Liquor Industry News/Links 10-30-17


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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 New England Became A Leader In The Craft Beer Boom


5 Red Wine Nutrition Facts


Video Breaks Down The Truth About Wine




Wine: Bottled Poetry or Ticking Timebomb?

Numerous wine publications seek to highlight the health benefits of wine with as much regularity as these branches of science allow. There is also a wider, less publicised understanding of the pitfalls of alcohol abuse in wine writing: cancer, and other health issues; as well as domestic and social violence; addiction; and so on. The manifesto sought to unify and to assure wine’s continued place in our lives.


Does drinking alcohol kill the germs it comes into contact with?

Wine has long been known for its disinfecting and cleansing properties. According to historical records, in the third century AD Roman generals recommended wine to their soldiers to help prevent dysentery.


Trump Plugs His Virginia Vineyard After Fires Ravage California Wine Country

“Devastated to hear about out-of-control fires in CA wine country — HORRIBLE! Everyone at Trump Winery in fire-free Virginia sends warmest condolences.”



Champagne Krug has teamed up with designer menswear label Berluti to make a $6,500 leather backpack specifically for carrying your Champagne.


Bug-Based Coloring Makes a Comeback in Spirits

Exploring the history of insect-derived cochineal red coloring and its revival in the drinks industry–Ya4Lps-MGK0029ozA9b63Zh-Bltc3mSEtIyu4Gn0d_rY8eyb2IvixTf2NX-ATqu8Nr3AC7Uxo3m0x89ZZJu-m1R6gHIecawRlbA8c7fCUd7C1iSw&_hsmi=57306599


Boston Beer Company to Release Angry Orchard Pear Cider

Angry Orchard Pear is made with a blend of domestic culinary pears and apples grown in the United States. This style provides a fresh take on traditional hard cider and is refreshing, versatile and perfect to enjoy during all the season’s relaxing moments.


What Does “Wellness” Look Like in the Drinks World?

Across industries, the shift is visible. Anheuser-Busch InBev plans to make 20 percent of its sales come from zero or low alcohol beer by 2025.


Wine pricing foolishness, and how one group stopped it

The lawsuit alleged that Wines ‘Til Sold Out “created wine brands with private-label companies and then offered those wines with discounts not based on any actual retail value and offered other wines with exaggerated retail prices to make the discounts appear even larger.


Greater Than the Sum of Their Parts



Is wine an art or a science?

Neither. It is a drink.



Do you know your ‘prosts’ from your ‘zum wohls’?



A family firm has launched a Christmas essential for whisky connoisseurs – glass baubles filled with Scotland’s national drink.


Top 10 virtual reality spirits activations

The spirits world has entered into a cutting-edge era of marketing, making use of innovative technologies like never before. Here’s our round-up of 10 head-turning virtual reality spirits activations.


Bracelet Flask

For those who never want to be caught without a back-up libation, secretly sip in style with this innovative bracelet flask.


Red Blends Hit a Sweet Spot

Crowd-pleasing red-blend wines are trending with both consumers and the U.S. wine industry


Somm Jane Lopes Is Mixing Wine and Decanting Champagne

For Lopes, a perfect pairing isn’t always found in one wine alone, so the American expat keeps things interesting by mixing different wines in the same glass.


Video Breaks Down The Truth About Wine

Trending News: The Truth About Wine, According To Scientists


You Might See Blue Wine Popping Up on Social Media Soon. Here’s What to Know About It.

Developed by a team of Spanish winemakers, Gik Blue Wine — which comes in a clear glass bottle and is a pure, sapphire hue — is both a gimmick and a new answer to the question of “red or white?”


The iPhone-controlled cooler that tosses you a beer

The Cooler Cannon responds in a way that perhaps no cooler ever has.


Serve Cheap White Wine Ice-Cold

Serving whites too cold seriously compromises good bottles, muffling nuances and complexities. Conversely, mediocre whites ought to be served ice-cold; the temperature masks any flaws.



So what is it about these intense inclines that make for such great grapes? Believe it or not, a lot of things. Here’s why…


Turning weed into wine in Lebanon

Farmers in Bekaa Valley, long known as a hub for cannabis production, increasingly switching to vines as viticulture blossoms


Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2018 winners

For whisky geeks the world over, the wait is over – a new World Whisky of the Year has been named by Jim Murray. Here are the other expressions that have secured top accolades in the Whisky Bible 2018.


