The Spaniards are responsible for bringing wine (and vines) to Mexico in the 16th century. Early European settlers also attempted to grow their imported vines in what is now the United Sates, but the results were unimpressive. Ohio and New York wines made from native grapes, such as the Catawba grape, enjoyed several decades of popularity in the 19th century. However, within a few decades, California’s meteoric rise was underway and the rest is history. Canada turns out some notable ice-wines, but their dalliances with the grape are largely few and far between.
The US hospitality industry is in dire straits and lacking governmental support. Yet, across the pond, the English cousins took some preliminary steps to bolster their reopened bars and pubs. On Wednesday (7.08), Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled a stimulus plan for the service industry that included incentives for diners and employers alike.
Think celebrity sports and brands jumped the shark when Elon Musk started threatening his own tequila? Well, then you haven’t heard about GrapeStars. Launched in the early days of the quarantine, GrapeStars is an app that aims to “disrupt” the spirits markets by making celerity brands easier to find. Oh. And, if you think that’s a good idea, you can now invest in the brand through crowd-sourcing.
Ready-To-Drink (RTD) beverages are almost as popular as Zoom during the pandemic. As Nielsen reports all time highs for the sector, liquor stores’ shelves—and websites—are filling up with canned cocktails. Neat Pour did some samplin’ of three emerging brands: Five Drinks, Onda, and Tip Top Cocktails. Here’s the scoop.