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The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)

By: Mark C Lenzi





Liquor Industry Week In Review

The Wonderful World Of Wine (WWW)


This Weeks Highlights:

New Products

Wine: you can learn a lot from reading the label

Red Wine vs White Wine: The Real Differences

How To Pretend To Be A Wine Expert Quickly



Exploring the Future of Cork Closures

The largest cork manufacturer says its corks will be TCA free by 2020. How will that affect the industry?

Vintage Champagne: a Dying Breed?

As Champagne houses concentrate on prestige cuvées, what is the future for the vintage stuff?

Increase in US wine consumption over 10 years

The graph shows that the biggest boozers are in the District of Columbia. Indeed, the per person consumption in DC is more than double that of fully 37 of the states. This may explain some of the decisions that come out of Washington.

4 Reasons to Choose an Organic Prosecco Wine

Why would I choose and buy an Organic Prosecco or even more generally an organic wineinstead of a conventional (non-organic) one?

Why Is So Much Wine Writing Bad?

Wine writer and novelist Jay McInerney says there’s too much technical language and too many references to flowers

These wines are cheap and available everywhere. But are any worth drinking?

Mass-market labels such as Barefoot, Yellow Tail and Cupcake are everywhere, rather than the smaller family-owned wineries more common to wine stores.

Why We Should Drink Wine At Breakfast

Wine at breakfast is totally acceptable in France, Italy and Spain

Red Wine vs White Wine: The Real Differences

The differences between red and white wines go far beyond just the choice of grapes and the color. Here are several fascinating facts about the real differences between red and white wines.


Science says it’s all in your head


How are these wines so cheap? The reality might make you pause before filling up that shopping cart.

12 Oldest Wine Companies In The World

Which are the oldest wine companies? A question that crosses the minds of many wine enthusiasts.

New Ménage à Trois Decadence

Ménage à Trois Decadence promises to be the portfolio’s most lavish, over-the-top Cabernet Sauvignon yet,


How To Pretend To Be A Wine Expert Quickly

If tasting a wine makes you break out in a sweat, we’ve got you

Go Back to (Wine) School With These 7 Lessons

Your wine school curriculum: Understand reviews, a blind tasting party, discover wine’s origins, study sparkling, survey Malbec, somm speak, and winery visits.

How To Collect Good Wine With High Alcohol Content

If you’re just getting started as a wine collector, you might have noticed that wine critics and other enthusiasts rarely, if ever, talk about wine’s intoxicating effects

New Pumpkin-Flavored Beers For Fall

Breweries launch beers that take the traditional pumpkin brew to the next level.

In the mood for wine: Where and how you enjoy it affects what you think

Your ability to taste can also change daily, hourly, depending on what you have eaten.

MillerCoors Tries a New Light Beer Brand Called Two Hats

Up against tough competition from liquor and craft brews, MillerCoors is trying yet another new brand in hopes of luring young adult drinkers. A new fruity light beer brand called Two Hats will hit the market early next year in 16-ounce cans.


Approximately 23 percent of wine consumers use apps to make wine-purchasing decisions

2016 Figures for the Oregon wine industry

Case sales for the state reached nearly 3.4 million in 2016, a 10 percent increase over 2015

The Impact of Wildfires on Wine

Fire, smoke, and ash–always an unwelcome prelude to harvest.

The Essential Guide To Reading A French Wine Label

By reading a French wine label, you can discover important information about the wine, including where the grapes were grown and how the wine was bottled.

From an Undervalued Region in France, New Energy, New Inspiration and Great Wines

Vines in Cahors are largely planted on a series of alluvial and gravel terraces rising from the Lot River, or on the plateau (or causse) above the terrace, where the limestone bedrock is covered by only a thin layer of soil.

U.S. Alcohol Consumption Continues Decline Among All Age Groups Including Underage

Why women are picking prosecco over champagne

Sales of the Italian wine are soaring faster than you can say “I’ll be there in a prosecco”, but what’s the secret behind its sparkling success?

The Science of Wine Oxidation

Oxidized, oxidative, oxidated—when it comes to winemaking, what does it all mean?


The basic concept is simple: beer brewed with pumpkin. But this being an age of wild craft beer creativity, the way pumpkin is incorporated can vary.

New Wine Institute Video Series Celebrates “California Wines: Behind the Glass”

Conveys the appeal of the regions, climates, grapes and people that come together to make California wine. The short films are set with backdrops of the Golden State’s iconic and aspirational landscapes.

How Instagram is driving wine trends

America has the largest number of Instagram users in the world, with Russia second

Wine: you can learn a lot from reading the label

The label on the back of a wine bottle can be a little confusing, but it will often contain a mine of useful information

Is Vermont becoming the Napa Valley of beer?

This area has always held a nostalgic place in my heart that’s groovy, natural and true. But standing in line at the Alchemist, I worry that Vermont may be transforming into some kind of touristy, theme-park “Napa Valley of beer.”

Wine spends so little on ads, that labels will make or break sales at POS

Pot use soaring, alcohol not so much


Drawing the Natural Wine Battle Lines

After two pieces focusing on organics and biodynamics in the vineyard, we conclude this series by focusing more on the natural wine movement, which, in a way, is just asking for trouble.

One crucial caveat is that products under the natural wine banner are not guaranteed to be free of sulfite additions. These are kept to low levels, perhaps under 30mg/liter for reds and 40mg/liter for white wines, but this figure varies among different charters, and may exceed requirements for certification as organic wine under USDA regulations. Sulfur usage remains an area of debate within the natural movement itself.


Marketing olive oils like wine

OLIVES are as diverse in flavour as wine is and the olive industry is banding together to create regional palate profiles for different olive varieties.


Torrid temperatures shrivel California wine grapes to raisins

Wine grapes, unaccustomed to those temperatures at this time of year, were left shriveling on the vines, in many cases dehydrated by excessive daytime temperatures that weren’t cooling down enough at night


14 Ways To Present Wine To Consumers

The way the wine trade categorizes wines for the purpose of discussing and selling them and for educational purposes.


Scientists identify grape varieties ideal for New Hampshire

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire are studying eight grape varieties to see which are best suited for growing in the state and in much of the rest of New England.


Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Rye to launch in US

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Rye is charcoal-mellowed and then matured in new American oak barrels. It has a grain bill of 70% rye, 18% corn, and 12% malted barley.


Can you taste the color of wine?

We asked a group of Washington Post colleagues to taste a variety of wines to see if they could identify blue wine. This is what they tasted.


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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.


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.

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