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19 Crimes Pinot Noir

June 7, 2018

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Shooting Star 2015 Pinot Noir

April 13, 2018

2015 Shooting Star Lake County Pinot Noir Tasting Great!

100% Pinot Noir Aged 9 Months In Oak.

Aromatic Cherry/Berry

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2016 Urgency Pinot Noir

April 4, 2018

2016 California Urgency Pinot Noir 750ml $14.99

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2nd Label Of Shannon Ridge

Nice Bright Red Fruits

Liquor Industry News/Links 12-20-14

December 20, 2014

Liquor Industry News/Links


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

Our Holiday Gift Guide 


New Drew Bledose Family Wine Is Here!


From Our Family To You And Yours

Merry Christmas

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Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

New Products

Holiday Gift Ideas

Holiday Drinks 


The Four Pillars of Greek Wine

Greece is one of the oldest wine producing regions in the world

Natick selectmen to resume controversial liquor license hearing

Total Wine & More, a Maryland-based company with more than 100 stores across the country, hopes to open its first location in Massachusetts at the Cloverleaf Mall.

Profile of the US Wine Consumer

Who is the American wine consumer today? What types of wine do they prefer and where do they purchase their wine?


New Sutter Home

California winemaker Sutter Home Family Vineyards, part of the Trinchero Family Estates group, has launched a new red blend simply called Sutter Home Red Blend. The new release is made from California Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. It’s packaged with a distinctive black label—a look that has become a prevailing trend among recent California red wine releases. Sutter Home Red Blend has a suggested retail price of $6.99 and is available nationwide.


Court proceedings have started against a bar that served an 18-year-old girl a liquid nitrogen cocktail which led to doctors removing her stomach.



Only time will tell if Scotch whisky can claw back sales after a year of decline, but which will be the three brands worth keeping an eye on in 2015?

New Spanish Cava

Spanish Cava brand Segura Viudas has debuted a new Gran Cuvée Reserva and updated the packaging across its line. The newest offering is a hand-harvested blend of Spain’s Macabeo and Parellada grapes as well as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, which is aged on the lees in the winery’s subterranean caves. Gran Cuvée Reserva ($14) joins the estate’s top cuvee, Reserva Heredad ($25), as well as Brut, Brut Rosé and Extra Dry (all $10). The line is also receiving a new modern packaging design prominently featuring the Segura Viudas crest that celebrates the winery’s history. Segura Viudas is owned and operated by Spain’s Ferrer family of Sant Sadurni d’Anoia and imported by Freixenet USA.

New report: Wine will always have a place at the table

Wine Market Council conducted two online discussion groups to gain insight into the relationship of wine, craft beer and cocktails.


Selectmen Give 10-Day Liquor License Suspension to Waxy O’Connor’s

The establishment will serve a 10-day suspension with three days being a Friday or Saturday.

Limited Edition Dress Shoe Hides A Bottle Of Scotch In Its Heel

British shoemaker Oliver Sweeney has partnered with legendary scotch whiskey producer Johnnie Walker for a limited collaboration dress shoe.


Big Y opens Table & Vine Fine Wines, Spirits and Beer at Boston Road supermarket in Wilbraham

Big Y Foods Inc. has opened its fourth Table & Vine Fine Wines, Spirits and Beer location, within the Big Y supermarket at 2035 Boston Road in Wilbraham.

Chow Bella’s Quick Holiday Guide to Sparkling Wine

Hey, did you know that Champagne can only be called Champagne if it comes from the Champagne region of France? If it’s not, it’s just called sparkling wine.


Drinks to make your spirits bright

In addition to good food, glogg, mulled wine, colorful cocktails and festive punches can help bolster most everyone’s holiday spirit.


A beer for the Hanukkah holiday

After nearly two decades of producing He’Brew brand Jewish beers, Shmaltz Brewing Co. has finally brewed a special beer for Hanukkah.


America’s Fastest Growing Beer Brands

American beer sales have followed a downward trend in recent years.

