Liquor Industry News/Links 4-12-14

April 12, 2014

Liquor Industry News/Links


By: Mark C Lenzi CSW,CSS, CWAS*

Liquor Industry Week In Review

Hot dogs and beer: See what $20 buys at the ballpark

Check what $20 Gets you at every park.

Pairing the right wine with your Easter ham

Wine suggestions for Easter Ham


Boz Scaggs The Accidental Winemaker INTERVIEW

Boz Scaggs has been quietly evolving from musician to wine-maker over the years


Map of USA Changes with Stats from 1994-2011

Getting to Grips with the Wine Grapes of Italy

New wine book about all grapes in Italy

New Coors Light Summer Brew


This limited edition release is a citrus radler (aka Coors Light lager brewed with citrus juice).  It’s no surprise with the popularity of the Flavored Malt Beverage / Shandy category that Coors Light would make an entry, and you get to be first to see it.  Coors Light Summer Brew will be packaged in 10oz cans and it will have 100 calories in a 10z serving.

Narragansett & Del’s Shandy


That’s right! The famous lemonade maker, Del’s, and Narragansett are teaming up to bring you a great Summer Shandy that truly is sold on merit. This brew will only be around for a limited time!

Disney’s Frozen – “LET IT GO” on Wine Glasses and Pots

Watch the video

Patron Who Didn’t Like Wine Loses Suit Against Retailer

A Manhattan judge has dismissed a fraudulent inducement lawsuit filed against a wine store and its owner by a customer who bought six $12.99 bottles of a wine he didn’t like.

Understanding an Italian Wine List

Wine Folly Blog

Delicious Variations of Gin & Tonic Cocktails

Rather than mixing up just an ordinary Gin & Tonic


A High-End Beer Glass That Makes Your Stouts Taste Better


Spiegelau’s latest brew-specific vessel is precision-engineered for maximum enjoyment when you’re drinking a stout, thanks to a combination of high-end glass, strategic curves, and the inherent deliciousness of beer itself.

Displaying beer alcohol content now legal in Maine

It’s now legal for bars and breweries in Maine to publicly display the alcohol content of their beer.

Flag Hill’s(NH) Karner Blue Gin scores with Wine Enthusiast

The newest product released by Flag Hill Distillery

We have MANY Flag Hill Products in stock!

Beer, Wine Bills Backed By Farm Breweries And Wineries, But Not Liquor Industry In RI

Right now, in Rhode Island you pretty much have to go to a liquor store to stock up on beer for a dinner party. A few bills under consideration in the General Assembly aim to change that

Five Myths About Kosher Wines

Five common myths about wines that are Kosher for Passover



10th April, 2014 by Lucy Shaw

GreenBottle, maker of the world’s first paper wine bottle, has gone into administration just five months after debuting its first line in the US.


Our Easter Food And Wine Pairing Guide

Let Us Help You Find The Perfect Easter Wine!


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Mom’s Time Out Wine Tasting


Join Helium Party Place And Franklin Liquors

Helium Party Place & Franklin Liquors for a night out just for mom! Grab your best mom friend and come to our wine tasting and enjoy other treats that we have in store!

Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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ESBE Designs and Wine Tasting


Join ESB Jewelry Designs And Franklin Liquors

esbe Designs is a trendy new jewelry company created by Sara Blaine.

Joanie Neenan will tell you all about the jewelry and we will talk and taste wine.

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Liquor Industry News/Links 4-5-14

April 5, 2014

Liquor Industry News/Links


By: Mark C Lenzi CSW, CWAS*


Liquor Industry Week In Review


Rhode Island man facing charges in Vermont after troopers find 33 gallons of wine in his Cadillac

Possible one year in jail for stocking up sound fair to you?


The Resurgence of Cheap Old-School Mass Market Beer

Miller Lites use of retro cans increases sales.

Want the Most Booze per Calorie? Skip Liquor and Go For Champagne

Interesting look at calories in all types of booze


Use an Empty Wine Bottle to Maintain Boot Shapes

Video 3 Tips for shoes , one using wine bottles

Wine and yoga can help get you pregnant?

A new study has shown that there might be a stronger connection between stress and conception than we once thought.

Bees could help speed up the ageing of wine finds new research

This is Crazy! Two of England’s high profile Masters of Wine have announced a radical new method of accelerating the ageing of wine – with the help of a hive of bees


Vineyard Find

Well Hung Vineyard from Virginia


Massachusetts promotes local beer with Craft Brewers Trail

The state of Massachusetts has teamed up with the state’s breweries to send citizens a message about drinking beer.

The Top 50 Craft Breweries In America, According To The Brewers Association

With more than 2,700 craft breweries in the country, it’s hard to know who’s the best. Enter the Brewers Association. Here are the top 50.

Alabama Beer

Cisco Cider lands this week in Massachusetts

Cisco Brewers will be releasing Cisco Cider later this week. This cider is produced once a year, and is only available to consumers on tap in Massachusetts.

The Big Squeeze is on; Harpoon introduces shandy for the summer

The Harpoon Brewery announced its UFO Big Squeeze shandy, an unfiltered wheat beer blended with all natural grapefruit juice.

Screwing around with cork keeps wine lovers arguing

The greatest enemy of wine is oxygen. It rots the drink, in short order and without fail

Wine & cholesterol reduction…the new connection

A small-scale double-blinded study found that supplements containing Resveratrol may reduce the production of compounds responsible for the build-up of cholesterol in the body of overweight and obese people

Why no wine online in Mass.?

