Twitter round-up: Jon Bonne’s tweet on US tariffs on European wines most popular tweet in December 2019

Top tweets on beverages in December 2019

1. Jon Bonne’s tweet on US tariffs on European wines

Jon Bonne, a wine columnist, tweeted on the Trump administration imposing tariffs of up to 100% on European wines. Until October 2019, the Trump administration had imposed 25% tariffs on several European good including olive oil, cheese, whiskey and wine. In December 2019, however, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) declared that 100% tariffs would be imposed on all European wines.

The decision is expected to affect wine importers and distributors in the US, as well as retailers, restaurants, and wineries that are expected to lose consumers as wine prices increase dramatically.

Username: Jon Bonne

Twitter handle: @jbonne

Retweets: 56

Likes: 76

2. Jancis Robinson’s tweet on the wine industry’s carbon footprint

Jancis Robinson, a British wine critic and writer, shared an article on wine packaging and how producers and consumers can help in reducing the wine industry’s carbon footprint. The writer details the implications of wine production for climate change, in her article, emphasising that vineyards absorb carbon dioxide emissions.

Jancis states that even though wine production leads to lesser carbon emissions, compared to air travel or energy generation from coal, the carbon footprint of glass bottles and transport cannot be ignored. An Australian study revealed that transport and glass packaging contributed the highest to the wine industry’s carbon footprint, while wine production contributed in lesser degrees.

Username: Jancis Robinson

Twitter handle: @JancisRobinson

Retweets: 40

Likes: 89

3 Roger Protz’s tweet on Titanic Brewers

Roger Protz, a British author, tweeted on the Titanic Brewery located at Stoke, UK. The brewery is popular for selling dark beer and 50% of its production is the Plum Porter brand.

The Titanic Brewery was created by Keith and Dave Bott in 1985 and currently produces more than three million pints of beer per year. The company operates several pubs apart from a bar at the Stoke station called Bod.

Username: Roger Protz

Twitter handle: @RogerProtzBeer

Retweets: 37

Likes: 244

4. Jeff Alworth’s tweet on brewery acquisition

Jeff Alworth, an author and blogger, shared an article on the purchase of Ballast Point, an American brewing company, by a small Chicago-based brewery named Kings & Convicts from Constellation Brands.

Ballast Point was acquired by Constellation Brands, a beer importer in the US, in 2015 for $1bn. The acquisition of the company by a small brewery came as a surprise as it is one the most popular beer companies in the country.

Username: Jeff Alworth

Twitter handle: @Beervana

Retweets: 33

Likes: 133

5. Camper English’s tweet on cooling methods for alcoholic beverages

Camper English, a journalist and educator of spirits, tweeted on the different chilling methods used for achieving the accurate temperature for drinks. After having conducted much research, he is of the opinion that placing a glass in a freezer and or refrigerator first, works better than other methods including whiskey stones, steel ice, and balls of steel.

The cocktail expert shared a graph in his tweet, to depict the comparison between the different chilling methods. The influencer also shared an article that detailed how whiskey stones are pointless in keeping drinks cool.

Username: Camper English

Twitter handle: @alcademics

Retweets: 31

Likes: 84

6. Bart Watson’s tweet on the evolution of the US beer market

Bart Watson, a chief economist at the Brewers Association, shared an animation of how the beer market in the US has evolved over the last seven decades. He identifies overwhelming changes and trend patterns over the years at the category level.

According to the statistics shared, Old Regional/Value, Premium, and Premium Light were the top performing distilled beers in terms of sales between 1950 and 2019.

Username: Bart Watson

Twitter handle: @BrewersStats

Retweets: 25

Likes: 87

7. Jamie Goode’s tweet on the top wines of 2019

Jamie Goode, a British wine writer, shared an article on the top wines of 2019. Some of the listed wines for the year included the Jamet Côte-Rôtie 1999 Northern Rhône, Wachter-Wiesler Blaufrankisch Alte Reben Eisenberg 2014 Burgenland, Ladredo 2008 Ribera Sacra, Vincent Paris Cornas Granit 30 2015 Northern Rhône, and Ganevat Cuvée Marguerite 2014 Jura.

Username: Jamie Goode

Twitter handle: @jamiegoode

Retweets: 14

Likes: 91

8. Tim Atkin’s tweet on Cinsault

Tim Atkin, a writer and master of wine, tweeted on Cinsault, a red grape wine. The wine is created from granite-dense soils found in Itata, a wine zone in Chile.

Username: Tim Atkin

Twitter handle: @timatkin

Retweets: 13

Likes: 77

9. Randall Grahm’s tweet on grape varieties for perfect wine blends

Randall Grahm, a winemaker and creator of the Bonny Doon Vineyard, tweeted that Syrah or Shiraz, a grape variety, should not be added to create the Pinot Noir red wine. The tweet was in response to an article shared by Wine Folly, a wine blog, about grape varieties that make the best wines.

The article noted that to achieve a bolder and lusher Pinot Noir, Syrah should be added, which was opposed by Randall. The winemaker noted that many winemakers added Syrah to accommodate the visual bias of American wine drinkers who consider darker wine to be stronger.

Username: Randall Grahm

Twitter handle: @RandallGrahm

Retweets: 14

Likes: 121

10. Nigella Lawson’s tweet on the Christmas cocktail

Nigella Lawson, a food writer and cooking show host, shared the recipe for a Christmas cocktail called Poinsettia. She stated that the drink is one of the most easily serviceable and refreshing drink at a party.

The cocktail is a mix of cranberry juice, Cointreau, and chilled sparkling dry wine.

Username: Nigella Lawson

Twitter handle: @Nigella_Lawson

Retweets: 14

Likes: 247

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