Liquor Industry News/Links 08-14-17


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The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

By: Mark C Lenzi





Signs Of Fall Coming Are Everywhere!

Football Pre Season Has Started, Oktoberfest And Pumpkin Beers Are Out And Fall Wine Education/Tasting Events Are Scheduled.

That’s Right School Is Starting Soon!

Check Out Our Updated Events:


New L.E.D. Lights Installed

We upgraded our lighting from fluorescent to L.E.D.

The wines on our racks will be so much safer with this light.

Also our wine tasting/education room has much more light to examine wines during events.

Read all about how fluorescent light affect wine.

Conventional fluorescent lighting generates more energy at the shorter wavelengths which include the

Damaging wavelengths which can produce a detectable change in the wine in a matter of hours”

Take Care

Franklin Liquors

Mike & Mark



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The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

This Weeks Highlights:

New Products

Six Ways Wine and Weed are Similar — and One Major Difference

DNA to Define Your Wine Tastes

Wine and weed: An economic match made in heaven?



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Pot is the new alcohol

The alcohol industry – now eight decades after states ratified the 21st amendment and ended prohibition – generated $475 billion in economic activity and $110 billion in wages in 2014.

Across the United States, more than 4.5 million people work in alcohol-related jobs. Alcohol production, distribution, sales, and service is one of the biggest industries in the country.

Drinking Organic Wine Won’t Prevent a Hangover

While people often blame sulfites for causing hangovers, experts say evidence does not support this.

The perfect wine glass: 7 tips for matching shape to grape

The profile of your stemware can have a big impact on the taste of what’s inside. A panel of experts reveals the best vessels for everything from bubbles to Barolo

Alcohol by Virtual Reality

The drinks industry is entering a new space, engaging consumers through immersive virtual-reality storytelling

Boston Rock Band Releases New Album On A Beer Can

Collaboration between a local band named The Lights Out and the Aeronaut Brewing Company in Somerville is taking the classic pairing in a novel direction.

5 ways to make wine taste better in summer

So before you dump that bottle out, here are five suggestions for making a wine taste better in summertime.

Enjoy 3 Glasses of Wine a Day? This 29-Year Study Says You Might Live Till You’re 85

Don’t get too happy. But getting a little happy might be in order.

All About Albariño Wine

Albariño (“alba-reen-yo”) is a high-quality, light-bodied white wine that grows primarily in Spain and Portugal. It’s loved for its high acidity, refreshing citrus flavors, dry taste, and subtle saltiness. For seafood lovers, Albariño is a fantastic choice for food pairing with exquisite dishes like ceviche, fish tacos, seafood pasta, and shrimp.

Hit or myth: Should we obey the seven rules of wine?

Researchers from the University of California, Davis, the experts came to the conclusion that wine shouldn’t always be allowed to breathe, that the traditional pairings with fish and meat are not set in stone, and that a bottle of red can benefit from some time spent in the fridge.

Beer Alignment Chart

We’re all different drinkers with different preferences. When it comes to finding out what’s going to hit the right spot, where do you land?



In essence, key to the character of Prosecco is the location, grape variety and the production method.


Your summer beer party guide, plus how to select the perfect keg

Don’t stress about the beer run; here are tips on brews with which to fill your cooler.


Wine and weed: An economic match made in heaven?

California wine grapes have a cash value of about $5 billion annually compared to an estimated $7 billion for the state’s marijuana crop


5 reasons you should drink this new type of sparkling wine now

Now, there’s a new kid on the block: Pét-nat.

That strange term is slang for pétillant-naturel, a French term that basically means naturally sparkling.


7 Science-Backed Ways Beer Is Good for Your Health

A beer a day may keep the doctor away.

Meet Black Chardonnay

A nearly forgotten technique for exceptional wines has some producers going back to black

DNA to Define Your Wine Tastes

Science wants to work out your wine preferences by DNA profiling

Wine Expert Explains Why Screw Tops Are Better Than Corks On Wine Bottles

Forget the corkscrew.

Bottles of rose, red, and white wine, in the vineyard.

What’s Wrong with Your Wine: 7 Common Problems

How to tell if you should send back the bottle.

Beer Styles Explained, From IPA To Pilsner And Beyond

It’s time you learned your IPAs from your Pale Ales.

