Liquor Industry News/Links 11-20-17


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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


Make Your Life Easier; Buy a Case of Wine for Thanksgiving

The Four Rules of Thanksgiving Wines

To Pair With That Thanksgiving Bird, Consider Beer



Our Thanksgiving Food And Wine Guide 2017


Please Shop Small November 25th


Corona Adding New Refresca Premium Spiked Refresher

This is Corona Refresca and it is a “premium spiked refresher.”  This spiked water will hit 4.5%-AbV and it will be packaged in 12oz cans for U.S. distribution.

Warming Drinks

From apple-brandy hot toddies to mulled red wine, here are superb warming drinks.

12 Ways to Tell a Good Beer List from a Bad One, According to Experts

America’s beer scene is larger than ever before, but for a good beer list, often times less is more.

What’s in a World Series Wine? Astros Championship Brut Is Up to Bat

Their official Astros 2017 World Series Championship Brut also debuted.

Women can now get the festive feeling with a MULLED WINE bikini wax

The Yuletide beauty treatment has been created by Ministry of Waxing, which has five salons across London.

The Four Rules of Thanksgiving Wines

Human behavior is often unpredictable. But immutable rules seem to govern certain situations, like Thanksgiving entertaining.

Cat Wine Box Purse

This cooler is designed like a snazzy shoulder bag, but actually is made to hold up to 3 liters of your favorite wine inside.

Decoding Amarone: Inside Italy’s Most Idiosyncratic Red Wine

A gentle giant of sorts, Amarone counts among the most peculiar and polarizing of the world’s collectible wines—sometimes monolithic, sometimes elegant, and often deceptively both.

How One Beer Is Angling Itself Toward Drinkers With Active Lifestyles

After a long day’s work, the first thing you might want to do is sit back, relax, and crack open a cold beer. Athletes aren’t very different from the rest of us.

Reading wine labels quiz – Test your knowledge

From the keys of St Peter to the variations of Tokaji; how is your wine label literacy?

Wine & Nuts 101

The Best Pairing Advice For a Tasting Nutty Treat

5 Hangover Cures You Haven’t Already Tried

5 lesser known, science-backed hangover cures to help you get back on your feet! We can all drink to that.

Tasting notes decoded

Get to grips with the some of the more obscure tasting notes used by wine experts, with graphics

How to Successfully Pack Beer and Wine in Your Suitcase

When you’re traveling overseas you don’t really have any other option except to put your booze in your checked luggage.

Seasonal Gannsett Is Out

Rhode Island’s Narragansett Brewing Co. has released Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout, the company’s winter seasonal. The 5.3%-abv beer is made with Autocrat coffee and milk sugar. This year, the stout is packaged in a can that pays tribute to the labeling of Autocrat Coffee, Narragansett’s partner in the project. Narragansett Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout is now available in six-packs of 16-ounce cans for a suggested price of $9.99 or $10.99. Narragansett’s beers are available in New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Oregon and Tennessee.

To Pair With That Thanksgiving Bird, Consider Beer

In all the meticulous course planning for Thanksgiving, wine tends to get top billing on the beverage list. But beer — with its versatility, approachability, carbonation and broad range of flavors — may be just as happy a pairing.


US TV network AMC has launched a trio of wines based on its hit zombie-based drama The Walking Dead, after teaming up with online retailer

A closer look at 27 wineries damaged by Wine Country fires

Across Napa and Sonoma, vintners finally were able to return this past weekend to fire-scarred Wine Country to see firsthand the fate of their wineries and vineyards.


Is it Better for Wines to Focus on Strength or Complexity?

Many Central California regions known for big wines are making a shift toward finesse. When complexity rises above strength, does it make for a better wine?


Does (diet-branded) Cense wine make sense?

A 12% dry wine with .5% residual sugar clocks in at just about 100 calories per 5 oz. Make that 13.5% – the starting point for sauv blancs from Kim Crawford up to Cloudy Bay and Greywacke – and the same 5 oz glass comes up to 110 calories. By drinking Cense, you save about 35 calories per glass, the equivalent of about 5 almonds or one and a half medium-sized carrots.



Wine law explicitly allows wineries to understate the amount of alcohol in their wines. U.S. wineries are allowed a discrepancy of 1.5% ABV for any wine labeled 14% ABV or below.

Are Wine Choices in the Blood?

Theories suggest that our wine preferences come from our DNA or our personality.


People can usually be grouped into one of four ‘vinotypes’: sweet, hypersensitive, sensitive and tolerant.


