Liquor Industry News/Links 03-25-17

Liquor Industry News/Links


Franklin Liquors


By: Mark C Lenzi


Upcoming In Our Wine Room 

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April 6th

Franklin Liquors  and Hillside Nurseries & Florist

Beautiful spring flowers and crisp, tasty wines – a perfect way to toast warmer weather!

Create your own spring bulb basket, then relax as you sip six spring wines and learn how these wines will best accompany a holiday meal, a Mother’s Day gathering, and evenings with friends.

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Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

New Products

New Company Breaks Barriers to Distribution for Small Producers

Calories in Wine: Top 7 Facts

Why Does Wine Give You a Headache?


Franklin Liquors New Daily Newspaper

The Wonderful World of Wine (WWW)


 Our Daily Wine Newspaper 

Ignore the Snobs, Drink the Cheap, Delicious Wine

Great read on big wine company sensory insights labs.

More than 60 additives can legally be added to wine, and aside from the preservative sulfur dioxide, winemakers aren’t required to disclose any of them.

A Quarter of American Beer Drinkers Say They’re Switching to Pot

About one in four Americans are now spending their money on marijuana instead of beer


The 10 Commandments of Wine

Someone who endures in the arts of Bacchus, soon realizes that wine is a true universe, full of new information. This complexity can be fascinating but, at the same time, confusing for the less experienced and alienate the specialists, thus driving them away from the true reason for this nectar, the simple joie de vivre, the joy of living.


Is the US wine boom over?

Not every analyst agrees about the reduction in the number of most-frequent wine drinkers, though that may be because different studies measure frequency in different ways. In addition, some analysts foresee the possibility that the number of high-frequency drinkers could increase, making up the difference.


New Johnnie Walker

Johnnie Walker has launched its new limited edition Blenders’ Batch series in the U.S. Intended to showcase the brand’s experimental offerings, the series will debut with Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Triple Grain American Oak, which features a blend of five whiskies and is aged a minimum of 10 years in American oak. The expression will be available nationwide, retailing at $30 a 750-ml. Johnnie Walker sells roughly 1.6 million cases in the U.S. annually, according to Impact Databank.


Distilled from a recipe corn, rye, wheat and malted barley and aged for 12 years, Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Four Grain Bourbon Whiskey pays homage to Buffalo Trace’s former distillery owner.


One Wine Glass to Rule Them All

At some point along every wine drinker’s arc of discovery, the time comes to invest in a set of glasses.

Choosing the right one may seem complicated, confusing and occasionally overwhelming. The process can be fraught with anxiety, as many different glass styles are available, and points of view clash on what is proper and necessary.


Not drinking this wine? Now that would be criminal

Made in Australia, the affordable 19 Crimes — so named for the actions that would get a British rogue shipped out on the next boat to Australia — pays tribute to the hardy souls who survived and thrived in the new land


Italians that do the job

There’s much to love about Italian wine, not least the fact that they’re tailor-made to go with food

What Millennials Want From Their Wine

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Interestingly, millennials also seemed disinterested in rating systems and points, at least compared to wine drinkers of other generations.


Black Tower, the iconic German wine brand, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with a limited edition anniversary bottle and a new integrated PR campaign


Wine & Diet

In order to find out the amount of calories contained in wine, find below some useful information.


Gallo Wine Brands Are Often Incognito

If you have more than 4 bottles in your house right now, chances are, one of them has been touched by Gallo.

The Bourbon boom continues to accelerate in the U.S. market, driven by the super-premium segment.


Why Does Wine Give You a Headache?

I’m not alone. According to a 2013 study, more than a third of regular wine drinkers report occasional headaches from wine—and not from overindulgence.


Why You Can Expect More White Wines From Rioja

Today Spain is the third largest wine exporting nation in the world


Anheuser-Busch Launches Amazon Alexa Skill

There are 12 different workouts on the ULTRA 95 Alexa skill, divided into three different categories: Strength, Conditioning, and Flexibility.



The property, located in Umbria near to the town of Paciano, comes with its own vineyard.



Groupon has launched a fizz flavoured nail polish, the latest and perhaps most peculiar addition to the long list of Prosecco themed paraphernalia.



Coffee in hand, The Spirits Business explores the growing world of the caffeinated spirit, from vodkas and mezcals to Tequilas and liqueurs.


Calories in Wine: Top 7 Facts

Let’s consider the facts, swallow the bad news and have a (small) glass of wine to help it go down?



It’s called the VelvWine Oxygenator – and it won’t just save you cash, it will actually make your wine so much better.

