Liquor Industry News/Links 08-28-17


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The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

By: Mark C Lenzi





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Four Things You Need to Know about the U.S. Wine Industry


10 must-try beers in MetroWest and Milford MA


Bud Light launches NFL-themed packaging ahead of new season



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Making Sense of Organic Wine

Key aspects of the major viticultural approaches are outlined

Dogs sniff out contamination in wine barrels

Dogs to detect brettanomyces bruxellensis — commonly known as “brett” — a yeast contaminant that lives in wood and can be transferred to wine on contact.

Sparkling outpaces table wine more than 2:1 in latest Nielsen data

Is Moderate Drinking Good for Your Health? The Science Is Confusing

Many of the studies compared moderate drinkers to current abstainers, a group that included former heavy drinkers and those who avoided alcohol entirely because of health conditions, potentially skewing the comparison.

Why Some Of The Largest Alcohol Brands Are Rushing To Create Non-Alcoholic Beverages

Could the next biggest thing in the beverage space be non-alcoholic distilled spirits?

The trilemma of primary, secondary and tertiary aromas

It’s generally accepted that we have three choices when defining wine aromas, they are categorized as primary, secondary or tertiary. Yet in practice, many common aromas can be attributed to two of these categories.

First drinks body for vodka launches

A number of brands have joined forces to form the vodka category’s first collaborative drinks body – The Global Vodka Alliance, which will focus on “education, integrity and innovation within vodka”.


It’s also far from “one of the largest”  wineries in the US, and not even the largest in Virginia.


Captain Morgan rum unveils ‘modern’ design

The design features new embossing to highlight the Captain Morgan logo, an updated cap canvas, a cigar band, and gold foil detailing across the label to enhance the bottle’s premium look.


Scientists discover why ‘whisky tastes better with water’

There are numerous ways to enjoy whisky – straight, on the rocks, with water, or mixed in a cocktail – but two Swedish scientists have recently published a paper supporting the idea that whisky tastes better with water.

Variation of Scotch Whiskey flavour



Hollywood actress Jennifer Lawrence has launched a charity competition offering one winner the chance to be flown to California and take part in a vineyard visit and wine tasting with the star.


Forget Rosé: Pink Liquor Is the Next Instagram-Worthy Trend

Alcohol producers have clearly taken notice. Hoping to capitalize of the newfound popularity of the blush wine, distilleries have released a variety of pink spirits.

Here are a few rose-tinted options available now:


Alsatian Wines Strike a Balance of Dry and Sweet

No region in France has a higher percentage of organic or biodynamic growers than Alsace, which theoretically should attract the keepers of natural wine lists.





Why serving wine at room temperature is a myth

There is no such thing as room temperature: there are simply different rooms.


Wine Polyphenols Could Fight Flu

According to a paper recently published in Science by Washington University School of Medicine researchers


Bud Light launches NFL-themed packaging ahead of new season

To coincide with the upcoming NFL season, Bud Light has introduced team-themed packaging with 28 new designs.

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Bud Light announces 2017 NFL team cans (PRNewsfoto/Bud Light)



And not just thanks to the sugar content


The World’s Top 10 Best Value Wines



You don’t actually need advanced degrees in linguistics, history, geography, and enology to fully understand the baroque labels that decorate some bottles. But it can feel like it.


Prediction: The Trendy New Grape this Fall will be Garnacha/Grenache

Garnacha Origen Association and Wines of Roussillon have formed an alliance to raise awareness of European quality garnacha/grenache wines in the United States and Canada.


Debunking the Most Popular Myths about Sherry

It’s time to update your Spanish wine repertoire. Sherry is often misunderstood and misrepresented, and we’re here to uncover a few popular myths about this drink.


Boston’s Best Breweries (With Food, Too)

With the horrible traffic in mind, we broke the city into parts so that you could pick out the very best places to drink and eat, no matter where you are in Boston.


Why Saignée is Like No Other Rosé

Saignée (“sohn-yay”) means “to bleed,” and it also describes a method of rosé winemaking that involves “bleeding” off a portion of red wine juice after it’s been in contact with the skins and seeds.


Argentina’s Evolving Appellations

New Geographical Indications in the pipeline reveal how Argentina’s appellation system is changing



This advent calendar delivers a bottle of sparkling wine every day in December up until Christmas Eve

WE know, it’s still far too early to start talking about Christmas – the kids aren’t even back at school yet.

But when we heard about this novelty festive item, we were fizzing with so much excitement that we just HAD to share it with you.


10 must-try beers in MetroWest and Milford MA

In MetroWest alone, the 10 existing breweries and brewpubs have created hundreds of different beers, ranging from lighter beers such as kolsches and cream ales to big, high-alcohol beers such as imperial stouts and Belgian quads.


Four Things You Need to Know about the U.S. Wine Industry

The U.S. wine landscape continues to evolve dramatically. Whether packaging or product, there’s a lot happening. Here are four themes you should be following in the U.S. wine industry today.

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With Heavy Drinking On The Rise, How Much Is Too Much?

If one glass of wine takes the edge off, why not drink a few more?

This thinking may help explain the findings of a new study that points to an increase in drinking among adults in the U.S., especially women.


Rosé Wine Pouches Are Here To Make Summer Last Forever

It’s the innovation we’ve been waiting for.


A Beer for Every Beatles Album

We’ll do one beer for each album in the Beatles’ studio discography (the 13 albums generally accepted as the Beatles’ primary catalog). A Spotify playlist is included, in case you want to rip through 13 beers in less than three hours.


Prone to wine hangovers? Grapevine startup says its wand can help

PureWine, the company behind a wand-shaped filter that removes histamines and sulfites from wine.



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What Is The Best Wine For Sangria?

Sometimes, large bottles of inexpensive wine are better enjoyed in a sangria than on their own. A good way to make an enjoyable yet affordable summer drink.


Patricia Kluge, Who Built What Became Trump Winery, Says the Wine Is “Not Good Anymore”

Kluge opens up about what it was like to do business with the Donald and what she thinks of the vineyard today.


Keeping an open mind on closures

Cork is still king in the consumer’s mind, but how do other closures stack up across the world?

Why wine communication sucks

When were you last swept away by a piece of wine advertising? Compared to other drinks categories we continue to push education and not emotion as our primary marketing tool. Please no more, urges Reka Haros.


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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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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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