Liquor Industry News/Links 12-04-17


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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


Low-alcohol wine is not wine, it’s grape juice. Where’s the joy in that?

That unsold bottle of Merlot is probably winding up in your gas tank

Should Wine Labels List Ingredients?



Why a female fly will ruin your drink, but a male is fine

A single fly falling into your glass of wine may be enough to ruin it.

What is Certified Craft Wine?

A Certified Craft Wine is a small production wine made in runs of less than 5,000 cases made by an identifiable winemaker.



The ever-innovative Tippling Club restaurant in Singapore has launched what it claims to be the world’s first edible cocktail menu based around dreams and desires.


Colle Asolani – Prosecco and More

The problem was that Prosecco could be produced outside of its spiritual home, the province of Treviso; indeed it was (and still is) made in the region of Friuli, and believe it or not, can even be produced today in Brazil!


Drink Up, And Stop Worrying About These Wine Myths

I’m amazed how much people worry about something as simple and pleasurable as wine. It’s not that I don’t understand: Wine can seem confusing in its complexity. And it attracts snobs, who make themselves feel bigger by belittling anyone who knows less.


12 Fascinating Facts About Red Wine

Here are 12 facts that will completely change the way you think about red wine.

A Guide to Italy’s Wine Regions

We get it. With more than 350 official wine varieties and 20 different wine-producing regions, the world of Italian wine can be confusing and overwhelming.


The iconic song everyone thinks of as the Harry Potter theme is actually titled “Hedwig’s Theme.” While not every movie fan might know that bit of trivia, all Potter enthusiasts can recognize the tune from the first few notes alone.

9 surprising health benefits of mulled wine

The traditional Christmas tipple mulled wine contains a host of hidden health boosters.

The Most Important Step When Cleaning Wine Glasses

There’s just one extra step I’ve learned to take that makes a big difference in whether my clean wine glasses look just kinda clean or extra clean.

An easy guide to pairing beer with barbecue

The golden rule of matching a beer with a dish is to consider the relative intensity of flavor between pint and plate.


French wine country unveils its answer to kobe beef

Beaune’s new offering: beef reared on the byproducts of the wine-making process.

The cows are fed in their last months with the mulchy residue left after the world-famous local vintages are fermented and distilled, as well as on crushed blackcurrants.


What Else Is Wine Aged In Besides Oak Barrels? Ask The Expert!

Explore what lies beyond oak in answer to the question of what else is wine aged in besides oak barrels!


Myths and Facts About Kosher Wine

What is Kosher wine and does it taste different from regular wine?


Apple’s War on Harmless Vice…Is Wine Next?

At what point does Apple ban all alcohol/wine-related apps?

I Tried a Bottle of the New Synthetic Wine

It doesn’t taste half bad.

‘Santé!’ Wine May Improve Foreign Language Skills

A recent study finds that a small amount of alcohol could give new meaning to the phrase “Dutch courage”

How to Make Candy Out of Wine

While you can certainly buy booze-filled candy come holiday time, there’s something special about making your own treats.

Study Finds People Born Without Tongues Able to Differentiate Wine Tastes

A new study from Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) has found a person’s ability to recognize different tastes and flavors is not completely dependent on the tongue alone.



Argentina’s Bodega Catena Zapata has unveiled a new label design for its Malbec Argentino 2015 inspired by the history of its flagship variety and told through four symbolic women.


Prosecco DOC gears up for approval of new ‘Brutnature’ description

The Prosecco DOC Consortium has revealed it is hoping to get approval for the use of a new Prosecco description – Brutnature, on labels in 2018.



When someone says that a wine tastes like apples or grass, does this mean that it actually has apples or grass in it?


5 Mistakes People Make When Drinking Champagne

To start, you’re probably serving your bubbles too cold



Info on the wine regions in France


The Pros and Cons of Shelf Talkers

Retailers discuss shelf talkers as a marketing tool—and share their most effective strategies for creating them


Should Wine Labels List Ingredients?

Wine industry experts weigh in on whether wine labels should be more transparent, revealing when common additives are used


That unsold bottle of Merlot is probably winding up in your gas tank

This is the home of a company that might not manage the trick of turning water into wine, but turns wine into fuel-grade ethanol on a large scale.



Called Cava de Paraje Calificado, the classification is open to all Cava producers, but only nine cellars have reached the required standards to achieve the new quality seal, which has no equal in the world of fizz.



Researchers quizzed more than 30,00 people aged 18-34 from 21 countries around the world, asking them to describe how they felt after imbibing beer, spirits, red and white wine over the course of a year.


Welcome to the world’s best

Expedia ranked the best wine countries you must visit and explore

Travel the world with Expedia and get an education as to the very best wines on offer wherever you visit!


Low-alcohol wine is not wine, it’s grape juice. Where’s the joy in that?

There’s nothing more dispiriting than the three words “low-alcohol wine”, with the possible exception of “low-fat cheese”. They usually denote a sickly-sweet concoction with little resemblance to anything you would normally drink.


Should You Be Drinking Wine That’s Been Aged Underwater?

What is underwater-aged wine and is it even safe to drink?


Goblet of fire: how spat-out wine is being turned into spirits

Spit buckets containing 500 litres of discarded wine give Tasmanian distiller an idea on sustainability


Meet Black Chardonnay

A nearly forgotten technique for exceptional wines has some producers going back to black


Italian spirits market: More than the aperitivo

The Italian spirits renaissance has been boosted by an unstoppable orange wave. But there’s much more to Italy’s diverse and rapidly advancing drinks scene than the aperitivo.


Dutch wine joins the big cheeses on EU’s list of specialties

The Netherlands may be more famous for edam and gouda, but its winemakers are tasting success credited to climate change


Wine Flour Is A Thing! Here’s What You Need to Know

That’s right, the grapes from your favorite vinos are being milled into a flour. The brain child of Hillary Niver-Johnson, it’s called Finger Lakes Wine Flour.


Beer and brewing by numbers

Take a look at some more fun beer facts and figures


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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!


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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.


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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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