The only downside is that while it makes your cheap wine taste more expensive, the device in itself is also expensive. Around $300.


Is wine healthy? How about beer, sushi or granola? Look how Americans & nutritionists disagree


Heard it through the grapevine: can music really change the taste of wine?

The woman behind the world’s first ‘oenesthetic’ wine and sound bar believes there’s more to ‘sonic seasoning’ than hype


Thick Mint Stout Is Your Unofficial Girl Scout Cookie Beer

Hitting shelves soon, Southern Tier Thick Mint seems to be the closest you’ll come to a Thin Mint/stout mashup.



After demand from the vegan community, Diageo has removed beeswax from its gluten-free and dairy-free Baileys Almande liqueur recipe to grant it “certified vegan” status in the US.



Tea-based spirits have come to the fore in recent years, providing bartenders with a fascinating new flavour profile to play with. Our round-up of spiked brews givse ‘teatime’ a whole different meaning.


Lambrusco: Italy’s red fizzy wine is making a comeback

Like high-waist pants, lambrusco lends credence to the theory that if you wait long enough, everything will come back into fashion. In lambrusco’s case, the resurgence took about 40 years.


Canned Wine Sales


New Company Breaks Barriers to Distribution for Small Producers

The vast majority of wineries in the US produce less than 5,000 cases, and they’ve been effectively blocked from three-tier distribution because distributor giants won’t take them on, but that’s about to change.

For now, LibDib is only licensed as a distributor in California and New York, but the plan is to expand and cover all 50 states.


How America’s Favorite Bargain Wine Gets Great Facebook Engagement on a Shoestring Budget

Carlo Rossi posts fake products with a wink

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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

Guest: Dave Abbot Mascerelli Wine

Masciarelli is the leading Estate of Abruzzo.

The Abruzzo region today is on the cutting edge of grape growing and winemaking in all of Italy.  We will talk about the special set of climates and soils that makes Abruzzo unique.  We will talk about the grape varieties that have evolved in Abruzzo for over a thousand years.  And we will talk about Gianni Masciarelli, the curious skeptic, biological savant, and energy management genius who took Abruzzo from a sleepy wine backwater to the cutting edge.

About Dave:

Dave Abbott began his wine career in 1985 with the Big Y Wine superstore in Northampton, Massachusetts just in time to taste all of the 1982 Classed Growth Bordeaux, and most of the to 1983 Burgundy Premier and Grand Crus. This is when he became vitally interested in the geography, geology, topography, climate, agriculture, history, culture, wine traditions and culinary traditions of the European wine lands.  Dave has been liberally overeducated at Dartmouth (BA English 1972), University of Michigan (MA English Language and Literature 1977), and University of Massachusetts (PhD/ABD 19th and 20th Century Novel leaving in 1985).  A teacher at heart, Dave has long been fascinated by all the factors that make every wine unique.  A salesman by trade, Dave has worked for Consumer Programming Services selling encyclopedias door-to-door in the West Virginia coal fields, as Sales Associate and Italian and German Brands Manager for Big Y Wines, as the founder of Wine Diamonds wine brokerage, for MRR Traders as Western Mass Wholesaler’s Rep, and since 1998 for Masciarelli Wine Company as Western Mass Rep, and later as a Regional Sales Manager.  In 2007 Dave became Regional Sales Manager for the imports division of Masciarelli Wine Company serving North Carolina, Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland and Delaware later adding Ohio, Illinois, Colorado, Montana, Washington, Oregon and Northern California.  In 2012 Dave also became Masciarelli’s Wine Educator, and Sales Trainer for both the Massachusetts and Florida divisions..  Since 2015 Dave has handled Regional Sales Manager duties for Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Marylnd, DC, Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio and Illinois.  Since 2012 he has been National Brand Manager for Valori, Castello di Cacchiano, La Caplana, and the Masciarelli Estate in Abruzo.  Summer 2015 marked Dave’s 25th trip to Italy.

Today my business involves making connections with 9 distributors, traveling to 13 states, doing ride-alongs with 85 sales people a year teaching them about the things that make our wines so very special, calling on 1000 retailers and restaurants projecting the voice, character, style and passion of the Masciarelli Wine company and the wine families we represent.  Always fascinated by the intricacies of Italian wine, Dave aspires to be the World’s Best Italian Wine Salesman.

Favorite Quotes

When your done learning, your done.–John Wooden

The harder I work, the luckier I get.—Anonymous

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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Medway Community Education Winter Programs


  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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