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Portugal is shaking up the wine world

December 16, 2014 9:47 am - Posted by Jody in Drink
LISBON, Portugal — The world’s greatest wine region? If you’re thinking Bordeaux, Burgundy or Napa Valley, it may be time to think again. Wines from Portugal’s Douro Valley claimed three of the top four places in Wine Spectator’s 2014 top 100 ranking — including the No. 1 spot awarded to Dow’s 2011 Vintage Port. “It’s been… read more

Bubbling Over

December 5, 2014 2:54 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink

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Legal moonshine spreading across South Carolina

December 1, 2014 4:52 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Moonshine has gone legit. Since South Carolina began taxing small distilleries in 2009, allowing entrepreneurs to make legal moonshine, 28 companies have registered with the S.C. Department of Revenue – some using recipes handed down by ancestors. But despite the sheen of commercialization, there are still secretive moonshiners in the woods of… read more
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Lawsuit: Tito’s vodka isn’t actually ‘handmade’

November 28, 2014 1:48 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink
Austin, Texas-based Tito’s Handmade Vodka has been hit with a lawsuit alleging its signature product isn’t actually made by hand. The suit, filed this month in the Superior Court of California’s San Diego County division on behalf of consumer Gary Hofmann, accuses Fifth Generation Inc., the maker of Tito’s, of false advertising, among other claims. Lawyers… read more
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The History of A Fine Wine

November 21, 2014 4:08 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink

Château Haut-Brion is a French wine, rated a Premier Cru Classé (First Growth), produced in Pessac just outside the city of Bordeaux. It differs from the other wines on the list in its geographic location in the north of the wine-growing region of Graves. Graves is an important subregion of the Bordeaux wine region and is the only Bordeaux subregion which is famed for all three of Bordeaux’ three main wine types—reds, dry whites and sweet wines, although red wines dominate the total production.

Being from such an historic region Château Haut-Brion has a rich past. Last year Domaine Clarence Dillon the family-owned and managed company,which produces Château Haut-Brion launched a challenge: to discover a written mention of Haut-Brion wine prior 1660 when the wine was contained in the cellar book of King Charles II of England, the oldest known to date. This Historical Challenge was met!

From all of the submissions recorded, two authenticated mentions emerged from the past, or more precisely the beginning of the 16th century. The earliest mention discovered now dates back to 1521, in other words 139 years earlier!

The oldest text is a notarial instrument dated 21 January 15211, discovered in the Gironde Departmental Archives, which concerns a sale of a perpetual annuity in wine between Jean de Monque, a squire and lord of the locality of Monque, and Guilhem de Mailhois, bourgeois, merchant and sergeant of Bordeaux.

This sale is agreed for a sum of 400 Bordeaux francs (a sum that would be equivalent to a current purchasing power of over approximately €50,000). In repayment of this loan, Jean de Monque undertakes to deliver each year “four pipes of wine… from the place known as Aubrion” (equivalent to eight barrique casks or 1,800 l):

« quatre pipes de vin, seront du cru des vignes appartenant audit de Monque du lieu appelé Aubrion, appartenant audit vendeur. Lesquelles sont sises derrière son bourdieu assis audit lieu appelé du Brion, en la paroisse Saint-Martin de Pessac, ensemble des vignes de Pins Bouquet, de la Gravette et de Cantegrit, le tout appartenant audit seigneur de Monque, assis en Graves de Bordeaux et si cas était que ne vint aucuns fruits de raisins qui fussent pour satisfaire lesdites quatre pipes de vin de rente, bon, pur et net et marchand, le dit vendeur sera tenu lui en bailler d’autres aussi bon provenu du cru desdites vignes dessus déclarées ».

[“four pipes of wine, will be from the vineyard (cru) belonging to the said de Monque from the place known as Aubrion, belonging to the said seller. The said vines being found behind his smallholding established in the said place known as Le Brion, in the parish of Saint-Martin de Pessac, all of the vines of Pins Bouquet, la Gravette and Cantegrit, all belonging to the said lord of Monque, domiciled in Graves in Bordeaux, and if there are no grapes to fill the said four pipes of wine as an annuity – good, pure and clean and sellable, the said seller will be obliged to provide him with others that are just as good from the vineyard of the said abovementioned vines”.]

