Liquor Industry News/Links 02-11-17

Liquor Industry News/Links


Franklin Liquors


By: Mark C Lenzi


Franklin Liquors Quoted In Milford Daily News

Regarding State Liquor Pricing Violations. 


Read The Background Stories:


It’s not illegal for a business to sell a product below cost — unless, of course, it’s a bottle of booze.


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Events In Our Wine Room This Week 

Franklin Wine Club

Valentine’s Tasting




Our Valentines Gift Guide



Time To Vote!

2017 Readers Choice Awards Ballots


Week of January 16, 2017 through

week of February 15th 2017

Please Vote Us For Best Liquor Store


Take Care

Franklin Liquors

Mike & Mark


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Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

New Products

Why Wine Matters

What really goes inside your wine?

How to Infuse Liquor with Weed


Franklin Liquors New Daily Newspaper

The Wonderful World of Wine (WWW)


 Our Daily Wine Newspaper 

Ultrasound Waves Turn Wine into Something Better

The scientists flowed distilled wine through American oak chips. As the wine seeped past the wooden chips, the researchers blasted it with ultrasound waves. The researchers found that after only three days of ultrasound treatment, they produced spirits that were similar to brandies aged for years.



Game of Thrones’ latest beer is called ‘Bend the Knee’

It’s called Bend the Knee Golden Ale, and its flavor is described as a mixture of “maltiness and citrus” with a “light sweetness,” dry finish, and “firm hop bitterness.”

GoT Knee ALL

A Beer Brewed With OREOs, Complete With Icing Chunks

Hornswoggler chocolate milk stout


Does Shiraz wine come from Iran?

Iran had a tradition of wine-making which stretched back centuries. It centred on the ancient city of Shiraz – but is there a connection between the place and the wine of the same name now produced and drunk across the world?


Baby Throwing Tantrum Until She Gets Her Red Wine Is All Of Us On Friday Night

OK, OK… she’s not actually a vino-drinkin’ baby, but judging by a video her father shared on Facebook, it sure looks like she’ll be a wine lover when she’s older.

Volcanic wines may blow your mind

There are more wines grown in volcanic soils than you might imagine, Etna being the best known example.



New bill in ME seeks to combat littering of mini liquor bottles

Love to see this in MA!!


Finally, A Toilet Paper Holder That Can Also Hold Beer And Wine

CRAZY Gadget!



Happy Valentine’s Day from the Champagne Bureau!

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, more and more U.S. consumers are turning their attention to Rosé Champagne.



Tasting: Dealing with a Dominant Aroma in the Glass

This is a common problem for students—even professionals; when something in the wine dominates to such an extent it becomes difficult to find anything else in the glass.


A ‘Fifty Shades’ Cocktail? How Booze Is Becoming the New Popcorn at Movie Theaters

Forget popcorn and Milk Duds. Booze is the next step in cinemas’ fight against flagging attendance



Winemaker’s Red Wine Secret: Extended Maceration

Extended maceration is a red wine technique that has been around for some time, but it’s a winemaking trend that you’re likely to hear more about in coming years.



The U.S. Wine Industry Focuses On A Sustainable Future

Through its Sustainable Winegrowing Program CSWA offers third-party certification that recognizes the adoption of and ensures improvement of sustainable grape and wine practices to include environmental stewardship, natural resource conservation and responsible business practices.


Keep Your Beer Away From Light to Avoid That “Skunked” Flavor

If you leave a beer out, it can take on a gross, “skunked” taste. It’s not because of the temperature, though. It’s because your beer is absorbing extra light. Keep it away from the sun to make sure your beer stays fresh.



These New England beers were rated among the world’s 100 best

RateBeer just released its list of best beers in the world, and it’s good news for anyone who lives in Patriots territory. Of the 100 beers that made the list, which was released as a part of the annual RateBeer Best Beer Awards, 25 are produced in either Massachusetts, Vermont, or Maine.

Canton, MA   12/17/16  Trillium Brewery Company...for all zone piece on breweries....scenes here on an early Saturday afternoon, perpetual (or so it seemed) lines at both the taproom and retail counters, opposite ends of the building.  ( George Rizer for the Globe )  for  SOWK  reporter :  Elisabeth Townsend...HERE...FRIENDS Craig Southard,left, and Ian Morris enjoy a brew in the tap room....guys drove up from Connecticut....


6 Facts About “Bio-Hacked” Wine

Wines are “so clean they crush calories, carbs and sulfites” and have higher antioxidant levels than…. Well, than whatever you’re drinking now.



Kosher wine popularity booms among non-kosher consumers, says Royal Wine Corp.

Kosher wine is a beverage trend that continues to grow in popularity, especially among mainstream consumers, because of its perceived higher-quality image due the exacting process the wine must go through to receive the kosher seal.


How much will Super Bowl viewers spend on wine, beer & spirits?



Lady Gaga launching wine range

The ‘Born This Way’ singer’s company have filed paperwork to produce wine, wine coolers, wine cocktails and wine punches with the name Grigio Girls, TMZ reports.


Beer is still America’s favorite alcoholic beverage

Beer is still the number one beverage of choice for Americans over the age of 21, data and measurement company Nielsen announced Friday. Four out of 10 regular drinkers prefer the frothy beverage over wine and liquor.



How to Pair with Vegetarian Cuisine

The biggest—incorrect—assumption people make when it comes to beer pairing with food is that the dish needs to be carnivorous and heavy.


Wine & spirits consumption locations



Wine War Hots Up With Canada

An ongoing trade dispute swirling around liquor sales in British Columbia reached new heights as the United States filed a formal complaint with the World Trade Organization last month, accusing the Canadian province of discriminating against American wine.



How to Infuse Liquor with Weed

Most experts agree that at this point in the weed-infusion process, you need to decarbolize the pot.



