Liquor Industry News/Links 01-09-16

Liquor Industry News/Links


Franklin Liquors


By: Mark C Lenzi


Our 2016 Education/Tasting Events Are Filling Up Fast!


We Are Excited Once Again To Partner With

Adult Education Programs.



February 9th Valentines Chocolate And Wine Event




March 8th Wine Tasting 101

April 5th Fudge And Wine Event




February 23rd Oscars Chocolate And Wine Event

April 26th Wine Label Truths And Lies


Franklin Wine Club Events


Gong Into Our 3rd Year We Now Have 300 Members!

This Year We Will Continue With Special Guests And Wines.

The Club Is Also Holding Quini WineUps Working Towards Special

Canadian Wine Rewards.

Thursday January 21st

Quini WineUp- New Wines To Explore In 2016

Look For More Exciting Education/Tasting Programs Soon!Take Care

Franklin Liquors

Mike & Mark



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Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

New Products

Seinfeld Bar Opens

What’s Really In A Glass Of Wine?

Metals In Wine


Do you Know the Biotech Processes behind Wine and Champagne?

Besides bread based confections, making alcohol from fruit is one of the oldest Biotech’s process


How alcohol affects your appearance

Ever wondered what alcohol does to your appearance?


Misconceptions About Natural Wines

The subject of natural wines is a very subjective one.  Who defines what “natural” means?


Forget Margaritas, It’s Time For Mexican Wine

The adventurous wine-lover should head to Baja California, Mexico’s preeminent wine-making region.

Wine in Grocery Stores Within 500-ft. of a Liquor Store

Interesting Tennessee groceries stores cant be within 500ft of liquor stores if they sell wine


What to do with your leftover Champagne

If the New Year’s Eve celebration got a little out of hand, and you have some opened bottles that lasted longer than your guests, fear not: There are still plenty of delicious ways to keep the party going.


Will France’s new wine regions threaten Champagne tradition?

Champagne producers are among the most vociferous opponents of a rule that comes into force on New Year’s Day, and which should open up new French wine regions for the first time in nearly a century.


A bar dedicated to Seinfeld character George Costanza has opened in Melbourne, with the actor that played him giving his seal of approval to the venture.

The Importance of Grape Varieties on American Wine Labels

Using a grape variety on an American wine label is not mandatory, but many winemakers choose to do so for several reasons, such as perception of quality to the consumer. Using or naming the variety on the wine label may also convey a better story about what is in the bottle.

10 Things Every Wine Lover Should Know About Ornellaia

Auction circuit darling Ornellaia has spent decades forging a reputation as one of Italy’s finest wines.

2016 Top 20 Wine Influencers: Who to Follow on Social Media?

I’ve got another news for you as we start the new year, the importance of social media for wine is not going to decrease in 2016 either.

What’s Really Inside A Glass of Wine?

Is it really just grapes or are there other ingredients added to make it taste the way it does?



How the Shape of Your Glass Can Make Your Beer Taste Better

That shaker pint you get at the bar is doing your tastebuds no favors, and craft glassware makers want to change that



From fresh editions of classic reference tomes to scratch and sniff guides for beginners, 2015 saw the release of titles to suit every wine-loving bookworm.

Metals in wine is a complicated story

Research and anecdotal evidence have started to show that some finished white wines have increased copper concentrations as well as the reductive characteristics caused by the very compounds the copper is supposed to eliminate.

Alcohol creep madness: Is is really worth getting upset over these label versus actual differences?




Created by at-home entertainment group Bernooli, the system features patent-pending Bluetooth ‘smart spouts’ that automatically measure each pour as guided by the Bernooli Cocktail Discovery App, described as a “cocktail library”.

America’s Best Value Pinot Noirs

These American wineries buck the trend by offering high quality Pinot Noirs for $30 or less.

The big wine lie

Many winemakers have been a little loose with the information shared on their labels

Delegat Group: The Family Behind Rising Oyster Bay Wine Label

In export markets, figuring for 90% of its output, the Oyster Bay brand is positioned by local sales teams that can outdo larger international rivals.


Viognier (“Vee-own-yay”) Wine Guide

Viognier (“Vee-own-yay”) is a full-bodied white wine that originated in southern France.


The Most Interesting Wines Of 2015

A few teasers: the 2015 MIW list includes four dessert wines, is heavily dominated by Old World beauties, is technically a list of 11 wines instead of 10 (because we had a tie), and has an average bottle price at a whopping $157


The Chianti Classico region is about 100 miles of land between Florence and Siena.


Understanding Chardonnay Across Regions

If you’ve ever found yourself wondering whether you prefer French or California Chard, or perhaps how Chardonnay from Washington compares to Australia, keep reading!

Castle Island Beer Hits Boston Market

Castle Island Brewing first opened its doors on Dec. 11, selling batches of its Candlepin, Keeper IPA and TBD Hoppy American Stout in four-packs of 16 oz. cans directly to tasting room visitors.


15 Things to Know if You Want to Put on a Wine Dinner

There are a few things that I have learned that may (or may not) be of use as you try to plan your own event.

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Thursday January 21st

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Franklin Adult Education 2016 Classes

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.

Medway Community Education

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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Tri-County Adult Education  

Spring 2016

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!

Franklin, MA

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.

Watch ForUpcoming Classes Held In Our Wine Room

Certified Specialist Of Wine-CSW

Certified Specialist Of Spirits-CSS

Society Of Wine Educators

California Wine Appellation Specialist-CWAS-San Francisco Wine School (First In MA)

French Wine Scholar FWS-French Wine Society

Quini Certified Educator- QCE (First In USA)

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