Liquor Industry News/Links 07-03-17

Liquor Industry News/Links

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)



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By: Mark C Lenzi



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Thomas Jefferson and the history of wine in the US

7 perfect wine and s’mores pairings




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There’s this massive stigma around choosing wine at a restaurant, but there really shouldn’t be


What if you could pick the perfect wine for your palate based entirely on your coffee order?

California’s Wine Industry was built on Slave Labor

During the 1850s gold rush, vineyard owners used an army of enslaved Native American workers.

13 Reasons Why American Beer Is the Best Beer

It’s official: The U.S.A. is now making the best beer in the world. Here’s all the reasons why—and how to drink to American supremacy.

Adult Beverage Retailers Need to Be VERY SCARED of the Amazon Purchase of Whole Foods

Basically the independent liquor store is officially on the endangered species list followed in a close second by the independent grocer.

What Is Natural Wine Anyway?

If you’ve never heard the term “natural wine” before, it might throw you for a loop—if this is natural, what the hell were you drinking before this? Have you been getting sloshed off of chemical wine-like product since college?

Sending Wine Back In Restaurants
~~A Case Study or Two

The bottom line here is this: If you encounter a wine that you think is corked or has turned volatile because of bad storage, you should send it back and the restaurant should take it back with no questions asked.

Survey Reveals That Cork Closures Seal 89% of the World’s Top Wines

According to a recent survey conducted on behalf of APCOR – The Portuguese Cork Association, 89 percent of the world’s top wines as selected by Wine Spectator in 2016 are sealed with cork closures.


“In terms of talking about better wines, what we’re talking about are more distinct and complex wines,”

How well do you know your wine myths?

Ours is an industry based as much on stories as it is winemaking, and people as much as the wine itself.

The sustainability of organic wine production

Is organic wine production as financially sustainable as it is environmentally?


Whistle Pig For Sale?

Vermont’s WhistlePig Whiskey is said to be accepting formal bids from prospective buyers, reports Bloomberg. Unnamed buyers have expressed tentative interest in a buyout, with talks believed to be in the earliest stages. The news follows WhistlePig’s procurement of a $25 million asset-based line of credit from JPMorgan Chase in May, which the high-end whiskey brand plans to pour into expansion of its whiskey reserves and infrastructure. Earlier this year, WhistlePig released FarmStock ($90), its first label made with liquid distilled, aged and bottled at its Vermont farm.

Early Times unveils milestone bottled-in-bond Bourbon

Brown-Forman is launching a limited edition Bottled-in-Bond variant of its Early Times Bourbon to mark the 75th anniversary of the brand’s original recipe.

Too intimidated to talk about wine? Here’s how to order one you’ll actually enjoy.

Sommeliers say that not asking the right — or any — questions is often the biggest mistake diners make when ordering wine.

Why You Might Prefer Low Tannin Red Wines

Everyone has their own taste preferences and some of us prefer to avoid wines with high tannins.


The cork seems different, but is actually very similar, if not identical, to the corks used for still wine

13 extra-creamy peanut butter beers

You got beer in my peanut butter! You got peanut butter in my beer!


There are many breweries in the U.S. producing unpasteurized beer. But what is it exactly? Here’s everything you need to know before drinking unpasteurized beer.


The Ongoing Attempt to Kill America’s Greatest Wine Retailers

If the smaller, specialty wine retailers across the country are to survive in this contracting retail environment and the consumer’s ongoing migration to online purchases, they must be able to offer their uniquely curated inventory to the smaller but significant cadre of wine lovers looking online for something unique, rare and authentic.

Yet the forces of regulatory inertia, lawmakers’ slavish devotion to the deep pockets of wine wholesalers who oppose retailer wine shipping, and a reactionary fear of change by most small retailers all stand in the way of giving America’s traditional specialty wine retailers their chance at survival.

Cheap wine quality sinks to new low

How bad has cheap wine quality become?


Why you should be wary of going to work with a hangover

If you have ever drunk alcohol, there’s a good chance you’ve also had a hangover.

Beverage Conversation On Facebook

7 perfect wine and s’mores pairings

Port, late harvest wines and marshmallows are a match made in heaven

We can wash those s’mores down with something more interesting than milk.

A really stupid wine article, annotated

Food & Wine has editors who should have torpedoed the article I’m about to tear apart

Introduction To Croatian Wines

You’ve most likely already had a wine that originated in Croatia, you just don’t know it!