There seems little reason to doubt that the bill would pass if it were brought to the floor. Yet it remains stuck in limbo,



Jake Leinenkugel talks about his new beer

Leinenkugel’s should make an IPA, but the company doesn’t really make ales. So it decided to make an imperial pale lager instead

Earthquake in Chile Spares Wine Regions

Source: Brand Action Team

April 3, 2014

The 8.2 magnitude earthquake that struck  95 miles offshore from the northern city of Iquique on Tuesday spared  winemaking regions of Chile.

“The epicenter of the quake was nearly a 1,000 miles northwest of the capital city of Santiago and 700 miles from the northernmost vineyards in Elqui. ”  said Marybeth Bentwood, Executive Director of Wines of Chile USA.

“At 8.2 it was an extraordinarily powerful event, but thankfully it occurred far enough away from the most populous parts of the country,”  Bentwood said.  “We have spoken to the wineries in Chile and have been reassured that there was very little impact on the vineyards, wineries and related industries.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those who were affected by the quake.”

April Fools! Craft brewers and suppliers roll out the fakes, farces and tomfoolery

Creative entrepreneurs and alcohol, which is a perfect recipe for April 1.


How to be a cheap wine snob

Of blends and boxes.

WineStar first to offer AOC wines in cans

A French start-up company is using premium wine cans from Ball for its Languedoc-Roussillon Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée red, white and rosé wines.



Funkin launches pickle juice for on-trade

Funkin is expanding its portfolio this month with Funkin Pickle Juice, which it claims is the first premium, branded pickle juice designed for the on-trade.



3rd April, 2014 by Lucy Shaw

American talk show host Kathy Lee Gifford has been told by NBC not to plug her new wine brand on the Today show.


Some wine gadgets are nonsense; others work

We have many gadgets in the wine and beverage biz as well.

What Influences US Most When Choosing Wine?

Interesting Australian Study.

Moon Mountain AVA in Sonoma

Information on this new AVA in 2013

Tea & Wine Infusion Kit

Tattle Tea is launching their Tea & Wine infusion kit just in time for the warm spring weather.


A Beginner’s Guide to American Beer Styles

Whatever that phrase means to you, it probably doesn’t mean the same thing to the guy sitting on the barstool next to you.

Does Wine Give You a Headache?

Great read on sulfites and histamines in wine.

What is “clean wine”


Salting wine? Scientist advises giving it a try

Interesting use of salt in wine and blender to decant

Bottle Lust: Italy’s Sexiest Wine

All about the Falanghina grape/wine

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Liquor Industry News/Links 3-29-14

March 29, 2014

Liquor Industry News/Links


By: Mark C Lenzi CSW, CWAS*


Liquor Industry Week In Review


Franklin Wine Club

We have started a wine club on Also merging with the Framingham Wine Club. This club is for wine explorers and will have meetings in our wine room.

Please join and start exploring with us!



Aging wine with wood instead of inside wood

South Africa interesting use of Roobios bushes and honeybush plants instead of American or French oak.

How to make alcoholic ginger beer from scratch

In addition to its spicy, addictive taste and its boozy bonus, alcoholic ginger beer is also plain-old fun to make.


Urban Outfitters sells flasks concealed as tampons for sneaking alcohol past bouncers at clubs and concerts

A new product lets girls sneak alcohol into venues and events with the clever use of flasks hidden in tampon wrappers.


21st March, 2014 by Lauren May

The human nose can detect more than one trillion individual smells, billions more than the commonly held figure of just 10,000.


New Harpoon Summer Beer

Boston-based Harpoon Brewery has released a new summer seasonal—UFO Big Squeeze Shandy. The latest entry in the brewer’s unfiltered UFO series, Big Squeeze Shandy is an unfiltered wheat beer blended with grapefruit juice. The 4.5%-abv offering, which is characterized by sweet malt, tart and citrus notes, will be available throughout the summer season in bottled six-packs and 12-packs, cans and on draft, priced at around $7.99 a six-pack. UFO Big Squeeze Shandy joins UFO Pale Ale, UFO Pumpkin, UFO Hefeweizen, UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen and UFO White in Harpoon’s unfiltered lineup. In addition to its Boston headquarters, Harpoon Brewery operates a second production facility in Windsor, Vermont.

Wine Closure’s

The type of closure selected for wine is one of the most contentious packaging issues.


What’s The Deal with Wine Shipping Laws?

Wine Folly Blog


The Next Craft Beverage Worth Buzzing About

What It’s Like To Inhale Your Favorite Liquor

Believe it or not, drinking isn’t the only way to consume alcohol: You can inhale it, too.



Giving Beer a Shot: Six Updated Boilermakers in Boston

The humble boilermaker gets a makeover.

2014 World Whiskies Award winners announced

The World Whiskies Awards took place in London last week, where more than 300 whiskies battled it out during three intensive blind tasting rounds, for the coveted title of ‘2014 World’s Best Whiskies’.

How do you consider the three-tier system in the wine world of the US to be functioning?

An interesting look at a system in place in MA. Something to think about when you purchase wine.

Walking Dead Inspired Cocktails

The Walking Dead season finale is Sunday, March 30.


Connecticut’s oldest winery for sale 

Haight-Brown Vineyard listed at $1.475 million

Why Your Taste in Wine Changes Based on Expectations or Environment

Out of the Bottle: Wine Psychology: Video

Follow Your Nose: Olfaction Training, from Perfume to Wine

Alexandre Schmitt’s nose is in demand.  He’s a classically trained French perfumer. So what’s he doing at a Napa Valley winery?

