Author Archives: Joel Whitaker

Ciroc Declares Victory Half Way Through Year, Says Nielsen Ranks Ciroc Apple No. 1 Innovation

Cîroc Apple is the best-selling new vodka innovation of 2016, Combs Wine & Spirits said, citing Nielsen research which showed Cîroc Apple has sold more cases than all other new vodka innovations this year. Cîroc Apple was added to the … Continue reading

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TTB Moves to Restrict Varietal Designation on Wine Labels

Alcohol & Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau this morning moved to close a loophole in its labeling regulations. The proposal, scheduled to be published in the Federal Register this morning would apply to   any standard grape wine covered by a … Continue reading

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Jim Koch’s Quench Your Own Thirst Well Worth Reading

We’re a bit late reviewing Jim Koch‘s autobiography, Quench Your Own Thirst.  That’s because unlike a lot of reviewers, I actually read every word before I write a review. My assessment of Koch’s book:  It’s a 1-in-a-million.  It should be … Continue reading

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What We’re Reading

Take a Tour of Fort Worth’s Beer Zone For a long time, Rahr & Sons Brewing was Fort Worth’s only craft brewery and way ahead of the craft-beer curve in the rest of North Texas. But with the opening of … Continue reading

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Microbes Could Work As ‘Quality Control’ For Wine

There’s new evidence that microbes influence a wine’s terroir, or its distinctive regional characteristics. The study, which appears in mBio, also suggests that such microbial signatures associated with predictable chemical profiles of wine might provide a valuable new quality-control tool for the … Continue reading

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1st Paducah Distillery Since Prohibition to Open

Before Prohibition, Paducah was home to more than 14 distilleries.  But yesterday, Silent Brigade Distillery became the first distillery in Paducah, Ky., since Prohibition ended.

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