Liquor Industry News/Links 12-17-16

Liquor Industry News/Links


Franklin Liquors


By: Mark C Lenzi


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Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

Trends in Italian Wine Law in 2016

Holiday Wine Guide: What Bottle To Buy For Every Kind Of Wine Lover

American wine consumers still don’t care about what sommeliers like


Franklin Liquors New Daily Newspaper

The Wonderful World of Wine (WWW)


 Our Daily Wine Newspaper 

How to pair craft beer with vegetarian fare

Beer goes well with meatless and vegan foods. This thorough infographic offers suggestions for tasty pairings.



Why wine REALLY gives you headaches (and how you can avoid them if you drink coffee before)

Some people believe the brain pain is caused by sulfites in the wine, but this myth has been largely debunked by experts – though sulfites can trigger asthma symptoms.


No News In This News: Americans Prefer Semi-Sweet Wine, Says Latest Survey

Completed this past spring by Survey Sampling International (SSI), and released recently, nearly 1100 wine drinkers across the 50 United States provided data detailing their wine consumption.



B.C. wine labels to get get more specific

The B.C. government has changed the rules governing the labelling of wine in this province and with the approval of the B.C. Wine Authority, sub-regions will now be allowed to be identified.


Five New AVAs Across the East

TTB establishes three wine grape growing areas and considers two more


40% Of Alcohol Beverage Buyers Make Their Decisions In-Store

Of the 60% who do have a planned beverage purchase, 21% end up changing their minds in store, and 50% of those who change their minds ultimately buy a different brand than they originally intended.



American wine consumers still don’t care about what sommeliers like

If you ask a sommelier what’s most important about wine, in order, she’ll probably tell you region, then producer, then grape.

For average American wine consumers, it’s almost backwards.


This DIY Glow-In-The-Dark Beer Is Made With A Jellyfish Gene

Former NASA biologist Josiah Zayner made this awesomeness a reality by launching a kit that lets home brewers craft beverages that glow.



Fine Wine Producers Debate To Cork Or Not To Cork

For many years, the wine industry accepted a high fault rate of corked wines that were infected with trichloroanisole (TCA), a compound that imparts musty, off-flavors in wine.



Holiday Wine Guide: What Bottle To Buy For Every Kind Of Wine Lover

While it is impossible to know the exact palate preference of the person you are buying or bringing wine for, below is a guideline on what works best for five different types of wine lovers.



For Centuries Wine Was Flavored With What Toxic Compound?

In ancient Rome, wine makers would boil must, the juice of freshly pressed grapes in lead pots



Phylloxera identified in Colorado

On November 29, 2016, an insect capable of damaging Colorado’s wine grape crop was confirmed in Mesa County.


Sauternes Wine Guide

Sauternes represents the sweeter side of Bordeaux and is made from the region’s rare white grapes.



Overlooked Wines You Need In Your Life

Below are my top picks for wines we tend to forget about and why we need to give them the proper pour that they deserve


Gallo: Consumers don’t view wine as an elitist drink

Consumers are starting to view wine as a casual social beverage, and not as an elitist beverage



How To Make Champagne Last And Other Expert Tips To Enjoying Bubbly

Here’s yet another reason to drink bubbly all the time: you can actually keep a bottle of Champagne or sparkling wine fresh and fizzy for up to five days.



Everything You Need To Know About English Sparkling Wine

If you are thinking “England makes wine???”, you’re not alone. Many people ask this upon hearing that wine is not only produced in England, but the grapes are grown in English vineyards, too.




All You Need to Know About Franklin MA Annual License Renewals

The listing of the license holders (with tax holds or not) can be found here


How To Buy A Good Bottle Of Wine

While the grocery store is certainly convenient, you’re not going to find the selection or the expertise your neighborhood wine shop offers. Make the extra trip, it’s definitely worth it.



Rediscovering the Festive Fizz of Lambrusco

Most wine lovers dismiss lambrusco out of hand. It’s burdened by the notion that it’s pink, sweet and fizzy, like the cheap versions that flooded America in the 1970s and ’80s. But only the fizzy part is consistently accurate.


The Final Rosé! The Bachelor Launches Its Own Brand of Wines

Officially sanctioned by the show. To celebrate the premiere of the 21st season on January 2nd



This $5,000 Ice Bucket Is Made from Grape Skins

San Francisco–based architect Andrew Kudless designed the first-of-its-kind, 3-D–printed container using the powder of Chardonnay grape skins.



Guide to Syrah Wine Grape Variety

Syrah, also globally known as Shiraz, is certainly one of the most famous red grape varieties in the world, giving birth to some of the finest and most expensive wines around the globe, from France to Australia.





Preferences of American Wine Consumers

American wine drinkers seem to be more adventurous in some aspects of their wine preferences in 2016, yet seek tradition in others.





Ten Beer Gadgets To Add To Your Holiday Wish List

There are more beer geek gadgets out there than you know, and what better time to showcase them than the holidays when making your gift lists.



