Franklin Wine Club Masi Event

March 30, 2017

Franklin Wine Club

Masi Agricola Event

An Education And Tasting 

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Wednesday March 29th 2017

Guest Host: Tony Apostolakos

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The history of Masi is the history of a family and its vineyards in the Venetian regions. The name itself derives from “Vaio dei Masi”, the small valley in Valpolicella acquired by the Boscaini family, who are still its owners now, at the end of the XVIII century.

Today, Sandro Boscaini, company President and Managing Director, runs Masi with the help of his daughter Alessandra, in charge of sales and administration; his son Raffaele, Marketing Manager and

Co-ordinator of the Masi Technical Group and his brother Bruno, Production and Plant Manager. His brother Mario has his own business, but is still part of Masi and an adviser to the management.

 

http://www.masi.it/eng/home/

About Tony

Tony Apostolakos comes from a family with a winemaking background, as they originally owned vineyards in Central Greece dating back to the early 1900s before emigration to Montreal in Canada. Tony himself took a degree in Economics at the University of Alberta before entering the wine trade, where he now has over 20 years of experience.

Tony first represented Masi in Canada in 1999 before he switched his attention to the United States market in 2005. He has now been appointed Director of Marketing and Sales in USA for Masi and makes regular trips to company headquarters in Valpolicella, to spend time with the Boscaini family and the Masi Technical Group and ensure he is fully up-to-date with the company’s winemaking techniques and global strategy.

When not travelling inside USA for Masi, Tony resides in the Finger Lakes region of New York.

 

 

The Wines:

Wine #1 

2015 Masianco

750ml $16.99

Wine #2

2016 Rosa dei Masi 

750ml $16.99

Wine #3

2014 Valpolicella Bonacosta

750ml $14.99

Wine #4

2013 Campofiorin Rosso

750ml $18.99

Wine #5

2010 Campofiorin Oro

750ml $22.99

Wine #6

2014 Passo Doble

750ml $14.99

Wine #7

2011 Amarone Costasera

750ml $64.99

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Beautiful spring flowers and crisp, tasty wines – a perfect way to toast warmer weather!

Create your own spring bulb basket, then relax as you sip six spring wines and learn how these wines will best accompany a holiday meal, a Mother’s Day gathering, and evenings with friends.

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Liquor Industry Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

New Products

New Company Breaks Barriers to Distribution for Small Producers

Calories in Wine: Top 7 Facts

Why Does Wine Give You a Headache?

AND MORE!

Franklin Liquors New Daily Newspaper

The Wonderful World of Wine (WWW)

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 Our Daily Wine Newspaper

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Ignore the Snobs, Drink the Cheap, Delicious Wine

Great read on big wine company sensory insights labs.

More than 60 additives can legally be added to wine, and aside from the preservative sulfur dioxide, winemakers aren’t required to disclose any of them.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/17/opinion/sunday/ignore-the-snobs-drink-the-cheap-delicious-wine.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share&_r=1

A Quarter of American Beer Drinkers Say They’re Switching to Pot

About one in four Americans are now spending their money on marijuana instead of beer

http://time.com/money/4705155/beer-marijuana-pot/

 

The 10 Commandments of Wine

Someone who endures in the arts of Bacchus, soon realizes that wine is a true universe, full of new information. This complexity can be fascinating but, at the same time, confusing for the less experienced and alienate the specialists, thus driving them away from the true reason for this nectar, the simple joie de vivre, the joy of living.

http://blog.winetourismportugal.com/the-10-commandments-of-wine

 

Is the US wine boom over?

Not every analyst agrees about the reduction in the number of most-frequent wine drinkers, though that may be because different studies measure frequency in different ways. In addition, some analysts foresee the possibility that the number of high-frequency drinkers could increase, making up the difference.

https://www.meininger.de/en/wine-business-international/us-wine-boom-over

 

New Johnnie Walker

Johnnie Walker has launched its new limited edition Blenders’ Batch series in the U.S. Intended to showcase the brand’s experimental offerings, the series will debut with Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Triple Grain American Oak, which features a blend of five whiskies and is aged a minimum of 10 years in American oak. The expression will be available nationwide, retailing at $30 a 750-ml. Johnnie Walker sells roughly 1.6 million cases in the U.S. annually, according to Impact Databank.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2017/03/johnnie-walker-rolls-out-blenders-batch-in-us/

BUFFALO TRACE RELEASES FOUR-GRAIN BOURBON

Distilled from a recipe corn, rye, wheat and malted barley and aged for 12 years, Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Four Grain Bourbon Whiskey pays homage to Buffalo Trace’s former distillery owner.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2017/03/buffalo-trace-unveils-four-grain-e-h-taylor-bourbon/

 

One Wine Glass to Rule Them All

At some point along every wine drinker’s arc of discovery, the time comes to invest in a set of glasses.

Choosing the right one may seem complicated, confusing and occasionally overwhelming. The process can be fraught with anxiety, as many different glass styles are available, and points of view clash on what is proper and necessary.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/16/dining/wine-glasses.html

 

Not drinking this wine? Now that would be criminal

Made in Australia, the affordable 19 Crimes — so named for the actions that would get a British rogue shipped out on the next boat to Australia — pays tribute to the hardy souls who survived and thrived in the new land

IN STOCK

http://www.miamiherald.com/living/food-drink/article138957453.html

Italians that do the job

There’s much to love about Italian wine, not least the fact that they’re tailor-made to go with food

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/mar/16/italian-wine-review-fiona-beckett

What Millennials Want From Their Wine

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Interestingly, millennials also seemed disinterested in rating systems and points, at least compared to wine drinkers of other generations.

http://www.seattleweekly.com/food/what-millennials-want-from-their-wine/

BLACK TOWER CELEBRATES 50 YEARS

Black Tower, the iconic German wine brand, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with a limited edition anniversary bottle and a new integrated PR campaign

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/03/black-tower-celebrates-50-years/

 

Wine & Diet

In order to find out the amount of calories contained in wine, find below some useful information.

https://www.wineinmoderation.eu/en/content/Wine-Diet.82/?platform=hootsuite

 

Gallo Wine Brands Are Often Incognito

If you have more than 4 bottles in your house right now, chances are, one of them has been touched by Gallo.

http://winefolly.com/update/family-gallo-wine-brands/

The Bourbon boom continues to accelerate in the U.S. market, driven by the super-premium segment.

 

Why Does Wine Give You a Headache?

I’m not alone. According to a 2013 study, more than a third of regular wine drinkers report occasional headaches from wine—and not from overindulgence.

http://www.foodandwine.com/wine/red-wine/why-does-wine-give-you-headache

 

Why You Can Expect More White Wines From Rioja

Today Spain is the third largest wine exporting nation in the world

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tmullen/2017/03/20/why-you-can-expect-more-white-wines-from-rioja/#227ff99c5b97

 

Anheuser-Busch Launches Amazon Alexa Skill

There are 12 different workouts on the ULTRA 95 Alexa skill, divided into three different categories: Strength, Conditioning, and Flexibility.

http://www.brewbound.com/news/anheuser-busch-launches-amazon-alexa-skill?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=37defe3f1b-The+Daily+Brew%3A+March+20%2C+2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-37defe3f1b-36686829

 

ED SHEERAN BUYS ITALIAN VILLA FOR ITS VINEYARD

The property, located in Umbria near to the town of Paciano, comes with its own vineyard.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/03/ed-sheeran-buys-italian-villa-for-its-vineyard/

 

GROUPON UK LAUNCHES PROSECCO NAIL POLISH

Groupon has launched a fizz flavoured nail polish, the latest and perhaps most peculiar addition to the long list of Prosecco themed paraphernalia.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/03/groupon-uk-launch-prosecco-nail-polish/

 

TOP 10 COFFEE-FLAVOURED SPIRITS

Coffee in hand, The Spirits Business explores the growing world of the caffeinated spirit, from vodkas and mezcals to Tequilas and liqueurs.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2017/03/top-10-coffee-flavoured-spirits/

 

Calories in Wine: Top 7 Facts

Let’s consider the facts, swallow the bad news and have a (small) glass of wine to help it go down?

http://socialvignerons.com/2017/03/15/calories-in-wine-top-7-facts/

 

THE DEVICE THAT MAKES YOUR CHEAP WINE TASTE EXPENSIVE

It’s called the VelvWine Oxygenator – and it won’t just save you cash, it will actually make your wine so much better.

The only downside is that while it makes your cheap wine taste more expensive, the device in itself is also expensive. Around $300.

http://www.4kq.com.au/lifestyle/food-wine/the-device-that-makes-your-cheap-wine-taste-expensive/

 

Is wine healthy? How about beer, sushi or granola? Look how Americans & nutritionists disagree

 

Heard it through the grapevine: can music really change the taste of wine?

