Liquor Industry News 05-15-23

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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

CT Has  A Good Solution For Nips?

Tequila Is A Very Misleading Alcohol

Tawny Vs Ruby Port: What’s The Difference?

A Visual Guide to Northern Italy’s Chillable, Light-Bodied Reds

While you may have never heard of some of the varieties listed below, they all possess a lively, refreshing acidity and fruit-forward flavor profile that should earn them a spot on your “chillable reds” radar.

Boston Is Coming For Tiny Liquor Bottles, Here’s Why

Chelsea liquor shops lost a collective $6 million in sales.

Pour One Out

The boozy story of how we decided alcohol was a health boon in the ’90s—and how it all fell apart.


Constellation Brands is releasing a new variety pack of its Fresca canned cocktails, made in partnership with Coca-Cola. The original Grapefruit Citrus flavor of Fresca Vodka Spritz, which was first released last year, is now joined by the three flavors Mango Citrus, Mixed Berry Citrus, and Pineapple Citrus, all of which are 5% abv. The variety pack is rolling out now nationwide in an 8-pack containing two of each flavor, priced at around $18.

Is biodynamic wine the real deal, or a marketing gimmick?

But unlike vegan water, I’ve recently learned that biodynamic wine is a legitimate thing that is better for people and the planet.

Worcester Walmart loses bid to sell beer and wine, again

Saying that the area around the Walmart Supercenter at 25 Tobias Boland Way is already adequately served for alcohol, the License Commission unanimously denied Walmart’s request for a license to sell beer, malt beverages and wine.

10 Things You Should Know About Plymouth Gin

 Founded in the late 1700s, the English brand has grown to be beloved among naval officers, the political elite, and even famous bartender Harry Craddock himself.

Côtes du Rhône: Widely drunk, broadly underestimated

Famed for its unicorn wines (with price tags to match), the Rhône Valley is a sainted region for serious oenophiles with a penchant for old-school wines. But for those with shallower pockets, it’s also an under-the-radar spot to seek real value from a new generation of winemakers, says Hannah Crosbie

How To Find The Highest Value Cocktails On The Menu Every Time

In the utilitarian sense, the best value drinks would mean the best bang for your buck, aka the highest ABV per glass.

As Odd As It Sounds, Tequila Is A Very Misleading Alcohol

It is estimated that 70% of all tequila contains additives such as aspartame, in part because of loose labeling requirements and government regulations in Mexico, according to Punch.

How to Visit the Epernay Champagne Houses in France

Home to the world’s most famous and exquisite Champagne houses, Epernay is the ultimate destination for wine enthusiasts. Located in the heart of the Champagne region in northeastern France, this charming town offers an unforgettable experience.

Super Tuscans

Bold, refined, and polished. Super Tuscan wines are a collector’s dream but what are they, and what makes them special?

Here are 7 ways Gallo Winery of Modesto has lightened its touch on the planet

E.&J. Gallo Winery has released a report on its sustainable practices, such as protecting wildlife near vineyards and recycling bottles and boxes.

Catch Gallo’s All-New Vibe: Sweet, Fruit-Flavored Wine Beverages To Go

E. & J. Gallo Winery’s leading Tetra® wine brand, Vendange, has launched ViBE by Vendange, its first line of sweet, juicy and fruit-flavored wine beverages in bright flavors: Fruit Punch, Strawberry Limeade and Blue Raspberry Lemonade, with new flavors on the way. Packaged in recyclable and resealable Tetra Paks®, ViBE is perfect for vibing while on the go this summer.

Traditional method and Charmat do not produce different sparkling wines

Researchers from the University of Rio Grande in Brazil claim that secondary fermentation produces the same wines, irrespective of whether they are produced using the traditional method, in bottles, or in closed tanks, using the Charmat technique.

Argentina-Oregon malbec conflict erupts over a white wine

The announcement explained that Trivento came up with the idea of making a white version of malbec in 2018. Trivento’s first white malbec was made with fruit from the 2019 harvest, like the Valcan Cellars “Bare” White Malbec.

The Japanese Grape Variety Named In Honor Of Mt. Fuji

A cross between two species of the Vitis genus, Kyoho grapes are famous for their size, appearance, and exceptional flavor.

Winelikes, the Social Media App for Wine Lovers, is Now Available to All Users

After Two Years of Creating the Program and Months of Testing, the Free App is Ready to Connect Wine Enthusiasts with Friends, Educational Quizzes, Wine and Food Pairing Recommendations, Travel Ideas and More

What Exactly Is Worm Salt and How Do You Use It?

