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Liquor Industry News/Links 12-27-14

December 27, 2014

Liquor Industry News/Links


By: Mark C Lenzi CSW, CSS, CWAS, QCE*


Hoping Your Holidays Are Going Well.

Next Week We Say Good Bye To 2014!

Our Sparkling Wines Are Stocked From All Over The World.

All Our True Champagne Comes With Free Food And Wine Pairing Magnets And Educational Materials.



Have A Happy And Healthy 2015

Take Care

Franklin Liquors

Mike & Mark


Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

New Products

Trader Joes Wine

New Years Tips


Beers Americans no longer drink

American beer sales have been trending downwards in recent years

Why you should SHAKE your bottle of bubbly to stop it overflowing: Actually decreases the pressure, say French boffins

Shaking bottles of champagne has become widely associated with flying corks and the kind of messy spraying of liquid normally restricted to the winners podium in Formula One.


The Real Reasons Trader Joe’s Wine Is So Cheap

So how does the company keep its prices so low, while still delivering a taste that people love? And is there really animal matter in the wine?





Screws put to wine corks

Industry tries to win back favor of winemakers

The world’s wine cork producers want you to know they’re sorry.

For a Surprisingly Large Variety of European Wine, Visit Sweden’s Systembolaget

Of all the countries in Europe, you’d never guess this country — up in the far north, with few vineyards of its own, and whose internationally best-known drinks are aquavit and vodka — would be a nation of wine enthusiasts.

Champagne Pizza

It tasted like Champagne in the pizza dough! It was amazing.


13 Favorite Christmas Movies (With Beverage Pairings For Your Viewing Pleasure)

Here’s a dozen of our favorite holiday movie classics, shaken and stirred, and served up with twist. The beverage selections are on the house.


A look at the myriad ways this most warming of liquors has been incorporated into spirits company Christmas campaigns.


U.S. wine industry toasts decline in Japan’s sake sales

Sake sales have steadily tanked in Japan, another victim of globalization.


New Year’s Eve can leave even the most confident of party hosts quaking in their boots, so we’ve asked some of the industry’s best bartenders to share their favourite New Year’s Eve cocktails.


Chianti Wine: The Pride of Tuscany

Why is Chianti more written about, drank, and talked about that any other Italian wine in history? What makes Chianti so the perfect food wine?


16 majestic winter photos from Napa Valley

Here is some inspiration.


Here’s the wine you should drink with some of the most popular Chinese American dishes:


New Rum

Terlato Wines is launching the Don Pancho Origenes line of super-premium aged rums to select U.S. markets. Produced in Panama by legendary Cuban rum master blender Francisco “Don Pancho” Fernandez, the range includes 8-year-old ($40), 18-year-old ($ 90) and 30-year-old offerings ($425). Crafted in a classic Cuban style at the Las Cabras Distillery in the Herrera region of Panama with molasses from hand-harvested sugar cane and proprietary yeast, the rums are aged in American oak Bourbon barrels, the company says. Don Pancho Origenes is imported by Terlato’s Artisan Spirits division.


The latest creation from Anchor Distilling Company, is distilled entirely from two types of hops from Washington’s Yakima Valley, the same hops used in the creation of some of Anchor’s legendary beers. HOPHEAD vodka captures the fresh, aromatic character of hops without the typical bitterness.


Champagne’s big gaffe (and 5 ways to mend it)

Champagne’s influential trade body, the CIVC

Film explores growth of Ky. grape/wine industry

Kentucky wineries are the subject of a new documentary that will debut on public television later this month.

You Don’t Know Fizz About Champagne, The Royal Drink

Make sure to always use a cap C for Champagne, as it is the proper name of a region in France, and no other place on earth can claim or use that name.

What’s the Big Deal About Orange Wine?

Orange wines are white wines made like red wines.


The Dr. Loosen Estate

The iconoclastic German wine producer is exactly what the doctor ordered to put a wine region—or in Loosen’s case, to re-establish a grape—on the world wine stage and make everyone believers.


