Liquor Industry News/Links 09-11-17


Franklin Liquors

Liquor Industry News/Links

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

By: Mark C Lenzi





School Has Started

Wine School That Is!

Franklin Liquors Is Now Working with 7 Towns

Call It…

Adult Education

Community Education

Recreation Department

What Ever You Call It In Your Town We Are Talking And Tasting Wine!


 Our Next Event


September 14th 

Italian Wine Tasting/Education

With Tri-County Adult Education

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!

Complete List Of Our Events

Medway Community Education

Fall Classes Now Posted!


Take Care

Franklin Liquors

Mike & Mark



Shop Franklin


Liquor Industry Week In Review

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

This Weeks Highlights:

New Products


Wine Freedom for Massachusetts

Can wine be damaged when submerged in storm waters?

IPAs Are Giving You Man Boobs



Franklin Liquors New Daily Newspaper

The Wonderful World of Wine (WWW)


 Our Daily Wine Newspaper 


Weekly Newsletter

More On Tap Newsletter Updates

Get Notified As Son As Specials And Events Are Added

Sign Up Here


The Wonderful World of Wine (WWW) Podcast

Listen On Our Facebook Page OR On Franklin Radio 102.9 FM

Listen On Soundcloud


How to Successfully Pack Wine in Your Suitcase

If you love wine and you travel, chances are you’re going to have to transport wine in your checked luggage one day.

How Iceland is using drones to deliver beer

The citizens of Reykjavik, Iceland, have officially found the best use for commercial drones: beer delivery.

Australian Wine Industry Trailblazer Wolf Blass Introduces ‘BLASS’ Wines In U.S.

The new BLASS collection includes a Chardonnay, a Cabernet Sauvignon and a red blend from premium vineyards in some of South Australia’s top regions.

Oregon wine industry census shows more acreage, wineries

Change is afoot, but the annual industry report indicated Oregon wine retains its market niche of high quality coupled with upscale price.

Facing a Meager Harvest, Prosecco Winemakers Win Approval to Use Non-DOC Grapes

Wineries can source from vineyards within the region, but not officially in the appellation

New Harpoon Seasonal

Boston’s Harpoon Brewery has released a cranberry-flavored fall seasonal within its UFO line. Cranbeery, a fruity and unfiltered wheat beer, was brewed with cranberries from Massachusetts-based farmer’s cooperative Ocean Spray Cranberries. Priced at $8.99-$9.99 a six-pack of 12-ounce cans or bottles, UFO Cranbeery is available at retailers nationwide, and on draft in select locations. The Harpoon UFO range, which was updated with fresh packaging earlier this year, also includes Hefeweizen, Huckleberry and White Ale entries.


English sparkling wine producer Simpsons Wine Estate in Kent has launched a range of beauty products made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier grapes.



There’s a New Forty Ounce Red Wine on Shelves Now

Following the overwhelming success of the Forty Ounce Rosé, sommelier Patrick Cappiello introduces the next member of the family just in time for fall drinking: the Forty Ounce Red.


Adidas Makes ‘Beer Repellent’ Shoes for Oktoberfest

“Adidas Originals München ‘Oktoberfest'” are “made from the finest leather with DPBR coating.” Yes, “DPBR” actually stands for “durable puke & beer repellent”


Here’s What a NFL Liquor Ad Looks Like (Hint: No Football)

While beer brands can use football themes in their NFL ads as long as they don’t use active players, liquor brands are prohibited from deploying pigskin narratives of any kind.


Wine Branding: Unforgettable or Unforgivable?

Are some winemakers controversial for the sake of being controversial?


Wine in Cans Shifting Consumer Perceptions, Especially Among Millennial Drinkers

Nielsen announced earlier this year that sales of canned wine increased from $6.4 million to $14.5 million in 2016, a whopping 125 percent jump. The same report notes that canned wine dollar sales soared 170 percent, versus a six percent increase in the more established box wine business for the same period.


Millennials don’t like Chardonnay

Younger wine drinkers are continuing in their significant shift from Chardonnay and experimenting with more aromatic styles of white wine, according to a new Wine Intelligence report.


Five Myths of Winemaking

Examining how diurnal shift, fermentation styles, and wine-making processes impact the final product


War of the Noses

When it comes to the sense of smell, millions of extra cells in the olfactory bulb may give women an advantage over men

IPAs Are Giving You Man Boobs

Those hops in your favorite IPA are actually wonderful medicine for insomnia and menopause, thanks to their high phytoestrogen content. These same phytoestrogens, however, can also cause a condition known among brewers as Brewer’s Droop.


Priced at $18, Mr. Nice Guy is crafted with mezcal, cannabidiol oil, matcha, pineapple, coconut milk and lime.


As of June 2017, more than 3,500 new wine products had hit shelves in the last year, representing 14% of all items in the category and 4.5% of category sales volume. But the influx isn’t just giving consumers an array of new brands to choose from; it’s forcing retailers to make tough choices about how to use their finite shelf space.


The film centres on three siblings: Jean, Juliette and Jérémie, who are reunited after the death of their father just before the harvest and inheritance of his vineyard.

