Liquor Industry News/Links 09-10-16

Liquor Industry News/Links


Franklin Liquors


By: Mark C Lenzi



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Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

New Products

The Big Guys In Wine






Franklin Liquors New Daily Newspaper

The Wonderful World of Wine (WWW)


 Our Daily Wine Newspaper 



The growing bulk wine category now accounts for 38.6% of global wine exports, with 39.49 million hectoliters exported around the world last year.



What ARE the 100 grapes of Lodi CA?

Did you know there are over 100 varieties of European wine grapes (Vitis vinifera) grown in the Lodi Viticultural Area.?




Pick a project you like and spend the month of September putting together supplies.



Robert Mondavi Private Selection Introduces Sleek New Look

Robert Mondavi Private Selection is set to introduce a bold new packaging look, paying homage to founding winemaker Robert Mondavi’s legacy of making quality, expressive wine sourced from California’s best coastal vineyards.



7 Common Mistakes When Ordering Wine

From the crutch of Cabernet to the perils of penny-pinching, here’s what not to do when ordering wine.



New App Makes Wine More Welcoming

A new wine pronunciation app out this month didn’t start anywhere close to a computer. Its local developer, self-described “language junkie” Robert Aiudi, was three-fourths of the way into a glass of red wine at a bar, and had just encountered the kind of problem set he enjoys tackling.




documentary exploring Chilean Wine, which was filmed in December last year, on Wine Training’s dedicated Youtube channel.



Canned Wine Sales



Wine Advocate set to release sake ratings

Big news for the sake industry: on Wednesday, the Wine Advocate will release 78 ratings of sakes on the 100-point scale.


Understanding German Wine

There are two countries that instill fear in the hearts and minds of MS students; countries that can inspire panic in even the most confident candidate: Italy and Germany.


Is Nebbiolo the new Pinot Grigio?

Two controversial proposals for new Italian appellation rules

Piemonte Nebbiolo DOC

delle Venezie DOC


Beyond Lambrusco: Inside the Elusive World of Sparkling Red Wines

Welcome to the bona fide, if sometime elusive, world of pigmented and fizzy wines.



How to squeeze more than 100 grape varieties into one bottle of Barossa rose

It is made from an astounding 108 different grape varieties, grown in the Barossa Valley and mashed together into an extraordinary rose blend that defies all winemaking conventions.



Glutathione May Help Preserve Wine Aroma

Fresno State Grape Day highlights new research by university winemaker on preserving delicate aromas of white varietals


Hess Collection Expands At The High End

Napa-based Hess Family Wine Estates is expanding at the luxury tier with three upscale launches under its Hess Collection umbrella. The wines will include a Napa Valley red blend called Lion Tamer ($40) and a Napa Valley Chardonnay called The Lioness ($60). Hess is also relaunching its prestige wine The Lion with a Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon ($175), marking the first vintage of The Lion since 2008. Both Lion Tamer and The Lion are rolling out now, while The Lioness will debut next April.

Named to reflect the “tannin-taming” quality of the Malbec used in its blend, Lion Tamer is intended to boost Hess’s exposure to the luxury red blend segment. “We believe Lion Tamer brings a new dimension to the Hess Collection,” says Nicole Carter, CMO and director of winemaking at Hess Family Wine Estates, noting that the lion has been the emblem of the Hess family for nine generations. “Hess is one of the larger growers of Malbec in Napa Valley, and the timing is right to highlight the variety and extend further into red blends. The label is a dramatic departure from our traditional Hess look and feel—intentionally. We want to attract new consumers to the brand.” Lion Tamer’s initial vintage, 2014, totaled just under 3,000 cases.

The Lioness is also a departure for Hess, in that it’s a fuller style of Chardonnay from a company known for more aromatic, less oaky expressions of the varietal. For The Lion, meanwhile, Hess partnered with winemaker Celia Welch. The icon wine was taken out of production after 2008 so that Hess could redevelop its Mount Veeder estate vineyards to maximize quality, and is now returning with a 2013 vintage. The winery expects to produce about 500-1,000 cases each of The Lion and The Lioness annually, seeking to create a luxury halo for the Hess Collection.