Cafe Assisi to get liquor license in Wrentham MA

A popular local eating establishment that has been around for about a decade is getting an all alcoholic liquor license.


You only have to look at the extreme flavour ideas marketing by vodka companies to realise that alcoholic beverages can include an alarmingly broad range of ingredients.


Liquor store owners in MA divided on opening early on Sundays

Do you want early Sunday openings?


Marinating meat in pilsner or black beers before throwing them on a coal-fired grill can apparently help lower potentially harmful amounts of carcinogens.


Mezcal, the moonshine wine of Mexico

Read about one of the 7 Agave based spirits,0,600995.story?track=rss#axzz2xFvvYgwl

Learn About Prosseco In This 1Minute Video

The Best Organic Wines for the Money

Top 10 Organic Wines

Study on Efforts to Prevent Marketing to Minors Gives Alcohol Industry High Marks

Fourth study on efforts to prevent marketing to minors, and the results are positive



New Jersey’s Valenzano Winery is taking it to a whole different level by creating a dry-hopped Chardonnay.


Ten Foot Tall And Bullet Proof: The Dream Behind Loveblock Wine

The story behind Erica and Kim Crawfords

We have Loveblock wines In stock!

Trends in the US Wine Industry for 2014

The numbers for 2013 are in, and most experts are more optimistic about the 2014 wine market in the US.

Would You Drink Wine Grown in Brooklyn?

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Jim Nantz Tap New Winemaker To Take “The Calling” To Next Level

The Calling, a joint venture between Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits CEO Peter Deutsch and CBS Sports commentator Jim Nantz, has appointed Dan Goldfield as consulting winemaker on its high-end Sonoma County wine brand. Taking over for Marco DiGiulio, Goldfield began blending for the 2013 vintage and will have full winemaking responsibility for the 2014 vintage.

Goldfield is known for his nearly 20-year partnership with fifth-generation winegrower Steve Dutton on the well-regarded Dutton-Goldfield brand and has extensive knowledge of the Dutton Ranch vineyard, which is the primary source of The Calling’s Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The current portfolio from The Calling includes Dutton Ranch Russian River Valley Chardonnay ($32), Dutton Ranch Jewell Vineyard Chardonnay ($51), Dutton Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ($37), Russian River Valley Fox Den Vineyard Pinot Noir, ($62), Alexander Valley Rio Lago Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon ($37) and an Alexander Valley Bordeaux-style blend “Our Tribute” ($62).

Launched in 2012, The Calling grew 77% in the past year as it expanded its presence both on- and off-premise. In 2013, the brand reached 12,000 case depletions, and Deutsch and Nantz expect it to advance to 18,000-20,000 cases this year.

We have Chard and Cab in stock!


28th March, 2014 by Lauren May


US celebrity chef, Mario Batali, has been forced to temporarily close his New York wine shop and pay fines of half a million dollars after breaking New York State liquor laws.

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May 8th 7pm

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Liquor Industry News/Links 3-22-14

March 22, 2014

Liquor Industry News/Links


By: Mark C Lenzi CSW, CWAS*


Liquor Industry Week In Review


Our Chocolate And Wine Tasting In Local Paper

The Milford News Featured Our Tasting Event



Sunday morning liquor sales an affront to area clergy

Legislation that cleared the Massachusetts House this month and is now being considered by the Senate would allow liquor stores to open two hours earlier on Sunday, at 10 a.m.

What Really Makes a Spirit Gluten-Free?

We have seen a huge interest in people concerned about glutens.

Here is a great article about it.


Get Out Your Corkscrew

Each month The NY Times will pick a type of wine to explore together.


17th March, 2014 by Lauren May

A chemical found in red wine could slow cancer growth without the toxicity and irritation of chemotherapy, and improve surgical outcomes for  bladder cancer, according to a recent report.

Boston City Council moves proposal for a tax on liquor sales forward

This is a crazy Tax! If you recall the State of Ma repealed a state wide retails tax.

Now Boston wants its own.

Sugars found in tequila may protect against obesity, diabetes

Tequila shots may do more than lighten the mood at a party; the drink may be beneficial for your health as well.


Kathie Lee Gifford launches wine line

Gifft chardonnay and a Gifft red blend


March Madness: 7 Beer Cocktails to Numb Your Bracket Pain

Before you sit down to watch March Madness this year, ask yourself a simple question: is your beer missing something?

Find Out if You’re a Wine Supertaster

If you have more than 30 taste buds in a space the size of a hole punch on your tongue then you are a supertaster.


Italian Aperitivi and Digestivi Drinks

The Italian way of eating is about the enjoyment of quality genuine food and drink

Why Gin Tastes Like Christmas Trees (And More Weird Gin Facts)

All About Gin

MA Bottle bill expansion in hands of legislative working group

If Approved you will have deposit on water bottles!


Starbucks to add alcohol in evenings at thousands of stores

Starbucks will expand its evening alcohol and light bites menu, which includes bacon-wrapped dates and Malbec wine, to thousands of stores.


Petition to overhaul Boston’s liquor licensing process addressed at first hearing on Beacon Hill

Looking to reform license laws


20th March, 2014 by Lucy Shaw

A jacket dyed with the pigment from Sangiovese grape skins has gone on sale in Italy.



