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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? 

https://vinepair.com/articles/map-states-drinking-public-parks/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=ed2cad6545-May_09_2023&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-ed2cad6545-38937345&mc_cid=ed2cad6545&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

The Latest Nip Bottle Surcharge Payouts For New Canaan

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

https://patch.com/connecticut/newcanaan/latest-nip-bottle-surcharge-payouts-new-canaan

How Does Wine Get Aromas and Flavors?

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

https://beveragedynamics.com/2023/05/08/how-does-wine-get-aromas-and-flavors/

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.

https://www.thedailymeal.com/1279112/wine-drinking-mistakes-stop-making/

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.

https://vinepair.com/articles/ntk-cakebread-cellars/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=d561430f3d-May_08_2023&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-d561430f3d-38937345&mc_cid=d561430f3d&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

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.

https://vinepair.com/articles/rediscovering-old-bottles/

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.

https://www.foodandwine.com/dealcoholized-wine-7495131

Vintage Wine Estates cuts SKUs in bid to drive down costs

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

https://www.just-drinks.com/news/vintage-wine-estates-cuts-skus-in-bid-to-drive-down-costs/?utm_source=www.wineindustryinsight.com&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=vintage-wine-estates-cuts-skus-in-bid-to-drive-down-costs-ste-michelle-on-woodinville-property-not-going-anywhere-washington-wine-allocates-nearly-1-million-for-wine-research

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

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

https://vinepair.com/articles/white-wine-texture-explainer/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=2ca6845089-May_12_2023&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-2ca6845089-38937345&mc_cid=2ca6845089&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

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.

https://www.mashed.com/1284191/unique-ways-drink-whiskey/

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.

https://www.winemag.com/2023/05/11/80s-cocktail-quiz/

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.

https://robbreport.com/food-drink/spirits/elijah-craig-barrel-proof-bourbon-whiskey-age-statement-1234842258/

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.

https://www.tastingtable.com/1283757/four-roses-age-statement-bourbon/

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.

https://www.winemag.com/2023/05/10/norton-grape-basics/

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.

https://hudsonvalleywinegoddess.com/a-look-into-the-indigenous-grape-variety-from-crete-the-kotsifali-grape/

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.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2023/05/which-european-country-drinks-the-most-alcohol/

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.

https://vinepair.com/articles/tequila-health-claims/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=36d08c7471-May_11_2023&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-36d08c7471-38937345&mc_cid=36d08c7471&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

Out of Vermouth? These Substitutes Will Save Your Cocktail

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

https://www.winemag.com/2023/05/10/best-vermouth-substitutes/

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?

https://vinepair.com/articles/swiss-wine-guide/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=064f7c5858-May_10_2023&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-064f7c5858-38937345&mc_cid=064f7c5858&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

Bacardí launches Mango Chile rum

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

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2023/05/bacardi-launches-mango-chile-rum/

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.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2023/05/us-bud-light-sales-down-21-4-following-dylan-mulvaney-endorsement/

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.

https://www.mashed.com/1280680/how-to-tell-vintage-glassware-safe/

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.

https://www.winemag.com/2023/05/09/chatgpt-beer/

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.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/lizthach/2023/05/10/discussing-the-proscons-of-creating-a-100-estate-bottled-wine-with-the-ceo-of-three-sticks/?sh=ae5665c40d99

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.

https://www.thedailymeal.com/1280943/sweet-wines-perfect-beginners/

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.

https://www.mashed.com/1281131/all-facts-about-rumple-minze-peppermint-schnapps/

Meet Bacanora, The Middle Man Between Tequila And Mezcal

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

https://www.tastingtable.com/1281101/meet-bacanora-middle-between-tequila-mezcal/

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.

https://www.eagletribune.com/news/bill-to-expand-wine-beer-licenses-opposed-by-packies/article_d51c3e30-f31c-11ed-804f-d73dc18f5614.html

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.

https://vinepair.com/booze-news/neil-patrick-harris-espresso-martini/

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.

https://www.mashed.com/1286704/romans-version-wine-actually-pretty-weak/

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.

https://franklinobserver.town.news/g/franklin-town-ma/n/159291/state-and-local-package-stores-sound-legislature

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.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2023/05/coravin-launches-single-serve-system-for-wine/

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?

https://www.tastingtable.com/1289844/don-julio-anejo-seventy-anniversary-ultimate-bottle-guide/

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.

https://winefolly.com/tips/why-is-wine-so-expensive/

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.

https://www.foodandwine.com/future-of-wine-roundtable-7092165

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.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2023/05/house-tequila-beats-named-brands-in-us-bars/

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.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2023/05/inflation-drives-consumers-to-drink-at-home/

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?

