Liquor Industry News/Links 04-15-17

Liquor Industry News/Links


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By: Mark C Lenzi


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The Science Behind Your Cheap Wine

Is Wine Really a Food?



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The Wonderful World of Wine (WWW)


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Wine engineered to perfection

The finest wines recreated from scratch on a molecular level.
Refined tastes without the grapes or the steep prices.

No Grapes Used?? The Future??

A Beginner’s Guide to Napa and Sonoma

It’s not that scary. Really, it’s not.

What do Millennials want from you? Wine by the glass and variety we hear!

This is the first generation to prefer electronic transactions over in-person meetings


Why millennials can’t get enough wine

Portugal pulls in Millennial wine fans

10 things every beer geek should own

We put together a list of beer gadgets that will actually get some use in you or your favorite beer-lover’s household.


U.S. Producers Betting on Rosé and Challenging French Dominance

So, can American producers compete with the French for a bigger share of the rosé boom?

California’s Champagne Affair

Can California wineries make Champagne?

Of course they can! Over the past three years, at least four California wineries have started doing so.


The organic wines scored higher than the conventional wines. Like, a lot higher. An average of 4.1 points higher, in fact, which is pretty statistically significant.

The Study:

Martha Stewart Is Launching a Wine Company

Martha Stewart already has a meal kit service. Now, she’s got plans to sell wines that could potentially pair nicely with those home-cooked meals.

The Battle for America’s Oldest Vines

Are vineyards just farmland, or are they cultural treasures? F&W’s Ray Isle goes inside the fight to save some of California’s oldest grapevines from the bulldozer.

Selectmen Chastised For Liquor Law Faux Pas

Bourne Police Chief Dennis R. Woodside read the Bourne Board of Selectmen the riot act during the board’s meeting Tuesday night, April 4. Chief Woodside criticized the board for retroactively approving a liquor license for a reception at Massachusetts Maritime Academy that was held earlier that day.

How Wine Professionals Use Yoga to Balance Life

In an effort to live a healthy lifestyle amidst a job where indulgence is encouraged, many in the wine business are trading in wine glasses for yoga mats.

Wine Lovers, Rejoice! You Can Now Buy Rosé in a 40-Ounce Bottle

According to social media, the genius product line comes to us from Forty Ounce Wines who also have Muscadet french wine.


The official definition of biodynamic farming according to the Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association is “a spiritual-ethical-ecological approach to agriculture, gardens, food production and nutrition.”

A Beginner’s Guide to Natural Wine

As with most things, not all wines are created equal. Enter natural wine, an elusive variety that challenges traditional conventions of what wine looks and tastes like, why we drink it and, most importantly, how it’s made.

Why England’s Sparkling Wines Can Now Rival Champagne

How often does the world give birth to a brand-new wine region? Every 50 years? Every 100? And yet southern England, of all places, has just arrived as one. New, exciting, unprecedented—the best sparkling wines being made here, less than 75 miles from London, hold their own alongside those of Champagne, and 30 years ago they didn’t even exist.

Kent Scenics

Corked Wine Reality Check

What exactly is cork taint? A taint can be defined as an undesired character that is completely foreign to a beverage or food, normally coming from an exterior source.

Spray-On Flavor Could Change The Way We Enjoy Drinks

Edible aromatic mists designed to enrich the aroma of mixed alcoholic beverages and cocktails to give them a unique flavor.

Curious wine spray next???

Get to Know Vinho Verde

So this is a wine worth learning more about. Here are five more things you need to know about Vinho Verde.

16 Top Celebrity Wines and Wineries in Sonoma & Napa

From rock stars to movie makers, race car drivers to football players, click through the gallery above to see the VIPs that are making wine in Sonoma and Napa.


French and American oak offer different flavor characteristics, as do Earl Grey and Lapsang Souchong. French oak tends to taste of dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans and exotic, savory spices. American oak leans toward dill, coconut, vanilla extract and sweet spices.


Beginning with the 2017 Major League Baseball season, the sponsorship includes the launch of a new right field grandstand bar for games and special events at Fenway Park, serving signature Tullamore Dew drinks.

Global drinking: What do other countries drink … and how much


How Does Wine Relate to Our Sense of Touch?

Tasting notes often include words relating to our tactile sense—silky, firm, muscular or brambly. We look at 8 fabrics and the types of wine they represent.

Champagne Science: There’s a Lot Going on in That Bottle of Bubbly

Don’t let the effervescence fool you. Not all sparkling wine is Champagne. Authentic Champagne is named for the French region in which the sparkling wine is produced using a special fermentation method that creates seemingly endless carbonation.

