Liquor Industry News/Links 01-16-16

Liquor Industry News/Links


Franklin Liquors


By: Mark C Lenzi


Private Tasting Events


Last Week We Listed Our Wine Tasting/Education Events.

This Week We Want To Talk About The Private/Home Events We Offer.

Our Wine Room Seats 6-40 For Private Events Or We Can Come To Your Home.

We Would Love To Do A Wine Event For You.







2016 Readers Choice Voting Is Open


Our Family Would Love Your Support In Voting For Us As Your Favorite Liquor Store.

Thanks To You We Have Been Voted Best(Gold) In Franklin AND 16 Town Region In 2014 AND 2015.

We Thank You For A 2016 Vote.

Take Care

Franklin Liquors

Mike & Mark



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Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

New Products

Goose Island Offering Refunds

Italian Wine From New Zealand?

Wine And Salad Pairing


Acquisition of liquor licenses is a cash-flow business

When 85-year-old shop owner John Grande decided it was time to retire, one of his store’s biggest assets was its full liquor license.

Cool Wines to Try in 2016

While you are in the midst of sticking to your New Year’s resolutions here’s a fun one you can file under Personal Growth: Drink Wines You’ve Never Tried Before.

Northern Rhône Wine Region: The Land of French Syrah

Whether or not French Syrah is the best is entirely up to you, but one thing is for certain: The Northern Rhône produces Syrah very unlike other regions in terms of style and it makes it a fascinating region to try to understand


Goose Island offers refunds: Off flavors in some Bourbon County beer

After complaints to the brewery and across Internet message boards and social media, Goose Island offered the refunds

Cheap cans of beer, ranked

Each beer was given a score based on three equally weighted factors:

Instead of a protein shake, how about a beer?

Mighty Squirrel beer adds whey protein to give each serving 4 to 5 grams of protein


Health Benefits of Red Wine vs. Grape Juice

We keep hearing about the benefits of drinking red wine. Why not grape juice instead? It has the same benefits, plus no alcohol.


List of the 11 oldest breweries still operating in the country. Super-old beer makers, we salute you.

Beer Pairings for Girl Scout Cookies (2016 Update)

It’s our favorite time of year once again—Girl Scout Cookies are here!



Fliquor Bean is distilled in California using organic coffee and American whiskey.


Suspected Groton wine bandit bagged in Rhode Island

A suspect thief who specialized in high-end wine theft was nabbed in Rhode Island and is being held as a fugitive for Connecticut.

Saga to Appeal 10-Day Liquor License Suspension In MA

A Patriot Place restaurant hit with a 10-day liquor license suspension by the selectmen has appealed the ruling.

Liquor Superstore Approved for Hyannis MA Despite Opposition from Competition

A plan to transfer a retail liquor store license from Cotuit to Hyannis was approved Monday by the Barnstable Licensing Authority, despite strong opposition from several competing businesses.

The Best Way to Preserve Half-Drunk Bottles of Wine

A growing number of wine-preservation systems, from $10 plastic pumps to $300 devices, promise to give oenophiles days or weeks to drink a bottle. But do any of them work?

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The 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition winners

The winners of the 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (SFCWC) were announced on Friday, after receiving a record 7,162 entries this year

How To Make Boxed Wine Taste Good, 12 Different Ways

Now go out and grab the first box of wine you see at the local liquor store, because you have everything you need to make it taste great.


New Deep Eddy Flavor

Heaven Hill Brands’ Deep Eddy Vodka is extending its flavored lineup with the launch of Deep Eddy Peach. Made with real peaches, the new entry is slated to roll out nationwide this February, priced at around $19.99 a 750-ml. Deep Eddy Peach marks the sixth expression in the brand’s portfolio, joining existing Straight Vodka, Lemon, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Cranberry and Sweet Tea. An Impact “Hot Brand,” Deep Eddy currently sells more than 700,000 cases annually in the U.S.

Wines at Chilly Extremes

Cool-Climate Wine

Grab a glass of your favorite cooler- region wine, don a sweater, and take a virtual trip with us to the wine world’s chilly extremities.






Are you drinking too much? That depends upon which country you live in




Wine Buyers Guide

Many Tips


There are now 32 new or proposed distilleries across Ireland – we take a look at those set to shake up one the most exciting areas of the spirits industry, Irish whiskey.



A 40-year study made by teams at Harvard and the University of East Anglia has found that middle aged men who drank and ate foodstuffs such as red wine, berries and citrus fruits that are rich in ‘flavonoids’ were 10% less likely to develop erectile dysfunction.

Guinness, Samuel Adams spearhead­ nitro beer movement

Nitro beers are having a moment right now.

6 expert tips on how to order wine like a pro at a restaurant

Joe Bastianich, restaurateur and host of CNBC’s Restaurant Startup, shares some advice on how to order wine at a restaurant.

Reversing Course: Going From Online Wine Advice To Conventional Wine Retailing

The retailing trend is to go online, but the Internet-based Second Glass plans to go in the other direction and open a wine retail shop, something you can’t just do.

The mayor has opposed the Boston location.

The Best Italian Wine Comes From… New Zealand?

You don’t have to go to the source to drink world-class Sangiovese or Montepulciano. Turns out, some of the finest Italian wine is made in Middle-earth.


The Hanes Wine Review

January 2016 Edition

Bronco Wine Company Earns Zero Waste Gold Facility Certification From the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council

One of the largest wineries and the largest vineyard owner in the United States, unveiled today that it has received the prestigious Zero Waste Gold Facility certification


Why you should buy Spanish wines now

There are an amazing number of excellent value Spanish wines available at local wine shops



Like the thousands upon thousands of people on Pappy waiting lists, we realize we have no chance of getting the storied bourbon.


Champagne and their disgorgement dates explained

Disgorgement dates indicate the date the champagne was cleared of its lees.


Vintage Variation: What Does It Mean for My Wine?

Do you hear people talk about “good vintages” and wonder what it means?

6 Tips for Pairing Wine and Salad

Here are six tips for pairing wine with salad,

How Super Tuscans rescued Italy’s Chianti wine region

Super Tuscans came into being during the 1970s, when rebellious winemakers in Chianti, in Tuscany, began to experiment with different types of grape.



8 things you need to know about hard root beer

Known to some as the most popular craft beer in 2015, hard root beer has gained traction in the market and grabbed the attention of many.

All his ‘Bottle Shock’ co-stars savored, will miss Alan Rickman

Sad news of the passing of Alan Rickman no doubt has legions of Sonoma County actors and vintners recalling fondly the actor’s sojourn here while filming 2008’s “Bottle Shock.”

New Ballast Point

Southern California-based Ballast Point, recently acquired by Constellation Brands for $1 billion, is readying two new brews. The first, Mango Even Keel (launching in 12-ounce cans), is a 3.8% abv “easy-drinking” beer that’s a fruit-infused take on Ballast Point’s core Even Keel session IPA. The second, Ginger Big Eye (debuting in 22-ounce bottles), is a 7% abv, ginger-spiked version of year-round entry Big Eye IPA. Both will be hitting shelves in the coming weeks

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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.

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Certified Specialist Of Wine-CSW

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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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