Cocktail Party Essentials: How to Curate the Perfect Bar

The bar makes the party, and these items make the bar

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In The Mood To Try Something New, Or Want A Little Personalized Help In Navigating Our Aisles? Check Out The New Free Vinobly App Which Makes Personalized Recommendations From Wines In Our Store. You Can Find Wine To Pair With Your Meal, Or Take Their Fun 3-Question Palate Profiler Quiz To Get Started

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Liquor Industry News/Links 10-4-14

October 4, 2014

Liquor Industry News/Links


By: Mark C Lenzi CSW, CSS, CWAS, QCE*


Another Great Week For Our Franklin Wine Club. We Had Our First Road Trip To Greenvale Winery. The Weather Was Beautiful For A Tour, Tasting And Picnic Lunch.


Here Is A Nice Blog From Club Member Michele:

October is Non-GMO Month


We Have Added Non-GMO Wines To Our Organic Section.

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Let Us Help You With The Following Wine Options:






Fair Trade

No Sulfites

Take Care

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Mike & Mark


Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

New Products

Tito’s Sued Again!

New Liquor Studies



Fall Whiskey Cocktails

Check out these autumnal whiskey cocktails by NYC master mixologist Josh Brandenburg.


Riesling’s an Oktoberfest-friendly wine

October means Oktoberfest, which for wine lovers means Riesling.

25 breweries you should know

By the latest stats, the number of breweries in the United States has nearly doubled from 1,625 in 2010 to 3,040 today.

5 Great Gluten-Free Beers

There are plenty of beer companies out there that want to provide you with tasty, gluten-free beer


Meet the man who scaled Argentina’s mountains to bring malbec wine to the world

Nicolas Catena has scaled mountains to make seriously good wine.

New wine from Cornell’s latest grape variety

Aromella make a name for itself, by releasing the first wine pressed from the great grape.


Think you drink a lot? This chart will tell you.

To break into the top 10 percent of American drinkers, you would need to drink more than two bottles of wine with every dinner. And you’d still be below-average among those top 10 percenters


Beer may keep your brain sharp

In lab experiments on young mice, scientists found than xanthohumol a type of flavonoid found in beer helped improve cognitive functions in them.

Three Things You Didn’t Know About Chablis

A few fascinating facts about one France’s most celebrated white wine regions.



Men are more likely to “catch” a smile from people in their social group after drinking alcohol, according to a new study.


A Single Tweet By LeBron James, going out to his 15.1 million followers, and the wine in question is made by American football legend, Drew Bledsoe, you can be sure it’s going to get some coverage.


Glenmorangie has released a new single malt, Taghta, which it says is the world’s first crowdsourced whisky. Created over the past 18 months with input from whisky enthusiasts in more than 30 countries, Taghta—which is Scots Gaelic for “The Chosen One”—will be available globally in a supply of 12,000 bottles, retailing at £70 ($114) apiece. The new malt was developed by—and will be sold through— Glenmorangie’s Cask Masters program, led by Dr. Bill Lumsden, the brand’s director of distilling and whisky creation. Through the Cask Masters program, consumers helped decide in which casks the spirit was matured and assisted with packaging design and imagery associated with the finished malt. An Impact “Hot Prospect,” Glenmorangie has more than doubled its U.S. volume to 108,000 cases over the past three years.

New UV Vodka Flavor

UV vodka has launched UV Salty Caramel Apple, the brand’s first limited edition seasonal flavor. Featuring notes of apple, caramel and salt, the fall-inspired offering will be available nationwide, retailing for $11.99 a 750-ml. and $12.99 a 1-liter. Salty Caramel Apple joins UV’s existing range of more than 20 flavored vodkas, including its recently released UV Sugar Crush and UV Sriracha entries. UV vodka is projected to hit 2 million cases this year, according to Phillips Distilling.


