Liquor Industry News/Links 03-11-17

Liquor Industry News/Links


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By: Mark C Lenzi


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Italian Wines Of Masi Agricola

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Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

New Products

Want to Pick Better Bottles? Repeat After Me: Wine Is Food

How to find a good wine retailer

Sulphites (SO2) in Wine: Top 7 Facts


Franklin Liquors New Daily Newspaper

The Wonderful World of Wine (WWW)


 Our Daily Wine Newspaper 

Beer-themed hotel idea is doing viral as donations pour in

This is one way to get a head in business: Start a crowd-funding campaign for a beer-themed hotel.

A Scottish brewer, BrewDog, is planning the hotel, called The DogHouse, in Columbus, Ohio.


History & Tradition Of Wine

Wine has evolved as part of life, culture and diet since time immemorial.


How Much Wine Is Too Much?

Based on available scientific evidence and different references provided by a variety of public health authorities, it is accepted that low-risk moderate consumption has a range set out in the guidelines below:


A Beginner’s Guide to Italian Wine

When you’re looking at a bottle of Italian wine, you might see the name of the place without a hint of what grape is in the bottle.


Latest wine consumption trends: US still rising

The US remains top of the world wine consumption league and is expected to grow further in the next four years, but the industry still isn’t sure about the best way to handle so-called millennials

Drinking This Type Of Red Wine Makes You More Attractive, According To Science

Research in the United States has proven pinot noir gives off a smell that’s similar to pheromones given off by men

Harnessing 3½ Tier Wine Distribution

Small and mid-size distributors offer level playing field but require higher margins


Just who were the Biblical kings and prophets of ancient Israel, Judah, Assyria and Babylon whose names grace the large format bottles of wine that dominate tables and collections today?


Love cocktails? Here are five bottles your liquor cabinet can’t do without

These ingredients aren’t usually seen at home – but their presence opens up a realm of cocktail possibilities


Roman Food and Wine Pairings



An Introduction to Red Wine Blending

This blog post will explore some of the common introductory reasons for using wine blending to craft red wines.



Sales of Prosecco will surpass 412 million bottles by 2020, as the Italian sparkling “takes over from discounted Champagne”



New figures from Vinexpo predict that wine sales in China will grow by 39.8% in the next three years, leading the country to become the world’s second largest wine market after the US.


How to photograph beer

There’s no way to put this gently: Your beer pictures suck. Yeah, you, with the beer blog, and the Facebook albums loaded with dimly lit, weird-angle bottle shots that all have that same, bright-white flash reflection. For your sake, we coerced our eagle-eyed art director, Kevin Robie, to spill the beans on how to take beer photos like the pros.

Slovenia and Croatia clash over Teran red wine name

The red thick wine produced from Refosco vine grapes in Istria near the Adriatic coast is known for its distinctive aroma which resembles the scent of wild berries.


A new approach to an old problem

Although Weight Watchers has been making wines for dieters for 15 years, there has been a slew of releases in the past five years


In Wine Bottle Stoppers Cork Still Reigns Over Synthetic, Metal And Glass

First, despite its reputation regarding TCA taint, cork remains king.

Airlines aim to trick your taste buds at 30,000 feet

Our sensitivity to sweet and salty foods drops by about 30 per cent in the air, compared to when we’re on the ground


Why sustainability labeling is hard to find

TTB, the agency that regulates wine labeling, doesn’t have a definition for sustainability as it applies to wine

The Edgy Side of Valpolicella

For the price, Americans would rather pull the trigger on other rich, robust wines, such as Napa Cabernet or Châteauneuf-du-Pape, before buying an Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG


Diam launches Corsican corks

Corsican wine growers are now able to cork their wines with cork sourced from their own forests following a multi-year contract between Diam and Sylvacoop, a co-operative of 40 woodland owners.


Importing Italian Wines with Mariposa Fine Wines

Mariposa Fine Wine &Spirits that is based out of Boston and is owned and operated by female wine wholesaler, Judith Fabre McDonough.

Amstel introduces Amstel Xlight

With 90 calories, 2 grams of carbs, 4.2 percent alcohol by volume and 4 international bittering units, Amstel Xlight is a sessionable, premium quality light beer with a full beer flavor not expected from a light beer, the company says.


The Wines To Know From Lazio

The region has been abuzz with the investments and passions of a few individuals to improve production quality.


Sulphites (SO2) in Wine: Top 7 Facts

More seriously, Sulphur is found in rocks and everywhere underground, and is also a fundamental element of life, found in every cell of every living organism.