The name may be off-putting to some, but the character it can add to a cocktail can quickly make what it’s called — and what’s in it — an afterthought.

The World’s Top 10 Wine Destinations for 2023

This list of the best wine destinations to visit this year celebrates up-and-coming wine regions, producers that are innovating and even creating new high-quality appellations, as well as some beloved destinations with revamped attractions.

New wine tasting experience in space to cost £105k

French space company Zephalto is offering a £105,000 wine tasting experience 15 miles above the Earth’s atmosphere, with the first flights of the ‘Celeste’ set to launch as early as 2025.

What Is Up With The Term ‘Top-Shelf’ In Regard To Liquor?

You’ve likely heard different phrases for categorizing these liquors, such as “top-shelf,” “house liquor,” or “well drinks.”

‘Significant increases’ in wine prices globally

With 2022 marked by high inflation, an energy crisis and global supply chain disruptions, many markets saw significant increases in wine prices which lead to a slight decrease in consumption.


What ChatGPT gets right – and wrong – about Washington wine

The AI is, generally speaking, either largely correct or flat out wrong, with a troubling tendency to bullshit

Napa’s Micro Winery Ordinance Has Failed the Small Producers It Was Created to Help

A new piece of legislation called the Micro Winery Ordinance, which passed in March 2022 and went into effect May 5 of the same year, should have been a saving grace for these producers and allowed them to take part.

The Simple Difference Between Single And Double Barrel Bourbon

And while bourbon must be aged first in a new, charred oak barrel, there’s nothing that says that once it has completed its legal requirements for aging that it can’t be further aged in another barrel — and that is exactly what double barrel means, that the bourbon was finished in a second barrel, or double the number of barrels as compared to regular bourbon.

Iconic 80s Drinks That Are Still Totally Tubular

Let’s jump in the DeLorean, hit 88 m.p.h. and sample these blasts from the past to answer the question, “Where are they now?”

A Guide to the Lesser-Known Agave Spirits—And Where Sotol Fits In

Tequila and mezcal are just the beginning.

The History of the Dark and Stormy Cocktail

Classic cocktails always have an interesting history, and the Dark & Stormy is no different.

Don’t Have Cognac? Try These Substitutes

There are some simple ways you can swap out Cognac and still make a recipe work.

Bota Box Announces Release of Limited-Edition Summer White Wine

Made in a crisp, fresh style, the unique blend wine deftly balances the aromatic floral and stone fruit notes of Viognier with the juicy, bright citrus and pear flavors of Chenin Blanc.

Consumers call for Pernod Ricard boycott

Jameson owner Pernod Ricard has come under fire following its decision to continue exporting its brands to Russia, despite similar backlash from Absolut Vodka consumers last week.

The Flavorful Reason You Should Pour Wine At A Distance

Many things can affect the flavor of wine even after it has been bottled and left the vineyard, including how you pour it.

A Beginner’s Guide to Clarified Milk Punch

Here’s everything you need to know.

5 Hacks to Open Wine Without a Corkscrew

Got your car keys on you? Never fear.

What is the healthiest beer?

Consider these factors before you crack open a cold one

Wine experts like to talk about great vintages, but does the year really matter?

As with every agricultural crop, some years are better than others for growing grapes

8 Things You Should Know About Russell’s Reserve

Brought to market in 2001, Russell’s Reserve was created in 1998 by father-son duo and whiskey powerhouses Jimmy and Eddie Russell.

New Deep Eddy RTD

Deep Eddy Vodka, part of Heaven Hill Brands, is launching Deep Eddy Vodka + Tea Hard Seltzers. The new entry follows Deep Eddy’s existing RTD Vodka + Sodas, and will be available in a variety of flavors, including lemon tea, sweet tea and peach tea. Each can of Deep Eddy Vodka + Tea Hard Seltzer contains 180 calories, is gluten free, and is canned at 4.5% abv. They’re available nationwide, retailing at $17 a six-pack.

Prosecco Vs Champagne: Which Is More Suited For Summers?

This is what you must know when choosing Prosecco Vs Champagne:

The Right Way To Order Comfortably-Priced Wine At A Restaurant

Here’s the trick — tell the server or sommelier roughly what you’d like to spend or point to options on the menu that you’re comfortable with.

