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Aging Wine in Concrete

Concrete is a semi-porous substance, which allows for micro-oxygenation and does not impact the wine’s aromas, as well as its flavors. Concrete shaped eggs are beneficial to wine aging in numerous ways. Benefits include temperature regulation, as well as the suspension of leftover yeast due to fermentation leading to a softer acidity in the wine. The leftover yeast creates an enhanced richness in flavor and texture for wines, which helps with the overall stability and age of finished wine. Source: Barrons, November...

Evolving Beer Industry Trends: Hard Seltzer

Hard seltzer is currently the fastest-growing category in the beer industry. The growth is mainly due to the convenience offered to consumers, such as their health and lifestyle needs. With that said, hard seltzer will continue to drive the growth in the total beer category as a whole. The hard seltzer category offers a variety of flavors, as well as appeals to any gender and age. Line extensions, as well as new packaging, can lead to growth for companies selling hard seltzer. Source: CITI, November...

Thanksgiving 2019 – Wine Insights

The number one factor known to drive consumer visitation is based on the quality of food and drinks offered at bars and restaurants. However, Thanksgiving is the most valuable occasion for the category of still wine. According to Nielsen CGA, 44% of fine diners choose to drink wine with their meal because it complements their food. On the other hand, 39% of consumers in the U.S. choose to drink wine over spirits, beer, cocktails, and soft drinks during the period of Thanksgiving. Source: Nielsen CGA, November...

Are Spicy Cocktails the Next Big Thing?

Cocktails are the leading drinks choice in bars, restaurants, hotels, and casinos. However, spicy and savory cocktails are currently trending in cities, such as New York and Los Angeles. Bartenders use a variety of ingredients to create these drinks, such as pepper extracts, jalapeno, dried chilis, habanero peppers, and more. Spicy flavors are not a new addition in regards to the spirits category. Since 2015, brands have mimicked bartenders in regards to adding spices into their cocktails. Bartenders continue to use vegetables, such as ginger, to add texture, as well as an extra kick of flavor to cocktails. Source: IWSR, November...

Tips to Improve Your Employee’s Wine Education

It is crucial to improve the education of your staff members regarding the wine category. Many customers refer to the recommendations offered by their server to find new bottles of wine to try. A business should provide their employees with the proper training and tools to become certified. Staff should be invited to proper wine tastings to build a positive team environment and learning experience. An educated employee will allow for an elevated customer experience regarding something as simple as their recommended dish and wine pairing. Source: Total Food Service, November...

Wine Sales and Direct-to-Consumer Activity

Domestic table and sparkling wine sales increased by 5% in the last 12 months, ending in October. On the other hand, table wines increased by 6% while sparkling increased by more than 2%. The overall wine market value increased by 4% in the U.S. due to the growth in domestic wine sales. Growing direct-to-consumer (DTC) activity, as well as opportunities related to e-commerce, are benefitting wineries. Positions associated with DTC have increased by 2% due to a growth rate in people hired for those positions. Source: Wine Business, November...

Recent Trends: Wine, Sparkling, Spirits, and Whiskey

For the 13 weeks through October 5, total wine sales increased 0.7%. However, white table wine sales increased by nearly 1%, and pink table wine sales increased by 2.2%. Sparkling wine increased in sales by over 6%, as well as volumes by 4%. On the other hand, sparkling rose sales increased by 19.4%, as well as volumes by 22%. In regards to spirits, sales increased by 5.6% and volumes by 3.5%. On the contrary, whiskey sales increased by 18.6% and volumes by 16.8%. Speaking of whiskey, sales increased by 21% and volumes by 18.2% in a four-week period. Source: Wine & Spirits Daily, November...

Can Microgravity Affect the Aging Process of Wine?

Researchers have started their year-long research project regarding the aging process of red wine. One batch of bottled red wine can be located in the International Space Station while the other batch is located on earth. Researchers want to study how space radiation and weightlessness affect the aging process of wine. The two batches will be compared to one another after 12 months with hopes of developing new wine flavors. Source: Daily Mail, November...

6 Things to Look for on a Wine Label

For a consumer, it is important to include clear basics, defined terms, technical information, green certification, vineyard sources, and the winemaker. Required by law, clear basics should be easily found by a consumer, which includes grape variety, alcohol content, and more. Terms need to be well defined to explain what it means, as well as why it matters. Technical information includes anything regarding the fermentation practices, grape(s), and more. On the other hand, vineyard sources describe where the grapes used for the wine came from. Lastly, the winemaker should always be placed on the wine label, as well as any valuable information regarding their experience. Source: Wine Mag, November...

Spiked Seltzer vs. Beer

Many brands are adding alcohol into flavored fizzy waters, making them hard seltzer. In the past year, hard seltzer has increased by more than 200% in sales. Compared to beers, spiked seltzers tend to have fewer calories, as well as fermented sugars—making them gluten-free. According to U.S. News, most beers tend to run about 150 calories while spiked seltzers run about 100 calories. In regards to carbohydrates, beers run about 15 to 30 grams while spiked seltzers run about 2 grams. Although spiked seltzers seem “healthier” than beers, it is important to drink in moderation disregarding the calories involved. Source: U.S. News, October...