The woman behind the world’s first ‘oenesthetic’ wine and sound bar believes there’s more to ‘sonic seasoning’ than hype

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/mar/21/heard-it-through-the-grapevine-can-music-really-change-the-taste-of-wine

 

Thick Mint Stout Is Your Unofficial Girl Scout Cookie Beer

Hitting shelves soon, Southern Tier Thick Mint seems to be the closest you’ll come to a Thin Mint/stout mashup.

http://www.foodandwine.com/beer/thick-mint-beer-girl-scout-cookie

 

BAILEYS MAKES ALMANDE VEGAN-FRIENDLY

After demand from the vegan community, Diageo has removed beeswax from its gluten-free and dairy-free Baileys Almande liqueur recipe to grant it “certified vegan” status in the US.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2017/03/baileys-re-releases-almande-as-vegan-friendly/

 

TOP 10 TEA-FLAVOURED SPIRITS

Tea-based spirits have come to the fore in recent years, providing bartenders with a fascinating new flavour profile to play with. Our round-up of spiked brews givse ‘teatime’ a whole different meaning.

https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2017/03/top-10-tea-flavoured-spirits/

 

Lambrusco: Italy’s red fizzy wine is making a comeback

Like high-waist pants, lambrusco lends credence to the theory that if you wait long enough, everything will come back into fashion. In lambrusco’s case, the resurgence took about 40 years.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/food-and-wine/wine/lambrusco-italys-red-fizzy-wine-is-making-a-comeback/article34361382/

 

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New Company Breaks Barriers to Distribution for Small Producers

The vast majority of wineries in the US produce less than 5,000 cases, and they’ve been effectively blocked from three-tier distribution because distributor giants won’t take them on, but that’s about to change.

For now, LibDib is only licensed as a distributor in California and New York, but the plan is to expand and cover all 50 states.

http://www.wineindustryadvisor.com/2017/03/22/libdib-breaks-barriers-distribution-small-producers

 

How America’s Favorite Bargain Wine Gets Great Facebook Engagement on a Shoestring Budget

Carlo Rossi posts fake products with a wink

http://www.adweek.com/brand-marketing/how-americas-favorite-bargain-wine-gets-great-facebook-engagement-on-a-shoestring-budget/

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Italian Wines Of Masi Agricola

The history of Masi is the history of a family and its vineyards in the Venetian regions. The name itself derives from “Vaio dei Masi”, the small valley in Valpolicella acquired by the Boscaini family, who are still its owners now, at the end of the XVIII century.

Today, Sandro Boscaini, company President and Managing Director, runs Masi with the help of his daughter Alessandra, in charge of sales and administration; his son Raffaele, Marketing Manager and Co-ordinator of the Masi Technical Group and his brother Bruno, Production and Plant Manager. His brother Mario has his own business, but is still part of Masi and an adviser to the management.

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Thursday April 13th

Wines From Abruzzo In Central Italy

Guest: Dave Abbot Mascerelli Wine

Masciarelli is the leading Estate of Abruzzo.

The Abruzzo region today is on the cutting edge of grape growing and winemaking in all of Italy.  We will talk about the special set of climates and soils that makes Abruzzo unique.  We will talk about the grape varieties that have evolved in Abruzzo for over a thousand years.  And we will talk about Gianni Masciarelli, the curious skeptic, biological savant, and energy management genius who took Abruzzo from a sleepy wine backwater to the cutting edge.

About Dave:

Dave Abbott began his wine career in 1985 with the Big Y Wine superstore in Northampton, Massachusetts just in time to taste all of the 1982 Classed Growth Bordeaux, and most of the to 1983 Burgundy Premier and Grand Crus. This is when he became vitally interested in the geography, geology, topography, climate, agriculture, history, culture, wine traditions and culinary traditions of the European wine lands.  Dave has been liberally overeducated at Dartmouth (BA English 1972), University of Michigan (MA English Language and Literature 1977), and University of Massachusetts (PhD/ABD 19th and 20th Century Novel leaving in 1985).  A teacher at heart, Dave has long been fascinated by all the factors that make every wine unique.  A salesman by trade, Dave has worked for Consumer Programming Services selling encyclopedias door-to-door in the West Virginia coal fields, as Sales Associate and Italian and German Brands Manager for Big Y Wines, as the founder of Wine Diamonds wine brokerage, for MRR Traders as Western Mass Wholesaler’s Rep, and since 1998 for Masciarelli Wine Company as Western Mass Rep, and later as a Regional Sales Manager.  In 2007 Dave became Regional Sales Manager for the imports division of Masciarelli Wine Company serving North Carolina, Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland and Delaware later adding Ohio, Illinois, Colorado, Montana, Washington, Oregon and Northern California.  In 2012 Dave also became Masciarelli’s Wine Educator, and Sales Trainer for both the Massachusetts and Florida divisions..  Since 2015 Dave has handled Regional Sales Manager duties for Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Marylnd, DC, Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio and Illinois.  Since 2012 he has been National Brand Manager for Valori, Castello di Cacchiano, La Caplana, and the Masciarelli Estate in Abruzo.  Summer 2015 marked Dave’s 25th trip to Italy.

Today my business involves making connections with 9 distributors, traveling to 13 states, doing ride-alongs with 85 sales people a year teaching them about the things that make our wines so very special, calling on 1000 retailers and restaurants projecting the voice, character, style and passion of the Masciarelli Wine company and the wine families we represent.  Always fascinated by the intricacies of Italian wine, Dave aspires to be the World’s Best Italian Wine Salesman.

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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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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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Ever found yourself staring at a wine label and been confused about what it’s telling you? You’re not alone! Join Mark and Kim as they decode the language on that bottle of wine. You’ll learn how to tell if a wine is dry or sweet, what might be in a blend, and so much more!

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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.

Tuition: $999

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Gallo Dominates Domestic Wine “Hot Brands,”

Massachusetts Liquor Stores Want to Get In on the State’s Legal Weed Industry

14 Fascinating Facts About Guinness Beer

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Wine, women and Dena Blizzard’s new board game

Wouldn’t it be funny, thought the comedian and former Miss New Jersey, if there were a game like that for grown-ups. Only, you wouldn’t wander the neighborhood seeking elusive cartoon characters, you would part your neighbor’s shrubs or peek under their decks for hidden bottles and glasses of Chardonnay.

http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/entertainment/dining/eat-my-words/2017/03/10/wine-women-and-dena-blizzards-new-board-game/99016962/

 

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Does The Shape Of The Wine Glass Affect The Taste Of The Wine?

The shape of a wine glass affects the taste of the wine inside by channeling the wine’s aromatics and keeping it cool. If you choose the wrong glass, you could stifle your wine’s bouquet.

http://blog.vinfolio.com/2017/03/10/does-the-shape-of-the-wine-glass-affect-the-taste-of-the-wine/

America’s 30 largest wine producers (with ties to Lodi)

One of the more interesting reports logged by the industry trade publication, Wine Business Monthly, is a yearly list of 30 largest American wine production companies in terms of case sales within the U.S.

http://www.lodiwine.com/?method=blog.blogDrilldown&blogEntryID=12612DD6-97EC-7A9E-5F00-3FE750A17716&originalMarketingURL=blog/The-30-largest-American-wine-producers-with-ties-to-Lodi

 

Prosecco DOC Moves Toward Sustainability

The denomination is making important steps in its commitment to a healthy environment

http://www.wineindustryadvisor.com/2017/03/10/prosecco-doc-moves-toward-sustainability

 

How to prevent a hangover, according to a doctor

No matter how much fun you had last night, a bad hangover the next morning is never worth it.

Luckily, there are some preventative measures you can take while drinking that will help you avoid feeling like death for most of the next day.

http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-prevent-a-hangover-2017-3

 

Terroir and Honey: Where Wine and Bees Meet

Wine and honey? More similar than you’d think. With vineyards and beekeepers teaming up, and “honey tastings” on the rise, a cult culture has sprung up.

http://www.winemag.com/2017/03/09/terroir-and-honey-where-wine-and-bees-meet/

 

The Art of Taste: What It Takes to Become a Sommelier

New research has upended the once-prevailing belief that one is born with a fixed ability to taste. Our sense of taste—or rather smell, the eminence grise of flavor detection—is highly malleable.

http://www.vogue.com/article/how-to-become-a-sommelier

 

Inside Louis Latour

Maison Louis Latour is everything a wine company should be. It makes delicious and interesting wines for every level, from the collector to the after-work drinker.

https://www.meininger.de/en/wine-business-international/inside-louis-latour

 

Should “made in Texas” mean 100 percent Texas grapes? Texas grape growers split on wine bill

A bill in the state Legislature would require that Texas-labeled wines be made from 100 percent Texas-grown grapes, rather than 75 percent under current law.

https://www.texastribune.org/2017/03/09/wine-story/

 

How Millennials Are Changing The Sparkling Wine Industry

There’s a lot of talk about the millennial generation, who are currently aged between 18-32 and it seems the sparkling wine industry has not been left out.

