talking, as it features a special nail varnish which changes colour when dipped into a spiked drink. But does it actually exist?

The 15 Best Whiskeys to Drink in 2022

 Here are 15 of the best whiskeys to drink in 2022. Good luck finding them!

Corona, Modelo, and Pacifico Beer Prices Predicted to Increase in 2022

Specifically, a dearth of brown glass is predicted to affect prices of Modelo Negra and Pacifico, and others known for their signature brown glass bottles.

A Virtual Tasting Focused on Organic Wines? Where’s My Glass?

A new subscription service sells hard-to-find offerings from small winemakers who follow organic and biodynamic practices.

France adds eight new varietals to approved wine grape lists

News filtering out through official channels in France takes a little while but the bylaw of 23 December 2021 (published on 30 December) slipped through quietly last week, establishing eight new grape varieties on the country’s official list of approved grapes for wine production (they were introduced on a temporary basis seven years ago).

Of the eight, Xarel-lo (or “Xarello” in the official French text) is probably the best-known and can now cross the border from its Catalonian home into France. The remaining seven would be quite the test of a casual ampelographer’s knowledge.

Five hail from Corsica. They are the white Brustianu (likely originating from the Ajaccio region), Rossula bianca from southern Corsica, Cualtacciu (from the Balagne region in the north, near Calvi), and Uva Biancona. Vintaghju is the sole Corsican red variety of the bunch, remarkable for the deep color of its wines.

Another officially sanctioned French native is Felen, a white grape reportedly from the Aveyron department in southern France.

Finally, Fleurtai is a white, disease-resistant, interspecific hybrid produced at the University of Udine, Italy, by crossing Friulano (also known as Tocai, Sauvignon Vert, or Sauvignonasse) with the Kozma 20-3 hybrid. Fleurtai has the same parentage as Soreli (Blanc), already adopted in France and a permitted grape in the IGP Côtes Catalanesregion.

No news yet on which IGPs or appellations will adopt the latest varieties although for many it appears drought tolerance and disease resistance is a prominent factor in their adoption.

MA Package stores pushing ‘compromise’ ballot question

Measure would lift, but not eliminate, license cap

A Cork Dork’s Guide to Alternative Wine Closures

While alternative styles of bottle closures are nothing new to the wine world — as screw caps and composite corks are becoming industry staples — there are myriad new types of wine closures that have been making the rounds lately.

Who Invented the Cup? The Indiana Jones of Drinks Might Know

For fans of wine, science and the Indiana Jones series, the job title “molecular archaeologist of fermented beverages” sounds like a lottery-winning career. But how does one enter this fascinating field?

American White Oak, used for Bourbon casks, struggles to regenerate

American white oak, often used for whisky and Bourbon casks, is facing challenges after struggling to regenerate across the eastern US.

Where to go Wine Tasting in Boston

We’ve got the scoop on where to go wine tasting in Boston, Massachusetts!

3/4 people find the ‘rules of wine’ intimidating, study says

3/4 of people find wine etiquette intimidating, while 67% of respondents believe that there are right and wrong ways to drink wine, a new study has found.

Woman tasting wine at a cellar smelling into a glass

14 Things You Need to Know About Modelo

The stealthiest of Mexican beers, Modelo may be the lesser known in a lineup of beach beers served with lime, but its relative anonymity hasn’t stopped it from becoming the fastest-growing beer in the United States.

Japan adds three Geographically Indicated wine regions

On June 30, wines of Nagano, Yamagata and Osaka received a GI (Geographical Indication) status. In addition to “Yamanashi” in 2013 and “Hokkaido” in 2018, Japan now has five GIs for wines.

9 Questions About Riesling That You’re Too Afraid to Ask, Answered

Riesling is definitely one of the most misunderstood grapes in the entire wine world.

22 Cocktail Recipes to Make in 2022

When we asked cocktail pros to give us their trend predictions for 2022, we got even more excited to drink delicious cocktails in the new year.

Your Guide to Mezcal—And Why Agave Type Matters

Few spirits draw as many parallels with wine as mezcal.

Campari’s Secret History

The authors of The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails share their five most surprising discoveries, including a lost link between the Italian brand and the earliest British bitters.

Bota Box Introduces Ready-to-Drink Margarita Wine Cocktails on Tap

Bota’Rita Margarita wine cocktails will launch at retail in March of 2022 with two flavors,  Classic Lime and Strawberry, made from the quality Bota Box wine that consumers love, blended  with real agave, lime juice and natural flavors that together deliver a classic margarita taste on tap.

Mark Wahlberg has launched his own Tequila

Ted star Mark Wahlberg is about to launch his own line of Tequila with Flecha Azul.

The Whiskey Men Who Helped Launch Muhammad Ali’s Career

Though he was legally able to drink by then, he had no interest in doing so. Still, he wanted to celebrate his Olympic win in style, so he ordered a Coke.

“And put one drop of whiskey in it,” he told the bartender.

Here Are the Wine Trends Reddit Thinks We’ll See in 2022

It started with a simple prompt: “Wine people of the world! What do you think are the newest wine trends we will see in 2022?”

Exploring the World of Red Sparkling Wines

Who says bubbly can’t be red?

Find a golden beer can? Budweiser giving away $1 million with Willy Wonka-like contest

Anheuser-Busch InBev is giving Budweiser fans a chance to “Live Like a King.”

What Will Be the Next Darling of the Wine World? Here Are Four Varieties to Watch

Wine is similar to fashion. Some styles seem to have their moment in the sun, when everyone wants them

Debunking Chianti myths, speaking Chianti truths.

There is no Italian wine more closely tied to the country’s culture and history than the wine we know today as Chianti.

Swiss wine might be hard to find but it’s very easy to love

Ever tried Heida, Rezé and Petite Arvine? David Kermode waxes lyrical on Switzerland’s indigenous grape varieties and exactly why Swiss wine is well worth seeking out

10 Winter Vodka Cocktails to Keep You Toasty

When Old Man Winter comes knocking, many people reach for brown spirits such as brandy, whiskey and rum.

Americans Don’t Care About Wine Rules

There might be a correct way to drink wine, but Americans don’t really care. Buzz60’s Keri Lumm shares the results of a new study conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Woodbridge Wines.

Why Champagne and Oysters?

So what is it about Champagne & Oysters that make for a great partnership?

The Absolute Best Wines To Pair With Steak

In many ways, there are few pairings that are more satisfying than steak with wine.

The 5 Best Marsala Wine Cocktail Recipes to Make

Marsala is a fortified wine out of Italy we in the states pretty much use only for cooking. But the Sicilian liquid can be great as both a sipper and a cocktail base.

Wine Influencers – Can They Help You Sell Wine?

Wine doesn’t sell itself. Storytelling sells wine. If you believe this statement please read on.

Cava: Traditional Method Sparkling Wine That Offers A Taste of Spain

Cava has its origins in the Penedès region of Spain near Barcelona and is made in four zones around the country

Monster Beverage to enter alcohol market with craft beer

Monster Beverage Corp is entering the alcoholic drinks market with a US$330 million deal for craft beer and hard seltzer producer CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective LLC.

There’s Never Been a Better Time to Join a Wine Club

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