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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

13 Types Of Dessert Wine, Explained

The Latest Nip Bottle Surcharge Payouts

State (and Local) Package Stores Sound off to MA Legislature

These Are the States That Allow Drinking in Public Parks [Map]

So, is it even legal to drink in public parks?

The Latest Nip Bottle Surcharge Payouts For New Canaan

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

How Does Wine Get Aromas and Flavors?

Newcomers to wine often find it confusing that wine rarely smells or tastes like grapes.

12 Wine Drinking Mistakes You Should Stop Making

If you are hoping for the best possible wine experience and to get the most bang for your buck, it’s probably worth learning these common faults so you can avoid making them in the future.

9 Things You Should Know About Cakebread Cellars

Here are nine  things you should know about Cakebread to keep in mind next time you enjoy a glass.

So, You Found an Old Bottle in Your Basement — Now What?

So, do you sell? Do you pop it and enjoy? Might that old bottle be flawed altogether? We asked a few industry pros for some wisdom.

Is Alcohol-Free Wine Better for You, but Worse for the Environment?

The process of making dealcoholized wine is getting more efficient, but there’s a long road ahead for producers.

Vintage Wine Estates cuts SKUs in bid to drive down costs

The company has also reduced its headcount and sold acreage on its vineyards.

What Does ‘Texture’ Mean When Describing a White Wine?

Texture can be a perplexing term when it comes to wine.

15 Unique Ways To Drink Whiskey

There are so many styles that all fall under the broad category of whiskey that each have a perceptible taste.

What ’80s Cocktail Are You?

We consulted the Wine Enthusiast Mixology Messages and Prognostication Department to determine a little about what your ’80s cocktail choice might say about you.

Elijah Craig’s New Barrel Proof Bourbon Has Whiskey Nerds Up in Arms. Here’s Why.

For some people, age is much more than a number.

How Four Roses Actually Feels About Age Statements On Its Bourbon

Four Roses, a beloved distillery along the Bourbon Trail in Kentucky, takes a different approach, preferring not to label their bourbon bottles with the ages. In fact, they believe it is rude to even ask — and there’s a good reason for it.

Everything You Need to Know About Norton, an All-American Hybrid Grape

Norton is neither vinifera nor a Franco-American or modern hybrid. Rather, it is its own species, aestivalis.

A Look into the Indigenous Grape Variety from Crete the Kotsifali Grape

The Kotsifali grape is an indigenous red grape variety from the Greek island of Crete.

Which European country drinks the most alcohol?

Europeans are drinking almost double the global average of alcohol per capita every year, according to new data.

No, Tequila Is Not the ‘Healthiest’ Spirit

In a culture of clicks as currency, it’s not entirely our fault that we cling to the healthy potential of certain booze.

Out of Vermouth? These Substitutes Will Save Your Cocktail

Here’s a look at the best vermouth substitutes, according to the pros.

With Cheese, Chocolate, and Watches Galore, Why Is It So Hard to Find Swiss Wine Stateside?

With over 1,500 vineyards, Switzerland seemingly has ideal conditions to cement itself as a serious player in the wine industry. The people who know it love it, and the quality has increased exponentially over the last four decades — so why does so little Swiss wine leave the country?

Bacardí launches Mango Chile rum

Rum brand Bacardí has added a Mango Chile expression to its flavored portfolio, inspired by a popular Mexican snack.

US Bud Light sales down 21.4% following Dylan Mulvaney endorsement

An idea of just how disastrous Anheuser-Busch’s Bud Light endorsement deal with transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney has come from figures for US beer sales in April.

You Should Check If Your Vintage Glassware Is Safe To Drink Out Of

If you’ve been hitting up your local garage sales or thrift stores this spring, you’ve probably been tempted by a set or two of gorgeous-looking vintage glasses.

Yes, ChatGPT Is Creating Beer Now

But how have these AI system been used in the brewing industry? And can their recipes stand up to a human-made beer? We examine that here.

Discussing The Pros/Cons Of Creating A 100% Estate Bottled Wine With The CEO Of Three Sticks

The next time you visit a wine shop, check and see how many wine labels state the wine is 100% Estate Bottled. The chances are you will find very few.

13 Sweet Wines Perfect For Beginners

With such a vast variety of wine in the world, it’s no wonder that trying a glass, or outright buying any bottle, can feel daunting.

All The Facts About Rumple Minze Peppermint Schnapps

A great standalone drink, this drink does just as well featured as one ingredient of several in a cocktail.

Meet Bacanora, The Middle Man Between Tequila And Mezcal

Bacanora, mezcal, and tequila are all made from agave plants.

Bill to expand wine, beer licenses opposed by ‘packies’ In MA

Supermarkets are allowed to apply for licenses to sell beer and wine in Massachusetts, but a single company is limited to nine licenses. The food industry argues the state’s cap on liquor licenses, which dates to the end of Prohibition, gives package stores an unfair advantage.