New Cruzan Rum Flavor

Cruzan rum brand has added a new peach expression to its flavored lineup. A blend of Cruzan rum and ripe peach flavors, the new summer-inspired entry is currently available nationwide, priced at $14.99 a 750-ml. Cruzan Peach, which marks the brand’s 14th flavored rum, comes on the heels of several recent Cruzan innovations, including the launch of Cruzan Velvet Cinn—a premium rum horchata—and the upscale Cruzan Distiller’s Collection range, both released late last year. Cruzan sells approximately 750,000 cases in the U.S., according to Impact Databank.



A branding agency in Russia has unveiled its designs for new concept vodka called Democracy, featuring missile-shaped bottles.


2014 Ultimate Spirits Challenge Results

The results are in for the 2014 Ultimate Spirits Challenge®, the world’s premier spirits competition.


Consumers prefer screwcaps, says survey

A survey of 6,000 consumers has shown that the majority prefer screwcaps over other closures because they’re more convenient

Less filling, tastes awesome

Every beer here is under 5% ABV, yet intoxicatingly tasty. From a lime-and-passionfruit witbier to a tart Berliner weisse to hopped-up pale ale, there’s something for everyone in the session beer game.

Franklin MA: New liquor license policy in the works

The town is instituting a new policy for issuing liquor licenses that makes the entire process more public.

Interesting “would not meet a public demand”

Does wine have to be certified organic to be sustainable?

Even though many winemakers follow sustainable practices, they don’t always achieve USDA organic certification or indicate eco-friendly processes on the label. If bottles aren’t labeled organic, what should you look for?

Why low-calorie liquor is doomed

“People don’t drink alcohol for health and wellness reasons,”

US Government’s Booze Tab Totals $1.3M for Fiscal 2013

Federal records show the government has racked up a seven-figure bar tab.

In fiscal 2013, the government spent nearly $1.3 million on alcohol, more than quadruple the $315,000 spent in 2005, according to The Washington Times. Spending on beer, wine, and liquor in 2013 was up more than $400,000 over the year before.

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Liquor Industry New/Links 3-15-14

March 15, 2014

Liquor Industry News/Links


By: Mark C Lenzi CSW, CWAS*

Liquor Industry Week In Review

St Patrick’s Day Edition

Is Green Beer Bad for You?

Some think artificial dyes are dangerous


How To Make Green Beer

Sounds simple and it is!


What better way to celebrate St Patrick’s Day than with a tipple or two of some of the world’s best Irish whiskeys.

6 St. Patrick’s Day Recipes Using Baileys Irish Cream


Chocolate and wine make a delicious duo

Our April Wine Event Featured In Local Paper

MA STATE HOUSE NEWS: House okays bill to allow earlier retail alcohol sales on Sunday

The House last Wednesday approved a bill (H 228) that would legalize Sunday morning alcohol sales starting at 10 a.m. – two hours earlier than allowed under current law.

Prosecco replaces champagne as world’s favorite sparkling wine

prosecco sales soared by 11.5 percent in volume last year

Prosecco vs champagne

Beer Cooler Blocks Phone Signals for More Mingles

Watch this video on new gadget you put beer in and it blocks

Cell phone signal 5ft around you.

10 Irish Cocktails For St. Patrick’s Day

time to expand our beverage repertoire to celebrate the holiday.


The Mr. Miyagi of Wine Sommeliers

Passing the Advanced Sommelier Exam isn’t easy, so many candidates trek to Aspen Mountain to train their palates with the best man in the business.

For older drivers ‘Just one, I’m driving,’ may be one drink too many

New study a single glass of wine for those aged 55 or more may affect the body’s metabolism

The latest nutrition facts about beer

Emerging research reveals that beer has unique nutritional and health benefits

Plainville MA liquor store cited for storing wine off premises

storing “surplus” wine in an industrial building in violation of liquor rules.


11th March, 2014 by Lauren May


Moderate wine consumption has been shown to decrease the risk of cardiovascular events and death in type 2 diabetes sufferers.

Worried about Drinking and Spring Break? Parents can use their strong influence even for college students!

Website offers many tips to help children with alcohol

Is Altria About to Pounce on Constellation Brands?

Will tobacco giant take over wine giant?

Liquor Company Diageo will send liquor, bartenders to your living room!

Diageo is going straight to the fun by shipping liquor and bartenders to clients’ living rooms. For $3,300!



10th March, 2014 by Ben Kennedy

We all know how biodynamics has become a global topic of interest in terms of making wine, but how important is the lunar calendar when tasting and enjoying the finished product? Why we post good days to drink or taste wine!


All About Piedmont Wine Region

This hilly region of northwestern Italy lies in the shadow of the Alps.

Water-to-wine Miracle Machine actually a publicity stunt

It sounded too good to be true, and it was. The Miracle Machine was supposed to make wine at home in just a few days, but it’s not real.

9 Mind-Blowing Liquor Myths Debunked

Have you ever wondered whether or not absinthe is actually hallucinogenic? Or whether Jameson is really only ordered by Catholic drinkers and Bushmills by Protestants?

Kraft group, Foxboro MA seek more liquor permits

The Kraft Group and the town are taking steps toward asking the Massachusetts Legislature to create 12 new liquor pouring licenses.


List beer’s alcohol content? In Maine, that’s illegal

Maine brewers and taverns are puzzled by enforcement of an old law that bans the potency numbers from menus and signs.



13th March, 2014 by Lauren May

A music producer has proven you don’t need instruments to make music by performing Pharrell William’s hit song ‘Happy‘ using just some wine glasses and cooking pans.

Dos Equis® Dos-A-Rita® to make debut in April

Premium, ready-to-serve Lager Margarita coming soon.


