Liquor Industry News/Links 07-24-17

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The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)



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By: Mark C Lenzi



What Wine Would We Recommend To The Pope?

The Pope released technical specifications for wines to be used during mass:

Must be “natural” BUT sulfites are ok.

Alcohol level must be under 20%

Can be Red, White or Rosė

Grapes cant be harvested in the rain

So what would we sell if you wanted to drink what the Pope recommends?

Well just about all wines will work.

So please drink, as the Catholic Church requires.

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Pope orders ‘natural’ wine for Holy Communion
‘The wine that is used in the most sacred celebration of the Eucharistic Sacrifice must be natural, from the fruit of the grape, pure and incorrupt, not mixed with other substances.

‘Great care should be taken so that the wine intended for the celebration of the Eucharist is well conserved and has not soured.’

Officials added, ‘It is altogether forbidden to use wine of doubtful authenticity or provenance.’


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.



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Definitive proof that expensive wine is always a ripoff

Wine snobs will be pleased to know that the well-priced vino is described as having black cherry, plum and cranberry aromas, and intense flavors of cinnamon and toasted oak with balanced acidity and soft tannins. It’s said to pair best with rich, creamy pasta dishes, meat and barbecue. Everyone else will just be thrilled it’s under $10.

A simple guide to wine terminology and varieties from the Alsace

Discover the versatile wines of Alsace, one of France’s most scenic enclaves, and some simple wine terminology to encounter a mouthwatering world of flavor.

The Complete Guide to Botrytis

There are many ways of making sweet wines, but the most famous examples use a potentially deadly method.

The 55 Best Summer Beers Of All Time

Warning: you’re gonna wear out your bottle opener.

The Use of Ozone as an Alternative to Sulfites in Winemaking

The use of sulfites in winemaking, while extremely common, has come under scrutiny in recent years for a variety of reasons (sometimes legitimate and sometimes ridiculous), and alternatives to the practice have been and are currently under study all over the world.

How Much Is A Pint Of Beer?

Did you know that depending on the country you live in, from 20% up to 64% of what you pay for a pint of beer goes to taxes?


Why The California State Fair Is Good For The Wine Industry

When you think of the California State Fair, does wine instantly come to mind?


Making wine in India – Not for the faint-hearted

This is a country with 32 states, 1.2 billion people, 22 languages, 100 dialects. It’s the furthest you can get from a homogenous society, and to date wine represents less than 1% of all alcohol consumed, representing maybe 0.016 litres per head. But it’s the biggest whiskey consumer in the world, and you cannot overlook the potential. Things have started rolling, and they are going to keep rolling’.


Innovate or Die – Wine Innovation in Hospitality

A recent report by a notable agency –CGA Strategy – says that just 25% of consumers who drink wine at casual dining venues rate the quality as very good. This rates a rather lowly 17th out of 18 in drinks categories that it measured. The same research reports that the number of restaurants has grown by 21% and that the group that drinks wine is over 3 times more likely to recommend the restaurant and more persuaded to re-visit it at a later date.


Web-based alcohol distributor LibDib ends first 100 days with 600 brands

In the spirit of independence, here’s an update on Liberation Distribution (LibDib), the first alcohol distributor and technology company to offer a three-tier compliant web-based sales platform. The startup is celebrating the completion of its first 100 days and is now offering almost 600 craft spirits, wines, ciders and beers on their proprietary platform.



The infographic and map below is your complete introductory guide to France’s wines, including the major regions, the grapes that grow there, and their famous blends, along with general facts about French wine.


How much alcohol do Americans drink? – This interactive chart offers detailed demographic data.


Into the Weeds with Wine

Moe Momtazi and family have cultivated 480 acres of prime Yamhill County hillsides, growing their award-winning grapes and making Maysara wines (a Persian term meaning “house of wine”).

Adjacent to Momtazi’s property, their neighbor, Richard Wagner, planned to grow cannabis. But Momtazi worried that the cannabis might taint his wines with the “skunky” aromas and flavors of the pot; he sued and brought the case before the three Yamhill County Board of Commissioners, even though Wagner had not yet planted a single pot vine.