Prosecco has gained favour with this generation is the sweeter taste. Millennials are more likely to go for a sweeter, fruitier sparkling wine.

https://www.glassofbubbly.com/millennials-changing-sparkling-wine-industry/

 

Reality and wine – are tasting notes all wrong?

Perhaps wine needs its own language; a set of original words that provides a precise, holistic description of wine. Rather than co-opting various flavour descriptors that are often approximate at best (‘hint of loganberry’ et al), and which may not resonate for different cultures, you could simply create words that would describe the classic styles of wines.

http://www.jancisrobinson.com/articles/reality-and-wine-are-tasting-notes-all-wrong

 

Prosecco: Looking Beyond The Label

Prosecco is a lovely, friendly, flowery sparkling wine from North-East Italy, with William pears aromas and it had record sales last year. But how many people realise that the wines from different zones vary as much as clothes from Primark to Prada?

https://www.glassofbubbly.com/prosecco-looking-beyond-label/

 

Wine Grape Varieties in Portugal

To say that this list is extensive is an understatement

http://www.wine-blog.org/index.php/2017/03/09/wine-grape-varieties-in-portugal/

 

Vegan wine

A vineyard in San Francisco is on a quest to prove that wine can be cruelty-free

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/vegan-wine-fish-bladders-eggs-crustacean-frey-vineyard-a7620376.html

 

ACTRESS HILARY DUFF LAUNCHES WINE RANGE

American actress Hillary duff has teamed up with California producer Callie Collection on a new range of wines.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/03/actress-hilary-duff-launches-wine/

 

Ever wondered why beer bottles are usually green or brown and rarely clear? Here’s why

It’s not just because brewers liked the colors

https://www.thesun.co.uk/living/3048383/ever-wondered-why-beer-bottles-are-usually-green-or-brown-and-never-clear-heres-why/

 

A Master Sommelier’s List Of Top Wine Regions To Visit Now

Below are Williamson’s thoughts on the top wine regions to visit in 2017

https://www.forbes.com/sites/katiebell/2017/03/09/a-master-sommeliers-list-of-top-wine-regions-to-visit-now/#6a659af7e09b

 

So…what is sake?

A lot of folks think that sake is rice wine. In fact, it’s not wine at all. If anything, it’s more closely related to beer, as it is actually brewed.

http://www.thewinecompany.net/so-what-is-sake/

 

Total wine shipments to the US expanded 3% to 399 million cases in 2016.

Total wine shipments into the US market expanded by 3%, nearing 400 million cases.

https://www.gfawine.com/blog/1

 

MillerCoors Introduces Redd’s Wicked Strawberry Kiwi

The Wicked Hour is back and better than ever with the return of the Redd’s Wicked Limited Release series.

http://www.brewbound.com/news/millercoors-introduces-redds-wicked-strawberry-kiwi?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=2e596376bd-The+Daily+Brew%3A+March+9%2C+2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-2e596376bd-36686829

 

Chilean Cabernet: The Wines, Regions and More

Cabernet Sauvignon is the most planted grape in Chile and the country prides itself on its exceptional Bordeaux-style blends (aka Cabernet blends). Let’s break down the 4 major wine regions of Chile which are famous for these balanced and age-worthy red wines.

http://winefolly.com/review/chilean-cabernet-regions-wines-and-more/?utm_source=Wine+Folly&utm_campaign=27d995b5e2-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a18d8bdc1b-27d995b5e2-62472929&mc_cid=27d995b5e2&mc_eid=d73340fcba

 

10 Cool Things to Know About Carménère Wine

Here are 10 drinking facts about Carménère wine that will help you get the most out of each sip.

http://winefolly.com/tutorial/10-cool-things-to-know-about-carmenere-wine/?utm_source=Wine+Folly&utm_campaign=27d995b5e2-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a18d8bdc1b-27d995b5e2-62472929&mc_cid=27d995b5e2&mc_eid=d73340fcba

 

CraftRoots opens Milford’s first brewery

The brewery, located on 4 Industrial Way, is Milford’s first brewery, and owner Maureen Fabry hopes it becomes part of the fabric of the community.

http://watertown.wickedlocal.com/entertainment/20170308/beer-nut-craftroots-opens-milfords-first-brewery

 

14 Fascinating Facts About Guinness Beer

“What do you mean (*hic*) Guinness isn’t really black?”

http://www.rd.com/culture/facts-about-guinness-beer/?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=90cd478def-The+Daily+Brew%3A+March+8%2C+2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-90cd478def-36686829

 

How to Drink Wine

Wine is pleasure and conviviality, it is culture and it makes food taste better. But wine can also be intimidating. This guide takes the anxiety out of shopping, buying and drinking wine. You will learn the basics, from how to open a bottle to pairing it with food, along with the best language to use when talking about wine in stores, at restaurants and with friends.

https://cooking.nytimes.com/guides/41-how-to-drink-wine

Replica Wine mimics taste of popular Sonoma County favorites

The brand is called Replica Wine, and it relies heavily on chemistry to replicate popular brands, offering customers a savings of 15 percent or more.

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/lifestyle/wine/6704141-181/replica-wine-mimics-taste-of?artslide=0

 

What’s natural wine?

Many in the biz define it as wine made sans additives and with minimal tinkering — “nothing added, nothing removed,” proponents like to say.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/drink/wine/ct-natural-wine-fair-bad-hunter-story.html

 

Massachusetts Liquor Stores Want to Get In on the State’s Legal Weed Industry

Regulation experts don’t expect the state to allow both vices to co-exist on store shelves.

The Massachusetts Package Stores Association, or liquor store association, has voted to support members in their applications to supplement their booze sales with legal weed.

https://www.merryjane.com/news/mass-liquor-stores-want-to-sell-weed

 

FIRST LADY WINE CREATED FOR MELANIA TRUMP

A quartet of Slovenian wine producers from Sevnica, where First Lady Melania Trump grew up, have released a wine in her honor.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/03/first-lady-wine-created-for-melania-trump/

 

How to pair 6 kinds of potato chips with wine

March 14, 2017 is National Potato Chip Day, and I thought it was time to put the world’s favourite snack food to the test with wine.

http://dailyhive.com/vancouver/pair-potato-chips-wine

 

Gallo Dominates Domestic Wine “Hot Brands,”

With U.S. wine consumption estimated to have hit a record high of 326.7 million cases in 2016, Impact’s latest list of wine “Hot Brands” reflects a healthy mix of returning stalwarts and rising stars. On the domestic wine side, the 2016 Hot Brands lineup featured a total of 19 winners.

E.&J. Gallo led the way with seven domestic honorees. Gallo’s Barefoot Cellars ($7-$10 a 750-ml.) held its spot at the top of the domestic roster, selling 18.3 million cases last year to earn its 14th consecutive Hot Brand award. Barefoot was joined by the lightly carbonated Barefoot Refresh offshoot, as well as Gallo portfoliomates Liberty Creek, Apothic, Dark Horse and William Hill.

Gallo also counted Vin Vault, a premium boxed wine, among its domestic winners. Premium boxed wine pioneers Black Box (Constellation) and Bota Box (Delicato Family Vineyards) likewise earned Hot Brand honors, with each selling more than 5 million cases last year. Other domestic award-winners include Deutsch Family’s Josh Cellars and Constellation’s Meiomi, which both surpassed the million-case threshold in 2016. While premium California wines accounted for the vast majority of domestic honorees, Washington’s Ste. Michelle Wine Estates also made a strong showing with its 14 Hands and Columbia Crest brands.

