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By: Mark C Lenzi CSW, CSS, CWAS, QCE*
This Week We Had Our First Of Two Wine And Pie Tastings.
The Franklin Adult Education Class Took Place And We Partnered With
Our Neighbors Big Y Supermarket.
Next Wine And Pie Education/Tasting Will Be
November 20th For The Medway Adult Education.
Winter Is Here…Beer That Is!
In This Newsletter Are Winter Beers Coming Or In Stock Now.
Mike & Mark
Liquor Industry Week In Review
This Weeks Highlights:
Winter Beers Are Here!
New Drink App
A glass of red wine worth an hour of exercise
Resveratrol, an antioxidant found in red grapes, improves muscle and heart functions in the same way as an hour of exercise would, Canadian researchers noted.
With less regulation, it’s hard to know what the alcohol level is in a given wine
Last year, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau of the U.S. Treasury Department admitted that it was unable to test the alcohol levels of any of the 25,000 to 35,000 wines that are sold in the U.S. market annually.
33 Wine Bottles Every Design Lover Should See
If picking a wine based on the label is wrong, I don’t want to be right.
Easy Thanksgiving Wine Pairings
First of many Thanksgiving pairings to come.
Women more likely than men to admit they sometimes polish off a whole bottle of wine in one go
A new report has found women are more likely than men to drink a whole bottle of wine in one sitting.
Vermouth is enjoying a revival
To be fair, in Europe, vermouth never completely lost its role as an excellent aperitif
Cheap Paper On A Wine Label May Indicate Lousy Quality
Picking out a quality wine is tough. You can use an app or a list, but in a pinch, try judging the quality of the label.
Follow Up On Label=Quality
Four wine myths that confuse consumers
But to say that label quality has anything to do with wine quality is foolish
Valar Morghulis is a ‘Thrones’ beer to die for
USA Today Review: IN STOCK!
VIDEO CAPTURES GROWING SEASON IN 50 SECONDS
Winemakers in New Zealand have released a time-lapse video capturing a vineyard’s entire 2014 growing season in just 50 seconds.
Winter Beers Coming Soon Or In Stock Now
NEW Shandy from Leinenkugel’s
Did you know the great state of Wisconsin produces mroe cranberries than any state in America? Our hometown pride inspired us to brew Leinenkugel’s Cranberry Ginger Shandy. The combination of traditional wheat beer with natural cranberry flavor and a note of ginger is as refreshing as a toboggan ride Out Here.
BLUE MOON MOUNTAIN ABBEY ALE
It’s no secret that it gets pretty cold here in Colorado. So early on in the brewery’s
history, our brewmasters wanted to create a beer that would do the trick on a
snow winter day. Today, we craft our winter wonder with roasted malts and dark,
Belgian candi sugar for rich caramel and toffee notes. It’s perfect on those winter
days when you’re stuck inside.
HARPOON CHOCOLATE STOUT
A chocolate stout is a beer with a noticeable dark chocolate flavor. This flavor
is created from the use of darker, more aromatic malt that has been roasted or
kilned until it acquires a chocolate color. Harpoon Chocolate Stout is brewed with
an abundance of chocolate malt and a touch of chocolate.
HARPOON WINTER WARMER
Brewed since 1988, this beer has become a New England seasonal classic.
Cinnamon and nutmeg dominate the aroma. The taste is a rich combination of
the holiday spices and the hearty malt backbone. There is a mild sweetness to the
finish along wit the lingering flavor of the spices.
HARPOON U.F.O. GINGERLAND
Inspired by the classic tale. Cinnamon, clove, and ginger combine with an
unfiltered wheat beer in this deliciously spiced, gingerbread-inspired beer.
A British style Old Ale perfect for easing the cold winter months, our Winter Ale
offers a malt selection with hints of fig and chocolate, creating the perfect cozy
balance of hops and malt.
PEAK ORGANIC WINTER SESSION ALE
This winter wheat beer uses dark malting to provide subtle toasty notes. We then
single-hop and dry-hop this beer with Citra hops from our friend Brad’s farm.
Interesting pineapple notes from the Citra hop provide a stark contrast to the
toasty notes in the body. An engaging and sessionable Winter Seasonal.
SAMUEL ADAMS WINTER LAGER
Bold and rich, with a touch of holiday spice, Samuel Adams Winter Lager is a
wonderful way to enjoy the cold evenings that accompany the season.
