Liquor Industry News 04-17-23

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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

All The Wines You Shouldn’t Cook With

Is Your Tequila Full of Shit?

Boston talks of banning tiny bottles of booze

How to Tell If Your Wine Is Fortified

Unlike regular table wines, fortified wines can pack a punch. But how do you know if your wine’s fortified?

The Fiery Wine Bottle Hack You Should Absolutely Skip

However, possibly the most reckless hack for opening wine bottles is a method involving fire — and it’s as risky and unnecessary as it sounds.

Why Is Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon So Rare?

Tracking down a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon is kind of like winning the alcohol lottery.

Journey to Restart American Heritage Grapes

TerraVox implements sustainable, ethical and adaptable winemaking practices—and credits Indigenous people for their foundational agricultural philosophies which were erased from history due to several laws forbidding the commercialization of native grapes back in the 30’s

New Goslings RTD

Bermuda-based rum producer Goslings is launching three flavored variants of its RTD based on the country’s official cocktail, the Dark ‘n Stormy. Beginning this month and rolling out through April, the new RTDs come in three flavors, Pineapple, Mango, and Black Cherry, joining the original, which launched in 2012, in a revamped can. They’re made with Goslings Black Seal Rum, along with Goslings Stormy Ginger Beer. The Dark ‘n Stormy lineup is at 7% abv and is available nationwide and online, retailing for $11 a 4-pack.

A Quick Guide to Italian Sparkling Wine

When you think of Italian sparkling wine the first that comes to mind is most likely Prosecco however, that doesn’t even scratch the surface of what Italy has to offer when it comes to bubbles.

10 Things You Should Know About Robert Mondavi Winery

The man behind the label is an icon in the American wine industry, especially through his impact in introducing California wines to a global audience. Read on for 10 more things you should know about Robert Mondavi Winery.

Nerello Mascalese 101: A Must-Try Italian Wine

If you’re a fan of Italian wines, you need to try the Nerello Mascalese grape variety

The Chartreuse ‘Shortage’ Won’t Be Ending Any Time Soon — Here’s Why

The Chartreuse “shortage” people may be noticing has religious origins and, unlike other modern-day shortages, this one won’t be going away any time soon.

New Ciroc

Diageo has launched Cîroc Honey Melon, the latest limited time offering from the vodka brand. The 35% abv spirit is infused with honey and melon flavors and comes in an opaque emerald-colored bottle. The vodka launch is backed by “No Reservations Needed,” an ad campaign reimagining and diversifying the country club lifestyle. Cîroc Honey Melon is rolling out and now will hit shelves in April for a suggested price of $30 a 750-ml. while supplies last. Last year, Cîroc was at 1.37 million cases in the U.S., according to Impact Databank.

Wine’s Great Replacement Theory(s)? or “Don’t look up”

At least four other variables lower the likelihood of personal alcohol consumption, and especially wine:

Third Party, Fourth Tier? How Delivery Services Are Changing Alcohol Sales

Have third-party delivery services such as Drizly and Instacart ever been more in demand?

Native Grapes Finding A Home In Missouri

In Missouri, the challenge to make and market fine wine would be difficult even if he were relying on the usual suspects – Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and the like.

New Scheid

Monterey, California’s Scheid Family Wines has released Fog & Light Vintage Reserve Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon. This is the first nationally launched wine from Scheid to come from Paso Robles and is made by Dave Nagengast, a vintner with Scheid for over 20 years. The current release is from the 2020 vintage and is at 14.5% abv. Fog & Light is rolling out now to select retailers across the U.S. for a suggested price of $39 a bottle.

Every food & drink mentioned by The Beatles in songs

See if you can guess the track as we travel across the universe to explore every food & drink mentioned in songs by the Beatles.

What Are Bitters? A Guide to a Crucial Cocktail Component

 But what are these drops of flavor and why do bartenders use them? Here, experts break down the bitter basics.