Spirits volume sales in the “strong” US market are slated to grow by 4.1% to 224 million nine litre cases by 2020, bolstered by American whiskey which holds 45% of the market.



Gruppo Campari has extended its Skyy Vodka range with the addition of a premium apricot-infused expression, called Skyy Infusions California Apricot.



America’s Favorite Beer May Surprise You

Hint: It’s not the self-proclaimed “King of Beers.” And it’s not named for an American patriot.

Neon-Blue Wine Gives Spanish Start-Up a Regulatory Headache

There is no disputing the wine’s color, a neon blue that comes from adding two natural ingredients, indigo dye and anthocyanin, a pigment found in grape skin.


How to find a good wine retailer

The best retailers do more than sell wine. They help you find wine that you didn’t know you liked. It’s easy to sell someone something they already know about. What’s more difficult, and a mark of the best retailers, is to find something new that fits the parameters of wine you already drink


The New French Paradox

Connection between Oregon and Burgundy grows stronger

Languedoc to Bid Adieu to Appellations?

It’s vital to remember that the Languedoc has fewer traditions to respect than, say, Burgundy, and so winemakers in the region are far more willing to experiment and innovate than in other parts of France


From Waste to Wine Glasses

Researchers are turning leftover grape skins from winemaking into novel, 3-D-printed objects.


An Illustrated History of Craft Beer in America

From risk-taking trailblazers to the rise of beer geeks, we look at how America evolved from a laughing stock to a suds powerhouse.


Want to Pick Better Bottles? Repeat After Me: Wine Is Food

Most people don’t care about the intricacies of what they consume, as long as it tastes good to them. They have other priorities.

Knowing that you are in a good wine shop can sharpen your decision-making down to issues of taste and occasion rather than quality.


Wine tourism in France in numbers

France now has 10 million wine tourists, a real vote of confidence in the sector.


How to Drink Wine

With so many different wines available and with bottle labels sometimes in different languages and filled with jargon, selecting a wine can seem intimidating. That’s why the single best way to improve your wine-drinking life is to find a good wine shop.



Starbucks fans can now enjoy a taste of whiskey in their brew with the launch of the chain’s new whiskey barrel-aged coffee.


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Wines From Bordeaux France


Thursday March 16th


Guest: Vincent Mareel

Wines of Bordeaux have long been a French icon.

In the wine world there is no better stories than this regions history, wines and agriculture.

Did you know there is more Merlot and Cabernet grown here than anywhere else in the world?

Vincent will be speaking about the different aspects of Bordeaux regions tasting wines from the various areas.

About Vincent

Vincent Mareel, French born, living in Lille and south of France. He began his US career in Washington, DC with twelve years in the food and wine scene in DC catering to residence and patrons on Capitol Hill. He continued in DC representing both French and prestigious American wines in the DC Metropolitan area, working with elite country clubs and restaurants. Today he has worked for Luneau USA representing the Group Castel as leader in French wines, for 15 years, as well as wineries all over Europe (Italy, Spain, Portugal).

Wednesday March 29th

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Italian Wines Of Masi Agricola

The history of Masi is the history of a family and its vineyards in the Venetian regions. The name itself derives from “Vaio dei Masi”, the small valley in Valpolicella acquired by the Boscaini family, who are still its owners now, at the end of the XVIII century.

Today, Sandro Boscaini, company President and Managing Director, runs Masi with the help of his daughter Alessandra, in charge of sales and administration; his son Raffaele, Marketing Manager and Co-ordinator of the Masi Technical Group and his brother Bruno, Production and Plant Manager. His brother Mario has his own business, but is still part of Masi and an adviser to the management.

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Thursday April 13th

Wines From Abruzzo In Central Italy Mascerelli

Guest: Dave Abbot

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May 4th

J.Lohr Wines

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Franklin Adult Education 2017 Classes


Wine Buying Tips Using Label Information

Thursday, May 18th


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!

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Exploring Italian Wines

Tuesday, May 23rd


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!

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  Easter Garden Bulb Basket and Spring Wines

April 6


Get ready for Easter by join Franklin Liquors and Hillside Nursery for an evening of flowers and wine! Design a garden basket of Easter Bulbs for yourself or as a gift, and welcome Spring by tasting through an assortment of seasonal wines

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      The Language of Wine Labels

May 10


Ever found yourself staring at a wine label and been confused about what it’s telling you? You’re not alone! Join Mark and Kim as they decode the language on that bottle of wine. You’ll learn how to tell if a wine is dry or sweet, what might be in a blend, and so much more!

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Tri-County Adult Education  


French Wine Scholar Programs


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.

Tuition: $999

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