Peppermint beer? Try these 5 offbeat holiday flavors

Pumpkin is out. Peppermint is in. It’s time to warm your belly with seasonal flavors.




A Texas court has ruled in favour of Diageo and against a Canadian whiskey rival in a trademark lawsuit over its Crown Royal brand.


Jackson Family Buys South African Vineyard

Jackson Family Wines, which owns more than 20,000 acres of vineyards in California and around the world, is expanding to a new wine region: South Africa. Wine Spectator has learned the company is buying Fijnbosch farm, which includes 20 acres of vines in the Banghoek Valley, a ward in the prominent Stellenbosch region, according to a spokesperson for the firm.

Jackson Family is planning to release 1,000 cases of a Chardonnay called Capensis made from the farm’s 2013 vintage, co-produced with vintner Antony Beck, a local whose family owns Graham Beck Wines. The purchase price for the farm, which totals 121 acres of land overall, was not disclosed. The deal continues a wave of expansion for the company, which has recently added vineyards in Oregon and California.

The Engelage family is selling the property, located near Bartinney and Thelema Mountain Vineyards, two top producers. Until now, they have sold the grapes to other wineries, including Jackson Family. South African wines have improved markedly and steadily in the past decade, though annual exports to the U.S. have plateaued at around 1 million cases

New Moonshine

Gatlinburg, Tennessee’s Sugarlands Distilling Company is adding to its lineup of moonshine offerings with the release of American Peach, created with TV personality Mark Rogers. Rogers, who appears on the Discovery Channel’s “Moonshiners” program, is the second personality to participate in Sugarlands’ Legends Series, following Jim Tom Hedrick. Sugarlands Shine American Peach ($25 a 750-ml. jar) will roll out in mid-January 2015 at retail in Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky, Illinois, Minnesota and Florida. American Peach marks the distillery’s first 70-proof moonshine and joins other products including Silver Cloud Tennessee Sour Mash, Jim Tom Hedrick’s Unaged Rye, Appalachian Apple Pie, Blockader’s Blackberry, Butterscotch Gold, Old Fashioned Lemonade and Southern Sweet Tea.

New Harpoon Beer

Boston-based Harpoon Brewery has released Tuscan Pool Party—a new wine grape-infused beer—as part of its limited edition 100 Barrel Series. Created as part of a collaboration between Harpoon’s Charlie Cummings and Italian brewer Moreno Ercolani, Tuscan Pool Party is brewed with a Sangiovese and Merlot grape juice blend and Amarillo dry hops, then aged on oak spirals. The 7.6%-abv offering is currently offered in 22-ounce bottles, as well as on limited draft. Tuscan Pool Party is the 52nd installment in Harpoon’s 100 Barrel Series, which offers individual Harpoon brewers the opportunity to formulate a new recipe and brew a one-off beer.


Today more than 21,000 people work to produce and market 130 million bottles a year which are sold in more than 100 countries



So who was the ‘genius’ to first sabre a bottle of Champagne?


10 Things Every Self-Respecting Wine Lover Should Know About Prosecco

Today, exports of Prosecco rival those of Champagne, in both volume and sales numbers.

6 things to know about Sauternes, Bordeaux’s liquid gold

The holiday season is a time to indulge, and Sauternes — the sweet white wine from France’s Bordeaux region — is a perfect fit.

The Art of Davis Bynum Blending: A Pinot Noir Clonal Lesson

Pinot Noir, a widely known grape, has several sub-varieties, referred to as “clones.”


Diageo has launched an investigation after a dead spider was found floating inside a bottle of Smirnoff vodka.


FedEx will begin shipping wine to Massachusetts on February 1st

FedEx announced today that, effective Feb. 1, 2015, FedEx Express and FedEx Ground will open the state of Massachusetts for legal shipments of alcoholic beverages

17 Bottles Of Liquor That Make Amazing Gifts

Business Insider reached out to our friends in the booze business

Will Liquor Laws OK Drinks in Mass. Assisted Living?

