Liquor Industry News/Links 10-15-16

Liquor Industry News/Links


Franklin Liquors


By: Mark C Lenzi


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Held October 11th In Our Wine Room


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Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

Mass. liquor license caps targeted for reforms

Styles of Port and Their Pairings

Halloween Candy & Beer Pairings


Franklin Liquors New Daily Newspaper

The Wonderful World of Wine (WWW)


 Our Daily Wine Newspaper 

Why you should order that hoppy beer

The hops found in beer not only add flavor, but also may lessen the damaging effects of alcohol on the liver, a new study in mice suggests.



Is this the world’s most undrinkable wine?

Pinotage is South Africa’s signature varietal, but it’s also a lightning rod for controversy


Will SynBio replace the French Wine Industry?

Ava Winery is creating cheap, sustainable and customizable wine without grapes, yeast or fermentation. The company plans to commercialize its first product in the coming months, will they be able to steal customers from the most famous French wine companies?


Battle Lines Drawn in Spain’s Wine War

The Rioja DO (appellation) is simply too large, covering 63,137.39 hectares, according to the census of 2013



Millennials Putting A Cork In $2 Chuck

Forget the $2 Chuck. A new survey of wine industry leaders has found that millennials are flocking to the higher priced premium wines

Couple toasting with wine

Couple toasting with wine


Beyond pairings: Cooking with beer

You’ve probably boiled bratwursts in lagers, used a pale ale for beer-can chicken or a porter in your chili, but there’s more to cooking with beer.



Halloween Candy & Beer Pairings

It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it!



Is the Hops Shortage Responsible for Boston Beer’s 50% Decline?

Almost 92 million pounds of hops will be produced this year, up 16% from last year and second only to the 94.7 million pounds produced in 2009.



Fancy a nice chilled bottle of ‘chocolate chip cookie dough beer’ anyone?

New Belgium Brewing has partnered with Ben & Jerry’s to make Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale a reality, giving new meaning to the notion of finishing the whole pint in one sitting.


Wine Labels Won’t Change

TTB approval process gets simpler, but consumer-facing information will remain the same


Fabulous wines from former football stars

Recent phenomenon of top-tier wine projects with former football stars at the helm.

We Have Bledsoe Wines In Stock!


This scientist/statistician says these gaps in wine score distributions are evidence of taster bias



9 Wine Terms that Everyone (Who Drinks) Should Know

Here are 9 wine words you need to know:



Styles of Port and Their Pairings

Most Port has a semi-sweet to notably sweet taste profile and for this reason, Port has a reputation as a popular dessert wine.






Mergers and Acquisitions from Both Viewpoints Leaders of large wine companies detail reasoning behind current flurry of deals

Wineries are looking to expand their portfolios with wines selling for more than $20 per bottle at retail.


Wine n Dine is a meal review app that looks like Instagram

Wine n Dine is an Instagram-style app that lets you follow other users in your area to see which meals they’re eating, and potentially take them up on their recommendation.

Joe Jonas, Gigi Hadid, Devon Windsor

Joe Jonas, Gigi Hadid, Devon Windsor


Mass. liquor license caps targeted for reforms

After repeatedly seeing their efforts stifled, supporters of revamping the state’s liquor license approval process say they are not giving up.



Crown Royal Vanilla (35% abv), which has been infused with Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla, is now available nationwide across the US at an RRP of US$24.99.


WineShop.TV Launches First of Its Kind Wine Shopping Channel on Roku

Wine enthusiasts can enjoy the beauty of wine country and wine shopping from the comfort of their living room.



59 of the Best Pumpkin Beers, Blind-Tasted and Ranked

A casual glance at any pumpkin beer-related headline in 2016 will pretty much inexorably lead readers to only one conclusion: The old, grand gourd ain’t what she used to be.


Siberian wine could be coming to a table near you

Siberia is known for its bitter, snowy winters – hardly the conditions associated with a thriving wine industry.


The Coolest Wine Labels of Fall 2016

This season’s line-up is an intriguing array of artist-inspired wine labels.



What Grapes Make the Best Wine Blends?

Each grape variety that’s added to a wine blend contributes a special attribute, which combines to create a perfectly well-rounded, rich and smooth tasting wine. Wines from Bordeaux and Champagne are world-renowned for their exceptional wine blends.



New Menage a Trois

Trinchero Family Estates is introducing Ménage à Trois Gold, a Chardonnay-focused blend. The new wine ($12), which is composed of Chardonnay, Viognier and Verdelho, brings the Ménage à Trois portfolio to a total of 16 wines, including six blends. The brand grew 9.1% to 2.7 million cases in the U.S. last year, according to Impact Databank.


