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2017 Oregon Vineyard and Winery Report release

Oregon added 44 wineries in 2017 with sales volume up to 16 percent outpacing the wine category’s national growth rate of 1.6 percent. The Oregon Vineyard and Winery report released information that the state has increased in wineries from 1,052 to 1,114. Oregon’s northern border added 18 wineries last year and Rogue Valley added 13 more wineries within Southern Oregon. Direct sales and whole sale sales increased to $550 million in 2017, amounting to 4 percent from 2016’s $529 million in sales. The total value of production of wine grapes increased by 14 percent from $167 million to $192 million in 2017. The north of Willamette Valley is the lead state of grape crushing by 73 percent. According to Nielsen, retail wine sales of Oregon wine for the 52 weeks ending in August 2018, it rose 16 percent, compared to the wine category’s growth of 1.6 percent overall. Source: thewinebusiness.com, September...

Winemakers are using acacia barrels

In states like California and Idaho, acacia oak barrels for fermenting and aging wine is becoming an increasing trend. In Europe, acacia wood barrels are commonly used for wines and now gaining traction with white wines among American winemakers. Acacia barrels for wine are appealing not because they add flavor to a wine but because they reduce it. The normal traditional oak barrels add flavors such as spicy French or American oak, yet acacia barrel wine has more texture than flavor providing a better channel of wine taste for consumers. Source: Daily.sevenfifty.com, July...

Independent Craft Brewers Seal verifies true independent beer

Major beer producers have started to create craft beers making it difficult for small craft breweries to catch up. In order to differentiate independent craft beer from large beer manufacturers, a seal has been incorporated to the bottle demonstrating the guarantee that it is truly independent. The independent craft brewers seal came out of the brewers association, and it informs the consumer the guarantee that it is not owned by a major corporation and it is mechanized beer by hand. This seal is an important method to stand out because major producers have released beers with different names so that they may appear as an independent label to consumers. 3,568 small and independent breweries have adopted the seal, and it is growing. Source: ktva.com, July...

Delaware votes to outlaw powdered alcohol

State lawmakers gave a final approval to outlaw the manufacturing, sales and use of powdered alcoholic beverages. Delaware is the 37th state to ban powdered substances that form alcoholic drinks when mixed with liquid. Source: Kansas.com, June...

News from TTB

TTB made two amendments to the information for Distilled Spirits Beverage Alcohol Manual. The amendments address the class/type designation of drinks such as “ouzo’ and “aquavit.’ These changes reflect updated information to TTB about these products. The manual is currently undergoing more review. Source: TTB, September...

Cognac exports rise for the fourth consecutive year

The Cognac industry increased record growth with volume and value by 8.2 percent and 5.4 percent in 2017 to 2018. The Bureau National Interprofessional du Cognac (BNIC) demonstrated that Cognac exports have continued to grow throughout the last 4 years reaching $3.6 billion in sales. The US continues to be Cognac’s largest market with shipping of 86.5 million bottles in 2017 to 2018. Source: thespiritsbusiness.com, August...