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2023/05/chablis-appellation-launches-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.

https://www.mashed.com/1287054/despite-name-sloe-gin-isnt-gin/

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.

https://www.mashed.com/1287645/dark-rum-aged-rum-actually-arent-same-thing/

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

So how do you actually find these bottles?

https://www.winemag.com/2023/05/16/tips-to-find-rare-whiskey/

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.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2023/05/new-zealand-approves-pioneering-new-biofungicide-in-its-vineyards/

EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2024, CA WINERIES AND DISTILLERIES WILL HAVE REPORTING AND PAYMENT OBLIGATIONS TO CALRECYCLE UNDER THE BOTTLE BILL

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.

https://www.dpf-law.com/blogs/lex-vini/effective-january-1-2024-ca-wineries-and-distilleries-will-have-reporting-and-payment-obligations-to-calrecycle-under-the-bottle-bill/?mc_cid=83377db984&mc_eid=47016491de

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.”

https://www.joplinglobe.com/news/local_news/joplin-council-rejects-ban-of-shooter-liquor-bottles/article_42e37c50-f389-11ed-aa81-cf3819222c50.html

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.

https://www.credello.com/financial-resources/trending/best-and-worst-states-to-buy-whiskey-in-us/

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

https://www.independent.co.uk/wine/red-white-wine-chateauneuf-du-pape-b2336784.html

13 Types Of Dessert Wine, Explained

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

https://www.tastingtable.com/1291150/types-dessert-wines-explained/

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

Wine culture today has strayed far away from its roots.

https://www.winemag.com/2023/05/19/millennial-gen-z-wine-culture-debate/

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.

https://majoringinwine.com/your-guide-to-advanced-wine-studies/

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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.

https://vinepair.com/articles/northern-italy-chillable-reds-guide/

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

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

https://www.thedailymeal.com/1265891/boston-coming-tiny-liquor-bottles/

Pour One Out

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

https://slate.com/technology/2023/04/alcohol-wine-drinking-healthy-dangerous-study.html

New RTD

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.

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/ethically-kate-is-biodynamic-wine-the-real-deal-or-a-marketing-gimmick/DSFMHQGOCVEZJAXM4IC743XLMY/

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.

https://www.telegram.com/story/business/2023/04/20/worcester-walmart-wont-be-allowed-to-sell-beer-and-wine/70134759007/

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.

https://vinepair.com/articles/ntk-plymouth-gin/

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

https://www.independent.co.uk/wine/cotes-du-rhone-wine-villages-b2321833.html

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.

https://www.tastingtable.com/1265577/how-find-highest-value-cocktails-menu/

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.

https://www.mashed.com/1261161/odd-sounds-tequila-unreliable-alcohol/

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.

https://www.savoredjourneys.com/epernay-champagne-houses/

Super Tuscans

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

https://cnaluxury.channelnewsasia.com/experiences/italian-super-tuscan-wines-233681

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.

https://www.modbee.com/news/business/article274721486.html#storylink=cpy

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.

https://www.winebusiness.com/news/article/270380

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.

https://www.vitisphere.com/news-99203-traditional-method-and-charmat-do-not-produce-different-sparkling-wines.html

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.

https://www.oregonlive.com/wine/2023/04/argentina-oregon-malbec-conflict-erupts-over-a-white-wine.html

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.

https://www.tastingtable.com/1270486/the-japanese-grape-variety-named-in-honor-of-mt-fuji/

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

https://www.winebusiness.com/news/article/270271

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.

https://vinepair.com/articles/worm-salt-explainer/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=adf8cb1dd9-April_27_2023&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-adf8cb1dd9-38937345&mc_cid=adf8cb1dd9&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

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.

https://vinepair.com/articles/best-wine-travel-destinations-2023/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=adf8cb1dd9-April_27_2023&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-adf8cb1dd9-38937345&mc_cid=adf8cb1dd9&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

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.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2023/04/new-wine-tasting-experience-in-space-to-cost-105k/

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.”

https://www.thedailymeal.com/1268061/what-term-top-shelf-liquor-meaning/

‘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.