Wine Box Top Pour

New-patented technology that enables boxed wine to be poured from the top of the bag. A bottom plate inside the box is attached to a spring wire that pushes the wine towards the faucet at the top, and is easily inserted into any ordinary bag-in-box wine during the packaging process; so no need to change your current inner bag and box supplier.


50 States of Wine

Every state grows grapes and makes wine. Discover the wine specialty of your home state.



Another War in Stags Leap

Now, the wineries’ twenty-first century owners, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates (Stag’s Leap) and Treasury Wine Estates (Stags’ Leap) are again battling over a name in an Oakland Federal District Court.



Delving into the history of Beaujolais wine

Beaujolais is in the southernmost district of Burgundy, and is responsible for almost half the wines produced in the region.


U.S. Wine Market’s Leading Super-Premium Players In Growth Mode



Gallo survey: French consumers more open to foreign wines than was thought

Although 36% of respondents in the survey did claim that they only drank French wine, 83% admitted that they have tried wines from around the world.


New Baileys Fall Flavor

Diageo is extending its Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur range with the fall seasonal release of Baileys Pumpkin Spice. The new offering combines the Original Irish Cream expression with the flavors of cinnamon and baking spices, maple, brown sugar, vanilla and coffee, the company says. Baileys Pumpkin Spice is available nationwide through November for about $25 a 750-ml. The brand’s portfolio also includes the Original Irish Cream, Salted Caramel, Vanilla Cinnamon, Chocolate Cherry and Espresso Crème. Baileys declined 3% to 1.2 million cases in the U.S. last year, putting the brand below its 2005 volume, according to Impact Databank.


Key US drinks trade associations have united to express their concern about an upcoming report on alcohol misuse that targets responsible consumers rather than problem drinkers.




And Jim Beam’s Apple Watch may not tell the time or organize your life, but it will let you put a 1.5 ounce shot glass on your wrist


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DIY Palate Training Wine Tasting

This wine tasting is designed to help improve your palate by exercising your ability to identify primary tastes.



Wine is Good for Your Brain, According to Science

According to a study published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, master sommeliers—or wine experts—have acute senses of smell, along with larger, thicker parts of the brain.



Why cabernet sauvignon is the big kahuna of wine grapes

It is the complete package. Full-bodied and expressive, this is the wine that brings it all home



Bag that booze: Crown Royal, Texas Crown Club battle over crown logo, cloth bag back in court

A Houston company that sells whiskey bottled and sold in a cloth bag is locked in a legal battle with a liquor giant over the packaging and marketing of booze.

There is now a sixth taste – and it explains why we love carbs

Complex carbohydrates such as starch are made of chains of sugar molecules and are an important source of energy in our diets. However, food scientists have tended to ignore the idea that we might be able to specifically taste them,

I wonder how this will translate to wine?


Best Sauvignon Blanc regions in the world

When the wine’s appellation is listed as California, buyers have no real information about where the grapes were grown, and wine lovers know that the region listed on the label gives a clue about the style of wine inside. With sauvignon blanc, that’s truer than with most grapes.



The Big Guys In Wine

We always talk about 80-90% of all wines you see on store shelves

Being big companies. This is how big!


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September 15th

An Italian Night And Claudio


Claudio Andreani (US Brand Ambassador) of Tenute Ambrogio e Giovanni Folonari of Tuscany, a great portfolio that includes Nozzole in Chianti Classico, La Fuga in Montalcino, TorCalvano in Montepulciano as well as Campo al Mare in Bolgheri.

