Liquor Industry News/Links 07-17-17

Liquor Industry News/Links

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)



Franklin Liquors

By: Mark C Lenzi



Is Your Wine Vegan?

Did you know many wines are NOT vegan friendly?

Animal products are used to clean and give wine body and texture.

Do not trust the websites and apps to tell you if a wine is vegan.

At Franklin Liquors we verify with the winemakers/winery before we label wines as vegan friendly.

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Milk, eggs, fish and their derivatives, like casein, the protein in milk, are sometimes used in the fining process to clarify the wines, and to remove stuff some deem undesirable. Other animal-based products are sometimes used to address issues like mouthfeel.


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Why You Shouldn’t Buy Your Wine from Amazon

Advocates see a chance to raise Mass. alcohol tax

Vinome launches the First DNA-based Wine Experience



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ME Regulators To Take Up Ban On Sale Of Miniature Liquor Bottles

The prolonged debate over the merits of a five-cent deposit on 50-milliter liquor bottles officially ended last month, when lawmakers rallied to override the governor’s veto of the proposal. But now the governor wants the Maine Liquor and Lottery Commission to ban the sales of nips in the state to reduce not only incidents of littering, but also drunken driving.

Maine liquor panel rejects ban on ‘nips’

By a 4-1 vote, the panel declined to go along with a recommendation to “de-list” the 50-milliliter bottles

Thinking inside the box: how cask wine became cool again

Cask wine, box wine, goon bag – whatever you call it, wine in a box has a bad reputation. But wine enthusiasts are changing all that

American Wine Consumers Overwhelmingly Prefer Cork Closures

Cork Seen as a Marker of High or Very High Quality Wine by 97% of Consumers

Pesticides Threat to Champagne Water Quality

Intensive agricultural practices are causing concern as chemicals reach the water table.

Budweiser Unveils New State Packaging

11 states will see their namesake on Budweiser bottles and cans as part of the brand’s latest evolution of its iconic summer packaging.

The 50 best IPAs in America

We asked every brewer we know to send us their IPAs: 386 bottles, cans, crowlers and growlers later, we found our 50 favorites.

Advocates see a chance to raise Mass. alcohol tax

As Massachusetts lawmakers debate new taxes on marijuana of anywhere from 8 to 28 percent, public health advocates say there’s another drug that needs a tax hike: alcohol.


What’s up with organic wines?

By any measure, wine made with organic grapes and wine labelled as organic – two completely different products under US law – are a small part of the US market. Even allowing for price, Nielsen figures say they’re only 2.7% of the market between $10.00 and $15.00, and 5.4% between $15.00 and $25.00, while their growth has slowed and was only one-third of that of similarly priced conventional wines over the past year.

How to explore the world of wine without going broke

Patronizing several stores for this reason: retail buyers have their own preferences. When you’re starting out you want to taste a wide range of styles and wines to get familiar with the whole spectrum, not just what one buyer is into.

100-year-old woman’s secret to longevity? Wine

“I like my wine. Don’t take it away from me,” she said.

Are Hand-Picked Grapes Better Than Machine-Harvested?

Despite the romance of hand-harvested vineyards, technology and cost are tempting vintners to turn to machines. But does either option lead to better wine?

Arm wrestling with a robot. The struggle of man vs robot.

Italy’s sparkling new breed of old varieties

Think of ‘sparkling’ and ‘Italy’, and ‘Prosecco’ is usually the word that springs to mind. Prosecco is barnstorming the world, on track to sell 412m bottles by 2020, according to Vinexpo CEO Guillaume Deglise. But Italians themselves are moving in a whole new direction.

Think of ‘sparkling’ and ‘Italy’, and ‘Prosecco’ is usually the word that springs to mind. Prosecco is barnstorming the world, on track to sell 412m bottles by 2020, according to Vinexpo CEO Guillaume Deglise. But Italians themselves are moving in a whole new direction.

Craft beer in America goes flat

A slowing beer market and the might of AB InBev has small brewers worried

How to sample wine online

A British start-up called the Decanting Club (link is external) has come up with an ingenious solution to this problem. Subscribers to its service – for £10.00 to £40.00 ($13.00 to $42.00) per month – receive 150ml pouches of wine through the post. For each of these, there’s a video clip allowing the recipient to taste along with an expert.