Why Magnum Bottles of Wine Actually Taste Better than Normal Bottles

With wine, bigger really is better

There are clear, scientific reasons why they’re better formats for storing and serving wine.


Sulphur dioxide: friend or foe?

Many winemakers consider it essential for consistency and quality in wine. What is SO2, and why are moves by some to abandon its use so contentious?


The magic of making bubbly

Champagne is all about fun. We love those cascading bubbles, that vivacious zing and the laughs that follow. It symbolizes celebration. But for a winemaker, champagne and other “methode champenoise” sparkling wines present winemaking’s greatest challenge.

Sparkling Pointe. Photo by Randee Daddona


Pairing Wine And Weed: Is It A California Dream Or Nightmare?

On the elegant terrace of a winery overlooking the vineyard-covered hills of Sonoma County, north of San Francisco, a dozen invited guests are sipping pinot noir, nibbling hors d’oeuvres and taking hits off a water pipe.


The Next New Zealand? Reflections on Cyprus Wine Industry in Transition

“Cyprus wines? Not really sure I have ever had one. Do they make much wine in Cyprus?”


Want To Know What That Wine Blend Is? Too Bad, It’s COVFEFE

The Desert Rock Wine Family has released its newest brand, Covfefe, and it’s top secret.

New Seltzer

Vivify Beverages has launched Itz Spritz, billed as a gluten-free naturally-flavored alternative to malt-based hard seltzers. The 4.2%-abv seltzer is made from a proprietary sugar cane-derived alcohol base. The brand is launching with three flavors: Golden Pear, Cucumber Lime Twist and Elderflower Citrus. Itz Spritz is available in six-packs of 12-ounce cans at a suggested retail price of $10.99 and in 12-pack variety packs at $19.99 in Massachusetts, South Carolina and North Carolina. The brand will soon expand into Georgia as well.


New Sam Adams

To celebrate the independent and entrepreneurial spirit of the craft beer industry, Samuel Adams has collaborated with five different breweries across the country to brew a limited release 12-pack for the first-time ever, aptly named The Brewing the American Dream Collaboration Pack.



How to Balance the Negative Effects of Post-Workout Boozing

Drinking after working out probably isn’t a great idea, but there are ways to help balance the negative effects.



Cava has added the first twelve sites to its new single vineyard classification ‘Cava de Paraje’, which was first proposed by the Cava Regulatory Board in May 2015 .



A good story is a great aid for a winery or a region. It adds romance, it makes the place memorable and people like to remember little stories and facts to tell their friends.


The Guide to Finding Great Cognac

Cognac is a brandy made from the white wine grapes grown in the Cognac region of France. Learn how to find great Cognac by understanding the region, the aging classifications, the major brands, and what to look for on the label.


Tiny Liquor Bottles Could See Price Hike After Ban Effort

Maine’s liquor agency is proposing to raise retail prices on liquor including the tiny alcohol bottles that survived the Republican governor’s efforts to ban their sale.


Yellow Tail and Casella Wines

Yellow Tail US sales were worth $281 million in 2016, which ranks it at no. 5 overall, behind the domestic brands Barefoot ($662 million), Sutter Home ($358 million), Woodbridge ($333 million) and Franzia ($330 million).


This is What Sustainable Wine Certification in California Really Means

Some Sonoma wine growers aren’t happy that an organization tells them how to do business and grow. But the bigger issue is that Sonoma’s sustainable certification process doesn’t ban synthetic herbicides. It allows growers to use Monsanto’s Roundup, which contains glyphosate. Many kitchen gardeners, a lot of the general public, and sustainable and organic farmers and winegrowers take issue with Roundup. Their concern is for good reason.



In every three ounces of the drink, there at at least 1 billion probiotics, the daily amount recommended by the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics


We lack a universal vocabulary when it comes to wine

Even when we use the exact same words to talk about it, we often mean different things.

You Can Make Sparkling Wine in Your SodaStream

But you really, really, really shouldn’t.


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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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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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