Neil Patrick Harris Is Launching an RTD Espresso Martini

The 12-percent ABV cocktail contains premium vodka and rich aromas of dark roast espresso beans. Hints of vanilla and dark chocolate accompany the strong espresso flavor. The brand recommends enjoying the cocktail shaken and over ice.

The Romans’ Version Of Wine Was Actually Pretty Weak

For one thing, wine wasn’t served straight up. The Metropolitan Museum says that by the late 6th century B.C. in Greece, it was common for wine to be mixed at a ratio of three to four parts water to one part wine.

State (and Local) Package Stores Sound off to MA Legislature

Legislation that would establish a new class of alcohol licenses for convenience stores, supermarkets and other businesses may lead to another statewide ballot question, an opponent of the proposal testified Monday.

Coravin launches single-serve wine system for businesses

Coravin is officially launching a new piece of wine tech today that allows businesses “to fractionalise wine on the fly with a machine only slightly larger than an espresso maker”, according to company founder, Greg Lambrecht.

Don Julio Anejo 70th Anniversary: The Ultimate Bottle Guide

Don is a Spanish word that today is used to refer to distinguished gentlemen, which begs the question: Who was this distinguished Julio, and how did he end up owning a tequila empire?

Why is Wine So Expensive?

If you’ve ever found yourself standing in the wine aisle gawking at the prices, you may have also found yourself wondering,“Is there really a difference between cheap and expensive wine?”And,“Is expensive wine better?”To figure this out, let’s take a look at what it costs to make a bottle of wine.

What Does the Future Hold for the Wine World? We Asked the Experts

Wither the wine industry? Is natural wine better? What was the most epic wine party at the Classic? A roundtable of experts explores these and other questions about the evolution of wine culture in America.

New Lemonade

Fishers Island Lemonade, recently acquired by Spirit of Gallo, has launched two new flavors: Blueberry Wave and Nude Peach. The two new offerings start with Fishers Island’s original blend of whiskey, vodka, lemon, and honey before adding either blueberry or peach and canning at 7% abv. The two new releases, in addition to being available in 4-packs of 12-ounce cans for around $16, will be featured in the brand’s new Beach Variety 8-pack, which contains two cans each of the new releases and four cans of the original lemonade. Beyond the new flavors, Fishers Island Lemonade has also released refreshed packaging, including golf-themed graphics on Fishers Half & Half (formerly Spiked Tea) and ocean and beach themes for the two new releases.

House Tequila beats named brands in US bars

Visitors to high-volume bars in the US are showing a penchant for unspecified, house-pour Tequila over named premium brands, new data suggests.

Inflation drives consumers to drink at home

To avoid rising inflation costs, 26% of US consumers are spending more money on beverages to drink at home rather than going out to bars, new data has found.

Chablis appellation launches online interactive game

The rich history of Chablis deserves to be experienced by all, and what better way to introduce newcomers than via an online interactive game?

Despite Its Name, Sloe Gin Isn’t Gin

Sloe gin is a classic British dram that has been enjoyed for centuries. It is made by infusing gin with sloe berries, a fruit similar to a small plum.

Dark Rum And Aged Rum Actually Aren’t The Same Thing

Dark rum and aged rum are two popular types of rum that are enjoyed around the world.

Do These Tips and Tricks for Finding Rare Whiskey Still Work?

So how do you actually find these bottles?

New Zealand approves pioneering biofungicide in its vineyards

A groundbreaking biofungicide, developed by UK firm Eden Research PLC, has gained regulatory approval in New Zealand to help fight botrytis in its Sauvignon Blanc.


Importantly, because all wines and spirits sold in California after July 1, 2025 must be labeled with some type of approved CRV statement, producers should start including this information on their bottles and/or labels as soon as possible.

Joplin council rejects ban of ‘shooter’ liquor bottles

After hearing from a liquor distributor and the director of the Missouri Grocers Association along with several local small-business owners Monday night, the Joplin City Council rejected a ban of small liquor bottles called “nips’’ or “shooters.”

The Best and Worst States to Buy Whiskey

If you live in Alaska, you’re out of luck. It’s the most expensive state for buying whiskey, with a bottle costing $32. The other nine most expensive states for buying whiskey, from highest to lowest price, are North Carolina, Nebraska, North Dakota, Vermont, Utah, Alabama, Montana, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

Love wine but can’t afford it? Here’s how to drink luxury for less

These affordable styles offer a powerhouse of flavour, without the high price tag, says Sam Wylie-Harris

13 Types Of Dessert Wine, Explained

The sweet wine category is in serious need of a rebrand.

Millennials vs. Gen Z: What We Wish Our Generations Knew Sooner About Wine

Wine culture today has strayed far away from its roots.

Your Guide to Advanced Wine Studies

If you have a solid understanding of wine and are either working in the industry or wanting to break in, then now’s the time to take your wine studies to the next level.

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

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