Liquor Industry News/Links 01-14-17

January 14, 2017

Liquor Industry News/Links

01-14-17

Franklin Liquors

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By: Mark C Lenzi

CSW, CSS, CWAS, FWS, IWS*

Upcoming Tri-County Classes

In Our Wine Room

Oscars Truffle and Wine Tasting    

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Thursday             2/16/17                7pm -9pm

With The Sugar Shoppe

Explore the world of truffles and a minimum of 6 fabulous wine pairings. The Sugar Shoppe’s Courtney Nappa and Franklin Liquor’s Mark Lenzi and show you the way for this educational sit-down tasting.

https://registration.xenegrade.com/tri-county/courseDisplay.cfm?schID=2099

Exploring French Wines         

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                        Thursday             3/9/17            7pm to 9pmF

Lets take a tasting tour around France.

We will discuss regions, laws and explore unique wines from Champagne to the Southwest. Don’t let wines from France confuse you, learn what grapes grow best where and become an expert!

https://registration.xenegrade.com/tri-county/courseDisplay.cfm?schID=2098

Time To Vote!

2017 Readers Choice Awards Ballots

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Week of January 16, 2017 through

week of February 6, 2017

Please Vote Us For Best Liquor Store

GO PATS!

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Take Care

Franklin Liquors

Mike & Mark

#shopfranklin

Shop Franklin

Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

Beer Pairings for Girl Scout Cookies (2017 Update)

Notre Dame has its own wine

If That Wine You Love Suddenly Tastes Weird Don’t Blame The Cork

AND MORE!

Franklin Liquors New Daily Newspaper

The Wonderful World of Wine (WWW)

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 Our Daily Wine Newspaper

https://t.co/uSKfS74nvQ 

‘Shower Beer’ Is a Dedicated Beer for the Bathroom (Yes, This Is Real)

The brew is specifically built for shower consumption: At only 18 centiliters, about 6 ounces, Shower Beer is half the size of your typical bottled or canned brew, a size “meant to gulp in three sips while standing in the shower getting ready for the night.”

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http://people.com/food/shower-beer-bathroom-bottles/

 

How K-Cups Might Replace Keg Cups And Keep You Home From The Bar

Anheuser-Busch InBev announced a partnership with coffeemaker Keurig Green Mountain to develop a system for serving beer, spirits, cocktails and mixers at home that skips that pesky trip to the liquor store.

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/taranurin/2017/01/06/next-on-tap-for-beer-k-cups-not-keg-cups/#2907b2503503

 

The Hater’s Guide to Loving Port Wine

Portugal’s popularity is booming as a tourist destination. Next up for world domination? Its signature drink.

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-06/how-to-drink-port-and-why-you-ll-learn-to-love-it

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Miller Lite

When Miller Lite first hit the market in the early 1970s, it sent shockwaves through the American beer industry

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http://www.thedailymeal.com/drink/5-things-you-didn-t-know-about-miller-lite?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=046d16615e-The+Daily+Brew%3A+January+6%2C+2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-046d16615e-36686829

 

If That Wine You Love Suddenly Tastes Weird Don’t Blame The Cork

To find out if it is indeed the wrong day for that wine, take a look at your calendar, but don’t focus on what day it is; focus on the moon cycle.

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/thomaspellechia/2017/01/08/if-that-wine-you-love-suddenly-tastes-weird-dont-blame-the-cork/#3d401d087d40

 

Mexico’s Wine Renaissance

The Mexican wine industry is simultaneously the birthplace of North American wine and its newest frontier

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joseph-v-micallef/wine-stories-mexicos-wine_b_13985148.html

Notre Dame has its own wine

These are alumni and friends of the school, and just to be clear, none of them learned how to make wine in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame is not claiming to be a winemaking school.

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http://www.providencejournal.com/entertainmentlife/20170107/football-drink-notre-dame-has-its-own-wine

 

The 14 Coolest Beer Label Designs You’ve Ever Seen

With so many beers competing for attention on the shelves, standout beer labels have become a critical part of any brewery’s marketing strategy.

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https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/beer-label-designs#sm.0000ykvzdc71rf4hvw42eg7dyjnb9

 

Cameron Hughes Winery Saved from Oblivion

One of the best-known names in current American wine, Cameron Hughes, was sold this week by a bankruptcy court receiver to the highest bidder.

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http://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2017/01/cameron-hughes-winery-saved-from-oblivion

 

You Don’t Need to Speak Wine to Read These Labels

If you are like 65 percent of the world’s population who happen to be visual learners, there is now a wine made just for you.

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https://munchies.vice.com/en/articles/you-dont-need-to-speak-wine-to-read-these-labels

Red & sparkling wines dominated 2016 volume growth

But Sangria came on strong!

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 Lohr Launches “Signature”

New Limited-Production Cabernet Sauvignon Celebrates Pioneering Winegrower Jerry Lohr’s 80th Birthday.

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http://wineindustryadvisor.com/2017/01/10/j-lohr-launches-signature

Bad News for Boston Beer in New Data

The maker of Sam Adams struggled with sales at convenience stores in December.

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http://www.barrons.com/articles/bad-news-for-boston-beer-in-new-data-1484086781

SMARTPHONE GADGET TURNS FRUIT INTO ALCOHOL

A new gadget, controlled by your smartphone, claims to be able to turn leftover fruit into mead, cider, or wine.

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https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/01/smartphone-gadget-turns-fruit-into-alcohol/

 

Where is Southwest France?

Southwest France (Sud Ouest) is best known for what it isn’t. Frankly, and unfortunately, it’s not widely recognized at all

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https://www.winescholarguild.org/blog/where-is-southwest-france-with-map.html?utm_source=newsletter_1417&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=monthly-bulletin-sept-2016

 

Knackered mothers’ wine club: Is hangover free wine just too good to be true?

What exactly is an organic wine? Is it really better than ‘normal’ wine? And, most importantly, will it stop you getting a thumping hangover?

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4111404/Knackered-mothers-wine-club-hangover-free-wine-just-good-true.html

Preserve your wine with QikVin

Is the QikVin Wine Preservation Invention the next new thing to rock the wine industry, or just another pitch in a world filled with wine sharks, dragons and inventors? We want you to decide! So here are the answers to the “FIVE W’s” – who, what, where, when and why?

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http://www.decanter.com/sponsored/qikvin-preserves-wine-in-a-magical-new-bottle-352644/

This wine’s a bit flat! Your favourite red or white will now fit through your letterbox thanks to new slimline bottle

It’s the kind of idea you might dream up after one glass too many – but this one has matured nicely.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4109186/Wine-lovers-rejoice-Innovative-plastic-bottles-squeeze-letterbox-ll-never-miss-delivery.html

The Fort Knox where Emirates stores 3.75-million bottles of wine

The airline has spent $500m in the past 12 years to develop the finest wine list in the sky

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https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/companies/2017-01-12-the-fort-knox-where-emirates-stores-375-million-bottles-of-wine/

The name barleywine tends to create confusion.

Is it a wine? Is it a beer? Is it a blend of the two, or just beer aged in a wine barrel?

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http://hrgrowler.com/barleywines-barely-wine/

 

Beer Pairings for Girl Scout Cookies (2017 Update)

It’s our favorite time of year once again—Girl Scout Cookies are here!

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https://beerandbrewing.com/VKm9gisAAF-R_rap/article/beer-pairings-for-girl-scout-cookies-2016-update?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=4f6ee75d55-The+Daily+Brew%3A+January+11%2C+2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-4f6ee75d55-36686829

 

Tasting notes decoded

Get to grips with the some of the more obscure tasting notes used by wine experts, with graphics from the Decanter design team…

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http://www.decanter.com/learn/advice/understand-tasting-notes-decoded-344920/

YANQI: CHINA’S UNKNOWN ORGANIC WINE REGION

With a population of just 120,000 (small by Chinese standards) Yanqi in northwestern China could be dismissed as a forgotten outpost of the bygone Silk Road. But this small town is making a comeback, thanks to the organic ambitions of its winemakers.

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https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/01/yanqi-chinas-unknown-organic-wine-region/

 

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Our 2017 Education Schedule

American Wine Specialist Program

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Franklin Liquors ( www.franklinliquors.com )along with Vinitas Wineworks ( http://vinitaswineworks.com )and Wine Empire ( http://www.mywineempire.com ) are proud to host the North American Sommelier Association for an American Wine Specialist (AWS) Class.

 

The AMERICAN WINE SPECIALIST® covers each of the 50 American states. Classic wine regions of Napa Valley and Sonoma will be covered, in addition to all other California American Viticultural Areas.   Oregon’s Willamette Valley and Washington’s Columbia Valley – both home tosignificant investment by Old World wine families – will be explored at length.  We will study the rapidly upcoming regions of New York’s Finger Lakes,  Texas Hill Country, and Virginia’s Piedmont.  We will also taste a number of native and hybrid varieties from all over the country…this will be an enlightening experience with depth of information and diversity of American wines.

The course consists of 24 hours (4 full days) of class time and tasting, with a final written exam (5th day) required to achieve the official AMERICAN WINE SPECIALIST® certification and pin, issued by the North American Sommelier Association and recognized internationally by the Worldwide Sommelier Association (www.worldwidesommelier.com).

WHEN: 2017 MAR 25th, 26th, APR 1st & 2nd  – 9:00AM to 4:00pm (with break)

Exam: 2017 MAY 7th (9:00am – 1 hour)

WHERE: Franklin Liquors – 363 East Central Street, Franklin, MA 02038

Cost $650

Details And Sign Up Here:

https://www.nasommelier.com/american-wine-specialist-aws

Franklin Liquors Class At The Creative Sewing Studio

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Saturday, February 18th, 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Do you really know what’s in a bottle? How about if it’s really organic? Do you know only 5 corporations own 80-90% of wines for sale? Do you know how to get more value for your money or find the best for your specific palate when shopping for wines?This year we are re-opening after our winter break with a new and exciting Creative Arts Workshop, The Art Of Wine Buying! There is no better time for lively, educational conversation and the warmth created by sipping on wine than in the chill of winter!

Mark Lenzi, co-owner of Franklin Liquors will provide us with information on Wine Buying Tips Using Wine Labels that mostly only those in the industry know. No longer will you purchase a bottle solely based on its label design. This sit down wine tasting/education will explain all the truths and lies on a wine label. After this event buying wine will never be the same! http://www.franklinliquors.com

Cost: $38 includes cheese, meats and crackers, wine and information.

https://thecreativesewingstudio.com/products/adult-art-workshops-knitting-beading-painting

 

Franklin Wine Club Meeting

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Wine Explorers wanted!

Join Our 460 Club Members!

How To attend and join

http://www.meetup.com/Franklin-Wine-Club/

http://www.facebook.com/FranklinwineclubMA

 

February 7th 7pm

Valentine Wine Tasting

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At this tasting we will explore wines that will be great to pair on Valentines Day.

Mix of types and styles to get you in the ready for the big day.

Lets taste and explore.

https://www.meetup.com/Franklin-Wine-Club/events/236822859/

Franklin Adult Education 2017 Classes

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Exploring Italian Wines

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Tuesday January 17th 7pm

Italian wines can be some of the most confusing to understand.