The science of skunky beer (and how to prevent it)

Even though it’s cool and breezy out, your beer can still get skunked.



Wine just got even better for you as Australian researchers have developed a technique for converting winery waste into compounds that could have potential value as biofuels or medicines.

Samuel Adams releases 16-ounce cans

Samuel Adams has released its Boston Lager and Rebel IPA in 16-ounce cans.


Beer Today, Gone Tomorrow: Why You Need to Drink Wet-Hopped Beer Right Now

wet-hopped beer, the fleeting embodiment of the season


not all of the smells are straightforward and pleasant.


Antioxidant found in wine may help fight acne

A key antioxidant derived from grapes – and also found in wine – inhibits the growth of acne-causing bacteria, a new study has found.

What can your wine tell you?

you can learn about a white wine by looking at the color.

Make Your Own Yarn-Wrapped Wine Bottle

Get creative and make your own yarn-wrapped wine bottle to decorate for your own home or as a gift!


Leading Producers of Beer, Wine, and Spirits Launch Digital Guiding Principles

The first-ever set of global guidelines for beverage alcohol producers’ online marketing and social media use.

Young drinkers have abandoned big beer. Can it be saved?

Big Beer still has a problem: Drinkers, especially millennials, aren’t consuming enough of it.


Keg theft crackdown in California with signing of new bill


All you would-be keg thieves out there beware, California is coming for you.

New Gansett

Providence, Rhode Island’s Narragansett Beer is returning its collaborative Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout label this month. Created in partnership with Rhode Island coffee producer Autocrat LLC, Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout first appeared in December 2013 as part of Narragansett’s limited edition Hi Neighbor Mash-Up series. The 5.3%-abv entry, which features roasted barley, chocolate malt and crystal malt notes, will be available across select East Coast markets through December, in 16-ounce can six-packs and 12-ounce bottle 12-packs, priced at $8.99-$9.49 a six-pack.



Wine Lover’s Guide to Austria

Austrian wine producers have been crafting superlative wines—sparkling, dry, and sweet—from white and red grapes in small quantities at competitive prices for centuries


10 Things Every Wine Lover Should Know About Gaja

The story of Gaja, one of Italy’s outstanding and most influential wine producers.

Infographic: Beer Versus Wine, Oktoberfest Edition



Pack It Up Folks, There’s Now Spreadable Beer

“Birra Spalmabile” or spreadable beer, is being manufactured and distributed by an Italian company


The family trees of the six companies that make 50% of the world’s beer



Foxboro bars get poor marks

One-third of Foxboro’s liquor establishments get failing grades in sting


Submerged diamonds, rare Cognac, luxurious Champagne and extravagant garnishes are just some of the things which make these cocktails so expensive.


A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by the descendants of John Wayne over the trademark of a Bourbon brand launched in the late actor’s name.



Sheryl Crow has joined up with Chateau St. Jean winery in California’s Sonoma Valley to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.


A disabled woman frustrated at the lack of information on access when travelling has  a blog offering disabled people tips and advice on getting around California’s wine country.


The Mead You Need

Often termed “the ancestor of all fermented drinks,” mead is the only fermented beverage that can emerge naturally from our surroundings.

Out-of-the-box Oktoberfest beers

If you’ve sipped too many malty-sweet Oktoberfest beers to count, turn your sights to this mix-six: all fest-worthy, all a different direction from the seasonal lager

Yellow Tail producer to launch premium brand in the US

The new range will retail at up to US$100 per bottle as opposed to Yellow Tail which sells for around $7 per bottle.

Vintage Atlantic Wine Region

Wineries from New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania are part of this regional alliance

Wine and Your Sex Drive

Alcohol in small amounts will increase your libido.


And Then You Read This!!


Drinking as few as five units of alcohol per week could lower men’s sperm count, new research shows.