1521 document_all pagesFor the first time, Haut-Brion wine is associated with this extremely specific and prestigious term: Growth. Accordingly, from 1521, this text heralds an evolution spanning over three centuries that would take Haut-Brion to the rank of “First Growth” in the Gironde Wine Classification in 1855.

The second verified instrument is dated 1st September 15262. It is a sale of wine, made before a royal notary in Bordeaux: Esclarmonde de Lagarde, a Bordeaux woman, is selling to Pierre Gassies and Pierre Mulle, who are probably merchants, a quantity of two barrels of wine, equivalent to eight barrique casks: “two barrels of clairet or red wine from the vineyard of Haulbrion in Graves”.

On this date, the year’s grape harvest has not yet been gathered, so it therefore represents a sale on the vine. The quality of the harvest is not yet certain: if it is good, the wine will naturally be concentrated, with a red colour… if it is very average, the colour will be dark pink (clairet)… hence the possibility accepted in the contract.

The most remarkable feature of this instrument lies in the fact that in this business transaction the name of the product sold has been simplified: “wine from the vineyard of Haulbrion”. The reference to the vines and their owner is no longer even present in the trade name. From 1526, therefore, the fusion between the name of the vineyard – or terroir – and that of the wine produced there is already virtually complete. We are very close to the designation “vino de Hobbriono” in King Charles II of England’s cellar book in 1660.

This Château Haut-Brion Historical Challenge has therefore been extremely enriching for the history of this great vineyard and the wines of Bordeaux. We would like to thank and congratulate all those who researched and helped us to go back even further in time to discover evidence regarding the birth and development of what might be the oldest luxury brand in the world: Haut-Brion.

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Beer & Wine Pairing

November 7, 2014 7:31 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink

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Do we have to put pumpkin flavoring in everything?

October 24, 2014 3:33 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink
“You’re kind of dumb if you don’t do something with pumpkin in the fall,” Joaquín Simó says very matter of factly at his Alphabet City cocktail bar, Pouring Ribbons. “It’s like not doing hot drinks in the winter. It’s what people want.” Simó is, indeed, giving the people they want with the Labu Kelapa ($14), one… read more
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Bourbon 101

October 22, 2014 9:45 am - Posted by Jody in Drink

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Investing in Wine Ideas; Global Stock Directory Updated

October 6, 2014 12:48 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink

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( http://www.investorideas.com) a global news source covering leading sectors including food and beverage stocks issues the updated September wine stocks directory for investors.

As global wine consumption continues to rise, interest in participating in the sector has also grown. Separate from investing in publicly traded wine companies, a new crowdfunding platform dedicated to the wine industry has created an interesting way to play in the sector. Although participants do not get shares for their funding, they do get an equivalent in kind.

According to their site ( https://www.fundovino.com), it is free for donors and project owners to register on Fundovino and present a project. When a target amount is reached or exceeded, the funds are released to the project owner, after deduction of a 3% bank transaction fee and a 5% commission for Fundovino. If it is not reached, donors are eligible for a full refund.

Project owners accept a sort of “moral contract” with donors. When they receive their donations, they promise to offer an in-kind reward within a period of up to several months. This system is therefore based on trust between donors and project owners. By promising a gift in exchange for donations, project owners put their reputation on the line to satisfy their donors.

