Liquor Industry News/Links 12-19-15

Liquor Industry News/Links


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By: Mark C Lenzi


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Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

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All About Mencia

Holiday Drinking Stats


The Hardest Beer Label Quiz You’ll Ever Take

We stumbled upon a book cover quiz that promised to be the hardest one ever created

11 Surprising Products Made With Beer

With these products and foods, though, you can keep on experiencing your favorite brews throughout the day.


Mencia: The Red Wine To Know

Mencía (“Men-thee-ah”) is a medium-bodied red wine grape that produces high quality wines with floral and red fruit flavors.





Rebel Raw Hits Retail, Jim Koch Drops Details

Boston Beer’s newest creation, Rebel Raw – a hazy, 10 percent double IPA clocking in at 100 IBUs – has finally hit retail shelves.


Police arrest MA man with 130 cases of liquor in Claymont NJ

130 cases of liquor and more than $10,000 in his vehicle during a traffic stop,

Budweiser brewer will put kick into root beer

Anheuser-Busch is brewing the Best Damn Root Beer at its Los Angeles and Cartersville, Ga., breweries


How to Pack Wine in Your Suitcase

Flying with a bottle or two of your favorite vintage is easy (and disaster-proof) if you keep these tips in mind.

What alcohol does to your body after the age of 40

Why does it feel like the effects of drinking are so much worse post-40?

Ten 2016 Trends the Wine World Needs to Watch

A list of the trends we believe deserve watching.

Global growth potential for craft brew is crazy big!



Top 9 places to buy wine: Beginner’s guide

Here are the top 9 places to buy wine.

Why Some Wines Are Better Off Young and Some Men Better Off Old… ish

Simply saying that some wines are meant to be consumed young is just as easy as saying that some wines improve with a few years—or decades—of cellar aging.

Man Sues Over Foster’s Beer Being Brewed in Texas, Not Australia

A New York man has sued Miller Brewing Co. over Foster’s beer not being brewed in Australia.

Bottles of Foster's beer sits on the bar at the Drop Bear Inn in South Melbourne on November 25, 2011.  Australia's government approved brewer SABMiller's Aus$9.9 billion (US$9.62 billion) takeover of Foster's, but with strict conditions that will see key operations remain in the country.  Treasurer Wayne Swan said the deal was in the national interest and given Foster's iconic status in Australia, he set certain conditions on the sale which would put the brand in foreign hands for the first time in its 150-year history.  AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

In-Depth Guide to the Wachau Valley Wine Region

Named to the UNESCO world heritage site list in 2000, the Wachau region in Austria is deservedly one of the spectacular winemaking regions of the world.


Wine enhances wedge, and vice versa

Adam Centamore, who worked at Formaggio Kitchen and now works for Bin Ends, offers appetizing combinations and explains why they work in his new book, “Tasting Wine & Cheese: An Insider’s Guide to Mastering the Principles of Pairing”


Gallo To Acquire The Ranch Winery, Tripling Its Production Capacity In The Napa Valley

E.&J. Gallo Winery has agreed to acquire The Ranch Winery, a custom crush winery in St. Helena, California, located between Highway 29 and the Silverado Trail. The facility spans more than 70 acres and has a grape crush capacity of 30,000 tons. It also has 4.6 million cases of bottling capacity and 8 million gallons of storage space.

The Ranch is one of the biggest facilities of its kind in the Napa Valley. With land-use laws making it virtually impossible to build new wineries in Napa, this deal represents a major coup for Gallo.

“This is really a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Roger Nabedian, senior vice president and general manager of E.&J. Gallo’s premium wine division. “To have a property in the Napa Valley with 30,000 tons of crushing capacity come on the market is extremely rare.”

Gallo’s existing Napa Valley wineries, Louis M. Martini and William Hill, have a combined capacity of 15,000 tons. This deal now brings Gallo’s total Napa presence to 45,000 tons. “With this acquisition, our capacity in Napa will now triple,” Nabedian noted.

The Ranch was originally a Trinchero winery used largely for production of White Zinfandel during the 1980s. The facility was acquired by an investor group led by Napa winemaker Joel Gott in 2007, and it has since been used as a custom crush facility for boutique winemakers, including Gott himself, who’s been both a stakeholder and client.

Gallo will honor all existing production contracts at The Ranch. The facility will continue to serve as a custom crush facility in addition to handling some Gallo capacity, but it’s clear that the longer term objective is to utilize The Ranch for Gallo’s own expansion plans in Napa, which will occur through organic growth and possible future acquisitions.