Shock Top Introduces Honey Bourbon Cask Wheat


An unfiltered Belgian-style wheat ale featuring the sweetness of honey and the boldness of bourbon

Jack Daniels Taking On Dr. Fireball


Brown-Forman has formally announced the test launch of a new cinnamon-flavored Jack Daniel’s offering beginning in April. Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire will be available in Oregon, Pennsylvania and Tennessee for a suggested retail price of $22 a 750-ml. The 70-proof offering is crafted with Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 whiskey and infused with a proprietary cinnamon liqueur.

Red Robin rolls out wine shakes

Milkshake lovers now have an excuse to toast before slurping — the wine shake is in motion.

Tennessee whiskey changes?

Liquor giants battle over marketing, types of barrels

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Liquor Industry News/Links 3-8-14

March 8, 2014

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By: Mark C Lenzi CSW, CWAS*

Liquor Industry Week In Review 

A Tiny Home Device That Turns Water Into Wine In 3 Days

It’s like a Soda Stream — a contraption that lets anyone make their own soda — but for wine



Nutritionists spotlight the health benefits of daily shot of whisky

Surprising facts about some of the most common beverages

Beer company pushes for new U.S. Holiday

How would you like an extra day off work? Well, you could get it if Budweiser has its way

Wegmans and wine

The store in Northboro Ma is seeking a change to state law so that it can go one step further and offer beer and wine to its Market Café patrons


3rd March, 2014 by Lauren May

A classroom made from more than 1,000 beer bottles, old tyres and plastic sheeting is being constructed by architecture students at a school in India.


Idaho’s having a wine time

The state’s scrappy wine industry is on a serious roll. It now boasts 50 wineries, located primarily in the Snake River Valley west of Boise.

Would you drink a flavored Maker’s Mark?


Flavored whiskies have been a major trend in the distilling industry lately.

Bud Light Lime to Expand Ritas Franchise

The popular Bud Light Lime Ritas franchise is doubling. The brand is introducing two new permanent flavors – Mang-O-Rita and Raz-Ber-Rita



28th February, 2014 by Lauren May

An artist has shared a video of him creating a ‘painting’ of Marilyn Monroe using hundreds of disused wine corks.

Rhode Island: Bill would allow wine shipments in RI


March 3, 2014

Rhode Islanders could have wine shipped directly to their door under legislation pending before state lawmakers.

The bill would allow wineries and wine retailers to ship up to 24 cases of wine a year to any resident aged 21 or older.

The business shipping the wine would have to obtain a wine shipment license from the state, and would be responsible for paying state sales and excise taxes.

All shipments would require a signature from someone 21 or older.

Rhode Island currently allows wine shipments only if the consumer has placed the order in person at a winery.

The bill is sponsored by House Minority Leader Brian Newberry, a North Smithfield Republican. It is scheduled to be reviewed Tuesday by the House Committee on Corporations.


4th March, 2014 by Lauren May

A study has raised questions as to whether the use of pesticides in the production of wine could be to blame for a drop in French men’s sperm count.

Bill could allow banned beer back in N.H.

House committee mulls change in alcohol label law


Here’s to Your Health! Reasons to Drink Dark Beer


At 11 cents, Massachusetts offers 7th lowest state excise tax rates on beer

While the Commonwealth is often referred to as “Taxachusetts,” tax rates on beer are among the lowest in the country.

The Dozen Oddest Liquors in the World

Some Crazy Liquors!

Pairing Girl Scout cookies with adult beverages


The future for whiskies

The golden era of Scotch is now in full swing.


The Aroma Academy

Great resource from the UK.

Aroma kits for wine, gin and whiskey!

Pabst Blue Ribbon Reportedly On The Selling Block

Pabst Blue Ribbon’s private equity owner, C. Dean Metropoulos, is said to be seeking a buyer for the beer brand, which is valued between $500 million and $1 billion, according to a report in Reuters. Boutique investment bank Perella Weinberg Partners has reportedly been tapped to assist with the sale.

Metropoulos acquired Pabst from Kalmanovitz Charitable Foundation for $250 million in 2010. Since then, the sub-premium brew has grown by more than a third, finishing 2013 up 7% to 35 million (2.25-gallon) cases, according to Impact Databank. An auction of Pabst is expected to attract major brewers as well as private equity bidders.

Cider News/New Items

MillerCoors is adding a new hard cider brand this month with the national launch of Smith & Forge, billed as a crisp hard cider at 6%-abv. Available in 16-ounce single-serve cans and 4-packs, as well as 12-packs of 12-ounce cans, Smith & Forge’s packaging features an antique design with a blacksmith’s hammer icon paying homage to a past era. MillerCoors is supporting the launch with a national marketing campaign beginning in March that will include media partnerships with outlets such as ESPN, Discovery Channel, Comedy Central, Thrillist and SB Nation.

Sam Adams

Boston Beer Co.’s Angry Orchard has launched its Green Apple hard cider nationwide. Made with culinary apples from the Pacific Northwest, Angry Orchard Green Apple is currently available in six-packs, priced at around $7.99 to $9.99. The 5%-abv entry marks the brand’s first year-round cider made with American apples, following the launch of Angry Orchard’s Elderflower (April-August) and Cinnful Apple (September-March) seasonals, both of which are also crafted with American fruit. Green Apple joins Crisp Apple, Traditional Dry and Apple Ginger in the core, year-round Angry Orchard stable.

What Types of Wine Glasses Do You Really Need?