In Massachusetts, alcohol in assisted living may soon become a reality, according to local reports this week on a state bill that has recently passed in Massachusetts’ Senate.

9 of the Year’s Best Red Wine Values

Food And Wines

Here are nine of my favorite red wine values from the past year of tasting, from wine regions around the world.

We Have Foxglove and Columbia Crest In Stock!

Other Damilano Wines In Stock As Well.

Gallo Releases Data On Consumer Wine Drinking

E & J Gallo Winery’s Consumer Wine Trends Survey asked where, when and how Americans are enjoying wine.

New Uncle Val’s Peppered Gin

35 Maple Street Spirits of Sonoma, California has spiced up their portfolio with Uncle Val’s Peppered Gin, a new handcrafted gin infused with red peppers, black peppers and pimento. All-natural and gluten-free, Uncle Val’s Peppered Gin is available nationally for a suggested retail price of $39 for a 750-ml. bottle.


MA Jack’s Abby Announces Brewery Expansion

Jack’s Abby, one of Massachusetts’ fastest growing craft breweries, is set to embark on a major expansion that will more than triple its brewing capacity.


Life with Wine: Oral Hygiene

How wine lovers can maintain a healthy white smile

The Inside Scoop on How Wines Make the Wine Spectator Top 100 List

Everyone loves lists, and for wine lovers the only list is the Wine Spectator Top 100 that comes out near the end of every year – and has been since 1988.

How the physics of champagne bubbles may help address the world’s future energy needs

Uncork a bottle of champagne, and as the pressure of the liquid is abruptly removed,


Wine Books Make Perfect Last-Minute Gifts

A round up of some cracking reads and essential guides for wine lovers.


Buffalo Trace’s coveted Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year Old is the whisky most highly rated by consumers, a new report has revealed.

Pappy is the most requested item we can NEVER get!

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Liquor Industry News/Links 9-27-14

September 27, 2014

Liquor Industry News/Links


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

Try Before You Buy.

Did You Know We Have An In-Store Wine Dispenser??


You Can Sample Select Wines Daily.

Dispenser Preserves The Wine So You Always Get A Fresh Taste!

Take Care

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Liquor Industry Week In Review

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Tito’s Vodka Sued




Pabst Acquired By Eastern European Brewer Oasis Beverages For Reported $700 Million

Pabst Brewing Company has been sold by private equity owner Metropoulos & Co. to Oasis Beverages, a Cyprus-headquartered brewer with operations focused in Eastern Europe. The purchase price was undisclosed, but sources told the New York Times that the deal was above $700 million. Metropoulos had acquired Pabst—including the Pabst Blue Ribbon, Lone Star, Rainier, Ballantine IPA, Schlitz, Old Style, Stroh’s and Old Milwaukee beer brands—from Kalmanovitz Charitable Foundation for around $250 million in 2010.

Oasis has global volume of 6.1 million hectoliters and claims to have a 12% share of the Moscow beer market. It also operates in Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Belarus. The company was founded in 2008 by Eugene Kashper, who began his career with Stroh’s in 1994. Oasis’s acquisition was backed by TSG Consumer Partners, which will retain a minority stake in Pabst as part of the deal.

“We intend to invest meaningfully in the organization, to continue strong marketing support for PBC’s unique brands, and to drive new product innovations and renovations, such as the recent launch of Ballantine IPA,” Kashper said.

Pabst’s core Blue Ribbon brand has grown by more than one-third in the U.S. market since 2010, rising 7% to 35 million (2.25-gallon) cases last year, according to Impact Databank.

Wine Maker Changes at Groth

Cameron Parry, a veteran Napa Valley winemaker who was recently hired by Groth to succeed Weis 


The Tito’s Lawsuit: When Approval is Not Approval

Tito’s vodka being sued for not being “handmade”

Tito’s Founder Response To Lawsuit

Discover Your New Favorite Wine in Under 60 Seconds with Vinobly

New Wine App recommends wines from stores near you.