Italy’s Northern Whites

Northeastern Italy is steeped in history, with invaders and tradesmen passing through the region on their way to Rome or Venice.

If You Like Tequila and Mezcal, Then It’s Time You Get To Know Sotol

Sotol is made from the desert spoon plant rather than agave. The desert spoon grows all over Mexico and the Southwestern United States, and it creates a flowery, easy drinking spirit.

Buffalo Trace Uses A Lot More Corn In Its Bourbon Than You Might Expect

A certain amount of corn is expected in every bottle of bourbon.

The Great Chardonnay Debate: To Butter or Not to Butter?

But it’s when the volume gets turned up on the ML in other growing conditions (a key factor in that infamous butteriness) that things become controversial.

What Is The Mega Purple Additive In Wine?

But there are some additives — known to insiders as Mega Purple (and the lesser used Ultra Red) — that winemakers can include in bottles without needing to disclose the fact.

What makes wine kosher?

Jewish News asked the experts how to know which wine is kosher for Passover.

What Is the Three-Tier System?

Developed by state lawmakers in the wake of repeal of Prohibition in the 1930s, the “Three-Tier System” is defined by two important regulatory mechanisms that are written into a state’s alcohol laws.

New Zonin

Zonin1821 is set to release Zonin Coastal Lemon Spritz across the U.S. on April 1. The spritz blends Zonin’s sparkling wine with lemon flavoring in a move inspired by the Italian aperitif Limoncello. The bottled spritz will be available in both 200-ml. and 750-ml. bottles, with suggested retail prices of $6 and $18, respectively. The release joins Zonin’s Prosecco and Prosecco Rosé in the brand’s sparkling portfolio.

Bottle Shock: Fact vs. Fiction

As with any movie based on a true story, you may be asking yourself, how true is it? We’ll break down for you what is fact and what got the Hollywood treatment.

 What Is Whiskey Fungus and Why Is It Taking Over These Tennessee Counties?

To learn more about whiskey fungus and the specifics on the situation in Lincoln County, VinePair tapped whiskey pro Jose Guzman, bar manager of NYC’s Flatiron Room.

Georgian grape varieties: In an ancient league of their own

Georgian wine is best known for the qvevri clay pots used by some of its most celebrated producers.

Uncorked: What’s the difference between new and old world wine?

When it comes to wine, there are so many different terms thrown around that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.

Great Barrington MA denies beer and wine license to Price Chopper/Market 32 for second time

Board member Eric Gabriel, who voted against the store’s first attempt to get the license, reiterated again that he doesn’t think it’s a good idea to sell alcohol in large supermarkets, among other issues.

Liquor store owners propose changes to Rhode Island’s ‘bottle bill’

He’d like the bill to create centralized redemption centers easing the burden on small business owners like himself.

Will nutrition and ingredient lists on wine labels boost sales?

Winemakers can’t talk about health on labels, but there is a worthy argument arising on how they can (and should) talk about ingredients and calories. Kathleen Willcox reports.

Wine and Health: Facts and Myth

Although wine has been a part of human culture for thousands of years, and its health benefits have been celebrated by many around the world, it is important to separate the facts from the myths surrounding wine and its impact on health

Five Traits of the World’s Most Expensive Wines

What do the most expensive wines have in common? It turns out, they’re more similar than you might think.

What advantages does drinking light wine have?

For many families, light wine is a dinnertime staple, but like many nicer things in life, it also has certain benefits.

Sherry Vs Port: What’s The Difference?

Sherry and port share plenty of similarities.

A Ph.D. in Sensory Science Explains How to Improve Your Tasting Abilities

Once we understand our ability to taste and hone in on our sense of smell, it can create a platform to take tasting to a new level.

Alcohols You Should Never Put In The Freezer

With that in mind, we compiled a list of various types of alcohols best kept above 32 degrees Fahrenheit, and present those alcohols you should never put in the freezer.

What Is N/A Wine, Anyway?

