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Beer And Cheese Pairings
Top 25 Beers In 2015
Five great books for the wine lovers on your shopping list
Reading well-written books about wine is the next-best thing to drinking it.
THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO PAIRING BEER AND CHEESE
Let’s start with the basic guide to satisfying that primal need to seek out a hunk of lactic protein and a cold pint.
Dogfish Head Hoo Lawd claims to be the hoppiest beer ever
Dogfish Head’s Hoo Lawd clocks in at a palate-busting 658 IBU.
Wine Picker: The App that Tells You Which Wine to Order
Picking wine made as easy as drinking it: select a restaurant and the App will give you the 5 best wines matching your preferences
“Wine Bathing” The Reason Why Japanese People Are Suddenly Bathing In Wine
Drinking wine is one thing, but who would have thought that bathing in wine can be a good thing too?
ITALIAN FINE WINE CLIMBING
Now second only to Bordeaux in terms of trade levels on the secondary market, Italy shows no signs of slowing down.
Duff Goldman’s Steel Kitten, A Cake-Worthy Dessert Wine
Duff Goldman’s new Steel Kitten wine, a recently released dessert wine collaboration with direct-to-winery Club W.
Several Walpole MA businesses caught selling alcohol to minors
Police Chief John Carmichael said the money used to pay for this was provided by an annual $5,000 underage drinking grant from the state’s Office of Public Safety and Security. All locations involved were notified before the stings that compliance checks would be conducted.
Israel Aims to Recreate Wine That Jesus and King David Drank
The wine, called marawi and released last month by Recanati Winery, is the first commercially produced by Israel’s growing modern industry from indigenous grapes
Tokaji Aszu Wines Are a Taste of Hungarian Sweetness
Their complexities unfold in gorgeous waves that echo in the mouth. In every way, they signify the sweetness of life and inspire the joy of the holidays.
Boston Beer Extends Rebel Range, Adds Sparkling Ale
Boston Beer Company’s Samuel Adams brand has extended its fast-growing Rebel IPA range with the launch of Rebel Raw Double IPA. Rolling out over the next few weeks, Rebel Raw Double IPA (10% abv) is brewed with six different hop varieties and has a 35-day shelf life. The limited-edition expression will be available in 16-ounce can four-packs across Boston, New York City, Washington D.C., Philadelphia and Chicago. According to Impact Databank, the Rebel lineup—which also includes the Rebel IPA, Rebel Rouser IPA, Rebel Rider IPA and Rebel Grapefruit IPA entries—sold 2 million (2.25-gallon) cases in 2014, the brand’s first year on the market.
Meanwhile, Samuel Adams has also debuted a new Sparkling Ale, brewed with a variety of Noble hops and an acidulated malt. The 4.8%-abv offshoot will be sold through December as part of the Samuel Adams Winter Classics Variety 12-Pack ($14.99-$17.99).
FOUNDERS BREWING CO. TO RELEASE “AZACCA IPA”
Azacca IPA, an IPA using just one, relatively new, experimental hop, as the first seasonal offering of 2016
Small wine shops bring ‘vinodiversity’
There is no industry in which shopping local and small can have more far-reaching effects than the wine industry.
Wine Spectator Releases Revamped WineRatings+ App
Redesigned and updated for iOS9, the popular ratings app provides access to 320,000 wine reviews on multiple devices
17 CHRISTMAS WINE MEMES ONLY WINE LOVERS WILL UNDERSTAND
For those of us who enjoy the pleasures of wine, we know this time of year is much easier to endure with a glass of wine in hand. But don’t take our word for it, listen to these hilarious memes instead.
HOW TO DECODE ANY WHISK(E)Y LABEL
Ideally you want to get into a whiskey bottle, not spend all your time reading it like a cereal box.
8 Gifts Made From Beer: For the Beer Lover Who Has Everything
It’s the same problem every year: you have a certain someone on your gift list who has everything.
US predicted to add 16 million new wine drinkers in next ten years
By 2025 there will be 109 million wine drinkers in the US, up from 93 million today, according to a new report from Wine Intelligence.
VENDING MACHINE SELLS WHOLE CRATES OF BEER
While vending machines are now a staple sight everywhere from hospitals to schools and offices, we’re pretty sure you’ve never seen one like this before (unless you’re Belgian, of course).
Infographics & Guide to Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Grape Variety
Cabernet Sauvignon is probably the most famous red grape variety in the world and is the backbone in many of the world’s most expensive wines.
How wines get their complex flavors
Wine professionals are fascinated with what gives the drink its distinctive character. The ability to distinguish individual flavors and aromas, with precise detail, has become all the rage among connoisseurs.
Geek Speak: What is Infusion?
I continued to encounter the phrase, “I make wine more by infusion than extraction.” But what does it actually mean?
Sangiovese by Another Name: Morellino di Scansano
For many, Sangiovese and Tuscany are practically synonymous. But, while Chianti and Brunello immediately spring to mind, the less familiar Morellino di Scansano offers equally enjoyable wines by another name.
