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By: Mark C Lenzi CSW, CSS, CWAS, QCE*
Support Your Local Independent
A recent survey in UK found that only 5% of consumers buy regularly from independent wine stores. If we don’t support them, our future wine choice may be severely limited.
While we find it as hard to resist a good deal as anyone, We also want to see small shops thrive. And if you don’t buy at least some of your wine from them, that just won’t happen.
In The UK they started a campaign March For The Independents were small stores band together to support each other’s “small” businesses.
We get that concept now more than ever! That’s why we are all in on the new
#shopfranklin small business campaign in town.
We along with many other businesses in town are small family owned. We research products to sell that are small and family owned. At our education/tasting events we always stress you have a choice where your money goes. Its been said that 80% of wine sold in USA is owned by a handful of “winemakers”.
We will continue to support #shopfranklin and hope that Franklin small businesses never see only 5% of you.
Mike & Mark
Liquor Industry Week In Review
This Weeks Highlights:
Arsenic In Wines
Job Lot To Sell Booze
All About Residual Sugar In Wine
Regulators say powdered alcohol is illegal in Massachusetts
A powdered form of alcohol is off limits for sale in the state, regulators warned
Infographics & Guide to Chardonnay Wine Grape Variety
Chardonnay is probably the most famous white grape variety in the world.
4 ANIMATED RELIEF MAPS OF EUROPE’S FAMOUS WINE REGIONS
While each country is unique, and soil and climate play equally vital roles in what sort of wine you can produce, these maps offer a unique view of how and where wine is grown in Europe.
Food-And-Wine Pairing Rules Every Beginner Should Know, According To The Experts
Wine is a notoriously intimidating subject, but it doesn’t have to be that way
New Sandra Lee Cocktails
Diageo has partnered with Emmy-winning celebrity chef and editor Sandra Lee for the launch of a new line of premixed Margarita cocktails. Sandra Lee Cocktail Time Margaritas are available in Key Lime and Strawberry and made with real Key limes and strawberries, pure cane sugar, blue agave silver Tequila, Triple Sec liqueur and natural flavors. The RTD is gluten-free and has fewer than 150 calories per 4-ounce serving, the company says. The release comes ahead of Cinco de Mayo and summer entertaining. It’s being supported by Lee’s consumer magazine as well as social activations on Pinterest, YouTube and Facebook, in-store promotions, point-of-sale material, and a cause-marketing campaign, Cocktail Time for a Cause. Sandra Lee Cocktail Time Margaritas (13% abv) are available nationwide, retailing at $15.99 a 750-ml
The Roof Fell Through on These Wine Businesses
For a handful of small wine distributors in Massachusetts, the Foxboro Terminals warehouse facility was a great fit, until the roof caved in last month.
The Beer Briefcase
The Beer Briefcase is a metal-look briefcase with combination locks to prevent unwanted drinking.
SAN DIEGO GETS SERIOUS ABOUT WINE
If a wine region is ranked by how long it has been making wine, San Diego should be considered one of America’s top regions.
Residual sugar in wine, with charts and graphs
Residual sugar is the sugar from the grapes that’s left over after fermentation; more residual sugar makes a sweet wine, and the absence of residual sugar makes a dry wine.
The Real Cost of a $10 Bottle of Wine? $2.40
That’s the figure, according to Steve Melchiskey, director of importers USA Wine West, at ProWein, the annual wine trade show in Düsseldorf, Germany.
14 simple hacks every wine drinker should know
Magic Hat Releases Big Hundo IPA Outside Vermont for First Time
Big Hundo tips the scales at the absolute peak of bitterness with 100 IBUs. Dry hopped with Simcoe, it gives off a heady hop aroma and is accompanied by a flattering dark golden body. Big Hundo has an ABV of 9.0%.
Angry Orchard Green Apple Released in 16 Oz. Cans
As the number one selling hard cider in the US[i], Angry Orchard makes a variety of year-round styles
TEXAS NOW 5TH LARGEST WINE PRODUCER IN US
Vine plantings are on the rise in Texas, which is now the fifth largest wine producer in America after California, Washington, New York and Oregon.
KENTUCKY DERBY TIES WITH OLD FORESTER ON OFFICIAL MINT JULEP
The historic Kentucky Derby has collaborated with Brown-Forman to make Old Forester Mint Julep its official drink.
Guinness beer flavored potato chips now available in US
Now Irish food lovers, no longer have to choose between the two thanks to Burts Potato Chips, a British Snack Food company.
The 13 Best Beer Countries in the World, Ranked
If you’re looking at sheer production volume numbers, China is number one. If you’re looking at consumption per capita numbers, it’s the Czech Republic.
How to Make a Bargain Bottle of Wine Taste More Expensive
It’s called hyperdecanting and it has wine lovers frothing.
2014 CRAFT BEER DATA INFOGRAPHIC
Can a new Cava classification win over consumers?
Cava producers are gearing up to launch a new classification rank for single estate wines,
WORST BINGE DRINKING STATES IN THE US
Wisconsin was found to be the state with the greatest levels of binge drinking, followed by Nebraska, District of Columbia, North Dakota and Massachusetts.
HORNITOS UNVEILS SPICED HONEY FLAVOUR TEQUILA
This latest addition to the on-trend flavoured Tequila market is 35% abv with an RRP of US$19.99 for a 750ml bottle.
MillerCoors gains gluten-free certification for Coors Peak
MillerCoors has become the first of the big three brewers to produce a beer that received certification from the Gluten-Free Certification Organization, a program of the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America, the group said Wednesday.
MILK, FISH AND EGGS ARE IN YOUR WINE…SOMETIMES
Have you ever gotten to the bottom of a bottle of wine, and been met with a lump of gunky, muddy looking paste?
New Massachusetts Licensing Platform
Certificate of Compliance holders can renew their licenses online through the state’s new online system, the “eLicensing and ePermitting Portal.”
Americans Have the Fever for Flavored Alcoholic Beverages
TIME LAPSE – CHICAGO RIVER BEING DYED GREEN FOR ST. PATRICK’S DAY, 2015
“Very high levels of arsenic” in top-selling wines
They included Trader Joe’s famed Two-Buck Chuck White Zinfandel, which came in at three times the limit, a bottle of Ménage à Trois Moscato was four times the limit and a Franzia Blush had five times the EPA limit for drinking water.
FULL LIST OF THE WINES
Wine Institute Fact Sheet on Arsenic
Ocean State Job Lot hopes to sell wine and beer in Leominster and Sturbridge MA
The North Kingston, R.I.-based discount chain plans to apply for a license to sell wine and beer at closeout prices
WHAT AMERICA DRANK ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY: INFOGRAPHIC
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