Is Wine Really a Food?

The notion of drinking seasonally offers a convenient means of organizing the wine world, but the approach is largely flawed. Jon Bonné on why it’s time to roll forward our rhetoric.

Wine eggs — something old is new again

Further investigation revealed that the wine had been fermented and aged in an oval-shaped concrete tank, a wine egg, produced by Nomblot in France.

Bota Box Introduces Premium Bag-In-Box Dry Rosé

In response to the upward sales trends of Rosé and the continuing growth of Bota Box in the industry’s fastest growing segment, premium 3-liter bag-in-box, Delicato Family Vineyards has introduced the highly anticipated Bota Box Dry Rosé.

The Science Behind Your Cheap Wine

How advances in bottling, fermenting and taste-testing are democratizing a once-opaque liquid

New Study Finds Glyphosate Increases Risks for Pregnant Women and Babies

A new study being released today at the Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN) conference in Washington, D.C. says that higher glyphosate levels in pregnant women’s urine correlated with shorter pregnancies and lower birth weights.

Last year California wine grape growers used more than 700,000 pounds of glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup) on vineyards.

Here are some highlights of glyphosate use on wine grapes in leading counties. The numbers featured are the number of pounds applied to wine grapes, per 2014 California State Dept. of Pesticide Regulations reports.

Northern California

Napa: 43,000
Sonoma: 76,000

Central California

Madera: 88,000
San Joaquin (including Lodi): 93,000
San Luis Obispo (including Paso Robles): 42,000
Santa Barbara: 24,000

An entry-level guide to mezcal, the smoky Mexican liquor that’s lowbrow no more

Mezcal is the umbrella name given to liquor distilled from any species of agave plants native to Mexico.


New Admiral Nelson Flavor

Heaven Hill Brands’ Admiral Nelson’s rum will expand this month with the release of Admiral Nelson’s Pineapple Rum. The pineapple-flavored rum is bottled at 35% abv and is the tenth addition to the Admiral Nelson brand, which contains a mix of flavored, spiced and traditional rums. The rum is priced at around $11 a 750-ml. Admiral Nelson’s has seen substantial growth since 2007 and the brand was acquired by Heaven Hill in 2011. In 2016, the brand depleted 851,000 cases, up 0.8%, according to Impact Databank.

Beaujolais Sees Life After Nouveau

The focus on cheap-and-cheerful light reds is affecting the better producers in this conflicted wine region.


Marked by a vast expanse of parched land and the Gobi desert, quality winemaking is made possible by a rolling mountain range called the Helan Montains that block cold winds blowing in from the northwest and Tengger desert.

7 Things You Do When You’re A Wine Geek

Those of us who love wine are not always aware of how our appreciation changes the way we view the world. Sure, we might limit our vacations to areas near wine regions or spend a little more time reading the fascinating histories of certain wines. But sometimes we might take things a step further too–a step into the silly side!

2016 World wine production down 3%, US up 10%, global consumption holds steady

Global wine production declined 3.2 % in 2016, down to 7 billion gallons (267 million hectolitres – mhl) from 7.3 billion in 2015 according to an International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV)) news conference in Paris.

Champagne’s Last Taboo Falls: It’s Now Fine to Drink Bubbles on Ice

For many years, champagne was seen as something ceremonial and rigid, only served at a precise temperature and with specific glassware. Now winemakers are introducing new blends of bubbles that are casual, fun, and meant to be served bracingly cold.

10 alcohol myths that are just plain wrong

Whether you’re sipping Negronis at the annual office bash or polishing off a bottle of Merlot on your couch, you’re a lady who appreciates a stiff drink. But is everything you know about holding your liquor actually a lie? Let’s investigate.

Atlanta Braves stadium to sell beer made with baseball bat shavings

With some help from the Terrapin Beer Company of Athens, Ga., SunTrust Park will be offering a brand-new “Chopsecutioner” beer which is aged atop wood from real Mizuno baseball bats.


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April 25th

Exploring Wine Labels

Hosts: Mark Lenzi And Kim Simone

Lets take an educational adventure while tasting wines and explore labels.
Do you know the truths and lies on the labels?
We will get back to our original club roots at this event. Talking and tasting while giving you tips and tricks.
You will leave a better wine buyer and a little scared!
Whats in that bottle can all learned with a few tips.

May 4th

  1. Lohr Vineyards & Wines

Guest: Erin Foley

May 11th

Wines Of Santa Carolina In Chile

Host Mark Raymond

June 1st

Matchbook Wines

Host Dan O’connor

June 15th

Napa Valley Rocks

Host Jo Ann Ross

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


      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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