Tito’s Faces Another Lawsuit

Tito’s Handmade Vodka owner Fifth Generation Inc., which is currently being sued in a California court over its claim that the brand is “Handmade,” is now facing a similar lawsuit in Florida. In recent days, plaintiffs Shalinus Pye and Raisha Licht—both consumers who claim to have previously purchased Tito’s—filed a class action suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida in Tallahassee.

The Florida lawsuit alleges that “through unlawful, deceptive and unfair trade practices, and false advertising and marketing, defendants manufactured, marketed, and/or sold their ‘handmade’ vodka to consumers with the false representation that the Vodka was ‘handmade’ when, in actuality, the vodka is made via a highly-mechanized process, which is devoid of human hands.”

Similar claims were made in the California lawsuit. Fifth Generation owner Tito Beveridge said he would vigorously contest that suit. “All of our labels have gone through the approval process of the Department of the Treasury’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB),” says Beveridge. “After sending a field agent to Austin to review our processes, the TTB has approved our use of ‘Handmade’ on our label. We think our pot still batch distillation process is one of the key things that differentiates us from a great majority of other vodkas. We disagree with these claims and will defend ourselves against this misguided attack.”

Wine Beats Yogurt in Health Stakes

Probiotic levels in wine beat more traditional dairy sources of good bacteria, a new study in Spain reveal


What makes today’s Lodi wines special?

Great article to read as we prep for Grady Family Winery to visit our tasting room for the Franklin Wine Club!

Pumpkin Cocktails

How to make your own pumpkin purée

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Wine Book Review: Reading Between The Wines

September 4, 2014



Wine Book Review: Reading Between The WinesAuthor: Terry Theise

University of California Press 189 Pages 2010



The following is my “two buck chucks” worth on Terry Theise’s Reading Between The Wines.


Terry Theise is a wine importer and its always mind blowing to read something of someone you follow on social media. He prides himself on selecting what he calls “uncool” wines.  I can relate to Terry as he stated wine found him in 1978 as it did for me when my family bought a liquor store that same year.


“ I found the thing I didn’t know I was seeking. Or it had found me”


Terry references music a lot in the book and his passion for both that and wine shows. He makes a statement how at first he could not account for wine flavors compared to music he could describe. Seeking wines in his travels that he saw pictures of in books. First hand I can say that is also exciting to the wine geek in myself. Going to a tasting/education class looking in a book and having that wine in your glass is a true experience.


What is VERY impressive is how Terry learned wine with no education, no tasting group, and no Internet. He learned wines by meeting old world families and tasting. “Understanding what a “palate” actually is and how to truly know ones own” Not sure if he finds wine certifications valid or not. But I can say after all my education in wine, tasting it is the best education. By tasting you discover more and it leads to looking for answers to many questions you will have, He does make a point that a professional approach to wine is to know as much about it as possible.


Authenticity is highlighted many times by Terry. It makes sense his view on an authentic wine is those that have a sense of family or place. Bottom line is it has a connection. With so many wines choices that is a great stance to take on wine buying! Terry is proud to sell authentic wines and he stresses learning about wine beginning with the old world. Great views on wine being started in the old world countries so taste them. His advice on building a palate is spot on. Recommending tasting one varietal at a time from many regions. Practice by repetition and how it’s all and experience. Wine tasting is compared to a musical instrument. The more you practice the better you become. There is mention that blind tasting skills have no place in a wine career. That may be true but those that can smell, see and taste a wine and give exact details of its type, location etc. are impressive.


There are many great references to wine education. Questions why can’t he know everything about wine but then again no one can. He gets disappointed when he finds the answer to a wine question because his quest to learn has ended. There is always a mystery to wine and to Terry we must accept that. It seams to all come back to the palate. Your palate determines what wine you like and we all vary that way.


Nine Aspects or points of flavor in wine tasting are discussed. Two stand out

balance and complexity. With balance all parts of the wine are equal. It’s not just about fruit, acid etc. but a balance of all components. Complexity is a wine that has many things going on and how they react. There is also mention to 4 aspects of wine that matter the least. Interesting that sweetness is one of them and its stated will only matter if too much or too little.