Do We Need to Give Up Alcohol to Lose Weight? Not Necessarily

Most such studies showed that “frequent light to moderate alcohol intake” — at most two drinks a day for men, one for women — “does not seem to be associated with obesity risk.” However, binge drinking (consuming five or more drinks on an occasion) and heavy drinking (more than four drinks in a day for men, or more than three for women) were linked to an increased risk of obesity and an expanding waistline.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/13/well/do-we-need-to-give-up-alcohol-to-lose-weight-not-necessarily.html?_r=1

 

French Wine Capitalizing on U.S. Drinking Trends

Major trends in the U.S. wine market including premiumization, sparkling wine, and rosé play to the strengths of French wine leading to a 14.2% value growth, surpassing runner-up New Zealand at 13.7%, to claim the highest import growth by nation over the past 52 weeks according to Nielsen data

http://www.wineindustryadvisor.com/2017/03/15/french-wine-us-drinking-trends

 

So THAT’S Why Your Hangovers Get Worse As You Get Older

There’s one aspect of growing older that does not age like a fine wine: Hangovers.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/why-your-hangovers-get-worse-as-you-get-older_us_58c02856e4b054a0ea66cedd

Discover New Zealand’s wine regions

New Zealand’s wine regions are at their most spectacular in autumn when the days are long and bathed in late sunshine – it’s an ideal time to savour and enjoy the country’s sauvignon blancs, alternative albarinos and Rieslings

http://www.financialexpress.com/lifestyle/travel-tourism/discover-new-zealands-wine-regions/588463/

 

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TOP 10 LITTLE-KNOWN IRISH WHISKEY FACTS

From the world’s most expensive bottling to the origin of the Irish coffee, we present a round-up of 10 obscure Irish whiskey facts ahead of St Patrick’s Day on Friday.

http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2017/03/top-10-little-known-irish-whiskey-facts/

 

WHISTLEPIG LAUNCHES FARM-TO-BOTTLE WHISKEY

Vermont-based distillery WhistlePig has released its first farm-to-bottle ‘triple-terroir’ expression, called FarmStock.

http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2017/03/whistlepig-launches-farm-to-bottle-whiskey/

 

The Rise Of The Corta: Unusual Wine Bottle Sizes Could Be A 2017 Wine Trend

In California’s Sonoma and Napa Valley, cult winemakers are experimenting with an unusual wine bottle size, the corta. This is a short bottle that was inspired by the hand-blown glass bottles found in ancient Italy. They contain 9 percent less glass than the average Bordeaux-style bottle, and they take up 14 percent less room in a cellar

http://blog.vinfolio.com/2017/03/15/rise-corta-unusual-wine-bottle-sizes-2017-wine-trend/

 

Bourbon Barrel Chardonnay

Robert Mondavi Private Selection, part of the Constellation portfolio, is in innovation mode with the launch of a Bourbon Barrel-Aged Chardonnay. Sourced from coastal vineyards in Monterey County, the new offering was aged in Kentucky Bourbon barrels for nine months, with a portion of the blend seeing an additional two months in barrel. Retailing at $14 a bottle, the Bourbon Barrel-Aged Chardonnay joins Robert Mondavi Private Selection’s Bourbon Barrel-Aged Cabernet Sauvignon, which debuted last year.

 

ORGANIC PRODUCERS SHOULD USE RENEWABLE ENERGY, SAYS TORRES

The problem with organic [viticulture] is that we have to use copper against mildew, and it is a problem: copper is toxic

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/03/organic-grape-growers-should-be-made-to-source-energy-from-renewables/

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Vincent Mareel, French born, living in Lille and south of France. He began his US career in Washington, DC with twelve years in the food and wine scene in DC catering to residence and patrons on Capitol Hill. He continued in DC representing both French and prestigious American wines in the DC Metropolitan area, working with elite country clubs and restaurants. Today he has worked for Luneau USA representing the Group Castel as leader in French wines, for 15 years, as well as wineries all over Europe (Italy, Spain, Portugal).

 

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Beer-themed hotel idea is doing viral as donations pour in

This is one way to get a head in business: Start a crowd-funding campaign for a beer-themed hotel.

A Scottish brewer, BrewDog, is planning the hotel, called The DogHouse, in Columbus, Ohio.

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/food-drink/article136223303.html

 

History & Tradition Of Wine

Wine has evolved as part of life, culture and diet since time immemorial.

https://www.wineinmoderation.eu/en/content/History-Tradition-of-Wine.4/

 

How Much Wine Is Too Much?

Based on available scientific evidence and different references provided by a variety of public health authorities, it is accepted that low-risk moderate consumption has a range set out in the guidelines below:

https://www.wineinmoderation.eu/en/content/How-much-wine-is-too-much.66/

 

A Beginner’s Guide to Italian Wine

When you’re looking at a bottle of Italian wine, you might see the name of the place without a hint of what grape is in the bottle.

http://drinks.seriouseats.com/2014/03/italy-wine-basics-essential-grapes-what-is-docg-barolo-chianti-sangiovese-super-tuscan.html

 

Latest wine consumption trends: US still rising

The US remains top of the world wine consumption league and is expected to grow further in the next four years, but the industry still isn’t sure about the best way to handle so-called millennials

http://www.decanter.com/wine-news/latest-wine-consumption-trends-356443-356443/

Drinking This Type Of Red Wine Makes You More Attractive, According To Science

Research in the United States has proven pinot noir gives off a smell that’s similar to pheromones given off by men

http://elitedaily.com/news/drinking-red-wine-more-attractive/1811126/

Harnessing 3½ Tier Wine Distribution

Small and mid-size distributors offer level playing field but require higher margins

https://www.winesandvines.com/template.cfm?section=news&content=181268

BIBLICAL BOTTLES: JEROBOAM TO SALMANAZAR

Just who were the Biblical kings and prophets of ancient Israel, Judah, Assyria and Babylon whose names grace the large format bottles of wine that dominate tables and collections today?

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/03/biblical-bottles-jeroboam-to-salmanazar/

 

Love cocktails? Here are five bottles your liquor cabinet can’t do without

These ingredients aren’t usually seen at home – but their presence opens up a realm of cocktail possibilities

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/mar/03/love-cocktails-here-are-five-bottles-your-liquor-cabinet-cant-do-without

 

Roman Food and Wine Pairings

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

 

An Introduction to Red Wine Blending

This blog post will explore some of the common introductory reasons for using wine blending to craft red wines.

https://psuwineandgrapes.wordpress.com/2017/03/03/an-introduction-to-red-wine-blending/

 

PROSECCO ‘TAKES OVER FROM DISCOUNTED CHAMPAGNE’

Sales of Prosecco will surpass 412 million bottles by 2020, as the Italian sparkling “takes over from discounted Champagne”

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/03/prosecco-takes-over-from-discounted-champagne/

 

CHINA TO BECOME SECOND LARGEST WINE CONSUMER BY 2020

New figures from Vinexpo predict that wine sales in China will grow by 39.8% in the next three years, leading the country to become the world’s second largest wine market after the US.

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/03/china-to-become-second-largest-wine-consumer-by-2020/

 

How to photograph beer

There’s no way to put this gently: Your beer pictures suck. Yeah, you, with the beer blog, and the Facebook albums loaded with dimly lit, weird-angle bottle shots that all have that same, bright-white flash reflection. For your sake, we coerced our eagle-eyed art director, Kevin Robie, to spill the beans on how to take beer photos like the pros.

http://draftmag.com/how-to-photograph-beer/

Slovenia and Croatia clash over Teran red wine name

The red thick wine produced from Refosco vine grapes in Istria near the Adriatic coast is known for its distinctive aroma which resembles the scent of wild berries.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/slovenia-croatia-clash-teran-red-wine-45827208

 

A new approach to an old problem

Although Weight Watchers has been making wines for dieters for 15 years, there has been a slew of releases in the past five years

https://www.meininger.de/en/wine-business-international/new-approach-old-problem

 

In Wine Bottle Stoppers Cork Still Reigns Over Synthetic, Metal And Glass

First, despite its reputation regarding TCA taint, cork remains king.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomaspellechia/2017/03/01/in-wine-bottle-stoppers-cork-still-reigns-over-synthetic-metal-and-glass/#721186586d16

Airlines aim to trick your taste buds at 30,000 feet

Our sensitivity to sweet and salty foods drops by about 30 per cent in the air, compared to when we’re on the ground

http://www.goodfood.com.au/eat-out/news/airlines-aim-to-trick-your-taste-buds-at-30000-feet-20170301-guoqsn

 

Why sustainability labeling is hard to find

TTB, the agency that regulates wine labeling, doesn’t have a definition for sustainability as it applies to wine

https://firstvine.wordpress.com/2017/03/01/why-sustainability-labeling-is-hard-to-find/

The Edgy Side of Valpolicella

For the price, Americans would rather pull the trigger on other rich, robust wines, such as Napa Cabernet or Châteauneuf-du-Pape, before buying an Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/edgy-side-valpolicella-cathrine-todd-dipwset

 

