Liquor Industry News/Links 10-02-17


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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

The 6 healthiest alcohols you should be drinking


By the Numbers: The Wine and Spirits Industry


Lager Beer May Originate in South America and Not Germany, Research Suggests

Unearthed 1,000-year-old pottery remains could settle a bubbling debate and prove lager beer has its origins in South America.

Dadbag Is a Fanny Pack That Looks Like a Hairy Beer Belly, Naturally

All of the dad bod, none of the crappy food.


New 90+ Wine

Boston-based Latitude Beverage is introducing a new Lot 150 Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from the Napa Valley’s Spring Mountain District. Retailing at $40 a bottle, Lot 150 is predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, along with some Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. It was aged for 22 months in French oak. 90+ Cellars Lot 150 is rolling out across the brand’s 15-state footprint. Latitude’s 90+ Cellars brand reached 350,000 cases last year, and has roughly doubled in size since 2013.


What’s the right serving temperature?

The answer depends upon whether you are serving a white wine, a red wine or a rosé.

Kate Hudson uses wine instead of weights for her workout

One thing the weight training didn’t include was actual weights, with Hudson opting for two bottles of rosé instead.

How Millennials Are Changing the Wine-Selling Game

Focusing on authenticity and adventure to make the sale

By the Numbers: The Wine and Spirits Industry

Wholesalers are vital contributors to local economies, employing more than 74,000 Americans at 3,000 locations nationwide. These employees earn $6.5 billion in wages annually.

It’s Time to Go Beyond Beaujolais for Our Gamay Fix

Beaujolais isn’t the only region in France that can satisfy the wine world’s insatiable appetite for gamay.


A new game that lets users play at being a “vineyard tycoon” – without the financial risk – by building a virtual business from one vineyard to a sprawling estate has arrived, taking inspiration from games such as The Sims.

Beam Suntory to launch Little Book whiskey range

Beam Suntory is set to release blended straight whiskey range Little Book – an annual limited-edition series created by Freddie Noe, eighth generation Beam family member.

Patrón unveils virtual reality distillery tour

Titled The Patrón Experience, the newly-released, augmented reality platform provides a portal to the distillery where consumers can learn about the unique characteristics and ageing process of ultra-premium Tequila.


What Irma taught us: How to pair wine with a hurricane

So to distract you from ruminating on scenarios that involve huddling in an interior closet clutching your dog and a bottle of Merlot, we offer hurricane wine pairings that we came up with to keep from worrying about the size of the storm vs. the size of our windstorm deductible. Keep these tips handy, because you know damn well we’re going to have another scare before 2017 is over.

Drink like a mom: Glorious wine pairings with kids’ foods

When you’re a mom, pairing a smooth, silky glass of wine with a fresh fruit-and-cheese plate is more of a fantasy than a reality, like high heels.


Is Electric Sky the Future of Wine?

Wine is sometimes seen as too sophisticated for the sweaty crowds of Riot Fest or Lollapalooza.

Electric Sky Wine, a company owned by music label Interscope Records, is seeking to change that.



The figure that people quote about one in 10 wines bottled under cork having cork taint is a fallacy – there is no evidence to back this up – it’s a myth that has never been proved.


How Passion Investors Helped Revive Narragansett Beer

Once a dominant brand in New England, sales had gone flat in the 2000s. Then came a revival.


Overcoming the Kosher Conundrum in the U.S. Market

How Israeli wines are challenging perceptions and starting to establish their own identity in the American marketplace


2017 Harvest Report: French Wineries Picking Smallest Crop Since 1945

Quality is high, but in many regions quantity is down by 50 percent after April’s frosts


Wine Institute Releases Results of New California Wine Tourism Survey

Results of a new online survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults who recently visited California wine country


The Type of Wine Glass Majorly Affects the Taste of Your Wine!

We tested two wine glasses, both designed for Cabernet Sauvignon, that offered surprisingly different results. Find out which characteristics to pay attention to when looking for your perfect wine glass.