This tasting/education will cover history, geography, laws, regions and grapes.

Come explore Italy!

Cost $25

https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0079-0003-b8f3b8004a574490909dde98efecf66a

Medway Community Education Winter Programs

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WINE TASTING 101

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Thursday January 26th 7-9pm

This wine tasting and educational class will help you develop your wine profile.

We will explore the 5 steps in how to taste wine. The results of this will make you a better wine taster and buyer and develop your unique wine profile. With this profile you can walk into any store or restaurant and explain what you like.

What do you smell? Do you like oaked or unoaked wines? Why do we swirl and spit?

We will talk about wine technology that can assist in building your palate.

Participants must be 21 years of age

Cost $20

http://www.medwayschools.org/sites/medwayps/files/file/file/winter_17_final_brochure_11-28.pdf

Exploring French Wines

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Thursday February 9th 7-9pm

Lets take a trip to France in this education and tasting class.

We will cover French wine growing regions and what wines to look for.

French wine laws and labels will be examined.

What is difference between Champagne and a Cremant?

What are the grapes in Burgundy?

What is the one red grape grown in Alsace?

What are French Dessert wines?

After this class you will have all the tips needed to start buying and enjoying the wines of France!

Participants must be 21 years of age

Cost $20

http://www.medwayschools.org/sites/medwayps/files/file/file/winter_17_final_brochure_11-28.pdf

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2017 French Wine Scholar Program

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Vinitas WineWorks LLC, Tri-County Adult Education, and Franklin Liquors are excited to announce the Fall session of the French Wine Scholar Certification program!

Now you don’t have to go to Boston for this world-class French wine course! Set yourself apart from your peers and specialize in the wines of France. Gain the confidence to taste, sell, and speak meaningfully about all aspects of French wine, from Champagne to Bordeaux and everything in between. Pass the exam and earn the title French Wine Scholar and FWS post-nominal.

Developed by the Wine Scholar Guild with the support of the French Ministry of Agriculture, this specialization program is designed for advanced students of wine, whether professionals or serious wine hobbyists. This is NOT an introductory wine class; students should have professional wine experience or previous classroom study. Students must be familiar with the concepts of viticulture and vinification, major grape varieties, wine regions, and wine styles from across the globe, and have experience tasting wine in a formal setting.

Date: 9 Tuesdays: February 28 – November May 30; Review May 16; Exam date: May 30, 2017

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Location: Franklin Liquors, 363 E. Central Street, Franklin MA

Tuition: $999

http://www.tri-county.tc/wine-scholar-program

February 16th 

Oscars Truffle and Wine Tasting

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Explore the world of truffles and a minimum of 6 fabulous wine pairings. The Sugar Shoppe’s Courtney Nappa and Franklin Liquor’s Mark Lenzi and show you the way for this educational sit-down tasting.

https://registration.xenegrade.com/tri-county/courseDisplay.cfm?schID=2099

 

March 9th French wines

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Lets take a tasting tour around France.

We will discuss regions, laws and explore unique wines from Champagne to the Southwest. Don’t let wines from France confuse you, learn what grapes grow best where and become an expert!

https://registration.xenegrade.com/tri-county/courseDisplay.cfm?schID=2098

 

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Liquor Industry News/Links 01-07-17

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By: Mark C Lenzi

CSW, CSS, CWAS, FWS, IWS*

Happy New Year

2017

Franklin Liquors Class At The Creative Sewing Studio

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Saturday, February 18th, 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Do you really know what’s in a bottle? How about if it’s really organic? Do you know only 5 corporations own 80-90% of wines for sale? Do you know how to get more value for your money or find the best for your specific palate when shopping for wines?This year we are re-opening after our winter break with a new and exciting Creative Arts Workshop, The Art Of Wine Buying! There is no better time for lively, educational conversation and the warmth created by sipping on wine than in the chill of winter!

Mark Lenzi, co-owner of Franklin Liquors will provide us with information on Wine Buying Tips Using Wine Labels that mostly only those in the industry know. No longer will you purchase a bottle solely based on its label design. This sit down wine tasting/education will explain all the truths and lies on a wine label. After this event buying wine will never be the same! http://www.franklinliquors.com

Cost: $38 includes cheese, meats and crackers, wine and information.

https://thecreativesewingstudio.com/products/adult-art-workshops-knitting-beading-painting

 

Time To Vote!

2017 Readers Choice Awards Ballots

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Week of January 16, 2017 through

week of February 6, 2017

Please Vote Us For Best Liquor Store

GO PATS!

Take Care

Franklin Liquors

Mike & Mark

#shopfranklin

Shop Franklin

Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

A wine trend outside the bottle

Does getting older change our sense of smell and taste?

SCIENTISTS DISPROVE ‘FRUIT/ROOT DAY’ TASTING DIFFERENCES

AND MORE!

Franklin Liquors New Daily Newspaper

The Wonderful World of Wine (WWW)

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 Our Daily Wine Newspaper

https://t.co/uSKfS74nvQ 

 

The 5 Perfect Beers to Pair With Winter Foods

Pull up a chair next to the fire and enjoy one of these hearty combinations

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http://www.menshealth.com/nutrition/perfect-beer-food-pairings?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=9119afe92d-The+Daily+Brew%3A+December+30%2C+2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-9119afe92d-36686829

It Turns Out Your Wine Choice Reveals Some VERY Interesting Things About Your Personality

Did you know your wine choice is saying quite a bit about you?

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http://twentytwowords.com/it-turns-out-your-wine-choice-reveals-some-very-interesting-things-about-your-personality/

 

4 Super Underrated Fortified Wines

Despite the incredible history surrounding the fortified wines of Europe, they’ve fallen out of favor. On the plus side, it means you can find exceptional quality at a great value price. Here are several fine fortified wines that can be found for less than $20 a bottle.

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http://winefolly.com/tutorial/4-super-underrated-fortified-wines/?utm_source=Wine+Folly&utm_campaign=f12b27107d-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a18d8bdc1b-f12b27107d-62472929&mc_cid=f12b27107d&mc_eid=d73340fcba

 

Organic wine really does taste better, study of 74,000 bottles shows

They discovered that organic wines – which are labelled as ‘ecocertified’ in the US – scored an average of 4.1 points higher than their non-organic counterparts, our of a score of 100.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/01/02/organic-wine-really-does-taste-better-study-74000-bottles-shows/

 

Is Italian Wine Ready for a Revamp in 2017?

Take this as simply one long-time observer’s view of the path ahead.

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http://acevola.blogspot.com/2017/01/is-italian-wine-ready-for-revamp-in-2017.html

How Color Affects Your Perception of Taste of Wine

The color of foods and drinks has such a strong impact on our perception that it can affect how much we like different foods and drinks. Here are a few striking examples:

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http://winefolly.com/tutorial/how-color-affects-your-perception-of-taste-of-wine/

 

BEAM SUNTORY ‘CYCLES OUT’ PINNACLE FLAVOURS

Beam Suntory is “confident” it can return Pinnacle Vodka to growth after substituting declining confectionery flavors for fruit variants, according to the firm’s North American marketing head.

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2017/01/beam-suntory-cycles-out-pinnacle-flavours/

Champagne By The Numbers

The most important number this New Year’s Eve is 2017. But while you’re counting down to midnight, here are a few others you might try to remember.

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/samlemonick/2016/12/30/champagne-by-the-numbers/#4141d8d05eb4

 

Pairing Beer and Cheese

Beer and cheese are natural partners, with equally wide ranges of possible flavors. Here, we offer a few suggestions on how to think about pairing various styles of cheese with different beer styles.

https://beerandbrewing.com/4DqMtBip1KuSkCcKcaE6Wc/article/pairing-beer-and-cheese?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=30a6e5fa2a-The+Daily+Brew%3A+January+3%2C+2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-30a6e5fa2a-36686829

Medway MA ice cream shop granted liquor license

Through the 4-1 vote, T.C. Scoops, at 104 Main St., received a full liquor license, but with conditions that restricts the shop to serving only beer, wine and cordials or ice cream-based alcoholic treats.

http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20170103/medway-ice-cream-shop-granted-liquor-license

New Trinchero Wine

Trinchero Family Estates is launching Hopes End, a new Australian red blend. Produced by Australia’s Angove Family Winemakers, Hopes End is made with Shiraz, Grenache, Malbec and Petit Verdot sourced from the McLaren Vale, Barossa and Murray Valley regions. The new entry, which is targeted toward the 25- to 35-year-old demographic, retails at $12 a 750-ml. Hopes End is intended to tap the continuing red blend boom, with the category now the third-largest in the U.S., up more than 10% in the 26 weeks ending December 3, 2016, according to Nielsen.

SCIENTISTS DISPROVE ‘FRUIT/ROOT DAY’ TASTING DIFFERENCES

A team of scientists in New Zealand has published a report they say disproves there is any difference in ‘Fruit’ and ‘Root’ days in the biodynamic tasting calendar.

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https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/01/scientists-disprove-fruitroot-day-tasting-differences/

 Full Report

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0169257#sec020

 

5 Wine Resolutions You’ll Actually Keep

Five resolutions for the new year that are deliciously fun, social, and easily attainable. Why? All pertain to our favorite beverage: wine.

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http://www.grape-experiences.com/2017/01/5-wine-resolutions-youll-actually-keep/

 

Does getting older change our sense of smell and taste?

Research indicates some of us will be lucky and will hang on to most of the abilities we already have, while others will face a downhill slide in our powers of perception. All this is highly individual and a gradual decline in sensitivity may not always be obvious.

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https://www.decanterchina.com/en/knowledge/trivia/does-getting-older-change-our-sense-of-smell-and-taste

EU forces ‘prosecco van’ owner to rename her wine because it isn’t served from a bottle

The couple want to use the vehicle at events, parties and weddings, where they will be able to serve up glasses of fizz from the tap.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/04/eu-tells-prosecco-van-owner-cant-call-fizzy-wine-prosecco-isnt/

 

$300 Chinese Wine Arrives In America

Ao Yun 2013, a Bordeaux-style red, at $300 a pop, has upped the ante considerably and gives a whole new face to the Chinese wine business.

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/nickpassmore/2017/01/04/300-chinese-wine-arrives-in-america/#54d533704fe3

 

A wine trend outside the bottle

The label is often the gateway to the purchase of the wine.

http://www.theunion.com/entertainment/rod-byers-a-wine-trend-outside-the-bottle/

 

Boomers still rule the wine market

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Boston Beer Company Introduces 2 New Seasonal Beers

Samuel Adams was one of the first craft brewers to offer rotating beers that capture the essence of each season, and now, from January through April, the brewers are introducing drinkers to two new seasonal beers: Samuel Adams Hopscape and Fresh as Helles

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http://www.brewbound.com/news/boston-beer-company-introduces-2-new-seasonal-beers?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=9336d2e760-The+Daily+Brew%3A+January+4%2C+2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-9336d2e760-36686829

 

PERNOD TO LAUNCH ‘CONNECTED COCKTAIL LIBRARY

Pernod Ricard’s Breakthrough Innovation Group (BIG) is seeking to “transform” at-home cocktail culture with its “connected cocktail library” system Opn, set to launch in early 2018.