Diam launches Corsican corks

Corsican wine growers are now able to cork their wines with cork sourced from their own forests following a multi-year contract between Diam and Sylvacoop, a co-operative of 40 woodland owners.

http://www.vitisphere.com/news-84684-Diam-launches-Corsican-corks.html

 

Importing Italian Wines with Mariposa Fine Wines

Mariposa Fine Wine &Spirits that is based out of Boston and is owned and operated by female wine wholesaler, Judith Fabre McDonough.

http://www.vinotravelsitaly.com/2017/02/italian-wine-importer-mariposa-fine-wines.html?utm_source=Vino+Travels+Email+Members&utm_campaign=a07ac0964a-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_670bd5443a-a07ac0964a-294676161

Amstel introduces Amstel Xlight

With 90 calories, 2 grams of carbs, 4.2 percent alcohol by volume and 4 international bittering units, Amstel Xlight is a sessionable, premium quality light beer with a full beer flavor not expected from a light beer, the company says.

http://www.bevindustry.com/articles/90035-amstel-introduces-amstel-xlight?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=7d70ca31ee-The+Daily+Brew%3A+March+2%2C+2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-7d70ca31ee-36686829

 

The Wines To Know From Lazio

The region has been abuzz with the investments and passions of a few individuals to improve production quality.

http://winefolly.com/review/the-wines-to-know-from-lazio/?utm_source=Wine+Folly&utm_campaign=27755175d0-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a18d8bdc1b-27755175d0-62472929&mc_cid=27755175d0&mc_eid=d73340fcba

 

Sulphites (SO2) in Wine: Top 7 Facts

More seriously, Sulphur is found in rocks and everywhere underground, and is also a fundamental element of life, found in every cell of every living organism.

http://socialvignerons.com/2017/03/02/sulphites-so2-in-wine-top-7-facts/

 

AMERICAN WHISKEY MAKES UP 45% OF US MARKET

Spirits volume sales in the “strong” US market are slated to grow by 4.1% to 224 million nine litre cases by 2020, bolstered by American whiskey which holds 45% of the market.

http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2017/03/american-whiskey-us-market/

 

SKYY VODKA ADDS APRICOT-INFUSED VARIANT

Gruppo Campari has extended its Skyy Vodka range with the addition of a premium apricot-infused expression, called Skyy Infusions California Apricot.

IN STOCK!

http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2017/03/skyy-vodka-adds-apricot-infused-flavour/

 

America’s Favorite Beer May Surprise You

Hint: It’s not the self-proclaimed “King of Beers.” And it’s not named for an American patriot.

https://www.fool.com/investing/2017/03/04/americas-favorite-beer-may-surprise-you.aspx

Neon-Blue Wine Gives Spanish Start-Up a Regulatory Headache

There is no disputing the wine’s color, a neon blue that comes from adding two natural ingredients, indigo dye and anthocyanin, a pigment found in grape skin.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/05/world/europe/spain-basque-blue-wine-gik.html?_r=0

 

How to find a good wine retailer

The best retailers do more than sell wine. They help you find wine that you didn’t know you liked. It’s easy to sell someone something they already know about. What’s more difficult, and a mark of the best retailers, is to find something new that fits the parameters of wine you already drink

https://www.winecurmudgeon.com/find-good-wine-retailer/

 

The New French Paradox

Connection between Oregon and Burgundy grows stronger

https://www.oregonwinepress.com/the-new-french-paradox

Languedoc to Bid Adieu to Appellations?

It’s vital to remember that the Languedoc has fewer traditions to respect than, say, Burgundy, and so winemakers in the region are far more willing to experiment and innovate than in other parts of France

http://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2017/03/languedoc-to-bid-adieu-to-appellations

 

From Waste to Wine Glasses

Researchers are turning leftover grape skins from winemaking into novel, 3-D-printed objects.

https://www.insidescience.org/news/brief-waste-wine-glasses

 

An Illustrated History of Craft Beer in America

From risk-taking trailblazers to the rise of beer geeks, we look at how America evolved from a laughing stock to a suds powerhouse.

http://firstwefeast.com/features/illustrated-history-of-craft-beer-in-america

 

Want to Pick Better Bottles? Repeat After Me: Wine Is Food

Most people don’t care about the intricacies of what they consume, as long as it tastes good to them. They have other priorities.

Knowing that you are in a good wine shop can sharpen your decision-making down to issues of taste and occasion rather than quality.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/06/dining/wine-is-food.html?_r=0

 

Wine tourism in France in numbers

France now has 10 million wine tourists, a real vote of confidence in the sector.

https://www.visitfrenchwine.com/en/product/wine-tourism-france-numbers

 

How to Drink Wine

With so many different wines available and with bottle labels sometimes in different languages and filled with jargon, selecting a wine can seem intimidating. That’s why the single best way to improve your wine-drinking life is to find a good wine shop.

https://cooking.nytimes.com/guides/41-how-to-drink-wine

 

STARBUCKS ROLLS OUT WHISKEY BARREL-AGED COFFEE

Starbucks fans can now enjoy a taste of whiskey in their brew with the launch of the chain’s new whiskey barrel-aged coffee.

http://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2017/03/starbucks-rolls-out-whiskey-barrel-aged-coffee/

 

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Thursday March 16th

 

Guest: Vincent Mareel

Wines of Bordeaux have long been a French icon.

In the wine world there is no better stories than this regions history, wines and agriculture.

Did you know there is more Merlot and Cabernet grown here than anywhere else in the world?

Vincent will be speaking about the different aspects of Bordeaux regions tasting wines from the various areas.

About Vincent

Vincent Mareel, French born, living in Lille and south of France. He began his US career in Washington, DC with twelve years in the food and wine scene in DC catering to residence and patrons on Capitol Hill. He continued in DC representing both French and prestigious American wines in the DC Metropolitan area, working with elite country clubs and restaurants. Today he has worked for Luneau USA representing the Group Castel as leader in French wines, for 15 years, as well as wineries all over Europe (Italy, Spain, Portugal).

https://www.meetup.com/Franklin-Wine-Club/events/237914865/

Wednesday March 29th

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Italian Wines Of Masi Agricola

The history of Masi is the history of a family and its vineyards in the Venetian regions. The name itself derives from “Vaio dei Masi”, the small valley in Valpolicella acquired by the Boscaini family, who are still its owners now, at the end of the XVIII century.

Today, Sandro Boscaini, company President and Managing Director, runs Masi with the help of his daughter Alessandra, in charge of sales and administration; his son Raffaele, Marketing Manager and Co-ordinator of the Masi Technical Group and his brother Bruno, Production and Plant Manager. His brother Mario has his own business, but is still part of Masi and an adviser to the management.

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Thursday April 13th

Wines From Abruzzo In Central Italy Mascerelli

Guest: Dave Abbot

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Wine Buying Tips Using Label Information

Thursday, May 18th

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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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Exploring Italian Wines

Tuesday, May 23rd

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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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  Easter Garden Bulb Basket and Spring Wines

April 6

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Get ready for Easter by join Franklin Liquors and Hillside Nursery for an evening of flowers and wine! Design a garden basket of Easter Bulbs for yourself or as a gift, and welcome Spring by tasting through an assortment of seasonal wines

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      The Language of Wine Labels

May 10

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Ever found yourself staring at a wine label and been confused about what it’s telling you? You’re not alone! Join Mark and Kim as they decode the language on that bottle of wine. You’ll learn how to tell if a wine is dry or sweet, what might be in a blend, and so much more!

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French Wine Scholar Programs

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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.

Tuition: $999

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

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March 4, 2017

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Exploring California Wines Of Bell And Schug

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This Weeks Highlights:

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10 Reasons to fall in Love with Argentine Wines

Massachusetts Announces Alcohol Beverage Task Force

Weird Wine Flavors and the Science Behind Them

AND MORE!

Franklin Liquors New Daily Newspaper

The Wonderful World of Wine (WWW)

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 Our Daily Wine Newspaper

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Saving The Planet, One Substantial Wine Producer At A Time

The business of wine, of course, doesn’t just happen in the vineyard. From the winery to the tasting room, opportunities exist for larger (and, of course, smaller) producers to positively impact the environment.

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https://www.forbes.com/sites/brianfreedman/2017/02/24/saving-the-planet-one-substantial-wine-producer-at-a-time/#6ea3134b6bb9

 

Weird Wine Flavors and the Science Behind Them

Next time you have a glass of wine in front of your nose, see if you can pick out one of these more bizarre flavors.