10 Key Trends For Italian Wines In U.S. Restaurants

What’s the future of international restaurants in the U.S. market? And how do Italian wines play a part?



What Wines To Pair With Chocolate?

Here are many wine and chocolate pairings–along with why they work–so you can experiment and create your own.



Australian wine exports continue to climb



New Mezzacorona Sparkling

Italian wine group Mezzacorona has unveiled Mezza di Mezzacorona, a new sparkler targeted toward Millennial consumers. Sourced from Northeastern Italy’s Trentino region, Mezza di Mezzacorona is comprised of 60% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Bianco and 10% Müller-Thurgau and features an eye-catching label designed to appeal to social media users. The new entry, which will be available nationwide this spring, is positioned as a casual, everyday sparkler and retails at $15 a 750-ml. It will be handled in the U.S. by Prestige Wine Imports, a Mezzacorona subsidiary.


Premium Boxed Wines Are Smoking Hot 3-liter category

Growing at 28%, while 5-liter value wines drop 2%


Wine and Taxes: A Match Made In Heaven

With so many wines out there and so many taxes that pair well with them, how do we find the wine that fits us best and gives us the most bang for our buck?



18 Washington Wines to Freak Out About

If you’ve been lucky enough to sip on the more nationally recognized labels like Hedges CMS, Ste. Michelle, or the wines from the Charles Smith dynasty, then you’ve had a nice little introduction to Washington wine. It’s time to go deeper.



Ice Wine, You’re So Fine

Welcome to the wonderful world of ice wine, one of the sweetest mistakes nature has ever made.



Dolcetto: Italy’s Overshadowed, Underestimated Wine

Dolcetto has long been in the shadow of Piedmont’s much more famous Nebbiolo grape. But for wine lovers, that’s good news: Top Dolcettos are among the best bargains around



What really goes inside your wine?

With the majority of wine containing sulphites and additives, meet the people fighting this by promoting ‘natural wines’




While a 5oz glass of wine can top out at around 270 calories, there are plenty that fall around the 100-calorie mark.

The best wine styles to drink when you’re looking for something lighter.



5 things you didn’t know about Pabst Blue Ribbon

Pabst Blue Ribbon has been around since 1890 and it’s still going strong. Every so often, it seems to get rediscovered by a new generation, and it’s currently the beer of choice among hipsters, a coveted market we’re sure Bud wouldn’t mind breaking into.

It’s always good to know a little something about the beer you’re drinking, so here are five interesting facts about PBR.



Italian Wine Looks Beyond Chianti

Looking enviously across the border at France, Italy has just launched a $21 million government-financed campaign to get Americans to buy more expensive Italian wines. The Italians want you to buy something other than Chianti and Prosecco.



Sticky ingredient beers

Stuck in a rut with your regular beer choices? Glue yourself to these bottles, all made with ooey-gooey ingredients.



Why Wine Matters

As the expression of a specific country or region, wine celebrates local heritage as part of a diverse global whole. This is what we mean when we refer to the “world of wine.



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American Wine Specialist Program


Franklin Liquors ( )along with Vinitas Wineworks ( )and Wine Empire ( ) are proud to host the North American Sommelier Association for an American Wine Specialist (AWS) Class.


The AMERICAN WINE SPECIALIST® covers each of the 50 American states. Classic wine regions of Napa Valley and Sonoma will be covered, in addition to all other California American Viticultural Areas.   Oregon’s Willamette Valley and Washington’s Columbia Valley – both home tosignificant investment by Old World wine families – will be explored at length.  We will study the rapidly upcoming regions of New York’s Finger Lakes,  Texas Hill Country, and Virginia’s Piedmont.  We will also taste a number of native and hybrid varieties from all over the country…this will be an enlightening experience with depth of information and diversity of American wines.

The course consists of 24 hours (4 full days) of class time and tasting, with a final written exam (5th day) required to achieve the official AMERICAN WINE SPECIALIST® certification and pin, issued by the North American Sommelier Association and recognized internationally by the Worldwide Sommelier Association (

WHEN: 2017 MAR 25th, 26th, APR 1st & 2nd  – 9:00AM to 4:00pm (with break)

Exam: 2017 MAY 7th (9:00am – 1 hour)

WHERE: Franklin Liquors – 363 East Central Street, Franklin, MA 02038

Cost $650

Details And Sign Up Here:

Franklin Liquors Class At The Creative Sewing Studio


Saturday, February 18th, 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Do you really know what’s in a bottle? How about if it’s really organic? Do you know only 5 corporations own 80-90% of wines for sale? Do you know how to get more value for your money or find the best for your specific palate when shopping for wines?This year we are re-opening after our winter break with a new and exciting Creative Arts Workshop, The Art Of Wine Buying! There is no better time for lively, educational conversation and the warmth created by sipping on wine than in the chill of winter!

Mark Lenzi, co-owner of Franklin Liquors will provide us with information on Wine Buying Tips Using Wine Labels that mostly only those in the industry know. No longer will you purchase a bottle solely based on its label design. This sit down wine tasting/education will explain all the truths and lies on a wine label. After this event buying wine will never be the same!

Cost: $38 includes cheese, meats and crackers, wine and information.


Franklin Wine Club 


Wine Explorers wanted!

Join Our 470 Club Members!

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Franklin Adult Education 2017 Classes


More Soon!

Medway Community Education Winter Programs


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Tri-County Adult Education  


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

February 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.


March 9th French wines


Lets take a tasting tour around France.

We will discuss regions, laws and explore unique wines from Champagne to the Southwest. Don’t let wines from France confuse you, learn what grapes grow best where and become an expert!


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California Wine Appellation Specialist-CWAS-San Francisco Wine School (First In MA)

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