Liquor Industry News 03-20-23

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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

Drunk shopping costs US consumers $14 billion

The 30 Best Bourbons (2023)

How climate change threatens California wine

Second-cheapest wine on the menu isn’t a bad choice after all, study says

The age-old maxim regarding the second-cheapest wine on the menu and its relative shortcomings is well known. However, a new study may just have put paid to the idea that the second most-reasonable plonk is a poor choice for drinkers.

Wine XP launches Portuguese wine tourism website and App

The new booking platform has launched an App and website to easily book wine experiences throughout Portugal.


Aside from a unique flavor and color, this wine doesn’t differ much

New Zealand Winemakers Wonder What They Can Salvage in the Aftermath of Cyclone Gabrielle 

Compounding the impact was the timing of the storm, striking on the cusp of the 2023 vintage.

15 of the best movies about wine and winemaking

The best films about winemaking come in many genres, from documentaries to fictional tales.

How climate change threatens California wine

Climate change is like a lesson in the butterfly effect — that theory drawn from chaos theory that even one small perturbation, like the flutter of a butterfly, can send off a cascade of impacts and alter future events, on a small or large scale.

10 Social Media Accounts That Will Help Expand Your Wine Knowledge

Social media has changed the way we drink wine

Chilean Sauvignon Blanc Is on the Rise Thanks to Two Coastal Regions

Casablanca and Leyda are acquiring a reputation as producers of world-class Sauvignon Blanc

A Visual Guide to All the Different Shapes and Sizes of Wine Bottles

A wine bottle’s unique appearance can provide a wealth of information about the liquid inside.

Uncorking American Individualism: How the AVA System Defines Our Distinctive Wines

Today we have over 200 AVAs, and while American wine drinkers may only know of a handful of them, each and every one is worth celebrating.

The Zip Tie Trick To Rescue A Floating Cork In Your Wine Bottle

You forgot a corkscrew. Your friends inform you that they’ve become beer drinkers since you last saw them and can’t find their corkscrew.

Optical Illusion: Only 2% of people can spot the wine bottle in the wine cellar in 5 seconds. Can you?

In this optical illusion picture, a wine bottle is hiding in plain sight in the wine cellar. Only 2% of people are able to spot the hidden bottle in 5 seconds. Are you one of them? Test your observation skills by attempting this optical illusion challenge now!

8 Things You Should Know About Josh Cellars

There are few labels as pervasive on wine shop and grocery store shelves as Josh Cellars.

Why It’s Time for Fine Wine to Ditch the Cork and Embrace Screw Caps

Some winemakers have already made the switch—and they’re pleased with the results.

Alt-Nebbiolo, Anyone?

Thomas Jefferson, Barolo and Giuseppe Vaira

Gallo Extends High Noon With Tequila Seltzers

Spirit of Gallo’s vodka seltzer line High Noon SunSips is readying its first major expansion with the launch of High Noon Tequila Seltzer. Made with blanco Tequila and juice, the line extension will launch with the four flavors—Lime, Grapefruit, Passionfruit, and Strawberry—all at 4.5% abv. Rolling out beginning this month, High Noon Tequila will be available nationally by May and will be supported by a full marketing campaign launching later this month. It will be available in 8-packs of cans priced at $22.

Drinks to Go should go in MA

Underage drinking is a problem with home deliveries

Wine label compliance, part 2 the back side

In my post on February 14th, I shared about the TTB requirements for the items required to be listed on wine labels and a bit about how those required items are connected to the label approval process.

The Questions That Swirl Around Driving Drunk

Two things on drunk driving..

Slovenia Is the Most Underrated Wine Destination in Europe

Wine tourism is blossoming in Slovenia — and for good reason.

New Kraken

The Kraken Rum is rolling out a new Gold Spiced expression. The 35% abv extension retails at $22 a 750-ml. and is also available in 1-liter and 1.75-liter bottles. Lander Otegui, SVP of marketing at Proximo Spirits, noted that “gold spiced rum occasions are now the highest among the rum category.” To back the launch, the brand is launching a new visual campaign, “Tale of Gold,” as well as a Golden Hour sweepstakes. The advertisement is directed by Rich Lee, known for his work on the first three The Pirates of the Caribbean films.

The AVA Maps used by Academic Wine Researchers

It was 2017, and wineries used designated grape-growing regions on their wine labels


Here are the three main varieties of Lambrusco, along with some information about their terroir, soil types, and sub-zones:

Big news: new genetic evidence shows that the grapevine was domesticated in two locations, and 3000 years earlier than previously thought

Hold the press: Georgia turns out not to be the origin of the wine grapes widely used today.


New Rombauer

Napa Valley’s Rombauer Vineyards is entering the Pinot Noir segment, debuting at 2021 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir ($65). To source grapes for the new offering, Rombauer partnered with renowned Pinot Noir maker Adam Lee, and sourced from locations owned by the Franscioni and Pisoni families. For Rombauer, known for Chardonnay, this marks the first portfolio expansion since the producer added Sauvignon Blanc in 2014. Rombauer farms nearly 900 acres of vineyards across Carneros, Atlas Peak, Stags Leap, St. Helena, Calistoga, Sonoma Valley, and the Sierra Foothills.

The 30 Best Bourbons (2023)

Bourbon continues to rank among the most popular distilled spirits in the United States — and it’s not just sales seeing a spike.