The 6 healthiest alcohols you should be drinking

More often than not, when people try to “be healthy” or lose weight, they cut down on alcohol. If you’re looking to be healthier while drinking alcohol occasionally, these are the healthiest alcohols you can choose from.


How to Photograph White Wine on a Perfectly White Background

White wine in product photography can be easily made to glow and give a beautiful color and gradient through the glass. In this 9-minute tutorial, Dustin Dolby of workphlo shows a great way to achieve this with a simple setup.


If Taste is All You Care About in Beer, You’re Missing the Point

Before you write off this article as the gripes of just another hipster beer snob, consider this: Taste, by definition, is elemental. What people mean when they say “taste” is flavor. Taste is one component of what manifests in your mind as flavor.»+All+Posts%29

“Shape of Cab” Lyric Video: Ed Sheeran “Shape of You” Parody Songs & Funny Music Parodies

Jordan Winery debuts its latest funny music video.


Scientists have discovered that three 19th century wax sculptures by French Impressionist artist Edgar Degas are padded out with wine corks.



Mysecco kits come with sugar and yeast sachets. All you need to do is pour warm water into the glass bottle then add the sugar and yeast.



Here are some of the most notable, grouped by the sense with which you’ll notice the chemical most.


The 7 U.S. Wine Regions Giving Napa a Serious Run for Its Money

Calling all oenophiles! The nearest first-rate producers might be a lot closer than you think


Why You Should Become a Wine Snob

We are all for cheap, trashy beer—but when it comes to wine, it’s a completely different equation.


Why Natural Bottles Deserve a Place on White Tablecloths

Sommelier Amanda Smeltz makes an argument for natural wines in fine dining

Spanish Variety Mencia Sees First Harvest in California Vineyard

A red wine grape variety native to Spain, was harvested September 14 from Silvaspoons Vineyards near Galt, located in the Alta Mesa sub-appellation of the Lodi American Viticultural Area (AVA)


New Johnnie Walker Black

Diageo is launching a special edition of Johnnie Walker Black Label in collaboration with the new film Blade Runner 2049. Johnnie Walker Black Label The Director’s Cut is a limited edition developed by master blender Jim Beveridge along with the film’s director Denis Villeneuve. The new whisky, which features futuristic packaging, is at 49% abv and retails at $90 a bottle. A total of 39,000 bottles of The Director’s Cut were produced. Johnnie Walker Black Label was also featured in the original Blade Runner film 35 years ago.



The tricky part of telling if your vacation cocktail is contaminated is that it typically tastes no different than untainted versions. For those concerned, there’s a device that may be able to detect fake spirits before the bottle is even opened.

Like lambic? You need to meet its little brother, meerts

As few as two U.S. breweries produce this refreshing sibling to lambic.

How Can You Tell if a Young Wine Will Age?

Find out how the “second-day test” can give you a clue into whether a vintage of a wine is worthy of the cellar or best enjoyed at your next dinner party.

The Real Difference Between a $10 and $100 Bottle of Wine

If you answered $90, you are only partially right.


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October 12th

Exploring Chateau Ste Michelle Winery

Chateau Ste. Michelle is celebrating 50 years of wine making in 2017!

As one of the founding winery’s in WA State they are the premier winery from WA State and have helped define the Northwest wine industry with classic vinefera wines that stand out today as they did 50 years ago.  With a long history of accolades they produce wines that you will enjoy today and with great aging potential.  We will focus on some of their single vineyard wines and their reserve Indian Wells tier.

Helping us taste through these wines is John Gedgaudas, a Business Development Manager for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates.  John has been selling and representing wine for over 10 years and is excited to present them.  Focusing on WA State will be fun as it is an area of consistent weather conditions that provide great quality grapes  vintage after vintage.  Maybe WA State will become your new favorite wine region.


In the past we have worked with the wine app Quini ( )

During this event rate the wines and get $1 off for every review you enter.

We will taste 7 wines you can get up to $7 off!!

Please get a head start, sign up to Quini if you are on desktop or laptop/tablet, at the top right of the screen at If you are on iPhone and/or iPad, please download the app. You will find the link at the same website, where you can also read a bit more about Quini.

