Liquor Industry News/Links 04-02-16

Liquor Industry News/Links


Franklin Liquors


By: Mark C Lenzi


Why a good wine shop matters

Feedback from recent article by Eric Asimov of the New York Times

If you care about wine and want to drink better and more confidently, the best thing you can do is cultivate a close relationship with a good wine shop.

Good wine shops offer a great assortment of distinctive bottles. 

Look at wine descriptions posted under bottles. Are they written by the store’s staff? That’s a positive sign, indicating personal investment and a distinct point of view.

Bargain crates near the door? They often contain less interesting mass-market wines that are rarely good values.

In-store tastings are welcome, but you should never feel obliged to buy.

Good shops understand that the best values are around $15 to $25, so they ought to have a lot of good selections in that range. They should have cheaper wines, too, though without pandering. Pinot noirs for $5 may make sense in the supermarket environment of Trader Joe’s, where the strategy is to sell dull wine cheap, like Two-Buck Chuck, but not in a good wine shop.

The best merchants can teach you about wine, but they understand that a little information is often enough.



At Franklin Liquors Our Family Works Hard So You 

Can Shop Small

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Franklin Liquors

Mike & Mark


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Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

New Products

Possible Change To MA Bottle Bill?

Why Swirl Your Wine?


Franklin Liquors New Daily Newspaper

The Wonderful World of Wine (WWW)


 Our Daily Wine Newspaper 

Undiscovered Uruguay

This is Bodega Garzón, brainchild of global vintner Alejandro Bulgheroni, and the newest addition to Uruguay’s emerging wine scene.



How to count the calories in wine

Do you care how many calories are in your glass of wine?



So here is your guide to the most popular wines of each Italian region, paired with that region’s most famous dish.



American Wine Generations Report

American Wine Generations, follows comprehensive surveys of high frequency wine drinkers across generations, as well as a “deep dive” into a respondent pool of about 1,400 Millennial wine drinkers.





Not all Millennials are alike.



The rise of orange wine, the white made like a red

IT’S the new drop that’s tantalising tastebuds yet confusing even the wine snobs.

Bottle Bill deposits under fire in Mass.

Eliminating 5-cent deposits on soda and beer containers and substituting a three-year, 1-cent per container fee paid by beverage distributors and wholesalers.


Wine, Au Naturel

While many consumers assume that grapes are all that goes into a bottle of wine, a typical recipe can read more like a chemistry experiment.

Kuvee Keeps Wine Fresh For Longer

Because everything is “smart” these days, wine bottles are getting an Internet connection, too. Meet Kuvée, a refillable case that keeps wine fresh for up to 30 days.


A Review Of Device

The Kuvée Bottle is, without question, one of the most ridiculous Internet of Things devices I’ve ever seen.

82 of the Best Hard Ciders, Blind-Tasted and Ranked

Ciders were judged completely blind by how enjoyable they were as individual experiences and given scores of 1-100.

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How much attention do you pay to the actual label on that bottle of bubbles?


5 Things to know about aging wine

Should you age your wine?

Craft breweries: Openings outpace closings 9:1

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New Harpoon Beer

Boston-based Harpoon Brewery has unveiled Camp Wannamango, its first new summer seasonal in 16 years. Rolling out this month, Camp Wannamango is a tropical-inspired pale ale brewed with mango. The 5%-abv seasonal will be available through August in 12-ounce bottles, 12-ounce and 16-ounce cans and on draft. Camp Wannamango joins Celtic Red, The Long Thaw White IPA, Winter Warmer, Octoberfest and Imperial Pumpkin in Harpoon’s existing seasonal lineup.

What makes a wine kosher?

If you think kosher wine is only for a specific group of wine drinkers, think again.


Described as containing the “quintessence of femininity”, the beer is made using lactic acid bacteria isolated from a Czech model and propagated to brew a sour beer, the company says.


Drink More Wine: By the numbers

Decisions made in the vineyard determine what’s in the bottle.

Interesting read on wine #’s such as acres and grapes in bottle.


Why Swirling Makes Wine Taste Better

Since most of the enjoyment of wine comes primarily from aromas, swirling the wine will aerate it slightly, potentially releasing more of those aromas.


The Pay-to-Play Scandal In The Beer Biz: How Far It Goes Nobody Knows

At the end of the day somebody’s trying to gain preferential treatment for their product or ware and they’re going to do what they can to make that happen

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Our 2016 Education Schedule

Franklin Wine Club Meeting


Wine Explorers wanted!

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Thursday April 14

Think Pink Tasting

Rose Tasting

Guest Host John Grange

Spring is here!

Rosé sales are getting bigger every year and are the perfect springtime wine.

At this tasting we will taste many Rosé wines,

John will also share some French wines including Champagne and a nice Spanish selection.


April 21st

La Cantina Winery Tasting

La Cantina

Very proud to host Bob and Ana Vozzella for this event!

They are members of our club and own and operate a winery in Franklin.

At this event Bob will share his families passion for wine making.

Come hear all about this winery and taste his families wines.

The Story:

The history of winemaking in our family starts in Santa Maria Del Molise, Italy, in the mid -1900’s.  Santa Maria is a small farming community, with natural spring from the mountains and rich soil for vineyards.  It was there my grandparents began a life-long tradition of making fine wines.

In 1963 my grandfather, Ottavio, moved his family from Italy to Franklin, MA, where he carried on the winemaking tradition from a small hand-dug cellar, in our home.

Today, in that very same home, I have been creating delicious wines using the same traditional methods my grandfather taught me.  With my grandfathers knowledge passed down, and the education I received at UC Davis California, the “Harvard” of winemaking, I am proud to bring to you, La Cantina Wine School.

La Cantina Winery was born out of our love of traditional Italian winemaking with friends and family.  Since its inception La Cantina Winery has become the premiere location for learning the process of winemaking.  From grapes, to barrel, and bottle, you are involved in the educational and fun process of making wine.

Franklin Adult Education 2016 Classes


More Coming Soon!

Medway Community Education


Winter 2016



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

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

Our Friends That Offer Wine Tastings/Education


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

Wine Scholat Guild

Wine And Chocolate Events

Franklin Liquors And The Sugar Shoppe Partners For

Your Chocolate And Wine Events

Contact Us!

Sugar Shoppe

Franklin Liquors Wine Education

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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Looking For Wine Maps?

The best wine maps in the business!!


Get your complete wine tasting guide disguised as a notebook.

Over 100,000 copies sold worldwide!


De Long’s Wine Grape Varietal Table


All Our Wines Are Reviewed On Quini

Great wine educational and tasting app.

Every wine we taste and stock is on Quini.

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