In today’s roundup we take a look at the California heatwave, avoiding wine packaging disasters, Sonoma’s limits on wine tasting rooms, Philadephia’s reaction to new PLCB rules and spiked ice cream!
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States Raise Revenue Without Raising Taxes By Repealing Arcane Alcohol Restrictions | The most innovative lawmakers are finding they can increase tax collections wihout raising taxes by removing unnecessary barriers to the sale of alcohol. Forbes
Philly’s Fine Wine Restaurants Alarmed By New PLCB Rules | Pennyslvania restaurateurs are alarmed by changes the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is making to the way they buy wines and spirits that are not carried by state stores. The Inquirer
Sonoma Looks At Limits on New Wine Tasting Rooms | With an eye toward achieving more retail balance around the historic plaza, the Sonoma City Council is leaning toward imposing a moratorium on new tasting rooms. The Press Democrat
Californian Heatwave: “Too Soon To Tell” If Yields Affected | The Californian Wine Insitute has said it is too soon to tell if last weekend’s heatwave across Napa will affect yields, but some winemakers are already claiming to have “dodged a bullet”. The Drink Business
Cabernet Underpins Double-Digit Sales Growth | Strong direct-to-consumer sales, especially for high-priced Cabernet Sauvignon, helped drive total U.S. sales 14% higher than last year. Wines & Vines
Direct-to-Consumer Importers Carve a New Niche | A new kind of online wine club features international imports delivered to a customer’s door. SevenFifty Daily
Wine Institute Releases Results of New California Wine Tourism Survey | Results of a new online survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults who recently visited California wine country were released, offering insights to wineries and local wine associations. Wine Institute
White Paper Details Craft Beer Shoppers and How They Decide What To Buy |The white paper details the results of a study of 1,019 Midwestern beer shoppers. Research results indicate several key ways that craft brewers can improve their marketing and sales strategies. ShipCompliant Blog
Glenmorangie crafts ‘world’s first’ whisky cask bicycle | Single malt Scotch whisky distillery Glenmorangie has partnered with hardwood bicycle manufacturer Renovo to craft a set of bicycles made from the staves of ex-Bourbon casks. The Spirits Business
The Rise of Boozy Ice Cream Bar-lors | Scoop by spiked scoop, small batch producers are leading the charge in a new nationwide trend: alcohol-infused ice cream. SevenFifty Daily
6 Ways To Avoid Wine-Packaging Redesign Disasters | “Nine out of ten package redesigns actually fail to deliver a meaningful impact to sales.” North Bay Journal