You can also use on any Android device.

During the tasting you can search Quini using #Franklin Ste Michelle and all wines will populate for you to enter your review.

If you want help in setting up or review of this feature please arrive at 630 for help.

The Franklin Wine Club was the first in the USA to use this app for wine review.

Please explore it while you taste and gain the rewards!


October 19th


Dutton Goldfield Wines And More

Hosts: John Schultz

Samantha Straw

John Will Present:

Dutton-Goldfield Winery began with a handshake in a vineyard in 1998, when longtime colleagues and friends Steve Dutton and Dan Goldfield recognized a shared vision between them—to craft wines that express the personalities of their cool-climate vineyards, and which they’d enjoy drinking at their own dinner tables. A fifth-generation farmer, Steve grew up with a love of driving tractors, and without any doubt about his future career. His father, Warren Dutton, had begun growing grapes in the western reaches of Russian River Valley in the mid-1960s, at a time when most people thought the area was too cool to grow fruit for quality still wine. After graduating from Boston’s Brandeis University, Dan headed west to begin a career in research chemistry, with a few detours for skiing and hiking along the way. Always an outdoor enthusiast and adventurer, the life of lab work was quickly replaced with a dream of winemaking when his brother turned him on to the 1969 Burgundies.

At Dutton-Goldfield, we believe we draw from the best Dutton vineyards to craft these very special Estate Grown wines. The Dutton’s are the premier grape growers in the region and sell grapes to many top wine producers including Patz & Hall, Lewis, Kistler, Nickel and Nickel, Mary Edwards, DuMOL, Ramey and Ironhorse just to name a few.


We will explore 4 very limited wines from Dutton Goldfield.

How limited are they? Two have only 350 cases made and two have only 150 6 packs made of which there are only 7 cases in MA!


Samantha Will Present:

A Tale of Two Ports

For more than 250 years, Ferreira has been synonymous with high-quality Portuguese wine, and known around the world as “the Portuguese brand.” Ferreira was founded in 1751, and under the direction of Dona Antónia Adelaide became the reference point for exceptional ports and Douro wines. Today, Ferreira continues to be a global market leader, and the symbol of a country and a culture.

Showing: Ferreira Dona Antonia Tawny Port

Quinta do Crasto, which traces its roots back to the 17th century, was purchased by Constantino de Almeida, a partner in the Port house of Constantino, in 1910. ln 1981, Constantino de Almeida’s granddaughter Leonor (“Tita”) and her husband Jorge Roquette took over the Quinta, determined to restore and revitalize the family estate. Following the change in Portuguese law (allowing single quintas to bottle and export wine), Crasto has been producing and exporting table and port wines since 1994. The perseverance and commitment of the Roquette family has restored Quinta do Crasto to its rightful status as one of the great family estates of the Douro.

Johns Bio:

A native of Iowa, John came to California to pursue a career in the wine business beginning as a cellar worker for a large central valley winery. He later went into the sales and distribution side of the business working for a central coast wine distributor. John then moved to Napa Valley and spent many years at Franciscan winery selling a number of brands under this portfolio. John has been in the role as National Sales Director at Dutton Goldfield for the past seven years.

Samantha Bio:

Samantha Straw is a Fine Wine Portfolio Manager for Ruby Wines who has been in the food and beverage industry for over 20 years. She has a passion for knowledge and has achieved 2 levels of Sommelier certification from the International Sommelier Guild, the Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) designation from the Society of Wine Educators, and the Sake Adviser Certification from the Sake School of America. When not at work, she spends her time with her husband and two children.

Recent Press

Wines from Dutton Ranch, grower in Sonoma County of some of the most sought-after Chardonnay (17 clones) and Pinot Noir (14 clones) in the state. The Ranch is 1,100 acres composed of 74 individual vineyards sprawled across the Green Valley and Russian River Valley that are part of the cool Sonoma Coast viticultural area.

Dutton-Goldfield, a 50-50 partnership begun in 1998 between Steve Dutton 50 and Burgundy-loving winemaker Dan Goldfield 60

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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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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.



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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