There is a big discussion on yeast cultured vs. natural. Interesting point that even experts can’t tell the difference on what yeast was used to make the wine. Having attended many wine events I must say that nothing gets me more confused than when yeast is mentioned. Even the geek in me has no interest in what stain of yeast was used. Yeast is a major player and the winemaker does need to know advantages and disadvantages of the types.


            Terry covers importance in wine. Starting with connections to family or culture and how they are worth preserving. How the treatment of soil reflects the values of a growers work. True flavor of wine in that it is grown in the correct region and not a grape that has been manipulated. He is satisfied as a wine drinker because he has a connection to the wine. Even if he does not like the wine he knows its made by human beings. People that want to show you something they are proud of. This leads to how he avoids wines that the producer does not own the vines or make wine. They make a style looking for ratings. Again this hits home and I have tried hard to educate and make buying decisions on this point.


            Interesting talk about if you want predictability stay clear of wine. There are many factors such as vintage that affect wine every year. He has three facets of wine that are key to understanding. Terry calls them 3 humors or 3 cruxes.

  1. Wine should express origin
  2. Having fun: work with wine not at wine
  3. Ease with the unknowable:
  4. We can live without wine
  5. We don’t drink wine because we are thirsty
  6. Wine is music in the form of water


The wine 100-point rating scale is mentioned. He would rather Writers

deepen people’s love of wine that rate it. But he does think the wine point scales were good for wine. That is hard to disagree with. Give me a wine and say its 90 points I know nothing of its character. Give me that same wine and say it has aromas of dark fruits and flavors of bright cherry will interest me. If I like it my research will begin which will involve looking at reviews.


            Globalization of wine is mentioned. Meaning a style of wine made popular by Robert Parker. Meaning wines of ripe fruits, high alcohol, oak and sweetness. Discussions about certain grapes need a place to be known for. How old world wines have place on labels not the grape in it. Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay can be grown all over the world. The key is learning the differences of a Napa cab vs. Bordeaux and Chablis from Chard. This all leads to a passion for his Riesling grape. How is its grown in the proper place no winemaking is needed. Terry calls Riesling “foods best friend” for its low alcohol and high acidity. I learned the Scheurebe grape does not change with age as Riesling does. Many grapes are mention and Gruner Veltliners flexibility is highlighted.


            As a wine importer Terry buys what he likes and believes in not with a market in mind. Great point made that he is not a good enough sales person to push what he does not believe in. Selections made are based on values for Terry. Those values are old world and family owned estates. Visiting the families and walking in vineyards he knows personally. Again this hits home in my wine buying decisions. With all the wines being made I need to have an understanding who is behind the label. When you meet that person or family it has much more meaning. Like Terry that connection makes me a better salesman.


            There is a great view on tasting notes mentioned. When you are new to wine you tend to focus on taking many notes to remember what was tasted. But eventually you will reach a dead end in note taking. Saying something smells like a peach is no help to a person that has never smelled a peach. Terry finds it sad people spend weekends tasting wines and posting notes. He is more in favor of intimate wine knowledge. Though he does take notes on wine he tastes to help his customers. When he is home drinking wine no notes are taken. This is another point I can relate to. After attending many wine tastings hosted by the same educator I noticed he never takes notes. But he can recite wines he tried years ago and how they tasted. He treats wine as an experience and educates that. Where as I need my notes to be true to my customers.


            Terry covers many personal stories of his life. The story when he searched for his biological father was very touching. Discovering his dad had a passion for wine AND had some of Terry’s selections were in his cellar was amazing. Bottom line is Terry has a love for wine and families he represents in his portfolio. This is a great wine read and I am looking forward to some day hosting Terry in a wine event. My journey in discovering his “uncool” wines has just begun!