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http://winefolly.com/tutorial/weird-wine-flavors-and-the-science-behind-them/

 

How a vitamin found in BEER could be used to treat the painful side effects of chemotherapy

A vitamin found in beer and milk could be used to treat the lasting pain of chemotherapy, new research suggests.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4256936/Vitamin-BEER-treat-chemotherapy-pain.html

DOES YOUR WINE HAVE A GENDER?

Masculine wines are commonly associated with structure and power, while feminine wines can be perceived as delicate and thin.

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http://www.snooth.com/articles/does-your-wine-have-a-gender/

Napa Valley partnership is first to develop wine-infused coffee

Molinari Private Reserve, which is made in the heart of the famous wine-making region, started initially as a unique experiment between founder Rick Molinari and coffee roaster John Weaver – a one-time master roaster for Peete’s Coffee.

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http://www.foodbev.com/news/napa-valley-partnership-is-first-to-infuse-coffee-beans-with-wine/

 

Connecting with wine consumers and tasting room visitors via mobile devices

In 2015, 68% of U.S. adults owned a smartphone, and, as might be expected, younger consumers were more likely to own one than more mature consumers.

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https://psuwineandgrapes.wordpress.com/2017/02/24/connecting-with-wine-consumers-and-tasting-room-visitors-via-mobile-devices/

The Art Of Wine: 9 Lessons From World Champion Sommelier Enrico Bernardo

Enrico Bernardo became the youngest world champion sommelier when he achieved the title in 2004 at the age of 27

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https://www.forbes.com/sites/auctionforecast/2017/02/23/the-art-of-wine-9-things-learned-from-a-conversation-with-world-champion-sommelier-enrico-bernardo/#627c56af2e43

 

Redd’s Apple Ale Introduces New Flavors

Redd’s Blueberry Ale returns by popular demand to the Redd’s family, joining the new Redd’s Raspberry Ale.

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https://www.brewbound.com/news/redds-apple-ale-introduces-new-flavors?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=ff65b0889f-The+Daily+Brew%3A+February+23%2C+2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-ff65b0889f-36686829

 

Horizontal versus Vertical Lees Aging: A Case Study in Franciacorta

One of the most interesting vinification methods used by Mosnel for some of their Franciacortas is the use of horizontal stainless steel tanks during the post-fermentation period, as opposed to using the vertical tanks that are much more common in winemaking.

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http://www.academicwino.com/2017/02/horizontal-vertical-lees-aging-franciacorta.html/

 

A Tale of Two (Very Different) Chardonnays

Chardonnay: it’s the most planted white grape in the world, as well as the most planted wine grape in the United States. And yet, Chardonnay seems to be the world’s most polarizing wine: you either love it or hate it.

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http://winefolly.com/tutorial/a-tale-of-two-very-different-chardonnays/?utm_source=Wine+Folly&utm_campaign=2534d92615-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a18d8bdc1b-2534d92615-62472929&mc_cid=2534d92615&mc_eid=d73340fcba

 

Beer Is Still The Undisputed Champ Of Alcoholic Beverages

Who doesn’t love a cold beer? According to AYTM, 46.4 percent of Americans regularly buy beer, higher than every other alcoholic beverage.

Statista noted the percentage of U.S. consumers who regularly buy the following alcoholic beverages:

Wine – 36.1 percent.

Liquor – 30.2 percent.

Cocktails/mixed drinks – 19.5 percent.

None – 18.7 percent.

Hard soda – 10.9 percent.

Other – 2.4 percent.

WINE CLOSURES: THE FACTS

Whether it be cork, plastic or aluminium, winemakers are spoilt for choice when it comes to stoppers. Patrick Schmitt MW considers the performance of each closure type.

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https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/02/wine-closures-the-facts/

 

Asti Secco, AstiSecco, Astisecco, Prosecco: Italian wine heading toward an identity crisis

The creation of Asti Secco (Dry Asti), a dry wine made from Moscato grapes grown in Asti province in Piedmont.

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https://dobianchi.com/2017/02/24/italian-sounding-government-italy-food-wine/

 

Massachusetts Announces Alcohol Beverage Task Force

The Task Force will establish working groups that will comprise of industry stakeholders and will focus on specific areas and topics. A preliminary report will be provided to the Treasurer within six months of convening.

http://www.winelawonreserve.com/2017/02/28/massachusetts-announces-alcohol-beverage-task-force/?utm_source=On+Reserve%3A+A+Wine+Law+Blog&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=66a691d265-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_term=0_26d2f0b59f-66a691d265-121923797

 

http://www.mass.gov/treasury/about/media-pubs/treas-press-rel/2017/treasurer-goldberg-announces-alcohol-task-force.html

 

What is ‘wild’ yeast, and why is it all the rage in wine, beer and cider?

A single grapevine teems with life. There’s the fruit, of course, but I’m mainly talking about the tens of millions of microscopic bits of yeast, fungi and bacteria clinging to the ripe grape skins.

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http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/food-and-wine/wine/what-is-wild-yeast-the-ingredient-thats-all-the-rage-in-wine-beer-and-cider/article34148939/

 

Constellation humiliates its competition in retail sales growth.

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10 Reasons to fall in Love with Argentine Wines

Argentina is the fifth largest wine-producing country in the world.

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http://socialvignerons.com/2017/02/28/10-reasons-to-fall-in-love-with-argentine-wines/

 

Italian Wines: Strong Growth Potential for Wines Beloved by U.S. Consumers

Italy maintained its position as the number one international supplier of wines to this country both in terms of value and volume, with a total import of 323.8 million liters

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/italian-wines-strong-growth-potential-130000775.html

 

10 Party Facts about the Roman God of Wine

Bacchus was primarily known as the god of agriculture and wine, but was also associated with fertility, drama, and revelry.

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http://winefolly.com/update/10-party-facts-about-the-roman-god-of-wine/

 

CHINA’S WINE REGIONS: XINJIANG

Bordering Mongolia, India and Kazakhstan, Xinjiang is home to the world’s second largest shifting sand desert – the Takla Makan – which accounts for two thirds of China’s desert area. Winemaking or even growing profitable crops seems highly unlikely, and yet this outpost in northwestern China has grown to be China’s biggest winemaking region.

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https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/03/chinas-wine-regions-xinjiang/

 

How Pinot Noir From Around The World Is Changing Wine-Drinking Perceptions

What’s more interesting is the sheer range of Pinot Noir available right now, and the stunning number of places in which this most finicky grape variety is being successfully grown and vinified.

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https://www.forbes.com/sites/brianfreedman/2017/02/28/how-pinot-noir-from-around-the-world-is-changing-wine-drinking-perceptions/#1be57361bc8f

 

Going Organic with Chianti Classico

Chianti Classico now has 50 producers making wine from organic grapes, and fully one-third of the vineyards in the region are certified organic.

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http://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2017/03/going-organic-with-chianti-classico

 

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Thursday March 16th

 

Guest: Vincent Mareel

Wines of Bordeaux have long been a French icon.

In the wine world there is no better stories than this regions history, wines and agriculture.

Did you know there is more Merlot and Cabernet grown here than anywhere else in the world?

Vincent will be speaking about the different aspects of Bordeaux regions tasting wines from the various areas.

About Vincent

Vincent Mareel, French born, living in Lille and south of France. He began his US career in Washington, DC with twelve years in the food and wine scene in DC catering to residence and patrons on Capitol Hill. He continued in DC representing both French and prestigious American wines in the DC Metropolitan area, working with elite country clubs and restaurants. Today he has worked for Luneau USA representing the Group Castel as leader in French wines, for 15 years, as well as wineries all over Europe (Italy, Spain, Portugal).

https://www.meetup.com/Franklin-Wine-Club/events/237914865/

Wednesday March 29th

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Italian Wines Of Masi Agricola

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Guest: Dave Abbot

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An Introduction to Irish Whiskey – a tasting/education

Wednesday, March 8

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Franklins own Walsh Family, an Irish Whiskey Importer

This evening is designed to promote the sensible enjoyment of Irish whiskey, Ireland’s indigenous spirit. We believe there is something extra-special about Irish whiskey in its many varieties.

So whether you’re a discerning aficionado or whiskey, or simply partial to the occasional sup, plan to join local Irish whiskey importer of Flaming Leprechaun for this interesting, informative and fun evening in a friendly, casual environment at Franklin Liquors. This is and Irish Whiskey Tasting experience you are sure to enjoy, savor and remember.

http://flamingleprechaun.com

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Wine Buying Tips Using Label Information

Thursday, May 18th

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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, May 23rd

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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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  Easter Garden Bulb Basket and Spring Wines

April 6

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Get ready for Easter by join Franklin Liquors and Hillside Nursery for an evening of flowers and wine! Design a garden basket of Easter Bulbs for yourself or as a gift, and welcome Spring by tasting through an assortment of seasonal wines

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      The Language of Wine Labels

May 10

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Ever found yourself staring at a wine label and been confused about what it’s telling you? You’re not alone! Join Mark and Kim as they decode the language on that bottle of wine. You’ll learn how to tell if a wine is dry or sweet, what might be in a blend, and so much more!