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2017/01/pernod-to-launch-opn-connected-cocktail-library/

 

Wine and Moderation: What’s Healthy?

To really answer the question of whether or not wine is healthy, you need to look at what’s inside a glass of wine.

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http://winefolly.com/update/wine-and-moderation-whats-healthy/

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American Wine Specialist Program

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Franklin Liquors ( www.franklinliquors.com )along with Vinitas Wineworks ( http://vinitaswineworks.com )and Wine Empire ( http://www.mywineempire.com ) are proud to host the North American Sommelier Association for an American Wine Specialist (AWS) Class.

 

The AMERICAN WINE SPECIALIST® covers each of the 50 American states. Classic wine regions of Napa Valley and Sonoma will be covered, in addition to all other California American Viticultural Areas.   Oregon’s Willamette Valley and Washington’s Columbia Valley – both home tosignificant investment by Old World wine families – will be explored at length.  We will study the rapidly upcoming regions of New York’s Finger Lakes,  Texas Hill Country, and Virginia’s Piedmont.  We will also taste a number of native and hybrid varieties from all over the country…this will be an enlightening experience with depth of information and diversity of American wines.

The course consists of 24 hours (4 full days) of class time and tasting, with a final written exam (5th day) required to achieve the official AMERICAN WINE SPECIALIST® certification and pin, issued by the North American Sommelier Association and recognized internationally by the Worldwide Sommelier Association (www.worldwidesommelier.com).

WHEN: 2017 MAR 25th, 26th, APR 1st & 2nd  – 9:00AM to 4:00pm (with break)

Exam: 2017 MAY 7th (9:00am – 1 hour)

WHERE: Franklin Liquors – 363 East Central Street, Franklin, MA 02038

Cost $650

Details And Sign Up Here:

https://www.nasommelier.com/american-wine-specialist-aws

Franklin Liquors Class At The Creative Sewing Studio

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Saturday, February 18th, 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Do you really know what’s in a bottle? How about if it’s really organic? Do you know only 5 corporations own 80-90% of wines for sale? Do you know how to get more value for your money or find the best for your specific palate when shopping for wines?This year we are re-opening after our winter break with a new and exciting Creative Arts Workshop, The Art Of Wine Buying! There is no better time for lively, educational conversation and the warmth created by sipping on wine than in the chill of winter!

Mark Lenzi, co-owner of Franklin Liquors will provide us with information on Wine Buying Tips Using Wine Labels that mostly only those in the industry know. No longer will you purchase a bottle solely based on its label design. This sit down wine tasting/education will explain all the truths and lies on a wine label. After this event buying wine will never be the same! http://www.franklinliquors.com

Cost: $38 includes cheese, meats and crackers, wine and information.

https://thecreativesewingstudio.com/products/adult-art-workshops-knitting-beading-painting

 

Franklin Wine Club Meeting

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Join Our 450 Club Members!

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2017 Events Soon!

Franklin Adult Education 2017 Classes

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Wine Buying Tips Using Label Information

WINE LABEL CLASS

Tuesday January 10th 7pm

 

Do you know 5 corporations own 80-90% of wines for sale?

Many people buy wines based on label only. Do you?

This wine tasting/education will explain what is on a wine label and how it can help you find the best for your dollar. After this event buying wine will never be the same!

Cost $25

https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0079-0003-65ca2977f4f84f6689f0e8e72dcc826e

Exploring Italian Wines

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Tuesday January 17th 7pm

Italian wines can be some of the most confusing to understand.

This tasting/education will cover history, geography, laws, regions and grapes.

Come explore Italy!

Cost $25

https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0079-0003-b8f3b8004a574490909dde98efecf66a

Medway Community Education Winter Programs

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WINE TASTING 101

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Thursday January 26th 7-9pm

This wine tasting and educational class will help you develop your wine profile.

We will explore the 5 steps in how to taste wine. The results of this will make you a better wine taster and buyer and develop your unique wine profile. With this profile you can walk into any store or restaurant and explain what you like.

What do you smell? Do you like oaked or unoaked wines? Why do we swirl and spit?

We will talk about wine technology that can assist in building your palate.

Participants must be 21 years of age

Cost $20

http://www.medwayschools.org/sites/medwayps/files/file/file/winter_17_final_brochure_11-28.pdf

Exploring French Wines

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Thursday February 9th 7-9pm

Lets take a trip to France in this education and tasting class.

We will cover French wine growing regions and what wines to look for.

French wine laws and labels will be examined.

What is difference between Champagne and a Cremant?

What are the grapes in Burgundy?

What is the one red grape grown in Alsace?

What are French Dessert wines?

After this class you will have all the tips needed to start buying and enjoying the wines of France!

Participants must be 21 years of age

Cost $20

http://www.medwayschools.org/sites/medwayps/files/file/file/winter_17_final_brochure_11-28.pdf

Tri-County Adult Education  

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2017 French Wine Scholar Program

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Vinitas WineWorks LLC, Tri-County Adult Education, and Franklin Liquors are excited to announce the Fall session of the French Wine Scholar Certification program!

Now you don’t have to go to Boston for this world-class French wine course! Set yourself apart from your peers and specialize in the wines of France. Gain the confidence to taste, sell, and speak meaningfully about all aspects of French wine, from Champagne to Bordeaux and everything in between. Pass the exam and earn the title French Wine Scholar and FWS post-nominal.

Developed by the Wine Scholar Guild with the support of the French Ministry of Agriculture, this specialization program is designed for advanced students of wine, whether professionals or serious wine hobbyists. This is NOT an introductory wine class; students should have professional wine experience or previous classroom study. Students must be familiar with the concepts of viticulture and vinification, major grape varieties, wine regions, and wine styles from across the globe, and have experience tasting wine in a formal setting.

Date: 9 Tuesdays: February 28 – November May 30; Review May 16; Exam date: May 30, 2017

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Location: Franklin Liquors, 363 E. Central Street, Franklin MA

Tuition: $999

http://www.tri-county.tc/wine-scholar-program

February 16th 

Oscars Truffle and Wine Tasting

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Explore the world of truffles and a minimum of 6 fabulous wine pairings. The Sugar Shoppe’s Courtney Nappa and Franklin Liquor’s Mark Lenzi and show you the way for this educational sit-down tasting.

https://registration.xenegrade.com/tri-county/courseDisplay.cfm?schID=2099

 

March 9th French wines

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Lets take a tasting tour around France.

We will discuss regions, laws and explore unique wines from Champagne to the Southwest. Don’t let wines from France confuse you, learn what grapes grow best where and become an expert!

https://registration.xenegrade.com/tri-county/courseDisplay.cfm?schID=2098

 

Wine And Chocolate Events

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California Wine Appellation Specialist-CWAS-San Francisco Wine School (First In MA)

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Open New Years Eve 8am-9PM

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Our Sale Items

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Our 2017 Wine Tasting/Education Schedule

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American Wine Specialist Program

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Franklin Liquors ( www.franklinliquors.com )along with Vinitas Wineworks ( http://vinitaswineworks.com )and Wine Empire ( http://www.mywineempire.com ) are proud to host the North American Sommelier Association for an American Wine Specialist (AWS) Class.

 

The AMERICAN WINE SPECIALIST® covers each of the 50 American states. Classic wine regions of Napa Valley and Sonoma will be covered, in addition to all other California American Viticultural Areas.   Oregon’s Willamette Valley and Washington’s Columbia Valley – both home tosignificant investment by Old World wine families – will be explored at length.  We will study the rapidly upcoming regions of New York’s Finger Lakes,  Texas Hill Country, and Virginia’s Piedmont.  We will also taste a number of native and hybrid varieties from all over the country…this will be an enlightening experience with depth of information and diversity of American wines.

The course consists of 24 hours (4 full days) of class time and tasting, with a final written exam (5th day) required to achieve the official AMERICAN WINE SPECIALIST® certification and pin, issued by the North American Sommelier Association and recognized internationally by the Worldwide Sommelier Association (www.worldwidesommelier.com).

WHEN: 2017 MAR 25th, 26th, APR 1st & 2nd  – 9:00AM to 4:00pm (with break)

Exam: 2017 MAY 7th (9:00am – 1 hour)

WHERE: Franklin Liquors – 363 East Central Street, Franklin, MA 02038

Cost $650

Details And Sign Up Here:

https://www.nasommelier.com/american-wine-specialist-aws

Have A Safe And Happy New Year!

GO PATS!

Take Care

Franklin Liquors

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Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

WHAT’S IN A LABEL? HOW WINE MAKERS REEL IN DRINKERS

Sparking wine: the science behind bubbles and best glassware for serving

Champagne tastes better with bigger bubbles, study finds

AND MORE!

Franklin Liquors New Daily Newspaper

The Wonderful World of Wine (WWW)

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 Our Daily Wine Newspaper

https://t.co/uSKfS74nvQ 

A Beer In 60 Seconds And No Line To Wait In

Once you’ve agreed to the price, you tap your card and one more confirmation is needed to get the beer pumping.

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/ianmorris/2016/12/25/a-beer-in-60-seconds-and-no-line-to-wait-in/#4ef5d9db904e

 

Locations: A Wine Life Hack

Locations bottles’ labels are an abbreviation of the respective places where the grapes originate.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tara-fass/locations-a-wine-life-hac_b_13853986.html

Feds processing 51 new grape varietals for wine

Here’s your government in action: Fifty-one new grapes are set to join the exclusive group of grape varietals that winemakers can put on their bottle labels.

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http://www.startribune.com/feds-ride-herd-on-grape-varietals-wine-labels/408160996/

 

Butterball Sues Australian Wine Company Over Its ‘Butterball’ Chardonnay

It just won’t stop when it comes to trademark disputes involving the alcohol industry.

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http://abovethelaw.com/2016/12/butterball-sues-australian-wine-company-over-its-butterball-chardonnay/

 

Wine and chocolate are the perfect pairing, right? Not really, and here’s why

I’m not sure why everyone is always trying to pair chocolate with red wine, other than the fact that everyone loves red wine and chocolate

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/foodfocus/ct-whiskey-chocolate-pairing-food-1228-20161222-story.html

 

Wine app wars continue

Does this mean that Delectable lost the wine app wars, and that Vivino has won?

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http://www.jancisrobinson.com/articles/wine-app-wars-continue

What else do people buy at cocktail bars other than cocktails?

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Champagne tastes better with bigger bubbles, study finds

Larger bubbles, about 3.4mm across, enhance the release of aerosols into the air above the glass, say experts

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https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/dec/23/champagne-tastes-better-bigger-bubbles-prosecco-cava

 

Italian Sparkling Wine To Set New Holiday Record

Italian sparkling wine is set for a record holiday season, with 62 million bottles set to be uncorked in Italy (+10% on 2015) and 158 million abroad (+20%), according to estimates from the Wine Observatory, based on ISMEA data.

