Liquor Industry News/Links 05-16-15

Liquor Industry News/Links


By: Mark C Lenzi CSW, CSS, CWAS, QCE*


This Week The Franklin Wine Club Hosted:

Joel Gott Winery, Are You A Wine Explorer Yet??


Thank You To Curl Salon In Medway!

Our Wines Were Served At An Open House Event.

Our Friend Kim Of Vintias Wineworks Presented For Us.

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Take Care

Franklin Liquors

Mike & Mark




Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

New Products

Americans Drinking Less But Spending More

Tequila And Wine Weight Loss




Located in Southeastern France, Vacqueyras is one of the most recent additions to the Southern Rhône wine region, having received its appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) status in February of 1990 (following the Gigondas AOC in 1971, and preceding the Beaumes-de-Venise AOC in 2005)


Wine trade rumor: Santa Margherita, Terlato consider divorce

“We continue to work under the terms of our agreement with Santa Margherita,” said Liz Barrett, Terlato Wines vice president of corporate communications. “I know there’s many rumors out there. We don’t comment on those.”

White Oak Winery fends off trademark infringement

On March 9, a federal court ruled that a New York-based vodka company with sales operations in Los Angeles infringed the trademark of Healdsburg-based White Oak Vineyard & Winery. The court’s injunction prohibits White Oak Spirits from using its White Oak trademark.

Americans Are Drinking Less But Spending More on Fancy Booze

American tastes in alcohol are getting more sophisticated—and more expensive


The 21 Stages Of Falling In Love With Wine

Wine: It brings us together, helps us unwind and generally sets either a celebratory or peaceful mood. In fact, it’s pretty tough not to appreciate a glass of wine, and some of us even find ourselves in a lifelong love affair with vino.

Thirsty Guide to Chilean Red Wine

It seems unlikely that the thin, long country of Chile is a larger producer of Cabernet Sauvignon than the US, but it’s true!



Chilling it down too far – we’re talking frigid ice-cold level – can actually remove many of the pleasures of drinking that wine instead of the lemonade or water those minors across the park are enjoying.

Unravelling the mystery of Burgundy and what happened to the Mâconnais

Burgundy is arguably the world’s most prestigious wine region.


While not normally considered part of a healthy diet, scientists have discovered that the sugars found in Tequila may beneficial to weight-loss and treating diabetes.


How to Host a Beer Tasting Party

When planning a fun beer taste testing party, try to grab beers along all stages of the spectrum, giving your guests the opportunity to try each type and decide what they like.

Crown Royal Debuts First-Ever Rye Whisky

Diageo has added to Crown Royal’s portfolio with the nationwide release of Northern Harvest Rye, its first-ever blended rye whisky. “With rye whiskies serving as integral components of the Crown Royal Deluxe blend for more than 75 years, it was a natural and authentic extension to provide our loyal fans a rye offering,” said Yvonne Briese, vice president of marketing, Diageo North American Whiskey. The 90-proof offering’s suggested retail price is $29.99 a 750-ml. bottle.

Diageo is also expanding availability of its Crown Royal Hand Selected Barrel whisky into new U.S. markets following an initial limited release in Texas. Featuring Crown Royal’s base Coffey Rye whisky, the 103-proof single barrel liquid is produced at the brand’s Coffey Rye still in Gimli, Manitoba. It marks the first national rollout of a barrel program by Crown Royal, allowing retailers to purchase an entire barrel, with every bottle ($54.99 a 750-ml.) produced from a barrel featuring a personalized medallion naming the retail location.


Grapefruit Emerging As Summer Beer Trend

Summer hasn’t even begun, but it’s beginning to look like grapefruit will be the big flavor trend for the beer category this season.

Several craft brewers have been producing beers featuring grapefruit flavors in recent years, but now at least two national players are behind new grapefruit-influenced brews. MillerCoors’ Leinenkugel Grapefruit Shandy, a summer seasonal, launched nationally in March, and the company says the response has been so positive that an enhanced order window for distributors has been added. The Coors Light Citrus Radler, due this summer, is also expected to have a grapefruit component. “The grapefruit beer market grew triple digits last year,” Ashley Selman, senior director of marketing at MillerCoors’ Tenth & Blake unit, reports. Earlier this year, Boston Beer Co.’s Alchemy & Science subsidiary launched Traveler’s Grapefruit Ale nationally.

Harpoon Brewing’s summer seasonal UFO Big Squeeze, meanwhile, is available in 24 states and Washington, D.C. “Beer drinkers have embraced UFO Big Squeeze more than we had anticipated,” says brand manager Chris Bonacci. Other brews containing grapefruit include Ballast Point’s Grapefruit Sculpin IPA, Abita Grapefruit Harvest IPA, Shiner’s Ruby Redbird and Schofferhofer Grapefruit Hefeweizen from Germany.

3 Wines to Pair with Eggs Benedict

The brunch staple goes best with the world’s most versatile pairing wines: sparklers, Rieslings and rosés.


Your Beer Glass Shape Might Be Making You Drink Too Much, Says Science, So Think Carefully About Your Next Pint

There are a lot of things that might contribute to whether or not we overdo it at the bar — but now we’ve got something else to add to the list

In defense of the CSW (Certified Specialist of Wine)

There are many that feel that being certified in wine knowledge is a load of bull. Then there are those that are certified that believe the CSW is a joke. I’m going to explain to you why neither case is true.