SAMUEL ADAMS SMALL BATCH SERIES: MERRY MAKER
This rich dark gingerbread stout entices with the aromas of the holidays. The
flavor of gingerbread comes alive, beginning with the smooth sweetness and
heartiness of dark roasted malts and a touch of wheat. But it’s the intensity and
spices of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and ginger that add a wicked kick for a jolly
playful brew full of merry mischief.
SAMUEL ADAMS WHITE CHRISTMAS
A special time of year calls for a special brew. For us, this brew combines the
crispness of a white ale with the warmth of familiar holiday spices.
Shipyard GingerBreadHead Ale is like a spicy, rich, gingerbread cookie you can
drink. The warm flavors of molasses and brown sugar are accented with ginger,
cloves, and cinnamon. This beer rides into town just for the winter, so get it while
South Burlington, Vermont’s Magic Hat Brewing Company is releasing a limited edition holiday raspberry stout, Feast of Fools. Previously only available at the brewery, this year 6,000 22-ounce bottles of the brew will be sold at select retailers nationwide. The 6%-abv stout features a sweet nose supported by cocoa and dark chocolate from the malts, the company says. Magic Hat will donate $5,000 from Feast of Fools’ sales to the Vermont Food Bank. Magic Hat is part of the portfolio of Cerveceria Costa Rica’s North American Breweries, along with brands such as Labatt, Genesee, Pyramid and Honey Brown Lager.
TRAVELER JOLLY TRAVELER
Driven by a desire to embrace all things wintry, the Jolly Traveler warms the spirit
during the months when it’s needed most. Embracing the flavors of the season,
Jolly is the first-ever winter shandy with notes of orange, pomegranate and spice.
We proudly introduce the Jolly Traveler, a cool fellow with a WINTRY disposition.
WACHUSETT WINTER ALE
Made with smoked and special malts, this rich, savory Scotch Ale will keep you
warm through the holidays and well after. First brewed in 1995, it’s our oldest,
strongest, and most complex seasonal.
Anchor Christmas Ale
San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing Company is releasing this year’s edition of its Christmas Ale, marking its 40th annual holiday beer. Each year, the brewery releases a holiday offering brewed with a different recipe and packaged in different labels. The 2014 offering is a dark spiced ale with hints of citrus fruit, spices and piney hop notes, the company says. The packaging on this year’s release features a Giant Sequoia drawn by James Stitt and created to support the state’s parks foundation. Anchor Christmas Ale is available from early November through mid-January in six-packs and on draft, as well as gold-foiled magnum bottles.
Why You Should Be Drinking Peanut Butter Beer
Powdered peanut butter is the preferred choice,
How wine is used as a character prop on TV shows and may reflect a changing cultural perception of wine.
Does California Have Too Many AVAs?
The main impetus behind the proliferation of AVAs can be traced back to wineries,
Bamboozled: What happens when a ‘thirty-seven-fifty’ bottle of wine really costs $3,750
I asked the waitress if she could recommend something decent because I don’t have experience with wine. Booby Flay restaurant
15 Ways That Turkish Wine Will Surprise You
Some points on wines from Turkey
7 EASY WAYS TO LOOK LIKE A WINE EXPERT WHEN YOU ACTUALLY KNOW NOTHING ABOUT WINE
here are little ways to make your wine drinking experience even more fun than it already is
Off-the-Beaten-Path White Wine Varieties
And Why You Should Try Them
Off-the-Beaten-Path Red Wine Varieties
And Why You Should Try Them
TOP 10 MOMENTS IN BOURBON HISTORY
Wars, Prohibitions and technological breakthroughs have all made their mark on Bourbon, making it one of the most fascinating categories in the spirits industry.
The Countdown Begins on November 10 at WineSpectator.com
Improving the taste of alcohol-free beer with aromas from the regular beer
Consumers often complain that alcohol-free beer is tasteless, but some of the aromas it is lacking can be carried across from regular beer.
Diabetes-Friendly Drinks And Cocktails
Most people with diabetes can enjoy some alcohol.
Great Idea using beer case as advent calendar. Canadians are always thinking!
The unexplored wine region of Moldova
Have you ever had a wine from Moldova? Do you even know where Moldova is?
Wine Science Center to open next year at Richland
Finding a way to get wine grape vines to cope better with low and high temperatures is one of the many things researchers hope to discover when research and classes start next year Washington State University’s Wine Science Center.
