Liquor Industry News/Links 10-22-16

Liquor Industry News/Links


Franklin Liquors


By: Mark C Lenzi


Held In Our Wine Room This Week

Franklin Wine Club Event

Wines And Ciders Of The Northwest

Held October 20th In Our Wine Room


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Upcoming Event

November 5th

Franklin Wine Club Event

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.

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Franklin Liquors

Mike & Mark


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Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

Cheese can make wine taste better

Why Craft Liquor Is the Next Big Thing

What, Exactly, Is In A Name — On A Wine Label?


Franklin Liquors New Daily Newspaper

The Wonderful World of Wine (WWW)


 Our Daily Wine Newspaper 

An Oak Revolution Is Underway In The World Of Wine

The reliance on oak in the wine and spirits industries, and the expanding markets for both, has changed dramatically over the years.




“Sour Grapes,” a documentary débuting at film festivals this month and on Netflix in November,



Tailgate Like a Pro with 5 Ideal Sandwich-and-Beer Pairings

Pairing beers with meaty sandwiches.


Bottoms up! Research finds women drink more wine

Wine consumption is a growing trend across the United States, and women are the driving force behind it. In fact, women account for 57 percent of wine volume in America, according to a study conducted by Jennifer Pagano, the director of Research for Wine Market Council.



California wine trends: Is merlot in its death throes?

Eight percent of the wine produced in California in 2013 was merlot, up from four percent in 1993. So why does it look like merlot may be on its way out as a varietal?



What, Exactly, Is In A Name — On A Wine Label?

Texas wine producer was buying Napa Valley-grown grapes, making wine in Texas and then labeling the wine with the AVA appellation designation, Napa Valley.


Whatever happened to fitou?

Fitou is the oldest appellation in the Languedoc and has two distinct terroirs: one by the coast, the other in the hilly hinterland around Tuchan. Like other Languedoc reds, it features syrah and grenache with a good slug of carignan, which lends the wine a degree of rusticity and also adds to its individuality; many producers are also increasingly using mourvèdre these days, which gives their fitou a pleasing exotic edge.



Italian town’s drinking fountain dispenses red wine – and it’s free

A fountain to quench the thirst of walkers on the popular pilgrimage route, the Cammino di San Tommaso, has opened in Abruzzo in central Italy.

But this little gem provides hikers not with water – but revitalising wine.



New Coppola

Francis Ford Coppola Winery has extended its Sofia brand with the launch of Sofia Méthode Champenoise. Featuring a blend of Pinot Blanc, Muscat and Riesling, the new sparkler is made using traditional methods utilized in Champagne, France, where secondary fermentation takes place solely in the bottle. Sofia Méthode Champenoise will be available in limited quantities, retail priced at $23 a bottle. It joins the Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Blancs Mini, Rosé, Red, Riesling, Chardonnay and the non-alcohol Mr. Youree labels in Coppola’s Sofia range.


Our/Oak Infusion is an oak-flavoured botanical blend that turns the vodka into a brown spirit with flavours of “warm toasted oak, sweet vanilla and a hint of smoke” after 8-15 hours of infusion.




The machine combines spirits with pre-mixed cocktail ingredient capsules to deliver “consistently good cocktails with ease”.



The Organic Wine Dilemma: What to do?

The US and Europe have different requirements that must be met in order for a wine to be certified as organic. U.S. organic wine standards are considerably more strict, limiting the ability for US winemakers to certify their wines as organic.


Constellation Buys Five of Charles Smith’s Washington Wine Brands for $120 Million

The wine giant expands its premium portfolio with a stable of quirkily labeled wines, including Kung Fu Girl Riesling


The Year’s Most Innovative (And A Must-Have) Wine Accessory

The appliance, which is roughly the size of a bread maker, holds two bottles. Plum’s integrated solid state cooling is actually varietally specific, so if you insert a Chardonnay and a Cabernet Sauvignon the machine silently chills each bottle to its individually appropriate serving temperature.



How Restaurant Wine Is A Rip-off

There are ways to get better value for money when you order wine at dinner.



