Liquor Industry News/Links 11-13-17


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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


If moderate consumption is considered 7 to 14 drinks per week, does it matter if I drink them all on the same day?

A New Test To Make Sure Your Beer Is Gluten Free

The Number is Up for Wine Scores





From fixing corked wine to poaching eggs… the surprising uses for cling film you never knew about

Fixing A Corked Wine


3 Useful Tips on Reading Wine Labels

Once you know these tricks, you won’t be frustrated by a restaurant wine list ever again.

How Mobile Wine-Tasting Rooms Could Revolutionize Armenian Wine Country

“Wine Cubes” will be popping up on Armenian vineyards—and building up the country’s enotourism industry

Bottles no longer aging

Aging of wine never has been a widely practiced activity in the United States, and since most people haven’t acquired a palate that appreciates older wines, the vast majority of all wine sold in this country is consumed within days if not hours of purchase.

You can now get a wine glass that SPINS so you’ll never spill a drop of booze again

The stem-free, rotating vessels are perfect for dinner parties where you know your guests are likely to get a bit clumsy after a few too many glasses of plonk

How to turn WINE into WATER

Ingenious test shows just how powerful new water filter jugs are


Drinks giant Constellation Brands has bought a 9.9% stake in Canadian marijuana company Canopy Growth Corp for £141 million and plans to make cannabis-infused drinks.


Estonian Vodka is the first national product to be awarded protected geographical indication.

Crémant production fizzes in Bordeaux

Eight French appellations currently producing Crémant, Crémant de Bordeaux is one of the smallest.

The Number is Up for Wine Scores

How does one arrive at a number? While I can understand that many people might see it as the pinning of the rosette on the bottle, for me it is more a case of pinning the tail on the donkey.


Despite the fact that Pinot Noir is made in nearly every major wine-producing country, it is actually a very difficult grape to grow successfully.

Weight Watchers Is Launching Low-Calorie White Wine

Raise a glass to fewer points per pour!

Is Turkey’s Wine Industry in Jeopardy?

The future of Turkey’s 11,000-year-old wine-making tradition is in question as the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan continues to enforce restrictions on production, sale, and advertising of wine in line with his party’s vision of steering Turkey – with its historically western tastes – in the direction of conservative Islam.

Before you spend too much on that bottle of wine …

If you go into a wine shop at any time of the year and do not feel a little chill, that should be a cautionary moment. Find another store that has good air-conditioning. The 80 degree temperature your reader described is simply unacceptable.”

There Might Be Extracts of Fish Bladder and Eggs in Your Wine

What’s in your wine? When you pick up a bottle of California Cabernet Sauvignon, you’ll likely assume the obvious: That’s it’s made entirely from fermented Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Well, not only does U.S. law allow wineries to use up to 25 percent of grape varieties other than what’s on the label without having to declare it, the law also allows for 62 additives that can be used in wine without these ingredients being disclosed anywhere on the bottle.

Lodi Wine Guide (with Maps)

Lodi wine country sits smack dab in the middle of California’s vast, flat central valley.



A local by-law allows the naturists to harvest for a set amount of time, and in a clearly-defined area of the vineyard, with the remote location meaning they were unlikely to be seen by a member of the public.


Is the wine in your glass friendly to the environment? There soon will be new ways to know.

More and more of us are looking beyond the wine in our glass and demanding to know how the wine is made.


How Martin Luther Changed Our Beer, Too

An obscure Saxon monk launched a protest movement against the Catholic Church that would transform Europe.


A New Test To Make Sure Your Beer Is Gluten Free

One thing that’s good is beer. One thing that’s bad is celiac disease. Unfortunately for people with the latter and others sensitive to gluten, they generally can’t enjoy the former.



Millennials love wine so much the industry is changing how it’s made

Wine makers say millennials have created a whole new era for the wine industry

Salvador Dalí’s Guide to Wine Is a Must Read for Art Lovers and Wine Enthusiasts Alike

The book central to Dalí as an artist, but also provide interesting insight into how he visualized wine.


Holliston MA Wine House petition passes at Town Meeting

Voters had just passed a non-binding resolution authorizing selectmen to petition the State Legislature for another all alcohol license


How Much Beer Can You Drink Without Hurting Your Workout?

I drank a lot of pints, logged a lot of miles, dug up some scientific studies, and called a few Olympians to find out.


Waitrose has released its annual food and drinks trends report for 2017, revealing some seismic shifts in the way we buy alcohol today.

What’s the difference between stouts and porters, anyway?

Let’s shed some light on these dark styles.

If moderate consumption is considered 7 to 14 drinks per week, does it matter if I drink them all on the same day?