There are a gazillion different types of wine glasses out on the market. So, what should you buy? Discover what glassware fits your wine drinking habits and what the best options are to build a proper wine glass set


How Many People Did It Take to Make Your Wine?

Interesting look at the big wine companies and how many employees they have:

Beer As A Post-Workout Recovery Drink? Not As Crazy As It Sounds

There may be some good news brewing for fitness and beer enthusiasts:

Crafty new beer app warns of big-brewer ownership

A new app alerts drinkers to whether a certain beer can legitimately be called “craft”

Worcester package store owners fret about beer-and-wine licenses for supermarkets, big-box stores

Little guys fighting the big guys

Beer Ingredient May Prevent Tooth Decay, Gum Disease

An ingredient in beer may help prevent cavities and gum disease, according to a new study.

Would You Drink Beer From A Pouch?

Read about and see these package ideas for beer

Great New Wine Education Interactive Web Site

Antonio Galloni Web Site

How Do You Know a Wine Is Corked

What you can smell in bad wines


Wine additives you should know about

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Liquor Industry News 3-1-14

March 1, 2014

Liquor Industry News/Links


By: Mark C Lenzi CSW, CWAS*


Liquor Industry Week In Review


Guide to Amaretto

Facts and more about Amaretto. Did you know its Apricot used NOT almond?


Where the world’s biggest vodka drinkers are

No one downs vodka like Russia does see maps and charts


24th February, 2014 by Lucy Shaw

Red wine is able to stop lung cancer growth according to a recent study by Canadian scientists.

DO-IT-YOURSELF: Upcycle a wine bottle into a dish soap dispenser


MA Bottle Bill Expansion

Proposed Changes:

H3848, a bill to expand the bottle bill. Here is a brief outline of the bill:

Waters, teas, juices and energy drinks would now have a 5 cent deposit.

The Executive Office of Environmental Affairs will review the refund value every 5 years, and would have the authority to adjust the 5 cent deposit up or down based upon the current economic situation.

The handling fee to dealers (stores and/or redemption centers) would increase from 2.25 cents per unit to 3.5 cents per unit.

A separate fund called the “Clean Environment Fund” would be created to segregate the money collected from the bottle bill and to be used for environmental purposes.

The Executive Office of Energy and the Environment will create regulations that will give small businesses the right to seek exemption from accepting “empties” provided no other law is enacted to prohibit this. Small businesses are defined as businesses with less than 3,000 feet of retail space and those business models in which three or fewer establishments are controlled by one owner.

If expansion is enacted it will take effect on April 22, 2015.

As MA Looks To Expand Bottle Bill VT Wants To End!

Vermont beverage distributors have an alternative to the state’s bottle bill

Berkshire Distillers News:

Sheffield, Massachusetts-based Berkshire Mountain Distillers has partnered with 10 U.S. craft brewers to create a new range of Bourbons finished in beer barrels for a minimum of three months. Several offerings in the limited edition range began rolling out in January, including collaborations with Georgia’s Terrapin Brewing, Pennsylvania’s Tröegs Brewing and Massachusetts’ Samuel Adams. In the coming months, Berkshire will unveil new entries created in partnership with Michigan’s Founders Brewing, Florida’s Cigar City Brewing, Montana’s Big Sky Brewing, Washington’s Hale’s Ales, Oregon’s Full Sail Brewing, New York’s Brewery Ommegang and New Hampshire’s Smuttynose Brewing. The Bourbons, which range in price from $42.99-$60 a bottle, feature the name of the participating brewery and are available only in each brewer’s region.

Sturbridge MA Ocean State Job Lot to sell beer and wine

Selectmen granted the discount chain’s local branch, at 178 Main St., a beer and wine license. This will be the first Ocean State Job Lot to sell beer and wine in Worcester County. The sales now await the blessing of state alcohol regulators.

The world’s weirdest beer laws

Strange but true beer laws


A Beer And Cheese Pairing Guide

Guide to help you take the beer/cheese love affair to the next level.

Colorado Girl Scouts barred from selling cookies outside pot shops

That’s the bad news..good news still sell outside Liquor Stores!

N.H. beer distributors object to bill for booze ads on billboards

A “weird holdover law” from the days of prohibition bans alcoholic beverage advertisements on billboards in NH

Washington Malbec grows up: 7 to try

Malbec has become one of the more important and fascinating grapes in Washington.


The Wines of South West France

Wine Folly blog


Napa filmmakers use drones over vineyards


Watch A Drone Vineyard Video:

On Average, one grape vine equals how much wine

On Average, one grape vine equals how much wine is a question that pops up a lot. All The details and #’s


25th February, 2014 by Lauren May

Budweiser has announced details of its “Rise As One” global marketing campaign ahead of its sponsorship of the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.


How movies have influenced cocktails

To Get You Ready For Awards Night

New US Wine Export Stats

U.S. wine exports, of which around 90% come from California, reached a new record in 2013, rising 16% to $1.55 billion on a volume increase of 7.5% to 435 million liters, according to the Wine Institute. Among wine export regions, California shipments to the European Union rose 31% to $617 million, Canada was up 12% to $454 million, Japan fell 7% to $102 million, Hong Kong slipped 12% to $78 million, China increased 6% to $77 million and Mexico jumped 21% to $22 million. Wine Institute president and CEO Robert Koch said California, which now exports a fifth of its wine production, is on track to reach its goal of $2 billion in exports by 2020.

