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By: Mark C Lenzi CSW, CSS, CWAS, QCE*
Our Town Turns 237!
Happy Birthday Franklin MA One Day Wine Sale 3-1-15
Story Of Franklin Liquors And Town Celebration.
We Officially Kicked Off Our New Saké Expansion!
Franklin Wine Club Event With Special Guest O Ya Sake Sommelier Nancy Cushman
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Liquor Industry Week In Review
This Weeks Highlights:
Cork Good For Wines
New Tax On Booze In Boston
A SNAPSHOT OF SICILY
Located in the central Mediterranean Sea and one of Italy’s first inhabited areas, Sicily has been an important center of viticulture for over 2500 years
WHAT THE HECK IS A SUPER TUSCAN
Ever had a Super Tuscan? Ever wondered what the hell that means?
THE 20 MOST POPULAR BEERS IN AMERICA
Reading Restaurant Wine Lists, for Blockbusters and Values
How does a good sommelier find the right wine out of hundreds or thousands of bottles?
New Wente Wine
Wente Vineyards has launched a new single-vineyard Riva Ranch Pinot Noir. Retailing at $30 a bottle, the new Pinot joins a Riva Ranch Chardonnay in Wente’s single-vineyard series. Riva Ranch Vineyard, first planted in 1963 with approximately 360 acres, is located in Monterey County at the mouth of the Arroyo Seco River Canyon and is now planted to nearly 1,000 acres with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Syrah and Viognier among others. Wente farms eight clones of Pinot Noir and six clones of Chardonnay at Riva Ranch.
WINERY LAUNCHES ‘WINE AND SEX’ NIGHTS
Bodegas Monje in Tenerife has launched a series of “Wine & Sex” nights involving erotic games at its winery in the Canary Islands.
CORK BRINGS BENEFICIAL PHENOLICS TO WINE
Phenolic compounds that are naturally present in cork stoppers can positively influence the ageing of wine, according to Dr. Miguel Cabral, Amorim’s director of R&D.
The World’s Next Big Wine Regions
Eight hot spots producing your next great bottle
Jacobs Creek Two Lands launches in US
Pernod Ricard Winemakers is launching Jacob’s Creek Two Lands – a new range of premium wines that marries Californian style winemaking with Australian varietal character.
New tax on sales of alcohol proposed In Ma
Money would be used for substance abuse programs
Boston City Council and the state Legislature, would impose a tax of 1 percent to 2 percent on all alcohol sales, including beer and wine, in city restaurants, taverns, bars, supermarkets, and package stores.
Petaluma Gap appellation designation sought
About 200,000 acres in southern Sonoma and northern Marin counties could become a new federal-designated winegrowing region called Petaluma Gap
Made in the shade: Bud Light partners with bikini brand to launch new ‘Rita’
Anheuser-Busch InBev’s Bud Light brand has cut a deal with swimwear brand KAOHS to promote the launch of Bud Light Lime Lemon-Ade-Rita, a new summer seasonal flavor in its “Rita” drink franchise that’s being delivered to retailers Monday.
TOP 10 SPIRITS APPS
With technology providing us with better and faster solutions to most aspects of our lives, it’s no surprise that imbibers continue to ditch the classic recipe book and embrace the smartphone app.
RUM FLAVOUR MAP LAUNCHED TO AID ‘CONFUSING’ CATEGORY
By categorising flavours of rum into three main styles – English-style rum, Spanish-style ron and French-style rhum – it is hoped consumers will understand the spirit more clearly,
Diageo To Unveil “Smart” Bottle For Johnnie Walker Blue
Diageo has collaborated with printed electronics and “smart systems” developer Thin Film Electronics ASA on a new “smart bottle” for Johnnie Walker Blue Label. The prototype bottle will be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona March 2-5.
The “smart” packaging includes printed sensor tags which, when read by a consumer’s smartphone, enable Diageo to “send consumers targeted and timely marketing messages, whether at retail or after purchase, such as promotional offers, cocktail recipes and exclusive content,” Diageo said. The sensor tags allow the company to detect movements across the supply chain to the point of consumption and, unlike conventional static QR codes, can determine if the bottle is still sealed or open, “providing an additional layer of security in protecting the authenticity of the product.”
The innovation was created by Thinfilm in collaboration with Diageo Technology Ventures, a unit created last September to “unlock new opportunities for future growth by working with emerging technology companies.”
Use these sommelier tricks to double the quality of your wine
These strategies are meant to maximize the quality of the wine you enjoy, some of them will require a little more money upfront.
WHY RIOJA BOTTLES ARE WRAPPED IN GOLD WIRE – TO STOP THIEVES
The traditional gold wire netting that can often be found surrounding the bottles of high-end Rioja.
4 Reasons Why Every Woman Should Have A Wine Night Once A Week
Here’s why every girl needs a wine night (at least) once a week.
Wine under $10 sucks. Should we care?
For under $10, you can expect a bottle of wine that tastes like fruit not found in nature. It won’t be spoiled or oxidized. There will be nothing wrong with it. But it will be so boring you could fall asleep and face-plant into the glass.
How to Order Wine When You Know Nothing About Wine
Despite What You’ve Been Told, “Dry” Is Not Helpful
Cru Bourgeois Gearing Up For U.S. Push
SKINNYGIRL LAUNCHES SPICY LIME MARGARITA RTD
Following a successful launch party, Skinnygirl Spicy Lime Margarita has joined the company’s established portfolio of ready-to-serve cocktails, flavoured vodkas and wine
GRAPE BRITAIN: MOST POPULAR VARIETIES
Wine tasting for beginners: How to swirl, sniff, sip or how to completely screw it up (video)
Here’s a brief guide on how to approach ordering, smelling and tasting your wine.
Sake Isn’t a Rice Wine, and Four Other Myths Dispelled
The truth behind five major sake misconceptions.
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