Why Calling a Wine Dry or Sweet Can Be Simply Confusing

What factors influence whether we perceive wines as dry or sweet? It’s not just sugar. Things like acidity, tannins and even your genetic code play a part.


63 of the Best Pumpkin Beers, Blind-Tasted and Ranked

One last trip to the pumpkin patch! The final winner of the BEST PUMPKIN BEER title!


A Long Island Iced Tea is traditionally made with vodka, tequila, rum, triple sec, gin and a splash of Coke – the soda gives it the color of iced tea, and the sweetness of the triple sec calls to mind the flavor of sweet tea.


Let everyone know just how much you love wine with one of these kick-ass grape-centric outfits.

What do the Napa and Sonoma wildfires mean for wine drinkers?

The good news is that this year’s harvest was 90 percent complete before the fires started, and Napa (five percent of the state’s total) and Sonoma (eight percent) don’t produce that much wine in the overall scheme of things. So there will be California wine, regardless of how much damage the fires do.


Why red wine drinkers may have the best sex, according to science

You may want to reach for red wine on your next date.


Drinking in front of your kids can leave them ‘anxious, embarrassed, and worried’ — even if it’s just a glass of wine

According to a new report by the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS), which has shown children are more likely to feel worried about their parents if they are tipsy.


How Technology Makes Life–and Wine–More Satisfying

The cork industry is trying to address the issue by applying technologies that detect and eliminate TCA with some success, yet TCA remains a problem.

10 Things to Know About Kosher Wine

When the Jewish winter holidays come around, many people prefer to put kosher-certified wine on their Seder table or serve it at a Chanukah celebration. Many of you probably grew up with shiver-inducing memories of mass-produced, syrupy-sweet kosher wine and might be interested to know you have way more options than your parents might have.
So, just how different is kosher wine from the non-kosher stuff?

5 Red Wine Nutrition Facts

Here are five things we can say, with all reasonable certainty, about red wine’s nutritional impact — until research shows otherwise, that is.

During Texas Wine Month, these are 10 top Texas wines to seek out

These are the wines to seek out at 10 Hill Country wineries

Delicious Wines to Pair With Soup

There are a lot articles out there talking about the challenges of pairing soup with wine. Yes, the last thing you need when you’re working on a nice soup belly is more liquid. Yes, the interplay of broths, bases, and ingredients can leave even a seasoned gourmand stumped.

But you know what? Pairing soup and wine doesn’t have to be so hard.

New Zealand’s wine is quirky, exciting and worth studying

New Zealand is a country that knows isolation as few others do. Australia is about 1,000 miles away, and that’s one of its close neighbors.

Why Vineyards and Vines Look Different from One Another

Why do some vineyards sprawl like jungles while others form neat, tightly pruned rows? We look at how growers train their vines, and how it affects wine.


A new study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, conducted by researchers from the University of Liverpool, Maastricht University and King’s College London, shows that a low dose of alcohol “may have beneficial effects on the pronunciation of a foreign language.”

Women Who Drink More Are Smarter, According To Science

The research found that college-educated women drank 86 per cent more than less educated women in the same group.

It’s enough to give you nightmares

The problem is that alcohol-induced sleep isn’t anything like natural sleep, which we need to function normally.  It lacks the physically restorative effects of natural sleep.

No Glass of Champagne Is as Satisfying as the First, Study Says

So, when you drink a glass of Champagne, you’re also drinking the dissolved gas, which fills your stomach and forces your body to move the alcohol into your intestines, where it will absorb into your bloodstream faster.

How New England Became A Leader In The Craft Beer Boom

The craft beer industry in New England is currently the fastest growing in the country, according to industry statistics. But is it growing too fast? And is it possible to have too much craft beer?

How to Choose the Right Beer Glass

Is there really such a thing as the right beer glass? It’s a puzzle that might intimidate newer beer lovers, but ask any beer expert, and they’ll overwhelmingly answer “Yes.”

False Label Claims About High and Rising Alcohol Content of Wine

Are wine alcohol labels accurate? If not, why? We explore the high and rising alcohol content of wine and examine incentives for false labeling, including the roles of climate, evolving con- sumer preferences, and expert ratings

What determines your wine taste?

The range of taste buds from one person to the next can vary from 500 or less to over 11,000. Many other variables have to be taken into account, but this demonstrates a very general physiological set of traits.

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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.

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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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