A bracelet designed by students that can detect levels of alcohol in someone’s system and “check in” to ensure the wearer is conscious has been praised by Microsoft.


How Important are Federal Excise Taxes to the Wine Industry?

The TTB, the federal agency that has primary jurisdiction over alcohol beverages in the U.S., is to collect federal excise taxes on alcohol beverages


 Minerality Lacks An Objective Meaning

One of the most perplexing words in common wine parlance: minerality.



South African winemakers are adding holograms to their labels as wine fraud moves out of the top end and into the everyday.


Coffee giant Starbucks is developing a non-alcoholic latte that tastes like Guinness.


5 Countries That Produce The Best Wine

Several factors are considered to classify a place as conducive for wine-production.

Cider Cocktails to Mix this Fall

You won’t believe what mixologists are mixing with cider this season. Basil, bacon and ginger are some of the ingredients that will be popping up in fall cocktails.


Low alcohol wines dogged by lack of awareness and poor quality perceptions

France and the USA are the most attractive markets for lower alcohol wines, although others show great potential, says a new report from Wine Intelligence.

Sangria Over Sit-Ups: How Wine Might Help You Replace Your Pesky Gym Membership

Some researchers even referred to red wine as “exercise in a bottle”


Farmers in the desert: the Horse Heaven Hills AVA

Home to some of the most important vineyard land in Washington State

Primitivo: A Gentle Giant

Nice review of Primitivo

Some Coca-Cola with your merlot? 5 Chinese wine myths debunked

Examine some of the myths that have grown up about wine drinking in China.

Good Vibrations in Your Wine Glass

Whether for marketing, to improve vine health or for sheer sensual appreciation, the links between sound and wine are growing.

Update on Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping

Massachusetts could quickly become one of the top five states for wine sales and represent $70 million to $100 million in sales within a few years.

California Law and Wine: Ups and Downs

Crazy new law in CA requires sign below in stores


Do you prefer a glass of wine or a pint of bitter? The alcohol you choose is written in your genes, study finds

Genes influence intensity perceptions and whether we like certain drinks

When Cigarettes Cost More, People Drink Less. Except For Wine

Published Wednesday in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, highlights the tie between the vices.


Who Harvests Your Grapes? You’d Be Surprised

It seems like a simple enough question.


Gadgets for wine lovers



Washington is the second-largest producer of wine in the country,



All about Mead

What’s behind ‘natural wine’?

No consumer would ignore a natural product for an unnatural one, and that distinction is at the heart of a huge wine controversy that, chances are, you haven’t heard about.

Privateer Rum News

Massachusetts-based Privateer Rum has expanded its distillery to 18,000 square feet, tripling its production capacity to about 300 barrels (6,700 cases) of rum annually. The Boston-area distiller, led by founder and president Andrew Cabot—namesake and direct descendant of the 16th-century patriot, privateer and rum-maker—produces two rum offerings: best-seller Silver Reserve, which is 80 proof and retails at $27 a bottle; and True American Amber, which is 90 proof and retails at $34. Privateer’s rums are currently distributed in Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Colorado, California, Rhode Island and Washington, D.C.


The Lynchburg, Tennessee-based distillery has been resting a charcoal-mellowed rye whiskey in new American oak barrels for the past two years, marking the first time since before Prohibition that Jack Daniel’s has experimented with a different mash bill.


Manischewitz: The Great Story of a Not-So-Great Wine

The story of Manischewitz is as intriguing as the wine isn’t


What kind of wine/alcohol should you cook with?

If you don’t enjoy taking a sip of it, you probably won’t enjoy chewing food that has been infused with it

Foxboro MA to decide on liquor licenses at town meeting

It’s only an eight-article town warrant, but it could pack an 80-proof buzz of debate.