Researchers identify the yeast genes behind rose and honeyed flavors in beer and wine

Microbiologists in Belgium have used genetic mapping to identify, for the first time, specific yeast genes that produce higher levels of this aroma in alcoholic beverages.

Atlas Wine Co. wants to revolutionize grocery store wine

A different sort of wine under his Oro Bello and Omen brands: inexpensive, available at grocery stores, and with a flavor profile that will appeal to middle America.

An interesting look at costs!

The Best Wine Glasses Will Make Your Wine Taste More Expensive

If you’re going to drink wine at your house—good wine, the stuff that’s at least two steps up from the ten dollar shelf at your local supermarket (Liquor Store)—then it’s time to get some real wine glasses.

New Ste Michelle

Washington-based Ste. Michelle Wine Estates has launched Merf, a new line of wines crafted and inspired by veteran winemaker David “Merf” Merfeld. The range includes two wines—Cabernet Sauvignon ($13 a 750-ml.) and Chardonnay ($11)—sourced from Washington’s Columbia Valley. The wines will be available in select markets across 19 states with nationwide distribution slated for summer 2018.


Thanksgiving Wine Guide

So why do you need a Thanksgiving wine guide? Is Thanksgiving wine pairing so difficult?

Stuff Your Stocking With Booze This Christmas — Literally

Yes, it is a festive stocking getting you into the Christmas spirit, by holding your spirits.

Make Your Life Easier, Buy a Case of Wine for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is not the time to stress over pairings, so streamline with just one type.

Martha uncorked: Wine site is the newest of her lifestyle ventures

Stewart’s newest venture, the Martha Stewart Wine Co.

We Had A Line By Martha In 2008 hoping this does better for her


5 Merlot Wine Facts

Love Cabernet Sauvignon, but crave something more smooth, lush, and less aggressive? Go with Merlot. With upfront fruit flavors, moderate tannin, and balanced acidity, Merlot is an ideal food pairing wine and a safe bet for any occasion

California tourism group to spend $2 million urging visitors to return to Wine Country

To help spread the word that travelers should not cancel their plans to visit Sonoma County and greater wine country in the aftermath of last month’s devastating wildfires.

What beer reveals about monopoly power

Beer probably isn’t the first thing people associate with big economic debates. But if you want to understand the corrosive influence of monopoly power on American society, it provides a handy lesson.

The Vast Majority of Beer Is Still Bought in Brick and Mortar Stores, Not Online

Only 0.2 percent of beer was purchased online last year according to numbers presented by Heineken CEO

Italy Has A FREE Public Wine Fountain

Its actual purpose will surprise you.


The 2017 harvest across California is being hailed as excellent in a year that witnessed an end to a five-year drought as well as savage wildfires in the north of the state.

Retailers vent their biggest pet peeves…

Wine shop owners are generally a cheerful lot. Working around the best wines in the world and sampling them on occasion can be a wonderful tonic for the nerves. Like everyone else, though, wine shop owners can, on occasion, get irritated, and irritations that tend to be repeated fall into the category of “pet peeves.”


If there’s one constant in craft beer, it’s how quickly the landscape continues to change. From mergers and acquisitions to strategy and packaging, here’s a look at some trends that will continue to impact the industry into 2018 and beyond.



The Institut National des Appellations d’Origine (INAO) has formally approved two new AOCs in Burgundy: Vézelay as a Village and Bourgogne Côte d’Or as a new regional appellation.


Why moms should put down the wine and pick up the weed

For some moms, the answer lies not in the wine glass but in the bong.


What Are Wine Condoms?

This Handy New Hack Is The Aggressively Millennial Way To Save Your Leftover Wine


Balance and structure — keys to a fine wine

Truly great wines are not necessarily a product of a critic’s score or a lofty price tag. Rather, they are separated from the pack by exhibiting pristine balance and a well-defined structure that ensure not only early enjoyment but also an ability to stand the test of time as they age gracefully in the bottle.—-keys-to-a-fine/article_818f6110-54b0-5699-bb0b-a013ae120072.html


How to Make Spiced Wine in a Slow Cooker

Hustle and bustle your way into the most wonderful time of the year with this hands-off, set it and forget it spiced wine recipe.


You May Never Drink Another Glass of Wine Again After Hearing How It’s Made

Look, we’re not sommeliers or anything, but we’ve assumed that wine was just . . . grapes . . . right? Wrong.


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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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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.



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

Decoding European Wine Labels

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Millis Recreation

Decoding European Wine Labels

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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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