Ruffles does craft beer pairings

Potato chips go well with beer, and Frito Lay has paired versions of Ruffles chips with craft beers from across the country


The Mouse Crisis

It sometimes came up on red wines but never on whites. Now, the stuff is everywhere, even on sparkling wines. This mouse has gone wild. Right now it is a far larger problem than cork taint


An introduction to Alsace Gewurztraminer – the extrovert of wine

Get to know the explosively aromatic wine; from how to pronounce the variety, to the best food pairings to enjoy with a bottle.


What you need to know about Chilean wine

Things have changed since then — since 20 or 30 years ago — and a lot of the changes have been for the better



One of the most important parts of serving a quality beer is serving it in the right kind of glass


In the market for fine wine? Don’t get burned

Anybody who’s going to spend a decent amount of money purchasing wine, whether it’s pre-arrival or futures or even buying old and rare wine in the secondary market, it behooves the buyer to do a little bit of research online


Doubleback double down

Drew Bledsoe Winery and wine line expansion

New App

Taste, a new app that crowdsources restaurant and bar reviews, has launched in 29 U.S. markets. The app offers a twist on the concept of user generated reviews: instead of rating a restaurant on a numeric scale, Taste’s users choose a favorite restaurant in each of the app’s categories (coffee, burgers, drinks) and the app displays whichever restaurants receive the most votes. Taste is available for free for iPhones and can be found on the App Store.

Low Calorie Beer: More Choices than Ever…But Be Careful!

There are still no light craft beers out there.


High concentrations of copper are poisonous and can cause foodborne illness, it said, as copper can leach into foods when it comes into contact with acidic foods.


Beer-pong-loving golfers have another new product to take to the tailgate

Where Beer Pong Golf seems to have found a niche is with the ability to customize each board. For fans of sports teams, the company has a customizable slot at the top that allows you to pair your love of a particular team with the board.


5 Top Grapes Behind Italian White Wines

Let’s have a look at the grapes behind this historic, and inspirational country’s white wine.


Six Ways Wine and Weed are Similar — and One Major Difference

Surprisingly there appear to be many similarities between the wine and cannabis industries, which suggest potential collaboration and mutual support. However, there is one major looming difference as well. Following are the six key similarities between wine and weed:


New Jim Beam

Beam Suntory has extended Jim Beam with a new Vanilla flavor. Jim Beam Vanilla is a blend of Kentucky straight Bourbon whiskey with Madagascar vanilla bean liqueur. The new entry is at 70 proof and retails at $16 a 750-ml. bottle. Joining Apple, Kentucky Fire, Honey and Red Stag in the Jim Beam flavor range, Jim Beam Vanilla is debuting nationwide across the on- and off-premise markets.


New Gansett

Rhode Island-based Narragansett Beer has released Bancroft Up or Down Ale, the latest entry in the brewer’s collaborative Hi Neighbor Mash-Up series. Created in partnership with Rhode Island’s Bancroft Tennis Company, Bancroft Up or Down Ale is a 4.2%-abv brew made with Cascade and Chinook hops. The new offering will be available in six packs of 16-ounce cans ($10.99), distributed across New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Washington D.C., Maryland, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Virginia, as well as Portland, Oregon and Nashville and Chattanooga, Tennessee.


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Franklin Adult Education 2017 Classes


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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Thursday, September 21     Noble Grape Varieties

A great introduction to the basics of wine grapes and the six varieties that produce most of the wines that consumers are familiar with. We’ll discuss what makes these grapes so special, where you’ll see them grown, and which famous wines you’ll find them in. And of course we’ll taste all six!


Tuesday, October 17                        Decoding American Wine Labels

Many people buy wines based on label only. Do you? In this valuable class we’ll explain all the truths and lies on an American wine label. Knowing this information will help you get more value for your money, understand how to figure out if a wine is a generic commercial wine or a hand-made artisanal bottling, and clues to what it’s going to taste like. After this event buying wine will never be the same!


Thursday, December 7                     Decoding European Wine Labels

OK, so you understand an American wine label, but European labelling follows an entirely different set of rules, and can be confusing and intimidating. We’ll walk you through the method behind French, Italian, Spanish, and German labels, and help you understand what they’re telling you. You’ll leave with the confidence to buy that bottle of Bordeaux or Spatlese!

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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.


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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