WHAT IS GROWER CHAMPAGNE…AND WHY DO WINE GEEKS LOVE IT?
Should grower champagne matter to you?
Champagne Bottle Sizes
America Has More Breweries Than Ever Before
There are now 4,144 breweries in the U.S.
Top 25 beers of 2015
From easy-drinking session beers to expertly hoppy IPAs, these are the 25 beers that define 2015.
Why do you get a headache after drinking red wine?
A likelier suspect for red wine headaches is histamines, biological compounds found in grape skins that are 20 to 200 percent more likely to be in red wines than in white wines.
Maker’s Mark Update
Demand for Maker’s Mark continues to grow strongly—increasing 7% to 1.34 million cases in the U.S. last year, according to Impact Databank—and the distillery has been trying to keep pace. A second set of stills, a new artificial lake for secure water supply, new warehouses: it’s been busy outside of Loretto for the past 10 years. Whisky Advocate has an update on Maker’s expansion.
GLOBAL WARMING ‘SUITS’ CHIANTI CLASSICO
The effects of climate change and the subsequent warmer weather have a positive influence on Sangiovese, believes one Tuscan winemaker.
Climate change turns Canada into a hot spot for wine
One of the great things up here is that in summer we get 18 hours of sunlight per day, which is actually 3 hours more than Napa.
Make Your Own Liquor at Home With This Stainless Still
Still from TableTopStill can’t deal with the whole “government prosecution” thing, it can help you convert 1/2 gallon of wine to 7oz or hard alcohol, or a 20% alcohol solution (like mash made from yeast) to 12oz of hard alcohol in a safe, easy to use way.
While making your own spirits at home is a noble task with fantastic benefits, you should know that United States Federal law “strictly prohibits individuals from producing distilled spirits at any place other than a TTB (the agency formerly known as the ATF) qualified distilled spirits plant.” Proceed with caution.
Top 10 Tips From The Blue Collar Wine Guide
Three companies alone represent more than half of case sales of wine in the U.S. There may be 8,287 wineries in the country today, but just 30 of them represent almost 90% of the domestic wine sold annually in the U.S. by volume.
The Five Best Wine Books for Beginners
Don’t know your Pinot Noir from your Pinotage? These introductory works give budding oenophiles a head start
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All About Orange Wine
Orange wine is a bit of a misnomer because it isn’t referring to a wine made with oranges nor is it a Mimosa cocktail (a blend of 1 part orange juice to 2 parts sparkling wine.) Orange wine is something entirely different.
Amarone Wine Turns Raisins Into Gold
Amarone wine or as it’s officially named, Amarone della Valpolicella, is one of those wines that you buy and sit on and pray your marriage stays together long enough so that you can drink it on your 20th anniversary
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Valentine Chocolate and Wine Tasting
Tuesday, February 9, 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Just in time for Valentine’s Day. Chocolates and wine pairings&..bring your sweetheart, your BFF, your neighbor and join the good folks from the Sugar Shoppe and Franklin Liquors for an evening you won’t soon forget!
Explore the world of decadent chocolate and a minimum of 6 fabulous wine pairings. There is simply nothing better. The Sugar Shoppe’s Courtney Nappa and Franklin Liquor’s Mark Lenzi will show you the way for this educational sit-down tasting.
And, a portion of your registration will go towards helping someone in need through the Sugar Shoppe, a local non-profit candy store working with local businesses to help raise money for homeless moms and kids in joint community efforts.
Medway Community Education
WINE TASTING 101
Mark Lenzi, Franklin Liquors
This wine tasting education will leave you comfortable and excited about wine. We will explore how to taste wine and the process involved which will make you a better wine taster and buyer. What is aroma? What is your wine style? After swirling, sniffing and tasting, your wine world will be open for exploration. Participants must be 21 years of age.
Course # B65-16 1 session
Tuesday, March 8 7:00-9:00pm
Franklin Liquors $25
363 East Central Street, Rte. 140, Franklin
FUDGE & WINE PAIRING EVENT
Franklin Liquors & The Sugar Shoppe
Yes – fudge and wine pair together beautifully! This will be a wine tasting/education with the Sugar Shoppe and Franklin Liquors. Explore the world of fudge and a minimum of 6 fabulous wine pairings. The Sugar Shoppe’s Courtney Nappa and Franklin Liquor’s Mark Lenzi show you how during this educational sit-down tasting. A portion of your registration will go towards helping someone in need through the Sugar Shoppe, a local non-profit candy store working with local businesses to help raise money for homeless mothers and children. Participants must be 21 years of age.
Course # B66-16 1 session
Tuesday, April 5 7:00-9:00pm
Franklin Liquors $25
363 East Central Street, Rte. 140, Franklin
Tri-County Adult Education
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Kim M. Simone, Founder and Wine Advisor
We’re an independent wine education and event company, providing unique classes, wine tasting events and personalized consulting. As a professional with a dozen years in the wine business, my favorite part of the job was helping people just like you pick out a great bottle. I’m excited to help you learn about wine in a relaxed environment where you can ask any question, no matter how small or basic.
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