Whether by creating a giant cucumber-shaped aircraft or pouring rum over the naked breasts of glamour models, the spirits world has never been averse to clever – but crazy – marketing stunts


This Gadget Will Make Cheap Beer Taste Better

The secret, of course, is better head.


I tried a bunch of apps for wine lovers, and these are the ones worth downloading

There are more wine apps out there than anyone could possibly want — or need.

Wines by the glass at Fenway Park pretty good, better bargain than beer

Another thing that surprised me was I couldn’t find any Red Sox wine for sale at Fenway Park. If they are selling it there, they sure aren’t promoting it.


Wine bedtime snack can help you lose weight, study claims

Wine drinkers rejoice. A new study has found that a glass of wine before bed can help you lose weight.

The Perfect Harvest

California’s Livermore Valley was once renowned for making the finest wine in the world. John Kinney, a local winemaker, professor, historian and craftsman, is on a journey to reclaim that title and he’s drawing on the history of the Valley to do it.

This short film tells the story of John’s pursuit of the perfect harvest in Livermore Valley.

There Goes the Neighborhood – Miley Cyrus Buys a Vineyard

Miley Cyrus has just dropped a cool $4 million on a ranch in Los Angeles‘ San Fernando Valley. It has a riding area, a pool and an outdoor fireplace, as well as 550 or so Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot vines.

Boston Beer to Re-Release Two Drinker Favorite Beers

Based on the input of beer drinkers everywhere, Samuel Adams brewers will pull recipes from their “vault” and ultimately choose two winning brews to be re-released nationally for a limited time.


The Wine Group Adds Canned Wines To Flipflop

The Wine Group is launching a new line of wine in cans under its Flipflop brand. Flipflop’s new entries, which are debuting nationwide, are packaged in 250-ml. cans that will retail in four-packs for $12. Including Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Fizzy Sangria and Fizzy Crisp White, the cans contain the equivalent of two 4.2-ounce glasses of wine, and are geared toward summer outdoor occasions. According to Impact Databank, Flipflop declined 2.4% to 770,000 cases last year.


So many things make the Provençal commune of Bandol a unique place: its micro-climate, use of Mourvèdre as its primary varietal, steep slopes requiring manual harvests and a pure pedigree as an ancient wine-making region.


15 bizarro beers that taste amazing

Peanut butter beer? Licorice beer? Beer brewed with whole pizzas? Weird beers that actually work.

Mamma Mia Pizza Beer

Diageo Targets Upscale Bourbon Tier With Blade And Bow Rollout

Diageo is officially launching its next play in the high-end Bourbon segment with the unveiling of its Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey brand, created at the Stitzel-Weller Distillery in Louisville, Kentucky. Inspired by the “five keys” symbol found throughout the distillery (and named for the two parts of a skeleton key), Blade and Bow is available in two offerings—Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (91 proof, $49.99) and 22-Year-Old Limited Release Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (92 proof, $149.99). The former is made from some of the oldest stocks to be distilled at Stitzel-Weller before it closed in 1992 and matured using the solera aging method. The 22-Year-Old Bourbon includes whiskies distilled in Louisville and Frankfort, Kentucky, and was most recently aged and bottled at Stitzel-Weller.

Blade and Bow follows Diageo’s launch of fellow upscale Bourbon labels Old Blowhard, Barterhouse and Rhetoric—all part of its Orphan Barrel Whiskey Project—last year.


New Sauvignon Blanc From Sonoma-Cutrer

Brown-Forman’s Sonoma-Cutrer has released its first-ever Sauvignon Blanc. Rolling out as the third entry in Sonoma-Cutrer’s Winemakers Release Series, the new offering is produced with Russian River Valley-sourced fruit and makes its debut with a 2014 vintage. The Sonoma-Cutrer Sauvignon Blanc is currently available in select U.S. markets, priced at around $24.99 a 750-ml. Previous entries in Sonoma-Cutrer’s limited production Winemakers Release Series include Late Harvest Chardonnay, as well as Founders Reserve Legacy, a premium Chardonnay offering.

What Exactly Is ‘Sustainable’ Wine?

Do grapes and vineyards really need to be pulled into the fight for sustainability? Conscience and all that “green” stuff seems to fly in the face of the luxurious joy proffered by a spectacular bottle of chardonnay.

Who Are You? Limoux Wine’s Identity Crisis

The fastest-growing French sparkling wine appellation in the US has many faces.


Are Wine Drinkers More Responsible?

Based on statistics pulled from various, moderately reputable sources including the US Census Bureau, TTB (Tobacco Tax Bureau), NIAAA (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism), and Gallup, and it appears that, on average, wine drinkers drink less than beer drinkers.



Sugar in Wine, The Great Misunderstanding

Sweetness is a perception. Bitterness, like the caffeine in colas, or tannins in wine, will reduce the perception of sugar. So does acidity. Hence the delightful phosphoric acid in your Coke, and the importance of natural acidity in wine.


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Guess what’s happening this June in Franklin?

A small business scavenger hunt of course! The Ladybug Trek will occur between June 12th- June 30th and will include many local businesses including us!


Participants will use a mobile app to follow clues throughout the participating businesses to complete the hunt. The grand prize will total over $1,000 in gift cards from local businesses. More to come on this event in coming weeks!

This event is sponsored by the Small Shop Co-Op.





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In The Mood To Try Something New, Or Want A Little Personalized Help In Navigating Our Aisles? Check Out The New Free Vinobly App Which Makes Personalized Recommendations From Wines In Our Store. You Can Find Wine To Pair With Your Meal, Or Take Their Fun 3-Question Palate Profiler Quiz To Get Started

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