Asked to name the world’s best wine country and you’ll most likely tout the undulating vineyards of ItalyFrance or California. But Thailand? With its smouldering weather and chalky soil, Thailand is not top of a vinophile’s bucket list. But Tamara Hinson discovers why it should be.


The drinks business rounds up 10 of the most peculiar Prosecco-related products that have made the headlines.

Matua Launching Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé with Thermographic Label Technology

The revolutionary label features a snowflake symbol that appears when the bottle is optimally chilled, along with a color-changing Ta Moko symbol which darkens when the wine reaches its ideal temperature.

Three Glasses of Champagne A Day May Keep Alzheimer’s Away

Because you needed another reason to love the sparkling, party-starting drink


The new seal, accredited by the BA – which represents small and independent American craft brewers – signals that the brew has been produced by a brewery that is independently owned and “free of influence from other alcohol beverage companies which are not themselves craft brewers”.

The ups and downs of zinfandel’s evolution

Zinfandel has taken a strange and often twisted course in its evolution. Even more so than pinot noir, zinfandel’s route has enough ups and downs to make a sober person tipsy.

The Band UB40 Is Now Selling Wine … Red Red Wine

Anyone born before the millennium has a connection to the infectious reggae-pop song by the same name.

Flavored Whiskies Approach 10 Million Cases In The U.S. Market


New Kinky

Prestige Beverage Group has extended its Kinky Cocktails range with the launch of Sunshine. A new year-round offering, Sunshine features lemon and mandarin orange flavors and joins the brand’s core Red, Blue and Pink entries. Additionally, Kinky Cocktails is bringing back seasonal label Summer, which is infused with natural coconut, lime and pineapple flavors and will be available through August. Both Sunshine and Summer are priced at $6.99 a six-pack. Concurrent with their launch, Prestige has unveiled new packaging for the full Kinky Cocktails lineup, putting increased emphasis on the brand’s flavor profiles and colorful branding.


Color Up Your Summer with Brazilian Wines

These flavorful wines live up to the nation’s celebratory spirit

How does alcoholaffect weight loss?

Find out if your drinking could be making it harder to achieve your weight loss goals.

Why Add Bubbles To Your Bath!

Bathing in Champagne can improve your chances on your first date, as per leading Millionaire Matchmaking expert Lisa Palmer, who looks after the love lives of the rich and famous.

Greek grapes: What to look out for
Whether trying Greek wines abroad or finding imported wines, explore some of these Greek grape varieties that make these wines great

Thomas Jefferson and the history of wine in the US

Jefferson, a Renaissance man and America’s first wine expert,


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Popping The Cork On Sparking Wines

Tuesday Nov 21st 7PM

Sparkling wines are used in celebrating many life’s best moments. At this education/tasting event we will explore all things bubbly.  What are the methods in making these wines? What is true Champagne? What makes Prosecco different from Cava? To answer these questions we will explore sparkling from all parts of the world.

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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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Italian Wine Tasting/Education

Thursday Sept 14th 7PM

Let’s take a tasting tour around Italy. We will discuss regions, laws, and explore unique wines from all over Italy. Don’t let wines from Italy confuse you; learn what grapes grow best where and more!



Tuesday Oct 10th 7PM

This wine tasting and educational class will help you develop your wine profile.

We will explore the 5 steps in how to taste wine.  The results of this will make you a better wine taster and buyer and develop your unique wine profile.  With this profile you can walk into any store or restaurant and explain what you like.

What do you smell? Do you like oaked or unoaked wines? Why do we swirl and spit?

We will talk about wine technology that can assist in building your palate.


Exploring French Wine Regions

Thursday Nov 9th 7PM

Lets take a tasting tour around France.

We will discuss regions, laws and explore unique wines from Champagne to the Southwest. Don’t let wines from France confuse you, learn what grapes grow best where and so much more!


Popping The Cork On Sparking Wines

Tuesday Nov 21st 7PM

Sparkling wines are used in celebrating many life’s best moments. At this education/tasting event we will explore all things bubbly.  What are the methods in making these wines? What is true Champagne? What makes Prosecco different from Cava? To answer these questions we will explore sparkling from all parts of the world.

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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. Kim Shipala, Assistant Library Director at the Franklin Public Library, will lead a discussion of the novel, while Kim Simone of Vinitas Wineworks and Mark of Franklin Liquors 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.

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