Congrats On Your Wedding! What Kind Of Wine Will Go With Your Big Day?

It’s one of the happiest days of your life, and everyone who’s there is there to celebrate you. There are a lot of ways to celebrate, but really, what’s a wedding without wine?




Assessing thousands of whiskies across all categories each year, Murray lists detailed tasting notes of each and offers a score. However, the accolade most anticipated each year is that of the World Whisky of the Year.



Introducing the greatest wine glass ever created – this is how to get it

The new Guzzle Buddy turns your entire bottle of wine into a single glass



This Might Be Why You Get Migraines From Wine and Chocolate

Some people unfortunately suffer from migraines, and, even worse, delicious foods like wine, chocolate, and processed meats can trigger the all-consuming headaches.



2016 California Wine Harvest Report

Early, Normal Yield, Exquisite Quality



The Best Invention For Wine Lovers

I know it’s rare that us Wine-o’s have any leftovers in the bottle, BUT for those days that you do, this product is fantastic! Introducing the Wine Condom


The world of beer in New Hampshire

BREW NH is a non-profit organization that promotes New Hampshire via the beer industry. We want to be your beer hub when you think about events, activities, advice and news about NH’s growing beer industry.


3 Tips for Better Cooking with Beer

The fizzy bite of beer makes it a useful ingredient in your cooking. We love bringing it to our favorite dishes in fall and winter, but we keep a few key tips in mind to get the most out of its flavor. Here’s what you need to know for better cooking with beer.



Why Craft Liquor Is the Next Big Thing

The U.S. spirits industry is finally seeing a “craft” movement take hold across bars and retail outlets in a way that could mirror the success craft brewers have had in recent years.



5 reasons why Americans drinking more wine than ever

In 2015, the total amount of wine consumed in the United States was 2.83 gallons per resident, which works out to about 14 bottles of wine per year or roughly one glass of wine per week. And that figure has been going up every year since 2008.




Machine harvesting is faster and uses less manpower, but there is another benefit to machine harvesting that is more important,


Illustrated Grape Vine Training Methods

Let’s go over the basics and discuss several common vine training systems that you’re likely to see on your next journey through wine country.



Is it Easier to Become a Lawyer than a Master of Wine?

A former lawyer studying to become a Master of Wine wonders if earning a license to practice law wasn’t an easier feat.



RI Wine Direct Shipping Update

RI is one of two remaining states that continues to require consumers to first visit a winery before a direct purchase and shipment (Arkansas being the other, and Arizona is removing this requirement later in 2016). A favorable hearing in the House Corporations Committee took place on March 22nd but, unfortunately, the bill died in committee.

U.S. – Top Seven Scotch Whisky Brands




When construction crews went in to shore up the foundation, they discovered the the original 1873 distillery foundation along with fermenters dating back to 1882.



Reality check: The skinny on ‘skinny’ alcohol

The perception that these drinks are healthier can lead to over-consumption and while they are typically lower in sugar than regular alcohol (which is how they save you calories), some use sugar substitutes



Five reasons why Provence rosé is like Champagne

There are some important parallels between Provence and Champagne. Let me try to explain.



The A-to-Zs of Greece and its Wine

From Agiorgitiko to Zeus, winemaking roots go deep in this ancient land. We take you down a list of 26 things worth knowing about Greece, its lands, its food and its wine.

Small motorboat at clear water bay of Loutro town on Crete island, Greece

Small motorboat at clear water bay of Loutro town on Crete island, Greece


Olive Oil Sommelier Course Debuts in New York

The groundbreaking olive oil sensory assessment program at the International Culinary Center seeks to turn out expert olive oil tasters. Participants of the first level course agreed they’re well on their way.


Science shows cheese can make wine taste better

A new scientific study shows that eating cheese may actually increase how much someone likes the wine they are drinking.


How to Improve Your Wine Knowledge as a Beginner

There’s a lot of wine information out there, but not a lot of good advice on how to get started and what to learn first.



Decoding a Belgian beer menu

From brown ales to tripels, here’s our guide for ordering your Belgian favorites.


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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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