The Top 10 Commandments of Italian Wine

With the holiday season fast approaching, and with hallowed respect for Italian wine, let’s take a moment and review the 10 Commandments of Italian Wine.




We bring you all the latest stats and facts about the world’s 10 biggest Champagne brands, ranked according to global volume sales.



New Jose Cuervo Authentic Margarita Flavor

Proximo Spirits will introduce a new raspberry flavor under its Jose Cuervo Authentic Margarita brand next February. The new offering joins Pink Lemonade, Mango, Strawberry Lime, Classic Margarita, Grapefruit Tangerine, Coconut Pineapple, Watermelon, Lime Light and White Peach Light in the premade cocktail brand’s lineup. Raspberry Margarita (19.9 proof) will be available in 1.75-liter bottles nationwide for about $15.99. Jose Cuervo Authentic Margarita, an Impact “Hot Brand,” sells more than 1.25 million nine-liter cases annually in the U.S.


UV light box offers hope for vegan wine lovers, says winemaker

If you are a vegan this technology eliminates the need for animal-based protein fining agents so it’s an attractive option for that market



Underage drinking rates among 12- to 16-year-olds in the US has declined significantly in 2016, with consumption rates dropping to new ‘historic’ lows, a government study has found.



Your wine glass is too big

A serving size of wine is 5 ounces, or about 150 milliliters — which means your standard bottle holds five servings.



Wine dispensing fridge hailed as ‘genius’

A fashion blogger and beauty marketer has turned her fridge into a wine dispenser and the photos have gone viral across mainstream and social media


Seven different types of wine cork and what they do to your plonk

It turns out, not all corks are created equal



From cocktails we wish had never been invented to beer fermented by human saliva and everything in between, our world tour takes in some of the most disgusting alcoholic drinks out there.



Who Drank the Most Cabernet and Chardonnay in 2016? A Jordan Winery Chart of U.S. Wine Consumption

How much Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay was sold in the United States in 2016. MA Top 10 in both!




Trends in Italian Wine Law in 2016

Creating larger denominations out of smaller areas and expanding the denominations’ breadth by adding new styles. Another trend that has been simmering for several years has continued: downplaying grape varieties within the names of denominations.


Food and Wine Pairings With Holiday Favorites

Some unique wine pairings that will make everything a bit more joyous.


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Wine Buying Tips Using Label Information


Tuesday January 10th 7pm


Do you know 5 corporations own 80-90% of wines for sale?

Many people buy wines based on label only. Do you?

This wine tasting/education will explain what is on a wine label and how it can help you find the best for your dollar. After this event buying wine will never be the same!

Cost $25

Exploring Italian Wines


Tuesday January 17th 7pm

Italian wines can be some of the most confusing to understand.

This tasting/education will cover history, geography, laws, regions and grapes.

Come explore Italy!

Cost $25

Medway Community Education Winter Programs



red wine tasting man

Thursday January 26th 7-9pm

This wine tasting and educational class will help you develop your wine profile.

We will explore the 5 steps in how to taste wine. The results of this will make you a better wine taster and buyer and develop your unique wine profile. With this profile you can walk into any store or restaurant and explain what you like.

What do you smell? Do you like oaked or unoaked wines? Why do we swirl and spit?

We will talk about wine technology that can assist in building your palate.

Participants must be 21 years of age

Cost $20

Exploring French Wines


Thursday February 9th 7-9pm

Lets take a trip to France in this education and tasting class.

We will cover French wine growing regions and what wines to look for.

French wine laws and labels will be examined.

What is difference between Champagne and a Cremant?

What are the grapes in Burgundy?

What is the one red grape grown in Alsace?

What are French Dessert wines?

After this class you will have all the tips needed to start buying and enjoying the wines of France!

Participants must be 21 years of age

Cost $20

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2017 French Wine Scholar Program


Vinitas WineWorks LLC, Tri-County Adult Education, and Franklin Liquors are excited to announce the Fall session of the French Wine Scholar Certification program!

Now you don’t have to go to Boston for this world-class French wine course! Set yourself apart from your peers and specialize in the wines of France. Gain the confidence to taste, sell, and speak meaningfully about all aspects of French wine, from Champagne to Bordeaux and everything in between. Pass the exam and earn the title French Wine Scholar and FWS post-nominal.

Developed by the Wine Scholar Guild with the support of the French Ministry of Agriculture, this specialization program is designed for advanced students of wine, whether professionals or serious wine hobbyists. This is NOT an introductory wine class; students should have professional wine experience or previous classroom study. Students must be familiar with the concepts of viticulture and vinification, major grape varieties, wine regions, and wine styles from across the globe, and have experience tasting wine in a formal setting.

Date: 9 Tuesdays: February 28 – November May 30; Review May 16; Exam date: May 30, 2017

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Location: Franklin Liquors, 363 E. Central Street, Franklin MA

Tuition: $999

Feb 16th 

Oscars Truffle and Wine Tasting


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.


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