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By: Mark C Lenzi
CSW, CSS, CWAS, FWS, QCE*
WERE ARE #1!!!
Our Family Thanks You!
The 2015 Readers Choice Awards Are Out.
Franklin Liquors Was Voted GOLD For #1 In 16 Town Region!!
Which Includes #1 In Franklin.
This Is An Honor For The Second Straight Year.
This Week The Hosted The Franklin Wine Club
Languedoc France L’Adventure
We’re playing the Game, are you?
It’s not too late to play & win!
Stop by any of the 15 participating stores today and earn entries toward the grand prize by solving the clues!
Simply go to: http://www.ladybug.citytrek.com
contest ends June 30th.
June 12th- June 30th
Many local businesses including us!
Participants will use a mobile app to follow clues throughout the participating businesses to complete the hunt.
This event is sponsored by the Small Shop Co-Op.
We will have a special in store raffle prize!
Mike & Mark
Liquor Industry Week In Review
This Weeks Highlights:
Vodka In A Box
Infographic: Guide to Pairing Wine & Food
HOW TO DESIGN THE PERFECT SUMMER WINE AND CHEESE SPREAD
One of the wonderful things about summer is all of the fresh produce that’s finally available, and adding all of these bright, fresh flavors to your cheese spread truly kicks everything up a notch.
PAPPY VAN WINKLE MAPLE SYRUP TO LAUNCH
Made by ageing Bissell’s Sugarmaker’s Reserve premium syrup in rare 23-year-old Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon barrels for 100 days,
Late Penn State coach Joe Paterno is getting his own beer
We know what the most popular beer at Penn State tailgates will be this fall.
Small Town Brewery strikes a deal with Pabst Brewing Company for Not Your Father’s Root Beer
Small Town Brewery (“Small Town”), founded by Tim Kovac, announced that it has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Pabst Brewing Company (“Pabst”) to meet the increasing nationwide demand for its Not Your Father’s Root Beer.
Pabst began selling Not Your Father’s Root Beer in March 2015 and is currently distributing it to 30 states. Not Your Father’s Root Beer is the fastest-selling new product in the craft beer category in the 2015 year to date period through May 23.1 Not Your Father’s is now available in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.
Tim Kovac, Founder and Brewmaster of Small Town Brewery said: “The last year has been an amazing ride. We’ve had Not Your Father’s Root Beer go from being available in a few dozen Chicago bars and restaurants to becoming one of the most sought-after craft beers in the country.
80% people want brands to tell stories
Most people want to see and hear stories about regular people
Highly Anticipated Wine Folly Book On Presale Now
Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine, published by Avery Books, will be out this fall and is available now on presale at booksellers nationwide.
10 Scientific Reasons Why Drinking Beer Is Good For You
Recent studies actually show 10 ways that beer is beneficial for us, according to METRO.
A Frequent Flighter’s Tips for Drinking Wine Responsibly
The heat and sun can take its toll if you slip up and sip too much.
The real reason your wine costs so much at restaurants
Two new apps try to cut the vineyard jungle down to size, but only compound confusion.
26 WINE LABELS THAT HAVE NO TIME FOR YOUR CRAP
What if the bottle you see on the shelf already knew what was going to happen before you put it in your shopping cart?
State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg lists lottery workers among donors
At least 10 liquor distributor executives and bar owners — all overseen by the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission, which is overseen by Goldberg — ponied up more than $3,100 since the end of April.
BAG-IN-A-BOX ULTRA-PREMIUM VODKA DEBUTS IN US
The “handcrafted” spirit is made using Idaho Winter Wheat and pure Rocky Mountain water in a four-column distillation process.
Scheduled to be debuted in select retail outlets in California, Nevada, Florida, Louisiana and Texas this summer, Big Box Vodka is presented in a 1.75 litre box and has an abv of 40%.
BREATHALYSER DATA REVEALS ‘DRUNKEST’ US STATES
The highest Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) levels were recorded in West Virginia, which averaged at 0.103%, Nevada at 0.095%, Pennsylvania at 0.088% and Connecticut at 0.088%.
The lowest average BAC level belonged to Kentucky, at 0.039%, followed by Delaware at 0.042%.
Comparing Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc
Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are two of the most popular white wines in the world. Each wine represents a very different style and taste of dry white wine. Let’s take a closer look at their differences to find out which one you prefer.
How High are Wine Taxes in Your State?
Surprised MA #32!
Kentucky has the highest wine excise tax rate at $3.18 per gallon, followed by Alaska ($2.50), Florida ($2.25), Iowa ($1.75), and New Mexico ($1.70). The five states with the lowest wine excise rates are Louisiana ($0.11), California ($0.20), Texas ($0.20), Wisconsin ($0.25), and Kansas and New York (tied at $0.30). Notably, these rankings do not include states that control all sales.
THE 4 RED WINES YOU NEED TO TRY IF YOU WANT TO LEARN ABOUT RED WINE
These wines will take you on a journey to help you understand acidity, tannin, body, and alcohol and in the end, help you figure out how to talk about the red wine styles you like and the ones you don’t.
New Magic Hat!
South Burlington, Vermont’s Magic Hat Brewing Company has released Electric Peel, a new year-round grapefruit IPA. The 6.0%-abv ale features citrus flavors from Apollo, Centennial and Chinook hops and a medium malt body from Pale and Carapils malts with boiled grapefruit peel added, the company says. It’s currently available on draft and in six- and 12-packs nationwide. Magic Hat is part of the portfolio of Cerveceria Costa Rica-owned North American Breweries.
The Ultimate Guide to Summer Drinks
Wine purists may turn up their noses at the idea of fruit and wine, but for the adventurous among us, summertime cocktails are the way to go. They can compliment your food, keep the conversation lively, and even keep you hydrated. Well, at least that’s what people tell themselves.
10 scientific reasons you should drink more wine
It’s essentially MAGIC in a bottle
Deceived Beck’s beer drinkers can guzzle $50 refund
Beck’s is made in America, just like Bud. In fact, they’re crafted in the same breweries.
The Ultimate Hidden Beer Cooler
Who wants one?
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Our Wines Are On Vinobly
In The Mood To Try Something New, Or Want A Little Personalized Help In Navigating Our Aisles? Check Out The New Free Vinobly App Which Makes Personalized Recommendations From Wines In Our Store. You Can Find Wine To Pair With Your Meal, Or Take Their Fun 3-Question Palate Profiler Quiz To Get Started
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