Wine Stocks September 2014

Andrew Peller A NV is a leading producer and marketer of quality wines in Canada. With wineries in British Columbia, Ontario, and Nova Scotia, the Company markets wines produced from grapes grown in Ontario’s Niagara Peninsula, British Columbia’s Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys, and from vineyards around the world. The Company’s award-winning premium and ultra-premium VQA brands include Peller Estates, Trius, Hillebrand, Thirty Bench, Crush, Wayne Gretzky, Sandhill, Calona Vineyards Artist Series, and Red Rooster. Complementing these premium brands are a number of popularly priced varietal wine brands including Peller Estates French Cross in the East, Peller Estates Proprietors Reserve in the West, Copper Moon, XOXO, skinnygrape and Verano. Hochtaler, Domaine D’Or, Schloss Laderheim, Royal, and Sommet are our key value priced wine blends. The Company imports wines from major wine regions around the world to blend with domestic wine to craft these popularly priced and value priced wine brands. With a focus on serving the needs of all wine consumers, the Company produces and markets premium personal winemaking products through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Global Vintners Inc., the recognized leader in personal winemaking products. Global Vintners distributes products through over 250 Winexpert and Wine Kitz authorized retailers and franchisees and more than 600 independent retailers across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia. Global Vintners award-winning premium and ultra-premium winemaking brands include Selection, Vintners Reserve, Island Mist, Kenridge, Cheeky Monkey, Ultimate Estate Reserve, Traditional Vintage, Cellar Craft, and Artful Winemaker. The Company owns and operates more than 100 well- positioned independent retail locations in Ontario under the Vineyards Estate Wines, Aisle 43, and WineCountry Vintners store names. The Company also owns Grady Wine Marketing Inc. based in Vancouver and The Small Winemaker’s Collection Inc. based in Ontario; both of these wine agencies are importers of premium wines from around the world and are marketing agents for these fine wines. The Company has entered into a partnership to market the Wayne Gretzky Estate Winery brands across Canada. The Company’s products are sold predominantly in Canada with a focus on export sales for its icewine and personal winemaking products.

AUSTRALIAN VINTAGE LTD together with its subsidiaries, engages in producing and marketing wine in Australia. The company offers its wine under the McGuigan, Miranda, Nepenthe, Passion Pop, Sunnyvale, Tempus Two, and Yaldara brands. It also owns, operates, manages, and develops vineyards primarily in the Sunraysia, Riverland, and Adelaide Hills regions in Australia. In addition, Australian Vintage Ltd offers packaged and bulk wines; and concentrate and winery processing services. The company sells its products through retail, wholesale, and distributer channels, as well as through regional outlets. Australian Vintage Ltd also exports its products to New Zealand, Asia, North America, the United Kingdom, and Europe.

BROWN FORMAN INC For more than 140 years, Brown-Forman Corporation has enriched the experience of life by responsibly building fine quality beverage alcohol brands, including Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Southern Comfort, Finlandia, Jack Daniel’s & Cola, Canadian Mist, Korbel, Gentleman Jack, el Jimador, Herradura, Sonoma-Cutrer, Chambord, New Mix, Tuaca, and Woodford Reserve. Brown-Forman’s brands are supported by nearly 4,000 employees and sold in approximately 135 countries worldwide.

Castle Brands, Inc. is a developer and international marketer of premium beverage alcohol brands including: Gosling’s Rum®, Jefferson’s®, Jefferson’s Presidential Select™ and Jefferson’s Reserve® bourbon, Boru® vodka, Pallini® Limoncello, Raspicello and Peachcello, Knappogue Castle Whiskey’®, Clontarf® Irish whiskey, Betts & Scholl™ wines, cc: wines™. Celtic Honey® liqueur, Brady’s® Irish Cream, A. De Fussigny® cognacs, Travis Hasse’s Original® liqueurs, Gozio® amaretto and Tierras™ tequila.

China Tontine Wines Group Limited sells over 20 different wine products in two main categories – sweet wine and dry wine under the “Tongtian” and “Tongtian Hong” labels. The Group has grown quickly since its inception in 2001. It ranked first in the PRC in terms of manufacturing volume of sweet wines in 2008, 2009 & 2010 and is also one of the “Top 10 PRC Grape Wine Industry Brands”. The Group gets its grape supply from Tonghua Ji’An region, which is a major mountain grapes producing region in the PRC and one of the few regions worldwide where mountain grapes can be cultivated. Through a sales network comprising over 70 distributors, the Group sells its products in 19 provinces and 3 municipal cities in the PRC. The Group places a lot of emphasis on the quality of its products. It has implemented a strict quality assurance system, and obtained ISO 9001:2000 certification in 2005 and ISO 9001:2008 certification in 2009. The Group was also awarded as “Authorized Company to Use Signs of the Geographic Indication Products” and the “Credit Management System Certificate” in 2011 and 2012 respectively. Under the auspices of the senior management team that are well-experienced in the industry, Tontine Wines is dedicated to achieve the corporate mission of the Group – To become a sweet wine expert in the PRC.