The Winemakers’ View: Vegan wines and fining

You might wonder how a product made from grapes and yeast might not be vegan. The answer has to do with the little understood practice of fining. Sometimes, a wine needs a little tweaking to meet its maker’s expectations. That’s where fining comes into play, and these techniques often involve animal products.

World’s First Chromed-Glass Wine Bottle – Tank Garage Winery Debuts ‘Chrome Dreams’

Each clear-embossed resin seal is delicately formed and imported from Italy.—tank-garage-winery-debuts-chrome-dreams-300512367.html


It should be said at the outset that although the variety is considered distinctly Italian, the grape in fact hails from France where it’s called Pinot Gris – the gris (or grigio) meaning grey, in reference to the colour of the berries.

Pétillant naturel, oxidised wines, skin contact – demystifying new wine terms

Some winemakers are reviving old techniques, which introduce new textures and tastes, as well as opening up possibilities for food compatibility

A wine crisis is gripping Europe

Europe’s iconic winemaking regions are reeling after extreme weather wreaked havoc on their crops.

Weed-Infused Wine Will Leave You Making ‘Pour’ Decisions

Cannabis-infused liquor and beer is a trend on the rise, but with the unprecedented popularity of merlots and cabernets among the Millennial set, where is weed-infused wine on the market?

How Music Changes The Way You Taste Wine

Get this: the music you are listening to can change how you taste wine. Whether classical, rock,  fast, slow, loud, or quiet — research has proven that music sets the mood for how we describe the wines we drink.

Getting Started With Food and Wine Pairing

Learn the fundamentals behind food and wine pairing to create your own great pairings. This guide will show you the steps and what to look for in your recipe to find the perfect wine.

50 Affordable Wines You Can Always Trust

Sometimes wine is daunting, and the fact that vintages change every year is one of the reasons. Was 2014 better than 2015? Worse? How are you supposed to know? One solution is not to worry about it. We’ve assembled a list of 50 of the world’s most reliable, inexpensive wines—bottles that offer amazing quality


Here’s how to tell if your beer glass has REALLY been washed properly

There are two tricks to work out if your glass has been properly cleaned…


No, you haven’t had too much to drink — that beer label is moving, thanks to augmented reality.

This is the same technology used on the 19 Crimes Wines

Cook with a wine you would drink

When recipes call for wine as an ingredient what is the best to use? Is there a cooking wine?

Can wine be damaged when submerged in stormwaters?

You’re always reading about old wines recovered from shipwrecks that are surprisingly drinkable. It’s really no big deal

Guerrilla Guide to Wine

t’s for absolute beginners. And it’s the greatest guide ever written about wine. The greatest.


Food And Wine

Best $15-and-Under Wines

Many in stock!


Wine Freedom for Massachusetts

If H3891 becomes law Bay Staters will finally have access to all the wines in the American wine marketplace. Massachusetts law currently bans residents from receiving wine shipments from out-of-state wine stores and retailers. Inexplicably, it also bans it’s own wine stores from shipping wine out-of-state. H3891 would solve both those problems.


“Gluten-free” water shows how ridiculous food labeling has become

Free of GMOs and gluten but certified kosher and organic.


Sign Up For Our Newsletter


Get updated On Liquor Industry News, Events, Sales And More!

Find Us Online

Screen Shot 2016-07-25 at 2.58.51 PM


Like Us On Facebook



Follow Us On Twitter



Our Latest Specials


Liquor Special

Liquor Sale Items



Wine Special

Wine Sale Items



Beer Special

Beer Sale Items


Beer Keg Information Page

Keg Image


We Are On Pointy

Browse Our Product List


More Technology

Franklin Liquors More On Tap App

Sale Items

Drink Recipes

Product Information


Food And Wine Pairings

Staff Picks

And More!

Download The App



Upcoming Events



Our 2017 Education Schedule


Franklin Wine Club 

Wine Explorers wanted!

Over 500 Club Members!

How To attend and join



October 12th St Michelle Winery

November 16th Italian Guest


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.


Medway Community Education Winter Programs


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!


Tri-County Adult Education  


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.


Norfolk Recreation

Three Classes:

Noble Grape Varieties

Decoding American Wine Labels

Decoding European Wine Labels

Millis Recreation

Three Classes:

Noble Grape Varieties

Decoding American Wine Labels

Decoding European Wine Labels






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.

More Soon!


Food And Wine Events



Watch For Our Upcoming TV Show!

Food Uncorked (larger)

Franklin Liquors Wine Education

Certified Specialist Of Wine-CSW

Certified Specialist Of Spirits-CSS

Society Of Wine Educators

California Wine Appellation Specialist-CWAS-San Francisco Wine School (First In MA)

French Wine Scholar FWS-(Instructor) Wine Scholar Guild

Quini Certified Educator- QCE (First In USA)

Italian Wine Specialist-IWS-North American Sommelier Association

New Card Back 2016

Screen Shot 2016-07-25 at 2.58.51 PM

Our Wine Education/Events Partner

Kim Simone

Vinitas Winework

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Leave a Reply