New Reviews for June 28, 2017

Below is a quick look at our latest reviews published at BevX June 28, 2017. Click the links to get the score and the full analysis of each beverage. Every Wednesday we release new stories, introduce our latest reviews, and send our subscribers their weekly, free digital newsletter. (Subscribe here.) We had another busy week at BevX with new, tasty beverage reviews to share....

The Act of Independence

In a few short days many of us in the US will be celebrating the 241st anniversary of the founding of The United States of America. Many simply refer to the day as the Fourth of July but I opt for Independence Day. Every month in every year has a fourth but there was only one July 4, 1776 and what happened on and near...

The Ongoing Attempt to Kill America’s Greatest Wine Retailers

National Association of Wine Retailers June 25th, 2017 In the face of the declining brick and mortar retail sector at the hands of Amazon and other online players, it’s hard to overstate the shortsightedness of the opponents of retailer-to-consumer wine shipping. Without the ability to access the broader, more expansive national marketplace for fine wine via direct interstate shipment , traditional specialty wine retailers...

Rosé outpaces overall wine category for summer: Nielsen

Source: BeverageDaily.com June 25th Rosé has shown strong growth over the past year and is outpacing overall US wine growth, a trend which will ramp up during the summer months thanks to the pink drink’s light and versatile appeal, says Nielsen. The rosé wine category is valued at $207m and has grown by 53% in volume sales over the last 52 weeks, outpacing the...

Proof and Alcohol by Volume

Proof is an all but meaningless expression of alcohol strength. The origins of this measurement date to the 18th century. Alcohol was determined to be of proof when a solution of the alcohol with water could be poured on a pinch of gunpowder and the wet powder could still ignite. It is no longer legally required on labels of spirits but is almost always...

Scotch Whisky Exports Rise

Source: BeverageDaily.com June 21, 2017 Scotch whisky exports increased by £79m ($100m) in the first quarter of 2017, coming in as one of the top two UK export products by value, along with Scottish salmon. Total Scottish food and drink exports in the period reached £1.2bn ($1.5bn), an increase of 11% (compared to the same period in 2016). Scotch whisky and Scottish salmon make...

Sediment in Wine

Nearly all sediment found in wine is naturally occurring and is in no way harmful. In fact, many wine pros and enthusiasts like to see a bit of sediment in their wines, particularly red wines that have been in bottle for more than five years. Sediment in wine can indicate a wine that has not been heavily filtered or otherwise processed. Sediment is a...

A Transformation in Three-Tier Wine Sales

Source: winebusiness.com June 17, 2017 Daily transactional data for three-tier wine sales will soon be widely available to wineries, a breakthrough that stands to transform the way wineries track and manage an estimated $1.8 billion in annual depletion allowances. The sweeping change is underway at Vermont Information Processing (VIP), an industry software and information provider that has long supplied daily depletion data to the...

A Brief History of California Wine

Winemaking in California began far before this land was a state. Franciscan monks first planted grapes in California near San Diego in 1769. They methodically moved north up the coast establishing missions and along with them vineyards that by 1823 reached from the Mexican border to Sonoma County. Soon after, various European settlers established vineyards in California often bringing their native grape varietals, as...

How High Are Wine Taxes In Your State?

Source: Tax Foundation June 15, 2017 The treatment of wine differs extensively across the states, and at higher rates than beer because of greater alcohol content. Check out today’s map below to see where your state lies on the wine tax spectrum. Kentucky has the highest wine excise tax rate at $3.17 per gallon, followed by Alaska ($2.50), Florida ($2.25), Iowa ($1.75), and New...

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