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.
Tariffs might be driving European wine prices up in the US, but according to a new report, other factors will push the price of American wines down this year. Silicon Valley Bank (SVB)’s annual State of the US Wine Industry report predicted a glut of California and Oregon wines domestically… and a subsequent retail price drop.
On February 12, the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DiSCUS) presented their annual report about the state of the spirits industry in America. The key talking points were not shocking to most industry-watchers: the current trade wars are devastating for American Whiskey producers; the premium and super premium sectors are booming; and the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBTRA) is a win, but more work is needed.
Los Angeles bartender Aaron Polsky is celebrated as a rock star of the industry. Now, Polsky is taking that description literally with his new venture, LiveWire. Borrowing a cue from the music industry, LiveWire will promote and represent the bar world’s stars through a talent agency as well as merchandise such as an inaugural line of canned cocktails.