Let me start by clarifying that a standard drink according to the United States Department of Agriculture is approximately 5 ounces of wine. And moderate drinking is considered to be 1 drink for women daily (or 7 per week) and 1 to 2 drinks for men daily (or up to 14 per week). Moderate consumption has been linked with myriad health benefits, including reduced risks for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

However, “moderate drinking” means not exceeding the daily suggestions: If you haven’t consumed any alcohol for a few days, that doesn’t mean you can sit down to 6 drinks “in moderation” tomorrow. That’s binge drinking, and it’s not linked to any health benefits at all. In fact, it’s very clearly tied to a wide range of increased health risks. Among the immediate effects of binge drinking include all of the dangers associated with intoxication as well as taxing the body’s ability to break down alcohol. In the long run, overconsumption of alcohol has been linked to chronic health problems including heart disease, liver disease, stroke, high blood pressure, digestive problems, various forms of cancer, mental health problems, dementia and more.

Your body is not a bank, and you can’t “save up” your drink allotment for future indulgences. If you aren’t sure if your drinking habits are responsible, have an honest conversation with your physician about your relationship with alcohol.—Douglas De Jesus

Grape expectations? Spain’s wine output down 15%

SPRING frosts and sweltering summer temperatures are being blamed for a drop in wine production in Spain and across Europe this year.

Champagne: A brand centuries in the making

Champagne is much more than a wine region, it’s a brand. While other French regions, such as Bordeaux and Burgundy, are broadly understood by wine buying consumers, no wine region transcends its wine-ness like Champagne does. Even those that have never sipped from a glass of Dom Perignon or Louis Roederer Cristal know these brands are Champagne.

When Wine Spectator lists a wine’s production volume (i.e. “1,000 cases made”), are these 6-bottle cases or 12-bottle cases? Why not mention the exact number of bottles instead?

The industry standard is to track it in 9-liter units, which is the equivalent of 12 standard 750ml bottles.

This startup is delivering wine straight from local vineyards

VinoWine recently launched an app to help smaller wineries go directly to customers.

Lincoln Peak Vineyard Cultivates Vermont’s Wine Industry

The grape variety ready for harvest, Granstrom explained, was la crescent, a cold-climate hybrid that is featured in several Lincoln Peak wines.

How to Pair Wine with (Almost) Anything

We explore 13 ingredients, from fruits and vegetables to seafood and even bacon, and help show you how to pair wines with whatever you’re cooking at home.

In Seafood-Rich Puglia, Primitivo Wines Are A Meaty Red Option

At the peninsular end of southern Italy’s Puglia region, bounded by the Adriatic and Ionian seas at the nation’s easternmost edge and called Salentino, Salento or Messapia, lies Manduria, one of the world’s oldest vineyards and today ruled over by the country’s famous Primitivo wine grape, known in the United States as Zinfandel.

Why It’s Time to Stop Fetishizing Wine Expertise

Our current fascination with wine expertise—and, often, the wine experts themselves—has actually made it harder to enjoy wine.


Brewdog is living up to its punk credentials, launching a new beer to attack Trump’s lukewarm attitude to climate change.


Dogfish Head Releases IPAs for the Holidays Variety Pack

Arriving just in time to make your holidays merry and bright, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery has released a hoptastic collection of its off-centered ales in one special box, the IPAs for the Holidays variety 12-pack.



Northern California grape growers begin to face smoke taint damages

The Bucklin family’s relationship with Constellation Brands stretches back more than three decades. That’s how long Constellation — a global wine corporation expected to generate $7.33 billion in revenue this year, and owner of California wine brands like Robert Mondavi and Ravenswood — has bought grapes from Old Hill Ranch, the Bucklins’ 35-acre Sonoma Valley vineyard. But after this year’s wildfires, for the first time ever, Constellation rejected the Old Hill fruit.


Assessing the Impact of Closure Type on Wine Ratings and Mood

The impact of the sound of the closure on the taste of wine.


New Santa Margherita

Santa Margherita USA is launching a new single-vineyard Prosecco under its namesake brand, alongside redesigned labels for its sparkling Rosé and standard Prosecco. Single-vineyard offering Santa Margherita “Rive di Refrontolo” Prosecco Superiore DOCG is made from a roughly 30-acre section of one of only 43 vineyards in the Conegliano Valdobbiadene appellation. “Rive di Refrontolo” retails at around $50 and is available in limited quantities throughout the U.S. The company’s Prosecco and sparkling Rosé have been relaunched with a new proprietary bottle shape and modern label designed to highlight the brand’s history as a sparkling wine producer. Santa Margherita’s flagship Pinot Grigio sold around 650,000 cases in the U.S. in 2016.


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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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