Liquor Industry News/Links 3-29-14

Liquor Industry News/Links


By: Mark C Lenzi CSW, CWAS*


Liquor Industry Week In Review


Franklin Wine Club

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

Please join and start exploring with us!



Aging wine with wood instead of inside wood

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

How to make alcoholic ginger beer from scratch

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


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

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


21st March, 2014 by Lauren May

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


New Harpoon Summer Beer

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

Wine Closure’s

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


What’s The Deal with Wine Shipping Laws?

Wine Folly Blog


The Next Craft Beverage Worth Buzzing About

What It’s Like To Inhale Your Favorite Liquor

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



Giving Beer a Shot: Six Updated Boilermakers in Boston

The humble boilermaker gets a makeover.

2014 World Whiskies Award winners announced

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

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

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

Walking Dead Inspired Cocktails

The Walking Dead season finale is Sunday, March 30.


Connecticut’s oldest winery for sale 

Haight-Brown Vineyard listed at $1.475 million

Why Your Taste in Wine Changes Based on Expectations or Environment

Out of the Bottle: Wine Psychology: Video

Follow Your Nose: Olfaction Training, from Perfume to Wine

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

Cafe Assisi to get liquor license in Wrentham MA

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


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


Liquor store owners in MA divided on opening early on Sundays

Do you want early Sunday openings?


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


Mezcal, the moonshine wine of Mexico

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

Learn About Prosseco In This 1Minute Video

The Best Organic Wines for the Money

Top 10 Organic Wines

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

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



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


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

The story behind Erica and Kim Crawfords

We have Loveblock wines In stock!

Trends in the US Wine Industry for 2014

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

Would You Drink Wine Grown in Brooklyn?

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

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

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

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

We have Chard and Cab in stock!


28th March, 2014 by Lauren May


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

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 Upcoming Events

Franklin Wine Club Meeting


Wine Explorers wanted!

Please join and attend. Merging of the Framingham Wine Club And Franklin Wine Club

Saturday April 5th 3pm

Franklin Liquors Wine Room

How To attend and join


Mom’s Time Out Wine Tasting


Join Helium Party Place And Franklin Liquors

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

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

RSVP Event Limited to 20

ESBE Designs and Wine Tasting


Join ESB Jewelry Designs And Franklin Liquors

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

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

This is an RSVP event limited to 20 Guests

May 8th 7pm

Franklin Liquors Wine Room


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