Groupon Launches Private Label Wine Selection
Inspired by the company’s mascot, Groupon the Cat, the line includes four wines — Snazzy Cat Chardonnay, Top Cat Merlot, Chatty Cat Cabernet Sauvignon and Jazzy Cat Pinot Noir — and is sourced from some of California’s best wine-growing regions
Top Ten Beers to Try This November
It’s time to move from the light beers into something darker and more complex. We can’t continue to drink Hefeweizen and Pale Ale as the days continue to grow cold and crisp. It’s time to break out the fall beer. This is Chilled Magazine’s list of ten beers to try this November.
Apple Cider Sangria
Laird’s Bonded Applejack
Angry Orchard Cider
Fresh Lemon Juice
Cubed Red and Green Apples
Preparation: Combine ingredients and garnish with an orange wheel.
2014 Plonkapalooza’s 50 wine contenders
The 50 wines Boston Globe tasted best!
WE HAVE 4 IN STOCK!
2013 Lossen Dr L Riesling
2011 Norton Reserva Malbec
2010 August Cellars Pinot Noir
2012 Pietra Santa Pinot Noir
The Whisky Bible 2015 rates rare Weller the top bourbon in the world
What’s the highest-rated bourbon in the world? It’s not anything bearing the labels Pappy Van Winkle, Woodford Reserve or even Old Charter.
Thanks to Vinobly, Wine Shopping in Boston Just Got a Lot Easier
Franklin Liquors is on Vinobly!!!
Next Game Of Thrones Beer Revealed
Cooperstown, New York-based Brewery Ommegang has revealed the fifth beer in its series inspired by the HBO series Game of Thrones. Three-Eyed Raven Dark Saison Ale is a 7.5%-abv brew made with malted rye, midnight wheat and dark candi sugar, as well as Hallertau Spalt Select, Tettnang and Bravo hops. It will be available on draft in sixth-barrel kegs and in corked 25.4-ounce bottles ($9.50) beginning next spring, concurrent with the start of Game of Thrones’ fifth season. Previous offerings in the line have included current release Valar Morghulis Dubbel Ale, Fire and Blood Red Ale, Take the Black Stout and Iron Throne Blonde Ale. The first three beers all sold out, and Valar Morghulis is expected to do the same, despite a quadrupling of production compared with the first offering, Iron Throne.
“Wine dresses” tell creative story
Art and science have come together to create an art exhibition that represents both the future of textiles and the region.
Budweiser Taps Millennials With #HolidayBuds Vintage Wooden Crates And Labels
We hear the wooden crate not for sale in our area.
JAPANESE WHISKY NAMED ‘WORLD’S BEST’
5th November, 2014 by Lauren Eads
Whisky expert Jim Murray has named a Japanese single malt the best whisky in the world for the first time in his 2015 World Whisky Bible, calling it a “wake up call” for Scotch distilleries.
A Brief Update and an Educational Video: Wine Psychology
Dr. Brian Wansink, Director of Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab, explains how expectations, environment, and social cues can fool us into believing that our wine tastes better or worse than it is.”
Anheuser-Busch InBev to Launch Tequila-Flavored Beer in U.S.
Anheuser-Busch InBev NV is launching a tequila-flavored beer called Oculto in the U.S. next year, hoping to attract younger consumers who increasingly choose liquor and Mexican beers.
How to Make Matthew Biancaniello’s Coffee-Infused Cynar
Cynar, the “artichoke liqueur,” With coffee
Wine Spectator: Who Buys Wine Online?
Online wine sales have been increasing in the United States at double-digit rates for the past five years. But that doesn’t mean they’re a major part of the industry yet. More than 80% of wine is sold in grocery stores, wine shops and other brick-and-mortar outlets, according to Nielsen. “Wine remains under-penetrated online at less than 2% of all U.S. wines sales,” said Michael Osborne, founder and vice president for merchandising at Wine.com. A new study by researchers at California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo sheds some light on the small but growing community of online wine consumers.
Based on a survey of consumers, researchers discovered that online wine buyers are more likely to be male, over the age of 40, married with children and have a higher household income. They also tend to be wine connoisseurs or enthusiasts and spend more on wine than non-online buyers. (An e-mail survey was sent to 3,000 wine purchasers with a 31% response rate; 23% of respondents had purchased wine online.)