Moderate alcohol consumption, as part of a healthy lifestyle, could help prevent four out of five heart attacks in men, according to a recent study.



A new US study has found a link between exercise and how much we drink, suggesting one could well follow the other.

New video series on California wine regions

In honor of California Wine Month 2014, the San Francisco Wine School has produced a series of videos on California wine regions featuring Founder & CEO David Glancy, MS.


More Smirnoff Vodka Flavors

Diageo’s Smirnoff vodka has extended its flavor stable with the addition of its new Smirnoff Sours range. The lineup, which features Green Apple, Watermelon and Fruit Punch expressions, is targeted toward the shot occasion and priced at $15.99 a 750-ml. The Sours launch will be supported by digital advertising, point-of-sale and on-premise initiatives. Smirnoff Sours brings Smirnoff’s flavor range—which also includes the brand’s recently-launched Sorbet Light lineup—to a total of 39 entries. The largest vodka brand in the U.S., Smirnoff was down 0.2% last year to 9.7 million cases, according to Impact Databank.

Rogue Craft Beer News

Oregon’s Rogue Ales & Spirits is launching two new craft ciders this fall. The first, Fruit Salad Cider, is a mix of cherries and plums from Rogue’s Tygh Valley, Oregon farm, blended with Oregon-sourced apples, peaches, marionberries, pears and apricots. The second, 7 Hop Cider, is an apple cider that is dry-hopped with seven varieties of hops from Rogue’s Independence, Oregon farm. Both ciders will debut in 22-ounce bottles and on draft in December. Meanwhile, Rogue has re-launched its Rogue Farms Wet Hop Ale, a returning limited edition entry. Made with fresh Freedom and Yaquina hops sourced from the Independence farm, Wet Hop Ale—available on draft—is produced within a short timeframe, with the hops harvested, transported to the Rogue Brewery and brewed in a little over two hours.

The Big Secret About Pinot

Time to get to the bottom of the story of Pinot, an ancient grape that has boggled us for centuries.

Flavor Profiles of Red Wines



The History of Sulfite Use in Wine

Consumers are constantly complaining about the sulfites in wine

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Wine Of The Day: Anthony Nappa Anomaly White Pinot Noir

August 27, 2013





Wine Of The Day

Anthony Nappa

2012 Anomaly

White Pinot Noir

This 100% Pinot Noir is a white wine made from red grapes. Challenging your perceptions, it displays a rich, full body in an unoaked style, showing white cherry and strawberry fruit aromas and flavors, leaving you with a long dry finish and a zing of acidity

About The Winery

Anthony Nappa Wines was established in 2007 by Winemaker Anthony Nappa and Chef Sarah Evans Nappa with the production of 200 cases of Long Island Pinot Noir.

They craft premium wines representing New York’s unique climates and soils. Based on the North Fork of Long Island, the grapes that grow in a maritime climate lend themselves to producing distinctive wines. Also, highlighting the best of the Finger Lakes region they work with upstate growers, sourcing fruit.

Combining new world technology and old world traditions they focus on accentuating the full expression of the wine grown in this place. Make wines with minimal additives and manipulation, unadulterated and straightforward, with honest marketing and labeling to allow our wines to shine their best on their own.

About The Winemaker

Anthony Nappa studied botany at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and completed a degree in ‘Fruit and Vegetable Agriculture’ from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture. Anthony went to New Zealand to receive his formal training in winemaking from Lincoln University in Christchurch where he received degrees in Viticulture and Oenology. Anthony has extensive experience particularly in cool climate farming and winemaking. He has worked as a winemaker in New Zealand, Southern Italy, California, Massachusetts and New York where he was Head Winemaker for Shinn Estate Vineyards from 2007 to 2011. Anthony is currently the Head Winemaker at Raphael Vineyards. Anthony joined the winemaking community on the east end of Long Island in 2007, in the same year establishing his own wine brand Anthony Nappa Wines with the production of 200 cases of Long Island Pinot Noir, aptly named Nemesis


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