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http://www.esmmagazine.com/italian-sparkling-wine-to-set-new-holiday-record/36705

 

Sparking wine: the science behind bubbles and best glassware for serving

Chances are good that you will pop a bottle (or two) of bubbly as you celebrate this holiday season. But have you ever pondered how those fizzy little bubbles get into your champagne or sparkling wine? More importantly, which glass is best for serving it?

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https://www.splendidtable.org/story/sparking-wine-the-science-behind-bubbles-and-best-glassware-for-serving

 

WHAT’S IN A LABEL? HOW WINE MAKERS REEL IN DRINKERS

It turns out the labels have at least something to do with it, at least for 71 percent of U.S. wine consumers.

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http://www.newsweek.com/label-wine-drinkers-marketing-535961

 

Trump Winery is trying to hire foreign workers

The petition to the US Department of Labor from Trump Vineyard Estates, owned by the president-elect’s son Eric Trump, seeks temporary visas under the H-2A program for the foreign laborers who would work for about four months at the vineyard near Charlottesville doing a “variety of manual/equipment operation tasks in a vineyard operation.”

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http://nypost.com/2016/12/22/trump-winery-is-trying-to-hire-foreign-workers/

 

The 25 Essential Wines of 2016

Meet this year’s “Hot 25″—the bottles that represent everything we love about today’s ever-expanding wine world.

http://punchdrink.com/articles/the-25-essential-wines-best-wine-2016/

Top Wine Stories of 2016

A look back on the most-read news articles from 2016

https://www.winesandvines.com/template.cfm?section=news&content=178182

North Americans Prefer Cork Stoppers

Recent market research conducted in the USA and Canada provides further confirmation that cork is the preferred wine stopper for consumers, who are willing to pay a significant premium for cork-finished wines.

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http://wineindustrynetwork.com/suppliers/amorim-cork-america.html#whatsnew

 

The historical heart of Prosecco

Given the huge – and growing – popularity of Prosecco, it’s a good bet that a lot of that Italian fizz will be uncorked during the holidays, especially on New Year’s Eve.

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http://lauriedanielonwine.com/2016/12/23/the-historical-heart-of-prosecco/

 

Trinchero Acquires Fetzer’s Five Rivers Winery

Trinchero Family Estates (TFE) has acquired Paso Robles, California-based Five Rivers Winery from Fetzer Vineyards for an undisclosed sum. The purchase includes Five Rivers’ 90,000-square-foot winemaking facility, as well as 46 acres of land, of which 15 acres are planted to Petite Sirah. TFE plans to update the Five Rivers facility and add white wine production to the site. TFE says the move furthers its ongoing effort to boost its premium and super-premium wine business, while expanding its presence on the Central Coast.

In a statement to SND, Fetzer Vineyards COO Cindy DeVries said, “The Five Rivers brand will continue to be produced following sale of the Central Coast winery to Trinchero, with production relocating to our Hopland, California-based winery.”

How wine and religion get along

Where did religion and wine start?

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http://www.inforum.com/variety/4187178-how-wine-and-religion-get-along

 

Wine And Cheese Shots Are Here To Take Your Pregame To The Next Level

Some things simply belong together and are sweet heaven to the tastebuds when eaten at the same time, like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for instance.

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http://elitedaily.com/envision/food/wine-and-cheese-shots/1735568/

 

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American Wine Specialist Program

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Franklin Liquors ( www.franklinliquors.com )along with Vinitas Wineworks ( http://vinitaswineworks.com )and Wine Empire ( http://www.mywineempire.com ) are proud to host the North American Sommelier Association for an American Wine Specialist (AWS) Class.

 

The AMERICAN WINE SPECIALIST® covers each of the 50 American states. Classic wine regions of Napa Valley and Sonoma will be covered, in addition to all other California American Viticultural Areas.   Oregon’s Willamette Valley and Washington’s Columbia Valley – both home tosignificant investment by Old World wine families – will be explored at length.  We will study the rapidly upcoming regions of New York’s Finger Lakes,  Texas Hill Country, and Virginia’s Piedmont.  We will also taste a number of native and hybrid varieties from all over the country…this will be an enlightening experience with depth of information and diversity of American wines.

The course consists of 24 hours (4 full days) of class time and tasting, with a final written exam (5th day) required to achieve the official AMERICAN WINE SPECIALIST® certification and pin, issued by the North American Sommelier Association and recognized internationally by the Worldwide Sommelier Association (www.worldwidesommelier.com).

WHEN: 2017 MAR 25th, 26th, APR 1st & 2nd  – 9:00AM to 4:00pm (with break)

Exam: 2017 MAY 7th (9:00am – 1 hour)

WHERE: Franklin Liquors – 363 East Central Street, Franklin, MA 02038

Cost $650

Details And Sign Up Here:

https://www.nasommelier.com/american-wine-specialist-aws

Franklin Wine Club Meeting

CLUB

Wine Explorers wanted!

Join Our 450 Club Members!

How To attend and join

http://www.meetup.com/Franklin-Wine-Club/

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2017 Events Soon!

Franklin Adult Education 2017 Classes

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Wine Buying Tips Using Label Information

WINE LABEL CLASS

Tuesday January 10th 7pm

 

Do you know 5 corporations own 80-90% of wines for sale?

Many people buy wines based on label only. Do you?

This wine tasting/education will explain what is on a wine label and how it can help you find the best for your dollar. After this event buying wine will never be the same!

Cost $25

https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0079-0003-65ca2977f4f84f6689f0e8e72dcc826e

Exploring Italian Wines

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Tuesday January 17th 7pm

Italian wines can be some of the most confusing to understand.

This tasting/education will cover history, geography, laws, regions and grapes.

Come explore Italy!

Cost $25

https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0079-0003-b8f3b8004a574490909dde98efecf66a

Medway Community Education Winter Programs

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WINE TASTING 101

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Thursday January 26th 7-9pm

This wine tasting and educational class will help you develop your wine profile.

We will explore the 5 steps in how to taste wine. The results of this will make you a better wine taster and buyer and develop your unique wine profile. With this profile you can walk into any store or restaurant and explain what you like.

What do you smell? Do you like oaked or unoaked wines? Why do we swirl and spit?

We will talk about wine technology that can assist in building your palate.

Participants must be 21 years of age

Cost $20

http://www.medwayschools.org/sites/medwayps/files/file/file/winter_17_final_brochure_11-28.pdf

Exploring French Wines

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Thursday February 9th 7-9pm

Lets take a trip to France in this education and tasting class.

We will cover French wine growing regions and what wines to look for.

French wine laws and labels will be examined.

What is difference between Champagne and a Cremant?

What are the grapes in Burgundy?

What is the one red grape grown in Alsace?

What are French Dessert wines?

After this class you will have all the tips needed to start buying and enjoying the wines of France!

Participants must be 21 years of age

Cost $20

http://www.medwayschools.org/sites/medwayps/files/file/file/winter_17_final_brochure_11-28.pdf

Tri-County Adult Education  

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2017 French Wine Scholar Program

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Vinitas WineWorks LLC, Tri-County Adult Education, and Franklin Liquors are excited to announce the Fall session of the French Wine Scholar Certification program!

Now you don’t have to go to Boston for this world-class French wine course! Set yourself apart from your peers and specialize in the wines of France. Gain the confidence to taste, sell, and speak meaningfully about all aspects of French wine, from Champagne to Bordeaux and everything in between. Pass the exam and earn the title French Wine Scholar and FWS post-nominal.

Developed by the Wine Scholar Guild with the support of the French Ministry of Agriculture, this specialization program is designed for advanced students of wine, whether professionals or serious wine hobbyists. This is NOT an introductory wine class; students should have professional wine experience or previous classroom study. Students must be familiar with the concepts of viticulture and vinification, major grape varieties, wine regions, and wine styles from across the globe, and have experience tasting wine in a formal setting.

Date: 9 Tuesdays: February 28 – November May 30; Review May 16; Exam date: May 30, 2017

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Location: Franklin Liquors, 363 E. Central Street, Franklin MA

Tuition: $999

http://www.tri-county.tc/wine-scholar-program

February 16th 

Oscars Truffle and Wine Tasting

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Explore the world of truffles and a minimum of 6 fabulous wine pairings. The Sugar Shoppe’s Courtney Nappa and Franklin Liquor’s Mark Lenzi and show you the way for this educational sit-down tasting.

https://registration.xenegrade.com/tri-county/courseDisplay.cfm?schID=2099

 

March 9th French wines

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Lets take a tasting tour around France.

We will discuss regions, laws and explore unique wines from Champagne to the Southwest. Don’t let wines from France confuse you, learn what grapes grow best where and become an expert!

https://registration.xenegrade.com/tri-county/courseDisplay.cfm?schID=2098

 

Wine And Chocolate Events

red wine flavours

Franklin Liquors And The Sugar Shoppe Partners For

Your Chocolate And Wine Events

Contact Us!

Sugar Shoppe

Food And Wine Events

FOOD

Our Partner

The Moonlight Chef

Chef

Watch For Our Upcoming TV Show!

Food Uncorked (larger)

Franklin Liquors Wine Education

Certified Specialist Of Wine-CSW

Certified Specialist Of Spirits-CSS

Society Of Wine Educators

California Wine Appellation Specialist-CWAS-San Francisco Wine School (First In MA)

French Wine Scholar FWS-(Instructor) Wine Scholar Guild

Quini Certified Educator- QCE (First In USA)

Italian Wine Specialist-IWS-North American Sommelier Association

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Liquor Industry News/Links 12-24-16

December 24, 2016

Liquor Industry News/Links

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Franklin Liquors

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By: Mark C Lenzi

CSW, CSS, CWAS, FWS, IWS*

Watch For Our Holiday Gift Guide Newsletter!

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http://conta.cc/2gx1WkB

 

Holiday Gift Idea

The Gift Of A Wine Tasting/Education

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http://www.franklinliquors.com/education.html

American Wine Specialist Program

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Franklin Liquors ( www.franklinliquors.com )along with Vinitas Wineworks ( http://vinitaswineworks.com )and Wine Empire ( http://www.mywineempire.com ) are proud to host the North American Sommelier Association for an American Wine Specialist (AWS) Class.

 

The AMERICAN WINE SPECIALIST® covers each of the 50 American states. Classic wine regions of Napa Valley and Sonoma will be covered, in addition to all other California American Viticultural Areas.   Oregon’s Willamette Valley and Washington’s Columbia Valley – both home tosignificant investment by Old World wine families – will be explored at length.  We will study the rapidly upcoming regions of New York’s Finger Lakes,  Texas Hill Country, and Virginia’s Piedmont.  We will also taste a number of native and hybrid varieties from all over the country…this will be an enlightening experience with depth of information and diversity of American wines.

The course consists of 24 hours (4 full days) of class time and tasting, with a final written exam (5th day) required to achieve the official AMERICAN WINE SPECIALIST® certification and pin, issued by the North American Sommelier Association and recognized internationally by the Worldwide Sommelier Association (www.worldwidesommelier.com).

WHEN: 2017 MAR 25th, 26th, APR 1st & 2nd  – 9:00AM to 4:00pm (with break)

Exam: 2017 MAY 7th (9:00am – 1 hour)

WHERE: Franklin Liquors – 363 East Central Street, Franklin, MA 02038

Cost $650

Details And Sign Up Here:

https://www.nasommelier.com/american-wine-specialist-aws

Happy Holidays

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GO PATS!

