Liquor Industry News/Links 06-05-17

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Everything you wanted to know about natural wine

Lambrusco Wines Worth Drinking

National liquor chain pushing for changes in MA state law to allow discounting



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The Leafly Wine & Cannabis Pairing Guide

In an effective pairing, the flavors in cannabis will either accentuate existing flavors in the wine and vice versa, or else complement them in a unique way.


The grapefruit flavoured ice cream, called ‘Gyeondyo’, which loosely translates as “hang in there”, is infused with a small amount of oriental raisin tree fruit juice, which has been considered a Korean hangover treatment since the 1600s


It marks the first time the producer has extended to Italian sparkling wines and comes at a time when Cava sales have seen more sluggish growth than the buoyant sales of Prosecco

Col Fondo: The Funky Side of Prosecco

One of the first quotes about Prosecco with “second fermentation in the bottle” goes back to before the 9th Century. This esoteric style is colloquially known as Col Fondo – which literally translates in Italian to “with the bottom,” meaning that sediment or lees are present.

Make guests feel like VIPs with wine lockers

You may not come across wine lockers very often, but their numbers are growing.

National liquor chain pushing for changes in MA state law to allow discounting

The initiative will also pursue a change in Massachusetts law to allow alcohol retailers to offer customers coupons and loyalty programs, like offering $5 off a purchase of $50 or more, for example.


Rioja Grapples With How to Define Its Best Wines

The rules governing gran reservas require that the wines be aged at least two years in barrels and three years in bottles — five years in all — before they can be released. Most good producers of gran reservas go beyond the minimum.

Why 3D Printing with Wine Grape Skins Is the Future

Why sell a wine glass with a logo when you can sell a glass made from your own grapes?

America’s Love For Wine

The U.S. has been the largest market of wine since 2010, according to the Wine Institute.

What’s been happening with gluten claims, in connection with alcohol beverages?

After rapid growth, from 212 to 2016, the gluten references seem to be leveling off, so far in 2017, at about 2016 levels.

TTB Statement

Many alcohol beverages subject to the FAA Act are produced without any ingredients that contain gluten. For example, a wine fermented from grapes, or a vodka distilled from potatoes, may not contain any gluten if the producer used good manufacturing practices, such as taking adequate precautions to prevent cross-contact, and did not use additives, yeast, or storage materials that contain gluten. Under the interim policy, TTB allowed the use of a “gluten-free” claim in the labeling and advertising of such products. TTB reminded industry members that it would be the responsibility of the importer or bottler of the product to ensure that the claim is truthful and accurate.

Sauvignon blanc’s diversity

One of the most popular white wines in America these days is sauvignon blanc, made from a grape variety that had such little support in the 1960s that Robert Mondavi changed its name.

New Mayflower Beer

Mayflower Brewing Co. has released New World IPA, the latest expression in the brewery’s year-round lineup. New World IPA, a 6%-abv unfiltered American-style IPA, is citrus and tropical fruit-driven. The beer complements Mayflower’s IPA lineup, adding a third style following Mayflower’s English-style IPA and double IPA. The Plymouth, Massachusetts-based brewery’s newest beer is now available on draft and in six-packs of 12-ounce cans throughout the company’s New England distribution area.

The Science Behind Our Favorite Flavors

Things Can Taste Better With Practice, Science Writer Says

Everything You Need to Know About Albariño

In Spain’s Rías Baixas region, crisp, mineral-driven albariño is king. Here, everything you need to know about Spain’s quintessential coastal white wine.

VitaJuwel Vino Vial’s Surprising Effects

Can Crystals Make Your Wine Smoother?

Guide for Aging, Buying and Serving Large-Format Wine Bottles with Infographic and Video Tips

Large-format bottles are not only showy and exciting to share, they also age longer, slower and arguably better than standard-size bottles.

Restaurant Wine Sales Collapsing for Small Wineries

Wine for the restaurant trade is still an important part of success, but sales opportunities to restaurants are collapsing for small wineries.

Bigger wine glasses make us drink too much, says researcher

Today’s glasses, 450ml compared with 65ml 300 years ago, encourage consumption


IPA Gummy Bears? Old Irving Brewing Gets Creative For Craft Beer Week

Tiny gummy bear molds with mixtures of sugar, gelatin and beer

New Grey Goose Package

Bacardi Ltd. is launching a new limited edition of Grey Goose vodka to commemorate the brand’s 20th anniversary. The new Grey Goose Riviera bottle is intended to showcase the brand’s French heritage, featuring marinière stripes and imagery inspired by France’s Impressionist art style. Additionally, the package features a neoprene cover, designed to keep the bottle cool during the summer months.

Lambrusco Wines Worth Drinking

Apparently, Lambrusco still has a long way to go since it tarnished its reputation nearly 40 years ago (blame the wine boom of the 1970s). Fortunately, this means you can find great wines for obscenely good prices. Lambrusco is awesome and its story is more fascinating than probably imagined.

Introducing Blu Perfer, a New Blue Wine to the U.S.

A brand new blue Spanish wine selection that is made with Chardonnay grapes is coming soon to the American market. Get yourselves ready for this amazing product of our shelves that will be serving your glasses soon.

Top 10 most popular beer brands in the US

Boston-based company published a list of the most popular beers at the end of 2016, according to its distributor order data and what has sold best on BevSpot; here are the top 10.

Energy drinks and alcohol: A risky mix psychologically

People who add energy drinks to alcohol have a higher risk of injury from car accidents and fights, compared to those who drink alcohol straight. This is the conclusion of a meta-analysis of 13 studies published in March in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.


How many wine-quality scales are there?

