Liquor Industry News/Links 05-08-17

Liquor Industry News/Links

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)


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By: Mark C Lenzi


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Upcoming Franklin Lifelong Learning Event

May 18th

Wine Buying Tips Using Label Information

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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How Does Oak Really Affect Wine?

How Texas Is Texas Wine?

What Makes a Good Wine Label?


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Red or white? Now Italy may get BLUE wine – but purists say it’s an insult to national tradition

Blumond – a mix of curacao, peach and prosecco

Six easy food and wine pairing tips

Throw old food and wine pairing rules out

There’s a beer made from 30 lobsters

Not the weirdest craft brew we’ve heard of, but close.

Winery, vineyard cyber attack risk grows with web-connected systems

Your property insurance may well cover it, if the policy is of the all-risk variety. But if you have a policy that specifies the perils such as fire, flood etc., it is possible that you’re not covered for property losses resulting from a cyber attack.


Just 30 miles as the crow flies from the U.S. capitol in Washington D.C., Virginia winemakers have leapt forward with wines of finesse and originality since the turn of the last century.

Why is English Sparkling Trying to be like Champagne?

For hundreds of years, England has been one of the largest importers of Champagne with over 30 million bottles imported to the UK in 2013

Shaken by 2014 quake, Napa winery again standing tall

Only now, more than 2½ years after the quake, has that restoration work been finished. And on May 7, Trefethen will finally re-open the McIntyre doors to the public — reinforced, re-insulated and, yes, seismically retrofitted.


Meet Joe Wagner, the man shaking up the Sonoma County wine world

Less than two years ago, Constellation Brands Inc. bought his Meiomi brand for a whopping $315 million, a figure that jolted analysts because it included no hard assets such as vineyards or a winery.

Draft vs. Bottle: A Data Breakdown of Beer Ordering Habits

The following data represents on-premise order data from the 12 months ending in March 2017. While the majority of retailers covered here are located outside of New England and New York, these particular regions are strongly represented in the data. Figures represent percentages of orders from distributors in dollar terms.

Vikings ‘may have produced their own wine’

It had always been assumed that the Scandinavian climate was too harsh for viticulture. But there is now evidence that some grapes were grown locally

Finnish Brewery Introduces 1,000-Pack of Beer

A brewery in Finland has just blown the 99-pack out of the water. Grab your forklift because Keisari beer has just released a 1,000-pack!


It turned out to be cinchonism, a type of poisoning caused by an overdose of quinine

Science reveals what progressively happens in your body & brain as you drink


What Makes a Good Wine Label?

Before even tasting a wine, labels are what immediately draw us to a bottle. One critic shares his opinion on the good, the bad and the ugly of wine labels.


Each decanter has been mouth blown in Riedel’s Kufstein glassworks in Austria, handcrafted to display the colours of the rainbow and shaped to mimic the form of the harp.

A little science and history behind putting nitrogen in beer

There’s another type of gas that’s sometimes used in beer instead of carbon dioxide — nitrogen

Heineken Launches Coolerpack

Designed to pop open the top, fill the pack with ice, and enjoy a cold Heineken, the COOLERPACK will keep consumers cool in the heat all summer long,

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Most people — including Millennials and GenX — would not recommend buying alcohol online


Calif Wine Retail Sales Value Soars 25%


How a Wine Brand Advanced Digital Ad Measurement

Constellation Brands wanted to measure the impact of digital ads on in-store purchases of its Black Box Wines mid-campaign, rather than waiting until after the ad push

What Does Great Wine Service Look Like Today?

What are our expectations for wine service amid huge shifts in restaurant and sommelier culture? Jon Bonné looks at three New York sommeliers who are confronting the question in all its complexity.

How Texas Is Texas Wine?

What “Truth in Labeling” means for Texas winemakers and vineyards

Less than half of over 400 Texas wineries are making their wine from locally grown grapes.

Trump, Trudeau Talk, and Readouts Are Very Different

Meanwhile, one site thinks US will go after Canadian wine next

A post at the Canadian site Maclean’s thinks Trump is going to go after wine sales in British Columbia next, arguing that the Canadian product has an unfair advantage over US wine because of grocery store rules.

