Liquor Industry News/Links 10-17-15

Liquor Industry News/Links


Franklin Liquors


By: Mark C Lenzi


Innovating Wine Education This Week

We Love To Keep Up On Wine Education And Trends.

Along With Our Many Wine Tastings Each Week We Seek Training And Education.


New Zealand Education

New Zealand Came To Boston This Week


The New Zealand Boston 2015 Had It All Even Some 2015’s


Quini Does It Again!

Our Friends At Quini Held A Wine Tasting Webcast.

Aromatic Wines Were Tasted And Reviewed Using The Quini App.

Great Job Sam!



Franklin’s La Cantina Wines For Sale!

We Are Proud To Now Be Selling La Cantina Wine Online.

La Cantina Is A Winery In Franklin MA



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Franklin Liquors

Mike & Mark



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Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

Consumer Holiday Spending

History Of Cocktails

New Products


These Are The 10 Drunkest Cities In Massachusetts

Franklin was ranked 5th as the least drunk places in MA. Or the most sober, if you will

How to buy wine: look for specific words on the label, not cute design

Wine labels are designed to catch your eye in a dizzying sea of often-lookalike options, but grabbing for the best-looking label is not the smartest way to shop

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Quiz: Which Missouri Wine are you?

Find out which Missouri wine you are and what dishes and desserts to try with it

I was Norton!

Here’s how a Big Beer merger could hurt craft brewers

By dramatically expanding its existing distribution network in Europe, Asia, and other countries—and focusing on its own bigger brands as it has frequently done domestically—an AB InBev/SABMiller combo could hamper the expansion of U.S. craft beers in international territories

The best beer jingles ever made

Here are a few of the most memorable jingles that sold different brands of beer – some of which no longer even exist

More glassy-winged sharpshooters found in Marin, Sonoma

Agricultural pest inspectors in Sonoma and Marin counties found a greatly feared nemesis for North Coast winegrape vines, as well as for other plants, on nursery shipments from Southern California.


The Science of Wine: How Banfi Wines Uses Innovation to Stay Ahead

Wine making is one of the most competitive businesses in the world. Similar to distilleries and breweries, it seems like a new, exciting winery opens its doors every week. It’s difficult to find a way to get ahead of the competition. That is unless you innovate and use science like the folks at Banfi Wines.


A-B Eyes Root Beer

Brewers Continue to Flood Market With Soda-Like Beers

A-B InBev also appears to be taking aim at MillerCoors-owned Redd’s Apple Ale with a couple new apple brews



The infographic and map below is your complete introductory guide to Germany’s wines, including the thirteen wine growing regions, the major grapes that grow in each of them, along with essential info on how to decode a German wine label.


Growers Suffer Low Yields in Paso Robles

Most vineyards yield 50% less than normal; some not worth harvesting

There are many affordable choices in French wine

There are many affordable choices in French wine, well-balanced wines which deliver great QPR – or quality to price ratio.

Quini Newsletter

Our friends’ latest newsletter.

Franklin Wine Club Mentioned

Threat of arsenic in wine is low

The health threat from arsenic in wine is low unless one also eats a large amount of other contaminated foods, according to a second study by the same author.


Consumer Holiday Spending




There is powdered oak, oak chips, oak staves and oak pieces in innumerable shapes and sizes.

Find out which beer is made closest to you with this crazy map

A dedicated community of GPS enthusiasts maintains a list of every brewery and brewpub in North America over at


It’s sparkling wine, in fact, and useful to know about if you like your bubbly, or if you just wanna sound cool at a party.



Great slideshow of the history

Brews and candy pairings add flavor to Halloween

It sounds like a trick to pair beer with candy, but for some it’s a treat.

AB InBev, SABMiller Reach “Agreement In Principle” On $106 Billion Deal

After years of pursuit, top global brewer AB InBev appears to have finally corraled top rival SABMiller. The two brewing giants issued a joint statement this morning that they have reached an “agreement in principle” on key terms of a deal that would see AB InBev pay £44 ($67) a share, or about $106 billion, to acquire SABMiller, representing a 50% premium to the latter’s share price on September 14, the day before renewed speculation erupted about a potential merger. The proposed deal would create a global brewing colossus with a market share as high as 35%, according to Impact Databank.

SABMiller’s largest shareholder, Altria Group, which owns a 27% stake, hailed the agreement, and SABMiller’s board—which rejected three previous offers—is expected to recommend it to shareholders. Under U.K. takeover rules, the two parties have until October 28 to iron out final terms, and AB InBev has agreed to pay $3 billion if the deal falls through.

While the long-awaited AB InBev-SABMiller tie-up has major global implications, the world’s two largest beer markets—China and the U.S.—may see little change. In the U.S., due to AB InBev already holding a nearly 50% market share, regulators will likely require SABMiller to relinquish its 58% stake in MillerCoors, its joint venture with Molson Coors that has a market share of around 25%. In China, SABMiller owns a 49% stake in top brewer CR Snow, and AB InBev is the third-leading player.