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Champagne: Vintage vs Non-Vintage

Firstly, let us understand the difference between vintage Champagne and non-vintage Champagne. When it comes to Champagne there are five important things to understand and each of them you will find on the label!

Why You Don’t Need to Sniff the Cork When Your Server Presents It to You

While it may seem sophisticated to give the cork a whiff or feel awkward to receive the cork and not do anything with it, this common restaurant ritual is often a futile act fueled by a series of misconceptions.

New Rumchata

RumChata, part of the Spirit of Gallo portfolio, is introducing a new flavor, Coconut Cream. Billed as a summery, rum-forward expression of the liqueur brand, Coconut Cream joins the original RumChata as well as flavors like Limón and Peppermint Bark in the lineup. RumChata is backed by an ongoing “Have Your Unusual” consumer campaign. RumChata grew an estimated 1.5% to 645,000 cases in the U.S. last year, according to Impact Databank.

5 best apps to determine how much a bottle of wine gifted to you is worth

Unlocking what somebody spent on you just got easier

Dry White Wine for Cooking

Want a dry white wine for cooking?  The most important thing to know is that the wine should taste good on its own. A poor-quality wine can ruin a great dish.

Amazon Wanted to ‘Unlock’ the Liquor Market by Secretly Lobbying to Change Laws, Leaked Document Shows

A leaked 2020 policy document shows that Amazon had detailed plans for “proactively changing alcohol laws” to get better sales.

3 Promising Places Where the Ancient Malvasia Bianca Grape Is Thriving

The Malvasia family of grapes is ancient, hearty and prolific. Yet, it is often an overlooked component in blends—even making up a small fraction of bottlings claiming to be “single varietal” wines made from other white grapes.

10 Oscar-Inspired Cocktail Pairings for Every Best Picture Nominee

With no further ado, the nominees for best picture are…

7 Things You Should Know About Peroni

 Peroni has made its mark as the quintessential Italian beer.

What’s next for New Zealand reds?

Sauvignon Blanc might be the juggernaut of the New Zealand wine world, but the country’s elegant reds are pulling in growing numbers of consumers. And it’s not all about Pinot Noir in 2023, as db discovers.

New 19 Crimes

Treasury Wine Estates is extending 19 Crimes with a California Sauvignon Blanc. Snoop Cali Blanc retails at $15 and marks the fourth entry in 19 Crimes’ collaboration with Snoop Dogg. It joins Snoop Cali Red, Cali Rose, and Snoop Cali Gold in the collection. 19 Crimes benefited from new product activity last year, with its Martha’s Chard and Cali Gold offerings—the former marketed in collaboration with Martha Stewart—jumping out to 170,000 cases and 65,000 cases respectively in 2022.

Jack Daniel’s unveils branded motorbike

Brown-Forman-owned Jack Daniel’s has partnered with the US’s first motorcycle company Indian Motorcycle to produce 177 limited edition bikes.

What is Prosecco DOCG Rive?

Even Prosecco has quality levels and should not be mistaken as just a cheap way to enjoy bubbles in your glass.

The One Thing You Should Always Do When Drinking Vodka

While making sure you don’t drink on an empty stomach is generally sound advice for all categories of alcohol, it is particularly pertinent to vodka — especially when drinking it straight.

The Impact of AI on Wine Writing: Will it Be as Big as We Think?

Most of the commentary assumed that ‘wine writing’ means ‘tasting notes’. And, indeed, AI can write tasting notes that are indistinguishable from classic wine notes.

Discover the most-mentioned Champagne brands in song lyrics

The most-mentioned Champagne brands in song lyrics has been revealed in a study showing the popularity and aspiration linked to fizz.

Is Red Wine Good for You and Your Heart Health?

Experts became curious about whether red wine is good for you when researchers discovered that many French people had healthy hearts, despite eating diets high in saturated fat

Shelf Talkers

When you walk into a wine shop and amble down the aisles, there are frequently small, glossy placards placed beneath some of the bottles gracing the shelves.

Learn Wine With The 9 Major Styles

Most wines fit into 9 major categories that include all red, white, rosé, sparkling and dessert wines.

Could the new ‘sober up jab’ help stop hangovers?

A “sobering up” injection that could help people quickly recover from hangovers is being explored by scientists.

What’s the best way to travel with wine and avoid “bottle shock”?

Now that we’re traveling again, it’s time to start thinking about how to pack our favorite gift or souvenir.

You’ve Been Drinking Orange Wine Wrong  

By wrong, I mean serving them like I once had: ice cold.

Study: Young cannabis users drinking less alcohol

A new industry study found that 60 percent of cannabis users have cut back on alcohol consumption in the last 20 years.

New Beam RTD

Beam Suntory has expanded its RTD offerings, launching a new line of Jim Beam branded flavored malt beverages through the company’s partnership with the Boston Beer Company. Jim Beam Kentucky Coolers come in four flavors—Strawberry Punch, Black Cherry Lemonade, Sweet Tea Lemonade, and Citrus Punch—all at 5% abv and 120 calories per 12-ounce serving. The RTDs are now available across the U.S. in 12-can variety packs, individual 6-packs, and single serving 24-ounce cans for around $17, $10, and $3.50, respectively.

Understanding the German VDP Wine Classification System

VPD — or Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter — is a group of about 200 German wine producers who act independently from the German Wine Act.

Drunk shopping costs US consumers $14 billion

Consumers in the US spent US$14 billion shopping while under the influence of alcohol in 2022.

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

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