BevAlc Roundup | TTB releases new versions of Wine Premises Operations report, the Silicon Valley Bank 2018 Wine Industry Report is released, and a primer on soju in time for the Olympics in South Korea.

LegislativeUpdate

TTB Newsletter | Top stories include save the dates for upcoming Trade Practice webinars and new versions of the Report of Wine Premises Operations are available. TTB

How New Alcohol Tax Laws May Affect Your Business | The “monumental” legislation is being hailed as one of the most significant changes since Prohibition. SevenFifty Daily

Bootleggers Beware – Liquor Commission Tamping Down On Illegal Alcohol Shipments | The illegal direct shipment of alcohol into the state of Illinois is something that the Illinois Liquor Control Commission takes very seriously. Chicago Sun-Times

Lawmaker Seeks To Allow Wine Sales Directly To Alabama Homes | A push is underway to allow wine shipments directly to Alabama homes. ABC 33/40 

How Much Political Clout Does $103 Million Buy? | Opponents claim the three-tier system is skewed in distributors’ favor — which may explain their generosity to legislators. Wine Searcher

IndustryUp

SVB State of the Wine Industry 2018 Report | 2018 Outlook: The U.S. wine industry is at the tail end of a 20-year growth period. Silicon Valley Bank

Preliminary Report Shows California Crushed 4 Million Tons of Wine Grapes in 2017 | Red wine grape varieties accounted for 2.2 million tons, down 1.6 percent from 2016. White grape varieties totaled 1.8 million tons, or up .7 percent more than in 2016. North Coast prices, for red varieties, rose from 8 to 11 percent. Wine Business

Liquor Sector to See More Consolidation in 2018 | The Patrón and Avión tequila purchases likely will not be the last deals this year for producers of tequila, whiskey and gin. The Street

Why Smaller Distributors Are Banding Together In a Changing Market | A quick way to scale up is just one benefit of these mergers and acquisitions. SevenFifty Daily

Denver Sake Maker Stuck Between Wine and Beer Laws | State lawmakers don’t quite know what to make of sake. And that is making life tough for a Colorado sake maker. Westword

JustFun

What’s the Deal With Soju? | Discovering the traditional South Korean spirit in honor of the Olympics. Wine Spectator

Academics Explain Terroir But Not Exactly The Way Wine Consumers May Expect | A paper makes an effort to show that rather than being indescribable or inexpressible beyond words, terroir may be a reflection of trade and politics. Forbes

Think You Know What Cider Is? You’re Probably Wrong | Defining “cider” — and creating a language to talk about it — is very much on the agenda of the U.S. Association of Cider Makers, the trade group of more than 1,000 members that puts on ­CiderCon. Washington Post

The Science of Whole-Cluster Fermentation | Added complexity is just one of the benefits of fermenting grapes on their stems. SevenFifty Daily

Weed is Impacting Wine Sales | SVB’s Rob McMillan’s impressions on the economic impact that legal marijuana is having, and will have, on the wine market. SVB on Wine

 

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