Meanwhile, U.S. regulators have fixed their gaze on AB InBev in a separate matter. The U.S. Justice Department and California attorney general are questioning whether AB’s pending purchases of wholesalers in Oakland and San Jose could potentially bottle up distribution of several craft beer brands handled by those operations. AB currently owns 17 of the 500 distributors that handle its products in the U.S., the Wall Street Journal reported, and has made a number of moves at the wholesale tier lately.

Alcohol Preferences By Income And Education Level

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Revolution Expands Distribution to Massachusetts

Revolution Brewing has announced plans to officially expand distribution to Massachusetts, signing with Massachusetts Beverage Alliance (MBA) for statewide coverage beginning Nov. 2.

Treasury Wine Estates to Buy U.S. and British Brands From Diageo

The Australian winemaker Treasury Wine Estates said on Wednesday it would buy the majority of the United States- and Britain-based wine assets of the alcoholic beverage company Diageo for $552 million in cash to bolster its sales in the world’s biggest wine markets.

Why wine bottles have gotten thicker, heavier

This is a relatively new phenomenon: the greater use of ultra-heavy bottles to imply greatness.

The Art of Making Beer Syrup

It’s possible to make a beer-flavored, non-alcoholic syrup with ingredients you already have in your kitchen


Top 6 Wine Faults: Their Causes & How to Identify them?

Our ingographic helps you learn about the most common wine faults, how to identify them, and what causes them. We’re also giving tips on how to eliminate some of them, or temper their negative effect.



Mix up some of these fun candy cocktail creations

How much sugar is in your alcohol?

The NHS recommends your daily sugar intake should not exceed 50g, but how much of that is taken up by alcohol?

A Look at Fall 2015’s Best Drink Books

From the newly updated Oxford Companion to Wine to cocktail books from The NoMad and The Dead Rabbit, behold the best drink books the fall/winter 2015 season has to offer.


A look at new world vs. old world wine style

Broadly speaking, wines from Europe follow a historical style, and wines that don’t come from Europe — called new world wines — either follow the Europeans or make their own way and come up with something entirely new.


The new Smirnoff Electric range comprises Berry, Apple, Mandarin and Guarana each packaged in fluorescent coloured bottles that activate under black light.


Everything You Need to Know About Wine Cocktails

Thankfully, the wine cooler is not the only wine cocktail around.

What Do Wine Lovers Mean by ‘Smooth’?

It may be the word most often used to describe wine, but ‘smooth’ is actually pretty hard to define. Wall Street Journal wine columnist Lettie Teague searches for an answer and finds that it’s a matter of taste

The Guide to Petite Sirah Wine

Explore the flavors and tastes of Petite Sirah wines and find out how to pair it with food.


Native Wine Grapes of America

I’d like to introduce you to several of the native wine grapes of America.


Montepulciano Wine Guide

Montepulciano (“mon-ta-pull-channo”) is a medium-bodied red wine grape that is supposed to have originated in central Italy.


Impact Databank’s Look At Single Malt Scotch’s Top Players

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This year about half the usual amount of 20 and 23-year-old Van Winkle will be available, while yields of 15-year-old have also been reduced.



A new initiative called “Eat Spain Drink Spain” has launched in the UK to show that Spanish wine and food are the “most natural of partners”.

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Franklin Wine Club Meeting


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October 28th

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November 3rd

White Oak Winery Tasting


Franklin Adult Education 2015 Classes

Wine Glass Painting Night

October 22nd


Natural Food/Wine Tasting

November 5th

Franklin TV, 23 Hutchinson Street, Franklin

Holiday Cookie Swap & Wine Tasting

November 17th

Prosecco and Pastries

December 8th

Medway Community Education

Nest Classes Winter 2015/16


Tri-County Adult Education  

October 20th

Exploring French Wines

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Vinitas WineWorks, LLC


Kim M. Simone, Founder and Wine Advisor

We’re an independent wine education and event company, providing unique classes, wine tasting events and personalized consulting. As a professional with a dozen years in the wine business, my favorite part of the job was helping people just like you pick out a great bottle. I’m excited to help you learn about wine in a relaxed environment where you can ask any question, no matter how small or basic.

Upcoming Classes Held In Our Wine Room

Thanksgiving Wines Class Thursday, November 19, 2015 7pm

When it comes to serving wine for Thanksgiving, did you know it’s more about matching the wine to the side dishes than to the turkey? We’ll taste through a variety of whites and reds, all of which would make a great addition to your Thanksgiving Day table. Cheese and crackers will be provided.

Great Holiday Gift Wines Class Thursday, December 3, 2015 7pm

Are you thinking of buying a bottle of wine as a holiday gift for that wine lover on your list? We can help! We’ll taste through six wines in different styles, all of which will make fantastic, stress-free gift giving. We’ll also explore other wine-related gift giving ideas. Cheese and crackers will be provided.

Sign ups are now open online or visit the Norfolk Recreation office at 1 Liberty Lane, Norfolk, MA 02056 Telephone: (508)520-1315,

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French Wine Scholar FWS-French Wine Society

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Our Wines Are On Vinobly

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

We Are Proud To Now Partner With Vinobly!

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The best wine maps in the business!!


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Over 100,000 copies sold worldwide!


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