“The Folonari family has been making wine since the late eighteenth century. In 1825 the family-owned business took the name “Fratelli Folonari” and adopted the mission of developing, producing and distributing the finest Italian wines throughout the world. In 1912, Italo Folonari – Ambrogio Folonari’s grandfather – and his brother Francesco purchased the Ruffino company in Tuscany that was famous for its Chianti wine in straw-covered flasks. After World War II, major changes in terms of economic development and improving standards of living began taking place in Italy. This also affected the wine industry where the Folonari family and Ambrogio in particular were among the first to promote this trend by producing new, high quality wines that contributed to creating the “new frontier” of the Italian wine. Ambrogio and his father Giovanni own some of the top Tuscan estates in Tuscany’s main appellations such as Nozzole in Chianti Classico, La Fuga in Montalcino, TorCalvano in Montepulciano, Cabreo in Panzano as well as Campo al Mare in Bolgheri.”

September 20th

Proemio Wines Of Argentina


Join our friend Wendy as she talks and tastes the wines of Proemio from Mendoza Argentina. Compare Malbecs and Cabernet Sauvignon and be amazed!

About Proemio

PROEMIO in old Spanish means Prologue; this is our first page, the kick start of our history. The winery (built in 1930) was adapted to create Premium Quality wines maintaining the original and traditional arquitecture of Old Mendozan wineries.

Proemio Wines are unique due to the personality imposed on them. They assure an important grape concentration with selective extraction of aromas, tannins and poly-phenols. All these processes aim at giving excellent volume, body and structure. Outstanding vineyards, passionate people, experience and friendship come together in the creation of their wines. Finally, aging is carried out in the finest French oak accompanied by a long bottling period.

October 6th

Barton-Gustier French Wines

October 20th

Washington Ciders And Wines

Saturday October 22nd

Crave Mead


November  5th

Boston Winery

November 12th

Rhone Valley French Wines

November 17th 

10 Grape Varietals To Understand Italy

Franklin Adult Education 2016 Classes


October 13th

Bagel And Wine Tasting

Bgel and wine

Franklin Liquors & Elizabeth’s Bagels

We have all had bagels and cream cheese.

Now try adding wine!

This will be an education on bagels and wine with fun pairings.

What wine works with what bagel?

Come and explore with us and be amazed!

Note: Attendees must be over 21 years of age. Class is limited to 36.
Day/Dates: Thursday, October 13
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Number of Sessions: 1
Location: Franklin Liquors, 363 East Central Street, Franklin
Cost: $35

Thursday Nov 3rd

Wine Glass Painting 


Linda Kabat and Mark Lenzi

This fall, we are partnering with the Franklin Art Center and Franklin Liquors to bring you a fun night out. In this class you will be painting two Autumn- themed wine glasses – perfect for that glass of wine in front of a cozy fireplace OR for that Holiday hostess gift. Not only will you have a fun evening painting, you will have the opportunity to taste the wine, courtesy of Franklin Liquors. We expect this class to fill quickly. So, don’t hesitate. Register today and begin your art adventure!

Note: Participants must be over 21 years of age Day/Dates: Thursday, Nov 3rd
Time: 6:30 TO 9:00 pm
Number of Sessions: 1

Location: Franklin Liquors, 363 East Central St., Franklin
Cost: $45

Medway Community Education


Tuesday Nov 8th

Wine Tote Bag Painting And Tasting


Hosts: Linda Kabat and Mark Lenzi

Join the Franklin Art Center and Franklin Liquors for a wine painting event. In this class you will be painting your own 6 wine reusable tote bag.

You will taste and explore wines. Bring your creative minds and wine questions.

Note: Participants must be over 21 years of age Day/Dates: Tuesday, Nov 8th

Time: 6:30 TO 9:00 pm

Location: Franklin Liquors, 363 East Central St., Franklin

Cost: $45

Tri-County Adult Education  


September 29th

Wine Label Truths And Lies


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!

October 27th

Exploring Italian Wines

Italian-Wine Class

Lets take a tasting tour around Italy. We will discuss regions, laws and explore unique wines from all over Italy. Don’t let wines from Italy confuse you, learn what grapes grow best where and become an expert!

November 10th

Wine Tasting 101

Wine Tasting Class

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. You will have the option to use technology based app Quini during the event.

Participants must be 21 years of age

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.

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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-(Instructor) Wine Scholar Guild

Quini Certified Educator- QCE (First In USA)

Italian Wine Specialist-IWS-North American Sommelier Association

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