Wine Gift Recommendations – 2017

Where do we start with wine recommendations and just as important – where does it end? Wine, like food, is a matter of taste. Luckily we have so many wines to choose from made in a wide array of styles and offered at prices from modest to absurd. Do yourself a favor and take on pass on the absurdly prices wines. This year I...

South Africa: Wine industry braces for effects of drought

Source: https://www.iol.co.za/ JOSEPH BOOYSEN 10 DECEMBER 2017 The South African wine industry is bracing itself for the smallest harvest in more than a decade as the drought and water shortages in the Western Cape threatens farms and wineries that employ thousands of seasonal workers. Francois Viljoen, consultation service manager for the wine industry organisation VinPro, said the drought conditions that have rocked province for...

Hanukkah: Celebrating Miracles

In 2017, Hanukkah is celebrated December 12 through December 20. Festival of Lights – no somber celebrating here with a holiday titled this way, not when two miracles are commemorated. Eight days of celebrating, lighting of candles, foods fried in oil are all elements of the holiday you may be familiar with. Hanukkah means “dedication” or “rededication”. The ancient Israelites were victorious over the Syrian...

Spirits Gift Recommendations – 2017

Are you waiting until the last minute to do your holiday gift buying? You’re not alone. Last-minute shoppers represented 36 percent of the overall total. If you are among the many who have not completed their holiday shopping we have assembled a few, straightforward gifts ideas for you. Here is our spirits recommendations sorted by type: Brandy Christian Drouin XO Calvados, Pays d’Auge Christian...

Lawsuits Take Aim at Interstate Shipping

A concerted effort is underway to to get shipping laws before the Supreme Court, W. Blake Gray reports. Source: https://www.wine-searcher.com 05-Dec-2017 Here’s some good news for wine lovers in middle America: lawsuits have been filed in three states that could allow wine lovers to order wines from any state. And not just by any law firm – it’s the same lawyers who opened up...

Six New Grape Varieties Approved For Designating American Wine

Source: TTB November 24, 2017 We recently granted administrative approval for the use of six new grape variety names on American wine labels. The variety names are as follows: Sauvignon Kretos, Merlot Kanthus, Fleurtai, Sauvignon Rytos, Cabernet Volos, and Soreli. Wine bottlers may use these names, as well as others granted administrative approval, to label American wines pending the results of our next rulemaking...

SKY RANCH FOUNDATION ℠ AWARDS GRANT TO VOICES FOR CHILDREN OF NORTH CENTRAL FLORIDA, INC.

November 2017 The Foundation gives thanks this Holiday season to the Beverage Alcohol Industry for your continued support, enabling us to continue our 56 year tradition of helping organizations whose purpose is to offer hope to at-risk youth. One such organization is Ocala, FL.-based Voices for Children of North Central Florida, Inc. For 25 years, the all-volunteer ‘Voices’ was created to support the Guardian...

157TH HOSPICES SALE HITS £12M RECORD

Source: the drinks business by Rupert Millar 20th November, 2017 This year’s Hospices de Beaune auction raised the highest total in its history, while the ‘Pièce des Présidents’ charity barrel was the second most expensive ever sold. In total, the sale held over the weekend realised ?13,529,301 (£12,041,078/US$15,964,575) and was 100% sold by lot and well exceeded the pre-sale estimate. With 787 barrels in...

Serving Beverages on Thanksgiving

Pairing wine with your Thanksgiving dinner, whether it be traditional fare or your own twist, is always a challenge. Roasted turkey is straightforward enough but the table is often filled with a wide range of flavors. Do yourself a favor and skip considering the sickening sweet dishes that find their way to the table when considering wine pairings. Nothing will pair well with candied...

New Reviews for November 15, 2017

Below is a quick look at our latest reviews published at BevX November 15, 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....

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