Take Care

Franklin Liquors

Mike & Mark

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Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

A Wine Guide for Every Holiday Situation

Wrentham MA asking for more liquor licenses

Introducing the Vino Veritas App, an Analytical Wine Identifier

AND MORE!

Franklin Liquors New Daily Newspaper

The Wonderful World of Wine (WWW)

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 Our Daily Wine Newspaper

https://t.co/uSKfS74nvQ 

How To Get A Career In Beer

There are a large number of career paths in the vigorous beer industry, covering everything from the artistry of brewing to the business of distribution.

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/katherinegustafson/2016/12/16/how-to-get-a-career-in-beer/#2778d560111f

Boston Beer Suffers as Seasonal Beers Go Flat

Consumers seem to have lost their taste for cinnamon and pumpkin ale, which is bad news for craft brewers.

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http://www.barrons.com/articles/boston-beer-suffers-as-seasonal-beers-go-flat-1481926085

Will wine recommendation apps spell the end for sommeliers, critics and experts?

Tens of millions of people are signed up to TripAdvisor-style wine apps, so who cares what sommeliers have to say?

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http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/wine-recommendation-apps-end-sommeliers-critics-experts-vivino-plonk-a7479896.html

Holiday Drinking – How to Pace like a Pro

In these final and booziest days of the year, you’ll come across all kinds of articles on how to pace yourself and your guests.

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http://www.buzzbinpadillacrt.com/holiday-drinking/

 

Why amateur wine scores are every bit as good as professionals’

If amateurs lacked wine expertise, we would expect to see little or no correlation with professionals. We saw just the opposite.

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http://www.vox.com/2016/12/15/13892364/-amateur-wine-scores-critics

With Champagne, Big Can Be Beautiful, Too

As the grower Champagnes have become more popular, the movement has had an unintended consequence: a widespread dismissal of the big Champagne houses as dull, stodgy and uninteresting.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/15/dining/champagne-dom-perignon-moet-louis-roederer.html?_r=2

 

The 5 Ways to Make Sparkling Wine

A Quick Guide to the 5 Major Production Methods for Sparkling Wine

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http://napavalleywineacademy.com/the-5-ways-to-make-sparkling-wine/

 

NEW APPELLATIONS ADDED TO CÔTES DU RHÔNE VILLAGES

The Côtes du Rhône Villages has been expanded with the addition of three new appellations for red wine

The three appellations include Côtes du Rhône Villages Sainte-Cecile, Côtes du Rhône Villages Suze-la-Rousse and Côtes du Rhône Villages Vaison la Romain, which have been added to the ranks of Côtes du Rhône with Geographical  Names by the National Institute for Appellations of Origin (INAO).

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https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2016/12/new-appellations-added-to-cotes-du-rhone-villages/

 

Will banana wine catch on in America?

It’s a best seller in Rwanda. Now African banana wine could be coming to America.

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http://money.cnn.com/2016/12/15/smallbusiness/banana-wine-rwanda/

 

How to Order Wine Like You Know What You’re Doing

Even when you don’t

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http://www.menshealth.com/guy-wisdom/how-to-order-wine

 

The Bottom Line on Wine Fraud

The poisons of scandal are still amongst us, and they create rifts that separate us.

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http://winefolly.com/update/wine-fraud-bottom-line/?utm_source=Wine+Folly&utm_campaign=782c7c7fcc-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a18d8bdc1b-782c7c7fcc-62472929&mc_cid=782c7c7fcc&mc_eid=d73340fcba

 

Why Boston Needs Liquor License Reform

A closer look at our complicated history against booze, and why it’s high time we let more businesses serve it.

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http://www.bostonmagazine.com/restaurants/blog/2016/12/18/reform-liquor-licenses-boston/

 

New Switchback

Burlington, Vermont-based Switchback Brewing is expanding its year-round lineup with the addition of Citra-Pils Keller Bier. First created in 2014 as a specialty offering, Citra-Pils is made with light pils malt and Saaz and Citra hops. The 5.1%-abv brew will be available across Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine and New York in 12-ounce bottles, 22-ounce bottles and on draft starting next year. Citra-Pils marks the second Switchback label to be widely produced and distributed year-round, joining the brewer’s flagship Switchback Ale.

Barrels Are on a Roll in Champagne

La Tonnellerie de Champagne, northeastern France’s only cooperage, back in 1998 just at the time when barrels were making a comeback.

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http://www.sommjournal.com/Stories/Web-Exclusives/2016/Barrels-Are-on-a-Roll-in-Champagne.aspx#.WFga-LGZOT8

There are 904 wine TTB licenses in Napa County. 342 of them are located at these 24 addresses. In fact, more than 100 are located at the top 3.

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Pairing beer with red-and-white desserts

Here’s how to choose beers to stand up to your festive sweets.

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http://draftmag.com/beer-holiday-dessert-pairings/?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=2c82554cf6-The+Daily+Brew%3A+December+19%2C+2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-2c82554cf6-36686829

 

A GUIDE TO LEAVING WINE FOR SANTA

Children all over the world love to leave treats out for Santa, but we have a feeling that as much as Santa Claus loves a warm chocolate chip cookie, what he’d really love on a cold winter’s night is a nice glass of wine.

http://vinepair.com/wine-blog/guide-wine-santa/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=pagepost

Scratch-Off 99 Bottles of Craft Beer Poster

Subdivided in popular categories, types and individual beers of all rarity and availability, each bottle is meticulously hand-illustrated and covered with gold foil that you scratch off once you’ve consumed the beer. It’s a beer bucket list you can hang on your wall.

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http://coolmaterial.com/home/scratch-off-craft-beer-poster/

 

DIAGEO HITS SAZERAC WITH BULLEIT LAWSUIT

The lawsuit reportedly states that Dr. McGillicuddy’s product line has been redesigned “in order to knock-off the appearance and unfairly trade on the reputation of Diageo’s extremely popular Bulleit brand Bourbon and rye whiskey”.

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2016/12/diageo-hits-sazerac-with-bulleit-lawsuit/

 

TOP TOASTING TRENDS FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON

More than two thirds will mark the holiday season by raising a glass in a toast at some point during the festivities, global research from Diageo has found – but how should one toast in 2016?

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2016/12/top-toasting-trends-for-the-holiday-season/

 

CHINESE ORGANIC WINERY CERTIFIED BY EU

Chinese winery Xuan Yan in northwestern Xinjiang’s Yanqi county has become the first winery in the region to be recognised as a EU-certified organic winery.

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https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2016/12/chinese-organic-winery-certified-by-eu/

 

AROUND THE WORLD IN 10 CHRISTMAS DRINKS

In the UK it’s mulled cider and Snowball cocktails, in the US egg nog and in Germany glühwein, but less well known is Italy’s festive favourite the Bombardino, or Mexico’s Ponche Navideño.

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https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2016/12/around-the-world-in-10-christmas-drinks/

 

CHAMPAGNE AND CHIANTI FORM PARTNERSHIP

Chianti Classico and Champagne have signed a partnership agreement that is set to boost the promotion and protection of winemaking and wine tourism across the two regions.

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https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2016/12/champagne-and-chianti-partner/

 

Retsina Wine is Making a Surprising Comeback

In Greece today you can still find a wine that’s infused with sap from an Aleppo pine tree. The wine is called Retsina and came out of an ancient winemaking tradition that can be traced back as far back as the 2nd century BC.

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http://winefolly.com/review/retsina-wine-making-surprising-comeback/

 

Introducing the Vino Veritas App, an Analytical Wine Identifier

What makes our Wine App stand out from the rest and so sought after, is it’s ability to let you know how chemically induce the bottle of wine is, before you purchase it.

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http://satprnews.com/2016/12/19/introducing-the-vino-veritas-app-an-analytical-wine-identifier/

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/35090042/vino-veritas-the-perfect-tool-to-quality-wine-and

What makes kosher wine kosher?

When most people blast kosher wines, they are usually criticizing a specific variant of kosher wine called mevushal and the distinct, near-boiling process often (but not always) used in Jewish wine production.

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http://www.avclub.com/article/what-makes-kosher-wine-kosher-247389

 

HERE’S HOW MUCH ALCOHOL EVAPORATES OUT OF HOT DRINKS

Around 85 percent of your beloved alcohol will survive the heating process.

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http://vinepair.com/articles/heres-how-much-alcohol-evaporates-out-of-hot-drinks/

 

Wrentham MA asking for more liquor licenses

Selectmen explained the intent of the town meeting vote was not to add package store licenses, but licenses that could be used by restaurants.

The town does have two of its five beer and wine package store licenses available.

http://www.thesunchronicle.com/news/local_news/wrentham-asking-for-more-liquor-licenses/article_15124b16-c7f4-11e6-91f8-cb7f8e75bc9d.html

 

This Year’s Holiday Wine Surprise: Pinot Noir From Alsace

Alsatian Pinot Noir presents a unique gift for wine lovers: unusual and unexpected, yet with the high standard of quality we come to expect from Alsace.

WE HAVE STILL AND SPARKLING IN STOCK

http://www.forbes.com/sites/cathyhuyghe/2016/12/21/this-years-holiday-wine-surprise-pinot-noir-from-alsace/#71d57d3d6e25

 

The Prosecco Wine Guide

Prosecco is Italy’s most popular sparkling wine. While it’s often compared to Champagne, it’s made with different grapes and a different winemaking method. As you’ll soon discover, there’s more to Prosecco than affordable bubbles.

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http://winefolly.com/review/the-prosecco-wine-guide/

 

A Wine Guide for Every Holiday Situation

I know buying wine can sometimes feel impossible, like shopping for a Secret Santa gift for that person in sales you’ve barely exchanged two words with. Don’t fret, my pet! I’ve made this cheat sheet to snagging all the wine you’ll need to get you through the holiday highs and lows.

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http://www.manrepeller.com/2016/12/marissa-ross-holiday-wine-guide-2016.html

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American Wine Specialist Program

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Franklin Liquors ( www.franklinliquors.com )along with Vinitas Wineworks ( http://vinitaswineworks.com )and Wine Empire ( http://www.mywineempire.com ) are proud to host the North American Sommelier Association for an American Wine Specialist (AWS) Class.

 

The AMERICAN WINE SPECIALIST® covers each of the 50 American states. Classic wine regions of Napa Valley and Sonoma will be covered, in addition to all other California American Viticultural Areas.   Oregon’s Willamette Valley and Washington’s Columbia Valley – both home tosignificant investment by Old World wine families – will be explored at length.  We will study the rapidly upcoming regions of New York’s Finger Lakes,  Texas Hill Country, and Virginia’s Piedmont.  We will also taste a number of native and hybrid varieties from all over the country…this will be an enlightening experience with depth of information and diversity of American wines.

The course consists of 24 hours (4 full days) of class time and tasting, with a final written exam (5th day) required to achieve the official AMERICAN WINE SPECIALIST® certification and pin, issued by the North American Sommelier Association and recognized internationally by the Worldwide Sommelier Association (www.worldwidesommelier.com).

