Liquor Industry News/Links 10-23-17


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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 Use Wine That Is No Longer Drinkable In the Kitchen


The Secret Liquor History of Nursery Rhymes






Screw-cap wines are growing. That doesn’t mean they require a new device.

Out of 18 billion bottles of wine marketed worldwide in 2016, 11.5 billion, or 64 percent, were sealed by cork, while 4.5 billion, or 25 percent, were under screw cap.

Cheap grapes make cheap product

You go to a store and see wine selling for less than $5. How is that possible?

3 Excellent Reasons to Choose Wine with Natural Cork Stoppers

The reasons for choosing synthetically closed wine seem negligible, especially when you consider the true sustainability of the natural cork harvest.

How to Write the Best Ever Wine Tasting Note
Tasting notes are an opportunity to sharpen your palate and uncover curious flavors.

3 Wine Harvesting Myths Debunked

Why harvest dates are about more than sugar and acid, hand-harvesting isn’t always best, and more

Introducing Two More Pieces of the Wine Consumer Puzzle

Unique personalities of different wine platforms and what they can each contribute to the wine consumer puzzle that we’re piecing together.

We love Quni!

Champagne to launch a ‘zero pesticide’ wine

Champagne Henri Giraud is set to launch a new label for its classic NV line that claims there is zero pesticide residue contained in the bottles – the first to do so in Champagne.

Get To Know The Wines of Bulgaria

Since you’re likely to see more Bulgarian wine in coming years (especially if you’re on the East Coast or Europe), this introduction to the wines of Bulgaria will give you a leg up on what to look for.

Things You Should Know When Storing Wine

Here are the 4 key factors

Prop 65 Warnings Pop Up on TTB Labels

65 warnings are starting to pop up


Today, however, they mean very little. When looking at a glass of wine, pay more attention to its color and depth than its legs. Then sniff, sip, and enjoy.

Puerto Rican Rum and Revenue Flowing Again at Bacardi Distillery

After Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico’s physical destruction multiplied its financial crisis. But at least one revenue generator is up and running: rum.

What is a prosecco?

Everything you’ve been wondering about Prosecco sparkling wine.

The Science Of ‘Diablo Winds’ Fanning California Wine Country Fires

Meteorology and physics are helping to fan possibly some of the worse fires in California history. What are Diablo Winds?

Is Wine Your Skin’s Deadliest Foe, Or Its Secret Weapon?

Do those in pursuit of the perfect complexion have to forsake wine completely, or are there benefits that outweigh the costs?

How to decode a French wine label

Buying a French wine can often be intimidating for those without an intimate knowledge of the language on the label.


Wine nerds are often also soil nerds. Soil directly and indisputably affects the wine that is produced in a given region.


The most important part of any wine transaction is that you the consumer like what you purchase. If you feel that bottle of wine is worth what you paid for it then it is a good deal, if not then it is a bad one. It goes a bit deeper though when it comes to private label because of what it is.

Raboso Wine Grape Variety

What you need to know about the Italian Raboso wines and grape variety.


The Most Popular Liquor Brand for Each NFL Team, According to Female Fans

A new survey made up of over 14,000 women


The Secret Liquor History of Nursery Rhymes

It turns out that many common fairy tales and fables have very boozy roots.


David Lynch Finally Releases Twin PeaksBeers

Three different Twin Peaks–inspired beers: Log Lady Lager, Red Room Ale, and the excellently named Damn Good Coffee Stout.


Buffalo Trace battles fake Pappy with US$500k investment

The Kentucky distillery, in collaboration with the Van Winkle family, recently provided evidence of counterfeiting with regards to two bottles of Pappy Van Winkle – a coveted brand of rare Bourbon.


Angel’s Envy Cask Strength

Bacardi’s Angel’s Envy has released the 2017 edition of its limited-release Cask Strength Bourbon. This year’s release clocks in at 62.25%-abv. The whiskey spent up to seven years in oak before an additional period of resting in Port casks. Angel’s Envy Cask Strength 2017 is available in 24 states and Washington D.C. Only 10,000 bottles are available, retailing at $199.99 a 750-ml.


How to Use Wine That Is No Longer Drinkable In the Kitchen

But even if you can’t drink it, this now-vinegary, fermented grape juice doesn’t need to be tossed.


SevenFifty Daily’s Guide to Wine Education

Everything you need to know—and how to choose the program that’s right for you


Floyd Mayweather’s Wine Collection Is Quite Impressive

We all know Floyd Mayweather has the cash, but I didn’t know he spent it on a wine collection like this…


Future Of Distribution In USA?

A new company called Merchant23 Inc. aims to connect small wineries, mostly in California, with retailers and on-premise establishments while bypassing traditional distribution channels. Based in Marin County outside San Francisco, Merchant23 was founded by Jacob Moynihan, a former Sonoma County winemaker who has negotiated deals with distributors in 48 states to clear wines being drop-shipped directly from California to commercial establishments, with a mark-up typically pegged under 10%. “This is for restaurants and wine shops looking to buy outside the standard distributor book,” Moynihan said. “It’s also for wineries that haven’t been able to get national distribution.” He’ll soon have nearly 1,000 SKUs listed on his Merchant23 website, he added, and expects to recruit freelance salespeople to expand the firm’s reach. Merchant23’s main markets thus far are California, Florida, Texas and Illinois.

What to buy for the next time you’re Netflix-and-chilling all by yourself.

Let’s be honest, though: Most wine lovers (and even just wine likers) also drink alone pretty often.


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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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