The category has evolved from dealcoholized versions of familiar wines into freewheeling products that defy easy classification. Here are the bottles worth seeking out.

Diageo to Close Maryland Production Facility, Cut Nearly 100 Jobs

Nearly five years after it opened, Diageo will cease the majority of production later this spring at what was its first Guinness production brewery in the U.S. since 1954.

New Harveys

Sherry brand Harveys will release its first new expression in almost 100 years. Following a successful launch in Canada and the U.K., Harveys will bring its new Medium Dry Sherry to the U.S. It’s made from a blend of different Amontillado Sherries aged in Criaderas and Soleras for four years on American oak. Retailing for $20 a 750-ml., Harveys Medium Dry will launch in select markets this spring and nationwide in the fall. Harveys is imported to the U.S. by González Byass USA.

10 Things You Should Know About Allagash Brewery

While Allagash has remained true to its signature brew, it has expanded its lineup over the years with some seriously creative beers as well

US states that drink most alcohol

New data has revealed which US states consume the most alcohol, with California coming out on top

Are Wine Pours Shrinking?

And how much wine is in ‘a glass of wine,’ anyway?

What Marlborough’s New Wine Map Says About Its Future

One way it’s doing this is through a newly released map, the first of its kind to detail Marlborough’s subregional differences.

Everything you wish you (didn’t) know about histamine

The wine industry has set international limits for histamine content of between 2 and 10 milligrams per liter for wine to be fit for human consumption.

Grey Goose Debuts Ready-To-Serve Martini

Grey Goose, part of the Bacardi portfolio, is launching a Martini in a bottle. The new Grey Goose Classic Martini Cocktail is a ready-to-serve entry that contains eight to ten servings a 750-ml. It’s made with Grey Goose vodka, dry French vermouth, and orange bitters. Available nationwide in the U.S. and on the brand’s website, the Grey Goose Classic Martini Cocktail is rolling out in 375-ml. and 750-ml. options for $17 and $30, respectively. Grey Goose was at 2.6 million cases in the U.S. last year, according to Impact Databank.

Jennifer Lopez launches Delola Spritzes 

Hollywood actress, singer and dancer Jennifer Lopez has launched a range of premium spirit-based ready-to-drink (RTD) cocktails named Delola.

All The Wines You Shouldn’t Cook With

These wines are for sipping, not cooking.

Meet Aravelle, a New Riesling Hybrid 42 Years in the Making

 First developed by Reisch at the school of Integrative Plant Science within Cornell University’s College of Agriculture in 1981, Aravelle is one of the longest tested and best studied of the 14 new varieties Reisch and his team have released over the years

How to Make the Stunning Artisanal Ice All Over Social Media

Fancy clear ice melts in every corner of the internet these days

This Proposed Italian Law Might Shake Up How You Order Drinks In Italy

Planning a wine tour in Tuscany this year? If so, you might want to brush up on how to pronounce those varietals you’ll be tasting — and the foods you’ll pair them with.

Bottle battle: Boston talks of banning tiny bottles of booze

Boston City Councilor Ricardo Arroyo has proposed banning city liquor stores from selling the bottles that hold from 50 to 100 milliliters (1.7 to 3.4 fluid ounces), which he says would address both alcohol abuse and excessive litter.

Constellation Brands Bypasses Stores to Boost High-End Liquor Sales

Certainly, D2C alcohol sales have increased since pre-pandemic.

Is Your Tequila Full of Shit?

An estimated 70 percent of all tequila contains undisclosed additives, like vanilla extract and aspartame. One couple is on a mission to change that.

Prosecco: Everything You Need To Know About The Wildly Popular Italian Sparkler

Your ultimate guide to all things Prosecco

Argentina Had One of Its Smallest Grape Harvests in Its History—Here’s What That Means 

The country’s National Institute of Viticulture estimates a 21% decrease in production from last year, while some local producers have lost more than 50% of their grapes.

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