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By: Mark C Lenzi
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CA Harvest Update
How Many Grapes Are in That Bottle
Scientists Believe They’ve Figured Out Exactly What Gives Wine Its Terroir
There’s something else less visible that contributes to this — the local microbes that populate the soil and live on the skin of the grapes that made your wine
Port is a rich, sweet fortified wine named after Oporto, the second largest Portuguese city which is on the Douro River.
Big changes coming for Samuel Adams beer
Samuel Adams nitro beers will be sold on draft and in cans with a ‘widget’ inside, a plastic, nitrogen-filled sphere that creates the same effect as nitro on draft.
Midnight Cellars receives high ratings for wines
Midnight Cellars Winery was recently recognized by Wine Enthusiast Magazine and Vinous
The U.S. market’s top super-premium Bourbon brands
The truth about red wine’s health benefits
One day, a story emerges saying red wine is good for you. The next day, it’s bad. The next day, it’s good again.
Providence, Rhode Island’s Narragansett Beer has unveiled Allie’s Double Chocolate Porter, the latest entry in the brewer’s Hi Neighbor Mash Up local collaboration series. Created in partnership with North Kingstown, Rhode Island-based shop Allie’s Donuts, the Double Chocolate Porter is brewed with chocolate malt, dark crystal malt and cocoa nibs. The 5.5%-abv limited edition seasonal will be available through the winter, sold in six-packs of 16-ounce cans ($8.49-$9.49 a six-pack). Narragansett’s distribution footprint currently spans New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Washington D.C., Maryland, North Carolina, Florida and Nashville and Chattanooga, Tennessee.
81% of all wine consumed in the U.S. is drunk by high-frequency wine drinkers — 33% of the market — according to the Wine Market Council.
Those vital consumers are now drinking more beer and spirits.
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Winchester MA selectmen vote down liquor license transfer
The neighbors didn’t think a liquor store was the best commercial use for the adjacent residential area.
Arsenic found in many U.S. red wines, but health risks depend on total diet
A new University of Washington study that tested 65 wines from America’s top four wine-producing states — California, Washington, New York and Oregon
Moët Hennessy Launches New Upscale Sonoma Wine Brand, Smoke Tree
Smoke Tree includes a Sonoma County Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The brand will retail around $24.99 for the Pinot and $19.99 for the Chardonnay, but a primary focus will be the on-premise by-the-glass segment, where the wines will likely sell around the $12-$15 range. Smoke Tree initially will launch in eight markets—New York, California, Texas, Massachusetts, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.—before expanding nationally.
Mass. firm gets certification for device that spots fake wine, honey or juice
Billerica-based scientific instrument firm Bruker Corp. has gotten an international accreditation for a device that it says can prove whether your bottle of 2009 Chateau Margaux is the real deal.
HOW MANY GRAPES ARE INSIDE YOUR BOTTLE OF WINE?
Generally speaking, every single bottle of wine is made up of 600-800 individual grapes. That’s about 10 clusters.
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JD Sinatra Bottle
Brown-Forman has officially launched Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Century, honoring the legendary entertainer’s 100th birthday. Only 100 barrels of the 100-proof whiskey are being released, packaged in individually numbered 1-liter bottles that come enclosed in a luxury gift box along with a selection of previously unreleased Frank Sinatra tracks. The set retails at around $500. This is the second Sinatra commemorative offering from Jack Daniel’s, which introduced a 90-proof Sinatra Select whiskey in 2013.
Lite Steinie Bottle
Miller Lite is returning to its “Original Steinie Bottle” packaging for a limited time this holiday season. The 12-ounce retro bottle format is launching nationwide through December. According to Impact Databank, Miller Lite declined 1.9% to 13.4 million barrels in 2014, but has seen its performance improve somewhat since introducing some of its original branding elements across its packaging over the past year.
Cabernet Franc Wine Guide
Cabernet Franc (“Cab-err-nay fronk”) is medium-bodied red wine whose origins likely lie in the Basque country of France.
Slovenia’s position affords it an envious array of growing conditions that produce some incredibly unique wines, and although the emphasis has always been on white, its reds can be equally enticing.
Fetzer Sees Hobbs Partnership Yielding Increased Quality
Following its move earlier this year to partner with winemaker Paul Hobbs, Concha y Toro’s Fetzer Vineyards is already seeing significant improvements in viticulture and wine quality,
Harvest Update: Lots of Stuck Fermentations, Little Smoke Taint
Mavrik North America has been approached by a surprising number of its clientele for assistance with stuck fermentations. Encounters with smoke taint on the other hand are, as expected, quite limited so far.
ePour Technologies Launches Its Patented Wine by the Glass System
ePour Technologies is proud to announce the commercial launch of its innovative high volume/high value system for serving wine by the glass. The countertop system utilizes a patented pumping, temperature, and pour control system to maintain consistent quality and pour accuracy with every glass poured.
Roero- The Road Less Traveled
Another excellent wine zone very close to the Langhe that doesn’t receive the attention it should.
Marzemino Grape Variety & Wine
Marzemino is an Italian red wine grape variety mainly grown in the Northern region of Trentino-Alto-Adige.
Response Time to MA Winery Fire Questioned
The fire at the Obadiah McIntyre Farm and Winery at 44 Old Worcester Road broke out in August
What Is Pét-Nat Wine? An Ancient Winemaking Style on the Rise
Pétillant-naturel (natural sparkling) is a catch-all term for practically any sparkling wine made in the méthode ancestrale, meaning the wine is bottled before primary fermentation is finished, without the addition of secondary yeasts or sugars.
New rail line will ruin Sauternes, say winemakers
Sauternes producers in the Graves region of Bordeaux fear the approval of a high-speed railway line through their appellation will destroy their wines
US Beer Sales Volume Growth In 2014
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Kim M. Simone, Founder and Wine Advisor
We’re an independent wine education and event company, providing unique classes, wine tasting events and personalized consulting. As a professional with a dozen years in the wine business, my favorite part of the job was helping people just like you pick out a great bottle. I’m excited to help you learn about wine in a relaxed environment where you can ask any question, no matter how small or basic.
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Not Your Father’s Wine 101-an unconventional approach to wine education
Thursday, October 15, 2015; 7-8:30pm
Cost: $25 per person, please register by emailing email@example.com
Love to drink wine but think you “don’t know enough about it?” Join us for an evening of wine education like no other. Bring all your wine questions to a casual learning environment where we’ll taste 6 wines and engage in great conversation. You’ll discover what styles and flavors you like best and leave with more wine-buying confidence.
Thanksgiving Wines Class Thursday, November 19, 2015 7pm
When it comes to serving wine for Thanksgiving, did you know it’s more about matching the wine to the side dishes than to the turkey? We’ll taste through a variety of whites and reds, all of which would make a great addition to your Thanksgiving Day table. Cheese and crackers will be provided.
Great Holiday Gift Wines Class Thursday, December 3, 2015 7pm
Are you thinking of buying a bottle of wine as a holiday gift for that wine lover on your list? We can help! We’ll taste through six wines in different styles, all of which will make fantastic, stress-free gift giving. We’ll also explore other wine-related gift giving ideas. Cheese and crackers will be provided.
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