Liquor Industry News/Links 10-09-17


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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

How to Pick a Cheap Wine That Tastes Expensive


Beer 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Brews



Tied House Enforcement: TTB Cracks Down on “Pay to Play” Schemes

Under federal tied-house law, it is unlawful for an alcohol beverage supplier to “induce,” directly or indirectly, any alcohol beverage retailer (e.g. bottle store, bar or restaurant) to purchase any products from that supplier to the “exclusion,” in whole or in part, of other suppliers’ products.  Inducement under federal law can arise from a supplier furnishing or giving retailers anything of value anything of value, subject to various exceptions.  “Pay-to-play” schemes generally involve payments by an alcohol beverage supplier to an on- or off-premise retailer for tap or shelf space.



Overall, participants rated the same wine as 15% better quality when served under a cork in comparison to screwcap. The wine under a cork was also rated as 20% more appropriate for a celebration and 16% more inciting of a celebratory mood.



The report also found that the US craft beer industry provides over 456,000 full-time jobs, with 128,000 offered by the breweries and brewpubs themselves.


How a scientific discovery led Heineken to brew a new beer

The brew is already available in some European markets. It will make its American debut in October, where it will be available in New York City. Heineken plans to expand it to additional
markets next year.



WineAmerica, the National Association of American Wineries, has measured the national economic impact of the wine industry across 50 states and found that it will generate US$219.9 billion in 2017.



The data was compiled by the Brewers Association via via its annual ‘Beer Industry Production Survey’ (BIPS) and the bi-annual ‘Brewery Operations Benchmarking Survey’ (BOBS) as well as additional government and market data and relates to ‘small and independent American craft brewers.’


The Mexican drink michelada is beer with benefits

What exactly is a proper michelada?


Francis Ford Coppola moves into spirits with new range

Director and winemaker Francis Ford Coppola has made his first foray into spirits with the launch of a vodka, gin and brandy inspired by “unique and remarkable” women throughout history.


9 Must-Try Wines For Fall

Wine and food pairings for Fall


The Rise and Fall of Wine Coolers

They were huge in the 80s and then they disappeared. What happened?


How Wine On Tap Could Change How We Drink

Draught wine is gaining popularity thanks to millennials



With close to 98,000 acres of vineyard planted to Chardonnay in California and the wine remaining far and away the most popular in the U.S., understanding where it’s come from and where it’s headed is, in some ways, to understand the fate of California wine itself.


The “Willy Wonka of Wineries” in Santa Barbara Lets You Blend Your Own Custom Wine

Are we getting notes of Snozberries in this glass?


Find Your Way To The New Australia

For those of us whose earliest experience of Australian wines were colored by the then-ubiquitous “critter” labels that were also usually the very cheapest wines on offer, there is quite a lot of catching up to do.


Wine and Weight: How Does Wine Affect Your Waistline?

As America grapples with an obesity epidemic, wine lovers wonder if their favorite drink can be part of their diet


This Year’s Most Award-Winning Wine Comes from Australia

Unlike other rankings, the World Association of Wine Writers and Journalists annual World Ranking of Wines & Spirits considers itself the “definitive ranking” because it’s compiled from a selection of 80 international wine contests, looking at more than 700,930 wines in all.


These Super Mario stoppers make cheap wine taste better

The Fred & Friends wine stopper does more than just create a geeky cap. It also aerates your wine. So as you pour, the wine stopper helps your wine breathe making it taste better.


Pumpkin Spice Wine Spritzer

This Pumpkin Spice Wine Spritzer is going to be a favorite for all your Fall parties! Halloween cocktails are what we like to call treats for the adults!


Wine Preserving Technology Launched by Purdue Grad

$1 billion to $2 billion worth of wine is estimated to be thrown away each year in the U.S.


Are We Driving Toward .05?

If more states follow the lead of Utah and much of Europe by lowering the legal blood-alcohol limit, you may already be drunk


The Evolution of American Oak

Sommeliers often turn their noses up at American oak, but this wood plays a vital role in some of the world’s most iconic wines–ryhhCizImhdku_zDFC3UOj6b5dhZhPIFoxpiO4RgQVSPRUK7iRlhwvBeyhmXSXW49d7jo_AoZ1MI3SbVY&_hsmi=56825467


The Importance of the Bulk Wine Market in the World

In every major wine-drinking country of the world, the bulk wine market is now an important part of the overall industry.


 The latest tasting trends, and more

Sunset magazine identified 2017’s wine trends after its International Wine Competition


Why You Want to Pay More for Wine

Millennials, who now consume 42 percent of all wine in the United States, continue to give winery owners reason for optimism


Exploring the Connections Between Cannabis and Wine

With marijuana legalization flying high—particularly around West Coast wine country—we talk the parallels of wine and weed with the experts at



And does the average wine consumer notice or care?


How do retro wines like Blue Nun, Lancers, Riunite taste now?

Plus, 4 awesome vintage TV wine commercials


The great wine debate: Corks really are better than screw-tops, Oxford study finds

The scientists’ findings suggest that rather than affecting the flavour or the smell of the wine, it is the sound of the cork that makes the drink taste better.


Turns Out Hugh Hefner Is Responsible for Launching Food & Wine Magazine

The first issue ran in March of that year — as a supplement inside Playboy, which had the words “Special Insert: Preview Issue of ‘Food & Wine’ a New Magazine” on the cover, right next to “Sex Gadgets: The Good, the Bad, and the Boring.”


How Many Different Wines Can You Name In Five Minutes?

Pick a grape, any grape.


Wine Line! A new way to enjoy drinking wine!

Well done for looking at Wine Line! This is an innovative new way to help you limit how much wine you drink – also the perfect gift!



Everyone wants to know how to taste wine. Here are the steps to taste wine like a pro:


The Do’s And Don’ts Of Buying A Bottle Of Wine At A Restaurant

Mastering the art of buying wine at restaurants can expand your wine experience, allowing you to try brand new vintages that you might never have considered before.


N.H. Liquor Commission Touts Record $698M In Sales Over Past Fiscal Year

Another $3 million dollars was transferred to the state’s Alcohol Abuse Prevention and Treatment Fund.

Wonder How Much MA Puts In Prevention


2017 Harvest Fair winning wines announced

Search for award-winning wines from the 2017 Sonoma County Harvest Fair Professional Wine Contest. You can search multiple classes, medals or appellations by holding down the Control key (Command on the Mac) as you make your selection.


The Other Sauvignon Blanc

In Arroyo Seco – a tiny California appellation most of us have never heard of – winemakers have been perfecting a different type of Sauvignon Blanc: musqué.


Beer 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Brews

This guide includes beer ingredients, key terms, information on select beer styles, beer facts and varieties


How to Pick a Cheap Wine That Tastes Expensive

Advice on finding quality wines under $15


Don’t believe the hype. You don’t need glasses in multiple shapes and sizes to enjoy wine.

Whether you are a wine novice or a regular imbiber, you can get by with a modest collection of stemware. Three sizes — for red, white and sparkling — are enough


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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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