New Italian Chianti Category

Tuscany’s Chianti Classico DOCG has introduced Gran Selezione, a new top-tier wine category. Unveiled in Florence last week, the Gran Selezione classification dictates that a wine must be sourced from a winery’s own vineyards, adhere to strict production regulations and can only be sold following a 30-month maturation and period of bottle refinement. Gran Selezione wines are estimated to account for around 10% of Chianti Classico production and are collectively valued at between €70-€100 million ($95-$136 million). Previously, the Chianti Classico denomination featured just two quality classifications, including the Annata (year’s vintage) and Riserva categories.

9 Beers Americans No Longer Drink

No love for this glug glug


The CÎROC Coco Light Martini is an official specialty cocktail of the 86th Oscars® Governors Ball. The CÎROC Coco Light Martini has less than 130 calories!

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Liquor Industry News/Links 2-22-14

February 22, 2014

Liquor Industry News/Links


By: Mark C Lenzi CSW, CWAS*

Liquor Industry Week In Review 

Today Is National Margarita Day!


Spice Up Your National Margarita Day

Different Margaritas To Try:

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17th February, 2014 by Lauren May

Bottles of wine made by convicted murderers are to go on sale at some of New York’s most stylish restaurants, according to a report in The New York Post.

‘All we really need is wine’: Parents create hilarious video of how they cope with their children staying at home during a snow day

Ocean State Job Lot makes bid to sell beer, wine in Sturbridge MA

Shoppers at Ocean State Job Lot may soon be able to buy beer and wine at the store.

Sights & Sips from the 2014 Boston Wine Expo

Review Of The Wine Expo

Wine: ‘Old vine’ zinfandels

By Laurie Daniel For the Mercury News

California has zinfandel vines that are more than 140 years old. But when you buy a bottle of “old vine” zinfandel, don’t assume that the grapes are from such venerable vines.


A Twist On Margarita’s

With such a popular cocktail, there is always more than one person to lay claim to it’s creation.


Small Business Group Not Buying Wegmans’ Liquor Push

Grocery chain Wegmans is looking to serve alcoholic beverages at its Northborough, Massachusetts location

Get to Know Austrian Wine

Wine Folly Blog



19th February, 2014 by Rupert Millar

Critic Robert Parker has released his predictions for 2014 including natural wines being exposed  “as a fraud” and growing love for US wines.

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These States Have The Highest Taxes On Beer, Wine, And Liquor

Maps Of Wine, Beer And Liquor Tax By State

Dogfish takes beer ‘n’ brats to the next level with own sausage line

Delaware’s Dogfish Head Brewery late last year launched a line of foods including specialty sausages, hop-infused pickles and even canned clam chowder.


All About Bourbon Beer

Bourbon And Beer 101

New Bookers Bourbon

Beam Inc. is celebrating Booker’s Bourbon’s 25th anniversary with the launch of a new limited edition offering, Booker’s Batch 2014-1. Aged nine to 11 years and bottled at its natural proof (ranging from 121 to 130 proof), the special edition retails at $99.99 a 750-ml. bottle and is presented in a commemorative wooden case.


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Beer drinking has just gotten cooler… and geekier


The Kegbot is a tablet-powered beer Kegerator that will keep track of how much beer is left in your keg to help you make sure that you’re never in danger of running out during a party.

16 Unusual Liqueurs You Should Taste

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Starbucks and Jim Beam to brew up coffee liqueur

By Chris Stetkiewicz and Mark Weinraub, Reuters

Starbucks’ extensive coffee-based beverage lineup is about to get a different kind of jolt.

The Seattle-based coffee shop chain, along with the Jim Beam unit of Fortune Brands, is developing a premium coffee liqueur to be sold in bars, restaurants and liquor stores — but not in Starbucks’ 7,800 locations.

The liqueur will be tested in two undisclosed U.S. markets later this year in Starbucks’ first attempt to tap into the alcohol business. “It has been our intention since the mid ’90s to build a very strong brand at retail and then to leverage into other product categories and channels of distribution,” Starbucks Chief Executive Orin Smith says.

MillerCoors to introduce Miller64 beer with voluntary nutritional labeling in US

Source: DBR

21 February 2014

Brewing major MillerCoors is set to introduce a new detailed voluntary nutritional labeling on its Miller64 beer in the US. The move is in response to the new guidelines by US Department of Treasury’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau about the nutritional information disclosed on labels for all brewers, vintners and hard liquor distillers.Under the new ruling, alcohol brands can feature nutritional information such as serving size, servings per container, alcohol content by volume, calories, protein and fat per serving on their packaging.MillerCoors brand marketing vice president Gannon Jones said that Miller64 contains 64cal and 2.4g of carbs per 12oz serving. “Adding the new nutritional label will provide the kind of detail that will give consumers one more reason to reach for a Miller64 when they want to enjoy a beer that fits their way of life,” Jones added.Besides this, the company plans to expand the voluntary nutritional labeling in future, but will start after consumer reaction on Miller64.

New Three Olives Flavor

Three Olives vodka has introduced a new coconut water-flavored offering name-checking Elvis Presley and his famous love affair with Hawaii. The English import’s Elvis Presley Coconut Water Flavored Vodka will roll out nationwide beginning in March in various sizes, with its 750-ml. priced at $21. The 30%-abv offering joins Three Olives’ 22 flavor extensions including Chocolate, Grape and Root Beer—all quadruple distilled from English Winter Wheat.

What’s in beer, and is it good for me?

