Amazon Offering 60-Minute Booze Delivery

The delivery giant is expanding its one hour delivery service to New York City, plus other news and notes from the world of wine, beer and spirits.

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Amazon Now Offers 60-Minute Wine And Liquor Delivery

The Napa Valley Register reports that Manhattanites now join Seattleites as recipients of Amazon’s one-hour beer, wine and liquor delivery service. Minimum order is $15. For Prime Now customers, it’s free; for regular customers, there is a $7.99 fee (but still free if you can wait two hours instead of just one). Eataly will provide the products. No word yet from Amazon on whether the service will be added elsewhere.


Everyone Should Know How To Pack Wine Safely

Back in the day you could bring a bottle or two of wine in your carry-on luggage, but now it’s got to go into the cargo hold, where anything can happen. A $20 wine ruining a $200 shirt is not a good thing. So how do you pack it safely for your holiday trips? Other than springing for a special wine suitcase (pricey!), the recommended strategy is to use what you already have—starting with a pair of heavy socks. Stuff the bottle in a sock, wrap another around the neck (the most fragile part) and roll it all up in a heavy sweater or jeans. Pack other clothing above and below, so the wine is in the center of the suitcase. Voila! You’re good to go. There are more tips where that came from. Check them out.


Rudy Kurniawan Fakes Get Crushed

Here’s a different kind of crush: More than 500 bottles of wine bearing labels, such as 1976 Bonnes-Mares, 2003 DRC Richebourg and other rare finds, have been crushed at an Austin, Texas, landfill. On purpose. The wines were all fakes, seized from convicted counterfeiters and auctioned off. These bottlings will become compost, and the glass will be recycled. Good riddance!


Apparently This Bud’s Not For You

Elite Daily’s Gillian Fuller reports that 19-year-old Bud Weisser was arrested for trying to break into the Anheuser-Busch brewery in St. Louis, Missouri. Anheuser-Busch, aside from being one of the biggest breweries in the country, is home to Budweiser, the sneaky teen’s namesake brew.

The company’s security team caught the Bud booster in a secure area, and called the police when he refused to leave. Officers then arrested Weisser for trespassing and resisting arrest. There is no truth to the rumor that once he gets out of jail he’s planning to change his name to Miller.


In the Trade

Wine Institute Urges Congress to Repeal COOL

The World Trade Organization (WTO) announced today that the United States faces immediate economic damages totaling $1.01 billion in retaliatory tariffs if it does not repeal its country of origin labeling (COOL) law for certain meat products. Canada and Mexico have prevailed throughout the WTO adjudication process and are now within a matter of days of placing these devastating retaliatory tariffs on numerous U.S. products including wine.

“We know U.S. wine is on their target lists. Retaliation by Canada and Mexico would set our wine exports back decades and cost billions of dollars in lost sales over time,” said Robert P. (Bobby) Koch, President and CEO of Wine Institute. “There is only one solution at this point and that is for Congress to include COOL repeal language in the Omnibus funding bill. Without Congressional action now to bring the U.S. into WTO compliance, retaliatory tariffs could be in place before Christmas.”

Koch added, “We want to thank Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) for her outstanding leadership in working to resolve this issue and avoid these extremely destructive tariffs on California’s agricultural exports.” Senator Feinstein has been a vocal proponent and leader in the effort to pass a legislative solution that ensures retaliation does not occur. California agricultural exports total $4.7 billion annually to Canada and Mexico.

U.S. wine producers export more than $500 million of wine ($1 billion retail value) to Canada and Mexico annually. Canada is the single largest export market for U.S. wine. Wine Institute recently announced that U.S. wines surpassed wines from France and Italy for the first time to claim the largest share of the Canadian market. Any disruption caused by retaliatory tariffs will result in a significant loss of market share that would take years to recover.


Treasury Wine Estates Will Introduce Calorie Labeling

Drinks Business reports that Treasury Wine Estates is going to put calorie labels on all their wines, following Diageo’s policy change earlier this year. Initially this will apply to wines from next year’s vintage that are marketed in Europe, where there is “heightened consumer interest” in such information. Markets in the U.S., Asia, Australia and New Zealand will be added later.

Published on December 15, 2015
Topics: Wine News + Trends
About the Author
Paul Gregutt
Contributing Editor

Reviews wines from Oregon and Canada.

Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.

Email: paulgwine@me.com.




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