With this deal, Gallo will now own 15 wineries throughout California and Washington.

Champagne and Champagne Method – Methods of Production

Much of what we see, taste and drink in a quality bottle of bubbly is a by-product of the geology, physics and history that went into making Champagne in the first place.


Holiday Drinking Stats



Whether you’re a craft veteran or new to the world of felt, hot glue, and so many buttons, we’ve got the holiday wine craft to get you in the spirit.

Trump Wine Sales Booming

Trump Winery is actually owned by Trump’s son, Eric,

Blanc de Blancs: The Wine Insiders’ Favorite Champagne

Blanc de Blancs, made entirely from white grapes, is the Champagne of choice among serious oenophiles. But with its elegant and lithe style, this obscure bubbly will please even the most mainstream drinker

Amazing Sparkling Wines That Won’t Break Your Budget

There is nothing wrong with Champagne, unless of course you happen to be on a budget.


Boston City Council approves BYOB

End Boston’s ban on BYOB — “bringing your own bottle” of wine or beer to select neighborhood restaurants

Holiday Spending: 1/3 Will Spend Less Than 2014. How Do Wine Beer, Spirits & Make Out?





Festive drinks don’t always need to fit the thick, sweet and creamy taste profile, as this list of the top 10 cocktails for Christmas shows.


The next Game of Thrones beer by Brewery Ommegang has been slated for release next spring.


Why this Beer From Sam Adams Costs $200

How could a single bottle of beer cost so much?


15 of the Best Holiday Beers for Seasonal Sipping

When you think of holiday beers, you probably think of brews that include the same spices that are used in mulled wines and hot ciders

Google’s top recipe, beer and cocktail searches for 2015

Google has released top searches for 2015 — and this year, recipes, cocktails and beer earned their own category distinction for being most-searched.

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Valentine Chocolate and Wine Tasting

Tuesday, February 9, 7:00 to 9:00 PM

Just in time for Valentine’s Day. Chocolates and wine pairings&..bring your sweetheart, your BFF, your neighbor and join the good folks from the Sugar Shoppe and Franklin Liquors for an evening you won’t soon forget!

Explore the world of decadent chocolate and a minimum of 6 fabulous wine pairings. There is simply nothing better. The Sugar Shoppe’s Courtney Nappa and Franklin Liquor’s Mark Lenzi will show you the way for this educational sit-down tasting.

And, a portion of your registration will go towards helping someone in need through the Sugar Shoppe, a local non-profit candy store working with local businesses to help raise money for homeless moms and kids in joint community efforts.

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Winter 2016



Mark Lenzi, Franklin Liquors

This wine tasting education will leave you comfortable and excited about wine. We will explore how to taste wine and the process involved which will make you a better wine taster and buyer. What is aroma? What is your wine style? After swirling, sniffing and tasting, your wine world will be open for exploration. Participants must be 21 years of age.

Course # B65-16 1 session

Tuesday, March 8 7:00-9:00pm

Franklin Liquors $25

363 East Central Street, Rte. 140, Franklin


Franklin Liquors & The Sugar Shoppe

Yes – fudge and wine pair together beautifully! This will be a wine tasting/education with the Sugar Shoppe and Franklin Liquors. Explore the world of fudge and a minimum of 6 fabulous wine pairings. The Sugar Shoppe’s Courtney Nappa and Franklin Liquor’s Mark Lenzi show you how during this educational sit-down tasting. A portion of your registration will go towards helping someone in need through the Sugar Shoppe, a local non-profit candy store working with local businesses to help raise money for homeless mothers and children. Participants must be 21 years of age.

Course # B66-16 1 session

Tuesday, April 5 7:00-9:00pm

Franklin Liquors $25

363 East Central Street, Rte. 140, Franklin

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Oscars Truffle and Wine Tasting

Tuesday Feb 23nd 7-9PM

Explore the world of truffles and a minimum of 6 fabulous wine pairings. The Sugar Shoppe’s Courtney Nappa and Franklin Liquor’s Mark Lenzi and show you the way for this educational sit-down tasting.

Wine Labels Truths & Lies

Tuesday April 26th 7-9PM

Many people buy wines based on label only. Do you?

This sit down wine tasting/education will explain all the truths and lies on a wine label. Knowing this information will help you get more value for your money with shopping for wines. What is in this bottle? Is this organic? After this event buying wine will never be the same!

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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.

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