HTTPS://WWW.BEVERAGEDAILY.COM/ARTICLE/2023/04/25/SIGNIFICANT-INCREASES-IN-WINE-PRICES-GLOBALLY

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

https://www.northwestwinereport.com/2023/04/what-chatgpt-gets-right-and-wrong-about-washington-wine.html

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.

https://vinepair.com/articles/napa-small-winery-ordinance/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=e17eace1b8-April_26_2023&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-e17eace1b8-38937345&mc_cid=e17eace1b8&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

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.

https://www.tastingtable.com/1268355/the-simple-difference-between-single-and-double-barrel-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?”

https://www.winemag.com/2023/04/25/throwback-80s-drinks/

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

Tequila and mezcal are just the beginning.

https://www.liquor.com/a-guide-to-other-agave-spirits-5271518

The History of the Dark and Stormy Cocktail

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

https://mossandfog.com/the-history-of-the-dark-and-stormy-cocktail/

Don’t Have Cognac? Try These Substitutes

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

https://www.winemag.com/2023/04/25/cognac-substitutes/

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.

https://wineindustryadvisor.com/2023/04/25/bota-box-announces-release-of-limited-edition-summer-white-wine?utm_source=AfternoonBrief&utm_medium=newsletter

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.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2023/04/consumers-call-for-pernod-ricard-boycott/

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.

https://www.tastingtable.com/1267167/flavorful-reason-pour-wine-distance/

A Beginner’s Guide to Clarified Milk Punch

Here’s everything you need to know.

https://www.winemag.com/2023/04/28/clarified-milk-punch/

5 Hacks to Open Wine Without a Corkscrew

Got your car keys on you? Never fear.

https://www.allrecipes.com/how-to-open-wine-without-corkscrew-7486809

What is the healthiest beer?

Consider these factors before you crack open a cold one

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/2023/04/30/what-is-the-healthiest-beer/11714750002/

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

https://www.irishtimes.com/food/drink/2023/04/30/wine-experts-like-to-talk-about-great-vintages-but-does-the-year-really-matter/

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.

https://vinepair.com/articles/ntk-russells-reserve/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=4942163854-May_01_2023&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-4942163854-38937345&mc_cid=4942163854&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

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:

https://curlytales.com/prosecco-vs-champagne-which-is-more-suited-for-summers/

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.

https://www.tastingtable.com/1268047/right-way-order-comfortably-priced-wine-restaurant/

Fitou to leave the Languedoc

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

https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2023/04/fitou-to-leave-the-languedoc

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.

https://hiconsumption.com/whats-the-difference-whiskey-vs-whisky/

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.

https://www.tastingtable.com/1273129/flavors-probably-tasting-aperol/

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.

https://www.tastingtable.com/1272344/tawny-ruby-port-difference/

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.

https://www.winebusiness.com/news/article/270732

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.

https://www.shefinds.com/collections/worst-type-of-alcohol-for-weight-loss/#slide-1

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.

https://www.northwestwinereport.com/2023/05/how-much-cork-taint-comes-from-sources-other-than-the-cork.html

Cracks In Three Tier System

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

https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2023/05/cracks-emerge-in-three-tier-system

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.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2023/05/abruzzo-introduces-superiore-status/

1.3 Million Nips Sold In Manchester CT Since October

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

https://patch.com/connecticut/manchester/state-1-3-million-nips-sold-manchester-october

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.

https://www.winemag.com/2023/05/03/what-is-pisco/

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.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2023/05/carmingano-a-little-heaven-for-the-vines/

New RTD

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.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/cathyhuyghe/2023/05/02/spring-refresh-ros-col-fondo-prosecco-and-a-new-lease-on-wine-life/?sh=6895dee45e44

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

https://vinepair.com/articles/picking-rose-guide/

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.

https://www.winemag.com/2023/05/02/riunite-wine-ads/

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.

https://glassofbubbly.com/the-prosecco-war-heats-up/

NY Change liquor laws, but no wine in supermarkets

Commission makes 18 nonbinding recommendations to governor, Legislature

https://www.timesunion.com/capitol/article/abc-law-liquor-stores-wine-grocery-18072952.php?utm_source=AfternoonBrief&utm_medium=newsletter

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

 The method for making limoncello today is still that simple.

https://vinepair.com/articles/citrus-beyond-lemons-for-cello/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=91ea3329ac-May_02_2023&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-91ea3329ac-38937345&mc_cid=91ea3329ac&mc_eid=d42ed911dc

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.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2023/05/ej-gallo-buys-fishers-island-lemonade/

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