U.S. says “discriminates against the sale of U.S. wine.” B.C. does allow U.S. wine to be sold under the “store within a store” option, but no grocery chain will go to the trouble or expense to do it. The situation also applies in other provinces like Ontario. Don’t be surprised when Trump soon starts talking about Canada’s “disgraceful” wine policy. It is all about America First.

Why Uruguay could be the new Jura
And could Tannat by the new Malbec? Jane Anson looks at Uruguay’s adoption of the Tannat grape and learns about fresh initiatives that could help to get the country on restaurant wine lists.

Fee, Fie, Foe, Fieri

Food Network giant makes entry into wine

Hunt & Ryde in partnership with winemaker Guy Davis of Davis Family Vineyards. Named for his sons, Hunter and Ryder Fieri, the brand produces Pinot Noir from the family’s organically farmed estate vineyard in the Russian River Valley and old-vine Zinfandel from well-known sites in Sonoma County.

Why You Should Be Drinking Petit Verdot

Petit Verdot is a red grape that was traditionally reserved as a minor blending grape in the world famous Bordeaux wine blend. However, as the grape has spread to warmer climates, winemakers have realized that Petit Verdot can make intensely bold, fruity-yet-floral, red wines that can and do easily stand on their own.


As the other wine producing country, Italy also has laws to indicate wine quality.  Essentially, there are four classifications known as “The Pyramid of Quality”.  The highest quality wines, characterized by strict production rules and the highest value, are at the top of the pyramid.  Low quality wines characterized by the fewest restrictions and lowest value are at the base.

Jose Cuervo and Fender build ‘world’s first’ agave guitar

All traditional wood elements on the guitar – the body, 21-fret neck and fingerboard – are replaced by agave plant-based material, and features Fender hardware, a custom-engraved neck plate with a Jose Cuervo inscription, and hand-wound Fat ‘50s neck, RWRP middle and bridge pickups.

Half of Napa’s wine industry earns ‘green’ certification

Napa’s wineries and vineyards are steadily going green amid efforts to promote environmental best practices within the county’s core industry.

Australian Wine


Everything You Need To Know About Tuscan Wine in 600 Words

Tuscan wines are some of the most popular produced in Italy, and also arguably some of the very best. If you want to find out why they’re so beloved and which ones to try, you need this three-minute guide.

Nissan Makes a Van Capable of Being a Mobile Bar

In Nissan’s case, they ingeniously found a way to showcase the numerous capabilities of their NV200 compact cargo van by embracing two attractions their chosen location of San Diego, California was renowned for – surfing and yes, beer.


It’s also way more fun.


Boston Beer misjudges spring seasonal approach, sales decline

In its first quarter earnings report for 2017, Boston Beer reported a $27.1 million decrease (14 percent) from the same period last year, mainly due to a decline in shipments of 15 percent. Depletions decreased 14 percent from the comparable 13-week period in 2016.

How Does Oak Really Affect Wine?

What makes Chardonnay crisp over creamy? How do tannic reds evolve in barrel? From the effects of French versus American oak, here’s what you need to know.

Does Your Go-To Hangover Cure Actually Work?

Just like your brain after a night of excessive drinking, the science behind hangovers is a little fuzzy


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May 11th

Wines Of Santa Carolina In Chile

Host Mark Raymond

Santa Carolina is Carolina Wine Brands’ flagship brand. With a history spanning over 140 years, Viña Santa Carolina was established in 1875 by Luis Pereira, who named it after his wife, Carolina Iñiguez. Located in Santiago, the winery’s facilities and underground cellar are a National Monument and are open to the public at large. With sales in excess of 25 million bottles, Santa Carolina’s wines are available in over 90 countries. In 2015, Santa Carolina celebrated its 140th anniversary and was chosen the New World Winery of the Year by the prestigious American magazine Wine Enthusiast.

Amazing value in wine! We will explore reds and whites.

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New England Regional President For Carolina Wine Brands USA


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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      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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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.

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