Uncorkd Weekly News Round-Up Jan. 16th-22nd

Every Friday Uncorkd compiles the most recent restaurant and beverage industry stories that had us talking. Here’s our list of must-read articles from the web this week. Featuring  billion dollar deals, vodka’s popularity, a sommelier’s case for the next big grape, and a new type of restaurant position. Here are the can’t miss news stories from January  16th-22nd

Newly merged Southern Wine and Spirits and Glazer’s cannot stay out of the headlines. The behemoth beverage distributors renewed their deal with Diageo, an estimated $2 Billion agreement. Moët Hennessy also signed exclusive distribution deals in 11 states with Southern Wine and Spirits and Glazer’s in a move that expands Moët’s relationship with the distributor.

Vodka’s not dead. Despite booming popularity for brown spirits, and a cocktail culture that has a taste for gin, rum, and other unique spirits from around the world, 10 vodkas are in Impact Databank’s list of the top 25 selling spirits in the U.S.

Growth of craft beer is seeing a significant slow down, dropping nearly 16% between 2014-2015. But if you’re a craft beer drinker don’t fret. This news might not mean what you think.

U.S. wine sales reached an estimated $38 Billion in 2015. The wine industry can certainly toast to that.

The case for U.S. grown Grenache.

Is Oregon entering a golden era for its wine? It seems the time is ripe for Oregon to be recognized as a leading wine producing region.

Looking for the next big grape? A sommelier suggests Mondeuse.

A concierge at a restaurant? One Chicago restaurant places a new face at the front of its restaurant.

That’s all for this week’s Uncorkd Weekly News Round Up. Check in with us next Friday to find the stories you missed this week.


Kyle Thacker