There are a number of ratings systems for describing wine quality, which use 100 points, 20 points, 5 stars, 3 glasses, etc. Unfortunately, there is usually no “gold standard” for these systems, and so no two wine commentators use these systems in quite the same way.

Five myths about beer

No, it’s not a man’s drink, and craft beer isn’t a recent trend.

Women and young consumers broadly are willing to experiment with flavored alcoholic beverages


When wine grapes are medicine, forgotten varieties deserve a second look

Italian biologists have been scouring their countryside for “local, ancient ecotypes” and, beyond the usual business of documenting whether they’re genetically unique, a recent paper takes the extra steps of measuring their concentrations of antioxidant phenolic compounds and observing their effects against proliferating cancer cells.

Everything you wanted to know about natural wine

There are two requirements of natural wine: First, the grapes must be sustainably farmed, which, generally speaking, means they are organic and/or biodynamic. Second, there should be nothing added nor taken away from the juice.

Franciacorta is Italy’s latest sparkling secret

Franciacorta may be a newcomer to the scene, but its glorious wines are more than enough to burst Prosecco’s bubble


Lohr’s Estates Wines Reveal Refreshed Look

Paso Robles and Monterey Leader’s Updated Packaging Hits the Market

How Noble Rot Makes for a Better, Peachier White Wine

Scientists compared how different fungi affect a wine’s bouquet.

11 Red Summer Wines You’ve Never Heard Of

The vast majority of imbibers allocate their wine drinking to winter. This statement isn’t just an assumption, it’s true. Over 90% of search traffic around the topic of wine (in the Northern Hemisphere) happens from November to January. So, if you’re researching wine any other time of year, consider yourself in the top 90th percentile of people interested in wine.

Taylor Swift’s record label releases vodka

Big Machine Label Group, which counts Taylor Swift and Florida Georgia Line among its talent, has released its first spirit product – Big Machine Platinum Filtered Premium Vodka.

Mastering Napa’s Mountain Appellations

Discover what links Cabernet Sauvignons from Napa Valley’s highest mountains: Howell, Diamond, Spring, Mount Veeder and Atlas Peak.


Additives are a normal part of the process and bring the people what they want. Here’s a list of some of the most common additives and their significance:



By category, consumption of still wine dropped by 0.5% in 2016, according to the IWST, while the sparkling wine market grew 1.8%, driven by Prosecco.


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June 15th

Napa Valley Rocks

Host Jo Ann Ross

“Napa Valley Rocks” , Napa Valley Vintners’ Unique Educational Program, digs deep into what makes Napa Valley America’s premier wine growing region.  For years, wine lovers have extolled the virtues of ripe Cabernet Sauvignons or rich, buttery Chardonnays from Napa.  Travelers flock there for stunning cuisine while they laze the day away tasting the Valley’s handsome collection of wines.  To truly appreciate Napa Valley, we need to thoroughly penetrate the surface.  The convergence of an ideal climate for grape growing, a unique geology, a compelling wine history, a pioneering, innovative spirit, a respect for the environment, and a tradition of giving back contribute to what makes Napa Valley unique.  Napa Valley most definitely has a story to tell.

About Jo Ann


Jo-Ann Ross is Napa Valley Vintners’ Greater Boston Wine Ambassador.  She was selected to attend the Napa Valley Vintners’ “Napa  Valley Rocks” program in 2010 and the “Napa Valley Vintners’ Wine Writers Academy” in 2012.  In addition, she holds the coveted Diploma of Wine and Spirits (DWS) from Great Britain’s Wine and Spirits Education Trust. Jo-Ann is also New England’s First French Wine Scholar and Italian Wine Scholar Instructor issued by the Wine Scholar Guild of Washington, DC. She is always eager to champion world wide wine regions through organizing and conducting successful marketing promotions for restaurants and retail stores throughout New England.  Jo-Ann created the unique “Edu-Tasting℠”, a 5 minute mini-class  to accompany a standard wine tasting.

June 26th

Private CraftRoots Brewery Tour And Tasting


The Franklin Wine Club will take over the CraftRoots Brewery.

We will have a private event.

Price includes a sample rack of four 5oz beers to start.

We will have a private tour and an open discussion about craft beer, and CraftRoots Brewing.

Lets get together to support this brewery and enjoy time together over a few beers.

About CraftRoots

CraftRoots Brewing took root in April of 2014 in Milford, Massachusetts. Brewer + Founder Maureen Fabry is passionate about connecting craft beer back to local agriculture and crafting superfresh community-inspired brews.

CraftRoots Brewing is grounded in a genuine grassroots idea: focus craft beer back to its field-to-glass origins.  We brew fresh and flavorful home-grown ales that connect you to local farmers and craft maltsters.

100% of their grain and hops are grown on family farms in the Northeast.

32-oz. Squealers are available for purchase to-go.

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They cannot serve food at the brewery. However, they do have a Bring Your Own Grub (B.Y.O.G.) policy. Did you make some amazing chili and have leftovers – bring them in with you! Have a favorite pizza in mind – pick it up on the way! Can’t decide what you want just yet – it’s all good.They have binders on hand featuring menus from many great local restaurants.

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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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Franklin Library Book Club

Do you like wine? Do you like books? Join us for a special Wine Tasting & Book Club Meeting at Franklin Liquors on Tuesday, June 6 at 7:00 p.m.! We will be discussing Sweetbitter, by Stephanie Danler. Kim Shipala, Assistant Library Director at the Franklin Public Library, will lead a discussion of the novel, while Kim Simone of Vinitas Wineworks will do a tasting of the wines mentioned in the book.

The book discussion is free, but the wine tastings are $10 each. Space is limited to 40 participants. To register, either visit the library’s website or call Kim Shipala at 508-520-4943.

The first ten to register will receive a free copy of the book!


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