Fitou to leave the Languedoc

Big news out of France, as a big name goes it alone and blind tasting is called into question.

What’s the Difference: Whiskey vs. Whisky

Here’s the tricky part. Anyone with a slight history of whisk(e)y research will notice something a bit odd – something that is unique to the spirit. We’re talking, of course, about the spelling of the word.

The Flavors You’re Probably Tasting In Aperol

While we’re not exactly sure what is in Aperol (the recipe is a secret), there are a few ingredients that are known to lend the colorful, bright amaro its taste.

Tawny Vs Ruby Port: What’s The Difference?

And while the different port types — white, ruby, and tawny — share many similarities, such as how they’re made and the food they pair well with, these wines shouldn’t be confused.

The Duckhorn Portfolio, Inc. (NAPA) Acquires North Coast Winery and Vineyards

 This acquisition will bolster the Company’s production capacity and provide the Company with a fully operational and modern facility, with state-of-the-art winemaking equipment appropriate for premium wines.

The Worst Type Of Alcoholic Beverage For Weight Loss, According To Dietitians

They said that margaritas are the worst alcoholic beverage because they are loaded with sugar and the margarita mix alone contains double the amount of calories than the rum or tequila used in the drink.

How much cork taint comes from sources other than the cork?

While true, in theory, that cork taint can come from other sources, in practice this is rarely the case in my experience. I will provide data-driven examples.

Cracks In Three Tier System

The US system of separating the production, distribution and retailing of wine and liquor is showing signs of instability.

New Corona

Constellation Brands has launched a new non-alcoholic beer from Corona. Corona Non-Alcoholic comes in at less than 0.5% abv and 60 calories per 12-ounce serving, and is brewed at Corona’s brewery in Mexico alongside the brand’s flagship beer. The new brew is now available across the U.S. in 6-packs of 12-ounce bottles priced in line with Corona Extra. The flagship Corona Extra grew 3.6% to 123 million (2.25-gallon) cases in the U.S. in 2022, according to Impact Databank.

Abruzzo introduces Superiore status

Consorzio Tutela Vini d’Abruzzo has announced new labelling changes for the Italian region’s wines that will be implemented from the 2023 harvest onwards.

1.3 Million Nips Sold In Manchester CT Since October

The latest Connecticut nip bottle surcharge payments to municipalities have been announced.

A Beginner’s Guide to Pisco

Like any fermented beverage, pisco quality and taste can vary and depends on the grape used, the terroir of its ingredients and the aging method.

Carmingano: ‘here [it] is a little heaven for vines’

A few miles west of Florence in a remote Tuscan farmhouse in the tiny appellation of Carmingano lies what could be one of Italy’s best kept secrets – Villa di Capezzana. Filippo Bartolotta tastes one of the last bottles from the “outstanding” 1930 vintage, as part of a historic vertical.


Pernod Ricard-owned Absolut has teamed with juice maker Ocean Spray to create a new line of spirits-based RTDs. The Absolut Vodka and Ocean Spray Vodka-Cranberry Range will launch next year with four different flavors available in 8-can variety packs, two different 4-packs, and individual cans. The line is made with Absolut vodka, Ocean Spray juices, sparkling water, and natural flavors. While the products won’t launch until early 2024, the two brands will begin rolling out collaborative programming and co-packaging this summer.

Spring Refresh: Rosé, Col Fondo Prosecco, And A New Lease On (Wine) Life

Col Fondo’s history as an older and more traditional way to make Prosecco.

Should I Pick My Rosé Based on Color or Grape Variety?

Rosé has come a long way in the U.S. over the past few decades

What Riunite Ads from the 80s Can Teach Us About Making Wine Fun Again

“Riunite on ice,” he says. “So nice,” she replies. I absolutely had no notions of Europe, gondolas, wine or the ins and outs of romance and seduction.

The Prosecco War Heats Up

With negotiators seeking to finalize a free trade agreement between Australia and the European Union before a mid 2023 deadline, conflict over use of the term Prosecco by Australia’s wine industry has (again) emerged as a major sticking point.

NY Change liquor laws, but no wine in supermarkets

Commission makes 18 nonbinding recommendations to governor, Legislature

Will It Cello? The Best Citrus to Make Liqueurs With Beyond Lemons

 The method for making limoncello today is still that simple.

E&J Gallo buys Fishers Island Lemonade

The spirits arm of E&J Gallo has acquired canned cocktail brand Fishers Island Lemonade for an undisclosed sum.

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