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French Wine Scholar Programs

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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.

Tuition: $999

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

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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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Franklin Wine Club Exploring California Wineries Bell And Schug

March 3, 2017

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Exploring California Wineries Bell And Schug

An Education And Tasting 

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Thursday March 2nd 2017

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Guest Host: John Avery

Masciarelli Wine Co.

 

Anthony Bell (Bell Wine Cellars) and Walter Schug (Schug Vineyard & Winery).  Walter Schug grew up in Germany and his experience was sought out by Joseph Phelps in 1973.  Walter made California’s first proprietary Bordeaux-Style blend, their well known Insignia label.  However, Walter’s passion was Pinot Noir and when Phelps cut their Pinot Noir program, Walter purchased land in Napa’s Carneros District and Schug Vineyard and Winery was born in 1980.

Anthony Bell, came to America by the way of South Africa.  He immediately made his mark on the California wine scene by taking over from legendary wine maker Andre Tchelistcheff.  Anthony would now be in charge of making the Beaulieu Vineyard (BV) “Georges de Latour” Private Reserve Wines.   Anthony would eventually grow his responsibilities to become BV’s General Manager.   However, as Napa became more corporate, Anthony wanted to return to his true passion, wine making.  In 1991 Bell Wine Cellars was founded and has produced Award Winning wines on his terms.

 

About Bell Wine Cellars

Bell Wine Cellars was co-founded in 1991 by Anthony Bell and a local Napa Valley grower. Frequent discussions about grape growing practices and wine quality reinforced their belief that great wines are not only a product of the vineyard – the terroir – but that elegance, fruit, and balance are hallmarks of a fine wine

Bell has grown from the original 500 cases to 15,000 cases, with an ultimate goal of 16,500 cases. Today the partners pursue their dream, continuing the area’s tradition of producing wonderful wines as well as limited edition, hand crafted wines – all displaying their hallmark elegance and balance

http://www.bellwine.com

 

About Schug Winery

Schug Carneros Estate Winery is situated on a 50-acre site in the Carneros Appellation, south-west of the town of Sonoma. Vineyards of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay surround the winery, while other grapes are bought in from highly respected and experienced growers.

Both Walter Schug and winemaker Mike Cox have always been strong believers that the quality of the grapes on the vine is the key to making good wine. Outside of the estate, grapes are bought from growers with whom the winery has long-term contracts, thereby ensuring Schug’s control over quality and supply. Mike likes to work closely with growers and prefers small production vineyards that contribute unique qualities of clonal and soil varieties to his blends.

http://www.schugwinery.com

 

About John:

John Avery is the New World Portfolio Wine Manager at The Masciarelli Wine Company.  He has been in the wine business since 1993, when he first started working for Massachusett’s own Westport Rivers Winery.  He has been a wine broker, representing various wineries from around the world and has very much enjoyed his time with Masciarelli.  John is a graduate of Colby College and currently resides in Tewksbury, MA with his wife and 9 year old son.

 

The Wines:

Wine #1 

2015 Bell Sauvignon Blanc

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750ml $18.99

Wine #2

2014 Schug Chardonnay

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750ml $19.99

Wine #3

2014 Schug Pinot Noir

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750ml $24.99

Wine #4

2013 Schug Cabernet Sauvignon

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750ml $24.99

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2013 Bell Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

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2014 Bell Syrah

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Franklin Liquors 2017 Events

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Liquor Industry News/Links 02-25-17

February 25, 2017

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By: Mark C Lenzi

CSW, CSS, CWAS, FWS, IWS*

Memorial Day Liquor Now Can Be Sold

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In MA There Were 3 Days A Year You Could Not Buy Liquor:

Christmas

Thanksgiving

Memorial Day

Say Goodbye To Memorial!

In a last minute push to pass an economic development bill during the late hours of the last day of the session, the Legislature inserted an additional section that would allow liquor stores to open on Monday, Memorial Day, this year and in future years. Sales hours will be restricted to allow for stores to open at 12 noon. The latest allowable closing hour will be 11:00 PM, as it is for all other days of operation

So What Do You Think?

Economic Development OR Crazy?

Franklin Liquors Guest Speaker

Wine Event With The Creative Sewing Studio

Held 2-18-17

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VERY INTERESTING READ ABOUT THE WINE INDUSTRY

Why We Believe In Wine Education!

Strong competition in wine sales will increase

According to Wine Business Monthly, roughly 90 percent of wine sold in the U.S. comes from the 30 top producers, and more than half of the wine sold domestically comes from E. & J. Gallo, The Wine Group and Constellation Brands. The fact that most of the domestic wine sold in this country is produced by a handful of companies is not shocking. What is shocking is that there are now more than 9,000 domestic wineries competing for the remaining 10 percent of sales.

http://napavalleyregister.com/wine/strong-competition-in-wine-sales-will-increase/article_152f0e2e-1088-5cea-be5b-26568680fc80.html

Upcoming Wine Education/Tasting

March 9th French Wine Class

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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 Week In Review

This Weeks Highlights:

New Products

The art of wine storytelling

An Ice Wine Primer

World’s First Integrated Wine Rating System

AND MORE!

Franklin Liquors New Daily Newspaper

The Wonderful World of Wine (WWW)

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 Our Daily Wine Newspaper

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Pet Owners Can Rejoice at Cat Wine Tastings

Giving a cat real alcohol is a terrible idea, so these products are just filtered water mixed with catnip and things like salmon oil and organic beet juice.

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http://www.grubstreet.com/2017/02/pet-owners-now-have-cat-wine-tastings.html

 

How Costco’s Wine Guru Picks The 250 Labels That Will Sell $4 Billion A Year In Booze

The idea is to price most everything some 20 percent below the competition.  And they turn to their own private label, Kirkland Signature, when the wine they want isn’t available on the open market.

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/ronaldholden/2017/02/17/how-costcos-wine-guru-picks-the-250-labels-that-will-sell-4-billion-a-year-in-booze/#65b4c58392aa

 

How to Order Wine in a Restaurant: 14 Alternatives to Panicking

Do you freeze up when handed a wine list at a restaurant? This guide will steer you towards the easy way to make the perfect selection, glass or bottle.

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http://www.winemag.com/2017/02/17/how-to-order-wine-in-a-restaurant-14-alternatives-to-panicking/

 

Kevin O’Leary sells wine on U.S. home shopping channel amid leadership campaign

O’Leary writes on his website that he created O’Leary Fine Wines “to help give Americans access to amazing wine at an amazing price.”  A three-bottle set of O’Leary’s wine was sold by QVC for $43 U.S. with free shipping and handling.

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https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/kevin-oleary-sells-wine-on-us-home-shopping-channel-amid-leadership-campaign/ar-AAn4g4S

 

How to enjoy the smooth taste of aged liquor at a fraction of the cost

Until the bourbon bubble bursts, bottle-aged liquors and cocktails may be the solution

Beyond Barrel’s bottle-aging stave is a round, wooden post the size of a standard cigar. The staves are made out of the same barrel wood used to age high-end bottles of wine, and they’re hand-milled by Harrigan in his family’s woodshop.

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http://greenvillejournal.com/2017/02/17/enjoy-smooth-taste-aged-liquor-fraction-cost/

http://www.beyondbarrels.com

 

Your Home Bar Definitely Needs One of These Quirky DIY Liquor Dispensers

Get ready for a steady stream of the good stuff.

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http://www.countryliving.com/diy-crafts/a41777/diy-faucet-liquor-dispenser/

 

Makeover time for Busch beer as it unveils new look

The new beer labels debuting on store shelves in April emphasize a mountain stream as a backdrop behind the logos for Busch, Busch Light, Busch Ice and Busch NA.

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http://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/dining/bars-and-clubs-other/hip-hops/busch-beer-unveils-new-look/article_204d8203-3d39-5ac6-b964-21be8b1b8d0b.html

 

The countries that quaff the most wine per capita

The proud title of most fervent vino guzzler goes to Andorra. According to the Wine Institute, the country consumed 3,936,000 litres of wine

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/maps-and-graphics/wine-consumption-per-capita-by-country/

 

Can Ancient Techniques Make Modern Wine Better?

A new generation of wineries are going to painstaking lengths to acquire hundreds of historic clay karases

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Zima coming back to U.S. market

Blast from the past to return!