When these consumers buy wine online they are generally seeking higher quality wines from recognized appellations and have a preference for family-owned or small wineries. They are also quite tech savvy and are more likely to use phone apps or tablets to research wine information. But these online wine consumers do not use Facebook, Twitter or blogs any more than non-online wine consumers. Surprisingly, Millennial consumers of legal drinking age currently purchase very little wine online, even though they grew up with the Internet. The researchers discovered the main reasons were that Millennials think shipping costs are too high and would prefer not to wait for a wine shipment.
Though online wine sales currently constitute a small percentage of industry volume, most experts agree that the channel will continue to grow, especially with Amazon entering the arena in 2012 and large wine retailers such as Total Wine and BevMo expanding their web presence. Wine Spectator has more on the Cal-Poly study and the outlook for online wine sales in the U.S. market.
ALCOHOL CALORIES ALMOST THE SAME AS ‘PURE FAT’
A celebrity personal trainer is warning average drinkers to be wary of their alcohol intake after compiling a revealing chart showing alcohol contains almost as many calories per gram as pure fat.
Perfect Parker Scores Keep On Coming
The number of wines given a perfect 100 points by Robert Parker and his fellow Wine Advocate critics stands at more than 500, and the list is growing with exponential speed.
Recycling Recap: Which Wine Closures Are Recyclable?
Here’s a rundown on the pluses and minuses of closure types and what can be done to keep them out of landfills.
WE WANT YOUR CORK!
We Take All Corks And Recycle Them!
There are two countries that instill fear in the hearts and minds of MS students; countries that can inspire sheer panic in even the most confident candidate: Italy and Germany.
APERITIF WINES FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON
Lightly fortified wines are a ready-made cocktail—a little bit sweet, a little bit spiced, not too alcoholic, and already perfectly balanced.
Jim Beam Unveils Craft Series
New Jim Beam Signature Craft Series
Angel’s Envy Cask Strength
Louisville Distilling Company has introduced the limited-edition Angel’s Envy Cast Strength. The new expression will be release only 6,500 bottles. The 119.3 proof Cask Strength is available for a suggested retail price of $169 for a 750-ml. bottle.
Bird Dog Peppermint
Bird Dog Whiskey has added Peppermint Moonshine to its portfolio. It joins the company’s hot cinnamon, peach, maple and blackberry flavors. The new Peppermint Moonshine is bottled at 80 proof and priced at $19.99 for a 750-ml. bottle. Bird Dog Whiskey was awarded a Rising Star Growth Brand Award by the Beverage Information Group for its 2013 sales
5 Red Wine Mistakes You’re Probably Making
From when you drink to how you work out, make these small tweaks to benefit—not suffer—from a glass of red wine.
PORT ASSESSES ‘INCREDIBLE’ COMEBACK
The head winemaker of Taylor’s, Fonseca and Croft Ports has hailed the “tremendous revival” of the entire fortified category as he defended a decision not to move into table wine.
6 WINE VIDEOS THAT PROVE WINE DOESN’T HAVE TO BE SNOBBY
We suggest you take a few minutes out of your day to be entertained as we were by the clever folks at the wineries represented here.
How to Tell if Wine is Corked
Cork taint isn’t easily identified which can make it hard to differentiate bad wine from wine that’s gone bad
Beyond Champagne: 23 Sparkling Wines of France
What’s surprising to note is that many of these regions will cost you less than twenty to get into.
Alcohol Scientists Exist And They Have An App
Next Glass is a new beer and wine recommendation app that uses science to determine if you will like a certain bottle of booze.
The 10 Most Expensive Wines in the World
Wine is one of the most savored drinks in the world, and also one of the most coveted and sought after, making a list of the most expensive wines in the world
New Crown Royal Apple
Diageo has officially unveiled a new flavored extension to its Crown Royal Canadian whisky brand, Regal Apple. The new offering is a blend of Crown Royal whiskies infused with natural apple flavors from Regal Gala apples and retails at $24.99 a 750-ml. The 70-proof product is launching nationwide, backed by a full marketing mix including television, print and online advertising, with a Regal Apple commercial set to air nationally on TV and social media beginning November 17. Regal Apple joins 2012 entry Maple Finished in the Crown Royal flavor portfolio. The top Canadian whisky both in the U.S. and globally, Crown Royal’s U.S. depletions advanced 0.5% to 4.25 million cases last year, according to Impact Databank.
Santa Margarita Ranch AVA as one of 11 new sub-appellations of the umbrella Paso Robles AVA
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