If interested in Terry’s wines here is a link to his portfolios:


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Liquor Industry News/Links 8-30-14

August 30, 2014

Liquor Industry News/Links


By: Mark C Lenzi CSW, CSS, CWAS, QCE*


Happy Labor Day Weekend!


September Will Be California Wine Month.

The range and diversity of California wine today are unprecedented.

We Pride Ourselves In Finding The Best Value/Tasting Wines From CA For You.


The Earthquake In Napa Left A lot Of Damage To Wineries.

Please Keep Them In Your Thoughts And Glass.


How You Can Help:


Also A Group Started A Wine Bucket Challenge:


Our Labor Day Sale Newsletter


Take Care

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Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

New Products

Napa Quake

Drink Beer Warm?


A closer look at leaving the stems in wine

This week I have been reading how wine stem use affects taste.

Here is an interesting read on the topic.



Creative Garnishes

As you may have noticed, there have been an increasing amount of creative, extravagant cocktail garnishes popping up on drink menus this year.



Is Wine an Acquired Taste?

If you are brought up drinking wine do you like wine more?


Red Mountain microclimate makes for spectacular wines

Read about this unique area in Washington St


It Takes a Lot of Cow Skulls to Make Good Wine

Items used for biodynamic winemaking




Tips on dental care when drinking wine


Problems with wine by the glass?

Issues with ordering wine by the glass.

Always ask “when was it opened”



A Guide To Joining The Best Wine Clubs

With direct shipping now legal in MA you have choices.

Good read on club options.

“It’s my humble opinion that getting to know your local wine retailer and shopping regularly is the best way to learn about new wines”


The business of Washington wine is bigger than you think

Did you know?

The percentage of Washington wines that Wine Spectator has rated 90 or above is higher than for any other region, including France and California.


Hit me with your best shots: Premixed cocktails hit Boston packies

The cocktail shooters come in four flavors: Vodka Cucumber Lime, Vodka Kamikaze, Vodka Lychee Grapefruit and Tequila Cinnamon Orange. A single-flavor three-pack costs $7.99.

LIQS Cocktail Shots for 25drink


Should Beer Be Served Cold?

A general rule to follow is this: the lighter the flavor of the beer, the cooler it may be served.

Pumpkin beers aplenty already this season

The great pumpkin invasion has begun — already.


Mexico’s Montejo Beer Debuts in United States

Fernando Valenzuela throws out first pitch for Montejo beer at Dodger Stadium



Big Wine and crowdsourcing

New trend for big wineries.

Learn about crowdsourcing and how you can take part



Wine Gelée Makes A Perfect Dessert For All Seasons

Jellied Wine With Summer Fruit



How Julia Child And Cookbooks Taught Us About Wine

Child coaches readers, providing the detail they need to choose a wine, use it in cooking and serve it with meals–CnlHVRtnxoj64EDUboFsqONZPAhSgwBaG7e0V-2O-63GElc8v4mSS_7pvTU3mj3hcNSNA_MEM7OQXOgb0T2dki_x1-XrDjg857QQ6BCM05uz9L7A&_hsmi=13912922


Three Things You Didn’t Know About Oregon Wine Country

Interesting facts about Oregon’s wine country about which even its hard-core wine buffs may not be aware.


Most wineries not insured for quake losses

most are not insured for quake damage



Have You Purchased “Small-Batch” Whiskey?

If so, you may be entitled to take part in a consumer class action to get your money back!


Every State in the USA, Ranked by Beer

Each state ranked by the beers in it




These suggestive, outlandish, tongue-in-cheek and quirky brands included in our list of the top 10 funny spirits names are sure to prompt a chuckle or two.



Ever heard about the drunken bear who massacred the owner of a Russian pub, or the King who went up in flames wrapped in a brandy-soaked linen?





Earthquake Proof Your Wine

Wine Folly Blog with tips and ideas


Here Are The Rules To Buying Alcohol In Each State’s Grocery Stores

Maps for Beer,Wine And Liquor In Each State.