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http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20170216/NEWS07/170219889/millercoors-brings-zima-back-to-u-s-market?utm_source=Daily%20Brew&utm_campaign=d034d66ef6-The+Daily+Brew%3A+February+17%2C+2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-d034d66ef6-36686829

Atlanta brewery loses Super Bowl bet, makes ‘deflating,’ ‘soul-crushing’ Pats beer

Sweetwater Brewery had to make a handful of Boston beers for the Falcons loss

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http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/atlanta-brewery-loses-super-bowl-bet-makes-deflating-soul-crushing-pats-beer/?utm_source=Daily+Brew&utm_campaign=d034d66ef6-The+Daily+Brew%3A+February+17%2C+2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_935b7e0b70-d034d66ef6-36686829

Introducing the Wine Whisperer—and the only three wine glasses you’ll ever need

These are the only three wine glasses you’ll ever need.

View More: http://cassbradley.pass.us/sip

http://www.charlottefive.com/wine-glasses/

 

Why tempranillo is star grape of Spain, no matter what you call it

Despite its widespread presence on the Iberian peninsula — or perhaps because of it — tempranillo also goes by many other names in its home country.

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/drink/sc-tempranillo-wine-food-0217-20170215-column.html

 

Trump wine sales double in Virginia

Virginia ABC sold 7,837 bottles of Trump wine in 2016, compared to 3,318 bottles of Trump wine in 2015.

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http://wtvr.com/2017/02/16/trump-wine-virginia-abc/

 

Does size really matter?

The bigger the bottle, for instance, the longer the wine will age well. There’s less space (not oxygen, because that was removed and refilled with Nitrogen) at the top of the bottle. With less space at the top, it gives the wine a longer time to age.

Know Your Sizes

http://www.wine-blog.org/index.php/2017/02/16/does-size-matter-in-wine-yes-it-does/

 

Swapping Quantity for Quality at Bolla

The Italian favorite is shifting focus from the bottom line to the bottled wine.

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http://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2017/02/swapping-quantity-for-quality-at-bolla

 

How To Tell If A Wine Is Age-Worthy

How do you tell if a wine will improve with age? Oddly enough–and thank goodness, just spending more money on a bottle won’t guarantee that it will age well. Instead, there are a few key characteristics to look for in cellar-worthy wines.

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http://winefolly.com/tutorial/how-to-tell-if-a-wine-is-age-worthy/?utm_source=Wine+Folly&utm_campaign=6357bf413f-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a18d8bdc1b-6357bf413f-62472929&mc_cid=6357bf413f&mc_eid=d73340fcba

 

CHINA TO RECOGNISE BLACK ROOSTER EMBLEM

Italy’s Chianti Classico region is expected to receive Chinese trademark rights for its Black Rooster emblem this year, as it gears up for anticipated sales growth in China’s Year of the Rooster

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https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/02/china-to-recognise-black-rooster-emblem/

 

Fireball Maker Sues Over ‘Mad Hen’ Whiskey

Fireball whiskey, accused a Florida spirits company Wednesday of gearing up to launch a product that closely mimics the trade dress of the popular cinnamon liquor.

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https://www.law360.com/articles/892599

 

U.S. wine exports set record; top 10 list released

Ninety percent of the American vino being shipped out of country is from California.

Top 10 export markets for U.S. wines:

  1. European Union’s 28-member countries, $685 million.
  2. Canada, $431 million.
  3. Hong Kong, $99 million.
  4. Japan, $87 million.
  5. China, $82 million.
  6. Mexico, $24 million.
  7. South Korea, $23 million.
  8. Switzerland, $19 million.
  9. Singapore, $14 million.
  10. Philippines, $13 million.

http://www.cleveland.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2017/02/us_wine_exports_sets_record_to.html

Girl Scout Cookies….And Wine

Wine is an amazing creation, from seafood to burgers people have been pairing wine with food for years. Now it’s Girl Scout cookies’ turn.

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http://bigfrog104.com/girl-scout-cookies-and-wine/

Five Surprising Health Benefits of Beer

The beer guzzling masses haven’t had much to smile about over the years, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a healthy choice.

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http://www.realclearlife.com/health/five-surprising-health-benefits-of-beer/

Health Benefits of Wine: What It Can (and Can’t) Do for You

What you need to know before you open that bottle

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http://www.consumerreports.org/wine/health-benefits-of-wine/

How to Elevate Your Wine-Drinking Experience

Read on for our best tips and tricks and get ready to enjoy your next glass of wine in style.

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http://www.hgtv.com/design-blog/entertaining/how-to-elevate-your-wine-drinking-experience

 

World’s First Integrated Wine Rating System

The MC Ratings system defines and integrates the six critical elements of a wine’s overall quality – Taste, Terroir, Viticulture, Vinification, Vintage and Value, also known as 2T4V™. With MC Ratings, a wine can now be assessed holistically like never before.

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http://finance.yahoo.com/news/worlds-first-integrated-wine-rating-150000170.html

 

Traditional Bordeaux Wine Labels Are Getting A Makeover

A 2007 study from the University of California, Berkeley, identified that the image on a wine label has a stronger impact on market success and brand personality than the color or layout of the label. Images of grape motifs or chateaux and vineyards scored well, while those of ‘unusual animals’ ranked lowest.

The 2016 Survey of American Wine Consumer Preferences showed similar results—with 64% of Americans favoring traditional labels over ‘modern’ or ‘fun/whimsical’ labels.

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/tmullen/2017/02/20/traditional-bordeaux-wine-labels-are-getting-a-makeover/#3b83db442fca

 

What is Malolactic Fermentation? The Buttery Taste in Wine

Ever wondered why some wines have a creamy or buttery taste? The process of Malolactic Fermentation is a winemaking process that gives both red and white wines a richer and creamier texture. Oddly enough, Malolactic Fermentation isn’t technically a fermentation at all.

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http://winefolly.com/review/what-is-malolactic-fermentation-the-buttery-taste-in-wine/

 

An Ice Wine Primer

Wine’s Frozen Delight

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https://www.fix.com/blog/what-is-ice-wine/

 

How do you solve a problem like Prosecco?

America’s taste for Prosecco, while it has grown astronomically, has entered into a new phase. It has become a colossus, but it also has nowhere left to go. It’s kind of like King Kong on top of the Empire State Building.

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http://acevola.blogspot.com/2017/02/how-do-you-solve-problem-like-prosecco.html

 

France is becoming a leading source of innovation in the no-alcohol wine category.

Innovation in the vin sans alcohol category. Le Petit Béret, for example, has now released a range of beverages without a single trace of alcohol

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http://www.wineintelligence.com/cherchez-lalcohol-free/

 

What’s the Big Deal about High-Altitude Wines?

Many wineries make a point of boasting about the altitude of their vineyards.

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http://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2017/02/what-s-the-big-deal-about-high-altitude-wines

 

The art of wine storytelling

Stories sell – which is why storytelling is marketing’s hottest new trend. Anyone who’s been to a wine conference lately will certainly have heard the cry go up for the wine trade to ‘tell its stories’. But what is ‘storytelling’, and how can the wine trade do it effectively? New research has uncovered some surprising answers.

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https://www.meininger.de/en/wine-business-international/art-of-wine-storytelling

 

Liquor Nutrition Site

Brown-Forman has unveiled a new website providing nutritional information for its portfolio of brands. While Brown-Forman has previously provided nutritional info to consumers on request, the new site will offer easier access to nutritional facts such as calories, fat, sodium and carbohydrates, as well as alcohol content per standard drink. The company’s consumer branded websites and social media pages will be adding a link to the nutrition website over the next several months. Early last year, Diageo also moved to increase consumer access to nutritional info on its brands, debuting a revamped DRINKIQ site devoted to the subject.

https://www.drinkiq.com/en-gb/

BREAKING BAD’S AARON PAUL TO PLAY JACK DANIEL IN TV DRAMA

Actor Aaron Paul has been confirmed to play the founder of Jack Daniel’s, Jack Daniel, in a new TV drama based on a 2004 biography of the distiller’s life, Blood and Whisky: The Life and Times of Jack Daniel.

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https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/02/breaking-bads-aaron-paul-to-play-jack-daniels-in-tv-biopic/

 

A ROSÉ REVOLUTION: THE FIVE STYLES OF PINK WINE

Rosé may have a reputation of being a fun drink with little sophistication but a new wave of winemakers are bucking the trend by using various methods to add complexity to the wine. We consider the five styles on the market today.

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https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2017/02/a-rose-revolution-the-five-styles-of-pink-wine/

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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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