Citic Guoan Wine Co Ltd is principally engaged in the production and distribution of wine. Through its subsidiaries, the Company is involved in the farming of grapes, the distribution of wine, the processing and filing of wine, as well as the manufacturing of fruit juice wine, among others. The Company primarily offers grape wines with brands named NIYA, Strong and WESTERN, among others.

Compania Cervecerias Unidas S.A. is a diversified beverage company operating principally in Chile and Argentina. CCU is the largest Chilean brewer, the second-largest Argentine brewer, the second-largest Chilean soft drink producer, the second-largest Chilean wine producer, the largest Chilean mineral water and nectars producer, the largest pisco distributor and also participates in the rum and confectionery industries in Chile. The Company has licensing agreements with Heineken Brouwerijen B.V., Anheuser-Busch Incorporated, PepsiCo Inc., Paulaner Brauerei AG, Schweppes Holdings Limited, Guinness Brewing Worldwide Limited, Société des Produits Nestlé S.A., Pernod Ricard and Compañía Pisquera Bauzá S.A..

Constellation Brands is the world`s leading premium wine company that achieves success through an unmatched knowledge of wine consumers, storied brands that suit varied lives and tastes, and talented employees worldwide. With a broad portfolio of widely admired premium products across the wine, beer and spirits categories, Constellation`s brand portfolio includes Robert Mondavi, Clos du Bois, Blackstone, Arbor Mist, Estancia, Ravenswood, Ruffino, Jackson-Triggs, Inniskillin, Kim Crawford, Corona Extra, Black Velvet Canadian Whisky and SVEDKA Vodka. Constellation Brands is a S&P 500 Index and Fortune 1000® company with more than 100 brands in our portfolio, sales in about 125 countries and operations in approximately 30 facilities.

Corby Distilleries Limited portfolio of owned-brands includes some of the most renowned brands in  Canada , including Wiser’s® Canadian whiskies, Lamb’s® rum, Polar Ice® vodka and McGuinness® liqueurs. Through its affiliation with Pernod Ricard, Corby also represents leading international brands such as Absolut® vodka, Chivas Regal®, The Glenlivet® and Ballantine’s® scotches, Jameson® Irish whiskey, Beefeater® gin, Malibu® rum, Kahlúa® liqueurs, Mumm® champagne, and Jacob’s Creek®, Wyndham Estate®, Stoneleigh® and Graffigna® wines.

Crimson Wine Group, Ltd. is a Napa, CA, based owner and operator of boutique, estate-based wineries that produce world class wines in the finest wine growing regions of California, Oregon and Washington. Crimson’s wineries include Pine Ridge Vineyards, Seghesio Family Vineyards, Archery Summit Winery, Chamisal Vineyards and Double Canyon Vineyards. Since its founding in 1991, Crimson has been committed to the preeminent appellations and vineyard sites of each region, a philosophy of hand-crafted quality and the highest respect for the land. Each CWG property produces distinct varietal wines that reflect the finest characteristics of their place of origin.

Diageo plc ( NYSE:DEO; LSE:DGE.L) is the world’s leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, beer and wine. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, J&B, Windsor, Buchanan’s and Bushmills whiskies, Smirnoff, Ciroc and Ketel One vodkas, Baileys, Captain Morgan, Jose Cuervo, Tanqueray and Guinness.

Diamond Estates Wine & Spirits is a producer, marketer and distributor of wines and spirits in Canada. The company operates two wineries in the Niagara region of Ontario producing VQA and blended wines under such well-known brand names as 20 Bees, EastDell, Lakeview, Dois Amigos, Hat Trick, Dan Aykroyd, Benchmark and Seasons. The company also imports fine wines and spirits from around the world and serves as the marketing and sales agent for these brands in all regions of the country. These brands include Fat Bastard wines from France, Fireball Whiskey Shooter from Canada, Hpnotiq Liqueur from France, Anciano wines from Spain, Francois Lurton wines from France and Argentina and a number of top bourbons.

For the full list and other stock directories: http://www.investorideas.com/membership/

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