Also Where To Buy On Sundays


Texan brewery unveils 99-pack of beer

Beer fans rejoice: a Texan brewery is selling packs of beer with an eyebrow-raising 99 cans each



Four new books for beer lovers

Ready for some lessons about a favorite beverage? New textbooks will keep you engaged.


A Beginner’s Guide to German Wine

A fifth of all of the wine grapes planted in Germany are Riesling



Why You Should Know Where Your Wine Grows

Interesting read from Wine Folly


Fall’s 5 Craziest Cocktail Trends

Fall season’s most provocative new drinks


New Sam Adams Beer

Boston Beer’s Samuel Adams is debuting Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru, a Belgian ale aged in Hungarian oak tuns for more than a year. Through November, the craft offering will be available on draft in select U.S. cities. Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru is brewed with wild yeast and bacteria including Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus for a spicy, fruity flavor with hints of oak and vanilla, according to the company. The ale was also blended into the Samuel Adams Barrel Room Collection series of Belgian brews. Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru will be available on tap in a “tasting tour” that will hit select locations in Boston, New York, Denver, Cleveland, Dallas, Philadelphia, D.C., Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle and another city to be voted on by craft beer lovers across the country.


The ancient origins of beer

The exact origins of beer will forever be a mystery.–and-straws



Chaos erupted in China when deadly cobras used to make wine escaped into a city.


Shock Top adds limited edition banana wheat beer

Shock Top has expanded once again to include a new limited edition beer: Shock Top Spiced Banana Wheat.



Tasting Mastery

Tim Gaiser Blog on Wine tasting


Pop Cap Bottle Openers: An Eye Catching Way to Open Your Beer

Simply place the Pop Cap over the bottle, press down firmly on the cylinder and voila! Off comes the cap!



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Wine Of The Day: Leonard Kreusch Maywine

May 15, 2013


April showers have brought us Maywine!
You “MAY” have heard about this wine BUT have you ever seen it or tasted it??
Well now is your chance! Every once and a while we see and taste things that are just amazing about the wine world.
Introducing a BLAST FROM THE PAST….
Leonard Kreusch Maywine – Light Wine flavored with Woodruff


Color: Very Pale Golden

Grapes:We tried researching this..all we know is White, but beyond that it didn’t say.
We do know the grapes of the region are:

Riesling 62.1%
Müller-Thurgau 20.7%
Elbling 9.5%

Being A German wine it starts with slight sweetness, BUT the finish is very refreshing with almost a glazed donut flavor.
Yes…Glazed donut…Overall it is very refreshing!
Woodruff is also involved.
What  is Woodruff?: Woodruff is a flowering herb-type plant.

It’s super-strongly scented, the scent originating largely from a chemical called coumarin.
You’ve probably encountered it in perfume – it’s sweet and floral and strong.
It’s a very strong rodent-killer and can be toxic to humans in much larger doses than anyone’s likely consume.
The Germans apparently love woodruff – it’s in everything from Maywine to brandy to sausages to jam to ice cream.
If you want an idea of how it tastes, think violets, but then make the violets white instead of purple.

May Wine is an old, traditional beverage that originated in Germany and is consumed throughout Europe.
Infusing white wine with Sweet Woodruff gives this libation an herbal flavor with green notes that are refreshing
and pleasant. Often served on May Day and at spring and early-summer weddings,
this beverage is perfect for sharing with friends and family during dinner parties,
backyard barbeques, picnics, and at other get-togethers. We think it would pair well with
any sweet grilling sauce!

May Wine was historically brewed during the May and June months when Sweet Woodruff is in flower,
but there is no need to restrict consumption to these months.  This light and refreshing herbal infused beverage is a perfect treat
that can be enjoyed throughout the year!

Are you curious??

750ml $10.99

6@ $9.89

12@ $8.79