WHEN: 2017 MAR 25th, 26th, APR 1st & 2nd  – 9:00AM to 4:00pm (with break)

Exam: 2017 MAY 7th (9:00am – 1 hour)

WHERE: Franklin Liquors – 363 East Central Street, Franklin, MA 02038

Cost $650

Details And Sign Up Here:

https://www.nasommelier.com/american-wine-specialist-aws

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Franklin Adult Education 2017 Classes

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Wine Buying Tips Using Label Information

WINE LABEL CLASS

Tuesday January 10th 7pm

 

Do you know 5 corporations own 80-90% of wines for sale?

Many people buy wines based on label only. Do you?

This wine tasting/education will explain what is on a wine label and how it can help you find the best for your dollar. After this event buying wine will never be the same!

Cost $25

https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0079-0003-65ca2977f4f84f6689f0e8e72dcc826e

Exploring Italian Wines

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Tuesday January 17th 7pm

Italian wines can be some of the most confusing to understand.

This tasting/education will cover history, geography, laws, regions and grapes.

Come explore Italy!

Cost $25

https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0079-0003-b8f3b8004a574490909dde98efecf66a

Medway Community Education Winter Programs

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WINE TASTING 101

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Thursday January 26th 7-9pm

This wine tasting and educational class will help you develop your wine profile.

We will explore the 5 steps in how to taste wine. The results of this will make you a better wine taster and buyer and develop your unique wine profile. With this profile you can walk into any store or restaurant and explain what you like.

What do you smell? Do you like oaked or unoaked wines? Why do we swirl and spit?

We will talk about wine technology that can assist in building your palate.

Participants must be 21 years of age

Cost $20

http://www.medwayschools.org/sites/medwayps/files/file/file/winter_17_final_brochure_11-28.pdf

Exploring French Wines

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Thursday February 9th 7-9pm

Lets take a trip to France in this education and tasting class.

We will cover French wine growing regions and what wines to look for.

French wine laws and labels will be examined.

What is difference between Champagne and a Cremant?

What are the grapes in Burgundy?

What is the one red grape grown in Alsace?

What are French Dessert wines?

After this class you will have all the tips needed to start buying and enjoying the wines of France!

Participants must be 21 years of age

Cost $20

http://www.medwayschools.org/sites/medwayps/files/file/file/winter_17_final_brochure_11-28.pdf

Tri-County Adult Education  

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2017 French Wine Scholar Program

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Vinitas WineWorks LLC, Tri-County Adult Education, and Franklin Liquors are excited to announce the Fall session of the French Wine Scholar Certification program!

Now you don’t have to go to Boston for this world-class French wine course! Set yourself apart from your peers and specialize in the wines of France. Gain the confidence to taste, sell, and speak meaningfully about all aspects of French wine, from Champagne to Bordeaux and everything in between. Pass the exam and earn the title French Wine Scholar and FWS post-nominal.

Developed by the Wine Scholar Guild with the support of the French Ministry of Agriculture, this specialization program is designed for advanced students of wine, whether professionals or serious wine hobbyists. This is NOT an introductory wine class; students should have professional wine experience or previous classroom study. Students must be familiar with the concepts of viticulture and vinification, major grape varieties, wine regions, and wine styles from across the globe, and have experience tasting wine in a formal setting.

Date: 9 Tuesdays: February 28 – November May 30; Review May 16; Exam date: May 30, 2017

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Location: Franklin Liquors, 363 E. Central Street, Franklin MA

Tuition: $999

http://www.tri-county.tc/wine-scholar-program

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Oscars Truffle and Wine Tasting

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Explore the world of truffles and a minimum of 6 fabulous wine pairings. The Sugar Shoppe’s Courtney Nappa and Franklin Liquor’s Mark Lenzi and show you the way for this educational sit-down tasting.

https://registration.xenegrade.com/tri-county/courseDisplay.cfm?schID=2099

 

March 9th French wines

 

https://registration.xenegrade.com/tri-county/courseDisplay.cfm?schID=2098

 

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Watch For Our Holiday Gift Guide Newsletter!

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Holiday Gift Idea

The Gift Of A Wine Tasting/Education

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http://www.franklinliquors.com/education.html

Happy Holidays

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GO PATS!

Take Care

Franklin Liquors

Mike & Mark

#shopfranklin

Shop Franklin

Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

Trends in Italian Wine Law in 2016

Holiday Wine Guide: What Bottle To Buy For Every Kind Of Wine Lover

American wine consumers still don’t care about what sommeliers like

AND MORE!

Franklin Liquors New Daily Newspaper

The Wonderful World of Wine (WWW)

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 Our Daily Wine Newspaper

https://t.co/uSKfS74nvQ 

How to pair craft beer with vegetarian fare

Beer goes well with meatless and vegan foods. This thorough infographic offers suggestions for tasty pairings.

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http://www.mnn.com/food/beverages/blogs/how-pair-craft-beer-vegetarian-meatless-dishes

 

Why wine REALLY gives you headaches (and how you can avoid them if you drink coffee before)

Some people believe the brain pain is caused by sulfites in the wine, but this myth has been largely debunked by experts – though sulfites can trigger asthma symptoms.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/food/article-4016712/Why-wine-REALLY-gives-headaches-avoid-them.html

No News In This News: Americans Prefer Semi-Sweet Wine, Says Latest Survey

Completed this past spring by Survey Sampling International (SSI), and released recently, nearly 1100 wine drinkers across the 50 United States provided data detailing their wine consumption.

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/thomaspellechia/2016/12/09/no-news-in-this-news-americans-prefer-semi-sweet-wine-says-latest-survey/#14b2b2e07545

 

B.C. wine labels to get get more specific

The B.C. government has changed the rules governing the labelling of wine in this province and with the approval of the B.C. Wine Authority, sub-regions will now be allowed to be identified.

http://www.vernonmorningstar.com/news/405492376.html

 

Five New AVAs Across the East

TTB establishes three wine grape growing areas and considers two more

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http://www.winesandvines.com/template.cfm?section=news&content=177626

40% Of Alcohol Beverage Buyers Make Their Decisions In-Store

Of the 60% who do have a planned beverage purchase, 21% end up changing their minds in store, and 50% of those who change their minds ultimately buy a different brand than they originally intended.

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http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/290633/40-of-alcohol-beverage-buyers-make-their-decision.html?edition=98740

 

American wine consumers still don’t care about what sommeliers like

If you ask a sommelier what’s most important about wine, in order, she’ll probably tell you region, then producer, then grape.

For average American wine consumers, it’s almost backwards.

http://blog.wblakegray.com/2016/12/american-wine-consumers-still-dont-care.html

 

This DIY Glow-In-The-Dark Beer Is Made With A Jellyfish Gene

Former NASA biologist Josiah Zayner made this awesomeness a reality by launching a kit that lets home brewers craft beverages that glow.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/glow-in-the-dark-beer-odin_us_5849b6fce4b0905b344261fc

 

Fine Wine Producers Debate To Cork Or Not To Cork

For many years, the wine industry accepted a high fault rate of corked wines that were infected with trichloroanisole (TCA), a compound that imparts musty, off-flavors in wine.

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeanniecholee/2016/12/09/fine-wine-producers-debate-to-cork-or-not-to-cork/#746914655096

 

Holiday Wine Guide: What Bottle To Buy For Every Kind Of Wine Lover

While it is impossible to know the exact palate preference of the person you are buying or bringing wine for, below is a guideline on what works best for five different types of wine lovers.

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeanniecholee/2016/12/08/holiday-wine-guide-what-bottle-to-buy-for-every-kind-of-wine-lover/#430b7ee671f9

 

For Centuries Wine Was Flavored With What Toxic Compound?

In ancient Rome, wine makers would boil must, the juice of freshly pressed grapes in lead pots

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http://www.howtogeek.com/trivia/for-centuries-wine-was-flavored-with-what-toxic-compound/

 

Phylloxera identified in Colorado

On November 29, 2016, an insect capable of damaging Colorado’s wine grape crop was confirmed in Mesa County.

http://www.coloradowinepress.com/2016/12/phylloxera-identified-in-colorado.html

 

Sauternes Wine Guide

Sauternes represents the sweeter side of Bordeaux and is made from the region’s rare white grapes.

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http://winefolly.com/review/sauternes-wine-guide/

 

Overlooked Wines You Need In Your Life

Below are my top picks for wines we tend to forget about and why we need to give them the proper pour that they deserve

http://www.buzzbinpadillacrt.com/overlooked-wines-need-life/

 

Gallo: Consumers don’t view wine as an elitist drink

Consumers are starting to view wine as a casual social beverage, and not as an elitist beverage

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http://www.pressdemocrat.com/business/6397950-181/gallo-consumers-dont-view-wine

 

How To Make Champagne Last And Other Expert Tips To Enjoying Bubbly

Here’s yet another reason to drink bubbly all the time: you can actually keep a bottle of Champagne or sparkling wine fresh and fizzy for up to five days.

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/katiebell/2016/12/06/how-to-make-champagne-last-and-other-expert-tips-on-enjoying-bubbly/#5754a40f2aa9

 

Everything You Need To Know About English Sparkling Wine

If you are thinking “England makes wine???”, you’re not alone. Many people ask this upon hearing that wine is not only produced in England, but the grapes are grown in English vineyards, too.

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https://www.glassofbubbly.com/everything-need-know-english-sparkling-wine/

 

All You Need to Know About Franklin MA Annual License Renewals

The listing of the license holders (with tax holds or not) can be found here

http://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/mai/files/annual_licensing.pdf

 

How To Buy A Good Bottle Of Wine

While the grocery store is certainly convenient, you’re not going to find the selection or the expertise your neighborhood wine shop offers. Make the extra trip, it’s definitely worth it.

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https://www.women.com/ashleyedds/lists/how-to-buy-a-good-bottle-of-wine?utm_source=homepage

 

Rediscovering the Festive Fizz of Lambrusco

Most wine lovers dismiss lambrusco out of hand. It’s burdened by the notion that it’s pink, sweet and fizzy, like the cheap versions that flooded America in the 1970s and ’80s. But only the fizzy part is consistently accurate.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/05/dining/lambrusco-wine-italy.html?ref=dining&_r=2

The Final Rosé! The Bachelor Launches Its Own Brand of Wines

Officially sanctioned by the show. To celebrate the premiere of the 21st season on January 2nd

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http://people.com/food/the-bachelor-wines-new-season-premiere/

 

This $5,000 Ice Bucket Is Made from Grape Skins

San Francisco–based architect Andrew Kudless designed the first-of-its-kind, 3-D–printed container using the powder of Chardonnay grape skins.

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http://robbreport.com/wine-spirits-cigars/5000-ice-bucket-made-grape-skins

 

Guide to Syrah Wine Grape Variety

Syrah, also globally known as Shiraz, is certainly one of the most famous red grape varieties in the world, giving birth to some of the finest and most expensive wines around the globe, from France to Australia.

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http://socialvignerons.com/2016/12/13/infographics-guide-to-syrah-wine-grape-variety/#

 

Preferences of American Wine Consumers

American wine drinkers seem to be more adventurous in some aspects of their wine preferences in 2016, yet seek tradition in others.