Beer point of view from a nutritionist:

How to Make Your Own Maraschino Cherries

You can make maraschino cherries at home


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Liquor Industry News/Links 2-15-14

February 15, 2014

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By: Mark C Lenzi CSW, CWAS*


Liquor Industry Week In Review

A Rechargeable LED Cork That Turns Empty Bottles Into Lamps

Cool gadget that can be use for wine crafts

Wine + Life: How To Find A Wine You Like

Tips on finding wines


Seattle sommelier hacks wine world with award-winning site

All about the woman behind one of the best wine education blogs


Boston Wine Expo Bans Direct-To-Consumer Exhibitors

No direct shippers or wine ship supporters will have booths


10th February, 2014 by Lucy Shaw

US scientists have found that Champagne kept at lower temperatures is less likely to develop a “browning” compound that turns wine bad.



11th February, 2014 by Lauren May

A compound found in red wine combined with aspirin could kill abnormal cells that lead to cancer, new research suggests.

Plainville Ma gas station pulls wine, beer application after selectmen say supermarket might need it

This is crazy! Towns telling small business owners they are saving things for bigger stores as they sell more!

Gluten labelling and the American government’s problem with fermentation

Nice blog about labeling wine and alcohol for glutens

Learn The Secrets of Each Red Wine Color

Nice pictures of the colors in red wines

Yuengling pushes distribution into Massachusetts

In stock Soon!

New Souverain Wine Line

Treasury Wine Estates has revamped California wine brand Souverain, aiming to reinvigorate a label historically known as a reliable, value-oriented Sonoma producer. The relaunch will include a new look intended to “breathe fresh life” into Souverain while staying true to its roots. Elements in the brand’s new label depict a crown, a cluster of grapes, the California golden bear and the thistle of Scotland, a tribute to winery founder Lee Stewart’s heritage.

Concurrently, Souverain will introduce a new range of North Coast wines—including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot—targeting the fast-growing $15 segment. Those wines will join the brand’s flagship Winemaker’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from the Alexander Valley ($40) and Winemaker’s Reserve Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley ($35). According to Treasury, the intention is to build on Souverain’s legacy of producing high-quality North Coast Cabernet

New Sam Adams Beer

Boston Beer’s Samuel Adams brand has released Escape Route, a new limited edition spring seasonal. Billed as a Kölsch-style, 5%-abv brew, Escape Route is made with an “untraditional” yeast strain, which ferments at ale-like temperatures, but is then cold-conditioned like a lager, resulting in a blend of honey, floral, grapefruit and herbal hop notes. The hybrid entry is currently available nationwide, priced at $7.99-$9.99 a six-pack. Escape Route is also available as part of the Samuel Adams Spring Brews variety 12-pack, which retails for $14.99-$17.99.

Spring Mix Pack In Stock And ON SALE $13.99


The Countries that drink the most liquor

Map and story


12th February, 2014 by Lauren May

A fridge filled with beer that will only open at the touch of a Canadian passport has been installed at the Sochi Winter Olympics.



If the thought of Valentine’s Day fills you with a sense of dread and despair then these are the drinks for you.

Can You Pair Wine and Chocolate?

Some wine and chocolate pairing advice


Six Exciting Wine Regions To Explore In 2014

Wine regions to explore

Americans Are Drinking More Italian Wines Than Italians

New Study according the Italian Wine and Food Institute

New Patron Tequila

Patron has officially unveiled its upscale Gran Patron Piedra Tequila in the U.S. market. A limited production extra anejo Tequila, Piedra is made via the “Tahona” process in which steam-cooked agave is slowly crushed with a two-ton volcanic stone wheel called a Tahona. The resulting juice is then fermented and distilled along with the agave fiber. Piedra, retailing at $399 a hand-numbered 750-ml. bottle, was previously available only in travel retail.

New Busch Beer Soon

Anheuser-Busch is extending its Busch brand with its first new product in more than 15 years. The new entry, Busch Signature Copper Lager, is a higher-alcohol brew reminiscent of the recent Platinum and Black Crown extensions to A-B’s Bud Light and Budweiser brands respectively. Copper Lager is at 5.7% abv, compared with 4.3% for the core Busch brand. It’s rolling out across 12 Midwestern states for now—backed by print, TV and digital ads under the tagline “More Flavor. No Fuss”—with further expansion possible depending on performance.

Tired of Morning Hangovers? You Could Be Allergic to Alcohol

May actually be the result of an allergic reaction to ingredients in alcohol.

U.S. sales volume.

Wine Business Monthly, which puts out the annual report top producers in 2013. The top 10:

1. Gallo, with an estimated volume of 80 million cases. The company does not disclose this data.

2. The Wine Group, whose holdings include the former Franzia Winery near Ripon, 57.5 million.

3. Constellation Brands, which is based in New York state but is a major California producer, 50 million.

4. Bronco Wine Co., south of Ceres, 20 million.

5. Trinchero Family Estates, based in Napa Valley, 18.5 million.

6. Treasury Wine Estates, based in Australia but with some brands from California, 15.4 million.

7. Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Washington state, 7.5 million.

8. DFV Wines, formerly Delicato, near Manteca, 7 million.

9. Jackson Family Wines, Sonoma and other regions, 5.5 million.

10. Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines, Napa and other regions, 3.8 million.

This Video Demystifies Wine Terms Like “Aerate,” “Corked,” and “Tears”

10 chocolate beers to share with your sweetie


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Valentine Wine Of The Day

February 9, 2014

Chocolate Shop Sparkling Chocolate Wine. Fill Your Glass With A Bubbly Foam Full Of Chocolate Covered Cherry Flavor. Pairs Well With Chocolate Covered Fruits. 750ml $9.99



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