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October 20th

Artisanal, Handcrafted Wines And Ciders From The West Coast

Guest Host: Judy Lebel

The Wines:

As one of the Willamette Valley’s oldest wineries Torii Mor started with the vision to pursue elegant, Old World style wines in 1993.  Jacques Tardy, 5th generation winemaker from Nuits St Georges, has been producing our wines with elegance and balance for nearly 15 years.  The name Torii Mor derives from the Torii gate in the property’s Japanese garden and the ancient Scandinavian word for earth. Together the name is a nod to Pinot’s expression of terroir and connection to the earth.  Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir.

Hanzell is one of California’s iconic Chardonnay and Pinot Noir producers.  Established in 1948 with the vision “to produce wines equal to the finest in the world” our Estate sits atop the Mayacamas Mountains in Sonoma Valley’s Moon Mountain AVA.  46 acres of vineyard are planted on a 148 acre estate.  Hand tended vineyards, hand harvested and hand sorted grapes, making the way for exceptional wines.  In 2012 we introduced our “Sebella” Chardonnay from younger vines and made in a more modern style.

The Ciders:

It is from the 2nd and 3rd generations of apple farmers that Snowdrift Cider was born.  This 2 ingredient beverage is hand crafted from a variety of tree-ripened apples and fermented with Champagne yeast.  Modeled after the dry, English ciders, our Cornice is partially aged in used whisky barrels and our Red is crafted from red-fleshed apples.  Both are dry on the palate and offer clean, crisp apple flavors.  From the heart of Washington State apple country and available in only 7 states!

About Our Guest Host:

Judy Lebel, CSW, Founder

Judy began her wine career in San Diego, presenting boutique wines to restaurants and hotels, where she brought not only great wines to their tables, but her unique experience working with and learning directly from founders of California wineries.

A move to Ohio spurred her love affair with European wines and she launched several new wine labels. After that, a series of promotions working for Robert Mondavi brought her to Boston via the Northwest. In 2005, the Raymond family brought Judy in to manage their Northeast portfolio.

In 2010, with over twenty years of industry experience behind her, Judy realized the BEST way to fulfill her passion for enjoying fine wine and great food with interesting people (while still paying the rent!) was to embark on her greatest adventure yet. Best Year Ever Wine Agency was born.

At Best Year Ever, Judy helps wine companies and distributors define and achieve their sales goals while respecting their brand and company image. She is a proud recipient of the title “Certified Specialist of Wine” from the Society of Wine Educators, an education organization whose mission is to advance wine education through professional development and certification.

Saturday October 22nd

Crave Mead


Crave Meadery Road Trip

Guest Host: Rachel Humphries

Crave Mead would like to welcome the Franklin Wine Club to our establishment, on the evening of October 22, 2016, for your 50th meeting. We have been open for 16 months and we would like to share with you how it all began and what we see in our future. Our space is about 700 square feet so our tour is easy but filled with information from bees, honey, production, and our final product.

We will be taking reservations for 15 people from 4:30pm – 5:30pm and another 15 people from 6pm – 7pm. There will be a registration fee of $12/person which includes a Crave Mead stemless wine glass with tasting and an 8 oz.jar of our honey. The Meads we will sample are our Dry, Crème Brule, Blackcurrant, Pomegranate Sour Cherry, Strawberry, Peach, Pyment, Apple Cobbler, Cranberry Orange, Blueberry and Pear. We will serve crackers and cheese as well. The flavors will be available for purchasing at our Meadery at the end of your tasting experience.

We are located at 7 Main Street, Blackstone, MA. Look for the Animal Arts sign, that is where we are located. Our parking is extremely limited, however, there is plenty of parking across the street in the Dunkin Donuts and Park n Shop parking lot.   We look forward to having Franklin Wine Club at our Meadery.

430-530 Seating RSVP:

6:00-7:00 Seating RSVP

November  5th

Boston Winery

Host Vito Bruno

The Boston Winery was created by wine pioneer and vintner Raffaele Bruno in 2006. Mr. Bruno grew up in Abruzzi, Italy crafting fine wines with his forefathers. Rafaelle samples every vintage of wine, which is produced by his oldest grandson. All Boston Winery wines are produced Bio-dynamically, using grape sourced from

California, Chile, Italy, and South Africa.

November 12th

Rhone Valley French Wines

Host Jo-Ann Ross

November 17th 

10 Grape Varietals To Understand Italy

Host Ciro

Franklin Adult Education 2016 Classes


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  


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

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