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https://lizthachmw.com/2016/12/10/preferences-of-american-wine-consumers/

 

Ten Beer Gadgets To Add To Your Holiday Wish List

There are more beer geek gadgets out there than you know, and what better time to showcase them than the holidays when making your gift lists.

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http://www.newschoolbeer.com/2016/12/ten-beer-gadgets-add-holiday-wish-list.html?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=20a5e51a9c-The+Daily+Brew%3A+December+12%2C+2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-20a5e51a9c-36686829

 

The Top 10 Commandments of Italian Wine

With the holiday season fast approaching, and with hallowed respect for Italian wine, let’s take a moment and review the 10 Commandments of Italian Wine.

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http://acevola.blogspot.com/2016/12/the-top-10-commandments-of-italian-wine.html

 

TOP 10 BIGGEST CHAMPAGNE BRANDS 2016

We bring you all the latest stats and facts about the world’s 10 biggest Champagne brands, ranked according to global volume sales.

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https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2016/12/top-10-biggest-champagne-brands-2016/

 

New Jose Cuervo Authentic Margarita Flavor

Proximo Spirits will introduce a new raspberry flavor under its Jose Cuervo Authentic Margarita brand next February. The new offering joins Pink Lemonade, Mango, Strawberry Lime, Classic Margarita, Grapefruit Tangerine, Coconut Pineapple, Watermelon, Lime Light and White Peach Light in the premade cocktail brand’s lineup. Raspberry Margarita (19.9 proof) will be available in 1.75-liter bottles nationwide for about $15.99. Jose Cuervo Authentic Margarita, an Impact “Hot Brand,” sells more than 1.25 million nine-liter cases annually in the U.S.

 

UV light box offers hope for vegan wine lovers, says winemaker

If you are a vegan this technology eliminates the need for animal-based protein fining agents so it’s an attractive option for that market

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http://www.decanter.com/wine-news/uv-light-vino-flux-vegan-wine-350020/

US TEEN DRINKING FALLS TO ‘HISTORIC’ LOW

Underage drinking rates among 12- to 16-year-olds in the US has declined significantly in 2016, with consumption rates dropping to new ‘historic’ lows, a government study has found.

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2016/12/us-teen-drinking-falls-to-historic-low/

 

Your wine glass is too big

A serving size of wine is 5 ounces, or about 150 milliliters — which means your standard bottle holds five servings.

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http://theweek.com/articles/666571/wine-glass-big

 

Wine dispensing fridge hailed as ‘genius’

A fashion blogger and beauty marketer has turned her fridge into a wine dispenser and the photos have gone viral across mainstream and social media

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http://www.decanter.com/wine-news/wine-fridge-dispenser-350128-350128/

Seven different types of wine cork and what they do to your plonk

It turns out, not all corks are created equal

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http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/wine-cork-champagne-screw-cap-white-red-prosecco-vintage-types-a7471646.html

THE WORLD’S MOST DISGUSTING ALCOHOLIC DRINKS

From cocktails we wish had never been invented to beer fermented by human saliva and everything in between, our world tour takes in some of the most disgusting alcoholic drinks out there.

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https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2016/12/worlds-most-disgusting-alcoholic-drinks/

 

Who Drank the Most Cabernet and Chardonnay in 2016? A Jordan Winery Chart of U.S. Wine Consumption

How much Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay was sold in the United States in 2016. MA Top 10 in both!

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http://blog.jordanwinery.com/2016/12/who-drank-the-most-cabernet-and-chardonnay-in-2016-a-jordan-winery-chart-of-u-s-wine-consumption/

 

Trends in Italian Wine Law in 2016

Creating larger denominations out of smaller areas and expanding the denominations’ breadth by adding new styles. Another trend that has been simmering for several years has continued: downplaying grape varieties within the names of denominations.

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http://italianwinecentral.com/trends-italian-wine-law-2016/

Food and Wine Pairings With Holiday Favorites

Some unique wine pairings that will make everything a bit more joyous.

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http://winefolly.com/tutorial/food-and-wine-pairings-holiday-foods/

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Wine Buying Tips Using Label Information

WINE LABEL CLASS

Tuesday January 10th 7pm

 

Do you know 5 corporations own 80-90% of wines for sale?

Many people buy wines based on label only. Do you?

This wine tasting/education will explain what is on a wine label and how it can help you find the best for your dollar. After this event buying wine will never be the same!

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Tuesday January 17th 7pm

Italian wines can be some of the most confusing to understand.

This tasting/education will cover history, geography, laws, regions and grapes.

Come explore Italy!

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WINE TASTING 101

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Thursday January 26th 7-9pm

This wine tasting and educational class will help you develop your wine profile.

We will explore the 5 steps in how to taste wine. The results of this will make you a better wine taster and buyer and develop your unique wine profile. With this profile you can walk into any store or restaurant and explain what you like.

What do you smell? Do you like oaked or unoaked wines? Why do we swirl and spit?

We will talk about wine technology that can assist in building your palate.

Participants must be 21 years of age

Cost $20

http://www.medwayschools.org/sites/medwayps/files/file/file/winter_17_final_brochure_11-28.pdf

Exploring French Wines

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Thursday February 9th 7-9pm

Lets take a trip to France in this education and tasting class.

We will cover French wine growing regions and what wines to look for.

French wine laws and labels will be examined.

What is difference between Champagne and a Cremant?

What are the grapes in Burgundy?

What is the one red grape grown in Alsace?

What are French Dessert wines?

After this class you will have all the tips needed to start buying and enjoying the wines of France!

Participants must be 21 years of age

Cost $20

http://www.medwayschools.org/sites/medwayps/files/file/file/winter_17_final_brochure_11-28.pdf

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2017 French Wine Scholar Program

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Vinitas WineWorks LLC, Tri-County Adult Education, and Franklin Liquors are excited to announce the Fall session of the French Wine Scholar Certification program!

Now you don’t have to go to Boston for this world-class French wine course! Set yourself apart from your peers and specialize in the wines of France. Gain the confidence to taste, sell, and speak meaningfully about all aspects of French wine, from Champagne to Bordeaux and everything in between. Pass the exam and earn the title French Wine Scholar and FWS post-nominal.

Developed by the Wine Scholar Guild with the support of the French Ministry of Agriculture, this specialization program is designed for advanced students of wine, whether professionals or serious wine hobbyists. This is NOT an introductory wine class; students should have professional wine experience or previous classroom study. Students must be familiar with the concepts of viticulture and vinification, major grape varieties, wine regions, and wine styles from across the globe, and have experience tasting wine in a formal setting.

Date: 9 Tuesdays: February 28 – November May 30; Review May 16; Exam date: May 30, 2017

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Location: Franklin Liquors, 363 E. Central Street, Franklin MA

Tuition: $999

http://www.tri-county.tc/wine-scholar-program

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Explore the world of truffles and a minimum of 6 fabulous wine pairings. The Sugar Shoppe’s Courtney Nappa and Franklin Liquor’s Mark Lenzi and show you the way for this educational sit-down tasting.

https://registration.xenegrade.com/tri-county/courseDisplay.cfm?schID=2099

 

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WINE TASTING 101

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Thursday January 26th 7-9pm

 

This wine tasting and educational class will help you develop your wine profile.

We will explore the 5 steps in how to taste wine. The results of this will make you a better wine taster and buyer and develop your unique wine profile. With this profile you can walk into any store or restaurant and explain what you like.

What do you smell? Do you like oaked or unoaked wines? Why do we swirl and spit?

We will talk about wine technology that can assist in building your palate.

Participants must be 21 years of age

Cost $20

http://www.medwayschools.org/sites/medwayps/files/file/file/winter_17_final_brochure_11-28.pdf

Exploring French Wines

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Thursday February 9th 7-9pm

 

Lets take a trip to France in this education and tasting class.

We will cover French wine growing regions and what wines to look for.

French wine laws and labels will be examined.

What is difference between Champagne and a Cremant?

What are the grapes in Burgundy?

What is the one red grape grown in Alsace?

What are French Dessert wines?

After this class you will have all the tips needed to start buying and enjoying the wines of France!

Participants must be 21 years of age

Cost $20

http://www.medwayschools.org/sites/medwayps/files/file/file/winter_17_final_brochure_11-28.pdf

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French Wine Scholar (FWS) Program

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Vinitas WineWorks LLC, Tri-County Adult Education, and Franklin Liquors are excited to announce the Fall session of the French Wine Scholar Certification program!

Now you don’t have to go to Boston for this world-class French wine course! Set yourself apart from your peers and specialize in the wines of France. Gain the confidence to taste, sell, and speak meaningfully about all aspects of French wine, from Champagne to Bordeaux and everything in between. Pass the exam and earn the title French Wine Scholar and FWS post-nominal.

Developed by the Wine Scholar Guild with the support of the French Ministry of Agriculture, this specialization program is designed for advanced students of wine, whether professionals or serious wine hobbyists. This is NOT an introductory wine class; students should have professional wine experience or previous classroom study. Students must be familiar with the concepts of viticulture and vinification, major grape varieties, wine regions, and wine styles from across the globe, and have experience tasting wine in a formal setting.

Date: 9 Tuesdays: February 28 – November May 30; Review May 16; Exam date: May 30, 2017

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Location: Franklin Liquors, 363 E. Central Street, Franklin MA

Tuition: $999

http://www.tri-county.tc/wine-scholar-program

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Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

Five interesting facts about Prohibition’s end in 1933

Should We Really Blame Weed Legalization for Declining Beer Sales?

Big Wine Brands vs. Independent Wineries

Everything You Need to Know About Vegan Wine

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Von Miller gives every player in AFC West custom bottle of wine, thank you note

Miller gave players a custom wine, blended by a Boulder native

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http://www.denverpost.com/2016/12/02/von-miller-wine-gift-afc-west-thank-you/

 

The D-Vine machine is like a Keurig dispenser for wine at home

A new machine aims to do for wine what Nespresso and Keurig have done for coffee at home.

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http://mashable.com/2016/12/02/d-vine-wine-machine-nespresso-dispenser/#HpvVyfkqGaqo

 

The European countries that drink the most beer

According to data from the Brewers of Europe, compiled into the below map by Statista, it’s those in the east and the centre of the continent who love beer the most.

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https://indy100.com/article/beer-consumption-europe-map-7452461

 

The Eater Boston Guide to Eataly Boston

How to eat your way through Back Bay’s giant Italian food emporium

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http://boston.eater.com/2016/11/29/13744404/eataly-boston-guide#0

 

Mapping Eataly Boston

An insiders’ guide to navigating Mario Batali’s new pizza-and-pasta emporium in the Prudential Center.

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http://www.bostonmagazine.com/restaurants/article/2016/11/29/eataly-boston-map/?platform=hootsuite

 

The Gifts Of Wine: A Guidebook To December

If you’re reading this column, then I suspect that wine likely falls somewhere along the trajectory of gifts you’d like to give or (let’s be honest) receive.