Has Champagne lost its sparkle?

Recent market headlines suggest that Prosecco has over-powered Champagne, with sales of the Italian newcomer growing at a significant pace well ahead of the French traditionalist. The knockers would say that Champagne has lost its sparkle.

9 Underrated Classic Beers Everyone Needs to Drink

These beers are often overlooked, but some of the best classics at your local beer store.


Natural Wine Producers in Europe Certified Free of Trace Pesticides by Laboratories

A great result has been recently reached by VinNatur. None of the 80 samples analysed in order to check wine quality contained traces of pesticides, thus confirming that VinNatur offers consumers real guarantees and not simply declarations.


Vinome launches the First DNA-based Wine Experience

Curated wine program pairs customers’ DNA with fine boutique wines

Vinome is one of the first companies to apply the science of taste and the vast body of genetic research to a new and broadly accessible experience –a groundbreaking connection between a person’s DNA and lifestyle.



The three styles of Californian Chardonnay

The grape was first planted just East of San Francisco in the early part of the Twentieth Century by Carl Wente who bought his first vines from Montpellier.


Italian Red Wines to Enjoy in the summer

Italian red wines that you can enjoy even in the hot, summer days.


Wineries fight in court to decide whose red is really ‘essential’

Bogle is being sued in federal court in Sacramento by another company over which has the right to use the term “essential” on its wine labels.


Dogfish Head Releasing Lupu-Luau IPA

A coconut-centric India Pale Ale brewed with a tropical trifecta of toasted coconut, experimental hops and dehydrated coconut water. Clocking in at 7.3% ABV and 45 IBUs, this unique take on a tropical IPA


Winter is Here – New Game of Thrones® Beer from Brewery Ommegang Arrives this Fall

Winter is Here! An 8.3% AVB Belgian-style double white ale with the fearsome Night King emblazoned on the label, Winter is Here will be available in 750ml single bottles, on draft, and also paired alongside previously released Fire and Blood Red Ale in a collectible gift pack complete with a commemorative glass.


How Alcohol Messes With Your Sleep — And What You Can Do About It

Five ways to protect your sleep from that last glass of wine before bed.

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There are two stages during the wine making process where gluten may be introduced.

The first is the practice of using a flour paste to seal oak barrels. The second is the practice of fining, which is done to clarify wine. Gluten can be used to fine wine, but more often a different agent like egg white, gelatin or isinglass is used, making it non-vegan.


How do you say all those tricky words that surround everyone’s favorite effervescent drink?

Why You Shouldn’t Buy Your Wine from Amazon

The awesome thing about wine is that it is very often delicious and you can find it in many places that are not a worldwide retailer that wants to mine you for your data. Go to a wine store that seems like it knows what it’s doing; ask a few questions; buy a few bottles from a human. It will be a far more enjoyable experience than buying from Amazon.


Created by American company Apollo Peak, the range includes a ‘Chardognay’, ‘Malbark’ and ‘Zinfantail’, along with a ‘Champagne’ made with chicken and apple, and a ‘Doggy Mary’ cocktail made with natural bacon flavor.

The ‘French paradox’ turned out to be an illusion, but it led to some interesting research

One factor that had been ignored was that the French diet was generally healthier than other nations at the time, falling under the definition of a Mediterranean diet

How Important Are Tasting Notes?

Scores are important for the reader to gauge a professional critic’s overall qualitative placement of a wine vis-à-vis its peer group. However, it is also vital to consider the description of the wine’s style, personality, and potential.

Coravin screwcap launches in Aus

Great idea to sample screw cap wines



Winemakers ensured that their grape bricks carried a warning not to leave it in water for too long in case, heaven forbid, it should begin fermenting and turn to wine.


What Types of Red Wines Are “Good” for You?

Some wines have significantly higher amounts of “good stuff” in them.


What’s the Least Dehydrating Alcohol?

Warm weather boozing is a must, but some drinks are more taxing than others.

Three coctail drinks served in different glasses.


45 States That Allow Underage (under 21) Alcohol Consumption

45 states have exceptions to allow underage consumption of alcohol under certain circumstances. Five states (Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, New Hampshire, and West Virginia) have no such exceptions.


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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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