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/cathyhuyghe/2016/12/01/the-gifts-of-wine-a-guidebook-to-december/#33f0a19c70bf

 

Ten Truths About Cabernet Franc

To familiarize yourself with Cabernet Franc, here are ten fabulous facts:

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http://napavalleywineacademy.com/25224-2/

Everything You Need to Know About Vegan Wine

Because there might be animal byproducts in your rosé

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http://www.eater.com/wine/2016/12/1/13787000/vegan-wine

TTB Proposes New Grape Variety Names

Twenty-one grape varieties in 10 states east of the Rockies included for review

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http://www.winesandvines.com/template.cfm?section=news&content=177345

TOP 10 DRINKS-RELATED GIFTS FOR CHRISTMAS

Christmas is fast approaching, and with that comes the obligatory panic buying of presents. Get some inspiration for the drinks lover in your life with our round-up of boozy gifts.

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https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2016/12/top-10-drinks-related-gifts-for-christmas/

JAPAN’S WHITE WINE PRODUCTION OUTNUMBERS REDS

Japan made more white wines using domestically grown Koshu grape than reds in the fiscal year 2015, according to a survey conducted by the National Tax Agency.

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https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2016/12/japans-white-wine-production-outnumbers-reds/

 

How to prevent a wine headache

Wondering why you always get a headache the morning after drinking wine? Many people think that sulfites are the culprit behind wine headaches, but other chemicals are likely to blame.

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http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/12/01/how-to-prevent-wine-headache.html

 

American Sparkling Wine Is Set To Pop This Holiday Season

According to the Wine Institute, sparkling wine and Champagne sales in the United States in 2015 reached 21.7 million 9-liter cases, up from 19.7 million in 2014, 18.4 million in 2013, and 17.6 million in 2012. The trend lines are clear: Americans are consuming an increasing amount of bubbly.

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/brianfreedman/2016/11/30/american-sparkling-wine-is-set-to-pop-this-holiday-season/#534a06c41f3f

 

Black wine is back. Here are 5 bottles to try

Relax: There’s no squid ink or cuttlefish in play. “Black wine” is actually red wine — a very dark malbec.

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/drink/wine/sc-cahors-wine-food-1202-20161130-column.html

 

There is a huge health benefit to drinking Prosecco

Drinking prosecco and champagne daily could be great for the body as it causes improvements in the way blood vessels function.

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https://www.her.ie/health/there-is-a-huge-health-benefit-to-drinking-prosecco/322455

 

BRUNELLO HAMPERED BY LACK OF UNDERSTANDING

As other Italian fine wines make gains in the secondary market, Brunello di Montalcino is held back by a lack of understanding thinks Tancredi Biondi-Santi.

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https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2016/12/brunello-hampered-by-lack-of-understanding/

 

Vin Santo: the holiest of wine

We thank the monks for this sweet dessert wine

IN STOCK

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http://www.theflorentine.net/food-wine/2016/12/vin-santo-holiest-wine/

 

Smirnoff Introduces New Spiked Sparkling Seltzer

SMIRNOFF™ Spiked Sparkling Seltzer premium malt beverage is the newest addition to the hard seltzer category — but with fewer calories than the leading hard seltzer brands** currently on the market.

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https://www.brewbound.com/news/smirnoff-introduces-new-spiked-sparkling-seltzer?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=26e9138a53-The+Daily+Brew%3A+December+1%2C+2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-26e9138a53-36686829

 

10 Christmas tree beers

Beers brewed with fir, spruce and pine primarily appear around the holidays, when fresh Christmas tree scents are especially abundant, but their flavors, you could say, are evergreen.

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http://draftmag.com/trending-10-christmas-tree-beers/?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=26e9138a53-The+Daily+Brew%3A+December+1%2C+2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-26e9138a53-36686829

 

Big Wine Brands vs. Independent Wineries

Did you know that much of the wine we see at supermarket chains actually stem from just a handful of major brands?

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http://winefolly.com/tutorial/wine-brands-vs-independent-producers/?utm_source=Wine+Folly&utm_campaign=c136a62f84-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a18d8bdc1b-c136a62f84-62472929&mc_cid=c136a62f84&mc_eid=d73340fcba

 

CUBA BANS ALCOHOL DURING CASTRO MOURNING

The Cuban government has banned the sale of alcohol as it continues a period of national mourning following the death of former leader Fidel Castro on 25 November.

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http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2016/12/cuba-bans-alcohol-during-castro-mourning/

 

 

Should We Really Blame Weed Legalization for Declining Beer Sales?

Beer sales are declining, and at least one analyst is blaming legal weed for that, too.

https://munchies.vice.com/en/articles/should-we-really-blame-weed-legalization-for-declining-beer-sales

 

Shannon Ridge Family of Wines Launches New Label Design for Flagship Brand

In collaboration with renowned Auston Design Group and acclaimed California artist Mike Gray, Shannon Ridge has finalized new packaging for their High Elevation Collection wine.

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http://wineindustryadvisor.com/2016/12/05/shannon-ridge-new-label-design-flagship-brand

 

The Guide to Ridiculously Large Bottles of Wine, from Magnums to Nebuchadnezzar

Large-format wines have a lower percentage of air to wine than standard bottles, decreasing the risk of flaws.

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http://www.bonappetit.com/story/ridiculously-large-format-wine-bottles

 

10 countries with the most expensive wine on the planet

10 most expensive countries to buy vino in 2016.

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http://www.businessinsider.com/countries-with-the-most-expensive-wine-on-the-planet-2016-12

 

Five interesting facts about Prohibition’s end in 1933

On December 5, 1933, three states voted to repeal Prohibition, putting the ratification of the 21st Amendment into place. But did Prohibition really end on that fateful day?

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MA Short Path Distillery News

Everett, Massachusetts-based Short Path Distillery has released Winter Gin, its second seasonal offering. An American-dry style gin with organic rosemary, angelica root and juniper among its botanical ingredients, the new product is the second in Short Path’s series of four seasonal gins all made in a traditional copper gin still. Winter Gin is available off-premise in 375-ml. ($17) and 750-ml. ($29) bottles in Eastern Massachusetts as well as in limited on-premise locations. Short Path’s year-round portfolio includes gin, rum, gold rum and triple sec offerings.

BREWERY ERECTS GIANT BEER KEG CHRISTMAS TREE

New York State’s oldest brewery has continued a now annual tradition of building a 26 foot Christmas tree out of beer kegs and illuminating it with 2,000 feet of lights.

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https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2016/12/brewery-erects-26-foot-beer-keg-christmas-tree/

 

How To Etch Wine Glasses

If you’ve never etched glass with real etch cream, don’t worry. This cool DIY project is easier than you think!

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http://www.kenarry.com/how-to-etch-wine-glasses/

 

This Lipstick Looks Like a Mini Bottle of Wine

For the wino in you.

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http://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/beauty/a8467912/wine-bottle-lipstick/

Budweiser ‘smart’ beer fridge encourages drinking on the job

The new ‘Bud-E Fridge’ IoT smart refrigerator automatically orders more beer for you and your coworkers when supplies get low, and it’s available for a limited time for free, if you’re located in Chicago, New York or Los Angeles.

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http://www.cio.com/article/3147672/internet-of-things/budweiser-smart-beer-fridge-encourages-drinking-on-the-job.html

EBT America: MA Welfare Cash Accessed at Liquor Stores

Massachusetts’s welfare recipients are accessing their benefits at liquor stores across New England, according to public records provided to the Howie Carr Show by the Mass. Department of Transitional Assistance.

https://howiecarrshow.com/ebt-america-ma-welfare-cash-accessed-at-liquor-stores/

 

Your Prosecco Habit Might Be Giving Italians Cancer

Producers in Italy are searching for ways to grow grapes faster, and the Daily Mail reports that many have turned to potentially dangerous pesticides.

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http://www.grubstreet.com/2016/12/prosecco-pesticides-health-risk.html

 

Guide to German White Wine

Germany take its white wines very seriously. We know this because white wines make up over 65% of the country’s vineyards.

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http://winefolly.com/review/guide-to-german-white-wine/

 

Craft Beer 2016 In Review

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Wine Buying Tips Using Label Information

WINE LABEL CLASS

Tuesday January 10th 7pm

 

Do you know 5 corporations own 80-90% of wines for sale?

Many people buy wines based on label only. Do you?

This wine tasting/education will explain what is on a wine label and how it can help you find the best for your dollar. After this event buying wine will never be the same!

Cost $25

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Exploring Italian Wines

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Tuesday January 17th 7pm

Italian wines can be some of the most confusing to understand.

This tasting/education will cover history, geography, laws, regions and grapes.

Come explore Italy!

Cost $25

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Medway Community Education Winter Programs

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WINE TASTING 101

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Thursday January 26th 7-9pm

This wine tasting and educational class will help you develop your wine profile.

We will explore the 5 steps in how to taste wine. The results of this will make you a better wine taster and buyer and develop your unique wine profile. With this profile you can walk into any store or restaurant and explain what you like.

What do you smell? Do you like oaked or unoaked wines? Why do we swirl and spit?

We will talk about wine technology that can assist in building your palate.

Participants must be 21 years of age

Cost $20

http://www.medwayschools.org/sites/medwayps/files/file/file/winter_17_final_brochure_11-28.pdf

Exploring French Wines

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Thursday February 9th 7-9pm

Lets take a trip to France in this education and tasting class.

We will cover French wine growing regions and what wines to look for.

French wine laws and labels will be examined.

What is difference between Champagne and a Cremant?

What are the grapes in Burgundy?

What is the one red grape grown in Alsace?

What are French Dessert wines?

After this class you will have all the tips needed to start buying and enjoying the wines of France!

Participants must be 21 years of age

Cost $20

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2017 French Wine Scholar Program

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Vinitas WineWorks LLC, Tri-County Adult Education, and Franklin Liquors are excited to announce the Fall session of the French Wine Scholar Certification program!

Now you don’t have to go to Boston for this world-class French wine course! Set yourself apart from your peers and specialize in the wines of France. Gain the confidence to taste, sell, and speak meaningfully about all aspects of French wine, from Champagne to Bordeaux and everything in between. Pass the exam and earn the title French Wine Scholar and FWS post-nominal.

Developed by the Wine Scholar Guild with the support of the French Ministry of Agriculture, this specialization program is designed for advanced students of wine, whether professionals or serious wine hobbyists. This is NOT an introductory wine class; students should have professional wine experience or previous classroom study. Students must be familiar with the concepts of viticulture and vinification, major grape varieties, wine regions, and wine styles from across the globe, and have experience tasting wine in a formal setting.

Date: 9 Tuesdays: February 28 – November May 30; Review May 16; Exam date: May 30, 2017

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Location: Franklin Liquors, 363 E. Central Street, Franklin MA

Tuition: $999

http://www.tri-county.tc/wine-scholar-program

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Oscars Truffle and Wine Tasting

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Explore the world of truffles and a minimum of 6 fabulous wine pairings. The Sugar Shoppe’s Courtney Nappa and Franklin Liquor’s Mark Lenzi and show you the way for this educational sit-down tasting.

 

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Franklin Wine Club Holiday Party 2016 At Davio’s Foxborough

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